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gotta love my Starbucks lovers…

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Ever since the first time I heard the song “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, I’ve been getting the words wrong.

You know the line that goes, “Got a long list of ex-lovers…?” Well, instead, I heard, “Gotta love my Starbucks lovers…”

And with that one small difference, the entire song played out differently in my head.

I saw Taylor sitting in her local Starbucks, sipping her pumpkin space latte (or whatever seasonal drink might be appropriate), and checking out the different types that wandered in the door.  Because Starbucks CAN be one of those amazing places to meet a lot of new people, right? And she picks out her new seasonal flavor (new money, suit and tie), and the “blank space” is actually that spot on the Starbucks cup where they write in the name you give them… whatever it is you want for it to be.

So, yeah… a far cry from what Taylor was probably envisioning as she originally wrote her song. But that’s perfectly okay… and what art (and life) is all about… because you can have 5, 10, or 100 people listen to the same song, see the same piece of art, or even go through the same life experience, and each person will report getting something different out of it. That’s how life works. It’s all about where we’re coming from, who we are, and how we perceive things.

That’s what makes this imperfect life so damn beautiful, and what makes us all unique within it.

So, while Taylor keeps crooning about her long list of ex-lovers, I’ll keep picturing that magical Starbucks where temporary dreams all come true.

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let the adventure begin.

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[one month ago]

December 5, 2014… Let the ADVENTURE Begin!

There’s a great deal of rumbling beneath me. A roar of engines, then a pressure at my back… like going light-speed on Star Tours at Disneyland… only 159,982 times better. I give a quick glance out the window to my left (past the bored-looking girl already reading a magazine) and the world suddenly tilts sharply. Drastically. And there’s the wing of the plane, acting as a level to indicate just how sharply we are pointed.

Going up, up, up… and I want to throw my hands up and giggle. For real. It’s the best rollercoaster I’ve ever been on. Because this adventure is real.

And just like that, the tears prick at my eyes. Unexpectedly, but not unwelcome. Because I’ve still got a HUGE grin on my face.

Gaining altitude, plane shaking, and my heart soars and shakes along with it, too. Because I’m up here… high above the ground… in one of those planes I’d watch from the ground and wistfully tell myself “someday.”

That was always it. “Someday,” I’d say… dreaming of a future when the timing would be right, the money would be there, I’d have a good travel companion and the stars would be aligned… then I’d “do it.” Whatever “it” was. Fly to New York, Seattle, San Francisco, ITALY, or even back to Walt Disney World. Someday I would travel. I’d go, really…

I promised this to myself every day as I’d drive into work, watching the planes fly overhead… looking up and wondering where they were headed. I’d smile and wish them well on their travels, then imagine I was high above myself, in that plane right along side them.

“Someday,” I’d whisper to myself on a sigh… driving to my daily drudgery. But someday never seemed to happen. Days turned to years. Same routine, same life, same issues, same promises.

Till today.

My stomach keeps dropping and tightening and the butterflies are definitely putting on a show in there… but I can’t tell if it’s caused by the dipping of the plane in turbulence, or because I know this is such a big step in my life, and the reality is finally hitting me a bit more.

I’ve talked about adventures and finding it “someday.” But this is finally happening today. The twisting and turning continues, and I’ve still got that stupid grin plastered to my face.

Alone, but not lonely.

And incredibly excited to see where my path leads next.

 

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the magical princess and her royal family

Last year the family showed up in their jammies, so I was excited to see what they had planned for their photos this year.

“She’s going through a phase where she loooooves her princess dress and doesn’t want to wear much else… is that okay?”

Yes, YES… a thousand times YES!!! I loooooooove when we get to capture particular stages that the kiddos are in. So we played princess for the day. She came dressed in her favorite Princess Tiana dress (from Disney’s Princess and the Frog), and her parents dressed up so they’d be just as fancy as their daughter.

This location was enchanting, and I was sure to catch lots of sunshine and lens flare to keep the magic going.

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LOVE these pictures as much as I do? Be sure to sign up for my LAST mini-sessions of 2014, being held THIS SUNDAY, November 9th, in THIS same favorite location of mine. There are only a few spots left, so be sure to contact me to snag a spot before they’re gone!

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minted magic and holiday fun

Several months back, Minted.com asked if they could use a few of my photos as samples for their new holiday cards. It was fun to see my images start to pop up in several new designs, but yesterday was a FABULOUS surprise…

Out of THOUSANDS of entries, a card design which showcased one of MY images was selected as one of four Guest Judge winners of the Let it Snow! Holiday + New Year’s Photo Card Challenge! (squeeeeeeeee!!!!)

Guest Judge Elaina Sullivan, Market Editor at Domino selected the “Handwritten Noel” design by Sarah Curry.

Here is a snippet of this fantastic announcement, as seen on Minted’s blog:

(See all the winners by clicking here.)

Although I REALLY should give a lot of the photo credit to my fabulous clients… this family was SUPER-adorable and it was their idea to bring the little car with the tiny tree tied up top. And, oh yeah… they all showed up in JAMMIES! (I puffy-heart people with this kind of creativity.)

Check out how much FUN we had together during last year’s mini-session:

Ready to PLAY? I am holding Holiday Mini-Sessions this year on October 11 and November 9. Contact me to learn more and sign up for a session of your own.

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2014 Holiday Mini-Sessions

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It might be a little hard to believe because it’s still in the high 90s outside…  but it’s almost holiday season once again.

So I’m uber-happy to announce my 2014 holiday mini-sessions! It’s the perfect chance to snag some new pics of the kiddos, update the family photo… and just have a bit of fun in front of the camera if you’re new to me and would like to start with a smaller session first.

Mini-Session Details:

  • 2 dates available: October 11 and November 9 
  • 30-minute sessions held in outdoor location in Orange County (selected by me)
  • clients will receive 5 high-resolution digital images (with print release), as well as 25 holiday cards
  • a minimum of 15 images will be shared in an online gallery; additional images and products will be available for purchase

BRAND-NEW for this year: FREE online back-ups for TEN years!!! Yes, you read that right… any digital images you purchase will be hosted in an online gallery for 10 years. Not only will you have access to those photos at any time (great for last-minute gift ordering and emergency back-up)… but since the gallery is also an app, you can easily save on your phone to show off anywhere and share online with the touch of a button.

READY TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY SESSION?! Contact me for more info and to save your spot.

 

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