Thursday, July 26, 2012

Pinned it, Did it: Part 3 | Pinterest Thrusday | iPhonography

Week three of my Pinterest Thursdays ... and boy! I've been busy with my pins. Not as much as I'd like, but I've been working it.

One of my big projects going on right now is transforming my son's Wall E/Space themed bedroom into an Avengers/Superhero room. Sounds simple enough right? Well, with me, nothing is simple. I don't like all the cheesy things that come with children's rooms. All the themed bedspreads and wall stickies ... not for me. It was cute when he was a baby, but my plan here is to make he's room last a while. Because I go into a lot of detail when it comes to decorating, not only do I get stressed out, but my wallet doesn't like it when I get a re-decoration idea. So, Pinterest to the rescue.

You guys remember my son's room, right?

This was the picture that I decided that my baby boy is growing up and needs to have a big boy bed. He was so cute just sleeping there, but he's feet were hanging off the toddler bed. LOL

So, first move was to get a twin sized bed. We looked on IKEA and saw a nice simple bed that was cheap and would have worked perfectly. But then, we saw that Ashley Furniture was going out of business and was have a "huge sale."  Well, we went in there looking for a bargain — we didn't find one, but we left with a bed anyway. I tried all my negotiation skills (which I'm pretty good at, I lived in Korea for a while and visited Mexico a few times. My haggling skills are good), but not good enough in the good ol' U S of A. We did end up getting about 30% off the bed, but it was still overpriced for a business that is claiming bankruptcy. That's just my opinion though.

Any who, this is the bed.  The best part (according to my son)? The secret lair underneath, of course!
Stage one complete. Now, you're asking "What does this have to do with Pinterest Thursday?" Well, in the decor of course! As you can see in the pictures, it's still a space theme. So, with the help of my SUPERHERO BEDROOM inspiration board, I have started doing little details in his room. There's really no rush because I'm waiting on original canvas paintings from a dear friend, Chrissy's Creative Creations. She painted my son's Wall E/space themed canvases and well, who else would I ask to do an Avengers theme?!

I so happened to move his space theme to his duckie themed bathroom. "Mom, I'm too big for duckies in my bathroom," he said to me. I couldn't give or toss her beautiful canvases, so this was the perfect idea!

First order of business was to change up the baby blue in his name letters above the bed. Inspired by this:
Blogs, Dogs, Frogs and books ...
I did this! My momma must'av taught me right, because I just didn't have the heart to rip up a book to do this craft ... comic book or not. I just couldn't do it. So, I scanned the pages that I liked from about 9 comic books I found at a fun comic book store. Funny thing about the store ... I have never been into superheroes ... like, never. But since having a boy, I've grown to enjoy superhero flicks, tv shows, and books. This was the first time I had ever stepped foot into a comic book store and boy, I was in amazement! It was awesome! I highley suggest going to your local comic book store and just spend a few minutes (or hours, like we did) going through the fun, vintage and new books. I had a blast searching the "rubbage rack" to find books that people didn't care for because they were ripped or starred characters they didn't like. I found a few gems for only $0.50! Then, of course I spent up to about $5 on some of the more popular, like "The Origin of Captain America." But I got 9 books for about $18. I considered it a great buy, especially since I then framed them and now they're wall decor as well. Double duty!
Each letter of his name features an Avenger. D - Captain America, O - Spiderman and Black Widow, K - Thor, K - Ironman, E- Hulk, N - Hawkeye. "O" shared the spotlight only because there wasn't enough letters! LOL But I mixed it well, didn't I? I mean, Black Widow and Spiderman? Awesome.

I'm currently working on his dresser right now. I did paint his drawer knobs, inspired by this:

Of course, I painted Marvel/Avengers theme. I think they turned out great!

That's all I have for his bedroom for now. There is more to come ... just you wait and see! Did you check out my SUPERHERO BEDROOM board? You really should! There are so many great ideas and talented people out there, Pinterest is awesome.

A Pinterest Thursday wouldn't be complete with some hairstyles that I attempted from my HAIRSTYLE board. So, here you go!
The Beauty Department
This style was a little hard for me ... still getting the hang of french braiding my own hair. Plus, I didn't follow the blog directions exactly because my hair is shorter than the model's. I just did a messy bun at the bottom.
The Beauty Department
I did this style just before I headed to the beach. It held up great, but I didn't go in the water. Yet, it was windy as all get out on the sand, I thought it came out great!
This one didn't come out as planned ... plus my hair is too puffy and frizzy during the summer to wear it down. So, I attempted THIS, and threw my hair up in a lil' tuck thing and viola!

And there you have it folks! My pins for the week! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do and don't forget!

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All my personal photos (except the first image) were taken with my iPhone and some were edited with Instagram and framed together in Photoshop.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Back to School Special | Mini-session | Fayetteville, NC Photographer

Mini sessions available for August. This excludes high school and college seniors. Book now, limited space available!

-- Locations will be discussed upon booking.
-- $35 session fee needs to be paid in full to ensure your booking date and time. Ensure that your date and time is available with photographer prior to paying session fee.
-- Photographer's contract must be signed prior to the session.
-- Provided will be a student's desk, old time books, an apple, fake reading glasses, and a mini chalk board. Client may bring other props if desired.
-- Session is only 30 minutes and 2 Facebook quality images (low resolution) will be up almost immediately following the session. 10-15 images will be available to view in private online gallery to order from.
-- No prints or digital images (high quality) are included in this offer. The $35 fee is purely my time, travel, creativity, and editing.
-- 10% military discount is available on prints. Digital images are not discounted.

Any questions, email

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Sunflare Field | Maternity | Fayetteville, NC Photographer

This has to be one of my favorite maternity session's I've done. I love how the light was like ... PERFECT for this session! This lovely woman and her son (who happened to be my neighbors) headed to the middle of no where with me in the morning and we found this wheat field. It was perfect. 

The main goal of this session was to document a big brother's role in his family while his daddy served our country overseas. And mommy's father is a professional photographer himself, no pressure right?! The only thing that would have made this session better, was to have daddy home for the pictures.

Daddy is home now, but not without suffering an injury. He lost his right leg serving as a medic for the 82nd Airborne Division, while on a foot patrol in southern Afghanistan. He stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) that took the lower half of his right leg. He also took significant shrapnel to the back of his left leg, minor shrapnel to his right arm, and to his chest. He is currently recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with his family by his side. Friends and family have come to his aid by putting together a couple of fundraisers in his name to help out the family with their recent move to Washington, D.C. and his recovery time. Please take the time to check out and/or give your support to the family HERE and HERE.

Gorgeous right? A lovely family and I'm going to miss them as they continue to the next stage of their lives. I wish them the best of luck and support them 100%. Thank you for your service!

Image from Bud's Paracord Bands
This survivor bracelet from Bud's Paracord Bands not only shows your support to this one brave soldier but also shows your support for all of those who serve in the military and protect our country. 

SWP is proud to support our military members through my personal service, my family's service, Operation: Love Reunited, my military discounts, and volunteerism with military support groups. 

Please, the next time you see a military servicemember, thank them for what they do. It's a tough job and I'm glad there true heroes out there.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Give an Hour | Events | Fayetteville, NC Photographer

I had the opportunity to take pictures of a wonderful event that it's main goal was to bring awareness to post traumatic stress disorder, military suicides, and helping our returning soldiers reintegrate back into their every day lives back home.

Give an Hour is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the servicemembers and families affected by deployments to war torn countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

The organization provides counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents. They also offer treatment for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, sexual health and intimacy concerns, and loss and grieving.

In addition to direct counseling services, the organization's providers are continuously working to reduce the stigma associated with mental health by participating in and leading education, training, and outreach efforts in schools and communities and around military bases.

One of the many ways the organization is participating and leading the outreach efforts just happen at the Camero Art House Theater, July 10th. The theater hosted a film screening of 'Hell and Back Again,' which tells the story of 25-year-old Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris' "personal struggle at home in North Carolina, where Harris confronts the physical and emotional difficulties of re-adjusting to civilian life with the love and support of his wife, Ashley. Masterfully contrasting the intensity of the frontline with the unsettling normalcy of home."

It's a powerful documentary that I suggest you all watch. I also suggest if you are like Nathan or know someone like Nathan, please get in contact with Give an Hour. They truly are passionate about helping veterans and servicemembers through the processes of reintegration and have a wealth of knowledge to share with you.

Don't forget to click on the hyperlinks I provided for you to learn more about the organization, venue, and movie!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pinned it, Did it: Part 2 | Pinterest Thursday | iPhonography

Well, another week down and unfortunately, I only did one pin! O.M.G. I know right? But I have pinned a lot and am ready to do some of them ... eventually. I also added "My Recent Pins" to the left side of the blog so that you can see all the wonderful, creative, educational, and funny things I pin. I know, you're just dying with excitement aren't you? I know you are. :-)

On to my pins!

This pin is simple. You know why? Because I was in the middle of a cleaning frenzy while trying to make room for my son's big boy bed and I lost track of time and I hadn't figured out what I was going to do with dinner. So what did I do? I went to Pinterest, searched "chicken, easy, crockpot." And this is what I found.

By clicking on the picture, you'll be led to my pin and thus, the recipe from Stick a Fork in it.
According to the blog, the recipe was simple and I didn't even have to stir it!
4-6 pieces boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 bottle BBQ sauce
1/4 c vinegar
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 - 1 tsp. garlic powder

mix BBQ sauce with all ingredients listed under it. place chicken in crockpot. pour sauce over it and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.
And by golly, they were right. Now granted, mine was in there for about 5 hours (way too long, I got side tracked) and I just had little chicken strips ... and well, I used honey smoked BBQ sauce ... but they tasted great. Yes, they were a little dry, but that was because I left it in too long. But here's my picture! I put the strips on top of brown rice and my intent was to have biscuits, but I forgot to heat the oven, so I have wheat bread. LOL Do you see a trend here with forgetfulness? 

It's an iPhone photo ... :-)
I'm also going to share an older pin ... it was for the 4th of July, but never shared with you guys!
Inspired by: This pin with no link to it ... so thank you to the person responsible for the idea.
I changed it up a little and did my own thing. Here it is:
Taken on iPhone, framed with PolyFrame app.
And there you have it folks! My two pins for the week! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do and don't forget!

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pinned it, Did it | Pinterest Thursday | iPhonography

So ... everyone knows about the Pinterest craze, right? I mean, it's addicting. I spend a lot of my free time, usually when I'm waiting in line at Walmart or waiting in a line for some other reason, surfing this wonderful idea sharing web site. I pin so many things in hopes to trying them out one day. I do try out a few things here and there, mostly recipes or hairstyles. But I do frequent my "My Style" board while I'm out shopping for clothes, 'cause well, I have NO style. LOL! I love pinning crafts to do with my son and DIY crafts for the home. I pin a lot of party ideas, 'cause well, I love to throw a party! I also pin photography inspiration and education web sites and of course, I pin my own photography in hopes of inspiring others. There has been some debate over the copy right issues for photographers on Pinterest, but I'm not going to go too in depth with it. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and what I really want to talk about is all the pins I have done.

I've shared a few pins in recent blogs, you can see them HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. If you have no clue what I'm talking about, read up on Pinterest and you should totally follow me on MY PINTEREST.

Any who, I figured that I should share with you my adventures in Pinterest on a more constant basis - hence PINTEREST THURSDAY! Now, I can't promise every Thursday will be Pinterest Thursday, since, well, you know me and my ability to NOT post consistently. But, I promise to post Pinterest Thursdays on a Thursday! LOL!

First, if you already have Pinterest, I need you to go to the link below and follow it. If you already are, thank you! This is a link to my board, "Pins I've Tried." It will contain my attempt at the pin, as well as the original pin I got the idea from. Also, most of my attempts are going to be taken with my iPhone ... so you're just gonna have to enjoy my iPhoneography skills. :-)

Okay, now for the fun. First up is a hairstyle that was SIMPLE and QUICK! Who doesn't enjoy that?!
This pin originated HERE.
It's cute right? I mean, all I had to do was put some of my hair into a low pony tail and pull it half way out. Ten I took the pieces I left out and wrapped them around the pony "bump" and secure with a few bobby pins. SIMPLE, EASY, and QUICK.

Next, I have some food and boy, was this dish DELICIOUS!
The pin originated HERE.
So, it doesn't look EXACTLY like it does in the original pin, but it was amazing. I added some ingredients to it, as well as substituted ingredients because I didn't have them on hand.

Directions according to Plain Chicken:

1/2 Lawry's Herb & Garlic marinade
2 Tbsp. pesto
2 boneless chicken breasts, pounded thin

1/2 pound penne pasta
2 tsp olive oil
1 shallot, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup half & half
1 tsp flour
salt & pepper (to taste)
1 tsp basil

Marinate chicken in Lawry's herb & garlic marinade and pesto overnight. Grill until done.

In a large pot, boil water with 1 tbsp salt. Add 1/2 lb penne pasta noodles and boil according to package directions. Heat olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallot is tender(about 3-5 mins). Add the garlic and chicken broth to the pan and allow to reduce by half. Once the broth has reduced, stir in tomato sauce. Add the half & half and flour and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat to low. Add basil to sauce and mix well. Drain pasta and add to sauce. Stir well to coat. Serve pasta in bowls, top with sliced chicken.

I cut my chicken smaller and not in strips, I didn't use the marinade ... I just threw some red pepper, garlic salt, onion salt and water in the pan to simmer with the chicken. I also didn't have garlic cloves or chicken broth. I did have chicken bullion though. I used 1% milk and added flour to thicken the sauce. No basil either ... wonder why I didn't use basil ... I have it. Oh well. It came out AWESOME! 

I have been lucky thus far that my pins have all turned out great or okay. But I do enjoy reading about pins that do go according to plan and will share my pin mishaps as well. But for now read Pinster. If you can get past her language, she's hilarious. 

And don't forget!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Horse Show | Events | Fayetteville, NC Photographer

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I'm playing catch up on my session blogs. This session is a first for me and it was in April. I have been to a steeple chase, I've ridden horses, and I've worked on a ranch. But I've never seen a horse show like this before. It was a wonderful experience that my friend, Ramona, shared with me and wanted me to photograph.

I had no clue what to expect, but she and her horses are gorgeous and made my job easy. She even filled me in on what to expect and how she and the horses were being judged. And the fact that I needed to catch the horse's feet just right — three on the ground and one in the air. It's harder than you think, but I just had the camera on burst and went for it.

It was a fun time and my son even got to sit on a horse. Ramona even allowed him to compete in the junior category, but he wasn't having it. Sitting on the horse was one thing, but walking with one ... no way. Hm, maybe next time.


Ramona and her two horses were blue ribbon winners all day. She also got second in one event as well.

Western Category. Ramona looked so spiffy!

Daddy and Dokken started out slow by petting the horses, then Ramona was able to get him on the horse. It was awesome to see him conquer his fear like that. He's a cutie pie, a sissy, and my baby boy. I love him! LOL

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Catching Waves | Rock the Shot July Photo Contest | Fayetteville, NC Photographer

Looks like a blast right? LOL, my son is crazy. At first he was scared of "catching waves." He was so far inland that the sand was only somewhat dampened by the waves. Finally, he mustered up some courage and decided to head into the water to try his luck. After tumbling a couple of times, he finally caught some waves and had a blast. I couldn't get him OUT of the water!

This is also my submission for Rock the Shot's July Photo Contest.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Young Love | Couple | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

I haven't posted sessions in a while ... I dunno why. I mean, this is my photography blog! LOL

Here is a sweet, young couple. She bought a session for him on Valentines Day. How cute is that? He is also a photographer, so I had some added pressure! But they were awesome and so cute towards each other.

Have a lil' peek!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fourth of July | Fireworks | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day yesterday. I know my family did. We headed up to the capital, Raleigh, for some 4th of July fun. We played at the children's museum, Marbles, for a while to stay out of the heat ... and the rain.

After the museum, we walked downtown to the festivities only to be caught in a BIG thunderstorm ... more like monsoon! So we huddled under the awning of the local news station, which by chance, was on air at the moment. My son loves the weatherman, Chris, and was super excited to see him "for real and talking to the camera." He had his face squished to the glass window and kept saying, "that's Chris! I count on Chris!" <--- which is the station's catchphrase for the weatherman, "I count on Chris."

After the rain let up a little, we decided to run to a restaurant to just sit, eat, and chill. Which we did. Then, like magic, the rain went away and the sun came out. Three hours till fireworks and the temperature dropped and the skies were clear. The fireworks were a go!

Let me tell you, this was the first time they shot fireworks on the main street of downtown Raleigh, and it was spectacular! I was in awe (but of course, I love fireworks anyway).  After the show, we headed back home ... which kinda stinks, cause it's about an hour and half away and all three of us either had school or work to go to! But, we enjoyed ourselves even though we hated the alarm clock this morning! We didn't get to light any sparklers or firecrackers this year, but maybe we'll light some sparklers tonight or on the beach this weekend. All in all, I had a blast. The family had a blast. And i can't wait till the holiday is on a weekend again! This middle of the week thing is for the birds! :-)

(Just for your general knowledge: these firework shots were taken on my lil' Canon Rebel Ti2, on a tripod in manual mode at F/10, 4 seconds, and ISO 100)

 I love fireworks and I can't sit still when they're going on, 'cause well, I love them! But it's probably an issue when my 5 year-old is sitting still and I'm not!

 Aren't these just awesome? I had to remember to stop taking pictures so that I could actually ENJOY the fireworks. That's the issue with photographers, we tend to look through life through our view finder. It's important to have the photos for memories, but it's also important to LIVE the memories!

  Ending with this fun photo. The shutter speed was too short, but long enough to catch the light trails of my glow bracelets — I didn't make it back to my chair before the shutter closed, LOL. Hazards of self timers and trying to be IN the photos you take! I just thought it made a fun photo. (My son is covering his ears cause he doesn't like loud noises and mommy and daddy forgot his earmuffs.)

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

End of May & June | Monthly Photo Dump | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

Okay. Lemme 'splain something ... We all know I'm not good at posting things. I know, you know, we all know. So this lil' project that I call the Monthly Photo Dump ... well, I got behind — as usual. I mean, I could go on and on, telling you why I didn't post May's photo dump on time. I mean, I only just went to England and France the end of May into June. I mean, that couldn't have possibly been the reason. Or the fact that I've been playing catch up for clients and work and blah, blah, blah. Nope, those couldn't be the reasons.

However, I am late on the May Monthly Photo Dump. I'm sorry. BUT! I am on time with the June Monthly Photo Dump!

So, I'm pretty sure that you guys know that I'm going to say the month's of May and June have kept me pretty busy. I squeezed in a few SWP sessions as well as Operation Love: ReUnited sessions before I left for my D-Day coverage in England and France (which I'm still working on personal photos from there!). I also went on a beach retreat with the family, via the Strong Bonds Program through the Army. Saw the movie, The Avengers, which was kinda like a national holiday in the Wells' household. Superheroes are a big thing with us. In June, after I returned from the trip, we kinda just chilled around Fayetteville and I took the family to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum to teach my son (and my husband) about WWII and what I had learned from my trip. The Iron Mike statue was a big stop to show my son because the real one, in Stainte Mere-Eglise, France, is much smaller than the one in front of the museum and the one on Fort Bragg. Once I got back into the swing of business and family time, I tried new hairstyles via Pinterest, Skyped with family and had my iPhone run over, and caught up with friends. Fun stuff. Birthday parties and girls night outs, and of course acquiring a Ryan Newman autographed race tire from the Coca-Cola 600 were just some of the highlights in June.

These end of month photo dumps are taken with Instagram or Hipstamatic (on my iPhone) and put into a Photoshop template where I can share with you 15 of my family photos from the month. I hope this gives you a little insight of what my family does on a monthly basis. I won't give too much explanation to the photos, as it is a photo dump, but if you follow me on Facebook — you won't be too lost! :-)


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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins | Food | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

Welp, I was at it again -- it only took me about a month and a half -- baking, that is.

For Mother's Day, I wanted to go strawberry picking. I mean, how fun does that sound? I have never picked strawberries before ... and to be honest, I usually get my produce from the grocery store. I'm from a big city ...  LOL! I pick my veggies and fruit from the refrigerated section! The only other time I picked something fresh was when the family went apple picking. You can see our photos from the adventure HERE. 

Which brings up another point, I seem to pick fruit only when I have a photo session idea! I mean, I don't eat as much fruit as I should ... or veggies ... but the pictures of the kiddo picking fruit is WAY more important to me! LOL! Except, on this trip I didn't bring my camera, a friend did. I've been lazy and haven't gotten the pictures from her yet, but I did do some iPhoneography out there!

Here are some of the shots. They were taken with Instagram.

And going with tradition, we had to make something with these strawberries ... so, after much wait ... a month and a half of waiting, I made some muffins using the strawberries we picked. 

The day of the picking, I washed the strawberries, split them up into two freezer baggies and froze them in attempt to use them for smoothies. Like a dummy, I didn't cut off the stems ... so, for a month and a half, the strawberries sat in the freezer because I couldn't use them in my smoothies due to the green stuff. 

Last Wednesday, I decided to pull them out and thaw them. For 4 days, they sat in the fridge and I kept telling myself I needed to use them before they went bad. And finally, on Sunday at like 7pm, I made Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins. (For the record, I don't recommend waiting so long or fully thawing frozen strawberries ... they were soggy due to the melted ice.)

I found the recipe on Pinterest, from Jane's Sweets & Baking Journal. And boy! She knows what's she's talking about! LOL These are delicious!!! And keeping with the iPhoneography theme, these were also taken with my iPhone! Call it lazy, call it art ... but don't knock it. ;-)

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