Monday Love | Learning

Another edition of Monday Love….

A quote: Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later. -Dana Stewart Scott

Something personal: It has been quite a summer!  And although the heat persists, my kids will be starting school in exactly one week.  Kylie in Kindergarten and Jake at pre-school.  It’s hard for me to believe, and yet I think I am ready for the transition.  The quote above made me giggle, but it also brings to life the truth that I realize on a daily basis: Time just keeps moving faster and faster.  I remember being a kid, and being bored.  When was the last time you were actually BORED?  I truly can’t remember.  There are never a lack of things that need to be done, or things that I acually WANT to do, only a lack of time to do them.  And so, I am so incredibly appreciative for the four days I spent last week at the NAPCP Retreat in Vail (National Association of Professional Child Photographers).  Having the time to grow my heart, my mind, my friendships and my love for what I do — it’s a wonderful gift.

Here are a few of my images from the amazing workshop of Kelly Ryden and Tracy Raver.  Spending 4 hours with these two newborn-posing-superstars was AWESOME!  :)  We watched as they lulled these sweet babies into a deep sleep and molded them into cozy poses.  Kelly and Tracy shared some of their secrets with us, and I know it will help me with my own newborn posing and shooting skills.

Something I love: Have you heard of Pinterest?  It’s a bit ironic since I’m talking about my total lack of time, and then in the same breath saying how much I love Pinterest, which also takes time.  But for me, Pinterest has enabled me to get rid of some clutter.  When I see something that I love, like a recipe in a magazine, or a picture of a beautiful room (Pottery Barn anyone??), I usually fold down the corner of the page and keep the magazine in a big pile in my house, or tear out the page and add it to my folder full of inspiration.  The problem is, I rarely get to go back to these “finds” and when I do want to go back, I can’t find what I was looking for anyway.  Enter Pinterest!!  Now, when I see something I love, I pull up the picture on my computer and “pin it” to one of my boards on Pinterest.  Now the pictures and the links are all in one place and I can find them easily.  PLUS, you can browse other people’s pin boards and get inspired by all of their amazing ideas as well!  Needless to say, there is a big pile of magazines in my recycle bin now.

Here are my pin board categories so far:

  • I love it
  • For the home
  • Organize
  • Studio Inspiration
  • Yummy

Here’s one of the things I pinned to my “I love it” board.  Hopefully Jeff will look here when he’s doing his Christmas shopping!  :)

It’s great to be back!  :)

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