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Friday, August 29, 2008

When I was 12

My father bought a video camera.

He made copies for everyone of his children who could read. He put it in notebooks. We had to demonstrate that we all knew how to use the camera before he would let us start making movies with it. We thought we were soooo cool. I remember when we figured out how to superimpose images. We would write the title of our talkshow, music video, starsearch, or movie on a piece of paper--tape the paper to the wall and then superimpose it onto the camera so it looked like a movie title or credits.

A few of my more memorable videos would include:
*Sally Jesse Raphael (or was it Leeza) "Babies Having Babies"
*Star Search "Court vs. Jace" in the modeling category (Tia was Jace's stylist. Of course he won, but I still say that I had a more "masculine" subject and was dead from the get-go.)
*Obsessive songs w/Cristin and family "You'll Always be a part of Me" (Mariah Carey), and "Strange Currencies" (REM)
*Evita music videos with Tia
*Canterbury Tales for my English class
***Christmas Eve where the camera was left on to tape our family singing to my accompaniment of the Readers Digest Complete Christmas songbook (my father's idea).

I grew up living like I was always in a music video. In high school I drove a '76 CJ7 Jeep. It was the perfect music video machine. Any time I was singing in that thing I always envisioned a little camera attached to the windshield filming me. I had to restrain myself from jumping out at stoplights for a little dance sequence.

A few weeks ago my cousin Taylor introduced me (as always) to the "Flight of the Conchords" TV series. I had heard their songs before, but I was in awe that they were living my dream. My dream of being in one music video after another. I'm sure that many of you have seen the series, but allow me to share with you my favorite episode. #3. Make sure you listen to the part about the kid selling sneakers on the corner. I always wonder how many times it takes them to film this stuff with a straight face.



My videos were never this good.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Secret Agents

Boys and their imagination. They wanted to be secret agents.

Whatsup with Indy's dark brooding pose??

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**Edited to add...
Apparently, while I was posting this, my secret agent son decided to show off his fathers' "secret agent weapons"...didn't go over very well with his mother. The knives and guns have all been put away. Indy has been grounded. When he asked me what grounded meant, I informed him that he had lost all of his friend and game priviliges for the next week. He asked me (while sobbing uncontrollably :) if he would be allowed to eat....

I told him I would think about it.

My WORLD IS OVER!

I can't think how I'm going to survive!!!!

McLaren just came out and said "hi mom"...he was supposed to be taking a nap.

I knew this was coming, but there's just something so utterly deflating about the whole thing ACTUALLY happening. I think I'm going to cry. Everything was going so well. The kids were doing good at school. Mac and I had a good home relationship going on with his 2.5 hr naps. Things were running so smoothely!!! SNAP!!

Cristin-I'm too depressed to research your old posts...will you please give me the information I need?

Monday, August 25, 2008

One last beach session...

Before we officially say goodbye to summer-I have one more beach session to post. My sister-in-law, who is from CA and currently attending design school (sigh...sounds SO "L.A."-she's the short-hair & glasses), managed to get her whole family down to the beach for a fun session. I didn't need to give them much "encouragement".

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*On another note...I just returned from 2 days in the "mother ship" and it was heavenly. Finished reading the weird vampire series (don't know if I want to admit that now that I've finished it ;), and I'm ready to take on the onslaught of "fall foto season"...here we go!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Go TEAM!

FUN FUN FUN.
5 well-behaved children...a photographers dream.
We did the "nice outfit images" and then we started PLAYING!!!

(I think they need a team saying...let me know if you can think up a good slogan!)

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AND my favorite!!! CHAOS at its finest!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I could've laughed all night...

And day.

Maybe it was the lack of children...maybe it was the heat stroke...maybe it was the random dog sniffing me as I was shooting...or the words of encouragement I decided to offer while shooting ;)

I don't know what it was, but I can't remember laughing so hard in a long time.

Ceremony: Mesa Arizona Temple
Reception: XDiamond Ranch, South Fork, AZ

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Her backyard...nobody could understand why I was speechless when I drove up...
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The scenery at the X Diamond Ranch...
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OR maybe...maybe it was the "NICOLL HEADLOCK" that made me laugh so hard that I was crying...I have no idea how I managed to click the picture...'cause when he said "do you like that???? you want some more???" I lost it...I think this is a brother and sister moment that they will both cherish forever.

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(thanks again Brian for the laugh and the LENS!)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

104--84

That was the temperature difference in 24hrs. More to come later ;) Still trying to recover--just wanted to make my Yuman family proud...I took it like a Yuman and didn't drop over--neither did they!
(I wonder if they have internet connection in stinkin' TAHITI????)

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Don't worry...we had towels to wipe the sweat.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Have you ever...

tried really really hard to make it to the shower and been stalled by one thing or another...and pretty soon 2 (lost track...maybe 3) days have gone by? Leaving you with the tough decision to either burn your dirty, soiled clothing or just throw them out?

My week in a nutshell.

BUT-I'm on my way to shoot a wedding in Phoenix with NO kids :) so I think things will be looking up...and maybe--just maybe, I'll be able to replace the outfit I just burned.

Can't post without a picture...I'll be doing more with these pettiskirts in the next little while. My friend Dawn designs and sells them. Aren't they sooo fun!


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Black at the Beach

Get it?? Not "back" but "black"...never mind.

I'm back with another family session. This was with Maranda Peterson, a fellow friend and photog, from Yuma.

Check out the surfer in the background...nice position dude! Thanks!
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I LOVE this next image...I think he was telling me his joke here...

"What did the brown cow say to the chicken?

"Brown-chick-a-wah-waow..."

Funny.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

To all my "beach" families...

I came across this quote this morning while doing a pathetic 30 minutes on a machine at the gym...and loved it. This would be great artwork for your home...either on the wall or sitting on a little easel...just had to share!

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Face Paint

So a few weeks ago, we were at this little grand opening and they were doing face painting. Laina wanted her face painted and I said "okay". After standing in line for 30 minutes...we still hadn't moved. A monsoon was headed our way and I had 4 little kids ages 5 and under with me. I asked her if we could go home and just do the face painting there. She looked at me a little weird and then agreed. So we went home and I was true to my word. We've since done more face paintings in the form of indians etc...

THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO KILL A GOOD 45minutes WITH ACTIVE LITTLE CHILDREN.

I'm not kidding. Try it. Get out some old crazy make-up--the stuff you bought from the mac counter thinking you would wear and never do--and start painting. Then let them draw and decorate your own face...its kinda' relaxing..like a dirty facial. Oh, and be sure to have lots of face wipes on hand.

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