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My little guy spends most of his free time outside of his busy first grade life doing one thing. HUNTING BUGS, and animals, and whatever creepy crawly thing might be readily available for him to put in his bug hut and examine(a.k.a torture). This particular day he came in and had the prize of the century. Usually it is something like the worlds largest spider. Last week it was this:
When you get to the point where you have seen some of the grossest things alive, and brought into your house by a little boy, frogs just ain’t so bad!

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I Heart Faces~ A touch of Sun

This week theme is one of my favorites ever.I love using sun flare on purpose,but I love it even more when I don’t actually work hard to get it. We live in the middle of nowhere, so we often take road trip adventures. One of our favorite places to go is Burney Falls.This is a picture of my beautiful oldest daughter playing on the rocks by the water near the falls.. I am not sure if she even knows I have this picture. I don’t think I have ever shown it to her. She has since moved out to go to college.I’m glad I was able to capture her candidly before she left, since she hates having her picture taken. I miss you Mollie, I know you will eventually forgive me for being sneaky!This photo was entered into the I Heart Faces photo challenge –

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I Heart Faces~Back to School

I haven’t had too much extra time for the I heart faces photo challenges lately, but I love doing them, so I made the effort to do it this week. This is my back to school picture of Maggie. I decided to go out and do a theme(this one is from last year), only because my kids are in 3 different schools, and start on 3 different days each year. This is always my alternative to the yucky school pictures that are taken every year. I hate that they don’t show anything of my kids personalities, although I will admit that I actually bought one in which Maggie decided to re-do her hair on her own after getting to school, and one in which she posed laying on her side in a dress with snow-boots on! BEST.PICTURES.EVER!!! I figure they will make good bribery pictures for later, maybe I will use them at her wedding reception to get a few chuckles! Thank you so much if you have taken the time to visit my blog and I really love comments too!
This photo has been entered into a contest at I heart faces!

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Josh~Senior Rep~Susanville Senior Photographer

Josh is my Lassen High 2012 male senior rep. I had heard great things about Josh, and was looking very forward to meeting him. We decided to do our session at his home. I got to meet his lovely mom, and you will see above that I also got to meet his bff Roc (hope that’s spelled right),who was very cool! I had heard that Josh was a pretty funny guy. Unfortunately I turned out to be the funny one. I practically fell into a bush, which is always a great way to loosen someone up. Nothing like physical comedy! Josh was as cool as everyone said, although I think he may have held back a little on the humor! I think he has a great future ahead of him. Josh I wish you all the best in your senior year. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you!

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Chris~Susanville Senior Photographer

I recently had a session with Chris. He is a super talented soccer player. I got to watch him “dribble” the ball. Oh yeah I picked up some soccer terms! I am generally impressed by the youth in our small town, but even more so with Chris. He was polite, easy to work with, and funny. We had a great time, I was even able to get him to relax by making him say some funny stuff, even though he hates the camera. The poor guy even endured a family session with me the next day. It wasn’t that bad huh? Chris, thank you for letting me do your senior session, and I wish you all the best in the following year, through graduation, and beyond. I know you will go far. Good luck!

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Senior Rep LHS class of 2012~Kelsie Wheeler

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Makinzie~Susanville Dance Portrait Photographer~

My summer has officially come to an abrupt, but welcomed end with a sudden influx of seniors. I am excited to be sharing some of these sessions with you soon, and looking forward to getting to know the senior class of Lassen 2012! I thought I would share a session I did a little earlier this summer. This is Makinzie, I have done her pictures a couple times before, and she is even one of my fair award winners. I have gotten to spend a lot of time with her this summer, and I think she is so much fun! Look for her to be doing big things this year as one of the Lassen Cheer Elite Cheerleaders! Congrats Kinze, I know you will rock it!

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Blazers Girl~Susanville Portrait Photographer

I have had the great pleasure of photographing the gorgeous Miss Celeste. She needed head, and body shots because she is trying out to be a Blazers girl. Due to the fact that I respect her privacy, I will only be sharing her head shot from this session. I have been so blessed to get to know her well in the last  few years, as a friend , and a dance teacher for my daughter, and I am so proud of who she is, and honored to call her my friend. She is a great role model for any little girl! Her parents did a fabulous job. Celeste, I know you will do great. I am rooting for you girl!


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I heart faces~From a distance

This weeks portrait is one I just recently took. I just love the look of the whole tree being shown, which of course leads to a small person. I think that my favorite thing about this photo is that it turned out EXACTLY as I had planned it in my mind. That is such a hard thing to accomplish! Thank you if you take the time to stop and comment. I read every single one, and I love them!

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I Heart Faces~Yellow

It’s so hard to find the words to say when your child is about to move on. I am surprised at how hard it really is. A brief moment ago I was walking her to her first day of kindergarten. Then I thought how could she possibly be in middle school? She’s growing up so fast. Only days later…I swear, just days, she was a freshman in high school. Now here we are. I blinked. It flew. She is 2 days from her 18th birthday. She is moving on, going to school away from me. I am so proud, yet a piece of my heart is walking away with her. I know there will be visits, and phone chats. It’s so hard to let go, but I instead will see it as moving forward. I couldn’t be more proud of the young adult she has become. Congrats Mollie, you made it!

Young woman, my daughter,
my joy and my heart,
You’ve reached the end
only to find a new start.
The world sees the young woman
with her charm and her smile,
but behind the woman,
I will always see the child.

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