The sweet blessings of motherhood…..

I have been blessed with the opportunity to capture this beautiful momma’s maternity portraits.  This was her very first experience with having professional images taken of her while she was pregnant.  She was such a joy to capture.  In a time that she wasn’t feeling entirely energetic, I was able to show her just how truly beautiful she is.  Even if she doesn’t see it herself.  To top it off, we were able to include her beautiful daughter, whom is anxiously waiting to be a big sister and finally meet her baby brother.   I look forward to many more experiences like this one.

Until next time,

Shauna

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New Year, New Visions

In taking this year off to slow down and guide my vision to the place I want my art to take me, I have had the time to spend with my son and focus on many events in my life.  I have a good idea of where I want my art to transition to and the goals that I want to achieve.  With the new year, people usually make resolutions; I, however, am not making resolutions…..I am making goals.  Resolutions always get broken, whereas goals are meant to be achieved.

I have changed my style somewhat with my images.  I am going out of my comfort zone and trying new things.  I can’t wait to see what this new year is going to show for me, my family, and my business.  Be sure to follow me on my new journey, and remember you are always welcome to join in on the fun with me, as well.

Best Wishes,

Shauna

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Something About the Innocence of Childhood

Remember the days when life was all about play?  There was not even the slightest worry about rushing from place to place, making sure the bills are paid, monthly budgeting to see if there will be any money left over to do something fun.  Life was simple,  just the joy of play.  I enjoyed watching my son and his cousin meet for the first time this summer and watch how they automatically found something to play.  They ran around my uncle’s house as if they had known each other for years.  Then they played with my son’s Lego people, and created this imaginary world where only the two of them resided.

 

It’s funny how as adults when we are placed in a room with people we don’t know, it takes us a few minutes to adjust and find something to talk about.  Whereas these beautiful children don’t let fear be a factor in interacting with one another.  I believe we as adults need to take a note from kids…life isn’t about who has the best shoes or clothes,  who is better at sports, or who is stronger.  Life is about treating each other with respect and not seeing anything except the character one has inside.  Choose kindness and love, because that is what makes us better people, not possessions.  I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed capturing them.

Until next time,

Shauna

 

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What the future may hold…

As the school year comes to a close, those that are in their final year of high school are feeling a vast array of emotions: hope, excitement, sadness, fear, relief.  A student’s last year of high school, is where they begin to decide how they are going to go about meeting their goals that they set for themselves.  Some knew long before high school what type of adult that they wanted to become, while others will decide as they begin their first year of college.  For this particular young man, he knows which path he wants to go down.  He was accepted to multiple colleges, but put his hopes of acceptance into a military academy.  He knows where he wants to be.  This amazing young man has achieved so much in his academic career: Senior Class President, Cadet Colonel in JROTC, Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society.  Out of all of the options that he was given, he decided to accept his offer for the Naval Academy.  His family is very proud of him!

I am very blessed when I get to capture these milestones in a person’s life.  With every image that I capture, he and his family will have a piece of this moment forever.  “C” was such a joy to capture.  He was relaxed and silly, as well as, serious when he wanted to strike a certain pose.  He could easily be a GQ model.  I hope that you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed capturing them.  I am now accepting bookings for seniors, Class of 2018.  Get your dates scheduled before they fill up.

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Catching It All

I have officially become a TeeBall mom.  I have never followed baseball before in my life, because I always thought it was so boring to watch.  Hey, it just never interested me.  Now it is a completely different story.  My munchkin decided that he wanted to try TeeBall this season instead of soccer.  Mind you, he has never played in his little life every before….not even catch.  His practices were definitely very interesting to watch.  I found myself biting my tongue and being the mom that was yelling “PAY ATTENTION!”  Then the day came for the team’s first game.

It was so completely adorable to see the kids in their uniforms!

I am definitely a proud mommy!  My munchkin showed such focus and determination.

The title of this post is “Catching It All” because sports photography was never a direction that I thought I would be going in.  It is definitely a change.  However, I really did like it!  I tried to capture as many moments as I could.  If you are a parent of an athlete, you know that the kids move quickly and anything can happen at any given time.  Here are a few images of my munchkin and his teammates that I captured.

  

I am so excited to share these moments with you all!  This spring is going to be jam packed with practices and games!  I think I may be falling in love with baseball!  Until next time.

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Cheers to a Great 2016

 

This year has been a wonderful year for me.  It was my second year that I was able to capture timeless moments for the friends and family of Lil Munchkins Photography.  I was able to branch out and try a couple shoots that I never thought I would get the opportunity to do.  I want to thank each and every one of you for the wonderful opportunity to capture your memorable moments.  I am proud to share what 2016 looked like on my end.

 

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If I know what love is….

…it is because of you. -Herman Hesse

 

I have always been a romantic at heart, believing in true love even when we live in a society that is quick to throw away love when relationships get tough.  Once in a while, I will get the chance to see that true love is not just a fairy tale dream.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to capture this elusive dream.  Mr. & Mrs. R have shown me that true love is something that can still be strived to achieve.  After 19 years of marriage, Mr. & Mrs. R decided to take their final sacrament by renewing their vows in the eyes of God.  Surrounded by family and friends, they renewed their promises to each other “to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, ’til death do us part” for the rest of their lives together.  When you look at this couple, it is easy to see that the love has not fizzled out between the two of them.  When they look into each other’s eyes you would think that they were just starting out in their relationship.  We all know that moment, when we are in a new relationship and everything is butterflies and rainbows, and the love will never fade.  They are a true example of true love lasting years.

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“This is me. This is who I am!”

Hey everyone!

I know that I have been quiet for a while, lately.  I have been working so much and trying to balance my schedule.  Plus, I couldn’t show you these wonderful new images before I showed the parents of this amazing young man, now could I?  I have been very blessed to meet a new young man that has the most amazing personality!  He made me laugh continuously through his shoot!  He really does keep himself busy between the scouts, basketball, his sisters, and the amount of reading that he does.  His parents and former teacher had amazing things to say about him!  I mean, come on!  How could they not have great things to say about a young man, when asked, “What can you not live without?”, responds with “my family”.  Here are just a couple things that were said:

 

“He loves science and the way things work.  I can definitely see him as an engineer or even an astronaut one day.”

 

“I remember walking the halls of a hospital with him when he was probably 5 and he stopped to tell a custodian they were doing a nice job washing the windows.  For him there is no scale of appreciation.  He is just appreciative”

 

“I love his giving and helpful heart.  At one point as we were packing up and getting ready to leave, I turned around and found him on one knee helping a younger scout tie his shoes.”

 

I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the stories about this amazing young man!

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Gawky photo inspires “Who I am” project & model call

“Did I not exist as a tween?” I think to myself as I flip the plastic pages of my parents’ family photo album. One of the few photos that exists of me as a preteen is a traditional school photo. You know the one, that head and shoulders pose with the cheesy grin. My braced teeth are slightly too big for my face and my hair is poofy and frizzy. Ah, sweet innocence.

Babies are so cute, new and chubby. Toddlers have those big, bright eyes and lets face it, they just do the darnedest thing. But those tween ages are often forgotten. At ages 10-12, kids aren’t children anymore but aren’t quite teens.

I’m making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. The goal is to help tweens look and feel beautiful/handsome and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit junior high.

In comes the “Who I am.” project
We are starting the “Who I am” photography project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens. The main goal is to make pre-teens look and feel beautiful and be confident in who they are.

Who we’re looking for
We are looking for female & male models for our photography project, ages 10-12. We will ask the model and their parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art.

Why “Who I am”?
We want to capture the personality of these tweens and record the last stage of their childhood before they become young ladies or gentlemen. We want them to realize their true beauty so that they are confident in themselves before they hit Junior High. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image can do for your tweens self-image.

How to participate or nominate a friend:
Please e-mail us by Sunday, January 17th if you are interested in having your child participate in this project, or if you would like to nominate a friend or family member of yours that you think would be perfect for this. Please nominate people you think would enjoy the boutique experience we provide. The session itself is complimentary and includes $50 in product credit (a total $200 value). Our goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you’ll love and that truly show your child’s spirit and soul! Many people like to use these photos as birthday, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and “just because” gifts for their child. Our portrait collections start at $200.

After you email us, we will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your daughter.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Shauna

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The Holidays Are Here!

Christmas time is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  I don’t enjoy them for the gift giving, but for the time that is spent with families.  This is the season when people open their eyes to  what is truly important….family and love.  For me, when my family gets together for the holidays it is a loud and joyous time.  It is the BEST!!

Family is the primary focus of tonight’s post.  I really love when I get to see families that love each other so much you can see it in pictures, as well as, in person.  The “H” family was so much fun to shoot.  They laughed and played with each other during the shoot and it made my job that much more fun.  The love and adoration that their children have for their parents will melt even the coldest of hearts.

Of course, there can be no holiday without delicious Christmas cookies.  The kids were in heaven when it came time for them to change out of dress clothes and into comfy pajamas.  As a mother, I love seeing little bare toes wiggle with delight.  Needless to say, we definitely had some wiggly toes when they were able to see their final treat for doing such a great job of playing and smiling.  I truly enjoyed capturing these forever images for the “H” family, and I hope y’all enjoy these images, too.

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