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30 Ways to Get You Through the Rest of this Winter | Part 1

Today I'm going to give you the first ten (of 30) tips and tricks I've learned to battle seasonal depression. You certainly don't have to have actual Seasonal Affective Disorder to experience the Winter Blues. February is that odd month for me... and I know many agree. It's short, it's full of exciting/busy activities, but it also just DRAGS on and on and on because we can see the light of Spring at the end of the tunnel but we just aren't. quite. there. yet. So if you're feeling the winter blues a bit, here are some ideas I've found to help me power through.      1. Spend 15 minutes looking at photos from an event that made you really happy. In her book The Happiness Project {affiliate link here, I highly recommend} Gretchen Rubin writes "Studies show that recalling happy times helps boost happiness in the present. When people reminisce, they focus on positive memories, with the result that recalling the past amplifies the positive and minimizes the

Newborns at Home | Baby Jade

  Here's sweet baby Jade! One week after her amazingly fast birth. She was just so petite and pretty in pink for her newborn photos with me. A thousand congrats again to the Ingles Family. Your newest addition is just precious!     Like these photos? Book me now to document your baby's yawns and tiny

Birth Photography | Welcoming Baby Jade

I can't really think of any better way to celebrate the fresh start of a New Year than to witness the birth of a baby. And Jade's story was even more exciting than usual because when she decided she was ready, she was ready NOW! Her Momma and I were going back and forth over text the whole afternoon. Angela didn't want me to rush over to the hospital and end up waiting for hours and hours. But I just had a weird feeling that I needed to get over there. Birth photographer's intuition? I should probably add that to my credentials! ;-) So Miss Jade was born less than an hour after I got there... at first all was quiet, Mom was trying to rest and breathe, and then she got in the tub for a change of scenery and surprised everyone with some really strong contractions and pushing! So cue midwife because it was showtime! Grandma was calling for Dad to hurry up and get here but unfortunately Baby waits for no man. She was so beautiful and sweet and the tiniest little thing I've

Headshot Photography | Corning Area Chamber of Commerce

This post is an example of how I see a story in everything. Every job I do gives me the opportunity to meet new people... I get to give them something (great photos) and I almost always get to learn and grow from my interactions with them. When I moved back to Corning a year and a half ago, it wasn't under the best of circumstances. To say that starting over as a single mom and relaunching my business after four years in Germany was daunting would be an understatement. Sure, I was back in my hometown and surrounded by family and friends who were supporting me, but I was scared out of my mind. I remember poking around the internet and looking at the Corning area... thinking about who was taking what kind of photography, brainstorming my dream business, thinking about the best niche for me... and I remember thinking about joining the Chamber of Commerce. But I didn't because I didn't think I was good enough. Fast forward a year, and I'm gaining a healthier mindset

My Earliest Memory

Look guys! I drew you a picture! I wanted to literally illustrate today's story ;-) Let's rewind to Kindergarten with Jess. (circa what? 1992?) I'm approximately 5 and 1/2 years old and I'm about to form my earliest childhood memory... and it's equal parts humiliating and empowering. Ready? So even at a young age, I fancied myself QUITE the artist. We are assigned to the art easel station in groups of four. I can remember how each easel was set up, kind of in a square, so we were all painting together but we couldn't really see each other's work. Teacher says "Paint a Christmas tree!" and I'm all like "oh girl I am going to CRUSH this."  Problem is, I can't remember the shape I need to start with. I know there's a shape. I'm positive it's not a circle. But that's where my confidence ends. Is it a square or a triangle? Definitely a square. Or is it? Hmmmmm... Enter the inner dialog of a little girl who already knows there is a school rule about "no cheating"