Archive for May, 2010

Out with the old….in with the new/ A picture speaks a 1,000 words

Monday, May 31st, 2010

This photo was taken with my IPhone.  I was a little bummed that I didn’t have my “real” camera on me when I drove by this house but it really wasn’t necessary.  A picture truly speaks a thousand words.  I guess in this case you could have two different stories.  The very first that came to mind was the most obvious to me, that the new baby is here and the old barking dog has been put out of the house. (tied to the actual stork sign nonetheless).  The other story could be that the family dog is protecting the new baby and house.  Either way I couldn’t pass up the shot because it made me laugh out loud.  I hope it gives you a chuckle.  I would say “poor dog” but right after I took this he started barking like crazy, which could support either story.

4S Ranch Ace Hardware-not your ordinary hardware store

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

I have just completed a job that I did for Ace Hardware for their Corporate Annual Report.  The stores and owners in particular are to be highlighted in the next annual report for high sales and customer service. I was actually contacted about doing the job from an Ace Hardware representative who found my info on the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) website  here . I was thrilled and a little surprised because of my “Children and Families” site.  Anyway it was even better because the majority of the shots were to be taken at the Ace Hardware 1 mile from my house.  Anyway if you live in the 92127 area you MUST shop at this hardware store.  The store along with 2 others in southern California are owned by the nicest family.  Interestingly enough the 3 daughters along with their parents own and operate the stores.  It is far from a stuffy hardware store stocking hammers and electrical wires…though they have those too.  There is a large part of their store that has a boutique flare with tons of great gifts, house ware decor and even watches in fun colors(which I bought one and a much needed battery tester).  You can stop in and buy a baby shower gift (they have Little Giraffe blankets), pick up some home accents and have some popcorn.  (I forgot to mention the fresh popcorn you get for free when you come in the door)

If you didn’t think you were the hardware type, this store will surprise you and you will be back.

Kelly Hollingsworth-VP Merchandising, Bill Griffin-CEO, Sharon Griffin-CFO, Stacey Jess-VP Marketing, Shannon Carney-President

Kelly Hollingsworth-VP Merchandising, Bill Griffin-CEO, Sharon Griffin-CFO, Stacey Jess-VP Marketing, Shannon Carney-President

Photo Tip #5 Follow Quietly

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

This tip is for parents that really want photos of their kids BEING kids.  The key here is patience but it will pay off.  You will not get natural happy playful child like emotions captured in a photo if you constantly talk and chit chat and ask the child to look up and smile.  Simply follow them quietly for awhile.  I promise you that they will look up right at you often to see if you are there and to make sure that you are looking at them.  This is especially true for the little ones.  There is no need to call their name, just be patient and you will get to watch (and photo) all the wonderment that goes a long with exploring.  I enjoyed watching this little one explore the other day.

Great Park in Ramona

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

If you have never been to Dos Picos park in Ramona, you have to go.  There are a variety of fun places to explore, a camp site and a playground. It was my first time there and my  kid photo shoot was so much fun.  I need to go back with my family.  Here are a few shots from the shoot.  There is even a structure like a fort …FUN FUN!