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Shoot Along Photography Class:: Week 2

My second week of my photography short course was a fun one! This week, we focused on composition, which gave me an opportunity to try shooting with rule or thirds, leading lines and symmetry in mind. I really took advantage of our online community this week and relished in the many ideas and photograph ideas that were posted in our private FB group. That, in addition to comments from our two instructors, and I can easily say I learned a lot. My hands-on practice – and the results I’m seeing – continues to give me the confidence that I need to keep going!...


Shoot Along Photography Course – Week 1

My first week of my first ever photography class is officially in the books! Learning from two great photography mom instructors has its’ perks, plus add in an amazing community of online support from others learning how to navigate their cameras, and I’d call it a full-on success! While I won’t go into specifics on the lessons that are taught and the suggestions they give (Sorry, those are the best kept secrets that you learn when taking the class!), I will tell you the things that I loved about my first class with Shoot Along. Things I love about Shoot Along...


The Newest Mammarazi on the Block

Dear Mojitos & Munchkins family, It is no secret that I like love strongly adore photographing my children. Where they see me, they see a mom fanatically taking photos. My mammarazi’ing has taken on different phases throughout my years. Pre-children, I could be seen proudly carrying around my Digital SLR camera, properly worn around my neck while shooting, and just-as-properly put away in its’ traveling case when I wasn’t. Child #1 came around, and I continued to document every big (and small) milestone, but eventually gave up on “properly” wearing the neck strap. After all, kids move so damn fast that...


Attention Mammarazis: Learn how to take better photos!

  If you’re like me, you have a long lost camera hidden away in an office drawer somewhere. I used to own the book “Digital SLR Cameras for dummies” and carried it with me everywhere. When I traveled for work, it was in my carry-on. When I went on vacation, I tucked it into my suitcase thinking I would *finally* have the time to read it. When I went on long road trips with my family, it was at my passenger side feet just waiting to be thumbed through. This darn book sat on my bedside nightstand for no less...


Spotlight Saturday:: Meet A Family Focused Photographer Who Wants to Inspire Others…

This week, our spotlight shines on Jenna Arvidson, of Among The Wildflowers Photography. Based out of Monument, Colorado, Jenna’s mantra is: “Encouraging moms and photographers to laugh, grow, and enjoy every day.” If you’re geographically in her area, you can get in touch for affordable options on documenting your memories. If you’re not physically near her – like us Midwestern folks – you can STILL take advantage of her skills! Jenna offers a blog that she hopes will inspire moms (and others) to take pictures on their own! Her blog has helpful advice such as 10 Steps to Nail Your First...


Pinterest Fail – Newborn Baby Style

Oh, Pinterest, I love you. Your creative ideas provide inspiration and make me feel like anything is possible. Even when it’s not… The recipes you give me turn out different in my kitchen. The “potty-training in 2 seconds” approaches you give me simply do not work on my real life kids. The DIY home projects typically leave me calling in a professional because I’ve made the place-in-question-area worse than it originally started. Yet, like the dirty ex-boyfriend you are, I keep crawling back for “one more time.” So here we are again. This time, I searched within you for “Fall newborn photo shoots.”...

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With this one collage of simple photos spanning 5 years, I am incredibly blissed out of my mind….  And my heart is complete.

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My favorite kind of water…

When I picture my backyard, this is the vision I see in my head…. Miles away from my current home, this water transforms me back to a place of simpler times.  Of quiet ripples, hungry fish, loud frogs and sweet memories of my childhood.  

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They say home is where the heart is, and that is true for me.  As a 33 year old woman, working and living in a place hundreds of miles from where I grew up, “home” will always be my place of origin… Ollie, Iowa.  To me, home involves memories, my safe place, my comfort.  When my beautiful offspring enter the area of my home, all is perfect in the world.

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