I love it when a session just comes together and we are just plain having fun. They literally were dancing and jumping around. No kidding. Beyonce’s got nothing on us. 🙂

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Sometimes it is really HARD to hold a camera while crying tears of joy! It is inevitable that I will cry at an homecoming session. I am just so happy that I can’t contain myself. 😉

I remember all too well how it feels to have my husband finally home from a 7 or 13 month deployment. Thank goodness we’ve only done one long one.

I love that moment when a spouse or child realizes that Daddy is home!

Or, when Daddy is holding his baby for the first time and holding their tiny little toes. Congratulations to another wonderful family. So happy to see you all back together again!

I had the amazing privilege of photographing this beautiful young lady the other day. There is something about photographing seniors that is magical. Perhaps it is knowing that all of life’s opportunities and adventures lay at their feet. I feel such excitement for them and what I know their future holds.

I know it is hard to believe (giggle), but my 20th reunion was just this past year. Amazing what happens in that timeframe. I remember listening to my mom (and rolling my eyes) say things like “If only I knew then what I know now…” and other ubiquitous quotes. Wow. I hear myself saying all of those same things and echoes of the past.

Now my own kiddos are growing and I wish there was a way for me to stop time and bottle this up. Enjoy your moments and take time to capture them! I feel so privileged to have a job that allows me to do just that. 😉

Mounting just means that the print is professionally affixed to a single-weight mount board so that it doesn’t warp or wrinkle with time and changing climates (which is nearly guaranteed to happen here in Hawaii to the larger prints that are not mounted). I won’t even sell them unmounted here because they warp with the humidity. My favorite photo of my son when he was born warped and got all wavy under the glass (I chose not to mount it — stupidly).

And for those of us that move every couple of years or so, I also recommend that everything be matted when you frame it because of our lifestyle and changing climates that we move in and out of. High humidity areas can cause a print to stick to the glass without a mat. I’ve had some old family photos of grandparents that this has happened to and I’ve had to pay to have them restored.

For any print that you want to have on your walls for years to come, I would have it professionally framed, especially if it is something that you’d want to keep on your walls forever. The professional framing seals the photo and helps it from letting in moisture, dust, bugs, etc. I’ve learned my lessons (the hard way) and now I get anything that I think I want to be hanging on my walls for years to come professionally printed and framed and just frame the rest myself with frames I buy at various stores. Yes, even I buy some frames at Target. 😉

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