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Up-Close and Personal

I normally don’t post on my website about my personal life. However, today I would like for you to find out more about me and why I love photography so much that I went into business. So far, 2015 has been not been kind to me. I know that a lot of people have their own struggles; personal or professional wise. This year has hit rock bottom for me, because my best friend and confidant has passed away last month; my beloved mom. Saturday mornings is the hardest for me to cope with this loss. You see, we used to talk every Saturday morning. It was/is hard for me to be 6,000 miles away from her and my entire family. My mom always knew how to cheer me up.

Last year, I was blessed by her to attend her 75th birthday. She sent me money for a plane ticket and we had 8 great days together. I am so, so glad that I did go to Germany to celebrate with her and my family. Unfortunately I did not get a good photo with her while I was there in 2014. I photographed her during our birthday celebration. This is how she always was; laughing and having some fun with her family (1st photo).

At the beginning of 2015 my mom lost a lot of weight, and my sweet sister finally convinced her to see a doctor. Unfortunately, my mom had cancer and it had already spread through her entire body. The main cancer was in her stomach that is why she had issues eating. In addition to the cancer my mom suffered a stroke while in the hospital. My sister moved her to the care facility she works at. My mom wanted to see me again, so I flew out in April. I was so shocked when I say her. The weight loss and the stroke left her in a wheelchair. I am glad my sister took the photo of my mom and me (it took me 3 months to format it - 2nd photo).

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Why am I sharing this with you today? Because I want to make sure that you have plenty of photographs with your children. Record the happy days with them. Your kids will thank you for that later in life. Trust me. If you don’t want to hire a professional photographer, have a family member or friend photograph your family. And if you photograph with your phone, make sure you back them up AND print a little book as your keepsake.

The photographs I have with my mom are on film, but I treasure each one of them. Now I just have to sit down and scan them so that I have them on a hard drive. Please, be in the frame with your children.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Iris (TGTG)

Looking Forward by Looking Back

I know that many people publish these types of post (reflecting on the year past) the last couple of days of a year. However I wanted to share what has been on my mind for the last couple of days; I had to write out all the thoughts that are rattling my mind...Looking Forward by Looking Back! Honestly, I have had an incredible year regarding my photography business. Sure, I would have loved more clients, but the ones I had helped me grow incredibly. They have helped me to find my strengths and my weaknesses; where I need to improve and what I already know. One thing is for sure: you never-ever stop learning. If you think you know it all, than you are on the wrong track.

My friend Lori shared an incredible blog post about chasing your dreams and I want to share one statement that is true for me in a very personal way:

“If you don’t cry sometimes when everything falls apart, you’re not chasing a dream.” - Jon Acuff

2015 I have made the year of “Surrender” and “Being Bold”. It is only day 17 and I have put myself more out in world than I have over the past 4 years. I have signed up with the CM Photography forum; even posting my photos for the first time on a photography forum. If you know me in person, you know this is a huge step for me.

I even submitted 5 photographs in a contest that has photographers from around the world seeing my work. I hyperventilated before uploading to the site, but that is beside the point.

However, the best investment that I have made thus far in 2015 is purchasing a breakout session from CM. Holli True’s breakout session “The Beauty of Simplicity” has been a true blessing. I believe it was not by chance that I came across it this early in the year. Holli’s photography is not only beautiful, but totally along my thoughts on how to approach portraits. Unfortunately there are only 5 days left (through 1/21/15) to purchase the session; if you do purchase it, I know you will highly benefit from it. I do hope that this breakout session will be offered again this year so that you can truly enjoy the communication with Holli via the CM forum.

By looking back at my photographs of 2014, I am looking forward what 2015 will bring. I know I will be more bold and confident, realizing my dream. Even if I find myself crying at times…

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Thank you for stopping by today...Until next time, keep smiling! Iris :) (TGTG)