Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Lynden Christian Class of 2011

About a month ago, I was able to head up to Glacier with Jacob and his mom to snap some senior photos for him. What a perfect location to capture some shots that reflect him and the things he loves to do.   Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Jacob! I can't wait to see what God has in store for your future!

(Seniors, if you haven't had your senior photos taken yet, it's not to late! E-mail me at simplyenjoyphotography@gmail.com to schedule your shoot)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Catching up

From what I understand, this little guy lives and breathes John Deere green!

Meet my super crafty and very talented friend Angela and her adorable family. They were in town the week before Christmas and we were finally able to get a family shoot in. We had been talking about for quite sometime. It was cold but it was sunny and I think everyone had a great time! Thanks, Angela and fam, for taking the time for some photos.  It was great to catch up, if even for just a little bit.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Super Moon

Psalm 8:3,9  "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place...O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"  
A friend posted that verse on Facebook tonight along with her spectacular moon photo and I thought it was so appropriate.
Tonight was the perfect night to play around with my camera settings. The moon was big and bright and just plain awesome!  For anyone who cares I shot this with my 70-200mm lens, handheld, at 200mm, ISO 800, f-22, 1/250 sec.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


16x20 Canvas are $125.00.
Orders must be placed by 5:00 p.m. of Thursday.
E-mail me at simplyenjoyphotography@gmail.com to place your order or with questions.

This beautiful little one came to visit a few weeks ago.

Sportin' The Abbey Project diaper cover and hat.

Isn't she the sweetest thing!  All decked out in ruffles and cowgirl boots!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Get with it!

Look who finally hopped on the Cake Pop craze?

I drove through Starbucks this afternoon for a little pick me up and they were giving out these little treats as part of their 40th birthday celebration. He asked me what kind I wanted and I asked for the "Birthday Cake". Imagine my surprise when I opened the bag and found this adorable little pink number. They look vaguely familiar, don't they?  See HERE if you're not sure what I'm talking about.

In other news, if you're headed to the Lynden Christian auction this weekend and have been interested in a photography class you may want to bid on this!

Simply Enjoy Photography is offering a photography 101 class and it's going to be loads of fun!
It's available for up to 6 people and will last approximately 4-5 hours.  It will include "class time" as well as getting out and shooting, practicing on real subjects, lunch and a couple other "extras".  We'll get your cameras of the green auto square and you'll be getting more of the shots you've been wanting to get.

I love this definition of "Momarazzi" from Urban Dictionary, "Moms who line the field or court at a sporting event to photograph their kids with their high priced cameras and telephoto lenses like the paparazzi."

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Project Life Round 2 is in the Books...Literally!

Two days ago the brown truck brought a much anticipated box from Shutterfly with these in it. I finally finished my Project Life album(s) for 2010. These 2 books hold a year full of memories one day, one week, one month at a time. This whole process has given me a sense of accomplishment and a better look at how I want to capture my families memories and also organize those memories for my kids.  I'm learning that I really want a system that 1.) gets my photos into print for everyone to enjoy  and 2.) are organized in some way.

2010 is the second year I've done a photo-a-day.  For a little history on how I got started with this there's a few posts you can click on to see that.   You can see our 2009 book by clicking HERE.  This was the first year Becky Higgins offered this album and I was quick to order one, anxious to start  "scrapbooking" in this way.  In 2010 she offered a digital album as well as the original style but I chose to come up with my own template in Photoshop.  Click HERE to see a post on why I chose to go this direction.

Page #1 of the Book #1.

Page #2 of Book #2.

Last page of book #1.

Last page of book #2 including one of my new favorite sayings "Capture Life".

Every month begins with one full page photo and then a "month at a glance". (these calendars are by Ali Edwards and available at Designer Digitals)

Everyone in our family has one BIG picture of them and then there are family photos and also a few of the kids together.

One of our "typical" weeks.

Yes, it is possible to stick to a photo-a-day for a vacation. (however, I have been creating vacations albums, too)

One key for me is to keep on top of choosing my photo and labeling them. Every few days I make sure I go through my photos and pick out the photo that will be for that specific day. I have a file on my computer labeled Project Life 2010 (or now 2011) and when I choose my photo for that specific day I "save as" and name it that date. At the end of June and the end of December I save them to another spot (I also save the periodically throughout the year to and external hard drive or on-line to make sure I always have them save in 2 different places at all times).

Do I ever have more than one photo for the day?
Yes, sometimes I just can't decide so I save 2 or 3 or 5. :) I may not use it but it's there amongst my other "favorites". Or if there happens to be a day I don't have a photo, I either forget or just didn't get one, I can use one of the extras'

As you can see this is something I LOVE and has worked for me.  Head over to Becky Higgins's blog to see how easy it really can be.  You can do a month at a time, too.  It doesn't have to be a photo a day.  Her video on March 3 got me all excited to go back to the years I don't have in books yet and just give a year in review, month by month.  It's something everyone can do!  So who's on board?  How many of you are doing this?!?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


This fun bunch were the last of the Valentine's shoots that I did. I think all 3 of these families did it as a surprise for their Dad's and other family members. What a great Valentine's surprise! We had 13 participants in the Abbey Project Fundraiser!! Thank you, thank you!  Once we have everyones orders we'll be able to pass on your gifts to The Abbey Project.  Check her blog out HERE to see what great project she's currently a part of.