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Red, White and Blue

As my 2nd favorite holiday of the year swiftly approaches, I feel the need to do something patriotic w/ my blog/website. ūüôā Hence, the MLB, new look to my site. It is the only thing I could find that expressed my love of ¬†R,W&B. Since my oldest son Michael just finished a traveling baseball season, and it is well… baseball season, I thought that for a short amount of time, it would serve my site well. I hope you like it!

If you have known me all my life, or for just a tiny space of time, then you know that I bleed Red, White & Blue, American style. In my old house, 4 months after we bought it and moved in, my husband went to Iraq. I decided that everything was a little too plain. I painted my kitchen walls Red-and I do mean, RED! LOL! I loved it, and I found the most awesome small paint roller that had sponge stars on it, so, yes, that’s right you guessed it… I dipped it in blue paint, and meant to just do a few “star bursts” on the ceiling, but found I didn’t like them alone, so I painted the whole kitchen ceiling blue stars. Then I put up a vintage patriotic angel border around the top next to the ceiling. There was no doubt how patriotic I was when you looked at my kitchen. I of course made other updates, but I won’t bore you with the details of my interior decorating for the whole house. (at least not right now, lol!)

I also always make sure that my whole family wears RW&B on the 4th of July. I try to do so for myself also on Flag Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day. I also make sure I am always registered to vote, so that my voice can be heard, and I can fulfill my patriotic duties. Wearing the clothes, painting the room, it’s just not enough. So this Independence Day while you are hopefully enjoying some sort of cook out with friends and family, please remember, it is not just another day to play. It is the day we, The United States of America gained our Independence! And it is a day when we can remember our valiant soldiers across the Armed Forces, and remember that they sacrifice on a daily basis to keep those Freedoms (that we all hold dear, and that some take for granted), Free.

So please take some time during your cookout, and sports watching and horseshoe throwing to think of a soldier, and their families who also sacrifice. And if you can on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social device you use, Thank them. Thank them for their Service, their Sacrifice, their family’s sacrifice of having them gone. You get the idea, you know what to do. Of course if you are lucky enough to see one in person, Active, National Guard or Veteran, then shake their hand, and Thank them for keeping you free. Yes, they may shyly duck their head and say “oh no problem”, or ” oh, no big deal, it’s what I do” because most soldiers are a humble group, but inside, their hearts will swell just a little to know that their time, and sacrifices have not gone unseen. To know that the freedoms they fight for are appreciated.

I wish you all to have a wonderfully beautiful Independence Day, a.k.a. 4th of July! I hope that you get to see fireworks, even if it is just on TV, like me. There are many areas where I live that are under burn & firework bans, so their will be no opulent fireworks displays for me to see and hear outside this year. I’m okay with this. I’d rather watch them on TV, than worry about my house and my friends houses burning down over one night of fun displays. There are fireworks of passion in my heart, for my family and my photography, so everything is sparkly to me. I pray the same for all of you. Love to all, M :o) PS: I’ve added some fun facts and the Declaration of Independence on another post for you all to peruse as well, and catch up on our history. Enjoy!

Does it drive you? Does it move you? What is your passion?

Hi all, I just wanted to share a little something of the epiphany that I’ve been having the last 2 days. I shared some of this with a good friend on a message earlier, and realized that I wanted everyone to know how I feel about this matter. As some of you that are my friends, or that follow me may know, I am currently staying w/ a sweet friend & her hubby, in OKC, so I can work a seasonal position at TeleFlora. I am doing something I am good at, talking to people on the phones, helping them with ordering flowers for Mother’s Day mainly, but a few other reasons from time to time. I’m really liking/loving it! However, I have truly realized over these last 2 days, that I love my photography more. I knew I loved it before, but¬† I love my photography too much to go back to full-time work. (unless life demanded it) It is my full-time job, along with my family, and I just need to work harder at it. Really and truly I have taken for granted the fact that I could just run out the door and take my camera and do a shoot. Or drop what I’m doing and go help a friend with a shoot. I hope to not take that for granted again. I have worked around 12 hours both days at my new little job, and folks, that is tiring.. I’m wiped out! LOL! And I’m missing my photography every minute! Yet I see the beauty in this lesson. These past 2 days have just shown & reminded me how much I love my photography, & how I am meant to do it, & want to do nothing else. It really drives me, & makes me want to do and be better all the time, so that I can produce the best moments & memories for my clients.
I am going to continue learning my craft, and honing my skills so that I can be¬† who I am, and give you the best of me. I have been to several classes where they have asked “Can you imagine doing anything else? If so, then maybe you are not a photographer” I never doubted that all I want to do is photography, I just took for granted the thought in my head “Of course this is all I want to do!”
Now, I can reaffirm to you all, Photography is my life! I’m passionate about it, it stirs & awakens my soul, I love it and I’m living it. Love to all!

Hoppy Easter one and all!

Hoppy Easter!!! :o) I hope everyone has a lovely Easter weekend and amongst the Easter egg hunting, cooking the big meal, hanging out with family and over all having fun, that we all remember The Savior at this time, & remember why we are here. That if not for His Atonement, we would all be lost, but because of His sacrifice, we are able to return to our Heavenly Father once our test in this life is complete. ¬†I am thankful for Him, and his Atoning Sacrifice for me and my family. I’m busy editing pictures, working on making my website better, and wait for it… a special is brewing… that’s right, I’m going to run a Mother’s Day Special.. this is the first blurb about it.. so stay tuned! love to all, Mandy

Imaging USA Photo Convention courtesy of PPA! Yay!

Am I behind on blogging or what?!! LOL! I took my hubby to San Antonio with me where we attended the PPA’s(Professional Photographers of America) Imaging USA Photography Convention! Jan 15th -Jan 18th and it was AWESOME!!!! I walked alot, which was great because it helped me lose 8 pounds! Along with Special K shakes, and bars, and the Wii! Then wow, all the seminars, workshops etc!! It was sooo fun! I learned tons, and am still processing everything.. there is so much info, and I believe that all were on sensory overload by the time they left! PS: There were over 10,000 people registered and in classes the first day! That is awesome to be around that much knowledge at one time! This is where my¬†shout outs come… my friend, sister,¬†and mentor April Hopkins was there, yay love her!; my friends and 1st set of mentors Robert Trawick, and his fiance, the¬†lovely Terri Hatch-Bailey were there,(they ROCK!)¬†and we got to hang with them a bit, as well as make new friends with some of their awesome photog friends such as,¬†Ross and Brandyce Benton from San Antonio,¬†great sweet people, and Dennis Maly from Yukon, OK¬†-nice guy to have dinner w/ me and Lonnie, Kim and¬†Holly from Choctaw, OK- fun gals that have our court system taken care of, Jack from San Antonio, a stand up guy that is merging¬†from the military to civilian photography world… just an all around fun networking time.. also met some new friends, Jayne and Melissa from Illinois, and Reta and her hubby from Indiana, along with soooo many other great, fun new friends! As a result of being there I¬†now have a new awesome Lab to deal with on a higher level of professionalism, and a new¬† way to make videos,¬†and now I’m getting new software for editing, and I love it! I’m soooo excited! Love to all!

20 days ’til Christmas!!! Yay!

Hi all! Well, I have been busy,(yay!):-) but I have also been sick..(boo!) ūüė¶¬†¬†¬† This is my favorite time of year. I love the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. My absolute fav. holiday is Christmas. I love the way the whole world gets into the loving and giving spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. I wish it was like that all year round. Hopefully one day it will, be but until then, I will be happy with the way people are during Christmas-time. I photographed a wedding in Dallas the week of Thanksgiving, and the reception in Lawton, I had sooo much fun with Rob ‘n’ Vicki, and they are truly a beautiful in love couple and they have God in their relationship, which is why I know they will do great! Congrats! Then this week I have basically been in bed. I have had Strep Throat that turned into a major sinus infection.. not my favorite thing on my list of things to have! Oh well, at least I got it out of the way before Christmas! I am also working on individual football pictures as well as the slideshow for the football banquet. I have begun to take basketball pictures as well. I’m editing the wedding, and a family shoot. I love photography, and making people happy!! I’m sorry I have had some delays that have held me back some, but I am greatful for being able to get back to it! I wish you all a loving Merry Christmas, and pray you remember the reason for the season, Our Savior, Jesus Christ, and a Wonderfully Happy New Year! I hope to check in with you soon!

Yep, it’s busy time!

Hi all! Sorry I have not been keeping you all up to date.. It’s been a very busy and trying time, lately. Most recently, my dear sweet friend Sue Nichols passed away from pancreatic cancer, and that has been hard on our whole family. We know she is without pain now and serving our loving Heavenly Father, but she has been part of our lives for a long time.. Football season is over, and I am going through literally thousands of pictures to find the best ones for the EMS banquet slideshow. It will be awesome! I am also working on certain individuals to get their pictures posted to my site. I am excited and working diligently on all of this, along with family photo shoots, nature, and now Basketball season is starting up! Wow, the fun never ends! LOL! One thing I am really excited about is the wedding I get to shoot the week of Thanksgiving, Dallas wedding on Tuesday, Lawton reception on Saturday, with Turkey day cooking inbetween! I have already started cooking and freezing ahead of time! Yahoo! I love the holidays and I am so ready to bake, decorate, and have Christmas parties!!! Yeah! Love to all! Thanks for checking here, and thank you for your time, patience, and for choosing me as your photographer for sports, families, seniors, weddings, you name it!

Saturday was great!

Hi all! I had a great Saturday! I met the little Pumas, Coach Paul’s team for pictures, and we had a great shoot! Those are some really fun and cute kids! Thanks for letting me be a part of their soccer careers!¬†I am doing Action Memory Mates for their team. If you have a team or know of a team that needs their photos taken, please contact me! After my photo shoot,¬†I went¬†to the rest of Levi’s game and took action shots of¬†the Big Pumas team. Then¬†I went home and started the process of editing from my shoot. Then I had to take my rented lens back to Baker’s in Yukon, so I took Michael and his friend Willy with me, Levi was at Jon Paul’s house, and we returned the lens, and went over to Penn Square Mall, looked around a bit, then to Pier 1, then to Sooner Mall and Kirkland’s. I love, LOVE, did I say¬†L*O*V*E those 2 stores! (Pier 1 and Kirkland’s) I¬†got a couple of candles, but refrained from anything else, which was hard! lol!¬†I will post a few teaser pics of both soccer teams on Monday. I hope everyone has a beautiful Sabbath Day! Love to all! Mandy :O)