Remember to Upload!

Has this happened to you?
Your child decides to make some funny faces in the mirror, you stifle a laugh, rush for your camera turn it on but get the message that your card is full. DANG! You forgot to upload all of those pictures off of your camera from a birthday party weeks ago. Next thing you know, the moment you were hoping to capture is gone forever.

Another example happened to a friend of mine. She recently told me how she took a lot of adorable pictures at her daughters birthday party. She came home started on her chores, turned on the TV and thought it could wait until later to unload the photos. The next day she took her children to the pool with her camera in her bag and fell in! She not only lost her camera, but the pictures of her childs 3rd birthday. It can happen to any of us.
I know we all live very busy lives, but when you come home from that vacation or that birthday party, do yourself and your family a favor and take the time to get those pictures off of that disc so your camera is ready to go and your pictures are more safe then they were. The longer you leave them in your camera, the more you risk losing them forever. Take the next step as soon as possible and upload them on an online site for extra protection. That way if your computer goes down, you still have a place to go to retrieve them.

Another thing you should do to ensure your camera is ready, is remember to format your memory card. Formatting your card is a maintenance step for your disc to keep it healthy and less likely to become corrupt. It is recommended you do this each time after you’ve uploaded your photos to your computer or storage device. Before you format, be sure your photos have been properly uploaded because formatting will delete the images and you will likely not be able to recover them. Read your camera owners’ manual to find out how to format your disc.

Lastly, don’t forget the batteries! Make sure you have new ones on hand and keep at least one set near your camera at all times.
These are just some of the things that help me, as a photographer, stay ready for any moment. Most of you may have all ready known these tips, but I hope if nothing else, it serves as a reminder to make your photo memories a priority.

My next post will contain a tip about
– something to do with family (whether you have a young family or older)
– it’s free
– it will cross something off your to-do list
– And potentially provide hours of entertainment!

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Surprise, mom wants to take some Pictures!

Here are some photos I took of my girls just a few weeks ago!

 These were impromptu photos, I had no intentions of photographing my lovely daughters this day but this old building was a great setting. Obviously not every picture was “perfect”, but then again, sometimes, those can be the best kind! It was actually rainy, and cold but my girls are the best sports ever!! I tend to beg when I find an awesome place to shoot. They reluctantly posed for me because they know how irritating I can be when inspired.

We rushed through these due to the threat of rain & the fact that it wasn’t much above 4o degrees!

Amber accidently smooshed Jamie against the door which sent us all into fits of laughter.

One of the awesome things about being a mom to these girls, is that we have so much fun together.

Welcome to the world Maria Grace!

The holidays have passed, the long winter is almost done and I am concentrating again on my photography.
I do however, need to post Baby Marias arrival. Last summer I took pictures of the Ricks family and Dianne was expecting.
 In October they were blessed with a third beautiful daughter, Maria Grace.
New little Maria was for the most part pretty patient with us moving her this way and that but this is one of those moments where daddy was trying to calm her down.

As you can see, Marias big sisters, Anna & Elizabeth, are very proud of their new baby sister.

Welcome to the world Maria Grace!
May your days be blessed with happiness and may you remember the good times your family will share.

The Ricks Family Pictures

This past May I had the chance to take some family photos of the Ricks family.
It can be difficult to get kids this age to smile & look at the camera, both at the same time, but Anna & Lizzie did great!
“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” ~George Eliott
And back in May, Dianne was expecting their 3rd child. Stay tuned to see the photos of their new arrival!

Photos of the Schneider Family

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of photographing this awesome family, the Schneiders.

I had a lot of fun and the children were not only adorable but a delight!

The day we shot these, the ground was wet from recent rains. At the very end, they allowed me a few shots of their adorable 9 month old daughter sitting in the wet garden. She did great!
She was such a ham! But in the end, she got a bit tired of sitting for the camera, this was when we knew she’d had enough.
Originally posted 11/09