oh yes i am!!
spaces are limited…i will only be accept 10 spots…first come, first in :)
oh yes i am!!
spaces are limited…i will only be accept 10 spots…first come, first in :)
ok, i know, the peeling away of the clothes and the removal of my clothing is kind of annoying and MAYBE not appropriate. i'm sorry to anyone that i may offend. if it does, please click off my page :) he he he.
the truth is, i like to say it. i like the play on words, and there is a lot of truth in what i'm trying to have you visualize (ha!!! not me without clothes on though!)
anyway, prepare for randomness in this post, i've had 3 cups of coffee, but there IS a point in what i am trying to say-promise.
i love amy grant. i love her love her love (HAAA!!!)
it's almost been a joke with people who know me…because it has always been that way…forever! i was about 9 when i started to dream of her being my best friend.
i didn't just want to meet her, i wanted to KNOW her…i wanted to share with her….
was a dreamer of a 9 year old :)
well, i started going to her concerts and i started not only praying that i would meet amy grant, but i started speaking about meeting amy grant. the words left my mouth.
it wasn't a matter of when it would happen, it was going to happen.
during a point in my schooling, some older girls gave me a hard time. it was hard on me, and i won't go into it, but what i would do was think…"hmmmm, someday when i am changing the world…someday when amy grant and i sing together and are friends, you will wish you were nice to me." (please don't try to analyze me at this stage, i was 13:))
over the years, my thoughts about amy (hey, i can call her "just amy", i've loved her for 30 years now!) never changed. and although my "infatuation" if i would call it that, evolved into more of a respect and high regard for her in the way she was honest, and shared her feelings..many of the feelings that she shared, i could relate to.
i think i was 24. a high school friend of mine (margie) called and told me that her uncle was a realtor who sold amy's sister property in nashville. he had acquired tickets and backstage passes for amy's christmas concert in pittsburgh, and WOULD I LIKE TO GO????????, and i could take a friend.
here' the cool part….i met her before the concert at a "meet and greet." she was warm and wonderful, all i knew she would be..the concert was great….but i was not satisfied….
i had an opportunity that if i did not make the most of it, would pass me up.
my lifelong friend, david, and margie, went along with my plan...
i had the name of amy's manager.
so i took off….through the back corridors of what i believe was the civic arena.
every time we got stopped, i asked for her manager by name, and people would point me to the direction….
i must have said his name 10 times going through those mazes in the arena...
and THEN…i rounded a corner, and michael w. smith was standing there.
i promptly introduced myself (of course stating amy's manager's name), and we began to chat. i got his autograph (after all, he IS a great friend of amy :)), and then it happened…SHE walked around the corner….so i introduced myself again (with the manager's name as my tie, and my friend's aunt or uncle who was the realtor…blah blah blah)…and we started to talk. just talk...
like i knew her forever…like she was my friend, because she always has been.
she handed me her grapes to hold (i took them home, and kept them in my mom's freezer until she secretly threw them out), and then, we exited the arena…side by side, just talking away…like friends
when we exited, there were TONS of fans there…yelling her name…waving…and I, yes I was walking with her…she was with ME :)
this is the part about my clothes coming off
i met her 2 more times…she remembered me.
if i hadn't stepped out, right out of my comfort zone, risked humiliating myself, and getting in trouble with the civic arena police (ha!!!), i wouldn't have had that experience.
if i had stayed quiet and hidden in my own dreams and desires, and never sought a way to SPEAK…or to SEEK, i wouldn't have that memory. i may still have that want!
my point is not that i got to meet amy grant.
my point is that i spoke a desire from my heart beginning at age 9.
sometimes speaking a desire can be as uncomfortable as removing your clothes :)...
(BTW, i'm wearing a new wool sweater i found at goodwill :)))…random…)
i have so many things to say.
so many things to speak that can put me in a vulnerable place...
for me…for my family…for my business...
but at some point this sweater will get itchy, and it's not worth keeping it on anymore.
and even more than loving comfort, i love me.
i love me for who i have grown to be, and all that there is before me in this life, and how i can share it with you.
there is a little girl out there who needs to relate to someone...
there are little girls who need to know the stories i have in my heart...
there are women out there who need me…geez, not me…they need what i have learned.
it's not a monday, and it't not january 1st, but it is a brand new day…a brand new morning.
and i'm dressed already, but have no problem getting undressed again.
introducing, Be Your Own Beautiful GIrls..seminars for girls 8-11.
(Stay tuned for BYOB for teens and BYOB for women)
the seminar comes with packs for leaders, templates for water bottle labels, printable worksheets for the girls, and a certificate of completion at the end of the course.
man this sweater was itchy :)
Make sure you put some new photos on your Christmas list this year! Maybe you want to give them as a gift or just to use for yourself. Either way, today is the day to buy certificates at a discount.
Check out the information below and then go to our online store by clicking on the order button below the certificate.
If you have any questions about session pricing, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer your questions!
Certificates cannot be used for special pricing events (For example our current special on a Family Picture)
yes, i feel that i need a warning line to mothers as i begin this post.
maybe MY mother should be the one that i target most :).
DO NOT be inspired by these images of these girls...
DO NOT dig through your perfectly organized photos and pull out images that you have of ME from this time in m life.
I love you, and you were very good to me…but i did not look like this!
my hair and make-up was not pretty, and let's face it, it was 1983. the reigning fashion statement was more slouch socks, bangs, and huge glasses. it was not, timeless, fresh, stylish and easy.
with that said, if your have images that look like these, yes, pull them out…show them off. what a beautiful, unique part of your life...
if yours do not, keep them hidden :), and bring your own daughters for an experience and memories that they will WANT to hang on the wall forever...
these beautiful, classy, carefree girls….
enjoy, and don't miss the video at the end!
it was crazy busy week!
i just got home from our wonderful holiday open house, and i have a few people to credit, and winners to announce!
I have had so many wonderful people help me get ready for my open house in various ways...
i would love to thank:
my grandma for helping me clean and begin the decorating process!
my girls, london and jordan for the never ending paper chains. i asked ONE TIME for white paper chains, and they went right to work. :)
jen mcfadden for helping me organize, hang decorations and support me with prayer all week long!
krissy gasbarre for her late night talk and visit while at the studio so i could work:)
matteo setti, for the beautiful christmas music…hot off the press!
brenda kellar for the spray painted trees that she let me keep! they were left over from our christmas card shoot, so i promptly brought them indoors for my deco!
katrina duncan for her time and talent as she "beautified" the ladies who came! also, katrina donated :a set of (4) 30 minutes chemical peel sessions , a facial, and a make-up lesson and 20% off products!
winery at wilcox for donating wine for the event! you guys are so wonderful!
my mom for her early morning help putting the lat minute details together that always seem so hard to complete!
chazman for runs to the grocery store when i would think of "one more thing!" he also kept all the ordering on time, approved, and delivered correctly….YES! :) xo
my sister in law and mother in law for keeping my kiddos loved, fed and entertained!
jordan maelee for being my helper all day long!
and lastly, my sisters, friends, family and clients who came to visit, participated in our DAFEAT shoot, raised money for our event, supported me, hugged me, and have encouraged me! love to all of you!!!
and now THE WINNERS!!!!!!!
A FACIAL WITH KATRINA DUNCAN: ERIN HEATH
A SET OF (4) 30 MINUTE CHEMICAL PEEL SESSIONS: JASON SENIOR
A MAKE-UP LESSON & 20% OFF PRODUCTS: KATHY MATTS
BE YOUR OWN BEAUTIFUL BOOK:
A PHOTO JOURNEY WITH QUOTES & INSPIRATION BY ME:): TINA STEWART
thanks to all for helping me kick off a beautiful holiday season!
13 years ago today, my life changed forever.
here is a peek into our wedding that we had in our home.
and also, here is our formal introduction of our "intimate wedding package."
it is based on what our needs were 13 years ago, and how that can apply to today's engaged couple...
Over the past 10 years, I would venture to say that we have shot well over 150 wedings. These weddings have ranged from large and elobrate with over 500 guests, to small and simplistic with only the bride groom as well as their parents in attendance.
Each wedding unique, and beautiful.
And yes, I may be partial, but I always go back to the perfection of my very own wedding in November of 2000.
After a whirwind courtship, my husband Charlie and I were married in the house that we had just purchased. The home is over 100 years old. It has 5 fireplaces, a grand
staircase, large stained glass windows, and it was completely empty. There were no
appliances yet, no furniture, only new revisons that were very necessary, but were not visible to the normal guest.
We decided that this grand, empty, perfect home would be the ultimate location for the
intimate wedding that we were planning. So we went for it.
Illuminated with candles and fireplaces, there were hors d’oeuvres in every room of our home. Upstairs and downstairs, our guests mingled. And that Wednesday evening, the night before Thanksgiving, 20 minutes later than scheduled, I walked down our main staircase to marry the man of my dreams, in front of 100 of our closest family and friends who gathered in our living room to watch.
We had no photographer, only a friend who offered to use my camera to take
pictures during the evening.
It was not perfect. (Remember I said I was late?) But to this day, in my mind, it was the quintessential conclusion of the night that I had envisioned to marry my sweetie.
Looking back, are there things that I would change? Maybe only one.
I love these images, as real as they are, but I would have loved to have had
professional images from the evening. Negatives or files that were large enough to print beautifully, and an exquisite album that we could enjoy for years to come.
Our wedding was far from typical.
Our thought: how many more weddings, distinct and unique are being planned as well?
This package was derived from the needs that we had, and we are proud to offer it to you.
Contact us for our entire intimate wedding magazine.
We would love to share even more with you!
mark your calendars!
one week from today, all the orders and cards that so many have you placed at our benefit christmas card shoot for DAFEAT, will be wrapped and ready for pick up AND we will be hosting our 2nd annual OLD HOLLYWOOD STYLE OPEN HOUSE!
we have a few brand new announcements to unveil this day, we will have many unadvertised specials, food, prizes, makeup with katrina duncan AND you're very own complimentary film noir profile pic!
stop in at see us anytime that day from 9-5.
38 w scribner ave...
it's the day of the charity ball too! if you are dressed early, bring your date along for old hollywood style pic! hope to see you there!