This was my first Bat Mitzvah and I found it to be so beautiful and moving, and FUN! When my friend Dayna first told me the story of the prayer shawl (that I will not call the correct name) I got goosebumps on my goosebumps. Every time I thought of it, more goosebumps, and as we went into the Rabbi’s office to prepare, the goosebumps were in full force. Somehow I managed to quickly hit the video button on my camera for a few seconds when Dayna shared story again, as she and Ivan wrapped their lovely girl in it for her ceremony. Seriously my favorite moment, and I couldn’t be more honored that I was asked to be there to capture it. Congratulations to Raven! She is very loved indeed.
Once again, the 10th of the month snuck up on me. I’ve started a new job that is kicking my you-know-what. Honestly, I woke up thinking about what I was going to photograph, then got at my desk and things went wack-a-doo and I didn’t think about it again. It was close to 7 pm when I finally decided to get out and take a walk to clear my head…I was about 3/4 of the way done…just starting to feel like maybe I had this whole thing under control when I realized “Oh crap, I should have brought my camera!”
Of course, I had my phone…so I slowed down and strolled the last 1/2 mile or so grabbing a few shots here and there. I love my town…I love the things that have been here my whole life, and the life of my parents, and grandparents and even great grandparents. I love thinking about past generations of my family walking by the same old church, or the jail when it was a jail. I love those connections. I’m also a fan of the messages I see on signs…and of course, I always walk by the apartment building where I met Matt. I look at the windows and remember finding myself and my independence in that place, and then when he moved in across the way, I found love there too. Sigh…I’m pretty dang lucky to live where I do, and I’m grateful for this project, even in the 11th hour with only my phone, reminding me just how lucky indeed.
Wow…another 10 on 10 is here! This month in addition to my usual 10th of the month paperwork whirlwind, it is Salmon season. My brother is the latest generation of our family to be a commercial fisherman and I work with him to market his fish, which means when he comes in, I’m there for the offload. This month the 10th was an offload day…it gets a little crazy (and dirty) out there so I used my handy dandy iphone to capture my mobile office for the day!
Now go check out the awesome Stephanie and the rest of the circle of 10 on 10!
One random afternoon I got a call from a number I recognized as being East Coast, I picked up, ready for a telemarketer, but on the line was a lovely woman that wanted to know about gift certificates. She said that her daughter lived in Half Moon Bay, and wanted me for her birthday! I’m always excited when someone finds me online and likes what I do, especially because I’ve been woefully bad at updating my web presence.
It took us a while to connect, and we were all set to meet around 5, while the weather men spent the day saying that was around when the rain would begin. We decided to race it…and while it caught up with us, the skies were beautiful and so was this family.
Its that time again! And this time there wasn’t a Jiu Jitsu tournament. Instead the 10th of April was a busy work day for me, so busy I forgot to pick up my camera until I was done with a huge pile of monthly projects for the Property Management business and halfway out the door to get Todd. As I waited for him, he called to tell me he’d be late because I forgot about his new after school science class….so off to more work, and a cute drawn on boy impromptu photo shoot on the front porch, with a furry audience, some homework and then bed.
Check out what the lovely Andrea is up to this month and follow the circle of awesomeness! I can’t wait to do the same!
I swear that there is more to our lives than Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, it just so happens that both February 10 and March 10 were dates of competitions. After our trip to LA for Kids Pan Ams last month, Raul was inspired to host a competition here at our school. It was a bit of a last minute plan, but it turned out to be pretty amazing.
Unfortunately for my photo project, I was working most of the day and couldn’t take too many creative photos…but I did manage to grab my 10 shots. Including the medal I designed and my work space.
He was less than thrilled right after…he really felt he had the match in hand and was disappointed that he couldn’t pull out a win on his home turf. He got over it though, and we all enjoyed another awesome day with our RCMA Family.
Next month it looks like the 10th will fall on a non-Jiu Jitsu tournament date, so I promise I will shoot something else.
For now, I am really looking forward to clicking through the whole circle of 10 on 10 photographers this morning, starting with the awesome birthday girl Micah and because our circle is a little out of sorts this morning…please also check out Stephanie.
When the beautiful Kristina Rust asked me to be part of a new photography project she was putting together, I jumped at the chance. I love Kristina and am so grateful that she and I have become friends. Her idea was for 10 photographers to take 10 photos on the 10th of the month and link to each other around the web. I’m so excited to follow all of the links and see what all of my soon to be new friends have come up with.
It just so happened that this in this first month of February the 10th was a rather big day. We traveled to Southern California the day before for the Pan American Kids Jiu Jitsu Championship.
My son has been training Jiu Jitsu for just about 5 of his 10 years, and he loves it. This is the largest kids competition of the year, and the first time RCMA has put together a team to participate. It was a road trip full of fun and while there were no victories for the three kids that competed, there were lessons and experiences that they will never forget.
It was a time I won’t soon forget either. It was only 42 hours, but they were wonderful, intense, comical, emotional, proud, anxious, fun hours with people that I am beyond crazy about!
Now I hope that you will go and check out what Megan has come up with and follow the links to all 10 photographers. I can’t wait to see all of their images!
Once again I have had the honor to photograph the daughter of a family I’ve known forever, her sister graduated a few years ago, and I was lucky enough to photograph her as well. One more to go in the future, I only wish I would have been up and running when the oldest graduated!
Anyway, Ms. Bella and I had a perfect evening on a perfect fall day in HMB and it was great to hang out with her. Beautiful light, gorgeous eyes and an easy smile make me love this job! These girls are lovely on the inside and out, Diana and Jimmy, you should be very proud! Congrats to Ms. Bella.
I mentioned how grateful I am for this beautiful bride when I shot their engagement photos last year. This girl is stunningly beautiful, and the light that she has inside of her is so big, you can’t help but feel it. Seriously, she is the walking, talking definition of beautiful inside and out. It was an honor to be asked to capture her wedding day, which was full of perfect personal details. I’m so happy for her and for her handsome husband. Thank you Kristin & Dan!