Last fall I was excited to learn that my mentor, Sue Bryce, had created an accreditation process specifically for portrait photographers. You enter your images, they are judged by an international panel, and you receive merits, all building up to three levels of certification. Not really knowing what would be the outcome, I submitted a handful of images. And I was delighted to earn bronze merits on these six! I learned a lot by looking at the top 20 point-earners in each of the categories, and I've just submitted another round for the spring contest. I feel so grateful to have beautiful clients who make my job easy. Stay tuned for the next announcement.
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Just a quick word to remind you about about my plan to help educate girls around the world this month. Did you get a chance to catch the documentary "He Named Me Malala"? on the National Geographic channel last week? It's a work of art with an important message about girls.
As a mom raising two awesome girls, it's a cause near to my heart. I want them to have every opportunity in the world and I want the world to hear their voices. Ever since seeing the film I've felt called to do something to support it. So with every session fee paid in March, I will donate $25 to the Malala Fund. And I just got word that for every donation in March, an anonymous donor is matching it. So that means $50 for every session fee paid.
If you were thinking of doing a spring session, please contact me as soon as possible. If you don't need a session right now but would like to contribute to the Malala Fund, you can click here.
A few weeks ago, my family cuddled up in the den and watched the documentary "He Named Me Malala". Honestly, it was mesmerizing. The story itself, about a 15-year-old Pakistani girl who advocates education for all girls and was shot by the Taliban, is already compelling. But the movie is truly a wonder, with beautiful illustrations that fill the screen and give even more meaning to the story. It's a companion to the book you see above, with newer developments in Malala's life.
If you haven't had a chance to see the movie yet (we picked ours up from Redbox), here's your chance. National Geographic Channel is debuting it this coming Monday, Feb. 29 at 7pm central. It's presented commercial-free and you can learn more about the #MalalaFund that supports education for girls worldwide. As a mom raising two awesome girls, it's a cause near to my heart. I want them to have every opportunity in the world and I want the world to hear their voices. I loved showing them a girl who has changed the world just by speaking out. And I loved the story of a father who believes so completely in the greatness of his daughter.
Ever since seeing the film I've felt called to do something to support it. So let's get on that. With every session fee paid in March, I will donate $25 to the Malala Fund. If you were thinking of doing a spring session, please contact me so I can add you to the list of people who are standing #withMalala. If you don't need a session right now but would like to contribute to her cause, you can click here. Either way, I hope you get a chance to tune in and learn more about this amazing girl and her amazing family.
Are you a fan of Parks and Recreation? My girls and I are and this year I'm going to surprise them with a little Galentine's Day celebration. Galentine's Day, according to Leslie Knope, is when you celebrate your female friendships on Feb. 13. I'm still working out the details (and don't tell them if you see them!) and I thought I'd share some fun-loving ideas with you. Feel free to alter them to fit your particular family.
• Love notes. Slip a note under their bedroom door announcing that they are going on an adventure today. Leave hints or just give them directions: get up and get dressed! Now!
• Day date. Divide and conquer. Each parent schedules a date with each kid over the course of the weekend. Let the kid decide where you are going. Sit back and let them talk about whatever they want.
• Follow the leader. Pick a dessert and bake from scratch with the kids. Let them read the recipe, let them measure and stir and frost and make a mess. Here's the gift: stand back and let them do it. No critiques! If cooking isn't your thing, do a craft or some other activity. The point is to let them lead.
• Surprise hugs! My younger daughter is a surprise-hug ninja. I plan on turning the tables on her next week and loading her up on hugs. Moody tweens and teens act like they don't want parents around, but letting them know you care with a quick hug can remind them you are always there for them.
• Silly selfies. Most tweens and teens are never without smart phones. Grab yours and challenge them to a crazy face duel. If you encounter resistance, start out by showing them adorable puppy videos. No kid can resist.
I hope you enjoy spreading a little love to your family next week. Let me know if you used any of the ideas and how they turned out (would love to see your selfies on Instagram!).