Happy New Year!

Happy 2015!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and fun New Year’s celebration.  I have been enjoying time with family and friends and haven’t posted for a few weeks.  I thought I would share a few pictures of some of the gifts I gave to family for Christmas.  Now that they have received them, I can show them off a bit. 🙂  These are two sketches I made of my grand nephews for their parents.

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They are such cuties!!  And so much fun.  They live far away from me, so I don’t get to see them that often.

Well, now that all that celebrating is behind me, I am back to my usual schedule of posting once a week. I am looking forward to catching up on all my blogger friends posts, too.

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

Portraits of Mothers and Children – Moments to Cherish

I decided to take a walk down memory lane and share some of my favorite portraits of moms and children.  I operated a portrait commission business for many years and loved capturing these beautiful sweet moments.   I love pictures of mom’s with their children and learned early on how important it is to have a photograph together (see below).  A few of these date back to the early days of my business…some of the little ones are now teenagers.  Oh how time flies!  The last two photographs are of me and my daughter (a few years apart.)

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JazMomGetty411w When my daughter started preschool, she really missed me at nap time and her teacher asked for a picture of the two of us as a comfort item.  She said, “since you are a photographer, I am sure you have lots of pictures of the two of you.”  Well, when I got home and started looking for a picture, I was shocked that I couldn’t find one that was very recent. The last one of us together was when she was a baby.  Being the photographer in the family  (which I think a lot of mom’s are the official picture taker of their family) I had tons of pics of her and her dad, but very few with me…We shot some that night.

This experience made me realize the importance of having photographs of me with my daughter at different stages of our lives.  Thankfully, I learned this lesson early on.  Since then I have always made sure to hand my camera off to someone and “get in the picture” for a few shots.  Or, like the last picture above, hold out my camera and shoot the two of us from arms length.  As a daughter, I cherish the photographs of me and my mom.  My daughter tells me that she cherishes the ones we have together… even if they are on her phone! LOL

I hope mom’s everywhere have a wonderful special day and have a picture taken with their children if they are together.  I’ll be missing my mom and daughter this year, My daughter is away in college (but we will be SKYPEing) and my mom is in Oregon celebrating with her two great-grandchildren! (Taking lots of pictures for Aunty Janell to see :))

Happy Mother’s Day!

Have a wonderful creative day, Janell