Category Archives: Personal

Me.

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I asked my husband to take a few pics so I could practice posing…gotta know how to work it in front of the camera if I want to master it behind the camera . Whatcha doin’ today? I’ll be editing, editing, editing and meeting with a client later today.  I hope you’re having a great and productive Tuesday!

 

 

 

Shake Those Nerves! Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

When I first started pursuing my dream of being a photographer, I used to get soooo nervous…even NOW when I have a big event, I STILL get nervous, but I refuse to let that stop me…ever!

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One thing I do when I have a big event that has my stomach in knots, I schedule “me” time the following week so instead of focusing on my nerves I focus on the treat to myself AFTER my big event and it really helps lol.

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I love to treat myself to an overnight stay at a nice hotel where I can relax and also work with my laptop and enjoy a little time away.

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When you have a big event or just something that is nerve wracking, what do you do?? I’d love to hear about it!

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The Train That Led Me to the Museum of Photographic Arts

I recently decided to take on a weekly photographic challenge of photographing a specific theme each week. This week the theme was trains, and even though I recently joined a wonderful group of photographers at a real train station, I wanted to go out and try to get creative. I decided I would go to the Train Museum in Balboa Park, but on my way to the Train Museum, I passed the Museum of Photographic Arts.  Now you know I LOVE photography, so after looking at the cost of the Train Museum I opted to use my money to go and enjoy the amazing exhibit they had at the Museum of Photographic Arts called 7 billion Others and the Model and Muse of Hendrik Kerstens…I just could not resist and I have NO regrets!!

Here are a few images I gathered from my wonderful trip to the Museum 🙂

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At the entrance of the Museum, they had a multimedia exhibition called 7 billion Others in which various individuals from all over the world expressed different experiences and emotions that had me glued to the 30 minute presentation…it was very interesting to see the different experiences that we all have in common yet from different cultures.

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Once you pass the multimedia exhibition at the entrance, they had different booths with various videos of people sharing personal thoughts and life experiences.

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There was also a gallery with the works of Hendrik Kerstens.  I had never heard of him, but it was a collection of his daughter, his muse, and they were stunning images that looked like different time periods of her.

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I’m looking forward to an adventurous 2015 as I try different things and find new knowledge as I embark on my creative journey.  I’m so thankful that I can do this as I do not take one minute for granted…life is just too short and while I have the blessing of good health and the opportunity, I plan to appreciate EVERY moment that I’m blessed to have.

Blessings!

We Love You Jordyn!

I remember it clearly.  I was meeting with my friend, C.L. Reed, at Panera Bread and my phone rang…it was my sister, Karen.  I silenced the ring, knowing I would call her back once I was done with my meeting. I called her back, and that’s when I got the news I did not expect to hear…Jordyn has cancer.

I thought back on our conversation a few days earlier when she shared that she was concerned with what the biospy would be from a lump that was removed from his nose.  I assured her he would be fine and that they would have called her sooner if they saw anything…well she said that wasn’t the case and that they in fact found cancer and that he was going to need surgery and chemotherapy to remove it…with their hand and trust fully in the Lord, their new journey began.

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Jordyn was 12 years old when he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), which is a rare soft tissue cancer that generally affects children.

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He was admitted to UNM Children’s Hospital in January 2014 to begin his treatment.

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My nephew has always had such a kind spirit, as do all of my nieces and nephews.  Jordyn was just AMAZING throughout this whole journey!!

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His brother Keanyn’s basketball team surprised Jordyn and gave him a signed basketball and jersey ♥

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Sooooo many people gave gifts, love, prayers, and so much more that brought smiles and joy during this time…you are ALL sooo appreciated!

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They were blessed with a wonderful team of doctors!

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So many unique opportunities came out of this experience…Jordyn was in a local commercial among many other things!

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God bless the Make A Wish Foundation!!  They sent Jordyn and his family to Disneyworld!!

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Today is Jordyn’s last day of chemotherapy and I am so thankful to be able to say that Jordyn is now in remission (Thank you Jesus!!)

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Karen is looking forward to starting a support group for families affected by Cancer.

Karen sent me a little video and a few pictures from today…his final treatment, and I put this little video together.  Prov. 3:5 always…

We LOVE you Jordyn and EVERYONE that sent love, gifts, support, smiles, prayers, thoughts, well wishes, fb comments and likes…so many people and organizations…some of you know who you are and some of you don’t even realize your impact…you were such a blessing and we are beyond thankful to EACH and EVERYONE of you!!!  Please continue to keep Jordyn and his family in your prayers ♥♥♥

The Rock Church Temecula Valley

I LOVE being a part of the photography team at The Rock Church in Temecula Valley.   We had a special service Sunday to dedicate the upcoming new building and it was such a blessing to be a part of documenting this wonderful day!  I am thankful with each click of my shutter to capture special moments such as this!  Thank you Jennifer Partch for connecting me…you are appreciated♥!  Here are just a few of my favorite images.  Enjoy!

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I appreciate how Pastor Hennie brings the word with passion, conviction and grace. ↓ Rock_One-9008_blog

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 The Rock Church, 38710 Sky Canyon Dr., Murrieta 92563

James “Pastor Cali” Calahan – Dunamis Church

What a BLESSING it was to be able to visit Dunamis Christian Church in Temecula this past Sunday!  Between Pastor Calahan, the praise and worship team and their special guest Mike Teezy…it truly was a celebration of what Christ has done in their lives!  My friend and client, Elisa, asked me to come for a “few minutes” to take a few pictures…but there was no way I was going to leave before the message…and I was grateful to be there!  …Thank you Elisa ♥

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Pastor Calahan and his beautiful wife, Lisa, having a little fun…they were sooo cute! ↓

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…but he takes God’s Word seriously, below he was speaking of the importance of reading and STUDYING the Word of God…even if you select just one verse to glean and delve into…do it.   ↓

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Special guest, Mike Teezy!  He was wonderful and I loved his personal message at the end…I LOVED it!  Check out his latest video, Workout featuring Mission.

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Mike Teezy and Marcus Langston of KKG Clothing

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Pastor Calahan and his beautiful family ↓

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Thank you for the love and hospitality and for letting K. Chappell Photo Creations come and capture this amazing time in your ministry!  Blessings!

Dunamis Christian Church, 28780 Old Town Front St., Temecula, CA