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Last week I had said I’d write more about the Penny De Los Santos workshop on creativeLIVE, and it’s taken me a while but here it is. I’ve been waiting for all the stuff in my head to finish rolling around and finally settle so I could then organize it into something that would make sense…

  1. I was inspired… Her love for photography is contagious and refreshing. I get so tired of meeting portrait photographers who see it as a job or chore and they seem to forget why they originally got into photography. From the first session Penny’s enthusiasm was undeniable. If I had gotten nothing else out of it, just seeing someone who enjoys what they do so much was worth it. It made me remember why I LOVE TAKING PICTURES.
  2. I was inspired… Natural light only. YES! HOORAY!! I love natural light, I think it’s the only way to go. Everyone/thing looks better in natural light. So often there’s this assumption that if you’re a “natural light photographer” you just don’t know how to use flash… But thanks Penny for showing the world it’s possible to go without flash.
  3. I was inspired… To do what I love. To remember why I love it. To push myself to be better, and never settle. To believe in myself.

I’m never going to be a food photographer, as much as I love food and taking pictures of it. But I’m so glad I took the time to watch this workshop. I learned some things, and was encouraged more than I ever expected to be. Thanks to Penny and all the creativeLIVE crew that made it happen.


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One Year

It’s been one year since the day that we got married.
One year since the day we eloped.
One year since the day I held the hand of the man I love,
And I looked him in the eyes and said “I do”.
And put that ring on his finger.
One year since the day I became “Mrs. Hammond”.

It’s been quite a year… The best actually. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, even the hard times.

Today Jeff and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. We enjoyed going back to the inn we got married at and spending the weekend. We spent one day snowboarding, and some time in the hot tub recovering. On our way home we took some pictures and toured the country side.

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One good reason to get up early

The view out our big picture window this morning…

I’m not much of a morning person, but now with a little dog, and two kids to get off to school, and a husband that goes into work for 5:00 am many mornings, I am usually up early. So I look at it this way, if I wasn’t up early I wouldn’t see beautiful sunrises like this.

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