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VOICE 2016 – Image Collection – Still Life

A few months ago I was asked to set some goals for myself as part of my BNI (Business Network International)  chapter. I had to think about what I wanted my short and long-term goals to be and one in particular stood out.

I’ve been a fan of Click Magazine for years. I’ve been a subscriber since they first started printing the magazine and have faithfully read each one when it arrives. I’ve learned about photography gear, photography techniques, photographers around the world and so much more. It’s been a dream of mine to have a photograph published in that magazine and when asked to set goals for myself regarding photography, that was the goal I decided to write down.

I’m a bit in shock and won’t really believe it until I see it…but that goal, that dream, is a reality.

I entered The Voice photo competition a few months ago. There are 14 categories and I submitted a number of images into a variety of them. With a deep breath and all of my fingers and toes crossed, I hit enter with each group submission and let my fate be carried by the digital wind.

Last week I received an email. I’m not sure If I’ve ever been so excited to read an email regarding my photography. The opening word was “Congratulations”…and I knew. One of my images made the collection.

There were 35,000 submissions. YES, 35,000!!! They selected 15 finalists from each of the 14 categories which totals 210 finalists overall. My “Continental Morning” image is a finalist in the Still Life category. My image is included in this year’s Collection which will be displayed in the online gallery, which is comprised of all 211 images that make up the 2016 Voice Collection, at:  www.clickinmoms.com/voice

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All images from the collection will also be printed and mounted by Miller’s as part of a Gallery display during Click Away in Seattle in October. At Click Away, the Collection will be honored at the Voice Gallery Reception, hosted by Canon on Friday October 7th, from 8-10pm.

BUT, for me, the biggest prize is this…All Collection images will be published in the September/October 2016 issue of CLICK magazine, which is arriving in mailboxes soon.

OH MY GOODNESS!!!

Yes, my image will be published in the magazine. The goal I set for myself that at the time seemed like an impossible goal, a goal that I had NO idea how it would happen…is happening!!!! I’m beyond thrilled, excited, humbled. Now I need to figure out how to get to Click Away so that I can be at the reception honoring the finalists of the VOICE 2016.

Keep pushing forward, keep setting goals even if they seem unattainable, keep dreaming. This is the lesson for me. And what a huge lesson it is.

If you’ve had a goal or a dream come true that felt impossible, I would love to hear from you to inspire myself and others to keep pushing us forward.

A San Francisco Summer Night – Family Session

I love where I live and in fact, exactly where I live the weather is beautiful and warm, most days and nights. Even though I’m only 30 minutes or so from San Francisco where summer is notoriously known for being cold and foggy. I’m sure you’ve heard the famous saying by Mark Twain…”The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”. Well, he had a point and we found out first hand the other night. I had a family session out at
 Point, a beautiful hotel/restaurant deep in Sausalito with a view on a clear day of the Golden Gate Bridge and SF.

As I was driving to the location, dressed in my summer evening clothes the feeling of dread started to envelop me. This was because as I approached Sausalito I could see the fog rolling in. A thick, gray blanket pouring down over the hills toward my destination. I knew if once I popped out of the tunnel I had a view of the bridge I might be o.k. but I called the family anyway, just in case. They have a new baby and I didn’t want to freeze the poor thing to death for the sake of some photographs!

I came through the tunnel and thankfully did see the bridge, part of it, but the family was game and so even though the wind was blowing and the air was a crisp 57˙ we decided to go for it. And I’m so glad we did.

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Father’s Day @ Limantour Beach

Sunday was Father’s Day and what better place to have gone than Limantour Beach. It just calls our family to come visit. The beautiful singing sand, endless ocean and rolling dunes. The boys love to roll down the dunes, play in the water and run along the sand. It’s our happy place for sure.

We packed a picnic lunch, sandcastle building buckets leftover from when the boys were really little, a soccer ball, the wetsuits and boogie board. It was a perfect afternoon and a wonderful way to celebrate Matt. He’s an incredible father to our boys. His energy and good nature bring smiles to their faces and he engages with them in play bringing joy and laughter.

I told the boys this Father’s Day that I never wanted to have children until I met their dad and that’s the truth. I just knew that he was the man to walk this journey with. That all of the difficulty  I imagined that came along with having a family would be out measured by the joys and wonder he would bring as my partner. I knew that with him by my side we would have a ‘better-than-good’ chance at happiness. All these years later and with 9 and 12 year old boys, I was right. He’s amazing and I’m ever so lucky.

Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful husband. You bring the deepest joy to me and to our boys. We love you so!

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Childhood Sweethearts – Maternity Photographer San Rafael

I met these two sweet people through my church. I was part of an If Table last year and Allie joined in for the last couple of times we met. She and her husband relocated here not too long ago and have just blended right in. While talking to them while photographing, I learned that they’ve known each other forever. Really! They were childhood friends and have grown up together, now married and a baby on the way! I LOVE these stories. So much!!

I can’t wait to meet this little baby as I’m going to hopefully have the pleasure of photographing him/her for a newborn shoot!

Congratulations Allie and Ben! Here’s to old friendships, new beginnings and everything in between.

ox – Laura

 

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