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boise lifestyle photographer: black & white

Jay just received a huge honor from the Academy of World Taekwondo, he has been invited into their black belt club! This is an invitation he has been hoping for and working towards since he started as a white belt a year ago. He is presently a green belt and about two years away from earning his black belt. We met with Mr. Richardson, who is the lead black belt, to learn more about the black belt club and what making the commitment means…which is a commitment from Jay to see this through to earning his black belt and according to Mr. Richardson, once he does that won’t be the end, he’ll want keep going. During the past year Jay has grown in confidence and skill and as I sat next to him during this meeting I couldn’t help but feel extremely proud of his resolve to keep going. And hearing the details of the black belt club put me over the top! I got so enthralled that all I had to do is mention I would like to get a black belt and the next thing I know I am leaving with my crisp white uniform and white belt. YIKES! What have I gotten myself into?!?!

So here we are, my first Taekwondo practice and Jay’s first black belt club practice. I love going to class with him and he loves teaching me…and he is a very good teacher! Having attended a few classes now I have a whole new level of respect and appreciation for the skill he as attained in one year! I understand why they want him to see this through. Me, well, I think we are just waiting to see what happens…including Charlotte who is looking at us through the window.

katherineJuly 1, 2012 - 10:25 am

You are such a cool and committed mom. I don’t think I would ever do that, haha!

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boise lifestyle photographer: life with sam & eli

Last year I was invited to photograph Eli’s 2nd birthday. This year I was invited back to just capture their lives as a family. These are definitely my favorite type of family photo session! Maybe it’s the voyeur in me or maybe, more likely, I just know from personal experience how fleeting these moments are. Dad’s not always going to be able to pick up both sons by the legs and fling them onto the sofa…and one day they won’t want an “airplane ride” on his legs. Bear hugs, however, never grow old.

Basketball in Sam’s room…why not? I fell in love with this poster: Never, never, NEVER GIVE UP ~Winston Churchill. The image of the boy by the net is actually taken from a photo of Sam at the age of two. I LOVE IT!!! I need to find out where she had that made…so cool!

In Eli’s room they all snuggle together for a story. I love this family and their love and comfort with each other is palpable…they felt so comfortable together it was like I wasn’t even in the room.

Shoving my big camera in their face getting close shots of beautiful, long, dark eye-lashes and perfect skin.

Out back there is a little bridge over a little stream and a big bucket of rocks…heaven on earth for any boy!

An opportunity taken…

…it’s still there.

This shot was the shot taken before the “hey look over here!” I like it better…complete contentment is what I see…how about you?

Thanks Sweet Family…hope to see you again soon!

boise lifestyle photographer: outpouring of love

Sometimes…well, often, I pray and wonder if my words have fallen on deaf ears. I don’t hear from God for ages, if ever. It seems like that anyway…and very rarely so immediately as I did today. This morning at 4:30 a.m. groggy and tired I wrote a blog, the first I have written in a long time. Then I got down on my knees and prayed for God to forgive what a wretch I am and fill me with His Holy Spirit. I asked for Him to reflect his love through me. It’s 9:00 a.m. and I have received such an outpouring of love from my friends I have been brought to tears. Rather than reflect love through me he showed me what His love looks like and told me he loves me anyway. Amazing. I love moments like this.

boise lifestyle photographer: insomnia

Have you ever had one of those days you feel like you have failed on so many levels they are too numerous to count? I have. Yesterday was one of those days, in fact as I lay awake it has occurred to me that, lately, I have been having more and more of those days. It is 4:30 a.m. and for the past two hours I have laid awake recounting every misstep I made yesterday. It started with an email I wrote stirring with emotion…anger, justification, pride, hurt. Those never end well and it didn’t…another relationship down the toilet. Breathe. I didn’t work out…again. My clothes are getting tighter and I can feel the flab in my thighs. My hair is greasy. Laundry is piling up. The bills need to be paid. I forgot to pick up Jay from school….I completely forgot! I think I may have insulted his teacher by not eating her biscotti, although I don’t do well with gluten, I should have just had a little. I never made it to the grocery store and Luke spent another day in front of the television while I worked. I didn’t make dinner for Nick and I haven’t taken Charlotte on a walk in days. And the list goes on….oh and I wrote “the s.h.” word on facebook and am now worried I might have offended someone. I ended the day with one too many glasses of wine and crappy food watching some Bravo reality T.V. show where I judged the cooking contestants on their personality and looks and then fell asleep on the couch.

And then it occurred to me…there is nothing I can do about it. I can lie here awake and reflect on all of my transgressions until the day I die but what is done is done. The only thing I can do is wake up, poor myself a cup of coffee and decide to do things differently today. Normally I would write out a mile long list of resolutions, of things that in my mind, if I do them, will make me perfect. I know I will never be perfect so, for me, the best place to start is with confession and prayer (another neglected activity in my life). Today my goal is to just shift focus from how I am failing to how I can reflect more love and I can only do that with the help of the Holy Spirit. I will never attain perfection in this life but I can be filled with it so that is a good place to start.

AngieMay 24, 2012 - 7:36 am

Have you got a camera hidden at my house? I thought I was the only one who had days like that! ;) You are the only one who judges Gina so harshly. I don’t know why it is so easy to have compassion for others but hard to find it for ourselves. Forgive yourself and try to see what everyone else does – a warm, talented, beautiful person with a huge heart for others (especially her family)!!

Britiney @ Consider the LiliesMay 24, 2012 - 8:18 am

There is no condemnation when we are in HIM! The condemnation comes from ourselves. We’re always going to fall short of perfection. We should expect it! Otherwise we’d never turn to him. Right? Love you so much. Keep your chin up. You’re a beautiful mother and a beautiful person and you’re loved beyond measure, perfect or not! xoxo

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HeilaMay 24, 2012 - 9:30 am

Gina, This is awesome. Thank you for sharing. My failure is often also … thinking I’m a failure. Whereas when we’re loved so much that Someone would die for us, that kind of changes that perspective. Here’s to putting one foot (pedicure or not!) in front of the other with humility and openness to God’s direction — oh, and the buoying love of friends … ONE of the ways God touches us here on earth (: I pray for him to guide our steps. Best to you! ~ Heila (Oh, and btw I’ve forgotten my kids at school *more than once*!)

Erika MehlhaffMay 24, 2012 - 9:50 am

Huh. You know, even though all those difficult/disappointing things happened in your world, there were also the easy/satisfying things as well. You know, that email sucked, but maybe the person to whom you wrote it is reading this blog and understands your contrition in it now. A little extra flab is okay for days when you need to give (and get) extra hugs from Littles. Greasy hair? Uh, hello natural conditioner! (Who needs sulfates EVERY day anyways?)And we all know that laundry is really overrated anyways! And you always get bills paid somehow, so why are you wasting energy worrying about that task? No doubt Jay understands that sometimes we all make mistakes, and that we all have days where we get behind the 8-ball. He will smile at you and give you a hug anyways! And there is seriously no reason whatsoever to eat biscotti with gluten for you; and if the teacher doesn’t accept your kind decline of the offer, then that is a problem for her to worry about, not you! Groceries? Um, yeah: some days are better when there is cake for breakfast and ice cream for lunch! (That was our menu yesterday!) And luckily, Luke likes TV! Today, he can watch again while you work…and when you take a break, you can pretend to be those crazy characters with him in the backyard–you make a great Mama Ninja, I am sure!! It is a good thing that Nick can make popcorn and poptarts, and that he understands that his wife WANTS to make dinner for him, even on days when she can’t seem to work it out. And Charlotte won’t love you any less for not walking her. How I wish I was an awesome photographer, with you as a client for a day or two or three, so you could have a record of how your family and friends look at you, when you need to look back after a long, difficult day like the one you wrote about!

JeanMay 24, 2012 - 11:18 am

Gina, Today is a new day with no mistakes made! Let go of yesterday and laugh at yourself. I love your Facebook posts and I love how real you are! I took this week off work to clean up my house. Guess what I’ve done? Not cleaned the house! I shopped and spent a lot of money. Dirty house, no money. :) So what? Enjoy your life because you are amazing! XO, Jean

NayibeMay 24, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Last Thursday I told Andrew I felt like running away :( We’ve all been there sweet friend. This life is tough sometimes, it’ll all be perfect one day in Heaven but not here. Until then do ‘the next right thing’. For me that was apologizing to those I hurt & forgiving myself. Then realizing I had to say ‘no’ more. There’s only so much time in my day. Love u, You’re making a difference!

boise lifestyle photographer: accordion mini books!

I thought maybe it would be helpful if I showcased some of my great products. Often, these little gems are hard to describe. These are the 3×3 accordion folded, press printed, mini-books. Now, if you are like me, you are wondering exactly what that means. First, their 3×3 inch size is small, perfect for your purse. Gone are the days of pulling out your wallets, now you can pull out a chic little book. They are bound with vintage aviator leather and have a magnetic closure so that they won’t fall open in your purse and crumble the pages.

The books have accordion folded pages as you can see below, so the image actually spans the length of both sides of the paper and then folds in on itself. These allow for completely customizable books, allowing a multitude of images. I do not charge a design fee when ordering mini-books using photos taken by me. If you would like to create a gift using your own images my design fee is $50.00.

This is a front display with the paper bound to each cover.

And the back-side.

Accordion Mini Books come in exact sets of three for $60.00 ($20.00 each). Needless to say, they make a great gift and since they come in threes you can give two and keep one for you.

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