Mom & Me portraits

I’ve been photographing Mom and Me portraits for years now… but this year it means a little more than usual.  This past December my mother passed – we didn’t have much time from her cancer diagnosis to her passing … it was three short months and she lived over a thousand miles away so I made time to take a few last trips to spend time with her.

You don’t need to have studio portraits with me of course…. just take photos with those you love and spend time with them as much as you possibly can.  These are the last memories I have with my mother and I have them…. and they weren’t professional, they were selfies…the important thing is that I have them to remember the last few moments/days that I had with her.

April 17th, & April 23rd, 2016 we will be holding Mom & Me portrait sessions an my Denver studio.  There will be a limited amount of sessions available – and the cost for the portrait session will be $100 donation to a cancer charity of your choice.  Simply donate to the charity from our computer on the day of your session, or bring in a receipt of your donation on the day of your session.  If you would prefer us to choose, please make checks payable to Fototails Photography for $100 or more and we will be forwarding these proceeds to a cancer charity to be announced at the session.

Please e-mail jennyb@fototails.com to book your Mom & me portrait session!

The Holiday Cookie

Depending on your country and culture your cookie traditon might slightly vary from your neighbors down the street. Thanks to my five year old son’s class taking a journey into other culture’s holiday traditons we continued this adventure at home. Every year, just a couple days before Christmas, all the children are brought together to make cookies. My son and I started to wonder what types of cookies are made in other countries across the globe (also part of his current curriculum…the globe)! We discovered in Sweden it’s the Papparkakor, in Germany it’s Spritz and Lebkuchen, the Norwegians make Krumkake, the Jewish enjoy Hamantaschen and Rugelach and in Africa they make a Benne Wafer.

Now baking cookies for the holidays really began to catch on across Europe around the 1500’s but it would be another 100 years before the concept came to America with the Dutch in the early 1600’s. Step foward another 200+ years and the cookie world in America exploded with new designs thanks to changes in importation laws and inexspensive cookie cutters from Germany! I have to wonder what shapes and designs were cut by HAND prior to the cookie cutter!!

One thing is for sure the holiday cookie tradition has brought pople together for centuries and continues today. Families and friends gather for hours to bake, package and deliver holiday treats made with love! I enjoy every year the unexpected ring at the door bell and opening my front door to the faces of a smiling family out delivering holiday treats. I love seeing and tasting what someone elses family tradition or cultural background has brought to my Yule Season.

We’ll be sharing with you some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes over the next two weeks. We would like you to share with us your families holiday traditions and include a photo. We’ll pick our favorite on January 1st and you’ll receive a free portrait session.

Thank you for sharing and Happy Holidays.

 

Honey Tahini Cookies

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These Tahini cookies with honey, almond meal and sesame seeds are amazing!  The kids had a blast – and although they look a little crazy in the photos, I did make some that looked perfectly round… but the kids were so proud that they made these – I promised I would only post photos of what they made!  Image

HONEY TAHINI COOKIES

1 1/2 cups almond meal

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4  cup plain toasted sesame seeds

1/4 cup of black sesame seeds

Yields about 20 cookies
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Preheat oven to 350F & Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine almond meal, salt and baking soda.
In another bowl, stir together honey, tahini and vanilla extract until combined.

Add the almond meal mixture to the honey tahini mixture and stir until well incorporated.

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My favorite “Where the wild things are” quotes

Where the Wild Things are is one of my favorite books and contains some of my favorite quotes of all time…..

“Let the wild rumpus start.”

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Inside all of us is Hope.

Inside all of us is Fear.

Inside all of us is Adventure.

Inside all of us is… A Wild Thing.

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I’LL EAT YOU UP

I LOVE YOU SO

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“I have a sadness shield that keeps out all the

sadness, and it’s big enough for all of us.”

~ WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Inside all of us is adventure

Jeanine Thurston Photography ~copyright 2014

5 Things to AVOID REGRET.

1. Create your path.  Be who you are and don’t let another create your path for you.  One of your greatest joys is the journey of finding yourself in life.  Don’t be afraid of judgement from others, and don’t fear your heart and opening it to others.  Walk your own path and know it is ok if people disagree with you.

2. Be giving.  Live your life by doing good for others.  Set selfishness aside and toss your ego in the trash.  Think about times when people made you smile, gave to you for no reason and pass a little of that along every day.  It is freeing, motivating and it makes your heart happy in the process.  Giving gives back 10 fold and feeds your sole.

3. Manage don’t micromanage.  Take a deep breath and let things go.  Make a conscious decision at some point in managing a project to let things play out.  Let go of your anxiety – walk away – and know that you don’t need to have control and know about every single detail.  You can always re-evaluate small flaws in your plan and make it better next time – and surround yourself with people who allow you to let go more easily.

4. Own yourself.  Flaws are in your mind – they are a product of your own creation – they are not real.  You’re skin, your weight, your shape, your scars, your tragedies, the way you think are all a part of you.  Just because you have been brainwashed that there is such a thing as beautiful or ugly doesn’t make it true.  Nobody is perfect and time spent thinking you are somehow less than perfect is wasting precious time that you could be using to enjoy yourself and all the people and things that you love.

5. Dreams are real.  You owe it to yourself to dream and dream often… dream every day, dream as BIG as you can and go with it.  Don’t ever feel that dreams and daydreams are a waste of time… UNLESS you never act towards them.  That’s right… they are only a waste of time if you don’t get up and DO something about them.  Pick one of your dreams and put your energy towards it today… put it in motion!  Every amazing idea, every amazing happening started with a dream… and happened because someone got up and decided that they would TRY to make it possible.

So get up today.  Be proud of who you are – and own all of your imaginary flaws that make you a beautiful and perfect individual.  Give someone a smile, a helpful hand, a meaningful compliment or an unexpected gift.  Start living one of your dreams.  And… let go of a handful of the “little” things that you are holding onto way to tight.  Avoid regrets and live your life in motion.

Photograper: Jeanine Thurston

What wedding photographer is right for you?

How do you know which photographer is right for you?  Photography is a major part of catching the feeling, and details of your wedding day.  Whoever you choose – you need to do your homework!

Don’t become overwhelmed.  Create a short-list of your top 3 or 4 photographers based on friends referrals, websites you like or tips you’ve received from other sources – but don’t stop there.

Questions to ask the photographer:

BASIC QUESTIONS

1. Do you have my date available?

2. How far in advance do I need to book with you?

3. How long have you been in business? Are you a full-time professional or is this a side job/hobby?

4. Are you a member of any professional photography associations?  (This can help determine if they are active in new styles and continually improving their skills)

5. How many weddings have you shot? Have you done many that were similar to mine in size and style?  Do you have the experience and equipment to shoot in any lighting situation? Note: Not all wedding photographers can shoot in ALL lighting situations.  On a wedding day – things can change in an instant.  Find a professional that has experience and can provide samples of different lighting situations so that you can feel confident that your wedding day will look amazing regardless of the weather or light available.

6. How would you describe your photography style (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, creative)? NOTE: The answer should help you determine whether this is a photographer who blends into the background and shoots what happens naturally, or creates a more visible presence by taking charge and guiding shots.  Remember that while you may like the fly on the wall shots… things can get out of hand and most people need a photographer that can get those candid moments while still having the ability to rally groups together in somewhat “crazy” situations.  It’s not as easy as one may think.

7. Do you have a portfolio I can review? Can I view FULL weddings instead of just highlight images?

8. Do you shoot in color and black & white? Both?

9. Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?

10. What information do I need to provide you before the wedding day?

11. May I have references? NOTE: A professional photographer will NOT hesitate to provide this.

THE WEDDING

12. Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding? If so, will you have any assistants with you on that day? If not, who will be taking the pictures and can I meet them before my wedding?

13. Do you have backup equipment? What about a backup plan if you (or my scheduled photographer) are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?

14. If my wedding site is out of your area, do you charge a travel fee and what does that cover?

15. Are you photographing other events on the same day as mine? Note: This is VERY important.  Regardless of experience, photographing weddings is exhausting work and you want a photographer that is concentrating on YOU and YOUR wedding – not worried about rushing off to another event or exhausted from photographing one prior to yours.  This is an area that I would say demand that you are THE main event of their day.

16. How will you (and your assistants) be dressed? NOTE: The photographer and his/her staff should look professional and fit in with the style of your event – but also dressed to “hustle, climb hills & stairs…. etc.”

17. Is it okay if other people take photos while you’re taking photos?

18. Have you ever worked at my wedding site before? If not, will you check it out in advance? NOTE: Photographers who familiarize themselves with a location ahead of time will be prepared for any lighting issues and know possible restrictions, and will know how best to incorporate the site’s elements into the images.

19. What time will you arrive at the site and for how long will you shoot?

20. If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge? Do you give us notice before it is time for you to leave or do you just exit at the end time?

PRODUCTS AND “PACKAGE/COLLECTION” DETAILS

21. What packages do you offer?

22. Can I customize a package based on my needs?

23. Do you include engagement photos in your packages?

24. Do you provide retouching, color adjustment or other corrective services?

25. How long after the wedding will I be able to view images? Will they be viewable online or in proof format?

26. How long after I order my photos/album will I get them?

27. Will digital files be included in our package, is that an additional charge, and what printing rights would we have if we received the digital files as part of our package? NOTE: Personal printing rights for digital files are limited and vary from photographer to photographer.  Just know what you are comparing when asking the same questions to different photographers.

 

CONTRACTS & POLICIES

 28. When and how do we sign a contract? NOTE: Don’t book a photographer—or any vendor—who won’t provide a contract.

29. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plans?

 30. What is your refund/cancellation policy?

 31. Do you have liability insurance? 

THE PERSONALITY FACTOR

Although this is the last factor to consider when you hire your wedding photographer – it is also THE thing that should be used when it comes to your final choice.  Once you have compared apples to apples and you know that you have narrowed it down to 2 of the top people after all these questions have been answered.  Which photographer are you the most comfortable with?  Which do you feel will be the best with your family and friends?  Always remember proven technical excellence first, and then pick the photographer that will give you an amazing experience.

THE IMAGES YOU LIKE

So important, yet so many couples pass over this very important thing in planning.  You’ve poured over thousands of images and know what you would like your wedding photography to look like.  Plan your wedding start time with your photographer based on the images you like the best.  While a true professional can photograph in any lighting situation – NO photographer can make a natural light image in a dark church, they can’t do a sunset image if the sun sets during your ceremony and it is pitch dark before photos start… and I could go on and on.  Know pros and cons to having your images done before or after your wedding.  While no photographer should make you do your images prior to your wedding ceremony (although many of us may like to) – if it is important for you not to see each other prior to the ceremony THAT IS THE WAY IT SHOULD BE!  It is your wedding day – so be happy in choosing what is important to you.  A professional photographer;however, can take what is important to you and work with you on a timeline that will accommodate what you find important and what you want your images to look like.

ON THE WEDDING DAY.

Relax.  You’ve asked the tough questions, you have a great photographer – and now enjoy your day and get excited that you will get some great images!

Enjoy galleries of wedding images at Fototails Photography (photography by Jeanine Thurston)

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BACK TO SCHOOL PORTRAITS – AUGUST 5TH, 2015

Back to school photos at the studio this year again!

NO I DIDN’T FORGET – and the kids head back to school in just a few weeks.

August 5th from 10am-2pm only

-limited sessions available-

We always like to make them fun and put a spin on school photos – they are anything but boring!

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What to wear?  Anything – dress them up or let them be themselves – whatever goes for portraits. However here are some fun styles that look great if you are drawing a blank on ideas!

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Momnesia – BRAIN OUT OF ORDER

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I’m a business woman, a wife, and a mom.  I SWEAR… I could remember everything, even weddings and appointments I did  years earlier.  If you asked me my schedule for the upcoming week… bam.. I could recite it dates, times… and then one day I became a MOM…. and instant MOMNESIA set in.  What was wrong with me? Now if it wasn’t written down, with an alarm, and a reminder the day prior I didn’t know where to be or what to do.  What? the kids are off school early – what am I suppose to do?  I can’t stay up until 1pm finishing a client order – I need to get up and get my kids to school, then homework, then sports.  And whew… the one day I got to bed early, you think you’re ahead of the game until one of them wakes up puking in the middle of the night.

DO YOU KNOW THE FEELING?

I HAD LOST MY BRAIN.  MY FOCUS WAS GONE. MY IMMUNITY SEEMS OUT THE DOOR.

Why am I so excited about EHT?  I sat in front of scientist from Princeton University and Signum Biosciences earlier in April this year, and listened to them in all their biological, scientific glory tell me details about a new supplement… and I think they had every hard working person, every athlete, and every parent on the planet that knows they have been inflicted with the “mom brain” in tears.  They explained to us that they found a natural way to help all of us… with our focus, or immunity…. we have this thing in our brains called PP2A that really affects almost everything in our body… and Tau…that makes it function.  There is now an app for that…. and I AM SO %$@^IIN excited!!!! If you’re not going to admit it yourself, I’m pretty sure if you work, are a parent, play sports, go to college – at one point or another you have wished you could stay more focused.  You’ve wished you could remember better – or at least know someone that has said this to you.

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In order to explain it a little better to you – here is the video press release, it’s worth the time to watch!

Nerium EHT: Protect and Fortify Your Brain Naturally http://jeaninethurston.nowsender.com/e/vd?8SYRTL

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Are you a sports fan?  Then this might interest you to watch too:

Nerium EHT Brain Supplement Announcement http://jeaninethurston.nowsender.com/e/vd?NHJMEV

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WHAT IS EHT®?
The aging process can take a toll on brain function. Over time, vital neuronal connections weaken, which can cause memory loss, slower reaction times and diminished alertness. EHT®* Age-Defying Supplement helps protect against mental decline with a groundbreaking formula that includes our exclusive, patented EHT® extract, a natural mixture of bioactive molecules isolated from coffee. For a full list of ingredients, click here. Fortified with other rejuvenating ingredients, including vitamins B6, B12, D3, folic acid, magnesium citrate, selenium, Huperzine A (which increases focus) and the antioxidant lipoic acid, this supplement:
• Promotes better cognitive function and overall brain health
• Combats oxidative stress and chronic inflammation
• Fortifies and strengthens natural brain functions
• Protects and supports neuronal networking
• Enhances the body’s natural energy stores
• Boosts the body’s immune system
• Increases focus

EHT is available NOW!

IT IS AVAILABLE ON MY WEBSITE AT HTTP://JEANINETHURSTON.NERIUM.COM

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