Shooting from the Floor

I had an absolutely fabulous Saturday! I had the privilege of welcoming one of the cutest clients in the toddler set I’ve ever had the joy of working with.

My husband and daughter are musicians. We have a piano, vibraphone, sax, flute, several clarinets, drums and more. Max was in heaven, playing the drums, surprising us by making a reed vibrate on both the sax and clarinet (with a little coaching from my daughter) and more. He’d finish with one instrument then race to another. In between, I grabbed some shots of him!Image

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The Last Dance

“Hello?” the sweet, searching voice on the phone asked. “Is this Lily and Daisy Photography?” The soft, slightly German-accented voice sounded both hopeful and sad.

“Yes,” I answered. “What can I do for you?”

The voice on the other end of the telephone asked if I had been the one with the camera at the Knights of Columbus Valentine’s dance the year before. Indeed, I was. I had accompanied my husband and his band, Desert Swing to capture some images for their website, when a woman who worked for the Knights of Columbus approached me and asked if I minded taking some pictures of the guests at the event for them. I had a great  time meeting the attendees and chatting with the folks enjoying the music and the good food. I never imagined I might be capturing a last image for someone.

The woman on the phone introduced herself and told me I’d taken a picture of her and her partner together. The picture, it turns out, was the last one ever captured of him. He’d been sick, you see, with cancer. He’d been battling a long time, but on the night of the Valentine’s dance he had felt better than he had in the months before or in the days following. He died shortly afterward.

I didn’t know what to say. The lump in my throat grew as the conversation continued. I tried not to cry; I could only imagine the pain this sweet lady was feeling and wanted to do anything I could to make the sadness a little less for her.

She asked if she could buy copies of the images I had taken of her and her friend. “Of course not,” I blurted out, before thinking it through. She sounded crestfallen. I added quickly, “You tell me the pictures you want and in what size, and I’ll give them to you.”

“Oh, thank you!” she replied, then tried to talk me out of giving them to her, but I insisted. How could I possibly take money from this sweet lady when she’d already been through so much?

Smiling during dinner

We live in a small town and I actually saw this sweet lady over the weekend. She was smiling again and seems happy now. Time, I think, has healed her wounds and it’s wonderful to see. You don’t always know the impact you’ll have on someone’s life, however small. You never know when you might be the spectator to the last dance.

Last Dance

The Blizzard of 2013 – Arizona Style

I spent my formative years in the Midwest, so when a blizzard alert from the National Weather Service graced our cell phones a few days ago, I actually laughed aloud. We live in South Eastern Arizona now, a place not generally known for blizzard conditions, well, EVER. I’ve actually lived through blizzards and now that this Arizona storm has moved along it’s merry path leaving us with a dusting of snow, I can honestly say this ‘blizzard’ of which they speak, has little or no resemblance to my MEMORY of blizzards past.

Generally speaking, I hate snow and cold. I have an old grudge I developed in childhood when we walked to school in snow up to our hips, blinded by a real blizzard. Grudge aside, we rarely see this type of weather here and yesterday’s storm left behind a serene elegance all across our land. As long as one doesn’t have to brave those who are unaccustomed to driving on roads which are not perfect, we can wander around and enjoy the scenery. Which is what I did this morning. I know we specialize in personalized portrait photography here at Lily & Daisy, but I just could not waste such a rare and beautiful opportunity. I hope you enjoy these images from the warmth of your own computer.

Desert Grasses

He may be named after a city in the Dakotas, but he is definitely not used to the cold!

He may be named after a city in the Dakotas, but he is definitely not used to the cold!

The morning after the "Blizzard"

The morning after the “Blizzard”

Nopals in the SnowPrickly Pear CactusMadame Huachuca in Her Winter GarbIMG_5525WebIMG_5528Web

Outta the Weeds

The last few weeks have been full of activity. I’ve been working hard on a reboot, of sorts, of Lily & Daisy Photography’s online image. I think I finally have it and I’m excited to roll it out. Please leave me some feedback, here on the blog, on my Facebook page or send me an email.

Thanks for reading this – I’ll post a longer segment when I can.Image

Big Changes Are a’Comin’!

Phew, finally back in the saddle, so to speak. It’s been a whirlwind of activity around here, from ordering prints, following up with our Fabulous Clients, to new baby sessions and much, much more.

Ever have one of those moments where you ask for an opinion on something and you end up getting more than you bargained for? It’s kind of like asking the question, “Do these jeans make my rear end look fat?” and getting the answer, “Nope. Your rear end makes your rear end look fat.” Well, that’s kind of where I am right now. I bit the bullet and asked for an opinion on some images and instead got a pronouncement on how my web presence lacks uniformity. There was much more, but it really caused me to take a serious look at what my clients see and discover when they’re looking to hire me. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but it was intended to help me grow so I’m taking it in stride.

So, as you may have noticed, I’m working on revamping my web presence so I have a more cohesive look across the board. It’s kind of a challenge with WordPress and I think it’s still a work in progress, but everything else is coming together and I’m pleased with the way things are beginning to look. The next challenge is to go through and cull images I don’t think represent my best work and add new, fresh images which I think are more representative of my vision. I am, as I was advised, trying to “take off the mommy goggles” and recognize that which will serve to grow my business and my development as a photographer and artist.

This revamping things is a process and I’m trying to get things in order. If you have feedback or just plain hate the direction this is going, give me a shout.

Oh, and a Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. Save me something sweet!IMG_1616

Senior Portrait Photography: Rockin’ Seniors!

Senior Portrait Photography: Rockin’ Seniors!

{Olivia and Kayla}
{Olivia and Kayla}

 

 

 

 

Here at Lily & Daisy Photography, we absolutely love working with Seniors and the two young ladies above are no exception. These girls are cousins and both are amazing and talented!

Last night I had the pleasure of delivering the printed images they chose from their Senior Photography Session to them and I’m so pleased! They were thrilled with the images and really excited to share them with their friends and families.

Olivia has a wonderful family with 5 siblings! When I visited their home last night to deliver the pictures I realized the energy of family is palpable! So much different than our house, with Olivia, the Rockin' Seniormy one child and the occasional visits from her friends. I love the contrast! It got me thinking about families and relationships and I started to wonder how many of you make a point to get “just because” photos taken of your family. I know a lot of folks take group shots of their family during special occasions, but do you make sure your family has at least a yearly family photo? Do you let more time lapse in between portraits and if so, why? Is it a time factor? A money thing? Something else? If you’ve got a minute, please take my poll then leave me some feedback in the comments about when and why you have family photos taken. I’d love to know what you think!

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