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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mandi and Jeff | Beloved

I know it's been a while since I've blogged. I can only apologize! It's been so busy around here lately, which has been good, but I've had to take some things off my plate to keep up. Blogging has been one of those things. I do hope you'll forgive and enjoy the post today!

I knew Mandi way back when....when I was a high school-er. Oh boy! The bad memories she must have of me. We had friends in the same circles, we had some classes together, and we probably even belonged to a couple of the same clubs (NHS..anyone?)...still, we never really hung out. We reconnected through Facebook and I've gotten to know her much better through that and her blog. Oh. My. Word. I wish we would have hung out. She is hilarious. And talented. And beautiful. And she totally inspires me.

Mandi really values beauty and people and laughter, and Jeff. They have a happy, wonderful marriage and they really wanted to capture some great images that they could hand down to their children and grandchildren as they grow old. They wanted them to understand how truly happy they are together. And how much they mean to each other. She told me that in the last ten years they only have one semi-good picture of them together and they really wanted just ONE that they could cherish. I think we got a few more than that for them. What do you think?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Baskets for sale

Photographers and general consumers (tee hee :) ),  I have some baskets I'm selling. I've used these for posing babies. If you are interested in any, please email me at joannataylorphotography at gmail dot com I will also have a few more items coming up for sale soon. Buy more than one and make me an offer.

Friends looking for pics, come back soon as I will update my blog with them next week! In the meantime, please go see some recent work on my Facebook Fanpage!





BASKET #5 Sale Pending


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jen Houston
who won the Mind Organization for Moms! For those that did not win, please go check out the website and buy a copy for yourself. I'm sooo impressed.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Curve ball & a giveaway

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with life? Wondered just how on Earth you can get through a day? A week? A month? This has been my life this year. I've run from one thing to the next, trying to stay on top of it all. On top of my business (keeping up with blogging, staying up on orders, creating buzz, working on my identity, and my education, and my passions, bookkeeping, and on and on...), on top of my family calendar (soccer, dance, camps, musical theater, music lessons, and on and on...), my church volunteer position, my home, my marriage...the list goes on.

I went downstairs to get my two middle kiddos (4 and 5) for lunch on Saturday, and discovered that my 5 year old son had just cut off 8 inches of my 4 year old's hair. She cried when she realized that she no longer would get to wear braids, ponytails, or buns for ballet. But what I've realized more this year than ever before, is that life throws you curve balls. My pre-schooler's teacher uses a phrase, "You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit." I love this approach. When life is different or harder than you expect, you have to figure out a way to change things up and make them successful for you.

One of my biggest downfalls is organization. I'm just not good at it, as much as I'd like to believe I am. My life has started running me, rather than me running it, and so I've just been running around completely frazzled. :/ I decided it was time for a change. It was mandatory. I prayed about it, and I researched. And what happens upon me? The most incredible Mind Organization program. I have been looking over it for the last several days and just started implementing it, and I already feel so much relief. And lucky me, I have one extra program to giveaway to someone that could really use it. So if you are interested, send me an email at joannataylorphotography at gmail dot com. I am closing entries on 9/15/10. Put Mind Organization in the subject line to be entered!

So take that curve ball, change up your life, and rock it. Just like my sweet Lulu did. Isn't she adorable?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Day of Reflection

(photo credit: Thrifty Decor Chick)

This week has been one of reflection for many around the country. For me, it's been two things in particular on my mind. First, it's suicide prevention week. I've lost two dear family members to suicide and still, years later, my heart breaks. My heart breaks for their heartbreak, and it breaks from my own. If you are in Utah and able to attend, the suicide prevention walk is being held today.

Of course the other reason I've been reflecting this week has been for the events of 9/11. And again my heart breaks. I read this post yesterday and cried. I cried for the tragedy, I cried for the families, I cried for a nation full of terror and fear in the days and weeks that followed.

But in both of these circumstances there is hope. As many of us think about the events of 9/11 today, may we never forget the lives lost. May we never forget the tragedy. May we always remember the heroes: the every day man and woman, the firefighters, and the families that had to deal with questions we might never comprehend. May we always embrace the hope and not the anger that came out of such a tragedy, and may we ...learn our lesson to make peace with differences that can so easily rip a nation and families apart. Instead, let us emit tolerance and love in hopes of understanding. God bless us all.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

For Sale

I have two lenses for sale.
Lens #1: (SOLD)
Canon 50mm 1.8 $75 shipped. Bought new a couple of months ago for backup. Used for one session. Works fine, but now have better quality for back up. Great starter lens.

Lens #2: SOLD
Canon 24-105 F4L IS $850 shipped OBO (reserve the right to turn down offers)
Clean amazing copy. I have been in love with this lens. In fact, almost every image I've taken has been with this lens. I am selling it because I needed the 2.8 for weddings and don't like to have extra equipment sitting in my bag. Sad to part with it. Fast to focus, and SHARP. Perfect for portraits, but also good for wide angles.

Contact me at joannataylorphotography at gmail dot com if you are interested in either lens!