Monday, April 2, 2012

Love, Support & Photography

not always easy doing photoshoots with my short little leg stumps . haha.
My little sister, Joanna and Me. She is 11 years younger than I.
I have always been a big fan of being a fan.
In other words, showing your support, some LOVE for the people you love.
If anyone should be cheering you on it's the people that love you, right?
I am an avid believer that if you see a someone hurting, love them.
If you see someone rejoicing over something wonderful happening,
don't be jealous, rejoice with them.
If you see gifts and talent in someone, praise and encourage those talents.
I gotta say, not many things feel worse than being excited about something that you love,
telling your family or friends about it, 
and feeling insignificant as their response is less that supportive,
or perhaps they even down right make fun of you for having that passion...
simply because it's not THEIR passion.
so they don't get why you are so LOVE it so much.
God gave us each talents, gifts, abilities, in such a WIDE spectrum of...
well, things to LOVE doing.
NO gift is insignificant. Each is given for a purpose, whether that be musical, creative, artistic, business, medical, scientific, ministry, communicative, writing, acting, fitness...
the list goes on and on
of the passions that drive us to do what we love doing.
And ALTHOUGH we do them because we love it,
the support of people who love us can continue to steer us in the right direction.
My Aunt Pat is the reason I am doing this blog.
After reading my facebook status's that touched her and made her laugh over and over,
she kept encouraging me to write. Probably for a year or two, she would keep bringing it up..
Finally, I am here, doing it, and she is still one of my biggest encouragers...
and you have no idea how I sooo appreciate the people who have encouraged me in this journey..
and have made it known how much my writing has touched them 
or made them laugh.. or made them cry..
Hearing that makes me want to continue what I am doing even more so.

this one is probably the most popular photos of me that my sister, joanna, has taken.
SO, be that voice in someone else's head. That voice that says
Or that says 
"Wow, I never realized how talented you are. What a gift you have."
Don't be the friend that stands back, not paying attention
 or taking interest in those you love.
I know we are all busy, but take time to love BIG on some people
 that are crazy talented!!
That's what I love about all the bloggers,everyone is so supportive.
Yes, of course, we all have our own thing going, 
but everyone still takes the time to cheer one another on.

This is also the reason for my "I HEART PEOPLE" page.
Simply to recognize people that deserve it.
Today I wanted to do two things.
1) BRAG on my little sister Joanna and her fab photography skills. She took up photography just a few years ago, just because she loves it so much. She is always searching for models and make up artists to work with. And she is doing fabulous and I am so proud of her. And I love her so very very much.
2) ALSO I can take this opportunity to show off some of the pics she has taken of me and my lovely family (mostly me and the girls, since we are the cutest...haha). I live less than a block away, so whenever she is wanting practice like...NOW... she calls me up and asks me to take pictures.
and hey, I'm not gonna say no to free photoshoots!

***to read a little letter I wrote to my baby sister, click  HERE

 Below are some of my favorite pictures she has taken of me and my posse..
there are literally hundreds more...
but it if you like THESE ONES...please check out   Joanna Photography facebook page and "like" it.
She's got some AMAZING PICS on there.. maybe a little less "impromptu" than mine are...
bands, models, engagements, weddings..etc...all completely fab!
...go love my little sis =)
click here!
i normally hate smiling with my mouth open, unless its natural and i am laughing. you should see the things i have to do to make myself laugh during our photoshoots. it ok though, it's just my sister xoxo
workin it.. haha
pretty sure this was christmas 2010...i always shoot a text to joanna before the holidays saying "can you bring your camera and take a few pics of us?" =)
the train tracks. always one of my favorite places for a photoshoot.

OH MY GOSH...i love her!
i can't say enough how much i love this one of jada and leila. just taken last week.
is it just me, or is she the cutest ever?

it's not often i can drag the hubby out to a photoshoot, but he does ok ;-)
joanna stops by now and then and i hear her in jada's closet, next thing i know she is yelling "julie, i am taking jada!"  And this is what appears later that day on my facebook wall.
fall fun for baby leila
this is unusual. usually they are punching or hitting each other. so this, i adore. xoxo
there is something so completely loveable and natural about this. ok, this wasnt actually a "photoshoot."
she's a natural. my jada.

capturing summer fun in 2011
this is an older one of jada and me, but i love instilling the native into my kiddos =)
yes, we snuck into some sort of truck stop and hijacked a semi for this one.
easy access to a nature walk by our house. so lots of "woodsy" pics!

one of the first pictures joanna took of me.
my little ladybug.

jada's native photoshoot =)
this is what happens when you do a photoshoot in a blizzard. you come off looking super sassy.
the real deal. trying to do a shoot with 3 kids.
i love this one. it reminds me of  "twilight."

joanna loves hitting up the thrift shops to find 'vintage looking' get ups. she called me one day to do a wedding dress photoshoot.
no, i didnt actually climb a tree for this.. haha. there was one tipped over near our neighborhood.
family photoshoot 2009

here is a brand new one of Leila taken this week. she's such a little girly girl supermodel baby. haha. she actually made me change my outfit yesterday because she said it wasnt "pretty" and then picked something else out for me.

this photoshoot was a challenge. i was in total pain. i didnt know i had an ulcer, but could definitely feel it. taking pics and trying to look cute when you are doubling over in pain es no bueno. 


Kelly said...

You're gorgeous!
Thanks for the encouragment. I need to work on being a fan. ;)
All of your sisters photographs are seriously great.

The Pink Growl said...

You are beautiful and she is a very talented photographer! I wish she lived in TN to do my engagement pics! :)

Sam said...

i love your hair!!! way awesome pictures.


Katie said...

I love this post! You are so right... we need to encourage one another, and not be jealous. Ok, I cannot get over how gorgeous you are! I love your hair :)

Emily said...

Wow! Your sister is very talented. It's so fun to look at all the photos.

Anonymous said...

Wow these pics are gorgeous. You are such a beautiful person, inside and out.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much my Beautiful sister! love you so much Spuls!


Meredith Sledge said...

Wow, these are great! Love that first self portrait! I am super short so I feel you! :) I love you blog, though! I'd love to do an ad swap! Let me know if you'd like to do that! :D

Lauren said...

Wow these photos are GREAT! And so are your legs btw! :)

Colleen said...

So many beautiful photos! Stunning. Giving people compliments is the easiest way to make them feel so good. I hate when jealousy makes people keep their mouths shut! Your so right! :)

L said...

What a wonderful post & such a great reminder!
These pictures are gorgeous! Your sis is talented!
Much Love,

Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots said...

GREAT photos! I'm new here, but wanted to say hi instead of lurking around. I love the feel of your blog so far- off to read more! Have a fantastic week, sugar!! xo

Anonymous said...

great photos!


Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

These pics are absolutely amazing. The last is my favorite.

ginanorma said...

I love that one of you that you said was the most popular one of you that your sister has taken, SO breathtaking and that one of you in the red, so so so pretttttyyyyyyyyy!! And you have a beautiful family! AND I love having a sister, so I know what that is like, to cherish them, they are like built in Bff's that never leave us....YOu guys have quite an age difference, that's cool that you are still close :)

Sophie @TheForgeStyle said...

those are some great pictures! your kids are super cute.

The Not Quite Military Wife said...

Wow, you are seriously beautiful and these pictures are awesome!! Oh and I tagged you in my post!

TicoTina said...

I know you said not to be jealous, but............................... =)

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