Mothers

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”
— Cardinal Mermillod

It may sound early to tell you Mother’s Day is the most important day of the year, but it is never too early to think about all of the mother’s out there in the world.  Our children depend on us, they love us, they look up to us for everything as they are growing up.  They look to us when they scrap their knee, spill their milk, and just want someone to lay next to when they are feeling sad.  Our children look to us to be mountains they can climb over when they are small, friends they can dance with to a good song, and someone they can just be comfortable being “silly” with once in a while.

I can also say from experience that as a mother… we don’t get enough photographs with our children.  While we take lots of pictures of them, I’m willing to bet that a majority of those images are minus mom in the photo – as we are also the photographers and videographers – documenting our children’s childhood.  That being said, again – Mother’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate the relationship with you and your children than with a portrait session that shows that special bond you have with your child or children.  Time to start leaving hints to dads and family to get a gift certificate for a session… or better yet, come in and do a mother and child session as a gift to yourself for all the hard work, tears, smiles & laughter that happen every day – much because of what you do for your children every day.

MOTHER & CHILD PORTRAIT SPECIAL – APRIL 3RD- MAY 10TH, 2014

$500 for a beautiful portrait session for your children and their mother, with a gorgeous 11×14 framed canvas included of one image from their session, and 2 digital files with rights to print for personal use.  GIFT CERTIFICATES are available to purchase with this package and can be used anytime in 2014 as well.

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Jennifer with her beautiful girls

Jennifer with her beautiful girls

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Celebrate your valentine styled.

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LOVE VALENTINE SESSIONS

Painted feet, and crowns, vintage cards, hugs and kisses… we are making these Valentine’s sessions all about the love and loves of your life.  Fully styled set that will be beautiful and fun for kids, couples, or families – and the PERFECT images to customize some Valentine’s Day Cards too!

WE HAVE GREAT THINGS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, AND FOR COUPLES TOO!  ALSO MAKES A GREAT “SAVE THE DATE” SESSION FOR WEDDING COUPLES!

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January 22nd (a Wednesday) from 10am-2pm

January 26th (a Sunday) from 9:30am-2:30pm

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OPTION 1 – HUGS & KISSES
$99 mini-session.
30 minute session + $50 print credit

OPTION 2 – ALL HEARTS
$250
1 hour session
2-digital files
$50 print credit

to book your appointment call 720-566-9770

or e-mail us at jennyb@fototails.com

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Helpers.

When I was a kid, I was instructed to run across a street to help an elderly women cross the street.  If I saw a neighbor hauling in groceries – told to go help them carry in their groceries.  When someone came home, I was to jump up and run out to the car to see if someone needed help bringing anything into the house.  You don’t just hold the door open for the person is directly behind you for them to follow you in, you actually hold the door and let the person behind you in first.  When you are in a grocery line, if someone only has a few items, you allow them to go in front of you.  When you are crossing the street and you see a car coming up or one waiting for you at a cross walk you pick up the pace and run/quick walk at minimum to get across the street faster so that they can continue on their way.  You drive in the slow lane and only go in to the middle or fast lane to pass others.

Does any of this ring a bell?  Last week I decided to take a week to observe, at my disappointment – people didn’t pick up the pace to cross the street, in face they didn’t even acknowledge I was a car waiting with even a glance… it was like I wasn’t even there.  When I bring home groceries, nobody runs out to help me carry anything in,  the young man at the gym didn’t even hold the first door (although my youngest did rush ahead of him and held the door for him – have to give him credit).

As adults I think many have become a bit lazy about concern for others ahead of ourselves.  I tell my children to always look for the Helpers.  There are always Helpers, but now more than ever I feel like I need to work on this with even my own children.  Being aware of our surroundings, and others in need is so important and even I have lost track of that at times.

2014 can be the year we bring more Helpers back.  Here is how you can help.

1. When you use a crosswalk and a car has stopped for you… pick up your pace & wave – they just may have somewhere important to go.

2. When you hear one of your family members come home, send your kids out or yourself to at least ask if they need any help.

3. Take an extra 20 minutes and shovel some of your neighbor’s sidewalk when you are doing yours.

4. Hold the door for another.

Seems simple right?

List some other really simple things that may make another’s life easier or show care for someone that you may not even know.  Not elaborate… SIMPLE… that any or all of us could do.

Photographer: Jeanine Thurston

Photographer: Jeanine Thurston

VALENTINE: for the love of life

LOVE VALENTINE SESSIONS

Painted feet, and crowns, vintage cards, hugs and kisses… we are making these Valentine’s sessions all about the love and loves of your life.  Fully styled set that will be beautiful and fun for kids, couples, or families – and the PERFECT images to customize some Valentine’s Day Cards too!

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January 22nd (a Wednesday) from 10am-2pm

January 26th (a Sunday) from 9:30am-2:30pm

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OPTION 1 – HUGS & KISSES
$99 mini-session.
30 minute session + $50 print credit

OPTION 2 – ALL HEARTS
$250
1 hour session
2-digital files
$50 print credit

to book your appointment call 720-566-9770

or e-mail us at jennyb@fototails.com

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Keeping the kids busy

So many of us are a little over a week into winter break with our kids.  They have played with their holiday toys & gifts and now we are in the home stretch before they return to school in a week.  We have hit the zoo lights, the museums, walks, and now we need to get creative to keep them happy and busy for one more week.  Here are some fun things to break up the days!

PROJECT 1.

Snowman Soap Experiment

To make some snowman soap you will need:

1 bar Ivory soap
Food coloring: red, yellow, blue, green
Round cookie cutters
Wax paper
Two dishes or bowls and spoons
1 cup water
Toothpick

NOW… visit this link for all the details SNOWMAN SOAP EXPERIMENT!

Snowman Soap Experiment by @amandaformaro for Kix Cereal

PROJECT 2. FREE PRINTABLE TIC TAC TOE TODO LIST.

My kids LOVE tic tac toe, and what a fun way to get them through some things that are on their task list!  Click here for all the details and the link to download the free printable!Free Printable To Do List by Design Eat Repeat

PROJECT 3. Make your own play-dough

Check it out – she added a little video, and step by step – and what is even better she makes it allergy free with some great ingredients.

MAKE YOUR OWN COCO-DOUGHcoconut oil play dough

Hope you have some fun with these projects… and check back, I’ll be adding more favorites to come in the next few days!

~ Happy New Year!!!

MY STYLE sessions

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Over 25 years in the industry and I’m here to tell you – there are only so many ways you can spice up a studio session on a plain background over and over again.  Clients are becoming well aware that their portraits need to mean something.  Their children should have a fun experience during a photo-shoot.  Most of all – parents need to enjoy it as well and let go – because the best photos are the ones with children being themselves.

Away with cheese – leave it for your wine.

It’s time to play, live, love and have professional images that show us how we were and who we were during our amazing childhood.  And not just your iPhone photos – professionally styled portraits that you want to put on canvas and hang on your walls.  Because the iPhone photos may stay on your computer way too long to appreciate.  An album or a wall portrait is something you use to recollect those feelings and moments all the time.

Professional Styling by: Nicole from Worthwhile Style                                                           Solid wood A-frame tent by Function 4 Design

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How does your memory work? The power of a printed photograph.

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How does your memory work?

“How does your brain lay down and retrieve memories? Your brain is made up of 100 billion neurons. As you grow and develop, these neurons are ‘wired up’ to each other, and communicate through thousands of connections – synapses. Memories are formed when certain connections are strengthened.” ~sciencemuseum.org.uk

Regardless of the times when you talk and think nobody on the planet understands you – humans do remain great communicators.  We use language by way of symbols and words that represent our feelings, ideas, actions, and qualities.  This is complex – and yet our lives are becoming seemingly more complex and the flood of information and memories can get ‘filed’ in rarely recovered folders in our mind.

A photograph has the power to recover memories, increase mood – reminding ourselves of positive times that improve how we feel now. Looking at a printed photograph is valuable – people hold them or look at them in an album or on a wall and reminisce about the past.  What is an experience 20-30+ years ago – and possibly long forgotten can create a “remember this” in your mind and bring stories increasing bonds between people.  A printed photograph can make you remember your daughter bursting with laughter on the floor, the way your son loved to run fast as he could,  completely free, and it can bring back stories of your grandmother and how she would hug you or the smell of fresh-baked bread.  It revives your senses, it re-files your memories putting more pleasant thoughts in the current files of your mind.  It brings you tears at times too – and that is what makes a photograph valuable.

It’s not just a piece of paper.  It is lifetimes of vivid book marks connecting your memories.   A printed photograph is one memory that connects many memories and sorts them in a more pleasant order…. that is what makes one photograph so special.

Think about your favorite few photographs that come to mind and take a minute to reflect on the emotions that those photographs provoke – that is the power of a photograph.

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A head of stars.

His head is made of stars, but not yet arranged into constellations.

~Elias Canetti

I find freckles fascinating.  I use to have freckles as a child and wondered why people would continually comment on them.  As I grew older, I didn’t hold onto mine… they became faint or disappeared entirely.  Once in a great while under the sun for too long I can see faint markings that just lightly appear and disappear again almost as quickly.  I have come to realize that they are so fascinating because they are actually stars, that connect into constellation – and constellations are stories waiting to be told. What can be more beautiful than a story?

~Jeanine Thurston

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Love Inspired: In a little girl’s world

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Little girls are precious gifts wrapped in love serene, their dresses tied with sashes, their futures tied with dreams.

It’s so much fun watching little girls dress up and play.  Skip the playgrounds and letting them explore a set that is entirely new to them.  Letting children be themselves and use their imaginations, lightly guided by our suggestions – and watching them fueled by the smile on your face watching them as you once were.

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Image1Z3A4101bPhotographer: Jeanine Thurston ; Stylist: Nicole – Worthwhile Style