Archive for February, 2010

Today I had the privilege of taking photos for an old friend from high school.  She has a precious little 5 month old who is just as happy as can be, and two beautiful nieces.  We ended up having to move everything inside because of the rain, but they were all such troopers!  Enjoy your little peek at what’s to come!

When I think back to my childhood and the way I was raised, my memories always include  the “canyon kids.”  I grew up on a small ranch in the middle of nowhere that was located up a four mile dirt road.  Along this road is several other families and ranches.  Growing up there was such a unique experience.  There was about a dozen kids all within a couple years of each other and we were all best friends.  During the hot summers we would all hang out in each others pools and explore the many trails that went through the bottom of the canyon.  When other kids were out riding bikes, we were all riding dirt bikes and 4-wheelers.  When other kids were playing with toys, we were out shooting guns.  When other kids were having slumber parties, we were sleeping under the stars in the middle of a field.  Our parents never had to worry where we were and who we were with.  There were very few fences in the canyon, and the fields that did have them, had gates that were never locked.  It truly was an amazing experience.  It just so happens that one of the “canyon kids” won the giveaway.  Laurye and I always had so much fun together.  When we used to play together, it was like we were in our own little world.  It was so much fun being able to photograph her beautiful family back at our old stompin’ grounds.  Here is a little peek at this wonderful family.

Congratulations to Laurye!  You are the winner of a free photoshoot with me.  I will email you a little later today with all the details and stuff like that.

For those of you who did not win, I am offering you 15% off your total if you choose to book a future photo session with me.  This is good until December 31, 2010.

I want to say thank you to all the wonderful people that have become fans of Saflower Photography on Facebook.  Now that my page has reached 100 fans, it is time for a giveaway!

What you get: 1-2 hours with me and my camera, a CD with all the images, and an 8×10 of your choice. I specialize in children’s and family portraits, but can do engagements, best friends, siblings, pets, etc.  Pretty much anything except weddings.

Who is eligible: Anyone in San Diego County, Southern Monterey County and Northern SLO County.  If you do not live in one of these locations, but you are willing to travel to them, then you may enter too.

Who is ineligible: Anyone I am related to.   Anyone outside of the stated areas that are not willing to travel.  Anyone looking for wedding photos.  I DO NOT do weddings.  Never have, never will.  I can do engagement photos, but not weddings.

How to enter: All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post telling me what your favorite color is and what type of photo you are interested in.  Want another chance to win?  Tell your Facebook friends, via a status update, about this giveaway and post a link to it in another comment on this post (make sure you use the setting that makes it visible to everyone, not just friends, or else I can’t see it if you are not on my friend list).  Make sure you leave two separate comments if you choose to do the Facebook one.  Comment number one is your color and type of photo.  Comment number two is a link to your Facebook so I can see your status.

How the winner is picked:  I will be using a random number generator to choose the winner.  The winner will be picked on Monday, February 15.

And just because a post can’t be without a photo, here is my boy.

Has it really been 6 weeks already?  My image for this week is actually that of a camera.  This is an old Kodak Vest Pocket camera that belonged to my grandfather.  I have no idea if this was used by him, or if he bought it as a collectors item.  I always wonder what this camera has seen.  When it was first sold, Kodak advertised it as a “Soldier’s Camera” during WWI.  I wonder if this camera was ever used to capture the memories of war?  Another cool thing about this camera was the “autographic” ability.  It came with a stylus and you could open a little window on the back of the camera and write directly onto the film.  My camera, unfortunately, is missing the stylus, but you can see where someone wrote on it.  it almost looks like it said “Mammoth,” or something similar.  Maybe someday I will be able to find some 127 film and try it out.  If you want to see the other ones that I took, you can check them out here.

I know I’m a little late on posting this, but I have been trying to get the mini session photos finished so I am just now getting around to editing my other shots.  I actually took this photo between sessions over at the Spanish Village.  It was pretty early in the morning, so I just loved the way the dew was still on the leaf. 

This weekend I was totally on cute overload with all the wonderful families I had the privilege of photographing.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had!  I hope you enjoy this little peek at your photos.