In the back of my mind, I knew this was going to happen. Everything was about to change and I couldn't be more excited about it!
But first, let's do a little rewind for a moment...
It's been nearly a year since we found out that I was pregnant for the third time. The first two were miscarriages and we decided to wait until the second trimester before telling the exciting news to our families and friends, because we couldn't bear the thought of explaining again why we didn't have a little one in tow.
Raise your hand if you love autumn ... *me raising both my hands*
I love this weather and the fact that I can wear cozy sweaters and eat all the comfort food. Plus, I love the fields of gold that I can take photos in, along with golden leaves and fluffy pine trees.
In a couple months I'll be offer a day of mini sessions with a variety of packages for all budgets. Here it is >> NOVEMBER MINI SESSIONS << ... just imagine that you can have you Christmas card family photo and not worry about it?!?! Keep on reading to see more images I took just the other day at a park in the middle of Salem!
When I was first teaching myself photography five years ago, I knew that I would want to take quality, if not amazing, photos of my future children. Now that I've had my first little one, I'v been snapping away with my iPhone almost everyday, but I still make the time to take photos with my professional camera equipment. And sometimes, I talk my hubby into taking a couple photos once I set everything up.
These two photos were taken while we were still in the hospital with our little girl. And as she reached one month, two months, and three months, I knew that I wanted to capture those times with my DSLR and prime lens.
Let's hit the rewind button real quick. Skip back to May 2012 ... I was freshly graduated from Oregon College of Art and Craft with my Bachelors in Fine Art and Craft in Drawing and Painting. I wasn't just a graduate, I was still a newlywed by a couple months and I was ready to create art that was true to me and not just for homework.
During my Thesis year at OCAC, we learned not just about creating a body of art, but also about the business side of being an artist. A local art lawyer came and spoke to us about everything from registering LLCs to copyright infringements. That's when I knew that one day I wanted to create a LLC that wouldn't limit me creative endeavors.
There was a lot of growth for me and for Western Rose Studios in 2018 and even more new things that will happen in 2019.
Usually I write this blog post right at the end of December/beginning of January, but this year things are moving a little more slowly. But first, I'm going to reflect on 2018. I decided to focus on a couple new adventures in Western Rose Studios, such as teaching watercolor classes, photographing less landscapes and more people and pets, and networking with other small businesses. I was also blessed with being the winner of the 2019 St. Paul Rodeo poster contest, creating special custom watercolors that were Christmas presents for others, and attending a couple new events.
Yes, I was one of those horse crazy girls that you might have heard of. I collected Breyer Horses instead of Barbies. I looked out the window on road trips and imagined myself galloping on a horse, jumping over fences, keeping my steed along side the car.
And one summer when I was eight years old after day camp, my mom took me to a miniature donkey farm to meet a pony named Star. He came home with us and I renamed him Stardust, since he was dusty in color and his star was tiny.
I hope you stay awhile. This is where I will talk about my paintings, processes, photography & adventures, post processing, social media, and more.
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