S is TWO {Sneak Peek}

September 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I love meeting new families!!  Thank you so much for allowing me to capture sweet Stella's Second Birthday pictures!!  

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back to school 2014

August 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This morning I drove Ali to school, pulled up to the curb and watched her walk in to a brand new school all by herself to start her 6th grade year.  This momma was a nervous wreck worried.

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I guess I should back up a little…last year was an off year for her.  She went into her 4th grade year with all the confidence in the world because of everything she accomplished the year before of which I give all the credit to her AMAZING teacher.  5th gradenot so much.  She did everything she could to try and overcome a lot of obstacles, but the odds were just not in her favor.  

One word summary of last year...BULLY.  I could go on and on about bullies and how much they make this momma hotter than a hornet, but bottom line is, they should not be tolerated.  No circumstance makes it ok even when said student is the teachers aid or top of the class.  A smart student doesn't constitute a truthful one and when an adult takes the word of this "smart" bully not-so-nice student over all the other student witnesses time and time again it breaks the spirit and confidence of all of them.  

I get it, all kids have rough years and I don't want to make her year seem like it was a complete failure, but it sure felt like it in the end.  Not a failure on her part, but on ours.  Hind site is always 20/20 and boy, it was clear as day in the end of what we should have done which is yank her out of that school and never look back, but we thought that would cause more turmoil with her.  Boy were we WRONG!

Ali's first day.  Well, it was a typical first day of absolute chaos.  She was told to take first lunch when actually she should have taken second lunch so she shows up to her 4th hour 30 minutes late and then takes a 2nd lunch which completely threw her day off.  The thing is, this year all the elementary schools dump into the 6th grade center so everyone is trying to figure each other out and i can only imagine the deer in headlights the teachers witnessed today.

The blessings here are her teachers…she went on and on about how fun her teachers are!  PRAISE THE LORD!!  Listening to her talk about them made this momma grin from ear to ear because as we so painfully learned last year, teachers can make or break a students school experience.  By the grace of God she got into a group of teachers that I pray will encourage her, embrace her quirky and see what a beautiful, kind young lady she is becoming.

This parenthood thing…it is tough!  How naive I was in thinking that if I just got through the first 3 years it would be smooth sailing from there.  I mean, after you teach them how to feed themselves, use the toilet and dress themselves they are declared "self sufficient" right??!  HA!  They tell you the terrible two's are bad and then the teenage years are worse, but I don't know…it sure feels like every year has had it's own separate challenge whether it's trying to get through a trip to Target without an all out temper tantrum, learning to read, memorizing multiplication tables, sassy-pants attitudes, dealing with bullies and so on.  At this point, all I can really attest to in the "hard" years is the terrible two's and albeit they are tough, I'm not really convinced they are the worst years.  With Ali, I could have just blurred that time in my life out because Mo was deployed to Iraq at the time and it was a tough year on every front.  With Myla, we are just starting terrible two's so I'll get back with you, but current status is we are at the whiny, needy, hilarious stage and it is FUN TIMES!  No really, we have never laughed so hard in our lives…she is one hilarious toddler as I'm sure you can see in the photos.  

All in all, it was a good day and I am so hopeful for the coming year.  I will continue to pray over her everyday that the Lord will protect her, but as for today, my prayers were answered!

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your

requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7

 

 


Back to School Mini Sessions

August 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Several of you have been asking about Back to School sessions.  Originally I planned to pass this year because I procrastinated and didn't get everything together in time for mini sessions, but better late than never right?!  Email tonya@alimaephotography.com to reserve your spot! 

Mini Sessions | $75

20 Minutes | 6 Digital Images 

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Available Dates and Times:

August 22nd

7:00 PM

7:30 PM

8:00 PM

August 23rd

7:00 PM

7:30 PM

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August 30th

7:00 PM

7:30 PM

8:00 PM


back to school with the richardson girls

August 17, 2014  •  2 Comments

I have been wanting to do a session like this with my girls for a long time and it just so happens that my good friend Laura had a little desk she wanted to give Myla and a big desk I could borrow.  With some TLC on the little desk and tracking down some other props I was able to pull it off and I could not be more excited to share them with you!  I might be slightly biased, but I thought they turned out pretty darn cute!

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my photography "birth"

August 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

My photography “Birth” started when our youngest daughter, Myla Mae, was born.  You know how sometimes big life changes spark something in you that you never knew you had??  Yep, that is exactly what happened here.  My husband bought me a “big girl” Nikon D3100 camera which I was completely furious pleasantly surprised but concerned with him over because of the expense.  I mean, we were about to have a baby and he just spent over $800 on a camera,  I was a bawling hormonal mess completely calm and collected in voicing my concerns, but I did get over it eventually and I am so thankful for him just buying it behind my back and surprising me. ;)  So, here I am with a big girl camera and no clue how to use it out of “auto” mode.

I started reading an amazing blog called Minding My Nest that the very talented Kelly Ishmael (who just so happens to have worked with me at the time) writes and was in awe of her blog writing because she’s just so funny and inspirational, but more so of her photos…they are absolutely breathtaking and I needed to know the secret.  Check out her work at Kelly Ishmael Photography and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about…so amazing!  So what did I do, I bugged her to death until she said yes called her up and asked for a little photography lesson.  She started talking about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and bokeh and I must say I was completely confused through most of those conversations, but she sent me lots of sites to check out.  We met at Woodward Park here in Tulsa with both our daughters and tortured them for a little while as our models.  Here are my very first “real” pictures.  Real meaning ‘out of auto mode” being coached by Kelly.

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And here is the gorgeous Kelsey who is such an absolute sweetheart and was so patient posing while I tried to figure out what the heck I was doing. Mind you, I had not started editing photos at all so hopefully she won't strangle me for posting this unedited picture, but come on, her skin is GORGEOUS!  Oh to have the skin of my 20's again would be a wonderful thing!

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And so, this photography journey was born.  From that point forward I was caught hook line and sinker and I cannot be more grateful to my girls for inspiration, my husband for unfailing encouragement even when I’m completely overwhelmed and my friend, Kelly, for her mentoring and constant encouragement.  I could not have started this wonderful journey that has given me such a beautiful artistic outlet without all of them.   

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