Authentic You Photography Blog

March 31, 2010


Filed under: Just Because — Char @ 4:16 pm

Today happiness is…


1. The JCrew magazine that showed up in my mailbox. Spring inspiration at it finest.

2. Springtime. Nuff said.

3. Fresh salsa that makes the canned salsa run and hide. Love this stuff. Lime juice, onions, peppers, cilantro and more all tumbled together. Don’t feel like chopping and dicing? Me neither. Head to the fresh produce area in your grocery store.

4. Berry tea. Berry goodness in a mug. Add a teaspoon of honey. This and emailing have been going hand in hand recently.

Just because. This is happiness for today at least. Smile.

March 26, 2010

Dathan and Jody

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 1:18 pm

So they met through friends. Jody remembers seeing him through the crowds and thinking….”Who is HE?!!”

And then he spotted her and was determined. She says he was certain they were meant to be and never gave up.

He says she makes him a better person. She loves that he never gives up.

So what make them happy? Being goofy. Never a dull moment. Laying under the stars. Bonfires. Just being side by side.

And of course, riding bike warm summer nights. Yup, they tell me this will definitely be part of their lives together.

Looking forward to their big day in June! I know it will be gorgeous.

Stop here to see their slide show.

Meet Dathan and Jody…

Love the goofiness caught in this first image…





Thanks to Jolyn for working with me. This shot was her idea and I love how it turned out.


Working the bike for me…


I am thinking beautiful bride…for sure.



I love laughter!


Jody, you were so fun to photograph…





Pretty sunlight…had to grab one at the end with the sun.


Thanks Jody and Dathan. You guys are awesome!

March 25, 2010

Senior Representatives!

Filed under: senior — Char @ 10:00 am

Seniors make me happy. Always. I love working with seniors.

There is something about this stage of life that so, well…. brimming with life.

Expectant. Ready to run. Conquer the world. Big aspirations. Excited.

Love the laughter, fashion, and personality you bring to a shoot.

You are willing to lay on the ground (ummm, ant hills…it has happened), walk in grimy alleys, climb fire escapes, and dance…all for the camera.

I am thrilled with the opportunity to capture this stage of life with my camera!

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Being a senior representative simply means you have the opportunity to take part in a referral program.

Email here if you are a senior and wanna learn more!

Excited to hear from you!

March 23, 2010

A little something…

Filed under: tiny ones — Char @ 9:16 am

Just a little something sweet on this Tuesday morning…


Her name is Mallory Mae and she is perfect.

March 18, 2010


Filed under: Kiddos — Char @ 3:01 pm





This is third time I had the opportunity of photographing Payton’s sweet face. Adorable with adorable outfits every time!



The sun is shining oh, so warm…it is time to turn off the computer. Smile. But let me share a few first. Meet beautiful Payton.




Payton turns one!


March 15, 2010


Filed under: Just Because — Char @ 3:53 pm

Spring is coming, right?


It was a wet, cold weekend here. Not very many signs of life outside. But this lilac bud and daffodil bulb are promising….soon.

These brave plants deserve recognition, I think. Simplicity at it’s best. Always faithful. I felt impelled to grab a photo. And they made me feel happy and hopeful. Smile.

March 12, 2010

Cool Stuff…

Filed under: Just Because — Char @ 1:24 pm

Such as albums. Beautiful with all kinds of attitude, I think.

They come with an array of cover options, contemporary colors, and beautiful styling.

A great way to combine all your session images in one keepsake. Looking forward to creating these for seniors!



And gallery wraps…gorgeous and so very sleek. Gallery warps are printed on fine art canvas and wrapped around a wooden frame. Gallery wraps arrive complete and ready to hang the moment they are received. A collage canvas gallery wrap is an excellent way to combine up to nine images on one canvas wrap. This a collage gallery wrap I put together with photos that say “life” to me.


It’s the weekend. It is wet outside…I love rainy days. Smile. Happy weekend.

March 9, 2010


Filed under: Just Because, senior — Char @ 7:13 am

Most if us get a little nervous with one camera being pointed at us. Not Lauren. She had six and didn’t mind a bit.


Bubbly and laughter. This is Lauren. And adorable outfits. Love the orange coat!






The following photo makes me smile. This is what Lauren put up with! Deanna got in touch with me awhile back and we planned to meet this winter. My thought…hey, why not add to the experience and invite a few others?!!  Meeting with other photographers always inspires me. I always learn. Thanks to Deanna, Jess, Michele, Jolyn, Tiffany and ever so fabulous Lauren for a good time!


March 4, 2010

A little of this and a little of that…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Char @ 9:43 am

So you like words? Wanna make something fun?

Go Wordle and create. This is what Wordle created by grabbing words from my website. I love collages…

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And let me share a few of Megan.

Megan is a sweet senior. These photos were taken before all the snow hit and the sun was still warm. It is coming again, right?

Words that describe Megan? Pensive, patient, friendly, and caring. Always putting others before herself.

She loves expressing herself through words or quotes.

The best way to pass free time? Friends, bowling, and ice cream, of course.

Megan has a lot going on…she is a swimmer, on student council, and made homecoming court.

After graduation Megan plans on attending college for Communications/Public Relations and definitely swimming.





And one more tidbit of info on this Thursday…

Do you like taking pictures? Lots of people do and we all want to learn. Check out MCP actions. Believe me, there is a wealth of knowledge here including business advice, posing tips, editing tools, and interviews with cool photographers. And better yet, some of it is even free. Whenever I take the time to stop by, I am always reminded I need to come back more often. Lots of good stuff. Happy Thursday!

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