april and al: more than neighbors

I have shared this before:

The move to our new neighborhood was hard for me. I had become quite comfortable in our former area, and I just knew things were going to be a bit rocky. Not to mention, I am really terrible when it comes to any sort of change. What made the transition easier for me was the fact that our neighbors showed so much love, acceptance, and interest in our family.  I am grateful for good neighbors who have become my good friends.

April and Al, are two of those neighbors that I am so glad we made the move to meet. They are sincerely good people, who really care about others.

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I have wanted to get my lens on April since we first met. Her personality sparkles with enthusiasm for life and the people who surround her. She took an interst in me immediatly and I in her. I smile just thinking about her. AND she has the most enchanting Minnosotan accent. I could listen to her talk all day. AND she is beautiful, beyond description.

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And sassy:

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and interesting; I could talk to her all day and enjoy every word she spoke:

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and so fun-loving:

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She is so sweet with Al too, and he with her. They have a great love for one another. It was obvious they were best friends first before anything serious happened between the two of them. They were meant to be together. For sure.

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Al, is an excellent conversationalist. I love how energetic he is about his work and how positive he (and April) are about mine. Their support is so encouraging. And real. When I talk, these two really listen. That is a trait that is hard to find in people. Both April and Al possess it.

Al is a lovely person; I like him very much:

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April does too. She was all smiles and laughs with him; I think that is so neat.

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Loved these:

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Together, they are enchanting:

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April and Al, May you continue to sparkle in this world like you shine in mine. Thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph such beautiful faces and bright and positive spirits. xoxo, kj

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“i love this brown head, and i love this brown head.”

I don’t remember exactly how it started…

Everyone in our family has brown hair, and lots of it. When Gun and J need haircuts their hair gets so full that it looks like their heads are twice the original size. Seriously.

One night, last summer, while I was still great with child and in the deep of a semester of school, Jaren and I were both tucking Gunnar into bed. I had to get some studying done so after prayers I got out of bed and left books to J. I gave Gun a smooch on his cute lips and then I said while kissing the top of his noggin,  “I love this brown head.”  Then I looked to Jaren, kissed him also and said,  “I love this brown head too.”

This brown head,

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 this brown head,

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are really missing Dad’s big, I mean, brown head.

Missing you so much J…xoxo K, G, and L

And a sneak peek of two yellow heads and two yellowish-brown heads:

A family I love almost as much as my own. :) More to come of these lovelies, soon.

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goodbye roosevelt high: brittany senior shoot

I love high school graduations. I can go to any graduation, be in a stadium filled with seniors and family members that I don’t know from Adam and find myself totally overcome to the point of tears. It’s a little weird. I just feel so proud of those individuals for working so hard to earn their diplomas. It’s probably also because I love high school so much, and have an affinity for the students found in its doors.

Tomorrow, Brittany will walk the walk and close out a significant chapter of her life. And if I were in that stadium I would be crying for her and the whole graduating class; that’s just the way I am.

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She is ready, and like most, beyond excited to say goodbye to her first alma mater.

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Her beauty: obvious.

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Her determination and drive: deep.

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Her outlook on life: refreshing.

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 Her future and its sucesses: sunny.

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Brittany, May you remember the moments, the feelings, and the faces of your graduation day. May you have more than one graduation. May you remember that although your leaving it, high school is a microcosm of life. Even though you may travel to find self, may you always find your way home. May you learn from yesterday, life for today, and reach for tomorrow (that sounded awfully graduationish…;)). Thank you for spending some time with me and sharing your excitement; I am so happy for you! Kamee

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gratitude:a forgotten thankyou

The ironies of my life are deep and profound.

My parents taught me to be grateful, thankful for everything I have. I am obsessive about thank you cards; sometimes I even feel I need to send one when someone says something nice to me: “Your hair looks great Kam.” I will send a card to the person who said the compliment, my stylist for doing such a fab job, my parents for blessing me with good hair genes, and the weather man for sharing that the day would have very little humidity. I am that anal retentive in terms of thank yous.

When I forget one; I feel sick, so sad that I could have been ungrateful for even one second. (p.s. if any of you are saying, “Hey, where’s my thank you from Kamee?” It is sitting on my desk at home waiting to be addressed. I lost my blackberry and all my addresses in it. I will be sending out an email blast to ask for contact information soon…) I am feeling especially upset with myself because I forgot to thank one of the most important people in my life for something really special that she did for me.

Please scroll down to the making merry:present’s present post. At the very bottom I added a thank you that should have been there in the original post.

My heart hurts even though she totally forgave me…the woman who taught me to always thank was not thanked. Please, Please, Please scroll down, read the thank you and leave my mom some love on her amazing talents and crafty fingers.

I love you so much, Mom. I am so sorry that you didn’t get the public shout out you deserve. I will be sending you a thank you card every day for the next month to make up for it.

I love you!! Kam

And because posts, even apology posts, are always better with pictures here is one of my favorite freckles and cowlic. We made it to Utah, safe and sound…

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something saucy and something sweet: a sneak peek

It is busy around these parts. Who needs cardio with two busy children? ;) I am packing right now for my trip to Utah. Packing for three people is a lot of work; we leave on Sunday, but I have already started getting things organized so I don’t forget something crucial, like Bobby or Larkee’s noise maker so she can sleep at night…I feel tired just thinking about packing for myself. I am, however, looking forward to seeing family, old friends, and making new ones through my lens. ;)

Until then a few more sneak peeks:

One more of Brittany who is graduating in a few days….GOOOOOO MUSTANGS!!  Her full post is coming soon. (Like I said; it has been busy!)

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And one of my FABBITY FAB FAB neighbors who I can’t wait to write a ton of nice things about: April and Al. (Full post coming shortly!)

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Until then wish me luck flying with two littles! More from the land of Cafe Rio and Sonic soon…

chemistry class-part ii: laura and david engagement (balboa island)

This is what I know about chemistry: it has to do with matter and energy and the interactions that take place between the two of them. This is what I know about Laura and David: they have some serious energy, fire, spark, current, and moxie running through them and in their relationship. It was electric being with them, and witnessing their charged and dynamic love. 

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They met through a mutual friend, had a quick courtship and are now planning a wedding. It is a fiery moment when you find the person you want to spend the rest of this life and the next with. Powerful. Forceful. The consuming power that element has in the experiment of your life becomes the catalyst to all other choices you ever make. These two, I can safely hypothesis have made the precise decision to be together. Their currents wouldn’t match anyone else. In my professional observation, this is a nucleus (couldn’t help myself; sorry) made in heaven!

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What does David see in his future and all over his personal periodic table?

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Laura! And what a stunning element she is.

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Let us not leave out the other constituent of this enterprise: David. (I love smiley people; I knew I was going to like him right away!)

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It was obvious to note: he only had eyes for Laura. (Pun totally intended!)

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Their current for each other magnetic. Magnetic power pulling everyone they meet closer to them because they are so inviting.

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And a detail shot of a major fundamental to an engagement undertaking:

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Laura and David, May your relationship always will filled with sparkle. May you find new energy in each level of your life together. May you always look at each other the way you do now: with passion, romance, respect, and a deep and undeniable love; may you continue to show the world what chemistry truly is. Thank you. Thank you a thousand times over for spending some time with me. I could have stood on that corner stoop and talked until morning; I am so happy for both of you and what lies ahead. From where I sit August 1st looks like it is going to be filled with fireworks. You both zapped me with something; that’s for sure! Looking forward to seeing you soon, kj

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making merry: present’s present

I have always been fascinated with time, how it heals, how quickly it goes, how it changes hearts, minds, and sometimes even people. I think time is interesting to consider in terms of the past, present, and future too. The past, easy to reflect on, as it is usually shared through oral tradition or documented history. The future, exciting to ponder as it holds mysteries and adventure. The present, just plain baffling. I really don’t believe there is a present. There is a present day, obviously, but there really isn’t a present in terms of past, present, and future. Life is just a rolling past. The present is here, now it is gone. Here. Gone. Here. Gone. The present is a moment, a second, a stitch in time. What are you doing with the present second to make it a noteworthy moment in your life? Sometimes I feel like we put off happiness and joy waiting for Future to deliver us something wonderful when Present is willing to give us the same happiness, if we just embrace it. It is time to stop waiting for our lives to suddenly have celebration, to anticipate that tomorrow will be better. It is time to make the present merry. In honor of the new blog (welcome to it by the way), and the last year of kamee june photography I am celebrating. In this moment of my life’s treadmill, I. Am. Celebrating. EVERYTHING.

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Celebrate the look on his face when you tell him it’s a boy. Celebrate the fact that you are living what you always dreamt of. Celebrate the air rushing in and out of your lungs. Celebrate the bell signaling summer. Celebrate that he asked, “will you?”; celebrate that she said, “yes!”. Celebrate sticky hands, dirty feet, crayons on the wall, and laundry. Celebrate it because it exists and because it is a part of the tapestry of your life.

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Celebrate a flu-less flu season. Celebrate that the test results came back benign. Celebrate silence. Celebrate raucous. Celebrate the foam on your nose, the frosting on your face, the crumb left on the side of your lips.

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Celebrate being silly, quirky, original, distinctive, and care-free. And celebrate not caring what others think of you, because in this moment of your life, you are happy, and that is what matters.

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Celebrate calories (it’s ok, even they need a bit of celebration). Celebrate how food brings your loved ones together. Celebrate sugar and all things sweet. Celebrate candy canes, snow cones, diet coke, and a good brain freeze.

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Celebrate singing in the rain or the shower. Celebrate eating out or eating in. Celebrate pain even though it hurts. Celebrate growth even though it might cause pain. Celebrate change even though it might scare you. Celebrate wrinkles and gray hair, because they indicate wisdom (Good thing that’s what they indicate; I have so many!!). Celebrate time, freedom, belief, faith, fantasy, dreams, courage, and individuality.

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Celebrate laughing until your stomach hurts, laughter through tears, and dissipating anger. Celebrate that you feel emotion and that this life and the moment is rich and full of it. Celebrate learning something new, reading a good book, accomplishment on any level, and an acceptance letter to college. Celebrate sleeping-in, nap-time, and the moment when you wake. Celebrate antiqued stars falling, a warm breeze that warms your heart, a sunset that chills yet inspires, a blazing fire with your love nearby. Celebrate solace.

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Celebrate that your ears hear, your eyes see, your tongue tastes, your fingers touch, your heart beats, and celebrate that you can speak and tell others you love them. Celebrate, in this moment, that your lips kiss.

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Celebrate babysitters, friends, neighbors. Celebrate free text messaging and imac computers. Celebrate low interest rates, free parking, flip flops, snowflakes, dancing, slurping, first dances, old movies, and a smile from a stranger. Celebrate paying it forward. Celebrate that the cup is always half FULL. Celebrate calm, peace, understanding, and clarity.

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Celebrate the dreams of your heart. Celebrate incandescent joy.

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Celebrate the secrets you keep, the things you hold dear and sacred, the people who make your life and your heart beat.

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So many of these celebrations happen in the present moment. They fleet, into the past. CARPE DIEM: Seize the day! Celebrate where you are at, the people you are with, and what you are doing right now, in this present second.

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I know that a lot of life’s celebrations happen quickly and are recorded in our memories, but I also feel it is so important to celebrate fun families, sexy singles, baking babies, cheerful children, sassy high-school seniors, exciting engagements, and  whimsical weddings; I believe that your moments need to be immortalize through portraiture. Celebrate YOU and where you are at in your life, right now. Don’t wait for something great to happen, make it happen and make a lasting memory.

In the name of celebrating I have a present for you.  

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Go on. Open it! It’s Present’s present.

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 In celebration of the new blog, kamee june photography, its first year in business, and YOU I am offering, as a gift, this promotion: if you book a session with me during the month of June (you just have to book the session in June; your shoot can be anytime in the next 6 months) you will get a free enhanced digital image on cd (with full rights, perfect for your Christmas card designing) and 2 free 5×7′s. (A value of $85.00!) Celebrate saving money and making memories!! But most importantly celebrate who you are and what you are doing in the present moment of your life. Contact me at kamee@kameejune.com or click on the contacts button on the top of the screen and we will set something up. Let’s celebrate together!

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Celebrate your moments before they float away into the past of your life only to be called upon through memory….

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Celebrate Whitney of Whitney Darling Photography for taking these pictures and being so willing to celebrate with me this exciting time in my life. Celebrate her by visiting her blog and leaving her some love. Whitney, thank you from my heart. I am so thankful for your spirit and presence in my life. Thank you for being so present. ( and thank you for trying to help me locate my lost blackberry… celebrate new blackberries…)

Celebrate Emily of Fourthday Designs for all of her work on the new logo, business card, launching graphics (check out my website- click portfolio at the top), icon designs, packaging details, etc. Celebrate her patience with picky me. Celebrate her talent, skill, eye, and understanding of design. Celebrate her two sons too!

Celebrate Whitney, Alyssa, and Breezy for helping me brainstorm this post.

Celebrate Vickie and her tremendous frosting prowess. Thank you for making those perfect cakes with the new logo on them. They were tasty. 

Celebrate my selfless and giving mother, who even though her fingers ached made me the tutu I wore in my pictures, by hand, no machine involved. Celebrate how she has always done special things to help my dreams come true. Celebrate her undying love and support in me and my goal and aspirations. Celebrate how she loves me so completely and how she forgives so quickly when I fall short of being a good daughter. Celebrate her because she is wonderful and because her heart is full of love. Celebrate her because she loves me, and because she laughs at my jokes…even the ones that aren’t that funny. Celebrate her talents and skills as a seamstress. Celebrate the gift she is in my life.

Celebrate my dad too. ;)

Celebrate Jaren for holding my hand and telling me I am good and nice. Celebrate Jaren for telling me I am pretty.

Celebrate Gunnar and Larkin for loving me unconditionally.

Celebrate everyone who has celebrated kamee june photography and who has celebrated with me in the past year.

Celebrate something. Celebrate everything. Celebrate right now and make yourself merry.

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