Work Hard, Play Hard

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I knew I wanted this young lady on our catalog cover. One hundred percent girl who needs no special occasion to wear long dresses, high heels and tiara. She spent the afternoon playing with scarves and dressing up her two kittens, puppy, and 1-year old cousin, but when the rough housing began, she was the first to kick off the heels and go wild on the trampoline.

She’s a natural. That’s what I told her mom. I was amazed how she could maintain her natural disposition to play hard and be beautiful all at the same time even though we invaded her space with cameras and equipment.  When she grew tired of one outfit, she would announce a wardrobe change. (I got the feeling she would have done that whether or not we were shooting).

She endured the blazing sun and prop changes because she was committed to doing her part in creating a fabulous end product. Mission accomplished. After the shoot, she grabbed a bag of spicy chips and bounced, kicked and flipped all over the trampoline with sticky orange fingers. She modeled a philosophy that I will take to heart: work hard, play hard.




Vacation Souvenir


I remember when my kids were younger we would go on vacation, and the part they looked forward to the most was getting a souvenir. It was like a mini birthday or pre-Christmas and the souvenir had little to do with the vacation and more to do with crossing off items from their holiday wish list. But during our summer vacation, my son surprised me when he chose a small shell to remember our day at the beach.

The shell picture would remind him of how much fun we had building sand castles (okay, sand shacks), riding boogie boards, spotting jellyfish, watching the sun rise and set, and just sitting under the umbrella eating snacks and people watching. I agree with him – it was a great vacation that we won’t soon forget. But what I’ll cherish the most is my son finding value in the intangible memories represented by a sea shell over the toys on his wish list.

Saddle Up & Smile!

saddleupsmile2Tummy Tickles Photography is teaming up with Haven’s Horses to bring smiles of hope to children with Autism.

Haven’s Horses provides physical therapy and equine therapy classes for children with special needs. Tummy Tickles is hosting a photo shoot on the beautiful grounds of Haven’s Horses to benefit these children in our community.

Come out for a family photo, meet magnificent horses, and contribute to a life-changing cause.

Saddle up and smile!
Friday, June 20th
Saturday, June 21st
2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Haven’s Horses
4200 Keller-Haslet Road
Keller, TX 76244

Cost is $20 and includes a mini photo session and a high-resolution digital photograph. Tummy Tickles will donate 20% to Haven’s Horses.

Sign up for your mini session by calling Tonya Thomas and Callie Wright at 817-527-1115. Or sign up online by clicking here.