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Fresh Start: Promotion

There’s nothing like a new year to give you a chance to start fresh. With this in mind, I thought it was fitting to update the blog. (I know it’s mid-January, but hey, I’m slow like that.) Hopefully you noticed the facelift! I added a new background (if your screen is wide enough to see […]

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Judy - This is late, but I figured I’d give it a try anyway! =)

Our goal for the new year, 2010, as a new Mr. and Mrs. is to save up for and purchase our very first home down here in South Florida. I am working as a middle school teacher and Justin is finishing up law school in the Davie area. We would love to find the house of our dreams by the end of this year, fingers crossed! <3January 19, 2010 – 12:19 am

Linsey Faircloth - Sorry I’m late….but here you go anyway…
A. think we should leave plane crashes in last decade. At the beginning of the 2000s we had a handful of men flying planes into buildings in order to kill people. At the end of the decade we had one man flying a plane into the Hudson River in order to save people. News flash: Planes are supposed to stay in the sky until you press the little button that says, “Land Smoothly at Airport.”
B. This year I plan on spending more time with my family and friends, planning my wedding without becoming a bridezilla and making it a point to read one book a month for the entire year :)January 19, 2010 – 12:10 am

Stephanie Edwards - I think that social networking (e.g. Facebook and Twitter) should be left behind in 2009. It is EVERYWHERE! Mentioned in the news, tv shows, company’s websites, etc. I got rid of mine at the beginning of Jan. ’09 and it was a great year! :-) It makes me worried for the next generation of kids.

My 2010 goals are to successfully get through this crazy semester of grad school, plan my wedding, and be married by the summer. I can’t wait – 2010 is guaranteed to be an exciting year!January 18, 2010 – 8:14 pm

Sarah Loynes - For 2010, I’m focusing more on my Savior, and less on myself. What a great day when I start it off with and end it with Him on my mind and on my tongue. I do agree with leaving those really stupid shows on TV behind, but if you choose not to watch them then sooner or later they will take them off!! To God be the glory.January 18, 2010 – 7:39 pm

susan shaw - we would like to leave behind “baggy pants” and continue to sing Pants on the Ground – :)January 18, 2010 – 7:25 pm

Lynsey - My goal for the next year and future decade is to get an IKEA store in my state, or one of the many states that surround us, so that if I would win this contest, it would be beneficial to me. I hear they have a lot of bright things that are cheap, which are my personal favorites, so I think I would really enjoy the place.January 18, 2010 – 7:14 pm

christine jackson - ok so i just saw the whole 2-3 sentences part her we go, Keep God first, continue to grow my business, better time with kiddos, organize my life!!!!!
What should we leave in the past….overpaid drugged out sex addict celebrities!!! Make real people our hereos and role models!!!January 18, 2010 – 3:17 pm

christine jackson - Ok so here are my very basic goals in a nutshell:
#1-Continue growing in my daily walk with God. I have been doing this by litterally sitting down each morning and “having coffee” with God. I drink my coffee and journal/pray and it has really helped. I have a very long way to go (don’t we all), but my goal is to make it a part of my day every day, not just a thought to do better. Thoughts without action are a waste of space in your brain!!
#2- To organize my finances.
#3-Try to get my saturdays off and add tuesday so I can be with my kiddos!!! In order to do this I have to work extra hard and get my numbers up. I know I can do it with Gods help.
#4-Continue to better myself in my career with continuing education. Already committed to 3 classes so far, have faith God will provide the finances for them.The more I do to grow myself through education, and my walk with God the more money I can bring in to take care of my family.
#5- Organize the time I do have with the kids better. My week is so crazy from wed on, I have to make the best of sun-tue. Things like our Pete’s tradition, movie time, kids helping me cook. Get back to the basics!!!
*6-Organize my house!!!! i stay soooo busy that I have got to get the house organized. Angie has helped with most of it my focus at this point is my bedroom (yuck).
#7- Ok so this is one of those things kinda out of my control but it is something I have high hopes for. I really want to find someone. I know God has someone for me, but I would like to be in a relationship with someone. It has been a very long time since I have had anyone around and I miss that. Oh well like I said out of my control!!!
#8-Yeah Yeah everyone puts it, but here goes to lose some weight and tone up. I miss being able to work out. I also have to start eating right. I have killed my metabolisim simply cause i don’t eat, now ladies i don’t do it on purpose, i just get busy and don’t think about it.January 18, 2010 – 3:08 pm

Amy Starks [Starks Photography] - I’m not seriously entering, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to give my two cents on what should be banned from 2010. :) #1 – Celebrity name combinations. It was clever at first, but now it’s just kind of annoying – and a little confusing. Bennifer, TomKat, Speidi, Brangelina…I’m just ready for everyone to have their own identities again. #2 – People who are famous for having lots of children (*cough*OctoMom&Jon&KateGosselin*cough*) should be left in ’09. And #3 – Swine Flu. Swine Flu has no place in our future.January 15, 2010 – 5:05 am

Brianna - My fiance & I have set a new “goal”, I guess you could call it, for 2010 and on. He works for Cutco, a high quality kitchen cutlery brand-Number 2 in the world, Number 1 in the US. One of the top salesmen in the company, Hal Elrod, wrote a book called “The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed To Change Your Life…(Before 8am)”. Basically, the book tells you how this guy schedules his mornings to be more successful. You get up early and there’s different stages: Meditation/Religious, Reading, Journaling, Affirmations/Goals, and Exercise. The first stage you do whatever you believe will help you. I’m fairly religious, so I’ve chosen to read the Bible or do a devotional during that time. Then you read whatever you feel will help you. Then you write in a journal. Then you visualize your day & set goals for the day. And finally, you exercise. You can take as long as you want on each stage, we’re doing about 15 minutes per stage, and then 30 for exercising. We’re very excited about our Miracle Morning. I’m sharing it with everyone! :)January 15, 2010 – 12:16 am

Lori - Believe it or not my goal for the new year/decade is to educate myself more fully in photography and see where it takes me. I have totally become a card carrying member of the Mamarazzi and am presently taking classes to improve my skills and technique. I really enjoyed watching you do your thing at J and J’s wedding and I love your work!!January 14, 2010 – 3:40 am

Jamie Abbott - I would have to say we could leave behind baggy britches. I’m so tired of seeing these men, boys and yes girls thinking they are cool. It’s sad when my little one says momma I see his butt hanging out. Gross put some clothes on. People need to be who they are and not try to be someone they are not. This one applies to all aspects of life.

My number one goal this year is to set Jamie aside and start focusing and helping others. It’s not all about me. If we can all have this mindset the world would be a better place =)January 13, 2010 – 4:14 pm

Ashley McCormick Photography - I agree with Steff on the “boys in skinny jeans with converse and long bangs”, but I am kinda sick of reality tv. I think that should be left in the past. Well… except for ANTM, that is a guilty pleasure. But the rest of that garbage? It needs to go. And as for resolutions, I plan on being much more productive! And if I win (which obviously you know I’m not truly entering), but if I did, I would use the gift card to buy you fun baby stuff, lol :)January 13, 2010 – 2:19 am

Annette - There are way to many obnoxious things in the last decade to even start listing which ones need to be left behind. My goals for 2010 is to get through having my last child graduate high school and become a much more organized person.January 12, 2010 – 9:21 pm

Ashley - This year is especially important to me because I’ll be closing one chapter of my life (graduating college in April!) and beginning another (moving back to Orlando, settling down and starting my career). My goal is to find what makes my husband and I happy and run with it. I want this year, heck, this decade, to be about us because so many of the years behind us have been about school and going through the motions. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s out there for us!January 12, 2010 – 7:24 pm

Lauren Soon-To-Be-Salas - A-THE SNUGGIE!!!! I truly believe the snuggie should be left behind and never sold again

B-Get MARRIED and become a Salas! :)January 12, 2010 – 5:58 pm

Adeline - My goal for the new year is to focus on myself and try to focus on my happiness for once. I deserve to treat myself like a queen, and someone’s got to do it… (no one else will :P) so I will.January 12, 2010 – 5:29 pm

Steff - Alright. I don’t need the Ikea because I don’t have a store nearby, but I still wanted to get in on the fun. I think that “OMG” should be left in the last decade. It’s so annoying. OOOP! Nevermind. I say it too much. Well, my second choice would be to leave all things Converse in the last decade. Sorry to those of you who wear them…more power to you, but I’m just over boys in skinny jeans with converse and long bangs. Over it.January 12, 2010 – 4:54 pm

heidimitchell - @Michael – Oh my. I don’t even know what to say about your entry…..

@Alicia – I’m with you on the status slang. Beyond obnoxious.January 12, 2010 – 4:44 pm

Michael Salas - I propse we leave a person in the last decade. I know this may fall slightly out of the parameters of the contest. However, I find my reasons justify this breach. I believe that Adam Lambert should be left in 2009. This may be surprising to some, considering his short time in the spotlight. But i for one have seen more than enough crotch rubbing and sexually grotesque dancing in his short time to come to this conclusion.

Also I feel that my relation to Heidi as her brother should not nullify the legitimacy of my entry. I would very much like to buy 300 cinnamon rolls from IKEA.January 12, 2010 – 4:17 pm

Alicia Candelora - I am so definitely up for a $50 Ikea Gift card!!

I am going to answer both A and B.

A- All the ghetto facebook status slang. For example: “Chillin wit mah fri3nds bout to have fun..dhey dha best! Luv yahh gurrrrrls!”

“Gurrrrls???” Seriously? I am scared someone is going to claw me or bite my head off when I read that.

And B- I always stick to 3 new goals each year. #1- Read 1 book a month. #2- Journal once a week, and #3- Start a small group!

PS- blog looks AWESOME!January 12, 2010 – 3:54 pm

A Little Birdie Told Me: Promotion

I am pleased to announce a brand new blog that I am a contributor for, A Little Birdie Weddings! My dear friend Ashley & I have had this thing in the works since the spring, and we were finally able to launch last week. The idea is to provide inspiration and practical ideas on how […]

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Michelle McCollam - I love the website; I wish there had been something like this when I got married. I can’t wait for you to take our pics next month!!September 12, 2009 – 2:39 am

Michelle McCollam - I love the website; I wish there had been something like this when I got married. Can’t wait for you to do our pics next month!!September 12, 2009 – 2:37 am

Annette - Love this idea. It will be a major help to all :)September 11, 2009 – 5:55 pm

Andrea - I love the new “little birdie” blog, what a great idea!September 11, 2009 – 2:06 pm

Melody - Heidi, Your pics are amazing! Thanks so much for what you did this weekend!September 8, 2009 – 5:53 pm

Orlando Mom’s Guide

During one of my breaks from doing laundry today (hey, you have to take breaks) I came across an email from the Orlando Mom’s Guide letting me know that I had been nominated and earned a place on their 2009 ballot for the Best Portrait Photographer category. Woo hoo! I was so excited and honored. […]

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Audrey - I voted! good luck! :)August 13, 2009 – 8:08 pm

And the Winners Are…

Oh my. This was so very hard to decide. I should have just made the entire contest random, because I had such a difficult time choosing which love statement I liked the most! All of the entries were great. I had some funny ones, some great personal stories, lines from songs and even a poem […]

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Stephanie Dunn - So…I didn’t enter the contest because I figured I’d give someone else a chance-lol. Now that the prizes have been dispersed, I’ll give some love to my BFF and her talent. I love the new website and logo. You have come so far in the past few years and I can’t wait to see where you take your creativity and passion for photography in the future. No limits girl! I will always be one of your biggest fans and forever one of your best friends!July 1, 2009 – 8:04 am

Janice Barham - That is a beautiful quote! We just moved, and I was thinking of putting a short, but amazing quote on our bedroom wall. That would be perfect!!June 30, 2009 – 3:18 pm

Brand New

Welcome to my new blog. Finally! Thanks for your patience. I was supposed to launch yesterday, but there was a slight delay due to an uncontrollable circumstance. That’s the way it goes. Anyway, what do you think? Notice the lovely new logo at the top. I am in love with my new logo! It was […]

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Monique - Okay, I love the site. I am always peeking on your site anyways to see what you’ve done next. You inspire me bigtime.
Love the idea of the contest, and since I have been waiting til I can afford you to come out, I am going for it ;)
Here is a quote I like…
“You know it’s love when you want to keep holding hands even after you’re sweaty.” – AnonomousJune 30, 2009 – 12:56 am

Michelle - I’ve been trying to think of a clever, funny story to write…but decided instead to tell of the “small” moments in life that mean the most. I treasure the snuck-in kisses with my husband in the kitchen when the kids aren’t looking; the times that I am hugging their daddy and a little one wiggles in between to break us apart. I love when my baby boy takes my face in his hands and kisses my nose. I love when I can hear the contagious laughter of three tiny voices telling each other secrets. I love when my husband calls home from work just to say “I love you.” I love feeling each baby move inside me, and then meeting them for the first time as they come into the world. It is the little moments as well as the big moments that make love special and create the best memories. I thank God every day for my family, and am so grateful for His greatest expression of love shown for us on the cross.June 29, 2009 – 10:22 pm

Lynsey Hargraves - so I’m not into the lovey, gushy, kind of stuff, (if you weren’t able to tell by now), so I decided I would share my thoughts about love and your new website in a brief poem:
I love your new logo,
I love your new blog,
I love my husband and son,
I sometimes love my dog.
I think your work is great,
I’d hire you anyday,
I’m not one to talk about love,
So that is all I’m going to say.June 29, 2009 – 9:37 pm

Meagan Sullivan - One of my favorite all time love quotes… I love you, not only for what you are, But for what I am when I am with you.”June 29, 2009 – 7:22 pm

Meagan Sullivan - Wow Heidi! I am really starting to fall in love with your work. I can’t wait to meet you and see even more of your albums! Looking at all this beautiful photography is making me so… excited for my big day, hopefully I will be lucky enough to have you there!June 29, 2009 – 7:09 pm

Kimberly Wise - Hi Heidi! I love the new blog. Thank you again for being a part of our wedding day! The photos are amazing; each one of them really captured a moment of our day. We are having a blast going through them all and reliving it.
I really like that song: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love, It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of..” Such a great song and an inspiration to love others!June 29, 2009 – 1:12 am

Ashley Powell - I love your new logo, Heidi! I’m still recommending you to everyone I know who needs a good photographer. What can I say? I’m a fan! ;) Here’s my bit about love – it’s from a memoir I read called “Come Back.”

“We live by two things – love and fear. Every choice, every thought, every action, stems from one of these, and when your time comes, when you reach out – if you reach out – it’s love that will save you. Love will get you through everything.”June 28, 2009 – 10:34 pm

brianna snell - Hey Heidi! I love your new blog. It’s pretty!! :]
You did an awesome job on my senior pictures & invitations. I got lots of compliments on them. Thanks so much!! My family and I will hopefully be calling soon for a family session.

My boyfriend told me about this Sting song, and I’m going to use lyrics from it for my love reference…

“Love is stronger than justice
Love is thicker than blood
Love is stronger than justice
Love is a big fat river in flood”

-Love Is Stronger Than Justice by Sting

:]June 28, 2009 – 9:44 pm

Shelley Gagne - Hi Heidi! I am so glad that Caimbrin introduced us and it was a pleasure to meet you. Your work is really good and I am definitely interested in it. As far as a love quote goes, I have several favorites….here is one of them: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Good luck with everything and your site is awesome!June 28, 2009 – 4:58 pm

christina hatch knowles - all these pictures on u’r website r so amazing u did a wounderful job. Hopefully when I get some money up I’ll be calling u for my family pictures, in which I have not yet gotten a family pic. with my new husband, not even wedding pic’s. U keep up the great work work.June 25, 2009 – 3:32 am

Caimbrin - Wow!! The new site is awesome! I love it. I can’t wait to see all the cute photo’s the best photographer in FL puts up.June 25, 2009 – 3:12 am

Kylie - “love; life’s single greatest risk.
life’s single greatest reward. love captures
your heart in a second and holds it for eternity.”June 25, 2009 – 2:11 am

Alicia Candelora - Loving the new blog! you go girl…!!!

Here is my ALL TIME favorite love quote:

“If a November night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”

…simply because I LOVe the month of November. Something about the crisp breeze on a November night, the anticipation of Christmas and a New Year…and it seems to be the month i am most inclined to fall in love! I love November!June 24, 2009 – 11:59 pm

Barbra-Sue Nelson - I love your photography Heidi…. can’t wait to work with you! Your new logo is fantastic!
As for my quote… I love this one.
“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.”
Janos ArnayJune 24, 2009 – 2:30 am

Stephanie E. - Hey Heidi, I just wanted to tell you that I love your website and your new blog — Everything looks awesome! You have an amazing talent. As far as a love quote, I love this Beatles song, ‘Do you want to know a Secret’ —
“Listen, do you want to know a secret,
Do you promise not to tell, woh, woh, woh,
Closer, let me whisper in your ear,
Say the words you long to hear,
I’m in love with you” haha!June 23, 2009 – 11:41 pm

Ashley McCormick Photography - Hooray! I love the new blog, it looks awesome :) Even though I don’t need to win anything (obviously) here is my favorite little quote about love/relationships: “Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat” – Joanne WoodwardJune 23, 2009 – 8:01 pm

Janice Barham - Heidi – LOVE the new blog & logo!!

Okay here is my tidbit about love – When my husband and I met he was singing karaoke at a restaurant in The Villages. As we dated, we would go there frequently for him to sing and his favorite songs were love songs. He also loved to walk around the room, and sing to the older women, who just LOVED that he would sing to them.

But he saved a very special song for the day that we got married. We had always said that we would finish our reception and then pop into this restaurant in all of our wedding attire to surprise the regulars. When he went up to sing, he picked a song I wasn’t familiar with. It was Kenny Chesney’s “Me And You.” It is a very simple song. There are not many words to it at all. But it is full of emotion and shows the depth of love that my husband had on that day, and every day since. I still cry every time I hear it.

To finish the story from our wedding day, when he went up to sing the song… and “The Villagers” realized that he was finally singing one to me, rather than to all of the older ladies… they made me go up on stage with him so he could serenade me. It was very sweet and touching, and a memory I will cherish always.

What I have learned most in all of my lessons of love, is best summed up by this quote – Immature love says “I love you because I need you.” Mature love says “I need you because I love you.” (Erich Fromm)June 23, 2009 – 7:42 pm

Audrey - Yay! Love the new blog! I’ve been patiently awaiting it’s arrival. :) This may be cheesy, but it’s my favorite line from my favorite movie, When Harry met Sally. It’s a great explaination of true love. :)

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”June 23, 2009 – 5:32 pm

Adeline - I love the new website as well :)
There’s a funny thing about love. It makes you laugh and it makes you cry. It makes you think about how you’d want to share it with the rest of the world and how much you want to show the world how much your love means to you. Love comes in so many different shapes and/or forms. It comes in the form of a child latching on to his mother, the love between two people that will never be able to shatter, or bend and chip but always mended; hurt but not broken. It can be funny and witty and charming. It can be brutal and honest, raw and emotional. The love you give is an image of who you are and how you’re willing to share it shows wealth that has no monetary value.

After four years of emotional hardships and layers of wall brought up, right before my eyes every guard I had put up was broken down. That’s the very moment my now fiancé, my best friend walked into my life. It’s the moment I opened up my heart. It’s the moment I won’t ever forget because just like his love has changed me, my love for him has done wonders for him. We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together and we’ve had our stubborn moments. Although flawed, our love is immaculate, undecipherable, and impenetrable. It is quiet and shy; reserved, if you will. It is boisterous and fun. It is something to be shared with the world.
Never be afraid, only curious and brave. Your love is stronger than you think.

Thank you, :)June 23, 2009 – 5:30 pm

Annette - What a great new look. I am excited for you. It really reflects your personality.June 23, 2009 – 5:14 pm

Kylie - I LOVE your new logo! Love the colors and the way it looks!

Will come back to do the contest!June 23, 2009 – 4:19 pm