Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Oscar Recap

Congratulations to Leila who won our Oscar Prediction contest! And a big thank you to all who left comments and participated---definitely makes the whole Oscar night more fun for me!

The best moment of the night? Easy:


Congratulations, Mary Alice! Our boys were thrilled----we were all living vicariously through Mary Alice who was at the Oscars. I watched the Oscars with Mary Alice back in the early 1990s. Even back then, Mary Alice knew what she wanted to do and here she was, not only doing it but having her work recognized at the OSCARS!

As for the rest of the show….I doubt readers of this blog want to know my thoughts on the specific form of misogyny that Craig Zaden and Neil Meron’s production epitomized (think the first season of “Sex and the City”----before they brought in any women writers). Or the self-aggrandizing (okay “Chicago” but “Hairspray”?). To include “The Accused” and “Boys Don’t Cry” in a bit that was satirizing the abundance of boob-showing in movies? I could take the Jaws music cutting people off IF they had used it on big names as well as the non-celebrity winners.

Despite the bad-taste of Seth MacFarlene’s jokes, there were high points. When Christoph Waltz won for Inglorious Bastards in 2009, I said it was another case of the Best Supporting category becoming an award for Best Casting (eg: Harold Russel for The Best Years of Our Lives, Linda Hunt for The Year of Living Dangerously, Jaye Davidson for The Crying Game [ETA: my mistake---she was nominated but didn’t win], Mo’Nique for Precious). How wrong I was. Waltz was the best thing about Django Unchained (when he exited the story, I exited the theater).

I was also surprised and thrilled that Ang Lee won for The Life of Pi. Daniel Day Lewis had the funniest line of the night, and I enjoyed most of the acceptance speeches. Here’s hoping for a great mix of movies in 2013---and hoping Tina and Amy host in 2014!

Past Oscar Recaps: 2009 and 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Simple Things Sunday: week #8, 2013

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“Mom, come see what we made!”

I can’t imagine a day when that phrase is no longer a common occurrence in our house. Yet I know that day will come, so until then, I’ll put down the book, or turn the dryer back on, or lower the flame on the stove, or close the laptop. And I’ll come see and be amazed.

This post is part of Rebecca Cooper’s Simple Things Sunday series, which she describes as “taking the time to photograph the everyday details…to enjoy the beauty in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things are.”

Giveaway Update

You still have a chance to enter three different giveaways!

Today is the last day to enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card by leaving a comment with your Oscar Predictions here.

You could win a complete Baby Edition of Becky Higgins’ Project Life (complete with page protectors and album) by entering here by Feb. 28th.

And, past clients of mine can enter to win a 12x12 gallery-wrapped canvas by entering here!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Moab Newborn: Christopher

So many favorites in this shoot of Baby Christopher: toes, big brothers, Grandma’s hands, a yawn, a little cry. Thank you, Christopher. I loved capturing them all.

Moab Newborn Christopher by DOK Photography

Newborn collage by Deirdre O. Keating

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ten on Tuesday

1. Guess who got an iPhone?

Nope, guess again.

Brian did, via work. This has only made me want one more. A local mom sent me her phone number so she could see a photo of a stroller we’re selling. I couldn’t understand the connection at first and then realized she assumed I was living in the 21st Century and could take a photo with my phone.

I sense a new tradition for 10 on Tuesday---at least one of the 10 being about my not having an iPhone until that magical day arrives…when I get one get over it.

2. Have you heard of Eye-Fi? I love the idea of WiFi uploading images without my having to remember or do anything. We have a point & shoot that I often forget to upload. Brian used it when he took the Bigs snowboarding last month, and I just discovered the photos this week. Sweet surprise!

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3. I’m going to to print this quote out to read every day. I believe I’m a good listener, but I’m a terrible interrupter and those are mutual exclusive traits, right? It’s one of the things I like least about myself. I blame my sisters because we all talk over each other and there is a wonderful rhythm to it---we think at the same fast pace and can finish each other’s sentences. But outside of 256 Myrtle, that doesn’t work so well. I’m learning. Slowly.


4. How is it I never heard or read The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski until now? A new favorite poem.

5. I’m wild about the photo project called You Are My Wild. So much every day inspiration.

6. Have you cast your Oscar Predictions yet? If not, head over to my post and add your votes in the comments (there’s a prize!)  If you want to prepare for the full ballot on Oscar night, or just be entertained by loveliness, you can watch all the short animation nominees here.

7. Aidan & Sean want to sign up for 101 activities, everything from spring soccer to school newspaper to Taiko drumming. I don’t know who Priscella Gilman is (I think I landed on her site for her interview with Katrina Kenison which is also very good), but I loved her interview with Madeline Levine on parenting---and her point on the value of unstructured time for children: “People need time to craft a sense of self.  The most protective thing you can have in life is a robust internal sense of self.  One activity is more than enough.”

8. My valentine, who has no tolerance for musicals, took me to see “Les Miserables” last Thursday, at the very last showing before it left town.This was the equivalent of him selling his pocket watch to buy combs for my hair, only if O. Henry’s heroine didn’t bother to cut her hair but gave him a t-shirt instead. Albeit this very cool t-shirt by Moab Wonder Boy Chad Niehaus:


I think he’ll enjoy wearing it to state fire meetings.

9. I plan to show the boys a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical every time Brian goes out of town to ensure they have a higher tolerance.

10. I started reading Zen Habits back when Leo was goal-oriented and offering small hacks to organization. His work has grown to a minimalistic art form, and I love his recent list, Advice to My Kids.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Simple Things Sunday: week #7, 2013

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Nolan has a thing for bling. When he was three, all he wanted for Christmas was a diamond. At the gem show in town, he chose a giant blue diamond and a stand for it to sit on. Poor thing has a mom who rarely wears any jewelry besides her wedding ring. This Friday, Nolan made up for it by wearing all his rings at once.

I don’t know how long this stage will last, but I’m glad to have captured when, as Roger Waters would put it, Nolan “shone like the sun. Shine on you crazy diamond.”


This post is part of Rebecca Cooper’s Simple Things Sunday series, which she describes as “taking the time to photograph the everyday details…to enjoy the beauty in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things are.”

Giveaway Update

You still have a chance to enter three different giveaways!

Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card by leaving a comment with your Oscar Predicitons here by Feb. 23rd.

You could win a complete Baby Edition of Becky Higgins’ Project Life (complete with page protectors and album) by entering here by Feb. 28th.

And, past clients of mine can enter to win a 12x12 gallery-wrapped canvas by entering here!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Oscar Prediction Contest!


One more week until Oscar Night!

In the home where I grew up, Oscars night was the equivalent of Super Bowl Sunday in other homes. For years, even after all but the youngest had left home, my brother Kevin would still send out ballots and tally the winner among us.


So, regardless of how few movies you've seen (we never let that stop us!), I want to know your vote. 

Please leave a comment listing your picks, numbered 1-8. Comments will close at midnight on Saturday, February 23rd. Whoever has the most correct picks will receive a $25 Amazon gift card to purchase the DVD of their choice or just a lot of popcorn! amour

I’ll include my picks in the comments. I’ve seen six out of the nine nominated for Best Picture. Thanks to our little Moab theater eventually getting the big releases, most of them have been in the last four weeks. Locals, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” will be shown at Star Hall this Thursday @ 7PM.

And the nominees are…
1. Best Picture: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty
2. Best Director: Michele Haneke for Amour; Benh Zeitlin for Beast of the Southern Wild; Ang Lee for Life of Pi; Steven Spielberg for Lincoln; David O. Russel for Silver Linings Playbook
3. Best Actress: Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty; Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook; Emmanuelle Riva for Amour; Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild; Naomi Watts for The Impossible
4. Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook; Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln; Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables; Joaquin Phoenix for The Master; Denzel Washington, Flight
5. Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, Argo; Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook; Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master; Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln; Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
6. Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master; Sally Field, Lincoln; Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables; Helen Hunt, The Sessions, Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
7. Original Screenplay: Amour, Django Unchained, Flight, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty  [This is one of the most interesting categories this year, because I can think of reasons why each might not win.]
8. Adapted Screenplay; Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook

If “Wreck-It Ralph” beats “Brave,” known around here as Mary Alice’s movie, for Best Animated Feature, there will be riots in our household. You’ve been warned, Academy!

For those who want to play along at home O’Malley style, Jessica Jones has created a sweet Oscar ballot you can download from her site, How About Orange.

Also, for my fellow O’Malley’s and movie-buffs, check out the Oscar Poster by Olly Moss that celebrates each Best Picture winner with a unique Oscar statuette. If I were hosting my sisters & brothers, rather than 3 boys under age 11 on Oscar night, we’d also be playing a game of scrambling the order of those statuettes and seeing who could guess which movie is represented by each.

Oscar Prediction Contest (part of our month-long giveaway celebration):

Leave a comment listing your picks for the winner in the 8 categories above, numbered 1-8.
Comments will close at midnight on Saturday, February 23rd.

One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card to purchase the DVD of their choice or just a lot of popcorn! If more than one person gets the highest number of predictions correct, we’ll have Nolan pick one winner from a hat.

I’ll announce our winner on Monday, after they announce their winners on Sunday!

Updated ---Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Leila!

No one got a perfect score of 8 predictions correct, but out of our 28 entries, 3 tied with a score of 7. Our random winner out of those three is Leila! Enjoy, Leila, and thank you to everyone who entered!

Photo+Quote | February Blog Hop

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LaSal Mountains, Late Summer 2010

Lake Oowah always takes my breath away. It’s pretty far up the mountain, and yet there are still peaks rising up behind it. Every summer, when we finally manage to get up there, out of the heat, we ask each other why we don’t go every weekend.

I love stepping back when we are all out together, and watching my men, big and small, interact. What made me catch my breath in this shot wasn’t the peaks or light off the water but the sight of my boys each wandering on the path and Brian pointing the way. I love getting to live here, and I love getting to witness their journey.

Photo+Quote is a monthly series that I’m using to dig deeper into my own archives. On the 15th of every month we are challenged to pair a chosen quote with a photograph.You can see how the other photographers in the series interpreted this month’s quote by following the blog hop to Jennifer Krafchik of Maryland.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine’s Kitsch

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Valentine’s Day is spreading in Europe but being met with a backlash. The resisters condemn Valentine's Day for being superficial, commercialist and imported Western kitsch.

Guilty, on all three counts. It’s a silly Hallmark holiday and I’ve often argued with Brian that I’d rather get a flower any day but Valentine’s Day when they are marked up and twice as expensive.

And yet…it is a chocolate-covered kitsch that I happen to adore. Flowers. Chocolate. Love letters. Hearts. Candy.

The Generosity Day has great intentions and I’m all for it. But their big accusation against Valentine’s Day is “cheesy cards” and “obligatory dinners.” Um, yes, that’s what’s great about it. We’re getting a babysitter on a school night. At some point in the day, Brian and I will each take time out to open those cheesy cards and add our own thoughts and words. It would be great if we did all this on our own, and to some extent we do, but it’s also wonderful to have certain calendar dates encourage you.

Possibly the biggest threat in a great relationship is the hedonic adaptation (which I first heard of on Gretchen Rubin’s site); basically it’s our ability to quickly get used to the good things in our life and take them for granted.

I’m reminded of my mother’s favorite quote from To Kill a Mockingbird: ““Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

I don’t want the fear of losing what I have to be what pushes me to value it. After twenty years though, this relationship is as essential—and as easy to take for granted---as breathing to me. Anniversaries---and yes, cheesy, kitsch holidays like Valentine’s day, offer a chance to look with fresh eyes once again on the miracle that strikes us with such awe in our youth, that the person we love also loves us. What are the chances?

As Greg Brown signs, “I just can’t get used to it.” At least I’m trying my best not to just get used to it.


And now…the winner of Brene Brown’s Parenting Manifesto!  Thank you for entering, Lara, Christina and Misty! I had Nolan choose between the numbers 1, 2, and 3 and the winner is:

#1: Lara,February 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

My submission:
I will teach you the value of the truth. To live truthfully is to live freely, free from shame, free from guilt, free from fear and open to love.

Congratulations, Lara!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Gift

When my friend Angie and I had our first children, we both loved an essay collection called, Child of Mine: Writers Talk About the First Year of Motherhood. Today it is easy to find women sharing their experiences as parents online, but that wasn’t the case in 2002. If blogs existed in then, I hadn’t heard of them, and I loved the refreshing diversity of reflections in this book.

Based on this book, Angie then gave me one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. She contacted the other mothers closest to me---my sisters who had children, my good friends Kris and DB, my mother-in-law and my mom, and asked them to write a reflection on parenting. Some wrote advice or a story about their own experience, and each included a photo. The binder she put together of all their contributions is one of the few things I’d grab in case of a fire. So, rather than risk that, I decided to scan it this weekend. It had been a few years since I opened it and I was startled by my mom’s contribution.

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One of the biggest projects of 2012 was going through all my parents’ old photos and having them scanned. I thought I remembered there being one of my mom and me as a child, but I went through every photo and found none. And here I had it all the time, my mom having included the original at the bottom of her page. August 1971 is the date on the side. My mom was seven months pregnant with my brother John then, but I still had two more months of being the baby. It is the only photo of just her and me until my high school graduation.

Thank you, Angie. And thank you, Mom.

If you are one of the new moms I’ve photographed,or even if your baby is now a teen or even an adult, I hope you will take a moment today to write down a few words. Turn off any voice in your head telling you that you’re not a writer, and write the words you would like your child to have in your voice, even when you no longer have a voice to say them. It will be a gift she or he will treasure like no other.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Simple Things Sunday: week #6, 2013

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This little guy has made the leap, from beginning reader to independent reader. Sean came home from school on Tuesday, holding this book in the air and announcing, “I read my first book!”

He’s read hundreds of books, but this one was different. A book he chose (under his older brother’s influence), and read all on his own. A book he couldn’t finish in one sitting, a book he carried with him every day so he could read it on the bus or in any spare minute.

My first “real” book was The Secret Garden. I remember the exact feeling that Sean was announcing---like I had traveled beyond the space-time continuum by entering the world of a book on my own. Finishing it, I felt like I had completed a rite of passage toward adulthood.

Do you remember yours?

This post is part of Rebecca Cooper’s Simple Things Sunday series, which she describes as “taking the time to photograph the everyday details…to enjoy the beauty in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things are.”

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Evolution of Memory-Keeping and a Giveaway

Our grandparents used to paste small photos with white boarders onto black pages with photo corners.

My parents filled magnetic albums, and, in the days of “Free Double Prints”, filled shoe boxes with envelopes of  photos.

This is the story of my memory-keeping evolution, but if you had your first child in the late 90s/early 2000s, it might look familiar.

I had always loved photos and journaling, but had never combined them. My mother-in-law first introduced me to scrapbooking in 1997. Brian and I had just returned from 2 and a half years in Russia as Peace Corps volunteers, and she had just been to a Creative Memories party. For Christmas that year, she set me up with a giant paper cutter and a travel-themed album.

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I never finished that album. I remember feeling overwhelmed with wanting to accurately describe our experience in Russia. I wish I had done more back then, because those stories are less vivid now. That summer my friend Angie came to visit and I scratched my head at her passion for this hobby---she had all her supplies spread out on our living room floor and wanted to stay up all night “scrapping.”

And then I had a baby.

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Once Aidan was born, I couldn’t take enough photos, and I couldn’t capture enough stories. Those early stages move so quickly. I also escaped what were (at least in 2002) the narrow confines of Creative Memories and discovered Simple Scrapbooks (which continues on in a different form at Write Click Scrapbook). I fell in love with this hobby that combined two of my favorite things: words + photos.

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Over time---and more pregnancies, my approach to memory-keeping changed. With three little boys, I no longer had the luxury of spreading out lots of supplies and that led me to discover digital scrapbooking (to learn more, check out the free guide from The Daily Digi).

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My very first all digi layout. Templates by Katie Nelson.

As my photography skills grew, my interest in the embellishments of a layout decreased. At the same time, my appreciation of the stories increased. I could look back at pages from Aidan’s first year and see the value in the pages that captured some of his personality and told a story that at the time I was sure I would never forget but which would have been lost if I hadn’t written it down.


Template by Rebecca Cooper.

In 2010, I took a photo every day that year, and added them to an album designed to hold short journaling cards beside the images. It was the best thing I ever did for my photography, and my favorite thing I’ve ever done for memory-keeping. I still remember that year better than most---not just because I’ve looked at the pictures and re-read some of our stories but because just picking up the camera, just writing the words, seals memories in my mind more clearly. My boys still suggest shots to be our “photo of the day.”

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(Sorry about the photo—my 1st time photographing with page protectors. I have new admiration for those who do it well!)

Becky Higgins created that photo project and then simplified it even more to create Project Life. Memory-keeping has evolved and branched out to include art journaling, as well as video and blogging. But Becky’s Project Life system is the development that has taken scrapbooking by storm and made me fall in love with photo+words all over again. She describes it best herself here.

It isn’t about taking a photo every day. Some use it to capture a week at a time, others a month. I’m using one for each of our sons--- to collect the little things they want to save and mixing it with larger digi layouts too. What’s magic about it? It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s fast and it can be whatever you want it to be (if you want to be blown away by people much more creative than me, check out some of my favorites here, here and here!). Looking at my layouts from different years, I see a pattern of using grids, straight lines and short journaling---all of which Project Life combines.

Here’s my confession: Aidan has a huge baby album. Sean has a half-completed one. Nolan has none. I took photos and I blogged to capture Nolan’s first year (still archived here as Baby#3), but I haven’t printed any of it. How I wish this system existed back then! To be able to add photos quickly to a page projector, with small journaling cards so you don’t feel like you have to write a novel. The Baby editions of Project Life even include short prompts to help you capture milestones and stories.

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This is a great example of a Project Life Baby Edition by Catherine Davis of Design Editor.

I’m not affiliated with Project Life or Becky Higgins other than being a fan. I just believe this system of memory-keeping works, especially for a new parent who wants to remember the big and small moments from a child’s first year. As part of celebrating DOK Photography’s first anniversary, I’m thrilled to give away one Baby Edition Project Life Core Kit.


This doesn’t include the album/binder or the page protectors (there are lots of styles but I prefer the original Design A page protectors and We R Memory Keepers 3-Ring Binder). I will include the Month Dividers for whichever edition the winner choosers: Neutral, Boy, or Girl.

**UPDATE: Becky read this post and sent a message that she would like to provide the Core Kit + Monthly Dividers, AND a Big Pack of Photo Pocket Pages! Woohoo! Now all the winner will need to create a complete Project Life Baby album is the binder----so I will also provide a $25 Amazon gift card for Project Life Binder - Seafoam Edition or the edition of your choice (lots more being released this May!). Thank You, Becky Higgins!


Please follow the Rafflecopter prompts in the widget below to enter. Basically, you need to follow/like DOK Photography on Facebook and leave a comment below by February 28th.

You can also enter Monday’s giveaway of Kelly Rae Robert’s special edition of Brene Brown’s Parenting Manifesto, and if you were photographed by me in 2012, enter Wednesday’s giveaway of a 12x12 gallery-wrapped canvas from your session!

Be sure to check back on March 1st to see if you won!

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A Giveaway Celebration


Above you can see some highlights of the 70+ newborns I captured last year, mostly at Moab Regional Hospital. I’m grateful to all the parents who allowed me to photograph their family welcoming their newest member. It was an honor, and I often left sessions in awe of the beauty and love I had witnessed.

February 13th will be the first year anniversary for DOK Photography. In celebration, I’m excited to offer one past client a free 12x12 canvas gallery print of any one image from their gallery. That’s a $75 canvas print!

Below is an example of a nursery decorated with four 12x12 canvases. They come ready to hang, with no glass and no need for framing.

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Anyone for whom I prepared a gallery in 2012 is eligible, whether or not you purchased the image. If you win the giveaway, I will repost your private gallery and ask you to select which image you would like printed. You will have one week to make your selection.Canvases can take up to 3 weeks to be delivered. **Maternity and Family session clients of 2012 are also eligible. Instead of listing the name of your child, comment with your last name and the month of your session!**

Here’s how to enter the giveaway. Be sure to complete each step!

1. Become a fan by clicking Like on the DOK Facebook page. This is not the same as liking a specific post---you need to click Like at the top of the page. If you have already, thanks!

2. Leave a comment on this post with your child’s name and birth month.

3. Find the photo of your newborn that I posted on Facebook (if you have any problem finding it, just send me a Facebook message). Share it on your timeline and ask your friends to become a fan of DOK Photography. They need to then post a comment on the photo of your child saying “I’m a fan of _____” with your child’s name filling in the blank.

Ultimately the newborn photo with the most “fan comments” by February 28th will win the Canvas Print. Be sure your family and friends understand both steps---they need to like the DOK Photography page and leave a comment on your child’s image.

Comments will close on Feb.28th and I’ll announce the winner during the first week of March!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ten on Tuesday

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1. Yesterday our puppy turned one (or seven in dog years). My boys never pass up any chance for a party (they’re already planning Duke’s “adoption day” in April), so there were cakes and presents, and Duke’s friend Kessel joined in the fun.

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2. “If I had a smartphone” is a phrase I say so often that I’m actually starting to believe I should get one. My friend Jenny has me almost convinced I’m better off without one. But…if I had an iphone, the first app I would buy is this one. I think the coolest thing would be to record one second a day during your newborn’s first year and then watch the short video of them all on his or her birthday!

3. Aidan has an amazing teacher this year, who combines the structure he needs to do well with the warmth he needs to want to do well. They’re taking a class trip to Boston this spring as a tie-in to their study of the American Revolution and early colonies. Recently their assignment was to compare Plymouth, Saint Augustine and Jamestown. Yawn, right? But they were to show their understanding with illustrations (in Aidan’s case, this of course meant comic strips) and could use humor. Humor + drawing = Aidan’s dream assignment

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4. My newest obsession: Humans of New York. I ♥ street photography in general, but there is something so much more up-close and engaging in Brandon’s shots. And that combination of words+photos makes all the difference. I want to start a similar project here in Moab. Any local photographers interested, please shoot me an email!

5. Thanks to Brian’s cousin Barb and her Christmas gift of 101 Things to Do Before You Grow Up, Aidan is now growing a Mold Garden. Yes, mold. I am going to spare you the photo.

6. On Saturday mornings the boys are allowed to pick a Netflix kids’ movie so Bri and I can sleep in. I walked out to find them watching “The Secret of Kells.”Be still my heart. When it was over, the boys were thrilled to find two books with more illustrations about the Book of Kells on our shelf (thank you, Jeff Burritt, for that long ago gift of How the Irish Saved Civilization).


7. I’m determined to take this essay to heart and be less busy in 2013.

8. Karen Russell, photographer and teacher, shared a fun idea for Valentine’s Day: a Get Out of Trouble Free Card. I’m planning to give each of our boys one with some chocolate---the question is, will they remember where they put them the day they land in trouble?

9. Along with Karen, Tara Whitney has been the photographer I’ve followed (stalked) online for years. She’s also a gifted thrift store treasure-finder and had a yard sale this weekend. My sister lives nearby so I sent her the info and not only did she score some vintage treasures, but sent me a photo of her with my Photog Hero. Big sisters are the best!

10. You have a good chance to win Brene Brown’s Parenting Manifesto by commenting on yesterday’s post. And tomorrow evening there will be a special giveaway post just for past clients!

Monday, February 4, 2013

DOK Photography Giveaway Celebration!

On February 13th last year, I photographed my first client, Lydia.


Almost a year later, she’s still one of my favorites.

I’m so grateful to all the parents who allowed me to capture a few moments with their newborn child. I’m grateful to all the people who hired me to capture their families in a moment in time. I want to celebrate this month with a series of giveaways---some specifically for past clients and some open to all, with prizes small, silly and big.

We’ll start today with the first of five giveaways! Yay---this is so fun for me!

First up is an 18x24 of Kelly Rae Robert’s special edition of Brene Brown’s Parenting Manifesto from Daring Greatly.


These are now sold-out, though they will hopefully become available again soon. All the proceeds went to Charity: Water, which made my heart happy. Brene Brown is becoming a household name, which makes my heart even more happy---she was recently on the Today show, and her book, Daring Greatly, is #1 New York Times Best-Seller. I admit, I’m a little proud to have been celebrating her humor and wisdom back in this post, Random bits, in 2008 (who are those cute little boys?). You can read Brene’s story of how she came to write the manifesto here. She describes it as a touchstone. For me it highlights the core of parenting---that the biggest impact on your children will not be how long you breastfed or what your screen-time rules were but this: “how I treat you and how I treat myself.”

And if you haven’t discovered Kelly Rae Roberts yet, you are in for a treat. She is an artist, an author, and has the most beautiful kitchen I’ve ever seen. Her work and her words radiate hope and joy.

My favorite line from the manifesto admits that we always want to take away our children’s pain, but that really isn’t what they need from us. Adults who have lived pain-free childhoods have little resilience when reality hits. I’m constantly reminding myself that my job isn't to protect my children from all pain, but to give them the strength and resilience to meet life's pain and move on and find joy.

Enter to win a copy of the Parenting Manifesto!

If you haven’t already, please take a minute to Like the DOK Photography Facebook Page.

Then, leave a comment below with your favorite parenting touchstone.

Good luck! Comments will close on Wednesday, February 13th at 10 PM Mountain Time. A random winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day!

And this Wednesday, Feb. 6th, I’ll be giving a way a gift worth $75 to one of my past clients. And on Friday, a baby edition of Project Life. I can’t wait!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Simple Things Sunday: #5, 2013

Some times what’s not in focus speaks louder than what is.

2013 02 01_Simple Things

Nolan and his friend asked me to take a photo of their animal creations (a dog/fish/bird and what Nolie called “all-animal-bility”), and so I did. What I love about this photo lies beyond the toys. The blur of happiness on their faces comes from that singular delight of finding a comrade. Finding a new friend who loves some of the same things as you: pretending to be a puppy, just running for the sake of running, eating sandwiches made out of painted wood, and lending/borrowing toys. (I swear they enjoying lending even more than borrowing.)

This post is part of Rebecca Cooper’s Simple Things Sunday series, which she describes as “taking the time to photograph the everyday details…to enjoy the beauty in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things are.”

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