February 25, 2009

It's OFFICIAL...CHELSIE HIGHTOWER is DANCING WITH THE STARS

Soooo excited!  Can't wait to see this season!  Who do you think she will partner up with?  They say it's all about build and body compatibility.  I hope it's CHUCK WICKS!





February 24, 2009

OH MY GOSH! WHO KNEW IT WAS SO EASY!


I found this on my girl, Maryella's blog, and she has no idea what a kick I got out of it.  Guess what Nick and Ryder are gettin' for Christmas! I wasn't born a dancer either...and I do need a lot of help too!! FOLKS....I think my life is about to change! Thank you Alfonso, I may just name my next son after you! WAIT A MINUTE...WAIT A MINUTE!! If my memory serves me correctly......Carlton Banks was known for only one dance and it wasn't the "POP, LOCK, and DROP"



MMMMMM...I may want a refund!

February 22, 2009

Everyone...the Beautiful Averie DelGrosso. Averie...Everyone.









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Can you get prettier than this girl? Easy, Breezy, Cover Girl!!  Averie was such a joy to photograph.  We pulled out her entire closet and went to town!  I am so in love with that RED lipstick.  Some of her shots have such a vintage feel.  I can't get over her classic beauty, big brown eyes and amazing hair.   Averie is only 17....and getting ready to spread her wings.  Mark my words she is about to make a big name for herself, in the exciting world of professional dance.  As a dancer she has so many amazing opportunities to travel the world and do what she loves!  All I have to say is... go for it and enjoy every exciting adventure!  
I always love shooting dancers because they are so in tune with their bodies and posing is such a blast.  As always, I wanted to give a big thanks to Kim and her wonderful staff at Center Stage, for giving me full reign  at the studio again! Here is a clip of Averie and her sisters dancing on Dancing with the Stars.   

February 20, 2009

Nickle n Dime


The blog has been screaming for some attention.  Before we left to Vegas, I must have changed my mind every 55 minutes, as to whether or not I should go to the conference at all.  I didn't know if Nick should go, if we both should go, both stay, both fly, one drive, one fly, both drive.  The kids were still sick, I was sick.  I lost my voice completely. I rear ended a car on Saturday morning in the snow storm.  My mind wasn't completely made up when the door on the air craft shut.  My husband always tells me that stress and worry come from the lack of commitment to a decision.  Once you make up your mind about something, the only time you will feel worry is when you actions aren't in line with your commitment.  Amen to that Brothah Masina.  Once we were in the air, I was cool.  I actually fell asleep before we took off and woke up after we landed.  In Las Vegas, we couldn't find a rental to save our life.  So we had two options  1)Taxi  2)Bus.  Since we didn't have the kids we thought "heeey, let's have an adventure...why not try the bus."  Three hours later, we got off the weirdest bus ride of my life. and people...I was the queen of the bus in South America, I know weird buses.  Once we got off that crazy train, I was starving so we dragged our bags, and our sorry selves into P.F. Changs.  We had a heck of a wait, but I wasn't going anywhere without some food.  Nick leaned over and said "Mira las parejas de Las Vegas realamente vestirse bien a comer." (couples in Las Vegas dress well to go out to eat.)  I was like....Yeah....cause it's VALENTINES DAY, and we look homeless.   After dinner, I was not getting on the bus again, but we couldn't find a taxi. (note to self..unless you are in New York, or Chicago, the only place you will find taxis are at the airport or in front of your hotel. Use them.)  So we walked another mile to the resort.  You might ask..."Where in the world were  you staying?"  THE J.W. MARRIOTT Resort and Spa, that's where.  Perfectly situated in the middle of nowhere, Las Vegas...and I can HONESTLY say it was well worth the bus ride from hell and the hour walk in my high heel boots. It was heaven. The nicest hotel I've ever stayed in. The lobby was filled with the smell of gardenia. You couldn't even hear the casinos. Amazing! We moved to a hotel closer to the MGM the next morning, met up with the Nortons, and then dragged Nick from place to place, learning so much and meeting the people I admire most in the industry. Every time we'd walk away...I'd say "Do you know who that was?? DO YOU KNOW WHO THAT WAS?"  Later that week we pass a group of very tall men, and my husband stopped dead in his tracks and started talking to them.  We walked away...and he was like "Do you know what that was?? DO YOU KNOW WHO THAT WAS?"  ...eeehh some professional basketball players.  I mean if that's your thing!  LOL.  
We left Vegas full of ideas, and inspiration.   Nick and I came away from the weekend so grateful that we have been so blessed to know Richie and Natalie.  In life, what more can you ask for than true friendship! Thank you both!  We love you!...

 
Oh...anyway the moral to this story is .....You can get to your proverbial "there"..by bus or pay more and get there by taxi, limo, hot air balloon..what have you. Sometimes when we are determined enough to figure things out on our own, we think it's a waste of money just to make something faster, or simply easier. Sometimes that is true, but there are times in life and business when the fact is: if you nickle and dime yourself you will have a nickle and dime experience.  Las Vegas Lesson #1

February 17, 2009

WPPI

Hey ya'll! Sorry about the lull in blogging. I've been crazy busy having fun in Vegas. I can't tell you how much I've learned and how many amazing people I have been able to meet. Well....I could but then it would seem like I was bragging, and then it wouldn't be as cool as it really is, and believe me.....SOOOOO cool! I'm so tired and miss my babies more than I can stand. There are still two days left of the conference, but Nick and I are going to head home tomorrow morning. My cold isn't getting better and my brain is on overload as is, so once I get a full day rest I will get back to the good stuff! Thanks for your patience! Did I mention that I miss my kids?? Does anyone have a teleporter......I need to kiss and hug them before I can sleep?? Anyone?? Good Night!

February 12, 2009

Jazz vs. Lakers...+ Omi



As some of you know my husband's company gave him a few court-side tickets to the Lakers vs. Jazz game last night. I came along to see all the action. No....I'm not going to lie, I came along for the VIP members only buffet, but got a second helping of action to boot.

Apparently, there is an elevator that takes you to the lower levels of the stadium where people stuff their faces with prime rib before, during and after the game. WHO KNEW??!

President Thomas S. Monson, happened upon our happy group while in the elevator. I have to say I was quite surprised. It was like seeing your 2nd grade teacher at the grocery store. Totally appropriate, just a little unexpected. I overheard a guy next to me mumble to the beer in his hand, "I'm such an idiot?" lol!!

The game was amazing. Jazz won on a clutch three point. I nearly died getting pushed over the row of seats in front of me due to a shoving match that broke out and dominoed down. Seriously, Maile and Oto...you guys saved my life. All I can say is that when I got back on my feet I was just glad all eyes were on the fight and the only people who saw me go over were the two that caught me from falling. Hey...y'all know NOW..., but at least no one SAW it. It was ugly! The kind of ugly people don't forget!

I'm coming down with a heavy cold, and I've got to get to bed! Ny-quil take me away!

February 9, 2009

MISS TONGA/ UTAH - Leta Fau'olo








As Miss Tonga-Utah, Leta is in competition for the title of Miss Utah 2009. I am so excited for her big adventure and wish her the very best of Luck!! Thank you, Leti and Sila for assisting!

Emily and Nicole/ For Every Child...






Here's our African Princesses!  No cuter little girls exist!

February 7, 2009

Chinese New Year/ FOR EVERY CHILD/ TRADITIONAL

















I have memories of dust covered albums filled with beautiful images. Old. Foreign. Exotic. I must have flipped through them a hundred times growing up.  Pictures are powerful.  60 years after those album pictures were developed and collected for safe keeping, they served as my primary inspiration during the traditional portion of the shoot.
Today I had a event shoot with "For Every Child" adoption agency, to celebration the Chinese New Year. I can't put into words the way my life has been changed by meeting the Trinnaman's, the heart and soul of the agency.  I watch Laura and James in awe every time I get the opportunity to document there miraculous work.  We had so many wonderful families all brought together by special circumstance...dare I say miracles.  They "ARE" the "CHANGE" they want to see in the world.  If all goes well, with scheduling and planning, I will be joining them on one of their adventures to Taiwan this summer.  As always..THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
I will post the family shots, and Emily and Nicole's shots tomorrow.

February 5, 2009

Gus Gus




Love you buddy! Sorry about the equipment malfunction! I'll make it up to you! You come stay at my house anytime!