my new blog

change is good.
change is necessary.
change is happening.

it is all about simplifying for me. so i decided to simplify my blog. to refine it a bit. to polish it up. and to change over to using my name. so now i will blog at www.tracy-larsen.com/blog. i will continue to tell my stories and share my photos. i will be more of me. and i will share it all.

please click over to my new blog and tell me what you think.

and don’t forget to subscribe by rss feed or subscribe to receive email updates since i won’t be posting on this blog anymore.

one last photo to say thank you to this blog for all the love. my quinn, almost 5 years old…

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linked 52 | red, white + blue

who doesn’t love a summer 4th of july celebration? this year it was just about the simple things.

we took the boys swimming in the pool. and we ate some traditional summer food… turkey burgers, hot dogs, my mom’s potato salad (my absolute favorite), baked beans and corn on the cob. and we watched fireworks. the boys did not like the loud noise that accompanied the beautiful colors that lit up the sky that we could see in every direction as we sat in my parent’s backyard. but i enjoyed watching them with my mom and my grandma while mark went inside with quinn and tate.

it was a day well spent…

see what red, white and blue looks like for these girls also participating in linked 52: Stacey, Michelle, Tracey, Heather, Jenn, Jessica, Amanda, Amanda, Sara, Lesli, Janet, Naomi, Rhonda, Rose, Carla, Heidi, Kristin, Heather, Amy, Liza, Veronica, Jean  and Kristi.

 

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on the other side

i received a gift. from two friends. one who i have never met in person, but feel like we are soul sisters. and one who lives close by me and has the biggest heart.

i read this blog post from angie. and i was inspired by her honest writing and encouragement to get on the other side of the camera. i have been where she is. and i often still feel that way. not good enough. not thin enough. not pretty enough. not comfortable in front of the camera. so i have very few photos with my boys. but after reading angie’s words and seeing the photos of her with her baby girl quinn (yes, same name as my quinn!) i was ready to do something more than just wish and dream about having some precious images of me and my boys.

so i emailed ali. she is my friend + photography mentor. we met through a mutual friend just after i bought my first dslr camera and she selflessly shared all that she could to help me become a photographer. i am so very grateful to her for all that she has given to me. so lucky am i to have such a friend.

ali and i excitedly agreed to photograph each other with our kids. just a mom + kid shoot. casual. fun. no rules. in the heat of florida in the summer. with a few cooperative kids. and some not so much. two photographer moms and five kids. we made it happen. and had a bit of fun in the process.

ali has done so much for me. it is so heartwarming to finally be able to give back to her. here are some of my very favorite shots of ali with her jake, cami and reese…

jake is now taller than his mom, so he made her take off her {cute} shoes to prove it. and a silly little 5 year old couldn’t help but pop into the photo. reese’s silly faces made their way into more than one photo.heading off to get some well-deserved frozen yogurt after indulging mom in her photo time…

ali has blogged photos me and my boys, so be sure to go here to check them out. she is such an amazing photographer – and friend!

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linked 52 | lighting experimentation

mark and i went to austin for a friend’s wedding this past weekend. after the rehearsal dinner we ended up in a funky little place called the high ball. it is part lounge, part bowling ally and part karaoke bar all rolled into one pretty cool seventies looking place. there were a few throw back arcade games that mark and his friends just couldn’t resist. burgertime + donkey kong anyone?

check out the lighting experimentation for these girls also participating in linked 52: Stacey, Michelle, Tracey, Heather, Jenn, Jessica, Amanda, Amanda, Sara, Lesli, Janet, Naomi, Rhonda, Rose, Carla, Heidi, Kristin, Heather, Amy, Liza, Veronica, Jean  and Kristi.

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life happens | april 2012

playing more catch-up. this is my instagram life in april…

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