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It’s been a great year! Monroe/Snohomish Newborn and Family photographer

It has been a great year!! SO many wonderful things have happened, I have met so many wonderful people through photography from clients to vendors that have all become friends! I took 2nd place as best portrait photographer in the Northwest only being in business one year and only coming in behind by 0.4% that’s HUGE!!  As the year is coming to end I have had some big decisions to make in order to continue providing all of you with great service and fun photography! I have decided that I will no longer be doing weddings, engagements or seniors. I will be focusing my business on newborns, children and families only. I will only be taking 3-4 clients per week so that I can focus more of my detailed attention to each and everyone of you. I wish I could do it all but I am learning really fast that I can’t. I will be referring all weddings and seniors to a few specific amazing photographers that I know and are personal friends of mine, so if you are looking for wedding or high school seniors you can contact me and I will put you in touch with these wonderful ladies that I know will do a very good job for you. There will be changes in pricing, if you are already booked with me new pricing does not apply, as of Jan. 1st all new pricing will take effect for 2012. I have enjoyed being your photographer and I thank each and everyone of you for your continued support and loyalty! Now that that’s all taken care of I think it’s contest time again!! What kind of contest would you all like to see leave a comment below with your choice, keeping in mind it has to have something to do with families or children! I will pick whichever is most requested and we will start the contest right after Christmas:)I look forward to seeing all of your contest suggestion comments and I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!!

 

 

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A Worthy Cause!

When you hear the words “Human Trafficking” what comes to mind? It gives me chills to think that is happening at all but let alone happening right under our noses! I believe this is happening because so many are not aware of this cruelty going on. Here are some facts about human trafficking and this modern slavery taking place right now:

“The number of people forced into slavery around the world has risen to 27 million” -BBC 5/27/02

“[There are] 27 million people in slavery today…”.  That is “more than were seized from Africa during the 4 centuries of trans-Atlantic slave trade.” – Kevin Bales, from National Geographic and Disposable People

Locally:
“Between 14,000 and 17,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year. Nearly half are forced into prostitution, many of them children. Seattle’s port and international border makes it one of the 10 human-trafficking hot spots in the country.”  – Seattle Times, 3/11/11

Wow.  Slavery still exists?  I thought it ended with Abraham Lincoln.  How did I not hear about this sooner?  And more importantly, now that I know that people are still bought, sold, and abused in forced prostitution and labor… So now you say “what can I do about it? ” Well….Rustic Star Photography is teaming up with JUBILEE to help spread the word and donate to this worthy cause. I will be doing some giveaways! Cd’s and shoots, details to come soon but for now you can learn more and donate to this awesomely-creative band I’ve discovered called JUBILEE.
JUBILEE is a nonprofit band that uses its voice and all music sales to fight modern slavery and bring the beauty and healing of the arts through their project Arts Aftercare.  <—Check this out!!
How can you end slavery in Seattle and the world?  Follow JUBILEE’s motto “do what you love to undo what you hate.”  Visit their website today and learn more!

 

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I was made for this State!!

Today was Scrumptious! I woke up this morning to wind and rain and there were even tree branches all over the ground and for whatever reason I had a smile on my face! I was excited to put my comfy sweatshirt on and curl up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee and watch my little ones run around the house. All of the things about  fall  makes it my favorite time of year! We had like 2 weeks of sunshine this summer and now it’s raining again but I am not bothered in the least. The grocery store is full of pumpkins and talk of the holidays, I am excited and I couldn’t help but make cookies today!! Today was yummy in all kinds of ways!! We had our family pictures done a couple of weeks by the very fabulous Elise Marie Photography and I wanted to share, so here is a peak at my fun family!

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Baby Jasmine is delicious fall! | Monroe Washington Newborn Photographer

I love it when clients become friends! This wonderful couple spent over 5 hours with me for their session and we ran into dinner time so we ordered pizza and talked around the room like we were old friends,  it was a great day! Jasmine was the perfect baby, well they are all perfect but Jasmine just slept and slept and slept so much we just kept shooting and her pictures prove her timeless beauty that I am sure will run through her whole life just like her parents! Welcome baby Jasmine 6 days new to the world, here is Your Star Moment!

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Welcome to the Rustic Star Photography Blog!!

Ok I have finally made it to the 21st century and I have a real blog now!! I have been wanting to do this for a long time but I was sparked when I saw the changes being made to facebook. I am so excited to be on this journey with all of you and to have so many wonderful supporters a long side me, thank you for checking the blog out:)I have tons of editing to do so I should probably go for now but stay tuned because Baby Jasmine is making her appearance on here:)

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