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Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year again.  It hits me the same every time.  It’s warm outside, the sun is streaming in my windows illimunating all the little dust bunnies under my couch, and accentuating the piles of clutter on my desk.  And I hate it.  Suddenly I am moved to action like I’ve never even seen a dust bunny before.  Those piles that have been sitting on my desk suddenly look monsterous and evil.  I HAVE TO CLEAN!  If only so that I can enjoy soaking up the sun with my kids in the backyard guilt free, knowing that those evil desk piles are gone, and the dust bunnies have been cleared away (for a few days at least).  And why am I telling you all of this you ask?  Well in this digital age, even my hard drive is screaming for a de-clutter!  It’s a well known (and probably laughed at fact) among my friends and family that I am an official picture “hoarder.”  I try to clean up my hard drive, I do!  But then my mouse hovers periliously over the dreaded “delete” button, and I just can’t do it.  I’m weak.  In fact the only deleting that I’ve done in the recent past has been forced on me.  I have only deleted when my hard drive is so full that it won’t let me download any more pictures!  In honor or spring and my effort to change (hey admitting I have a digital hoarding problem is the first step right?) I’m begging you to please take some of these digital files to YOUR house instead of staying at mine.  Then I really won’t have to feel bad hitting that awful delete button.

This is my very long and round about way of saying “Hey I’m having a spring cleaning digital sale.”

From now until the end of May purchase all of your digital files from a previously shot session for half price!  This includes all sessions from 2012 (and ahem probably 2011 also cough, cough) and because I”m really trying to change I’m also including 2013 sessions as well.   Knowing my love of hoarding this probably won’t happen again for another 2-3 years hehehehe…. so take me up on this offer while I”m feeling brave!  You can email me at nicoleratliffphotography@hotmail.com  for more info and to “make sure” that I still have your files (who am I kidding, I’m sure I do)

 

See how old this is?  This is my middle daughter Makenna when she was only 2!

Relish the charms of the present…

Read this lovely little quote today, and just had to share.

You will never have this day with your children again, for tomorrow they will be a little older than they were today.   This day is a gift, breathe and notice, smell and touch them.  Study their faces, and little feet, and pay attention, RELISH THE CHARMS OF THE PRESENT, enjoy today mama, it will be over before you know it.

-Jen Hatmaker

So go blow some fishy kisses to your kids, dye some eggs, and cherish today <3

 

More Easter mini session

Just another gorgeous bunch of kids from last weekends Easter Mini Sessions!  Love that the boys were represented just as much as the girls this time.  So many handsome young ones.  This bunch all has such amazing eyes.  The kind that make you want to look again, and just keep staring.

 

Melanie - April 1, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Love those kiddos! Love the pictures too. Thanks Nicole.

My own sweet kids

Sometimes when I have lot’s of editing to do, and lot’s of house work to do, and lot’s of whining kids…. all I really want to do is get outside and shoot something that inspires me.  That is exactly what I did yesterday.  I had every reason to as well.  I had just purchased both of my sweet girls new outfits, it was a gorgeous day, and it was Monday.  I mean what other excuse do I need!  They were true photographers children, and were happy to drive around until we found just the right spot, and then gladly tromped around in tall grass, and old stuff until I found just the right spot.  They are getting so good at posing and listening to direction, they make it quite easy on me these days.  My younger boys on the other hand… not as much!