Thursday, December 24, 2009

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Baby Lucy

aren't baby toes the cutest?!
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sarah & Kenny

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Stay Classy San Diego!

3 Days of this are in our near future (meaning the next three days)

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They'll be followed by three days of this in St. George

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See you all Wednesday!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Komenda Family

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Monday, December 7, 2009

The Thompson Family

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tis the Season (to give away)


Every year when the holiday season rolls around I find myself thinking of two words more than I normally do. Those two words are Service and Thankful. For some reason at this time of year I become a little less self involved and I realize not only how blessed I am, but how in need many others are.


It is that time of year again, and once again I have that strong feeling of wanting to serve and help others over and above what is normally done. This year I am trying to think of any way I can to give a little hope and happiness to those who need it.


One of the best ways I've found to serve others is to think of any talents or abilities I have then to think of ways I can brighten someones day whith those talents and abilities.


When you're having hard times, I'm sure getting family pictures taken is the last thing you'd think of. Yet, spending a little bit of time with your family just smiling could be the bright spot that changes your day and makes things a little better, even if just for those few moments. I've put together a very special portriat package (details below) for families who need their spirits boosted that I'd love to give away - but I need your help!


I want YOU to tell me the stories of those you love. Think of all the wonderful families you know and tell me who deserves this fun little package and why.


Email entries to me at sarahgarner.photography (at) gmail (dot) com by Thanksgiving Day. I will read all entries and choose TWO winners by Monday November 30th.*



Both winners will receive:
A full 90 minute family photoshoot
25 free 4x6 prints of their choice
1 free 8x10 print of their choice
1 Photobook including all images from the shoot
1 CD of fully edited images from the shoot to make additional prints as they desire



There is no limit to the amount of entries you can submit so if you know 10 families who deserve this send them all!

FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND HAVE THEM NOMINATE PEOPLE TOO!

Also! If you think of a talent YOU have that you'd like to give away, post it on your blog and link it back in the comments section and you'll receive a family shoot for only $50! I will also choose one winner for a FREE family shoot from these entries! If you don't have your own blog but still want to give something away - let me know and I'll post it here!



I can't wait to hear from ALL of you!!






*I will not disclose any information from these entries unless I receive permission directly from the family entered. Permission to share information does not have to be given in order for the family to win.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

...and then life happened

I always have all sorts of ambitious plans for my weekends, and then they come and go and only a fraction of what I've planned gets completed. But that's okay - at least some of it gets done.


This weekend was a busy one. We had lots to do to clean up our house since our kitchen is DONE!! (okay except for the cabinet doors - but who needs those) That's right folks, we officially have a kitchen back!! (I'll put pictures up soon)


Then there were two birthday get togethers Friday night and of course HALLOWEEN Saturday!


Sunday we had the blessings of these two adorable little ladies, and another birthday party!


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Thank goodness I had Monday off or I would have gone crazy trying to get ready for my class that started last night. It will be M-Th. for the next 5 weeks. from 5-10pm
meaning I'll be gone from 7am - 10:30pm every day. FUN! Okay, not really, but looking at the bright side: it's only 5 weeks.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Matt & Elyse Sneak Peek

Elyse was one of the winners of the photo shoot giveaway I did a month or so ago! Her little family was so much fun to shoot!


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Life Changing Events

Everyone has events in their lives that stand out above the day to day and change the way they see the world. Milestone birthday's, graduation, getting married...

and seeing U2 live.


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(look closely and all the little lights are cell phones)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TONIGHT!!!

We're hangin out with these guys...

Monday, October 19, 2009

the babies

We had another visitor this past weekend - my baby niece June!
She's the first of three nieces born this year and she now lives in Utah so this was the first time the three of them have been together - so of course we got them together (as well as the other nieces and nephews) to get some pictures!



I have pretty much the cutest nieces and nephews ever.




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The three new babies of the year. Mikah, June & Aubrey

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Mikah is brand new and oh so tiny (and sleepy)

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Aubrey was born in August and was making the most hilarious faces.

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Little miss June is 9 months old and getting so big

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I was lucky to catch these boys while they were being nice :)

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Maesyn, the oldest, who was the best model. She posed this herself, it was one of her many ideas.

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All together, and all smiling (almost)

**A little bit of the right side of the images is getting cut off because of the layout, I am too lazy to fix it right now - so try to pretend there aren't portions of arms or legs missing :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Scoliodentosaurophobia

Do you have a fear that is absurd, bizarre, and completely unreasonable? Do you realize that this fear is absolutely ridiculous but the fear remains nonetheless?


I do.


When I was little I spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s house. It was my favorite place to be. Most weekends I would end up spending the night in the play room at the back of the house. The play room had a TV, and the TV had cable – something I didn’t have at home. I would spend many of those nights parked in the old recliner, in front of the TV watching ‘Nick at Night’. I love Lucy, Pete and Pete, The Wonder Years and Bewitched were some favorites… then came Are You Afraid of the Dark.


I wasn’t exceptionally courageous as a kid (in fact, I was pretty much a scaredy cat) and I usually changed the channel as soon as it came on. I don’t know what got into me, but a few times, I sunk down in my chair, wrapped up tight in a blanket and decided to brave my way through it – I’ve been paying for it ever since.


(At this point you may think I am being dramatic, sadly, it’s all true)


You see, on one of these nights that I decided to test my nerves, the episode happened to be “The Tale of the Chameleons” (cue creepy music) Lucky for me, and this story, I was able to find the description of this episode online:


“Invasion of the Body Snatchers-esque story of a reckless girl who doesn't heed the warning of getting bitten by a chameleon and gets turned into one by a chameleon who disguises herself as a human as part of a plan to unleash her species on the world.”



Terrifying, right? Well it was to me when I was six and ever since then I have been terrified of lizards. Big, small, skinny, fat, nice, mean, green, brown, lizards that walk or lizards that swim (sick!) they all freak me out like no other.


Benson thinks it’s funny.


It doesn’t help that Benson’s brother (Tanner) LOVES lizards (big lizards) and not only has them as pets, but brings them to family functions. It also doesn’t help that we have geckos that live in the outer walls of our house.


(Typing that makes me cringe)


I could tell a large handful of stories right now about horrifying run-ins I have had with these disgusting creatures (finding one crawling around inside my parent’s house, stepping on a dead one, finding three {THREE} dead ones in an antique jug I bought {WHY?!} and having Tanner’s lizard charge me causing me to fall out of a chair in fear and just about break my wrist) but for now I’ll stick to the most recent one, which has been haunting my thoughts for the last 14 hours.


You all know about our re-model. The lacquer we’re using to re-finish the cabinets has a very strong chemical smell that has filled our house this past weekend. Luckily the weather has been nice lately and we were able to open our windows up to air the house out and enjoy the pleasant breeze at the same time. Saturday evening when we were getting ready for bed and as I glanced out our open window the following things hit me all at once:


1. Its night time
2. Geckos come out at night time.
3. The aforementioned geckos like to park it on our bedroom window at night.
4. Our bedroom window is open
5. Our bedroom window does not have a screen
6. AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!


I kept myself from screaming out loud (Benson hates screaming) and managed to semi-calmly tell Benson that we should close the windows IMMEDIATELY so the geckos don’t attack me in my sleep. He laughed of course and told me to not worry about it because a) since it’s gotten cooler the geckos aren’t coming out and b) if we close the windows the fumes from the lacquer will probably kill us. It took a little “self talk” but I believed him, calmed down, forgot about the geckos, went to bed and haven’t thought about it since. That was until about midnight last night when I woke up to go to the bathroom.


Groggily, half asleep and with my eyes partly shut I made my way in the dark over to the bathroom. As I walked into the bathroom I happened to glance over to the window (why? why did I do that?!) and sitting happily on the bathroom window (the outside - thank goodness!!) was one of the home stealer geckos. I did a double take… “No!” I thought “It’s too cold for the geckos, it can’t be a gecko!” I looked again (why did I look again?!) Yes, all the windows were closed that night but, that means that they’re still coming out of their little hideaways at night and that they’re crawling all over MY windows with their disgusting little feet.


WHAT IF ONE GOT IN MY HOUSE ON SATURDAY?! What if it’s hiding out under my bed (or IN my bed) and comes out at night to crawl all over ME?! What if it LAYS EGGS in our house before it shrivels up and dies?! Oh.my.gosh. What do I do? Part of me wants to look for it, while the other part of me doesn’t even want to know if it’s there or not. I have been thinking about this since last night. I couldn’t sleep, every movement or sound made me think one of those little devils was crawling around my room. Each time I dosed off into sleep I imagined millions of its teeny little babies hatching in my house and taking over.


I don’t want to go home.


I think I have to move.


Help me.


Disclaimer: I am aware that I am clinically insane for feeling this way about lizards. I do realize that probably 90% of lizards are completely harmless and those that aren’t live nowhere near my house. I know that I have serious issues.


Please tell me you have some strange fear too.
Share it. You can even make one up. Just make me feel less like a mental case – please!

Monday, October 12, 2009

all in the family

My cousin and his family were in town this past weekend for his high school reunion and they asked if I would take their family pictures. They also had some friends coming in town with them who wanted theirs taken as well so we all got together and did them all at once

I had a lot of fun doing their pictures and I think they turned out great!
The kids are just too cute!

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