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choosing a senior photo for your high school yearbook

When choosing a senior photo for your high school yearbook, be sure to check your school’s policy and requirements.  Some schools in the area have turn-in deadlines as early as November 1st while others December 1st (I have on occasion even seen a January 1st deadline).  Senior photos today look nothing like the senior photos of my day:


Most seniors today are free to choose their own photographers, outfits, and locations.  Images today reflect personality and style like never before.


[The snapshots above were taken from a recent Rosemount High School yearbook.]  When choosing a senior photo for your high school yearbook, a few basic rules usually apply:

1.  Choose a color photograph.
2.  The image submitted must be a portrait (vertical layout).
3.  Head and shoulder images are usually encouraged (as opposed to an full body shot because their face would be almost too small to see in the yearbook).
4.  Make sure clothing and poses are in good taste or your photo likely will not be published in the yearbook.

I hope this helps shed a little light into the senior photo/yearbook process.  If you have any questions, let me know!

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5 fun things friday

5 Fun Things Friday

1.  What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey.


I love this book and author’s insights.  Here are a few quotes that grabbed me:

I wonder about the enormous energy being devoted these days to restoring morality to the United States.  Are we concentrating more on the kingdom of this world than on the kingdom that is not of this world?

The church is becoming more and more politicized, and as society unravels I hear calls that we emphasize mercy less and morality more.  Stigmatize the homosexuals, shame unwed mothers, persecute immigrants, harass the homeless, punish lawbreakers – I get the sense from some Christians that if we simply pass enough harsh laws in Washington, we can turn our country around.

What about grace?  Does the Christians’ concern for morality drown out our message of God’s love for sinners?

The Christian life, I believe, does not primarily center on ethics or rules but rather involves a new way of seeing.  I escape the force of spiritual “gravity” when I begin to see myself as a sinner who cannot please God by any method of self-improvement or self-enlargement.  Only then can I turn to God for outside help – for grace – and to my amazement I learn that a holy God already loves me despite my defects.  I escape the force of gravity again when I recognize my neighbors also as sinners, loved by God.  A grace-full Christian is the one who looks at the world through “grace-tinted lenses.”

A timely read if you ask me.

2.  Secret Paris: Color Your Way to Calm by Zoe de Las Cases.


LOVE.THIS.SO.MUCH.  Brings me to my happy place.:D

3.  How about a paint-by-number oil painting?

paint-by-number oil

You could pretend to be Monet.  Click HERE for details.

4.  The French Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone.


I borrowed this from the library while waiting for our new oven to arrive.  (Still waiting BTW.)  Every recipe we have tried has been incredible.

5.  Skinny Girl Lime & Salt Popcorn.


I had been “visiting” it at Cub Foods for several weeks before finally biting the bullet.  Totally worth the more-than-I-would-usually-pay-for-microwave-popcorn price tag.

Happy Friday!!!

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photography workshops for 2016

The Everyday Photographer Workshop

I began offering the Everyday Photographer Workshop a couple of years ago to help beginner and amateur photographers understand how to better use their cameras. Not only do attendees receive personalized instruction for shooting in manual mode, they learn how to create powerful images and meaningful artwork for their home and loved ones. The workshop covers all of the basics – lighting, aperture, composition, depth of field, ISO, lenses and other equipment, post-processing, and the concept of storytelling photography.

epw {april 2014}

It also includes breakfast treats, lunch, and some sort of dessert-in-jar in addition to a workbook and goodies to take home.:D


If you are interested in attending one of the 2016 workshops, a deposit of $100 will hold a spot with the remaining balance of due a week before the workshop. You will find dates and other details HERE.  If you have any questions, let me know!

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5 fun things friday – pumpkin edition

5 Fun Things Friday

Now that summer’s over, it seemed only fitting to bring 5 Fun Things Friday back into rotation.  And since we missed a whoooooole summer of fun things, I thought I’d make this a big one. :D

all things pumpkin

ALL THINGS PUMPKIN.  And not just five things, but SIXTEEN!!!  Here we go from left to right, beginning in the upper left hand corner:

1.  Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls.  You will find this right now in the freezer section at Trader Joe’s.

2.  Cinnamon Nut Renola, exploding with pumpkin seed goodness.  You will find these in small boxes near the cereal at Target.

3.  Organic Pumpkin Toaster Pastries.  You will find these right now at Trader Joe’s.

4.  Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps.  Perfect paired with a yummy cinnamon laced Toscano cheese, both found at Trader Joe’s.

5.  Kind Maple Pumpkin Seed Bars.  Found by the fruit snacks and cereal bars at Target.

6.  Pumpkin Bread Pudding.  You will find this right now in the freezer section at Trader Joe’s.

7.  Harvest Blend Salad Mix with baby kale, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin cornbread croutons & a pumpkin vinaigrette.  In the produce section at Trader Joe’s.

8.  Pumpkin O’s Cereal from Trader Joe’s.  Very crunchy (think Capt’n Crunch) and flavorful.  These sold out FAST last year!

9.  This Pumpkin Walks Into a Bar Cereal Bars from Trader Joe’s (think Nutrigrain).  These also sell out fast!  You’ll find them in their own little section, usually near the dairy case.

10.  Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms.  You will find these exclusively at Target.

11.  Fall Harvest Salsa with apples, butternut squash, and pumpkin.  You’ll find this on an end cap at Trader Joe’s.  World Market also carries a yummy Pumpkin Chipotle Salsa this time of year, I spotted it on the shelves yesterday!

12.  Pumpkin Spice Mini Wheats.  I found this box at Target a few weeks ago and the shelf has been empty every since.:(

13.  Pumpkin Spice Gluten-Free Waffles.  Not my usual choice in waffles (I like my gluten) but I was desperate.  Trader Joe’s has a delicious pumpkin spice waffle in their freezer section as well and World Market carries a Pumpkin Spice pancake syrup – the combination would likely explode your taste buds.

14.  Pumpkin Puffins.  I’m on my second box already.  LOVE THEM.  You will find them at Target.

15.  Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Fig Granola & Puffs Cereal.  This might even be a year round item because I found it at Whole Foods in August.

16.  Pumpking Pumpkin Ale, just one of DOZENS of seasonal beverages to choose from at Total Wine.

There is SO MUCH MORE on the shelves => pumpkin caramels and coffee and ravioli and pasta sauce and ice cream and cheesecake and macarons and biscotti and… (you get the picture) but a girl has got to draw the line somewhere.:)

Happy Friday!!!

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and just like that, eighteen years have flown right by

20 weeks

As we celebrate the birth of our first son eighteen years ago today.

just a few weeks old


Untitledsick little boy at 1 yearwith roxy

I find myself feeling a bit weepy at how quickly this time has passed.  So many precious moments and memories to savor:


As much as I tried to relish in the everyday moments it still doesn’t feel like I had enough time.

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Then I wonder, does it ever?

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I love the young man you’ve grown into and look forward to the next chapter.

© Tina Vega Photography

Happy 18th Birthday, Emilio!!!

alice vega - September 24, 2015 - 2:44 pm

sigh! beautiful tina, beautiful!

Tina - September 25, 2015 - 10:07 am


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