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capturing everyday life with teens

Our youngest son has braces now and the bedtime routine is a wee bit more complicated. I forgot to capture this routine with his brother and didn’t want to miss the second chance.

teen routine collagebrushing

I have to challenge myself to continue taking pictures of moments that define the current season of their lives. It was a piece of cake when they were little because everything was so new and fresh; it seemed I ALWAYS had my camera out, ready to spring into action.

Not so much now. ūüôĀ

I need to be careful not to let this time slip away too quickly. Because before you know it, they will be off on their own.

teen chef

And I will miss these moments terribly.

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the everyday family session {capture joy}

The Everyday Family session is centered around an activity that engages the entire family. Ideas include:

– a Saturday morning pancake-making ritual
– hanging out at the zoo
– going to a parade
– bathtime with a newborn
– having a Wii marathon
– hanging out at a county or state fair
– flying a kite or hanging out at the beach
– a birthday party or other special event
– a picnic and hike at a nearby park
– baking cookies
– hanging out at a local arcade or bowling alley
Рa trip to the Farmer’s Market
– family day at the waterpark
– hanging out in and around your home
– camping out in the backyard
– biking around the lake with a stop for ice cream

What makes the Everyday Family Session unique is that your family is the center of attention instead of me, the photographer. While I may still ‚Äúorchestrate‚ÄĚ a few shots, most of my time with you will be spent observing and capturing natural moments as they unfold.

The Everyday Session by Tina Vega Photography

The fee for the Everyday Family Session is $250 ($225 for returning clients)* and includes up to 2 hours on-location with approximately 50-100 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 20 days of session. This fee includes the entire image gallery on disc along with a print release! [*There is an additional fee of $10/person for groups of 8 or more.]

neighborhood walk

Click HERE to learn more about what makes the Everyday Family Session so special.

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my first fish fry

fish fry with grandpa

We went to a fish fry on Friday, my very¬†first because I don’t eat fish.¬† My grandpa really wanted to go and I thought it would be a¬†fun experience for the boys (they LOOOVE seafood, go figure). It was held at the very school my mom attended at a young girl. Not only did I¬†get to hear more of my grandpa’s stories (how much he enjoyed fishing as a boy with his dad,¬†about Grandma as a young woman,¬†and¬†the old house on Ferry Street), I also¬†learned a few new things about my mom –¬†such as where she liked to play as a child AND more about the family dog she swears was evil.

Making the most of this time.  Creating memories for the boys to embrace.

Speaking of the house on Ferry Street (the one my mom grew up in), I learned that the light fixture hanging in one of Grandpa’s spare bedrooms used to hang in their old¬†dining room.¬† The fixture was “rescued” before the city tore the house down.

ferry street house

A¬†framed photograph¬†of the Ferry Street house¬†also hangs in the front entryway of grandpa’s current home.¬† How¬†cool is that?¬† My grandma was such a sentimentalist.

Guess I am, too, which is why I’m enjoying these¬†visits so much. ūüôā

Crystal Satnik - April 3, 2012 - 10:35 am

Sounds like you guys had a wonderful day!

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chicken enchilada dip

chicken enchilada dip

Another recipe from the 2012 Spring Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat.¬† [And bible study, for those of you who sampled it last week.]¬† It’s one of my new faves!

Chicken Enchilada Dip

Yield: 12 servings


  • 2 - 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground oregano
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked & chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles


  1. Mix cheeses together until well blended; add garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika and cayenne pepper. Mix well; stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with corn chips.

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