There are all kinds of milestones, from job changes to marriage and those in between and beyond. I am always excited to photograph milestones because these sessions create something unique, a memory of what was happening during that time. These are moments that will be cherished throughout the generations of your family, friends and loved ones. To vividly remember the day, the event, the little things, the big things and to gaze upon the printed photo and have that memory, those memories return is so sentimental and joyous….and that is why I love to photograph. When I was called to photograph a senior named Sam, I thought….a milestone session and one that is so important and to be remembered through the years. Kids graduate, they go on to collage, move away from home, start their own lives and having these images is significant in that journey. Below is a small collection of the photos from that session. I hope you enjoy them and if you have a moment, please leave me a comment…I would love to hear from you. If you know of someone looking for a photographer for a milestone event ~ please share my name or website http://www.creativeimagesoflife.com with them. Thank you ~ Stacie
As 2015 comes to a close, I thought it would be a great time to showcase some of the wonderful families, events and weddings that I had the sincere treat of meeting, photographing and being a part of. Each year of business, I am so amazed at the great people I encounter through my photography and how they come into my life with their smiles, spirits and style. This year has been an incredible year with all of these elements and then some. From the weddings to the portrait sessions, every greeting is filled with energy, enthusiasm and excitement which propels me to be even that much more in tune with whom I meet. As I share these images with you, know that I am inspired by the beauty, the love, the timeless creations that each of these images holds for the person that is in them. These are the reasons that I photograph and enjoy, truly enjoy creating pieces that will be treasured forever and endeared always by those that see them.
Should you or someone you know need a photographer, please pass my information along to them! I have a great referral program, lots of fun places to photograph, wonderful product to choose from and an incredible time making your session as you want it! http://www.creativeimagesoflife.com Thank you so much for viewing my blog and sharing it with your friends and family! Enjoy ~ Stacie
I was recently introduced to an organization that I feel is an inspiration to our community and feel that the story of how this all began is something that should be shared. The Elephant Next Door helps people with gambling problems, who are in recovery and supports them during difficult times in their lives. Below is some information on how The Elephant Next Door was created and how getting the word out about gambling is so important.
In November of 2012, Pete started a Kickstarter campaign to produce a documentary film to show the devastation caused by gambling problems. The video project was not funded, so Pete self-funded a documentary short with Robert Mcguigan, a Wisconsin man who dedicated his life to speaking in schools about the dangers of problem gambling. Robert’s son had been murdered over a bet gone awry. Shortly after the filming Robert died from brain cancer. Prior to his death, Robert expressed gratitude that his story would continue to help people. “Robert McGuigan: Tragedy to Inspiration” will be entered in film festivals showing next summer. Pete also collaborated with Toby Allen, A British artist who created the Real Monster Series to make information about mental illness accessible to children. Toby, with input from Pete and his clients, created a Gambling Disorder Monster in 2013. As a testament to Toby’s belief in Pete’s work, Toby donates a portion of the proceeds of the sale of every Gambling Disorder Monster print to the Elephant Next Door. Pete has also addressed national audiences via podcast and live presentation for The American Counseling Association and The National Council for Problem Gambling. Regionally, he spoke at Oregon State University, Volunteers in Medicine, the Oregon Counseling Association, and the Evergreen Council for Problem Gambling. Pete’s continued effort resulted in bringing together seven supporters who incorporated The Elephant Next Door (The END) in 2014 as an Oregon non-profit corporation. In 2015 the IRS determined The END was a public charity and was granted tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Check out the Elephant Next Door on their website at: http://www.elephantnextdoor.org/ or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/theelephantnextdoor. It’s a great resource for people who are in recovery, want to learn more, or are in the program. We’ve received referrals to the program from people sharing posts. We’re really working to get this out there. Every like or share is a huge victory! Thanks so much for helping to Break the Silence!
Thank you for taking the time to read this post! Photos by: Creative Images of Life ~ Stacie Muller. Should you have an upcoming event, please contact me for your photography needs at 541-948-3195.
Any event takes planning, time, money and energy. Some events are small, some rather large and in order for them to be successful, it depends on the chosen vendors, location, day & time and a few other key items. I have photographed dozens of events and have seen their success and failures. I always want the event to be a success and it can be with a vision in mind! Details of what type of event you are having is important, who your guests will be, along with a timeline of the event, such as social hour, sit down dinner or buffet, speakers, dancing, photos, live auction, entertainment, etc. There are lots of key areas to decide and with that you need to choose who will be your vendors for the event. This is another important element to the event being successful as choosing people who were referred to you versus someone unknown, what type of packages do they offer, will they be reliable, professional and flexible? It is so important to meet with your vendor(s) before the event, to get to know them and how they operate. Will they be the ones on hand at the event or will they send their staff? In the event of a last minute change, who is available to talk to from their company? Will you provide a time-line to your vendor in order to ensure their success as well as yours? All so many reasons to start planning your event as early as possible!!
Now…we all know that there are some events that can be put together very quickly…and with these, the planning is not as vital, however…even small backyard barbecues are nice to have some semblance of organization!!
So, how do you put this all together ~ make a list of the things that are going to be a part of the event ~ food, entertainment, guest list, etc, then write a timeline (even if it is not set in stone), ask those that you know for referrals of local vendors, look up the vendors for reviews, set up some volunteers to help with the event, set a schedule for getting things done and before you know it…your event will be all planned, invitations will be sent and the event will be a huge success!!
Below are a few photos from some local events that I have done recently!! Enjoy! Should you be in the need for an event photographer, I would love to be considered.
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