Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Snippets + Snapshots | March 2015

Snippets + Snapshots from the past month...
crazy cat | new office furniture | seat thieves | ahh... memories | another seat thief | sick, yuck | painting kevin's office | celebrating dad's birthday | crashed out


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Self-Portrait | March 2015

This month has been a doozy!

The defining part of it for me was getting my butt kicked by some sort of horrific illness that I self-diagnosed as the flu (since the last time I was that sick was when I had the flu 8-9 years ago and this felt the same).  I spent the better part of two weeks crashed out on the couch trying to fight my way back to heath.  I even missed a couple days of work. I probably should have missed a few more, but it's hard to pay those bills without getting up off the couch.  Even now I am still trying to get rid of a lingering cough that has taken hold and just won't let up.

I spent the remainder of the month working on painting Kevin's office and doing other random house updates, since my parents are here for the winter and willing to help us with some improvements and changes we want to make.  We were on a time crunch trying to get everything finished before they leave early next month, and before one of my old college roommates (Jen) came to visit.

This month's self-portrait probably should have been one of me crashed out on the couch, but quite frankly while I was sick I was too wiped out to even think about setting up to take a photo and recreating it after the fact would have induced too many bad memories.  A runner up option could have been a photo of me painting or doing work on the house, but after last month's image that seemed a little redundant.

So, instead I opted to use one of the photos of myself taken during Jen's trip to Phoenix when we went to visit the gorgeous Botanical Gardens.  Even though Jen's visit only covered the last few days of the month, it was the most pleasant part of it - hands down - and definitely the part that I want to remember going forward!

So, I give you March's 'self-portrait' (which is a term I'm using very loosely here, as Jen actually took this photo of me)...


I have to admit that I have been feeling uninspired with my self-portraits lately and I have been getting ridiculously lazy with them in recent months - resorting to cell phone shots that happened to be captured somewhere along the way instead of taking true self-portraits.

I've been so busy recently that I blink and another month is coming to a close and I can quite face the fact that it's time to brainstorm a new self-portrait idea once again.  There are some months where it takes everything I have to toss up a photo of myself and I wonder why I ever started this project.  But when I think about quitting, I can't bring myself to do it.  I know I would end up angry at myself and filled with regret.

I really do love having these monthly memories of my life since relocating to Arizona!  So even on the months that I really, really don't feel like going all out with my self-portrait I force myself to at least post something - which has more or less been my new mantra since moving here!  Instead of my usual perfectionist tendencies, the past few years I've been leaning more towards the life motto of "Something is better than nothing!"

Did you miss some of my past self-portraits?  Clicking here will take you to all of my self-portrait blog posts. Clicking here will take you to my self-portrait Facebook album.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Snippets + Snapshots | February 2015

Snippets + Snapshots from the past month...
celebrating the birthday boy | new bar stools! | lexi snuggles | picking paint | decisions, decisions | snuggle bugs | new paint and furniture | new door hardware | valentine's day celebrations | love that sweet zoe face | more painting decisions | barristers ball | win big, honey!


If you want to see all of my Instagram photos, you can check them out online here or search for me on the app - my user name is michelewhitacre!

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Self-Portrait | February 2015

As I mentioned in last month's self-portrait post, one of our goals for 2015 is to begin working on our house.  So my February was consumed with painting two of our upstairs rooms.  The first half of the month was spent picking a color for our guest bedroom and painting it, and the second half was spent doing the same for my office.  I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of painting, but I love the results of freshly painted walls in colors that we selected!

So here I am doing a little final touch up on my office before my new office furniture is delivered...


I know. I know.  You can't see the color of the walls in a black and white photo. You'll just have to stay tuned for next month's Snippets + Snapshots post to see the color I selected.

Did you miss some of my past self-portraits?  Clicking here will take you to all of my self-portrait blog posts. Clicking here will take you to my self-portrait Facebook album.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Heba + Walid + Jad's Sneak Peek

I work with Heba at my day job, and when she shared the big news that she was expecting baby number two this fall, I offered to take some photos in honor of the special occasion. The session ended up being a combination of pregnancy reveal and Jad's two year old portraits, with a few family portraits thrown in for good measure.  So please allow me to introduce you to Heba, Walid, and Jad, and share their adorable photos.

First, a few of the adorable Jad, who just turned 2 years old at the end of January.  This first one is one of my favorites.  I just can't get enough of that amazing light streaming through the trees behind him....



I ADORE this photo of Heba! Gorgeous!...


Sweetness...


There's nothing like the love between mother and son...


Is Jad adorable or what?...


I just love these next two, as well.  So much love...



Announcing the big news!...



A few of the family....


Another favorite!...


Heba is so beautiful, and she has absolute NO IDEA how stunning she is!  I've been dying to get her in front of my camera for months.  I just knew she would be a dream to photography, and I was right!...



The big birthday boy!...



How cute is this?!...


And this?!...



The growing family...



So cute!...


And a few more of Jad...



Heba, It was a blast taking these photos and getting to know your family a little better during your session.  Congrats again!

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area.
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