Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

sakura bloom: sling diaries: FUN

as a documentary photographer, i am drawn to the details-the faces and things that i see in the familiar and the unfamiliar. i love taking on a new challenge and photographing according to a specific theme. it's what i've done for years. i've had various gallery exhibits of specific bodies of work. it's really fun for me.

so when leigh invited me to participate in the sakura bloom sling diaries, i was really excited to explore a new avenue of documentation with my baby. especially since my pregnancy was so completely documented.

we've had so much fun participating in the sling diaries these past 6 months. it's been an awesome way to chronicle emerson's growth.

this month my baby turned ONE! we had a lovely backyard celebration in honor of him. what fun it is to be parents to such a sweet little boy!

we held his birthday party in my parents back yard. here are a few pics from the celebration.

for the record: we DID NOT plan to all match by wearing stripes. i swear it happened on accident... and i honestly didn't realize that it happened till the end of the party. my mind and attentions were elsewhere. i had actually put emerson in something different, but he needed a change of clothes and so this is what britton put him in. funny.

it was such a fun party and it's been a fun year. we make choices daily that affect our lives either for good or for bad. choosing to wear my little boy has been one of the best choices which i have made for good. he has seen and experienced so much of the world with his heart right next to mine- right where it belongs.

no matter where i go, or what i'm wearing, my sakura bloom sling always compliments my style. i seem to receive compliments wherever i go, and there's often an inquiry as to where i obtained "such a beautiful sling."

we have traveled to and from, explored the red rocks of southern utah, moved to a new city, visited aviaries, museums, and parks. we have gone swimming, hiking, for walks, exploring, played pool, shopping, to the market, etc... and we have done it all with emers in the sling.

we have a connection, a bond. he trusts me and knows that i love him. he's always close enough to kiss. he tells me when he wants something and communicates with me. his sign language skills expand daily and since he's so close we can whisper secrets to one another throughout the day.

this is his story. he comes from two parents who love him and who love each other. we are a family. we will always stick together.

here are a handful of moments from the past 6 months as we have journeyed with emers in-tow.

Monday, August 20, 2012

sharing a saturday morning with a beautiful family

oh my goodness, i am so excited to share these images with you. this lovely family allowed me to come to their home early last saturday morning. i just got the film back today and i couldn't wait to post them! every single frame was so delicious to me!

there is something so awesome about photographing people (especially children) in a space that is familiar and comfortable to them. believe it or not, these images were taken in a back alley way and in front of their home. they didn't dress up fancy for the session. i really felt like i was one of them for the hour that i spent in their space.

these pictures ooze family love, summer fun, and the freedom and joy of youth and childhood. i hope that you'll enjoy these images as much as i do.

all images shot with the contax 645 and portra 400

Friday, August 17, 2012

true love?- a 6th grade love note that you've got to read!

honest moment: i have a lot of unfinished projects. and good intentions to organize my space better than it's currently organized. but i have a hard time finding (or making) the time for it all. i have a list of projects that i've been meaning to get to for years now. i think there's a way to overcome this personality flaw. one: don't try to do so much. two: manage my time better. how about a combination of both?

the other night i sat down to tackle an organization project that i've been meaning to get to for MONTHS now and while i was in the middle of undertaking it, my husband became curious and started thumbing through some of my things.

this love letter was one of the things he pulled out of my semi-organized drawer.

talk about true love! this was given to me in the 6th grade. i remember the box of chocolates that it came with... it was a heart-shaped box. i vaguely remember what this brad character looked like. and even though i said no, i have kept his letter all these years. how do you throw out a letter like this one? the guy had guts to ask me out (again). after reading it to my husband, i put it back in my semi-organized drawer and then spent some quality "cuddle time" with the man who leaves me random love notes on a regular basis.

when my kids are older, i hope that these little bits of my past will be of value to them- or that they will at least find them interesting.

btw: if you haven't already, head on over and enter the two giveaways that are currently open here. if you're a utah local, you have till monday to enter the dirtydash giveaway. win a hat and a free entry to the race on september 22nd.

and no matter where you are, everyone can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to persnickety prints. they are a high-quality print house that can meet a wide variety of your photographic needs. you have till wednesday to enter!

have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

another thank you, another giveaway $25 in FREE PRINTS from Persnickety Prints!

here's a giveaway for everyone, no matter where you are!!

persnickety prints happens to be located here in utah, but there's really no limit to who they can serve, since they are a printing house. got pictures that you've been meaning to enlarge for some time now?? well here's your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to print whatever your heart desires!!!

one of my favorite things that they do are their instagram prints-

since i'm a photographer, i might have more prints laying around than most... but i honestly believe that you can't have too many photos in your home.

so here's how you enter:

1. follow this blog (if you don't already) and then comment on this post telling me what you plan to do with the print credit if you win it.

for additional entries

2. share this giveaway either on your blog, facebook page or twitter and comment back here with the link. (if you do all three, then you get three entries!)

3. like my photo facebook page and leave a comment on the wall letting me know that you want the print certificate.

4. take instagram photos of something you love and tag me @caroleebeckham in the photo with the hashtags #persnicketyprints #persnickety25

this giveaway will close next wednesday at midnight. so you've got a few days to spread the word and to get as many entries as possible. good luck!!!

stay tuned cause there are more giveaways on the horizon... :)

and if you haven't already entered to win the free entry to the dirty dash- you have till monday to do so!! enter here!

UPDATE: the winner of the gift certificate is Jilean!!! Thanks ladies for entering!!! :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

it's time for a giveaway because you're all so awesome

ok lovely readers- as part of this week's endeavor to let you know how awesome you all are, i'm bringing the first giveaway to you. this one is for you local peeps (don't worry if you're not in utah... i will have other things that you can win, hang tight and stay with me).

on september 22nd i'm racing in the dirty dash. as the site says it best, the dirty dash is the "race that puts all other races to shame. it's a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then man to swine. you’ll need endurance to trudge up mountains of sludge, courage to overcome uncompromising obstacles, a complete lack of shame to wallow in pits of mud and a smile to show through at the end!"

i'm so ready to let this "mud run obstacle course become MY new guilty pleasure."

and now here's your chance to JOIN ME!!

date: september 22nd

time: 11:40 wave

team: the dirty dolls

are you with me?! registration is $55, but for one lucky reader- you can race for free. yup, that's right. i'm giving you your registration. you can thank me when i push your face in the mud. ;)

with your registration, the guys over at dirty dash have also hooked me up with some nifty swag. who wants a hat?!

ok, so now that you're excited... here's what you do to win this AWESOME prize:

1. like this blog and then comment on this post telling me why you are ready to get down and dirty (keep it clean peeps!) ;)

for additional entries

2. share this giveaway either on your blog, facebook page or twitter and comment back here with the link. (if you do all three, then you get three entries!)

3. like my facebook page and leave a comment on the wall letting me know that you're ready to race.

4. take instagram photos of the dirtiest thing you can find and tag me @caroleebeckham in the photo with the #racedirtydash

this giveaway will close next monday at midnight. so you've got a few days to spread the word and to get as many entries as possible. good luck!!!

stay tuned cause there are more giveaways on the horizon... :)

UPDATE: the winner is Heather from Zen Garden Retreat!! :) CONGRATS!

a big thank you

if you've read my blog for a little bit or for awhile, you know that i love to document the beautiful that i see daily, in my life and in the life of those who know me.

as a way to give back to you- my readers, and to my clients and friends- i'm kicking off an appreciation week. this week will be filled with fun posts, giveaways, and a whole lot of gratitude.

so go ahead and make sure you're following along.

if you don't already follow my facebook, do so now. click on this link and like away!

if you don't already follow me on twitter, head on over and follow me there as well. we can tweet together! like me and i'll like you too.

and for you instagrammers- there will be an instagiveaway later this week... excited? i hope so, cause i sure am! you can find me @caroleebeckham

Thursday, August 9, 2012

ryker's birth story

when melissa contacted me to photograph her baby's birth, she was just a few weeks from her baby's due date.

more than one week past her due date, it was apparent that her baby's birth wasn't going to be the exact story she had envisioned. it was still his story though and it was important to document.

and so early one morning, i met her and ryan at st mark's in salt lake, as they prepared for the arrival of their (larger than) 9lb baby boy via cesarean. it was a happy morning, filled with so much love and excitement. even in the midst of major surgery- you can sense melissa's courage and peace. the first moments this family shared together were so special to witness and document.

lucky for me, i was allowed in the operating room. here is ryker's story caught on film. the moments were so precious. i am always in awe at the miracle of life. and when i get home from photographing a birth, it always makes me want to hold my dear ones that much closer. congrats to this beautiful family on their special day!