Monthly Archives: August 2017

‘Renaissance Rose’

Here are my favorite shots from my most recent photo session.

Lisa is a friend, first time model,  and a pleasure to photograph.

It’s so rare that I get to exercise my girl brain and have fun with a session like this.

Hopefully, it’s the first of many more sessions with Miss Lisa.


Model | Lisa Christine

Makeup and Styling | Lisa Christine

Hair Cut & Color |Lauren Gracia

Photography | Heather Mae Graham




Potty Training

Ok, we’ve been “officially” potty train Jack for a full week now. He’s in undies all day long, except for nap time and bedtime. He’s yet to poop in the potty, only pee so far. He doesn’t like admitting when he has to pee and he’s had a few accidents. Typically he poops at nap time but only after he’s asleep.

Basically, I ask Jack about every 20 minutes if he needs to go potty, to which he responds either “NOOO” or “NO THANKS.” If it’s a “NO THANKS” I wait a few minutes and then ask again. If it’s a loud screeching “NOOO” I have to catch his little butt (because he’s running from me at this point) and carry him to the bathroom to pee and of course, he does.

Boy does he pee. My bathroom is a disgusting nightmare at the moment and I am not looking forward to scrubbing little boy pee off the bathroom floor on my hands and knees later this afternoon.

It’s a work in progress but in the meantime, we are saving money on pull ups so that’s something. I’m trying to make this transition to boy hood as easy as I can on Jack without feeling like a slacker. Jack is very sensitive and quick to admit to still being my baby, plus he’s very shy when he feels vulnerable.

I realize that Jack is 3-years-old and that other kids are potty trained by now, and Jack is also the size of a 5-year-old so the mom judgment is real. But Jack was also a preemie and has a habit of tackling each new milestone on his own terms. Usually, he waits until I’m at my wit’s end though.

Anyone else out there in the middle of potty training?

Share your pain below.


My Photography Journey

When I set out as a photographer back in 2010 I hadn’t used a camera much before. I had been spending my time in front of the camera mostly, as a model.

I took photography as an elective back in high-school (2005) and I would spend class time posing for other students. My own photos were downright terrible and never exposed properly, or in focus. When final grades came around my instructor was kind enough to issue me a passing grade under the condition that I would never attempt photography again.

Fast forward to 2010, when I decided to try my hand at photography, after becoming fed up with the photographers in my area who were photographing models as a means to get laid, and toting their cameras around as if they were an extension of their man hood.

I found myself desperately seeking creativity in my life as well as a sense of control. Photography continues to give me both of these things.

I started with my Olympus E-PL1 back in October of 2010. At first, I only took photos around the house. My goal was to build my portfolio as a portrait photographer and I eventually found a local model to work with.

I would like to take this opportunity to reflect back on that first photo shoot and compare that work to my most recent because I haven’t given up, I continue to develop as a photographer, while still placing value in the work I am currently doing.

Below, are two photos, on the left is a photo from my first shoot and on the right is a photo from my most recent session. Both photos were shot outdoors in challenging natural lighting and both photos were processed using Adobe software.

I definitely see an improvement, and that feels good. It feels like I have achieved something by not giving up on photography, by not listening to that teacher over a decade ago who told me not to bother anymore.

Do any of you have a similar experience to share?

Feel free to post in the comments.