Silver Lining

November 24, 2015

a walk in our favorite park

I think I can safely say this is the golden time to be living in Arizona. The heat has subsided, and being outdoors among the palm trees and mild weather is, for me, ideal. It's just chilly enough to throw on a thick cardigan in the morning, and then peel down to our t-shirts for the afternoon. We haven't turned on our air conditioning for a few weeks, and we love to throw open all the windows and let the fresh air in.

Our days are full of sunshine and about two trips a day to the park. The draw of being outside these days is not lost on Claire. I should count how many times per day she says, "S'outside? S'outside?" In fact, she basically only asks for three things: eat, pass (pacifier), and s'outside.

I try to oblige her, because I love being outside too, and because I still can't get over the fact that I'm getting a sandal tan in the end of November. We love hopping in the car and driving to discover a new park, or frequent an old favorite park, a few times a week.

These pictures are from our recent discovery of Kiwanis Park near our house. There's a lake, a playground (with that cool soft spongy ground!) and there are hordes of very assertive ducks. What more could you want?

 We walked around Kiwanis for more than an hour that afternoon, until the sun went down and we had to come home. It was the best break from school and work.
Can you get over this gorgeous succulent? (Thanks to one of my Instagram readers for correctly identifying this as an artichoke agave!) It almost looks like a painting.

 ^^Sometimes Sam and I briefly entertain the idea of living far away from everyone else in the country. But I don't think we could do it. We love living near people! And Target. We love living near Target. ;) And we absolutely love living near lots of parks and hiking trails and beautiful natural monuments.

This is where the Trust for Public Lands comes in. I can't believe all the hard work this organization does to keep our lands protected and accessible to the public. Parks and natural monuments are too precious to loose. Not to get all Ann Perkins on you, but I think it's important to stand up for the parks and public spaces you love if you want to preserve the nature near you.
Click here to create a postcard for the #OurLand movement, and to watch inspiring video clips. I made my postcard this morning!

And now I'm taking the rest of the week off to enjoy some time with my family! Wishing you the very happiest of Thanksgiving weeks, and I can't wait to share exciting content with you next week.

P.S. This giveaway for Freshly Picked moccasins ends tonight!
P.P.S. I only have two Christmas mini-session openings left for my Utah readers. Details here!

Thank you to the Trust for Public Land for sponsoring today's post. And thank you to my readers for always being so generous in reading and supporting the brands that support my family.

November 20, 2015

Recent Shoots (+ Christmas Minis!)

Today I wanted to share a few pictures from some photoshoots I've been doing lately. Now that I'm a few weeks into Silver Lining Photography, I feel like I'm starting to get my sea legs and establish more of a routine in my shoots and in my editing process. It's a huge learning curve, but I'm so thrilled to be doing what I love every day.

A few little glimpses of the Skidmore family:
The Snow family:

I've also been photographing lots of bloggers! I love chatting about blogs with them in between locations, and I also love how comfortable and experienced they are in front of the camera.

Janssen of Everyday Reading

Jessica of The J Petite

Michelle of The Witty Wardrobe

And my styled shoot with Robin of Penn and Quill (you've seen lots of glimpses of this one on Silver Lining Photography's instagram:

I also want to announce something I'm super excited about: Christmas mini-sessions in Utah!

All about your mini-session: Each session will be 30 minutes long, which is enough time to get the smiling Christmas card photo, some relaxed lifestyle pictures, and individual pictures of yourself and your babies. Each shoot will result in 20 high-res images in both color and black & white, with full print release. I have a few beautiful outdoor locations in mind, but if you have somewhere specific I am willing to accommodate! I'm also willing to shoot with props, if you want a themed Christmas card photo. And the best part - you'll get your pictures back in only two days! Each session is $75. (Add a $10 fee if you have more than 5 people in your family, or if you want to shoot in Salt Lake County.)

Schedule (this will be updated throughout the day as sessions are booked):

UTAH VALLEY (all sessions at 3:30pm)
December 15
December 16
December 17
December 18
December 19
December 21

I also have a morning and afternoon shoot available in Cache Valley, Utah, on December 26.

Aaaand we've reached the end of the massive picture and information dump. Whew!

Text, email or Facebook message me if you'd like to claim a mini-session spot! I would truly love to work with you and capture beautiful pictures of your families.

Want to be friends with Silver Lining Photography?

November 18, 2015

Freshly Picked GIVEAWAY!!

I'm so excited to share my absolute favorite mocc shop with you today. You guessed it: an off-brand from China of questionable legality whose shoes ship in only 47-63 weeks and break the first time you put them on your child's foot. All you have to do is fax over your bank account info, your drivers license, and swear allegiance to the People's Republic of China for the rest of your life!

Yeah right, you guys. No way. It's Freshly Picked! Honestly, I can't say enough good things about this company. Freshly Picked moccasins are without a doubt the highest quality moccasins I've seen.

 ^^Empty bike rack or toddler-sized playground? Claire picks playground.

Claire wears a pair of Freshly Picked moccs almost every day, rain or shine, to church or on the playground. They last through absolutely anything. At one point they were the only pair of shoes that would fit on Claire's super fat feet (and trust me, we tried a lot of shoes!).
 ^^Those curls. Heart eyes forever.

^^You know winter has arrived in Arizona when you have to wear tights under your short-sleeve dress. ;)

I also follow the CEO, Susan Petersen, on social media, and the story of how she worked so hard to build a quality brand name out of nothing is so inspiring to me. Now, her brand has been featured on Shark Tank and Ellen, and on the feet of a ton of celebrity babies. She's one of my greatest examples of female entrepreneurs and powerful, generous girlbosses.

^^After our photoshoot with these moccs, I happened to glance over at Claire and she was doing this pose. YOU GUYS. The fashion blogger pose! I about died laughing. Modeling is her calling!

Today I wanted to give away one pair of soft soled Freshly Picked moccasins of the winner's size and color choice to an awesome winner! The only fine print is that you have to live in the US and you can't have won a Freshly Picked giveaway in the last 60 days. Giveaway ends 11/24 at midnight.

May the odds be ever in your favor! (If you're reading on your phone, it's super easy to enter! Just click the link below to get started.)
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Thank you Freshly Picked for sponsoring today's post and giveaway. I received a pair of moccasins in exchange for this review, but as you can tell, my genuine love for their product is all my own.
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