Another Year Starts Now

Another year gone, another year begins.  This year has taught me a few things-like the importance of remaining humble. The importance of using my talents to truly help people and put a smile in their hearts as well as their faces. This year has taught me that not every year is going to be a “win” and thats ok-as long as you push harder next year to reach those goals. Goals-have them, aim high-don’t give them up. I have learned that being a creative means my mind will wander-and i will let it because it means discovery. Discovering something new, something old or unexpected and those journeys will only help me be better.

I have learned more about challenging myself and being organized and i learned most importantly, to love myself a little more each day.

Happy New Year-may this next one rock!

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The Back Story Of JMI &Your Boudoir Photographer

Learning a camera is like riding a bike right? psssh, no. Who knew that you could choose to shoot RAW or jpeg, or both for that matter! Wait a minute, ISO is in the camera and i don't have to buy special film for it. Ok, so editing is done in the lightroom-where did the darkroom go? When it has been that long since you have set your attention to something, and it has changed that drastically, it is an insane amount of new old information you have to learn. Not to mention now there are editing programs that you need to learn and all these nifty tools. WHEW! My free time, even to this day, is spent learning and trying out new techniques. Never stop learning.

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International Launch with Obscurae Magazine

Last year you found JMI in Philosophie Boudoir Magazine for The Association of International Boudoir Photographers, this year, we haven't even made it through the first quarter of the year and i am so VERY excited to let you know, we can now be found in the awesome 1st Edition of Obscurae Magazine. An international magazine featuring artists that go beyond the fashion box-and really beyond all boxes-and embrace the unordinary while keeping it beautiful. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be apart of this, and look forward to seeing how the magazine grows. I will share with you the images that made it in the magazine and if you want to see how fantastic they look in the magazine themselves, You can check out the entire over 100 page issue at joomag. I start on page 50! If you want to purchase the magazine for $3, follow this link!

Thank you to the wonderful friends that allow me to create such fun pieces for them.

 

Balancing Act of a Business Mom and Organizing

Here's what my day looks like generally: Wake up. No Really, wake up. breakfast, teeth, kids-eat your breakfast. Sit back down! No cartoons, get dressed, brushed teeth. Homework..what day is it? ok, off to school. Don't run around, we are late again. Get in the car. Derek, get. in. the. car!  ok, start buckling up while i get Bre settled. shut door, Derek's side-Why aren't you buckled yet?" buckle him, then me. car on, music up-"Mommy, can you put on *insert song of the morning*" sing and laugh. Hope he doesn't fight too much when i drop him off. "don't go!" the mini fight begins, teacher grabs him so i can go. Always a fight. back in car more buckling, more driving, more singing. home. Bre's tv and play time, emails, work list...make list. answer questions. Remember to work on my book. Morning snack for Bre. diaper change. Man i really need to potty train this little chicklet. Ok, retouch work? get started. facebook distraction. work. oh crap, time to pick up Derek. Car, buckling, singing, driving, pick up, chat time, car again, buckles again, more singing. mailbox, lunchtime, Bre has nap time. Derek has game time. work. lightroom, photoshop, facebook, (obviously too much time spent there,) afternoon snack because my kids are 'STARVING!' (always hungry.) what is for dinner-i'll think about that shortly. sit down, work. photoshop. check emails, work. oh no. Dinner, i forgot dinner again....ugh frozen pizza! or raviolis or...ugh. dishes. gotta do the dishes. damn laundry-it never ends! ok Dinner for real. Hubby is home. Eat dinner, stare at the dishes wishing we had a maid and butler at all times. tubby time, brush teeth, kisses and hugs, it's 7-Bre's bedtime. Begin 20 min game of get out of bed and call to mommy until she comes back in for more cuddles. Repeat 1-3 times. Whew, breath. Derek's bedtime-who's night to read? ok, kids asleep...relax. Just kidding. Dishes. work. work. oh look a facebook notification...stupid distractions., work. cookie break. Back to work. ok, what time is it? oh crap midnight-i should go to bed...just edit one more...dammit 1am, how'd that happen. Bre's up-tuck back into bed. kiss on the forehead-goodnight.  

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DIY: White Light and Sheers Background

Why yes, it is as easy as it sounds. This do it yourself project may take you 10 mins to set up and cost you anywhere from nothing to $20. 

Things i used:

white lights from big lots. 2 boxes @ $6 each

Sheers from Ikea: they come in pairs for $5 a set. I have a ton of them, but you can use 2 sets and be good to go, (even 1 set if you must)

I already had a wire hanging thing from Ikea BUT you can totally use those clear push pin things if you have to! I'm not judging-i use them ALL the time for stuff-i even hang pictures with them. 

I hung the sheers first, then un winded the lights so they would be all twisted. Followed by draping them almost to floor and back up again stretching them out a bit as i went. plugged it in and well...i was done. 

DIY lighted backdrop-for anyone, not just 'pros'

You check out a sample of a family portrait session using this same background setup as i have here...HERE. 

Super Simple. Try it with colored lights, and add a baseboard to make it look like an actual wall if you want. i used the sheers as a sort of "snow" as well because hey, here in florida, we happen to lack that cold white stuff!!

DIY Bonus Idea: You may see the kids blowing something "snow like" that is bean bag filler! Just make sure you aren't using it around babies or kids who will try to eat it-that stuff is toxic. 

I would love to see what you come up with, share with me your links to what you come up with in the comments below! 

Why Are all the Santas Different? and other Santa Questions.

So its way into holiday time...actually only 2 days until Christmas that i write this. My kids are watching their morning cartoons, i am trying to wake up, and across my facebook newsfeed i read about a friend who's daughter asked her Why all the Santas she sees are different. I thought the blog would be a good place to answer this honest and oh so innocent question. 

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10 {CHEAP} Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

TAG! You're it! You shouldn't have commented or liked it...you fell into a trap, its a game! The person who commented or liked has to choose one of the following to put on their timeline... 1) The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. 2) I'm an angry Elf! 3) A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. 4) I'm secretly in love with Santa Claus...mmmm, i wanna ruffle that white beard between my toes! 5) I just like to smile! Smiling's my favorite. 6) Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip! 7) I flipped off an elf today! 8.) Santa Claus has the right idea - visit people only once a year! 9) I cheated on my ex with one of Santa's elves in Dobbies toilets! 10) I just saw a man running down my street wearing only a Santa hat! You have to play and can't tell anyone its a game (only forward this message if they like/comment). Merry Christmas!! HAHAAHA!!!

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Bahama Mama from Tampa

2 day Bahamas Cruise via carnival funship? Why yes, i think i will. 

If you know me, you know i love food. The first night i ordered 2 appetizers, 3 entrees, and 2 desserts.. Yes. I am a fat ass. one of the dishes didn't work out so well, but i had 2 others to eat...and i did. The tilapia was really great and the hot chocolate molten dessert things was an orgasm in your mouth. OMG it was amazing. Creme Brulee was really very good as well.

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Defining Your Body Type & Picking out Lingerie {Part 1} Tampa Boudoir Photographer

Every woman hits a bump in the road at some point when it comes to looking for lingerie. Where do i shop? What do i get? What's my real size? Color....sigh. it's overwhelming when finding the perfect piece(s) for your sexy time collection. J Morgan Images is here to help you out. Figure out your body type and your size will make you look and feel better just to start off!

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The Tuesday Night Crew {Tampa Boudoir Photographer}

The Tuesday Night Crew is a ragtag bunch of photographers from all walks of life and varied interests in the photo world that somehow fit together to complete and awesome puzzle together that simply works. 

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