Blaine July 4th {Parade}

Here are a few photos from the Blaine, WA Fourth of July parade. I didn’t take a whole bunch mainly because I wanted to really enjoy the parade and being constantly behind the camera doesn’t always allow you to be fully present. Fellow photogs I’m sure you can sympathize with me here. So anyhoo here’s what I got….Last year was my first time visiting during this season and I obviously enjoyed it enough to come back again this year!This little town was packed!! They have an open car show with some really awesome cars. There are tons of things for the kids, free live music, great food, and vendors galore! Oh and did I mention the perfect weather, nothing but blue skies and a cool breeze!And it begins with the most important thing…a tribute to our military….past, present, and fallen.As they walked carrying the banners of the fallen soldiers they were surrounded by the sounds of everyone…I mean EVERYONE…standing and clapping them on. The most moving thing I’ve ever witnessed hands down.

I loved the horses!!Then came all the cool old trucks and cars.ย Afterwards we stopped and bought some roasted nuts. Oh my….they were fantastic!!My sister and niece.Hey look that’s me!They bought us matching shirts!!And to complete my Fourth of July outfit, my blue/white striped Toms. The edit makes them look washed out but they’re a darker blue. I got lots of compliments about them! Thanks Katie from Sobo Fashion Lounge in Fort Worth, TX. If you need Toms go see her!!

Hope you too had a wonderful holiday!!

Washington Reminder

Just wanted to remind any Washington readers out there that I do have time to take on some sessions while I am here. After driving around now for over a week I’m dying for a photo shoot! There are so many ideas running through my mind!

Offer only available until July 21, 2012. Please try and book a week in advance if possible. Whatcom County area.

If you would like to pass this information on to friends/family please use this link:ย http://linnyjo.zenfolio.com/washingtonย  It takes you to my website rather than this post. Thank you so much! Looking forward to taking some great photos while I’m in this beautiful place!!

Travel Deals {WA State Only}

I can finally say in 7 days I’ll be on my way to see my sister!!! One week baby!! I’ve been looking forward to this for months now and pretty soon I’ll be leaving the Texas heat for my water front getaway….sorry Texas peeps!

Funny enough I just received a call last week from the wonderful family that I met and took photos for last year. We’re gearing up to update the family photo…can’t wait!!

I am offering special, WA only, photo packages just for my trip. Here are the details:

$95

(3) 8x10s (3) 5x7s and a bonus gift

$120

(1) 11×14 (4) 8x10s (4) 5x7s and a bonus gift

 

If you are interested in hiring me please email at linnyjodesigns@ymail.com with a potential date that you would like to reserve. Typically I ask for a deposit but since the prices are so low I’m asking for the entire session be paid for in advance to reserve your date. I want to make absolute sure that I’m not wasting a vacation day with my family for a client who may or may not show up. I know you’ll show up, but it will put my mind at ease if we play by the rules ๐Ÿ™‚

I really hope to meet more people on my extended visit. I really love it up there. Oh my geez….before I go on and forget one of the most important sessions I hope to do up there….SENIOR 2013!!! I have a wonderful senior package and know that most schools require seniors to have their sessions completed early (new to me, please correct me if I’m wrong). Please email me for further info on Senior 2013 photo sessions. Photographing seniors is so different and fun than anything else I photograph!! I’ll be there for 5 weeks so I can definitely fit you in! So go shopping, get your props ready and let’s have some fun!!

Please note that if you are in Canada I can travel to you or vise versa. So all you near Blaine, WA like White Rock, Langley, Surrey, Delta….you’re within decent driving distance. However, I only take US dollars hehe! ๐Ÿ™‚

Washington…and Canada….I’ll be seeing you real soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ready to Go!

It’s finally official! Meaning, the tickets have been bought! I’ll be in Washington for 5 whole weeks this summer!!! I leave June 19th and return July 24th. I am so beyond ready for a change of scenery and to see my family up there!! Yes, to any family/friends reading this down here, I will miss you! But geez I see YOU all the time! haha

I leave from Dallas Love Field and layover in Albuquerque, NM long enough to hopefully use the restroom, get a bite to eat, and board. Then have a long flight to Sea/Tac where my sister will pick me up and we’ll begin the long 2 1/2 hr drive to Birch Bay. ย Total it’s about 6 hours of travel, not including the time change. When we get home my body will think it’s close to 11pm but it will actually be closer to 9pm.

Holy stinkin cow I can’t wait to get there!! I do plan on trying to get some paid sessions while I’m there. Not too many, but it’s so gorgeous up there I want to get a few. I did the last time I was there. I met a family at the pool who had just adopted a sweet little girl to add to the 3 boys they had of their own. I couldn’t help but strike up a conversation and ask if they had a full family photo since receiving their newest blessing. The mother, C, said no and we quickly started planning on how we would make this happen when we were both only in town to visit family for the 4th of July. Luckily we worked it out and had fun driving up to Semiahmoo Bay to take pictures.

This was our favorite from the session. They used it for their Christmas cards, too.

So if you’re reading this and will be in the Birch Bay area and would like to get together for a fun photo session then please shoot me an email!! I will be offering special introductory packages just for the trip! Wondering how it will work out since I’ll be so far from home? Well, fortunately I’m able to be completely mobile. I can order any products as I normally would and have them drop shipped to me up north where I can personally deliver them to you!

Want Ad {2013 HS Seniors}

Wanted: 2013 Seniors in High School

For: My senior reps

Requirements: Must be energetic, outgoing, friendly, personable, and camera ready!

Are you about to be a senior in high school? Do you love having your picture taken? Are you a nice, friendly person? Do you want to get a super discount on your senior photography session and have the option to earn more rewards? If you answered yes to those questions then I’m looking for you!!!

i will be needing several high school seniors to rep their schools for me!

What this means.

  • We will have a 30 min. mini session for you at an outdoor location with 2 outfits of your choosing prior to the beginning of school. (or as early as possible)
  • I will give you 5 watermarked images to display on any social media you use: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.
  • I will stock you with marketing materials to hand out to prospects at your high school.
  • You will earn an immediate 10% off your full senior session with me.
  • For the first 3 successful referrals you will earn an additional 10% off your full session.
  • Every referral after that earns you 1pt to spend in my store at different reward check points.

P.S. When things are going really good I love to throw in extra surprises!!

I will be needing reps for the following schools in Parker Co.

School

Number of Reps

Weatherford Christian

1

Aledo Christian

1

Victory Baptist Academy

1

Brock HS

2

Peaster HS

2

Trinity Christian Academy

2

Millsap

2

Aledo HS

3

Weatherford HS

3

If you are a senior and you don’t see your school listed but you are in or VERY near Parker Co. please contact me anyways!

As you can see space is very limited so contact me ASAP so we can meet and get things under way!

Please note that I will be out of town for a lot of the summer (end of June to end of July) so we would need to get the mini session done before I leave or in August when I return.

Serious inquiries only! Contracts will be involved and I will expect you to get referrals, let’s not waste our time, k?

And since I don’t want to leave on a negative note let me add that this is meant to be a really fun experience for you!! Your senior year is a very special time in your life and I don’t take that lightly. I’m here to make your senior session 100% YOU! I want to give you a complete custom session and prints/products that make you stand out from the crowd! I can’t wait to meet you!

Simply click the Contact link at the top of the page and send me an email telling me who you are, where you’re from & how much you want to earn photo rewards, discounts, and rep for me. Let me see that enthusiasm!!!

Something on the Horizon

Mount Baker and the Twin Sisters photo by LinnyJo

Wouldn’t you love to wake up, grab your cup of hot coffee, open the sliding door, and sit on your deck and see the view above? The air would be so cool and crisp you wrap your hands around the coffee mug feeding off the warmth. Every way you glance you can’t help but soak in all the natural elements, from the bay, the mountains, eagles searching for breakfast, to the sun slowly rising.ย Eagle sitting on top of a tree photo by LinnyJo

It’s the beginning of July and if there isn’t rain in the forecast you pretty much know the day will be perfect. Time to get ready for a leisurely bike ride around the neighborhood.

Okay, okay….enough with the daydreaming!!! Everything you just read was me experiencing Birch Bay, WA last summer. This small town Texas girl who knew nothing more of flat dry lands and summer temperatures that make you break out in dripping sweat the moment you walk outside. Heat so intense when you get in your car after its been sitting out all day it takes your breath away and you feel like you’d suffocate if the air conditioner didn’t kick in soon enough. Oh yea, air conditioners. You know they don’t typically even have those in houses in WA???

My sister and her family moved up there and bought a house not that many years ago, so I’ve had the pleasure of visiting as I choose. That really is their view front the deck in the morning!!

The reason I bring this subject up is, well, I miss this place like crazy!!! Also, I’m 95% sure that I’ll be spending ALL of July there this summer!! Yes, all of it. Don’t worry there will still be plenty of sizzling Texas summer waiting for me when I get back hahaha

My niece and I taking that bike ride through their neighborhood

The last trip I easily took over 1000 photos in my week’s visit. I can’t even try to guess at all the photos I’ll take over a month!! I hope to take in some paying sessions as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did last time and the family was so sweet. They had just adopted a little girl and I offered to take their first family portraits as a whole. This was a chance meeting as my niece and I were taking in some sun and fun at the community pool.

Family Portrait photo by LinnyJo

So as the time gets closer I’m sure you’ll be seeing more posts about my departure from Texas and see the excitement building ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot wait!