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Fall Family Selfies…

I love fall. Everything about it. The crisp weather and the smell of the heater first being turned on after a long hiatus. Breaking out my winter coats and sipping pumpkin spiced lattes in my slippers. Colorful falling leaves and the glow of the holiday season illuminating new memories about to be made. Friends gather and cheer is shared in the forms of decadent food and a variety of mixed spirits. It is a season for random acts of kindness and giving. By far, without a doubt, my favorite time of year. Immediately following the New Year, I routinely fall into a post holiday depression knowing it will be an entire year before I can belt out holiday tunes while burning a plethora of pine and pumpkin scented candles and carrying out traditions with my children. I am a bonafide holiday loving freak.


Now that I am completely off task, what I came here to share today was an experience I had attempting to get fall photos of my family. I was getting insanely jealous of all the photos I’ve been taking for other families and kids and was desperate to get some of my own family…with ME in them. Being behind the camera all the time is awesome. Except for the fact that there are NO pictures of me with my own family. I really don’t want the kids to look at our family albums in the years to come and wonder “where was mom”? I know us mothers cringe at having photos taken of ourselves as we never feel we look quite as beautiful, skinny, young, yadda yadda yadda as we should. I gave up caring how imperfect I was long ago, but golly I want to be in some pictures with my husband and kids! As a photographer, I long for the days when I can fly to West Virginia and have someone like Lisa Lucky shoot my family photos, but for now, I relied on my self timer and tripod to try to catch some memories that included the 4 of us (sorry Dodger, maybe next time).


Herein lies some problems. My remote chose not to work consistently so I was stuck with having to set the self timer and RUN to meet the rest of the clan in the hopes that for 1/250th of a second we could all be “photographable”. That’s my new word. Setting the camera manually means that if I got all my settings perfect and miraculously made it to where my family was positioned, the image would be perfect. Click click yes! Ahhhh… You can’t believe how fast a toddler can fly off the handle into meltdown mode or how quickly an 11 month old can rip her hat off her head revealing bed head pigtails or how my husband can move just a few inches throwing off the focus. Back to the tripod. Again and again. And again. I don’t care if my kids don’t look at the camera as long as I am capturing a memorable moment. What does bother me is when my toddler has rebelliously buried his face in his vest and looks like the headless horseman. To end my rambling, here’s what I got. Not near the vision I had in mind but with my precocious little ones…I know well enough to go with the flow and hope for miracles. If you are a mom with a camera and are never in any pics…go take some NOW! Set the timer and run! You’ll be glad you did. Happy holidays everyone!


My family- 2011



And for your viewing pleasure…some outtakes. Shot in RAW and completely unedited and out of focus so don’t judge.

November 21, 2011 - 4:25 am

Melody Serrano - Love these Jo! You did an amazing job! ~ Your friend from cm. 🙂

November 21, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Leslie - These are really cute. You would never know you did them with a timer.

November 22, 2011 - 3:28 am

Felicia McTernan - These came out fantastic and I LOVE the out takes. Great job!

The Little Girl With a Curl~Clark Family Diaries

I decided to dedicate tonight’s post to my darling daughter who has turned into a top rated contestant for “America’s Most Active Baby”. The show has not gone live yet but when it does, place your bets on her for she will not let you down. In this post I am also paying homage to the inventor of the crib with its blessed containment bars and prison-like control. I can always count on it to give me an uninterrupted 3 minute shower or to edit 2 pictures without her hands banging on the keyboard resulting in subjects with 5 limbs. I can not believe my calm and quiet self has given birth to something so boisterous. Here’s a little nursery rhyme I thought of today that my mom used to recite to me:

There was a little girl who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead;
When she was good, she was very, very good,
And when she was bad she was horrid.

Good ol’ Mother Goose…always had a way with words. I’m replacing the word “horrid” in this rhyme with a much more fitting description of “torrid” which means emotionally charged and vigorously energetic. And look it rhymes too. Bonus! Without further adieu, a little capturing of our “everyday”. Torrid daughter meets cell block 9.

Look at her trying to chew her way through the restraints.

I call this one, “I like big thighs and I can not lie”!

Heaven help me. Thank goodness she’s cute.

October 14, 2011 - 9:31 pm

Megan - So cute Jo! Kaydence and blu are two peas in a pod. Her latest is climbing everything. Yesterday I walked out for seconds and came back to find her standing in the middle of the dinning room table.

Love the pix! Can’t wait to get together.

October 18, 2011 - 2:48 am

Amanda Keeys - Hehe this made me laugh 🙂 She’s adorable, behind “bars” and all.

Ode to Smashing Pumpkins

Today is the greatest…Day I’ve never known…Can’t wait for tomorrow…”
It seems as if I’ve had this song stuck in my head for like 2 years now. As sappy as this may sound, my kiddos, hubby, and our pet Dodger make my life worth living and the days seem to get better and better with them in it. I felt compelled to write a blog post on our day at the beach today just because it symbolizes the sweet simplicity that has become my life. The surrealistic marine layer added to the calming mood of the morning, strolling the same beach my husband has for all of his life. I want for nothing more than to hold on to this feeling of completion and serenity. I will even happily deal with the aftermath of sand in the bed if I get to feel this way forever.

I call this one “predator and prey”.

September 20, 2011 - 11:59 pm

Nicole - My favorite post of yours to date. Love the soft colors and peaceful mood of your images. And the adorable kids don’t hurt the equation!

September 21, 2011 - 12:55 am

Jenny - So precious, this makes my heart melt! Amazing shots!

September 21, 2011 - 6:13 pm

Alicia - I love these. I love the simplicity of them. No props. No ‘staging’. Just the kids and my favorite dog, ever. You’re a natural and born for this profession. Enjoy the ride my friend! Now…. let’s do another photo shoot 🙂