I know that some of you out there are actually already getting snow right now while others are still basking in the warm temps of an Indian Summer.  Here in San Antonio after enduring a sweltering summer  with little to no rainfall we’ve  been blessed with a bounty of rain and nice cool temps and I couldn’t be happier about that!  My lawn & plants are so happy and we’ve already made pots of chili and vegetable soup, enjoyed many good football games and the velour tracksuits are back out and in full use again, yay!  Today the boys are home from school for Columbus Day so I’ve decided to spend the day pulling out my Fall decorations out of the attic so we can enjoy them till Thanksgiving.  I don’t go over the top but just add enough to lend a pretty golden/orange/brown flair to the house which blends nicely with my sage & cranberry decor.  I’ll post some pics soon if you’d like but for now, enjoy this plethora of Autumn Inspiration I found over at flickr.  If these gorgeous photos don’t get you in the mood for Fall, I don’t know what would.

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Thank GOODNESS as of now it looks like the weather is going to be PERFECT for the mini-sessions coming up this weekend…….sunny & 75 degrees, yay!  I still have that one spot open at 3:30pm on sunday if anyone wants it.  I’m thrilled that my good friend Kristin will be joining me on sunday to help out, be a point of contact for clients who show up while I’m busy shooting, help w/posing, lend a helping hand w/the reflector when needed and keep the Starbucks flowin’ on a lovely sunday afternoon!  I’m SO thrilled to have her there and know you will all love her too.  Again, if you are scheduled for a mini-session I will be contacting you this week to confirm but if you want to go ahead and confirm now by leaving a comment that’d be great.  Thanks for the positive feedback on the holiday cards too, I’ve already gotten some orders which is just awesome!  Happy Fall Y’all!!!

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I know that some of you out there are actually already getting snow right now while others are still basking in the warm temps of an Indian Summer.  Here in San Antonio after enduring a sweltering summer  with little to no rainfall we’ve  been blessed with a bounty of rain and nice cool temps and I couldn’t be happier about that!  My lawn & plants are so happy and we’ve already made pots of chili and vegetable soup, enjoyed many good football games and the velour tracksuits are back out and in full use again, yay!  Today the boys are home from school for Columbus Day so I’ve decided to spend the day pulling out my Fall decorations out of the attic so we can enjoy them till Thanksgiving.  I don’t go over the top but just add enough to lend a pretty golden/orange/brown flair to the house which blends nicely with my sage & cranberry decor.  I’ll post some pics soon if you’d like but for now, enjoy this plethora of Autumn Inspiration I found over at flickr.  If these gorgeous photos don’t get you in the mood for Fall, I don’t know what would.

fall inspiration

Thank GOODNESS as of now it looks like the weather is going to be PERFECT for the mini-sessions coming up this weekend…….sunny & 75 degrees, yay!  I still have that one spot open at 3:30pm on sunday if anyone wants it.  I’m thrilled that my good friend Kristin will be joining me on sunday to help out, be a point of contact for clients who show up while I’m busy shooting, help w/posing, lend a helping hand w/the reflector when needed and keep the Starbucks flowin’ on a lovely sunday afternoon!  I’m SO thrilled to have her there and know you will all love her too.  Again, if you are scheduled for a mini-session I will be contacting you this week to confirm but if you want to go ahead and confirm now by leaving a comment that’d be great.  Thanks for the positive feedback on the holiday cards too, I’ve already gotten some orders which is just awesome!  Happy Fall Y’all!!!

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  • Kristin - It’ll be so much fun and I can’t wait to meet everyone. BTW, fall threw up at my house. There isn’t a surface that isn’t covered. It’s rather tacky, but hey, so am I.

For the first time I am offering clients custom Christmas cards this year at Brown-Eyed Girl Photography.  Here’s how it works……if you’ve done a session w/me within the past year and would like to order cards, just let me know which image from your session you’d like to use on your card & what you’d like for it to say, it’s THAT easy!  If you haven’t done a session with me yet but would like to order cards, I am currently offering mini-sessions which includes a 30 minute session and 25 Christmas cards for $150.  The cards themselves will cost $40 for 25 cards or $75 for 50.  The cards can be printed on standard, art or pearl paper and are printed by my professional printing company so they are of the highest standard.  The cards will be 5×7″ in size and will be printed on one side so you can write a message on the reverse side if you wish and white envelopes are included.  Here are your choices:

1. Golden Damask

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2. Blue Damask

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3. Green “Joy”

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4. Red Tri-photo

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5. Beige “Peace and Love”

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6. White “Fa-la-la”

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8. Beige circle photo

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9. Linen “Peace”

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I can customize the cards for by changing fonts, font colors and can also add a short sentiment or Bible scripture to personalize your card if you’d like!  I will be accepting photo session bookings until November 22 but will be taking a much-needed break from Thanksgiving until New Years to spend time with my mom & family.  If you have any questions please comment below or contact me through the link at the top of the page. 

For my mini-session clients coming up next weekend, I will be contacting you to confirm your date & time or you may comment below to go ahead and confirm if you wish.  I have one time slot available on sunday the 18th at 3:30pm so if you’d like that spot, please let me know!  Thanks so much & remember, 77 days till Christmas!!!

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  • Dawn Ramkissoon (rn4jchrist) - LOVE all the cards! especially the damask!!

  • Kristin - Those look fantastic!

Let me paint the picture for you……..lovely country farm that’s been in the family since the early 1900s, rolling green pastures, dozens of cattle, tin buildings, hay bales, windmills & cool old rusty farm equipment everywhere you look all lit up by lovely late-September evening daylight.  It was such a lovely serene setting for Ryan & Peggy’s family & engagement photo shoot and I felt right at home there.  See, I was raised on a farm too so having to watch out for and step over a few cow patties in my flip-flops didn’t phase me a bit!  Lol.  We were blessed with dry cool temps and although it was a bit breezy we made it work and I just had the best time.  Enjoy your sneak peeks, Guys, and thank you for the privilidge of being your photographer! 

Family Portrait.  I fell in LOVE with that barn, just look at all of those yummy textures!

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Definitely wanted to take advantage of the great big hay bales so we put the  kiddos up there

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Ring shot for the happy couple! 

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They totally worked it, LOVE that! 

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There’s just something about windmills that I love.  I think I’ve found my new favorite place to shoot.  Nevermind that someone actually lives on the property, think they’d mind if I brought some clients around every now & then??!  Haha.  It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago none of the lush green grass existed & everything was dry & desolate as we were in the midst of a major drought.  Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

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  • Kristin - Those are fantastic!! I’m wondering if they would let us use the farm for some of our pictures in the future. Those are amazing!

  • Peggy - Thanks for the peek. They look good so far, I can’t wait to see the others. I’m so anxious to see what they will look like. Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to work with you.

  • Ryan - Thank you Jana! Can’t wait to see the rest… You are awesome.

  • Chasity Furse - i love those hay bales! such a cute idea!!! they are an adorable couple!

  • kelley - Hey! Luv the pics!!!!! cant believe how the kids have grown. you all look beautiful! We love and miss you all!!! Kelley

Having 3 sons I thought it inevitable that they’d play sports, especially considering my husband was athletic and although I was only “ok” at playing sports I am excellent at watching them!  All 3 boys are so different and it’s been interesting watching them grow & evolve into their own individual personalities with their own likes and dislikes.  Our oldest who is 16 tried pretty much all sports growing up and played baseball till be was 12 or so then once he discovered band that was IT for him and it is his primary passion & activity these days.  Thankfully his high school and our town in general embraces the band program and therefore it’s just A-MAZING.  I mean really, they have their own semi-truck painted black w/the band’s logo on the side of it for the love of pete.  Our middle son is very much like my father was, very easy-going almost passive and can do just about anything he sets his mind to.  A jack of all trades but master of none (like his mother too!) and I say this out of love.  He’s tried just about everything you can imagine however has yet to find that ONE thing that rocks his world and is something he wants to do again and again and again.  He used to love paintballing & skateboarding and we have all the necesary equipment to prove it however he’s ready to move on from those activities, think he’s simply outgrowing them now that he’s in high school, and it’s my earnest prayer that he’ll find his niche.  Son #3 has found definitely found his niche, for now anyway, and that is baseball.  Since he was a little guy he’s loved it and I keep wondering if he’ll move onto something else but so far that hasn’t happened…..thankfully!  I’m thrilled to have at least one boy who is still involved in sports and therefore I’ll support him 110% although it does dominate huge chunks of our weekends at times and means Mama sits for hours and hours at practices however I try to remind myself that this is temporary and that these rascals will be out of the house on their own before we know it.  B is on a new team this fall, a select team where all the boys actually want to be there and want to become better players, which is nice so I brought my camera along to their tournament last season to take a few photos so you, too, could see what takes up so much of my time! 

My future Hall-of-Famer!

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Watching his teammate bat, waiting his turn.

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Trying to bring his teammate home from 3rd base.

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All of the shots had to  be taken through chain-link fence which was, um, a challenge to say the least when dealing w/a big honkin’ camera & lens but I’d get up the fence and poke the end of the lens through one of the openings of the fence as best as I could.  Hopefully their next tournament will be at fields which are more photographer-friendly!!

A quick thanks for all the sweet birthday wishes yesterday whether it was through Facebook, Twitter, emails, texts, calls, etc.  I love all of you and you sure know how to make a girl feel special!  ((hugs))

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  • Kristin - How wonderful to have 3 very different gentlemen in your life. You are so very, very blessed.

  • Kris - Hi, Jana: I love the baseball photos. I hope your birthday was happy and that you celebrated in a special way. From one of your SB little sisters 😉

Good monday morning to you, hope your’s is off to a great start and you’re sipping on some yummy coffee or tea while browsing blogs & the web.  We had a busy but good weekend.  Spent the better part of mine at the baseball fields in Boerne cheering on my 11 yr old and his teammates through 3 defeats which wasn’t easy however we were blessed with pretty weather so my summer tan was revived and we got a mega-dose of vitamin D while sitting outside for hours & hours.  Hung w/some neighborhood friends saturday night (thanks Michele!) and cleaned my house like a crazed woman yesterday so all in all I’d say it was a nice productive couple of days.  I promised I’d share Creed pics if I got any and unfortunately the only one I have is one provided to us by their fan club who ran the Meet & Greet we attended.  Overall they ran the show pretty well and it was an awesome experience although it was over with all too quickly!  We were right up front on the floor for the show smashed in the middle of hundreds of other folks but it’s always a fun & wild experience being so close to the “action”.  Anyway, here we are with Creed before the show…….I was so giddy & excited (that’s me in the middle, the other girl is my friend, Deirdre), does it show?  Lol. 

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I also want to tell you about something pretty darned cool.  Maile Wilson of Relish Photography is a local photographer here in San Antonio (she’s the gal who took my bio pic above!) and she is launching something verrrrrrrry exciting!  It’s been her dream for the past couple of years to come up with a fashionable & functional bag for photographers to carry their valuable equipment around in.  We’ve all been there where you’re stuffing your camera & lenses down in your purse, wrapping it up in a t-shirt or anything else you can find to attempt to protect it because you don’t want to lug your big camera bag somewhere.  Well, now you can have both…….a cute purse which is ALSO your camera bag!  She made the big announcement yesterday and will be launching the website in a few weeks but for now, you can get the 411 here: http://dailyrelish.squarespace.com/  She showed us her prototype a while back which was awesome & I was SO excited that she’s making it big enough to carry everything in, even the bigger lenses such as the 70-200mm.  Score!!  Here they are…..

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I’m off & running this monday morning trying to get “chores” done so I can hopefully sit & craft the rest of the day today & tomorrow.  I have 2 weeks to get 3 swaps completed & sent for Silver Bella (http://www.teresamcfayden.typepad.com/silverbella/) and I haven’t even started on them yet so it’s time to get crackalackin on those!!  Thankfully I kept my photography load light this week because of my birthday tomorrow (hint hint!!).  I wanted to be able to take some time & relax and it’s been so long since I’ve allowed myself time to sit down & be creative with paper, glue, glitter, etc so I think some artsy time will be just the ticket for me.  Here is one of the swaps I did last yr which was a big hit:

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I temporarily lost my mind and signed up for 2 soldered charm swaps last yr and ended up having to make over 25 charms when I had never soldered before in my life!  Talk about a quick crash course but it was just the motivation I needed to make myself sit & learn to finally do it.  I found the strings of old rhinestones on an old gown at my local Goodwill store and just glued them on.  This yr I’m only doing one charm swap along w/4 others.  Yes, I have a problem saying no.  In case you haven’t heard of Silver Bella, here’s a little crash-course photo collage I made that pretty much encompasses everything Silver Bella is about:

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Go check out Maile’s bags & have a great day!!

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  • Jemellia - Looks like you had a lot of fun! I have 2 swaps in which I am participating that I need to start and mail!!

  • Jen - i LOVE these bags!!! i am so in the market for a cute and functional bag like this! TFS!

  • Kristin - Those bags are fan-freakin-tastic! I want the red one and I still have a pitiful point and shoot! Glitter and creativity are always good. One day *sigh* one day I’ll get to Silver Bella.

  • Linda - Happy Birthday Jana of the Jungle!!!

  • meg duerksen - hello! i came over from maile’s link. i love those bags. my birthday was last week too. 🙂 i am going to silver bella this year! i have NO IDEA what to expect. at all.
    any advice?

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