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Hello’s and Goodbye’s*Welcome to McKinney*

It has certainly been a while that I have written here. Life has gone on, we have finally moved and after a few hiccups are settling into our new house and are making it our new home. Life as always is pretty amazing with all of its ups and downs. During this move I have learned to let go a little more, to trust more, and to believe more. I had to let my husband buy our new home pretty much by himself without me seeing it. It wasn’t easy at times. It wasn’t easy just to trust and follow almost blindly, not knowing where we would really go. I havnt seen the city, the area, pretty much nothing. I packed our things up in Hutto, the moving day came and we left. Luckily to some amazing friends we had help. Not knowing, drove me nuts some days. But then again I remembered to just trust my instincts. When we arrived at our new home, I was speechless and the tears just started coming. I turned the key and more tears followed. Sometimes you just know in an instant that is has all been worth it, and that your feelings were right. Just when I married my husband 9 years ago. We had our 9th wedding anniversary just a few days ago.
We agreed on this move and new job for many reasons. More family time and a better life in general. We had the dreams of homeschooling our children for a while and now it is coming true. Life is full of surprises sometimes. Years ago I would have never dreamt of this, but this is exactly what we have wanted and I am beyond thankful and happy.

Im planning on booking sessions again soon. On request they will be available right now, so please email me and we might be able to already make an appointment. Officially I will start after the summer to give us a little more time to make this beautiful house our new home !

Thank you all for the support, the messages and comments, wherever you leave them. They are very much appreciated all of the time !

And now some images from the times of the move..before, after and now 🙂

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and now some iphone adventures from our new place. The time for much else hasn’t come up yet 😉

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A few ones I did manage to shoot with my Mark III baby ;))

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{Creativity Project} January Resolution

Our subject for this months Creativity Project.. Resolution !

      Well I am sure we all have them in some way shape or form. Many say no more resolutions for the new year, but deep inside we all have some things we would like to change. Deep down there are things we think we can do better, know we need to make situations or even relationships stronger. I didn’t want to make strict resolutions for the new year, but just like that they snuck up on me. Things mainly for myself, things that I have been putting of, things we don’t think we have the time for. Things that we simply just often forget but can be so important.

To me it has been setting priorities. Realizing what is really important once again, and also what I need to straighten up in my life to get where I, or better we (me and my family ) need and want to be. But as I like to say… let’s just get straight to the pictures and see what resolutions I came up with…

#1 More Fashion and style 😉

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#2 Being in more harmony with nature

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# 3 More platytime>

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 #4  More homecooked meals (even if its just pasta 😉 )

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#5  More exploring

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#6 More selfies and pictures with my family

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# 7  Enjoy the little luxuries of life more

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#8 More fun

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#9 More time for hugs

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# 10 a few more calm moments to breathe it all in

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So trying to keep up with all these resolutions, my time has been limited 🙂 . The projects due date came faster than expected (as always) ! But I hope you enjoyed my view on the theme, and will follow along in our circle
http://www.sandrajacksonphotography.com/blog !
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And you can always find me here too 🙂

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{Gratitude Project } December Bokeh

1P2B3130gpAnother month, another theme. With all the beauty in decmeber we decided to go with the BOKEH theme… okay for all you that need a quick ” WHATTHEHECKISTHAT ” this is what wikapedia has to say about it 🙂

In photography, bokeh (Originally play /ˈbkɛ/,[1] play /ˈbk/ BOH-kay — also sometimes heard as play /ˈbkə/ BOH-kə,[2] Japanese: [boke]) is the blur,[3][4] or the aesthetic quality of the blur,[5][6][7] in out-of-focus areas of an image. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.[8] However, differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—”good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively.[3] Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.

Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas.[3] However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.

So, basically it means a bunch of blurred something 🙂 That something, can often be really beautiful. Combined with the right subjects, the right backgrounds and especially light you can create some real magic. You will create lots more bokeh if you shoot in manual and set your camera to the lowest aperture possible ! Just keep trying different things and learn on the way !!

Especially around the Christmas time, with all the amazing decorations and lights ! Here is my take on for this month..A little bit of everything, my favorites from the past few weeks…

Let’s start with some natural bokeh, that you can find wherever you are, you just have to open your eyes and see the beauty around you.

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If you are also a Photographer than you know how important and also hard it is to find that one right spot with the perfect background that will create magical bokeh. Sometimes I love to include some of these, a bit more, creative artsy takes…
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And one from early spring this year, with an upfront bokeh… photgraphy has no limits, and endless world to explore..oh how much i love it 🙂

But lets look at those crazy christmas bokeh lights, its christmas season after all 🙂

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As every month I had high expectations and lots of ideas at the beginning for this project. But who am I kidding, time ran once again and I didnt get to create everything i had hoped for. But I know my friends from the http://www.facebook.com/thecreativeproject will have all done an amazing job as well and you will see lots more eye candy over there. So why don’t you hop over to http://www.sandrajacksonphotography.com/blog and follow our circle for a little journey full of bokeh and lights 🙂

As always, thanks for stopping by and of course HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!!!
XOXOXO,
Julie
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Randomness { art and nature photography Hutto,TX}

Randomness can be a good thing. Sometimes you randomly start doing something and you end up doing something totally cool by the end of it. Hmmm, most times here at home I would call it being unfocused haha, but when it comes to taken pictures sometimes the more random or even weirder the better. We are all surrounded by the random, ordinary things and how often do we all complain about how boring they are.. Sometimes a closer look, a different time of the day, or one little event in between can put a whole new lighting on the subject or even situation. Thats how I feel about a lot of my  artsy work, for some it might be random pictures of nature, boring fence posts, a junky old mailbox.. to me most of these are a slice of randomness only with an extra touch of awesomeness 😉

Ps: A lot of these are for sale as prints, phonecovers and so much more over here http://society6.com/JuliaGossPhotography

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Meet the P. Family {Family Session/ Photography Hutto,tx}

Last Saturday I had the amazing opportunity to meet the P. Family and take their family portraits. I had so much fun with them, honestly I felt right at home with 3 little girls, (since i have two of my own ) and we started picking wildflowers right away. We had a picnic in the woods, played with bears, danced in the sunlight under the trees,played at the playground and really just enjoyed a beautiful morning….

Here are just a few of my favorites, it wasnt easy to just pick a few 🙂

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Welcoming summer

Today marks the first day of summer. For us folks here in  Texas hard to believe, since we had temps in the 100s for days and weeks. Yet we need to stay positive, hope for a little bit of rain, and have as much fun as we can this summer. For us a special anyways, because my oldest will start school this fall. Sad and happy tears at the same time, lots of changes to come, with it hopefully a bit more time for photography and you, my friends, and clients 🙂