Phoenix Photography | On having Teenagers

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Hey all you awesome moms!

Do you have teenagers? I have 3! Boy is it so much fun!

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It is so great that our children can hold actual conversations with us now! We can leave them home alone to go out on date night and not have to worry about finding a sitter. We don’t have to pay for a sitter! We can let them go all afternoon and sometimes have the house all to ourselves! Eventually we can even send them out to the store to pick up a few groceries for us! It’s awesome!

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There are the play practices and band practice, games and competitions. Driving and driving and driving, all in one day to take all 3 children to different events and practices. I am so grateful that my husband is able to help out with all the driving. Otherwise I have no idea how I would be able to get everyone where they need to be! On top of that we have to find time to make dinner and feed everyone. Many nights My family doesn’t get to eat until 9pm!

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I love every bit of it! The busier I am with the kids the better. What on earth are we going to do when they move out? My kids are all 1 year apart. In a flash my house will be empty except the 2 of us and we will have to find new things to do to take up our time.

 

But until then we still have a few years to figure out how on earth we are supposed to get everything accomplished in a day. How do you do it?

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On top of all that there’s house cleaning! Uggh. Everyone’s favorite task! Yes our children are now old enough to help out with chores and pick up after themselves. Do you think my kids could pick there towels up off the floor and hang them up> Of course not! That would be too much work! So they sit on the floor all day and then end up in the wash after only 1 use. I am sorry, but I grew up in a house where you used your towel, hung it up and used it a second time. How dirty are you after a shower?! And them being bigger, they often make bigger messes. You should see the floor in my 14 year old’s room! You would think they would understand what “no food or drink in the bedroom” means. Nope. Red stains all over his carpet from juice.

 

Don’t get me started on my oldest’s room! Why do teenage boys rooms stink so bad?! I can understand mess, but where on earth does that smell come from? He isn’t in there all day. He doesn’t spend every moment in there like my daughter does. Her room smells good. She doesn’t use lotions and perfumes. She the simplest girl I’ve met. No makeup, throw on whatever she can find in the closet. She always looks good with little to no effort. Lucky girl!

 

Anyway back to cleaning. When I find the time, I have no motivation for it. See I’m not like your typical woman who has to have a clean house. I HATE cleaning. I will do it of course because I am extremely embarrassed if anyone comes over to a dirty house. Actually I’ve gotten a little better with that. Why do our houses have to be spotless? I have 3 teenagers. As soon as I clean something off or pick something up, there is another dirty cup on the coffee table and a pile of dirty tissues on the couch. And that’s not just from the kids. I admit I do it too at times. That’s my dirty little secret. I can be a little sloppy and lazy!

 

My 14 year old helped me pick up, vacuum, and mop the entire house yesterday for his party.  he is such a considerate guy. He had friends spending the night for his birthday and 2 of them are allergic to cats. We have cats. So we had to try to get as much cat fur up as possible and lock the poor cats up in my bedroom. The house looked great! We vacuumed places we usually forget about. By this morning, the place is trashed. What did I expect having 7 teenagers in the house?!

I’m not worried about it though. Today is a beautiful day. The second in the beginning of a beautiful Arizona Fall. We will get to picking up eventually. But it’s more important to us to enjoy the day. Lets the kids go outside and play, finish projects that have been sitting, waiting for cooler weather, and maybe we will make the husband happy and go hike a small mountain!

 

Have a beautiful weekend!

 

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Let’s get real

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Hello. I realized I haven’t really introduced myself.

My name is Katrina. (Katie to those who refuse to call me Katrina)

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Have you ever noticed how extremely hard it is to write about yourself when asked? However if you’re talking to a friend it just comes naturally and you usually cannot stop? Well that’s me.

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I am a scatterbrained individual and lover of many things. I don’t really have a favorite anything. I recently had a friend tell me that usually a dog will look a lot like it’s owner. That isn’t my case. I have had so many different breeds. I love them all!

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Food is my friend. I absolutely love sushi. 2 years ago I would have said “ew, raw fish?! Never!” But my sister dragged me out to a sushi restaurant and I was hooked! I also love Mexican and Italian. I would, however chose a yummy piece of chicken covered in mushrooms and cheese over a steak any day!

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I love the outdoors, but I am definitely a fair weather gal. I can not handle the heat, and it takes hours for me to warm up after being out in the cold! So I tend to be a bit of a homebody. Spending most of my time in front of the computer either working or browsing facebook, youtube, and pinterest.

I do like hiking, camping (though I’m getting way too old to sleep on the ground-glamping looks so nice!), swimming, kayaking, you name it. I love laying on the beach with a good book, or even sitting pool side. You’ll usually see me out of the water more than in!

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Now the real story.

 

Growing up I was picked on a lot. Kids are so incredibly mean. When I moved from Phoenix to Minnesota in first grade, I spent most of my time indoors and gained quite a bit of weight. I was the kid who was picked on at school by everyone. I only had a couple friends (one of who I am still friends with!) I felt bad about myself from the time I was very little. My mom would always be very judgmental about what I wore, telling me that I didn’t look good in something, or that I looked fat in that outfit. At the age of 8 my father taught me how to suck my stomach in and how to make it a habit by sucking it in when you walked into a room and letting it out when you walked out.

 

School was so bad that by 5th grade my parents sent me to a new school. I really lucked out and enjoyed that school. For 2 years I had quite a few friends and only a couple kids picked on me. Then we moved again back to Phoenix. Within 2 years even the few friends I made at school were picking on me, calling me names, and refusing to play with me because I was fat and ugly. (that’s what they told me)

 

From Kindergarten to 8th grade I attended very small private schools. My 8th grade class had 8 kids in it. There was no way to get away from the bullies, and no new friends to make.

I flat out refused to be sent to the private high school in Phoenix. Thankfully my parents agreed to send me to the local public high school. I was both nervous and excited. I already had a friend next door (who I am still friends with today!) and I just knew I would be able to make friends there.

 

I loved High school. Don’t get me wrong, it had it’s bad moments. I was still picked on by a couple kids, but it wasn’t to be mean. It was just more messing around. I was in Marching band, concert band, and jazz band. I made friends both in band and in my other classes.

 

I was already scarred though. I had such low self esteem. My first year of high school I wore no make-up and wore nothing but over sized t-shirts and ugly jeans. I was boy crazy, but couldn’t understand why the boys didn’t like me. I just figured that I was so fat and ugly. I had 2 boyfriends that first year. one lasted but a month. The other one I found out was a bet to get me into bed (which I am proud to say he didn’t win!)

 

It took me 2 years to finally start dressing like a girl. Wearing dresses more often and sometimes wearing make-up. Though I have to admit, my make-up would melt off in the heat and I hated reapplying it. I was lazy, so didn’t wear make-up very often!

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It has taken me many years to start to like me. I still struggle with it some days. What has really helped me is all the amazing people who have come and gone in my life. I know I’m not the perfect weight. I don’t have the perfect hair, or the perfect figure. I’m not super smart. I’m not very witty. But I am a great listener. I love to help my friends. I have a big heart. I don’t pretend to be someone I’m not. I really don’t know how to. I cannot lie. Just one little white lie eats me up inside. I am fiercely loyal to my friends and family. I will never make fun of you or say something mean to you.

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I hope that in the future I can bring some measure of joy and happiness to more people. I truly do believe that we are already beautiful, just being who we are. We all have our struggles. Each and every one of us. None of us are alone! No one is perfect!

So if you just need an ear, someone to talk to, I would love to listen. We can never have too many friends!

 

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They grow up too fast!

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I am so lucky to have several subjects to photograph whenever I want.

 

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When I tell my children I want to photograph them, I get grumbling and moaning. “Mom, do I have to?” Is always the first response. However, as my daughter gets a little older, she has started to enjoy this special time with me. What girls doesn’t want to be dolled up and photographed? This has become special bonding time between the two of us.

Today we sat in my room while I applied her make-up. Teaching her little tips and tricks. Then we went in and curled her hair since she hasn’t quite mastered this yet. It also gives me practice on someone other than my own super fine hair. Boy does this girl have some gorgeous THICK hair!

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Our children grow up so fast. Right before our eyes they go from a tiny little 3 year old vying for our attention, to a fully grown teenager with dreams, friends, and attitude. (Don’t get me wrong, she had attitude at 3 too!)

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I was so blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom for so many years, even though I wished at the time that I had a career. I am definitely not the Sally Homemaker type. I need something to do with my time other than cooking and cleaning.

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However my children and I had the opportunity that so few do now, to make so many memories throughout the years. I had entire Summers off to take the to the pool, go hiking, take day trips around town and around the states we lived in.

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My oldest will graduate High School in 2 years. My daughter the next, and my youngest only 2 more years after that. Just thinking about it makes me tear up. I wonder, what on earth am I going to do with myself when they all move out. I will be that mom at Graduation, bawling her eyes out!

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But I still have a few more years. I plan to cherish them and spend as much time as I can find in our busy schedules, with my children. Arizona has so much to offer and so many places to explore. I can’t wait to get out there with them!

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If you would like more information on booking a session, please email me at katrinacall@aol.com I look forward to meeting you!