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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Life...what do you wish you had a picture of?

Sometimes in High School my Dad would pick me up after school because I would stay late a lot for play, musical rehearsal, or voice lessons. Most of the time we would sneak to Pizza Hut just before going home for dinner. We would sit and talk about my life and how I was doing. I wish I had a picture of that.

Me eating lunch with my girls and talking to them about their lives...I've got a picture of that.

(taken from my 'Davina' page on my website www.davinafear.com)



When you look back on the years that are behind
you there are memories in your mind. Many of those
memories don't have a picture to go with them.
What do you wish you had a picture of?

I want to hear all of those moments that you wish
you had. On my website (click on information and you'll see
the 'Davina' link) I wrote some of the amazing and
wonderful moments in my life...that I wish I had a
picture of. After reading through them think of your
own moments. Send them into me at
davina@davinafear.com. I will post them all on my
blog and at the end of the month the person with
the favorite moment will receive the gift of a photo
shoot!
So check it out (information> 'Davina' ), start thinking,
and send your moments in!

Contact me (davina@davinafear.com) by email and let
me know what you wish you had a picture of. Send it
in a similar format to what you see here on
my 'Davina' page. (Go to href="http://www.davinafear.com">davinafear.coma>, click on information. That will
bring up 4 other links. Click on 'Davina' and you will
see some buttons with numbers. Click on each of
those to get your creative juices flowing about
your own...I wish I had a picture
of that...


For example:

I wish I had a picture of the day I first held my daughter.


If your memory is chosen you would receive a photo shoot of your daughter with her new baby OR if she's younger a photo shoot of the two of you doing some of your favorite things together.

Another example:

I wish I had a picture of my grandma and I baking cookies together.


If your memory is chosen you would receive a photo shoot with your Grandma OR if you are a grandma...a shoot of you and your granddaughter baking cookies together.

So...send in your memories that you wish you had a picture of and let's make a it happen for you!

davina@davnafear.com

Do you want to carry your memories in your bag?


I've been having very cool specials each month and decided that I should probably let all of you know about them! (I've been putting them in my newsletter...make sure to subsribe. Just email me and let me know you want to be on the list!)

This month's special is my favorite one
yet!

When you book your wedding by July 30th you
get a mini (5x5) album
added to your package (a $600
value). I think that this book is my favorite book that we
offer. It's little, it has your wedding in it, and you
can pull it out to show anyone at anytime!

To book your wedding email the studio at
davina@davinafear.com or call 801.628.2893

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A wedding with Pepper Nix

A couple of weekends ago I got to shoot at a wedding with Pepper Nix. Every once in a while I get to shoot with photographer friends and it's always so great to see them at work. Thanks for having me along, Pepper!

The Bride was gorgeous, the groom was fun, and the location was amazing. She had the coolest colors...chocolate and lime...just hearing them makes me hungry! Solitude Ski Resort just opened up their new event venue and it is so beautiful with breathtaking views.

Here's a little peek at some of my faves I shot at the wedding:












Friday, July 21, 2006

I wish I had a picture....

Can





On my website I have a section called 'Davina' (you can get there by clicking on 'information'). There are moments from my life that have been printed in my memories that I wish I had in the form of a picture.

Today a friend of mine told me an incredibly moving story about a father and a son. To me it was just like the memories in my mind. This dad has to have a picture in his mind of the day the doctors told him that his son would never have brain activity. Now he has pictures of the days he has saved his son's life

...and the days his son saved his life.


The Story:

Strongest Dad in the World
[From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly]

Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick,
26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he's not only
pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed
him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled
him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the
same day.

This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years
ago, when Rick was strangled by the umbilical cord
during birth, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to
control his limbs.

``He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick
says doctors told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick
was nine months old. ``Put him in an institution.''

But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way
Rick's eyes followed them around the room. When Rick
was 11 they took him to the engineering department at
Tufts University and asked if there was anything to
help the boy communicate. ``No way,'' Dick says he was
told. ``There's nothing going on in his brain.''

``Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick
laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain.

Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control
the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his
head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First
words? ``Go Bruins!'' And after a high school
classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school
organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out,
``Dad, I want to do that.''

Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described ``porker''
who never ran more than a mile at a time, going to
push his son five miles? Still, he tried. ``Then it
was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. ``I was sore
for two weeks.''

That day changed Rick's life. ``Dad,'' he typed,
``when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled
anymore!''

And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became
obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he
could.

Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four
grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii.

This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished
their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of
more than 20,000 starters.

``No question about it,'' Rick types. ``My dad is the
Father of the Century.''

Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care)
and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the
military and living in Holland, Mass., always find
ways to be together. They give speeches around the
country and compete in some backbreaking race every
weekend, including this Father's Day.

That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the
thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can
never buy.

``The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, ``is that my
dad sit in the chair and I push him once.''



What do you wish you had a picture of?

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Renaissance Festival

Our kids are totally into dressing up. We love "The Chronicles of Narnia" and kings and queens and princesses...we have some that live at our house. When we heard there was a Renaissance Festival in town we had to go to it. We saw knights and battles and ate some very different candy.

The highlight of the day for my little Miriam was the horse ride...when she got her ticket for the ride she was so excited!!

The slideshow.

A little peek:











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I can't believe it!



Pictage has a Partner Conference each year in Los Angeles. I went last year and had a wonderful time. I met some amazing photographers that were just as great in person as they had been through email and the internet. It was a huge blessing to go and be inspired and encouraged by really sincere and good people. I made some great friends who still bless my life today.

As a last minute decision to risk saving face I decided to submit a presentation proposal this year. The members of Pictage (my photography peers) voted for the presentations that they wanted to see. The presentation that I submitted was one that was selected. I was in complete shock when my friend Nathan Holritz called me and left a message on my voicemail with the exciting and scary news. I'm so grateful for the opportunity and even more thankful to my peers for trusting me. I'm really hoping that I'll share something with them that will inspire and move them they way I was last year.

A new feature at this year's conference is going to be mentoring sessions. Some of you may remember that I set a similar event up at WPPI in Las Vegas. I am so excited about working with Raquel at Pictage to get these sessions set up with some really incredible, talented, and generous photographers.

I totally can't wait to go to Los Angeles this year!!!

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She's beautiful!

This is my sister! And we had so much fun at her bridals. We played and laughed and went to some really awesome locations. We were so lucky when we went to this old woolen mill. There were a bunch of men working there who helped us bring in all our things and then loaded them back out to the car for us. Thanks guys!!!

Thanks Dionne for being so patient and so much fun! You're beautiful!

The Slideshow.

The sneak peek:











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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Oh so sweet!

When I was hanging out with this sweet little family I knew that we were getting some amazing images. I wasn't prepared for these once I got a chance to go through them.

Ashlun is such a sweet and happy baby. I know he gets it from his parents. I look forward to seeing them every time we have a shoot. They have a really great energy and happiness about them...it's so easy to capture them and their life. I have been so blessed to know them. I can't wait for Ashlun's nine months to get here...although I'm sure Kent and Stacey just want it all to slow down. :)

Here's their sneak peek:

The slideshow.


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