It is that special time of year once again. A time when family and friends are near, laughter fills the air and love fills our hearts. The holidays are always a wonderful reminder of what is truly important in life. If you have the privilege to spend today eating a beautiful meal with those people who mean the most, count your blessings. We often forget just how fortunate we are to have the chance to give thanks for all that we have today and every day.
Not only am I thankful for being able to live in this country with all of these great modern day conveniences, I am thankful for many things. Today and all other days of the year, I am thankful for my family and husband-to-be, Scott. Without their love and support, I would not be where I am in my life.
I am also thankful for my dog and little buddy, Speck. He is fun, loving and full of life!
Although I am not thankful for having type 1 diabetes, I am thankful for the available treatment that keeps me alive every single day! My insulin pump is my lifesaver.
Finally, I am thankful for being able to do what I love and love what I do! My biggest thanks goes out to all of YOU who make this dream a reality. Thank you!! As part of my appreciation, I would like to offer a giveaway to celebrate the holiday and to celebrate reaching over 500 fans on my Facebook page!
I am off to spend time with my family and eat delicious food like this yummy apple pie homemade by my sister, Natalie! She makes everything from scratch and is taking orders for Christmas 😉
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In honor of my birthday, I am giving away a session!
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Everyone always says it but you don’t always think about how true it is – time flies. Last summer, Scott and I headed over to a local park for some fun vintage style photos of ourselves and of his dad’s antique car for Father’s Day. We are always the ones behind the camera and never the ones in front. One gorgeous summer evening we packed up his dad’s car with an antique picnicking set and drove out to the park with the car! First, we got some really great photos of the car for Scott’s dad. Then, we set up the “picnic,” threw the camera on a tripod, and let it fire away on a timer. It was so much fun! We will definitely be doing this again soon.
I never shared these photos on my blog. Although they are being posted over a year later, I still love them just as much! Enjoy 🙂
(Can you spot the little insulin pump on my right arm in this shot below??)
Last week, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend a photography conference called “theFIX” in D.C. The host of the conference was an amazing international wedding photographer, Jasmine Star. On Thursday morning Scott, Susan (of Exposure Photography) and I left for D.C. After hitting a bit of traffic, we made arrived mid-afternoon. Susan and I were really excited and curious to see what “theFIX” was all about and to meet other photographers. We talked about it for almost the entire trip there. I should mention that there really was no description as to what exactly this event was all about.
That being said, you might think that all 250 attendees of the event are insane! True. All we knew was that we were there to “fix” our businesses and problems with the guidance of Jasmine. There was no description because the event was mainly driven by the audience. For Jasmine, no two events are exactly the same on “theFIX” tour she is currently hosting.
It was a truly inspiring and eye opening evening. I got the motivation I needed to take my business/photography obsession to the next level. Needless to say, you will be seeing some small but fantastic changes around here soon. I cannot wait to show you all what I am working on and the new direction I will be taking.
Now for the fun part – photos from the trip!
Some pretty exciting and cool things are going on here at Emily Hixon Photography. It has been one full year since I started my business. To celebrate the one year anniversary of my business, I am launching a brand new website, logo, blog, and Facebook page. I am so very excited to finally share with all of you what I have been working on for the last month and a half. My new adorable logo was specially designed by the talented graphic artist Mandy, of Style Me Sweet Design. Thanks, Mandy! Check out my website at www.emilyhixon.com. I hope that you enjoy the new look as much as I do!
As a thank you, I will be offering a 50% discount on all session fees and gift certificates. Take advantage of this great deal and book that portrait session you have been contemplating… or give the gift of photography to a friend or loved one!
Thank you all so much for your support! I cannot wait to see where this next year will take me. For now, I will leave you with a brand new image you will find on my website – photo courtesy of my talented photographer boyfriend and my trusty camera.
Those of you who have been following me since the beginning of my journey in photography may recognize this familiar face. My boyfriend Scott is currently in the process of getting together a professional website for his audio work. Because it has been a while since I’ve photographed him, he was in need of some new head shots and other photos. He is always so patient and easy to work with. He listens to my crazy ideas and even makes his own suggestions.
I am really excited for the release of his new website. When the time comes, I will share more information with you about it.
For now, here is a preview of what you will see on his website.
For those of you who did not know, today is World Diabetes Day. I’m sure many of you have someone in your lives who has diabetes. Here is a brief description of what the day is all about (thanks to Wikipedia)…
World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes mellitus world and is held on November 14 of each year. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world. World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the campaigns last the whole year, the day itself marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.
Today is important to me because this year I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Every day I must check my blood sugar at least 8 times. I also wear an insulin pump called an OmniPod, because my body no longer makes insulin (a hormone that regulates your blood sugar). Thanks to modern technology, I am alive and am able to live a fairly normal life.
In support of all other diabetics, I wore blue which was part of the campaign awareness. For fun, I made some sugar-free chocolate cupcakes! I bought some blue candles and arranged the cupcakes to appear like the diabetes symbol (the blue circle).
Check out a photo I took before eating one!
To learn more about World Diabetes Day and Type 1 Diabetes please visit the following websites:
I hope that everyone had a fun and festive Halloween weekend. I had fun! Friday night I went to Kennywood’s Fright Night. It was a bit on the cold side but there was hardly anyone there! I was able to check out the haunted houses, go on a few rides, and eat some “Potato Patch Fries.” Saturday I went to a family Halloween party dressed as Olive Oyl (Scott dressed as Popeye)! Yesterday, Scott and I carved a pumpkin and I baked some pumpkin seeds, yum! Check out some of the shots from my weekend.
Here is the pumpkin…. (hint: it’s a camera)
Here are Olive Oyl and Popeye…
It’s been such a busy week! Now that I have a moment, it’s time for a new post.
I cannot believe how quickly the leaves are changing and falling. Everyday I notice a tree in my yard that has either changed colors or lost its leaves. Fall is such a beautiful time of year but very short-lived.
Last weekend, I went out for round 2 of my photo session with Scott. Our session was quick but fun! If the weather is nice again this weekend, I’ll be back out with him again and maybe even one of his friends.
I hope you enjoy this little sneak peak.
– More to come this weekend 🙂
Well, here it is, my first true post! I know it’s a little delayed, but it has been one busy month!
We had quite a beautiful weekend here in Pittsburgh. I could not help but take advantage of the fantastic weather. I made it out twice…with my favorite person (who you will be seeing often on here)! With much patience, cooperation, and some occasional laughter I was able to capture a few great moments.
Enjoy these images…more to come soon!
I am very excited to be up and running with this blog very soon! Check back for my first official blog post!