Archive for the ‘Etc.’ Category


My New Year’s Resolution…

   Posted by: Administrator

…to post more! This past year has been wonderful! The first half of the year was packed full of wonderful sessions that I have not shared on my web log. I was so busy that this was put on the back burner. The second half of the year has been just as busy, but for different reasons.

Big news — we moved! We are no longer in Utah and are now in Sunny L.A.! Actually, we are not in L.A., we are about 20 miles South and right against the ocean. We have beautiful ocean views as I walk the kids to school and back every day and perfect weather so that we are able to walk every day! The business has been slowly getting up and running again as we have been settling in to our new home. This next year will be fun as I work to gain a new client base and work on that wonderful word-of-mouth advertising!

For now I will share this year’s Christmas Card and I will definitely post more in 2012 than I did in 2011! Happy New Year everyone. :)

Card 2011web


Merry Christmas

   Posted by: Administrator

For those of you who did not get a Christmas Card from us in the mail, here it is…

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




Talent Show

   Posted by: Administrator

Annika was trying to decide which song to sing for the school talent show. I told her that she should do a fun duet with a boy from her class. She wasn’t too thrilled with that idea. James was listening to our conversation and said “I’ll do it with you!” I wasn’t able to be there because I was on a field trip with Chase. Justin was able to go, though, and video it for me. We were told that there would be 2 mics, so having to share one threw them off a little and I need to figure out why the quality of the recording is so poor but they did such a great job! This was the try-out audition. They should find out next week if they made it. Even if they don’t make it, I’m so proud of them for getting up in front of so many people and doing it!


Girls’ Night Find

   Posted by: Administrator

Annika and I had a girls’ night a bit ago and went to a boutique where we found the cutest hats and headbands! Krystle had so many to pick from and it was tough but Annika decided on these two. I also bought the sweetest little newborn hat, too, so you can bet I will be using it on the next baby girl I photograph! You can check out Krystle’s Etsy shop here to see several of her other items that she offers.


Happy New Year!

   Posted by: Administrator

It’s a new year and our family is wishing you the best for 2010!

I finally decided to update the images in the galleries on my main website and was shocked at how behind I really was. I had not added any pictures from any of my session over the past year and a half! I started this web log and neglected my site. Oops! It took me a while to narrow it down to the images that are there now, but with a little help I managed. I also had to update my pricing structure slightly, as my cost of goods have risen. You can find all of that information and more at

I finally got a few of our family pictures edited from our trip to San Diego last October. One of these days I just may get caught up on editing all of my personal images. Maybe.


Merry Christmas!

   Posted by: Administrator

From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and the New Year brings all you could hope for!




Another Proud Mamma Moment…

   Posted by: Administrator

I just have to brag on my kids a little… :)

The National PTA has a program in the schools called “Reflections.” It is an art competition and there are several categories that the kids can enter for a specific theme each year. This year, the theme is “Beauty Is…” The projects must be completely done by the kids and the winners at the school level will be moved up to the council level and potentially all the way to the national level. This year all 3 of the kids did paintings of a beach scene on a 16×20 canvas, inspired by our trip to California. I can’t wait to get them all back so I can hang them together in my bedroom! Annika and James also had submissions in additional categories. James did an awesome picture of a beautiful sunset! It is another one I can’t wait to get the print back so I can frame and hang it:

IMG_0207 web

Annika’s second entry is in the TV/Video category. She wanted to enter in both the literature and photography categories, but found out last year that those are two of the most common ones. She realized that she would have a better chance in a category with fewer entries and figured out a way to incorporate both of those things she loves to do:

I can’t wait to see how all three of them do in the competition!


Food For Thought

   Posted by: Administrator

(Yes, pun intended.)

Q: What happens to zucchini when you go on vacation?

A: They keep right on growing!


Here’s another one for you…

Q: What happens when you cross someone who hasn’t waterskiied in 15 years with someone who has little experience driving a boat?

A: Well, I got a mighty big bruise! Ouch!!!



My $45 Zucchini

   Posted by: Administrator

When I decide to do something new, I sometimes tend to go a little bit overboard. My wonderful, supportive husband can attest to that! :) I can’t go out and get *just one* to try it out, I want one of everything! This year I decided to plant a garden. We have a great space in the back of our yard for a garden (at least that’s what everyone has been telling me for the past two years) and I figured I have to pull weeds there anyways, so why not? Annika and I took a trip to the local nursery and I filled the back of my SUV with little plants. I was so excited to get home and plant them all in pretty little rows! That was pretty much the extent of my knowledge of gardening. It has rained so much this summer and I am convinced that is the only reason my garden has survived. Now that the rain has backed off my garden is not looking so hot! I definitely do not have a green thumb… Hey, I do good to keep the kids and the dog going strong!

Here are a few things I have learned from my gardening experience:
1. Standing there watering the garden is boring.
2. Who ever says pulling weeds is relaxing is crazy.
3. I haven’t a clue what to do with all the herbs I planted.
4. The plants don’t give off a little at a time. When they are ready, they are ALL ready and you have to figure out what to do with them all before they go bad.
5. I would much rather go to the grocery store and buy what I want, when I want it.

I did pick some zucchini that looked ready the other day. They are still sitting on my kitchen counter because, frankly, none of us are all that fond of zucchini. (If anyone has some good recipes, I would be ever grateful!) Even if I get nothing else from my $45 worth of plants, I will consider this a success because I now know that gardening is not for me!



A Tragic Love Story

   Posted by: Administrator


I had some fun playing while we were camping this weekend. Thanks to Joseph, the grief-stricken widower, and Courteney, the ghost who just isn’t ready to move on yet. It was a bit chilly outside but no complaints from them!




And one to show that even when Annika is sound asleep, her brother is still there in spirit to bother her. But, hey, what are little brothers for? ;)



Comments & Pricing

   Posted by: Administrator

The comments issue is semi-fixed. You may now leave comments by clicking on the “no comments” or “1 comment” (etc.) link at the bottom of each post. More than one person can leave a comment per post *and* the comments from others are now visible to you all. Yeah! But… The issue I am having now is that when you click to submit a comment, it shows the little bouncy ball as working, working, working, working… You get the point. The comments are going through — you just don’t know it on your end. So if you feel like leaving me a little love :) just give it a few seconds and then you can click somewhere else to go back to my weblog. I will get the email that a comment is waiting to be approved and we will all be happy. :)

On another note… If you are thinking about scheduling a portrait session with me, now is the time to do it at my insanely low prices! May 1st those prices will be adjusted a little (so they are not quite so insane!) but anyone who has scheduled a time with me will be able to order at my current prices. So speak up now!!!


Like Mother, Like Daughter

   Posted by: Administrator

I love that Annika is so much like me. (Except her taste in clothing, that is — but we won’t get into that. LOL!) Over the last 9 months or so she has really taken an interest in photography. She started by assisting me on my on-location sessions by helping me with the lights and carrying things for me. To, from, and during the sessions I would explain what I was doing and why. I would tell her how a camera works and how the settings all work together. She would ask questions and, more importantly, understood and remembered my answers. When I upgraded cameras a couple months ago, my other camera became my backup and Annika’s primary camera. She is now able to be my second photographer when we go to sessions, as well as assist me setting my lights and such. She is amazing! We had some business cards printed up for her with her self-designated title:


She has some amazing images you can see on her flickr page by clicking here.

We will be updating that frequently, so be sure to check it often. Feel free to leave comments, too — I know she will like that!


Trouble With Comments

   Posted by: Administrator

I’ve had several people ask me about leaving comments on here. For some reason, it will only allow one person to leave a comment on any given post and then it is not even visible to anyone but me. I am trying to figure out the problem and will let you know when it is fixed. Thanks!


Merry Christmas!

   Posted by: Administrator

I wasn’t able to get Christmas cards out to everyone I wanted to this year because I didn’t have addresses. So, it’s a bit less personal, but Merry Christmas to you all (and here’s what you would have received…)


Every year we dismiss the idea of sending out a letter with our cards because, well, we really don’t have anything all too exciting to write about. I’ll tell you what…

2008 has been a year we will never forget!

It all started peacefully enough; unless you count the extremely cold and snowy winter in Utah that I was not particularly fond of.

In April we did a bit of remodeling. We knocked down the wall between two bedrooms and turned that space into a studio for my photography business. I keep myself plenty busy between my photography and spending a ton of time at the school involved with the PTA.

In May, Justin and I ran our first ½ marathon. Yes, indeed, that is 13.1 miles! It was a beautiful run around a lakeshore and then down through Ogden Canyon and the weather was great. Our times were on the slow side, but we will work on those next time. It only took about a week for our muscles to recover.

June came and we made our first trip to Primary Children’s Hospital. James had surgery to get his ears “pinned back.” It was an elective surgery that we decided he would be grateful for when he was older. James is our sensitive and very competitive little 1st grader and I am pleased to say that his ears look wonderful!

Fast forward to October and our second trip to Primary Children’s Hospital. We found out that Chase’s palate and back wall were not closing all the way (compromising his speech articulation) and he needed surgery to take tissue from behind his tonsils to add to the back wall. He did great during the surgery and the overnight stay. Chase still talks about his “hospital sleepover.” Chase is our fun-loving, comedic preschooler and I am pleased to say that he is talking so much better!

Justin decided he would complete the year of “Hospitalizing the Boys,” so between the little ones’ surgeries he had a doctor appointment of his own. Imagine our shock when, in September, Justin was diagnosed with colorectal cancer! Two weeks later, he was in for a colon resection where they removed 7 inches of his colon including the 2 inch tumor. After 4 days in the hospital and then several weeks of recovery, he was back on the surgical table while they inserted a port in his chest to receive chemotherapy infusions. The doctors feel that all the cancer was removed with the surgery, but at the same time recommended further treatments of chemo and radiation to reduce the risk of recurrence. Every other Tuesday now finds us in the Oncology office getting the infusion and then sending him home for 2 days with a portable pump. He has been through 3 treatments with 9 remaining. Considering all that he has been through, I am pleased to say that he is doing quite well.

Annika couldn’t be outdone by the boys this year, and on the first day of Justin’s treatment, as they were about to begin, I got a call from the school. It seems that she passed out in her classroom and then again as she was walking down to the office. Her doctor’s office recommended that I take her to the ER to get her checked out. Annika was discharged just in time for us to head down the hall and be there for her Daddy. The tests all came back just fine and I guess some kids are just more prone to passing out than others. (The doctor said stress can bring this on… Not that we have had any of that at our house.) Annika is our sweet, book-loving 4th grader and I am pleased to say that she has not had any other issues since.

Through all of this, we have realized how many blessings we truly have. We have wonderful friends and a supportive family. Our family has grown stronger with all of the challenges we have faced together. The Air Force has been amazing to us! They have been very generous in giving Justin medical leave when needed and every level of his organization has provided full support to us during this time.

We are all looking forward to 2009, when Justin finishes his treatments and we can hopefully return to a normal, uneventful year. We hope this finds you doing well and we wish you a wonderful Christmas and New Year. You are also welcome to check in periodically during the year for the latest Hinman family activities at

With Love, The Hinman Family
Tamra, Justin, Annika, James & Chase


Salt Lake City Temple Lights

   Posted by: Administrator

The Temple in Salt Lake City is absolutely beautiful any time of the year, but at Christmas time it is amazing! Last night I joined a group of photographers to walk the Temple grounds and enjoy making images of this grand place. Here are some of my favorites…








WordPress Loves AJAX