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Life in Motion Photography is excited to invite you to a breastfeeding celebration in honor of World Breastfeeding Month.  We have just a few spots left!

Who:  Nursing mommas, little babes & toddlers
When:  August 2nd, 6:45 pm
Where:  The Secret Garden, Georgetown Texas
Donation:  $100 – there is no additional charge for more than one child if you have multiples or are tandum nursing.  100% of the proceeds benefit the Central Texas Birth Center Open Arms Program.

Donations are required in advance to reserve your spot as space is very limited.  You can reserve your spot by paying here (use the button at the bottom).

Details:  Each Momma will receive 2-3 nursing photographs in digital format within 2 weeks of the session.  The image(s) will be via digital download, no printed proofs are provided.  Space is VERY limited with this special discounted rate.  A client survey, ideas on what to wear and directions to the location will be provided once you have reserved your spot.  Please note that your images will only be shared with your expressed permission, whether or not you share is totally up to you!

I am so excited to capture this special relationship between you and your child and also support a very worthy cause supporting mothers in our local community.

If you have any questions please email me at lstradtner@mac.com.

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Sweet little Charlotte was so good for her session this weekend.  I photographed her big sister as a newborn 3 years ago.  Their sibling photos make me swoon, I’ll definitely come back and share them!

(ps.  Some time ago I started to only do sneak peeks on facebook.  I’m having a love/(mostly) hate relationship with facebook lately.  I deleted the FB app because I discovered the newest update gave them access to read my texts.  I had ads specific to certain text conversations, and it just felt…..creepy, so I deleted the app.  The result as been that I’ve been on FB much, much less.  This is a good thing for me personally and professionally.  I want to focus more on my blog and bring my energy back here.  So I’m moving sneak peeks back over here but they will also be posted on facebook as well for the time being.)

In an effort to save money I started making my own toothpaste a few months ago.  With 6 people in this house, we can easily go through 6+ tubes a month.  At $4+ each for natural, fluoride free toothpaste, it definitely adds up.  Who wants to spend $288 a year on toothpaste?!  Not this girl!  Plus keeping track of who likes what flavor stresses me out.  And honestly, even with the fluoride free stuff, I didn’t love the ingredients of store bought tooth paste.  I put off making my own for a long time but I totally regret that because it is SO EASY.  Less than 5 minutes and you are done.  I wrote out the recipe and my kids can do it, easy peasy!  After the initial expense of buying the ingredients, it didn’t take me long start saving.  So I started looking for a recipe on Pinterest, I tried a few and the kids weren’t fans at first.  I combine and tweaked and finally came up with something we all love.  And just in time, Taryn came down with her first cavity.  She’s been using this new recipe for 2 weeks and her tooth is well on it’s way to being fully remineralized.  Her tooth stopped hurting the same day she started using this. When we ran out of the homemade stuff this week, it took me an extra day to mix it up and make more, so I used our old natural brand.  My teeth felt so different.  I really prefer this, my teeth feel cleaner and I love that it contains On Guard, as its a boost to the immune system!

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What you need:

3 GoToobs
3/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil
3 Tbs Redmond Bentonite Clay
1 Tbs Aluminum Free Baking Soda
2-3 Tbs Organic Xylitol
Pinch of Real Salt
15-20 Trace Mineral Drops
20-30 Drops of DoTerra On Guard

This recipe is enough to fill 3 GoToobs.  I’ve seen other recipes us Peppermint, Lemon or Sweet Orange essential oil as well, but On Guard is definitely our favorite.

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I’ve been lucky enough to photograph these two beautiful girls for quite a few years now.  Watching them grow and blossom through my lens is such a joy.  This is one of my favorite sessions with them to date.  The girly giggles, the dancing, the flowers, the dreamy light….it was perfect.

Jul 02, 2014
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1.  I haven’t done a good old fashioned 10 on Tuesday Thursday in ages.  Feels good.  I miss blogging and really kinda over facebook.  I think I need to refocus.

2.  We celebrated Ty’s 17th birthday on June 7th.  17.  Can you believe it?  time has just flown by…. teen_senior_photographer_austin_texas

3.  Ty had an amazing opportunity to attend a month long camp here in Texas.  I’m so excited for him, but we are all missing him like crazy.  This particular camp is christian based and focuses on a Godly transition from boy to man.  He’s going to be learning so many wonderful things.  He’ll spend a lot of time in prayer, journaling scripture, handling finances, home repairs like electrical and plumbing work, vehicle repair, CPR and rescue skills all with a side of outdoor play, canoeing, swimming, camping and fun.  I’m so excited for him.  A month is so long.  It’s a current toss up on who asks for him more, Maggie or Jonah.  I’ve heard “where Ty?!?” out of Jonah so many times and Mags is a big old mopey pup without him.  She follows me around, plops down and huffs all day long.  Very dramatic.

4.  We are in the process of purging at our house.  Specifically our garage so that we can put in a home gym.  I’m so excited but man is it a job.  Our garage is a huge mess.  Our neighbors asked if we were moving away lol.  I might get brave and post a before and after pic when it’s finished.  We were lucky enough to score a free weight machine last year and then we found someone who was open to bartering their gym quality elliptical machine for pics.  Total win/win for us and I’m so excited about being able to exercise at home on the same equipment I’d be using at our Gold’s Gym.  Our garage is going to look so much better too.  We are in the process of painting and adding new shelving and a work bench.  Can’t wait to get it done!  Jase just finished our over the garage door storage area.

5.  We hired a new mother’s helper.  She started this week and my kids love her.  She comes and plays and wrangles and chases so I can get stuff done.  We love Ms. Meghan!

6.  We scored a super cute metal bed frame for Taryn’s room.  My plan is to take a few cans of pink spray paint to it and finally finish Taryn’s room.  Just in time for my mom to come visit and stay in there too.  She’ll be here next week and I pumped to see her.

7.  As I was writing #6 Jonah just got out of bed, walked out to the living room, climbed up and gave me a huge squeeze hug around my neck and buried his head in my neck.  I carried him back to bed and he hugged me the whole way.  Sweet baby.  He never gets out of bed and that was just the sweetest.

8.  Did you see the video I posted of Jason doing a tutorial on the fastest way to peel a hard boiled egg?  It rocked my world.

9.  This kid…he loves to be outside.  He lives for it.  Go outside, even for one second, without him….END OF THE WORLD.

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10.  Want to hang out with other parents who are Raising Foodies?  Come join our FB group!  You’ll find lots of great ideas for raising foodies and living a healthy, more natural, lifestyle.  I just posted this favorite recipe this week.  Organic chicken cut in strips, sautéed in ghee, garlic and herbamare. You can add red peppers too. I then add 1-2 cups of organic red pepper hummus from costco and a splash of almond milk to make a creamy sauce. I serve over quinoa with a side of steamed broccoli. Super fast and easy.

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One of my sweet little baby planners graduation in February.  It has been SO FUN capturing Ms. L during her first year!  So many memories and fun, sweet, happy moments captured.  I have to start this post with a comparison shot…newborn and 1st birthday!  Can you even believe how much she changed in a short 365 days?!

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That’s the closest you will ever see me to ducks at a session (or otherwsie).  I am terrified of ducks and geese!  After a few family shots we did a little cake smash….

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The End.  Ha!  Thankfully I get to see them again soon!

Summer is here and it’s time for a sale! Beat the heat with some savings.

Also, clients interested in booking fall sessions, NOW is the time to book!

My calendar is filling up fast! Email me at lstradtner@mac.com for available dates.

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FAMILY SESSIONS

Beat the heat with a lifestyle session in the comfort of your own home this summer! Set up the sprinkler, eat ice cream, play board games, do the things your family loves and let me capture it! Your memories of your children happen at home and it is the perfect place to capture the love your family shares. The first 3 families to book an in home lifestyle session by June 25th to occur before September 1st will get the session fee credited to their package purchase! This is a $250 value!

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MINI SESSION BOGO

Buy one get one free on all previously un-purchased mini session images from 2014. Images purchased as BOGO are emailed and digital copies only, sample prints are not provided. Offer ends at midnight on June 25, 2014.

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SENIORS

Get a jump start on your senior photos! If you book a session by June 25th to occur before September 1, 2014, you will get 50% off your session fee.

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Don’t miss out on these great sales, you’ll be sad! Cute, but sad!

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The fine print: Sale ends at midnight on June 25, 2014. Sessions cannot transfer. Sorry, no cash value. Sessions booked during this sale must be completed by September 1, 2014.

For complete pricing and details please email me at lstradtner@mac.com.

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I think it’s a requirement that every baby named Taryn Elizabeth be super cute.  That’s my experience anyway ;)

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This is one of my favorite maternity sessions that I’ve had the honor of photographing.  There was just something so simple about it that drew me in.  I loved that with two people, a pretty little bump, a blanket, an open field and some glowing light, we were able to create and capture these photographs.  There was so much love between these two, a quiet, happy, sweet love.  It practically jumped in to my camera as I captured them.

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About midway through their session we discovered that the sweet baby girl they were expecting would share the same name as my daughter.  I only know of two other Taryn’s so I was pretty excited!  They had no idea that I have a daughter named Taryn!  They said they’d had a hard time coming up with a middle name but had finally chosen one and were curious what we’d chosen.  Taryn Elizabeth….ha!  Seriously, what are the odds!  My clients have THE BEST taste in names lol!

Jun 11, 2014
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The last few weeks have been overwhelming.  Mid-may, we went on an amazing camping trip and were lucky enough for my mom to come along.  We made so many wonderful memories and even captured a few.  The day after my mom went back to Alabama, my step dad got sick.  Within a day, he was pretty sick and in the hospital.  He wasn’t responsive, but rebounded after the first day in PICU and we all had hope he’d be fine and the plan was for him to go to rehab upon discharge.  But then he took a turn for the worse.  His blood pressure was low, he had a high fever, pnemonia and was septic.  The infection was too strong for his lungs to battle and his body could no longer fight.  We’d all let our guard down because he had been responsive, even sitting up and talking, the day before.  And then he was gone.  He’d battled with his health for 15 years since his spinal cord injury.  Yet his death felt sudden.  We were all in shock and the sadness hit hard.  It was really important to my mom that my family travel over to Alabama.  We wanted to be there but it was hard for us.  We haven’t traveled that far with Jude in almost 4 years since his vaccine injury and the last time we did, he got really, really sick and the demyelination returned.  We’ve done short trips with him and he did great, so we decided to give it a shot.  I’d just spent 2 weeks planning for my family to be away for 4 days camping.  I think God knew I needed that trial run, plan and mindset to prepare to take our family of 6 and a weeks worth of food for all of us, to Alabama on 2 days notice.  We were nervous about Jude flying and the tickets on short notice were over $4000, so we rented a white passenger van, meal planned and shopped for food as quickly as possible and make the trip to Alabama.  The prep for the trip and the trip itself logistically went very smoothly, we were so blessed and thankful for that.  I was thankful that we got to go spend that time with my family and be there to grieve and celebrate Larry’s life.  He didn’t want a funeral, instead, we held a celebration of life service that was hosted at my mom’s home.  We were so thankful that so many of his friends came and shared their memories of him.  We were able to stay through the week and then Ty stayed for another week.  My mom had 3 of her and Larry’s kids in the house and 11 granchildren, it was a busy place.  She decided she wanted Ty to stay for awhile longer to help out and adjust to being there on her own.  I am so glad he was able to do that and be a blessing to her.

I wish I could say that when we got home things were quiet and calm and we settled back in easily.  Not so.  We got home and Kylie, our 17 year old lab mix dog was not doing well at all.  We knew she’d had a few issues thanks our awesome neighbors and dog sitter letting us know.  We took the kids out of the van from the long drive home, took one look at Kylie, and loaded everyone back up and took her to the pet ER.  We were terrified they were going to suggest we needed to put her down and we’d just got in to town after being away from her.  We just couldn’t face that thought.  Thankfully, they felt that with proper treatment of her bulging disk, she’d bounce back.  Thank God!  We wanted more time with her and we wanted Ty to be able to come home and see her again.  It’s so hard to know what to do in situations like this.  We don’t want her to suffer or be in pain, but we love her and want her with us.  Pet parenting is hard.  She was unable to walk and we had to carry her outside to go to the bathroom.  Thankfully, with meds and a visit to a pet chiro, she’s doing really well now, walking, less pain….doing well.  Then that first night home, our AC went out and my laptop broke, again.  I was ready to wave my white flag.  I’ve spent this last week catching up on a massive amount of work for Life in Motion.  Thank you to each and every one of my clients who have be oh so patient with me over the last few weeks.  It really means so much.

Jun 02, 2014
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With a heavy heart, I have to share that my step dad, Larry Lee, has passed away. It’s been a long hard road since his spinal cord injury 15 years ago.

I met him as a little girl, he’d take my mom out dancing. He’d let me and my friends ride in the back of his truck down to the corner store where he’d buy us country lemonades and a kit kat. My mom followed her heart and we left Oregon and moved to live with him in Louisiana when I was 12. My grandmother loved his accent and thought he hung the moon. He adored her and her Maine accent right back. Larry taught me how to 2 step, to build a great fire, to say yes ma’am and yes sir, to cut grass in an exact diagonal line and more than anything, he wanted me to respect myself and others. Both being stubborn, we butted heads a lot. More than often actually. But I vividly remember each time he said “I’m proud of you” and “You are a good mother”. Before 1998, if you drove by 311 Brookter, you probably had two thoughts, first, “what a beautiful yard” and second, “that Larry Lee needs a belt”. He drove a black Datsun that had way too many miles and leaned to one side. He always asked for boots at Christmas. He loved football, the Golden Girls and he’d watch an occasional Scooby Doo if he thought no one else was around. He couldn’t sit through an episode though, he’d get up and clean something at every commercial. Some of our greatest talks were after his injury, Ty was a toddler and we’d drive to go get PawPaw from therapy in New Orleans a few days a week. Sometimes he wouldn’t say a word the whole drive and other days he’d talk my ear off telling me all kinds of crazy stories. He loved my mom and she loved him. They lived strong in sickness and in health. Between them they have 4 kids, 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. While his life held great pain from his injury, it also held a lot of love.

Rest in peace Larry, you made a difference in my life.