I try to remember to….


Loving this quote today…

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.

~ Monica Baldwin

Holy cow, friends…yesterday, April 21st, was a pivotal day in the land of dreaming big for this MPG.

I received a call from Amherst Media, a photography book publisher, and they asked if I would be interested in writing a dog portrait studio how-to book….200 images, 178 pages….my vision.

Holy crap.

They read the article I had in Professional Photographer magazine, looked at the site and we conferenced via phone today. Pending the okay on the outline that I need to do (!!!) in the next couple of weeks, looks like I might become an author. Funny, because I’m always dreaming up book projects and never actually following through, claiming that life gets in the way. Could it be that I just needed a deadline?

I’ve personally learned a lot from these Amherst books…have my own libary of them going back 10 years. A photog I really respect named Tamara Lackey wrote this fab book…in fact, I bought it when it first came out. Her voice comes through so beautifully in its pages.

I’m excited


…trying to put a plan together.

I’ve been dreaming out loud so much lately…I think the daily inspiration from my bloggy pals and creative women around me has allowed me to even fathom that such a thing would transpire. Do you think saying (writing) these dreams out loud draws them to you?

There’s  a lot to do these days and all of this (book would be out in one year) is going to take schedule-making-discipline…not one of my spiritual gifts…one that needs a little butt-kicking…I think I’m up for butt-kicking…anyone up to butt-kick me? Please?

Anyway…kind of premature with this news…but I just had to share because I’m feeling great today and I deeply love sharing the ups and downs with you, lovelies…because we all have them and it’s so comforting to know we’re thinking good thoughts for each other.


Segue to Uber-Warrior Krista……..

………who came in for a pick-me-up-photo shoot this week. Although she’s been focusing on the panty thing since her breast cancer diagnosis…we thought a little shift into the land of hats would be appropriate…

…since this girl wears so many of them.

Found a great quote in a fave photog’s Rodney Smith’s book, “The Hat Book”.

“A hat is a flag,  a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wering a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.”  –Martha Sliter

It was a rough hair week for sweet Krista…the hair is falling out from chemo…she went wig shopping and blogged about the whole thing. We talked about what this means for her…when is it time to shave the ‘ole head…when is it time to just surrender and let it go. As with everything, she deals with this situation with humor, bravery and grace.

Behold multiple hat-wearin’ chica, Krista…

I think how a person deals with a crisis says an enormous amount about the deepest part of their heart. Krista has such a “well..it is what it is..so what is my next step” attitude and is so willing to share…I think her blog is just what the doctor ordered for women in all parts of the country dealing with breast cancer. Her positive outlook and attitude need to be bottled and used all the time…not just in times of crisis.

I can learn a lot from my friend.

Have a great weekend, lovelies! Can’t wait to see one of my maiden voyage MPG’s this weekend…smooches, Pati!


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10 Responses to I try to remember to….

  1. Jackie says:

    Prayers for your beautiful friend Krista and a big congratulations to you!! How very exciting!!

  2. aurorasuzette says:

    First..how fantastic it was to meet you, and yes, hug you, at Monticello. Congrats on the book!! Krista is gorgeous, and inspiring, and in my thoughts. Yes, I believe if you think, say, something, you draw it to you. In writing that I do realize how often (too) my own thoughts, words, turn to the negative. I will work on that. I adore mornings.

  3. Holly says:

    Great, great, great on your book! Power and love to Krista! Holly

  4. Mikal says:

    Oh my, those photos are GORGEOUS! I’m sure there were many joyous moments with Krista, you are obviously a wonderful friend and support to her!

    Congrats, congrats, CONGRATS on the book writing opportunity… do you have the goosebumps?!

    Lovely happenings for a lovely person… you SO deserve it!


  5. robin says:

    well done lara! you have earned that book project. you are hard working and you seem exceptionally organized to me…how else could you accomplish as much as you do? and hey your kids both have very neat closets. perhaps you are a bit hard on yourself… these portraits are fabulous! i am loving the hats…that quote is right on the mark!
    see you later :)

  6. Kim says:

    What an incredibly gorgeous friend you have – not only beautiful but so inspiring as well! Thanks for sharing her with me my friend,
    Happy weekend,

  7. Sweeeeet! I’m so excited for you! And you captured your friend so well. She is beautiful and her spirit shines through those pretty eyes so clearly…

  8. Kath says:

    hurray and yahoooooooooo on the book front! so wish you could photograph my girls…especially lou lou.

    As for Krista…she has a perfect face for a hat – and her heart, well that’s a whole other story… clearly full of courage and grace. Shine on Krista!!!!! God bless. xox

  9. Erika says:

    The way you captured Krista had me smiling through every one of the photos. Krista – you beautiful girl, you! And these pictures are true treasures, a moment in time that needed to be captured. I am happy that you two are friends!!!!

    AND THE BOOK! HEY HEY HEY!!!! Awesome! That’s very very very awesome! :) I love it!!!! Congrats!!!

  10. lissa says:

    she ROCKED those photos! What a beautiful lady! I’m so inspired by your words about her and her bravery!

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