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This week’s photo prompt is Texture. Please submit all photos by Thursday afternoon. Thanks!

Sorry this post is so short. My family has experienced a great loss and I am not feeling really up to blogging right now. For those of you who pray, please pray hard for my family this week. Thank you.

love, scout

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So, I am back in Springfield after spending a few days with my sister and her family. It was much needed and definitely the best part of my week! Here are a couple photos I snapped while the sis was feeding Ryder.

He wasn’t the biggest fan of a camera being in his face while he was eating. haha

Later, I took some family photos of them. Here are a few:

I LOVE HIM! He is such a beautiful little boy. So sweet, too. :) I posted more from this session on Flickr.

I need to get ready for another session later today. Yay! I am excited to start shooting more. It is my dream to be able to have photography as both my “career” and a hobby. :)

Anyway, have a beautiful Sunday! :)

love, scout

Hey guys! I just finished with a shoot with my nephew for his first year photos. He turns one in July! :)

I thought I would drop in and tell you that I have some new items in the shop#mce_temp_url#.

Like this ribbon headband…

this rainbow button headband…

this pom pom headband…

this crocheted single-color button headband…

… and this crocheted multi-color button headband.

We also have other stuff like…

… photo prints (in 5×7 and 8×10)…

… framed prints

… and jewelry. :)

So, go on over to the shop and see if there is something for you. I will take custom orders and work on ideas with you. All you have to do is email me at thesundaycollective[at]gmail[dot]com with questions or suggestions. Thanks for your support! To show you a special thanks, I will be including a little something extra for everyone who orders before the first. :)

Alright, I am off to edit tons of photos. Be back soon!

love, scout

Okay, sorry everyone for the delay! Here are photos of the prompt: Hear/Speak/See No Evil.

Abi said:

“i chose these things that you hear/see/speak, and paired them with things that are pretty and set my focus on that so the “evil” thing would be out of focus.”

Lydia wrote:

‘I had many ideas pop into my head for this prompt. This was the one that I really fell in love with. I wanted to do something different from the three photos that are so classic with “hear no evil”. I decided to put it all in one photo. The ribbon hides my eyes, my hands cover my ears, and the “x” guards my mouth. The colors contrast each other yet go together well. The idea for the ribbon struck me randomly and I thought it would be an interesting touch to this. This idea was fun. Also, it was fun trying to place myself while “blinded”.’

Reka said:

“the first one is the one i want to participate with. i was thinking about the prompt, as it has two meanings, one is that you look the orher way, and refuse to acknowledge things. the other is seeing, saying and hearing only the good things..
so my dercription is: on my picture i wanted to show how seeing, hearing or saying no evil can be turning your back on one side of the world, by just looking the other way all the time. you need to look at the whole thing to live in harmony.well,i guess:)
and the other one (which im not sure about) wasnt suposed to be like this, but it got out of control and became a bit messy. but i wanted to show you anyway, hoping you’d tell me your opinion about it…”

I personally LOVE this one Reka! I think it is adorable. I am super happy that you participate because I love to see what you come up with every week. :)

Here are the photos for the prompt: Cold.

Reka wrote:

“the story behind? well i was thinking. what is cold?..well winter is cold..and what is the first thing i think of when i think about cold winter days? a cup of hot tea!:)”

Sheri wrote:

“My chilly morning walk.”

Abi wrote:

“I had big plans that involved a slew of winter clothes/accessories but today was 90 degrees, so i went with plan B. It doesn’t get much colder than ice.”

Lydia wrote:

“I had several ideas pop into my head for this one. Some of them didn’t work out too well. But thats ok! I decided to make my already pale skin look “icy” and make my lips look blue. I think the idea of “cold” comes across in this photo!”

Alright, folks. That is it for now. I’ve been loving all the submissions for the photo prompts. I can’t wait to see more. Any of you who would like to participate who hasn’t already gotten an email from me, let me know. And for those of you who I have emailed… GET ON IT! There are close to 50 people I have emailed and only a handful participate. Let’s make this fun. :)))

I will be back in a little while. For now, have a fabulous Saturday! :))

love, scout

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday. She would have been 52.

I love her and miss her. It makes me happy to think back on the good times with her. :)

I found a book in her stuff after she died that she had kept for years. It was so special. Here is the book. I made it for her as a Christmas present. :)

So cute, right? ha! And here is one of the best notes I have ever gotten (written a little less than a year before her death) from her.

I love my mom so much and I know that she would be a proud mom today. We all miss her but are extremely happy that she is living it up in Heaven right now. :) No more Cancer for her! I will be back soon with prompt photos (Sorry they are late!). Hopefully tomorrow. :)

love, scout

**WARNING: There will be random photos throughout this post that I found on weheartit. They serve no other purpose on here other than to keep interest for those of you who are more visual. … You are welcome. :)

So, a couple weeks ago I opened up the floor to questions from you. I gave you total freedom to ask whatever you wanted. Here are answers to the questions I received (sorry if I missed some!)…

Tasha asked:

“Can we be friends?”

– Of course! I am always up for making new friends. If you are ever nearby, I would love to meet you! I love your website and blog. They are adorable. I am adding your blogs to my reader. :) (Psst…If anyone else wants me to follow your blog, leave me the link!)

Cat asked:

“If you had to describe yourself as an animal…what animal would you be and why? :)”

– Oh geeze! I don’t even know, actually. I guess my first thought would be a bear cub. At first glance, I probably look cute and harmless. However, if you try to get too close for comfort or give me trouble, I can be pretty dangerous. Also, I have friends and family nearby who are always ready to coming charge in my defense if I need it. Does that work? :)

Miss James asked:

“How’d you get to be so damn cute? ;) XO.”

– Well, probably by wanting to be just like you. ha! I am kidding, but that means a lot coming from you. I love your style and cute life. I think you balance everything really well (from my perspective). It is definitely something I admire in you. :)

I have rarely seen myself as “cute.” Especially growing up. I was a really big tomboy and never tried to be cute. In just the last couple years, I started wearing dresses and caring more about my appearance. Then, all of a sudden, people were wanting to take my photos, guys were approaching me in a much different (but not always gross) way, and I was being complimented on my looks all the time. Most people would assume that this gave me confidence, but it worked the completely opposite way. I was embarrassed and felt like people would assume that is all I cared about or that was all that was to me. You know, probably the stuff I should have gone through in 7th grade. ha! In the last few months I have recently found a pretty good balance in my outlook of myself and am learning to not care what others think of me. It is definitely making me a much happier person. :)

Becca asked:

a) “What is your favorite time of day?”

– I go back and forth on this. I really enjoy early morning when I am able to wake up and get an early start. It makes me feel ahead of everyone else and SUPER productive. I am usually in a really good mood when I can get a lot done in the morning. Unfortunately, I am a night owl. Most of the time, I can’t fall asleep right away regardless of how tired I am. I have found that I feel most creative late late at night. There is something really inspiring to me about the quiet that exists while the world is asleep. I also have been in love with staying up just to see the sun rise ever since I did so in the desert. It was one of the most beautiful things I have seen so far. So, I guess I would consider myself pretty fortunate no matter what, as long as I am able to get some stuff done. :)

b) “If you could only wear three outfits for the rest of your life, what would you pick?”

– I guess I would choose first and foremost my comfy outfit: my USMC hoodie over a t-shirt, running shorts under sweats, and Asics running shoes. (photo here) Man, oh man. I love that outfit. haha Next would be the casual but cute outfit: my new grey skinny pants I bought from Forever21, a teal tank top I got from Target, a cardigan from F21, and some black flats. Last would be a more dress-ish outfit: My bright yellow floral sundress with a blue cardigan over it (in case I get cold, which is always) and some brown sandals. :) Maybe I will take photos of the rest of these later. Who knows? :)

c) “What is your daily schedule like?”

– I don’t really have a daily schedule. haha Every day is completely different. There are things I do every day, like shower, brush my teeth, eat. You know, the essentials. :) I would love to get to where doing a photo session (or two or three or…) is part of my daily schedule. (HINT, HINT, WINK, WINK)

d) “What would your dream house be?”

– One that is MINE. I would love an old plantation home in the South. I love the sense of history you get. Plus, there is always a chance for ghosts. :) As much as I have slowly become a city girl, I would still rather live out in the country and commute to the city.

Michael wrote:

“uh…ya. My name’s Mikal. First time caller, long time listener. I got a question.. Do hampsters really know or not they have stylish hair doos? I have been quite troubled about this for some years now. Love your show!”

– I have honestly never paid attention to hamsters or their “hair doos.” I will certainly look into this and try to get back to you. Thanks for listening. ;)

You are ridiculous, my friend. (Let’s hang out!)

Judy wrote:

“These are photography questions, situations that I sometimes have trouble with and I wanted to know how you deal with them.”

a) “Are you ever shy around people/models? How do you direct them with poses and such?”

– I wouldn’t say I am shy around models/clients. I really can’t be. I certainly get nervous before meeting/shooting with a model for the first time. Mainly because I don’t know what to expect. However, once I introduce myself, there is no room for me to be shy. Besides, there must be a reason why they are wanting to work with me so I try to have that fuel excitement and not feed my nerves. :) As far as being shy around people in general, I don’t think I will get over it. I am not as shy as I used to be but I still get bashful from time to time.

With posing, I try to direct as little as possible. I make suggestions but usually, I just let people be themselves. That is what I love to capture and so I don’t want to interfere too much. When I am working with models, I direct more because no matter how good the model is, they aren’t seeing what I am and don’t always know what looks best for what we are going for. For shoots based on my own ideas or concepts, I try to have my hand in everything (styling, wardrobe, posing, etc). Those are my absolute favorite! I have like 10 ideas that I am hoping to start in the next year that will eventually be made into series and hopefully books. :) For family shoots, I usually try to strike two deals. The first is made with the parents: If they agree, I have them help me with the deal with the kids. The deal with the kids is that if they do the posed, cheesy photos, they will get to choose a theme for the last set of photos: whatever they want (within reason & budget of course) and the parents have to go along. Usually, the whole family loves the idea and loves the final edit of the photos even more!

b) “Do you ever tell your models what to wear for the type of shoot you want?”

– I guess I kind of answered this in the last question. ha! Yes, I do if it matters. (I actually have two suitcases and some of my closet space filled with costumes, vintage clothes, props, and other pieces specifically saved for photo shoot use.) Otherwise, I let them come up with their own outfits.

c) “Have you found yourself in a situation yet where you might charge a family member or a friend for a shoot? How do you deal with the money situation? I always found this to be very difficult for me. I kind of squirm when it comes down to business.”

– Yes! I am the same way. Isn’t it the worst? I always feel weird. My very first paid shoot was actually for one of my best friends. I tried and tried to do it for free but she wouldn’t have it. She said something like, “Erin, you would not expect to get my stuff for free because you are my friend, so I wouldn’t expect you to give me free shoots. Let me pay you for the photos or…” Needless to say, her threat was definitely convincing enough to let her pay me. I guess what she said before was as well. ;) Ever since, it has gotten easier to charge people for photos, whether I knew them or not. I just have to keep reminding myself that I can’t make a career out of photography and pay the bills when I give discounted or free shoots. In fact, I am taking photos of my nephew for his 1 year birthday this weekend… and my sister is paying me. So DON’T FEEL BAD!! If they love you and care about you, they will understand why they are paying you. :)

Kellie asked:

a) “Where are you from originally?”

– I was born in Rockford, IL. The summer after 6th grade, my mom moved my sisters and I to Springfield, MO. :)

b) “What are some places you’ve lived?”

– Well, I moved at least a dozen times growing up, between Rockford, Kentucky, and here in Springfield. When I graduated, I went to South Carolina for USMC training. I was stationed in 29 Palms, CA and then San Diego. I arrived in Jacksonville, FL December 31, 2007 to be with my (now ex) husband. A little over a year later, I moved back home. I’ve been here since. :)

c) “Where do you want to be in 5 years?”

– I would love to be out of debt or at least to where I can see the end in sight. I would love to be married and pregnant, if I don’t already have a child. I would like to be established in one of my career goals. I want to be the happiest I have ever been. :)

Chelsea asked:

“How did you and Will meet? I love cute love stories, and you guys seem adorable!”

– Thank you so much! Well, this is a fun story that we laugh about regularly. :)

Will and I were involved in a Christian retreat while I was in high school. We are 5 years apart in age, so we didn’t talk much, if at all, then. We knew of each other (I kind of had a tiny crush on him at one point) because we were both very involved and knew/hung around the same people.

When I went off to the Marines, I lost touch with most of the people I associated with from the retreat. It is kind of hard to not get stuck in your own military world. I went through a lot of changes and grew a lot, finding new passions and aspirations. One of those passions was photography. I started looking for photographers to talk to on this new social networking site (to me) called Myspace. (haha) This started as a way for me to find friends in the area that enjoyed the same things I did. I was married and definitely not looking for anything else. I met a couple people but never found anyone who I felt I could be good friends with that I didn’t already know in the area. When I moved to San Diego, I tried a search to see if I could find some new friends and had no luck. Seeing that I was really disappointed, my friend suggested that I make friends from all over and not worry so much about needing “real-life” friends. He also suggested talking with photographers around my hometown so I could have people to hang with when I went for visits. Upon searching around Springfield, Emergent Photography’s profile came up. The profile photo looked beautiful so I clicked on it. I loved all of the photos and felt really inspired by the person’s work.

Upon looking further on the profile, I realized that the photographer was a guitar player from the retreat I used to be involved with. So, after some debating, I decided to email him and get back in touch. I did this… but never received a response. I went on with life, drawing the conclusion that he ended up a jerk.

About a year later, I received an email from that photographer. I was a little shocked and very skeptical about his reasons behind contacting me. However, I decided to entertain the thought of us possibly becoming friends. Besides, I thought he was really cute (my marriage was ending at this point). We talked… and talked… and talked. I don’t think there was anything I felt we couldn’t talk about. We grew pretty close and my little crush reappeared. I tried to stay skeptical so that I could avoid getting hurt again (not feeling quite ready to trust). However, I ended up moving back home (NOT because of him at all). This opened up the door to actually meeting him.

The day came for him to come home from tour (he was in a band, also). And he did. Then he sent me a text message. We arranged a meeting. And there it was. A time. A place. And the butterflies.

Frantically, I raided my sister’s closet and slapped on some makeup in an attempt to look my best. I ventured out, a little late, onto the icy roads of Springfield in my sister’s car. I squinted through the blistery weather beating on the windshield as I drove to Starbucks that afternoon. I walked in and scanned the room… to reveal no one else in the place.

Disappointed, I slumped into a little booth and sulked a bit, halfway thinking that I had been stood up. Then, another text arrived. Minutes later, he walked through the door. We instantly smiled. I was hooked.

He bought me a drink. He asked me questions… lots of questions. We talked a bit, and then… it was 5 hours later. He was hooked. :)

More than one person asked about us so I thought I would elaborate a bit. :)

I hope you enjoyed this Q&A post. Please leave any other questions you may have in the comments or email me. This was fun and I would love to continue this some more. :)

I love you guys! I hope you have had a wonderful day.

love, scout

I thought I would get in on some of this wardrobe posting that everyone is doing (kind of as a joke):I am actually still wearing this lovely outfit, simply because I love it SO much!

Shoes: None other than Converse All Stars (in black, of course)

Pants: Scrub pants from my old job at the clinic

Top: Marine Corps hoodie from where I went to basic

Glasses: Ray Ban prescription glasses in Burgundy

Expression: Priceless

I will be back later with answers to your questions. If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. Have a great day! :)

love, scout

P.S. Please don’t take offense to this at all. I am just having a little fun, in my own way. I mean no harm. No mean comments, please. :)