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Be faithful in small things

After I posted this picture on Facebook I realized I had a lot more to say about this quote and about how so many of us have big dreams not just one size bigger but two or even three sizes bigger. I don’t know about you, but I am that person that has huge dreams. Having big dreams doesn’t mean to make more money, to be rich, to be the best photographer, but you can have big dreams to help others, to write a book that will help others and so so many other dreams. But so many times we just get discouraged as our dreams are so big and we just give up and say.. well I will never get there, how is it possible to get where I want to get, I don’t have time, I am a mom, I have 3, 4, or even more children. I only have one daughter and I still look at my life and my dreams and think many times, there is no way I can ever reach my dream. But I don’t give up and I try not to fall into the trap that the dream that I have has to be pursued today. No I have it tucked away really good in my heart, I know it’s there and my dad always used to tell me, be faithful in small things first. So what are the small things?

Well, most of you reading this blog are probably moms with little ones that you gave up your carrer to stay home and nurture your children. I know I did that. I did not want anybody else to raise Isadora, I wanted to be home with her and just be part of her life and be able to teach her myself about life and hopefully see the result of all my love and time spend with her when she will grow into a strong, confident and amazing young girl. But while we sit at home, most of us, still miss that feeling that we are important, that we do something more than just play and clean and cook food. We want to be creative, we want to create memories for our family and we pursue that dream and when we reach that dream then we realize… well maybe I can stay home with the kids, take pictures of them and also make some money by trying to take pictures for my friends. And you give that a try and it’s working, you love photography and you love being at home with the kids.

But all of a sudden you have another dream.. The dream to get better and better at pictures, to have a studio, to have a lot of clients and so so so much more. And don’t get me wrong that is an amazing dream but what will happen is, the dream you had to be a stay home mom and be there for your kids will suffer. I know how hard it is to balance a full time business and being a full time mom, trust me. You see that you are getting clients, economy is tough, so how can you turn away those clients? Well, I had to make myself some very hard decisions this year. I know I could work double, triple much more than I work now, I could take clients every single day of the week, travel weekends and just be this amazing photographer. And maybe I did get caught up a little too much into this about 2 years ago when I didn’t have time to even put up the Christmas tree for Isadora, didn’t have time to go at the part with her or just didn’t have time for anything anymore. And as hard as it was I just had to step back and take only very few clients last year and this year I am not taking any new clients. I know my mind goes crazy thinking, well if you say no to those clients they will never come back to you. I know that is one of our biggest fears but I always have to remind myself that I have to be faithful in the small things first. The small things right now is taking care of my daughter. I work from 8 till about 3 when I pick her up from school. After that we have activities going on, dinner, homework and so so much more. Yes I can say I work from home and she is with me but I will be lying if she is home watching TV and I am in my office. I am not home with her. I know that now with FB the big competition is to have sooo many fans and who’s page has more people talking about their page.. I hate that FB put that in there. Another reason to try to work hard to be at the top. I will not fall into the trap of trying to find ways to get that number up, not at all. I can be creative and find ways to do that but for now I do my best WHEN I can. I don’t try to discourage people from being the best they can be, but we all have seasons in life and if that season for you right now is your business then you better go at it with all your heart. But if your season is to be a mom, please, please take it show and just be a mom. I was in shock one year when I looked back and I barely had time to take any pictures of Isadora:(.. I had time for everybody else but creating memories for her.

If you started photography with the idea to create lasting memories for your family, please be honest with yourself and see where are you today. If you are barely able to be a mommy to your children and never even have time to take their pictures, try to think back on what’s important in life. Our kids don’t want more toys that we can buy with the money we make, they want us to be there for them. I know everybody says.. Ohh time passes by sooo fast, can’t believe that my kids are all grown up and I used to look at those people and think.. hmm are you sure??? cause for me time doesn’t pass fast at all.. when I have to stay home and do the same thing over and over and over again. But next month Isadora is turning 7 and I get tears in my eyes and I have to agree time passes by soooo fast. I look at videos when she was about 3 or 4 and wow, it’s hard to think back on how little she was and how cute she was talking. NOw she is becoming a young lady.

I go through this struggles myself everyday and I had to really switch my priorities 2 years ago but just because I made that decision to slow it then that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to remind myself that I am a mom first of all and be there for Isadora first of all. I want to write so many blogs to help my fans, I want to do video tutorials about so many things that will help you guys, I want to create new free actions that will help those that can’t afford them, I want to do more sales, I want to do more giveaways, I want…. and the list goes on. But I do all that I can and WHEN I can. I will not sacrifies the time I have with Isadora to be the best in the industry. Nope, I would rather be the best mom first.. and if time allows once Isadora is grown up I am sure I can get that that has stayed tucked away in my heart for so long and follow it with all my heart. I could double and probably triple my income if I worked more, and then what would I do with that money?? Spend it on things?? I can never, EVER buy the time I had with my daughter and for me time is so so precious as we are never guaranteed tomorrow! I do want to go to Isadora’s gymnastics and yes I stay there for 2 hours sometimes 3 hours and I love watching her practice. I know that my mind could go on the many things I could do those hours but I try to always remind myself that she is only little for such a short time.

I hope this will help some of you that have been trying to balance this photography thing and your children. I know that when we first started in photography we thought, oh it’s so easy and I’ll edit when the kids are in bed. I did that too but my body will not let me go with very little sleep anymore. I need at least 7 hours of sleep now and I will not push my body by drinking coffee or other things to stay awake and not be able to be a mom in the morning. It is my believe that we have to first be faithful in the small things and I know that when time is right the clients will still be there, if not the ones that contacted you, maybe other clients that will be willing to pay so much more for your services. But please treasure your time with your kids now, don’t overbook yourself by having cheap, cheap rates. You can never buy the time back with your family, set your prices with the thought of how much that time away from your family is worth. For me that time is priceless at the time. I can’t do sessions on the weekends. That’s my time with Isadora, she is in school and gymnastics during the week so for me the time in the weekends is just priceless.

It would sadden my heart so much just thinking of the generation of kids we are raising and for them to say, my mom was a stay home mom but she was never there for me:(. We do have such an important role in shaping the next generation, don’t think that your role is not important. It is very important! And I was reading in a book, that sometimes God puts dreams in our hearts that are so big that it will take a few generations to make that dream come to life. I think many times that maybe Isadora will be the one making my dreams come true and I better raise her in such a way that she will have the same passion in her heart like I do. I have to be there for her and teach her what’s important in life, when all the kids are cheating at bingo in school she asked me, mama is it ok to cheat just a tiny bit by switching the papers? I could have said, Nope cheating is not ok. But I wanted to take the time and explain to her that when you cheat you actually cheat yourself first because you are cheating yourself from learning new things, you are cheating yourself by not going the hard way and learning and I explained to her that it’s ok to see others win over and over and over again, because God is watching and maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not in year, but soon her faithfulness in small things will be rewarded. And when we think about reward we think about money, but that is not always the case, for me the biggest reward is to have peace, to know that you are doing what you were born to do, to know that you are impacting peoples lives for better, that is far more of a reward for me. It is my wish that one day I will get to meet some of you and that you will remind me that you read this blog post, maybe not very grammatically correct, but you made the choice to be faithful in the small things!!

Liz - April 11, 2012 - 2:05 pm

I truly appreciate this post and think about this daily, as a mom and photographer. I needed this today.

Tracey Page - April 11, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Hi Lidia. Thank you so much for this. I can’t even express what it means to me. My dream was always to be a stay-at-home-mum and now I have two beautiful children but I feel like I have given myself up. I’m not anywhere near the photographer I want to be, but I have to remind myself that the two beautiful kids in front of me are what I need to focus on for now. They are only 2.5 years and 10 months and need their mum.

You are so right about it seeming like every day is the same, but it still goes to fast. I read something once that sums it up perfectly for me “when you are a parent the days are long but the years are fast.”

Sheila - April 11, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this! You are so “right on target”! This is the very thing I have had to exam & re-evaluate for myself lately. As you share your thoughts from the heart, God is using you to help & bless others in ways you can’t even imagine.

Sadie - April 11, 2012 - 2:44 pm

Thanks so much for this post! It is hard to remember sometimes how fast time flies and our little ones grow up! Your post has helped me remember to put the small things aside and enjoy the time with my family more and create more memories there!

Melisa - April 11, 2012 - 2:46 pm

I loved this post. It was truly sweet and from the heart. I love reading your posts on here and status updates on facebook simply because you have a simple way of being positive. Children are definitely priceless treasures and now that I’m pregnant with my first, I think about how I will be spending my time and how I must prioritize now that I have a miniature me that will be present and depending on me to love and care for him. TIME is the most valuable thing any parent can give to their child(ren) and you are doing a beautiful job at that.

What most people don’t realize is that by spending that time with someone you love and even having the time to make memories with them, you’ll become even better at whatever career or even hobbies you choose to have. I’m sure you saw yourself improving with the more photographs you took of Isadora and look at you now. You are an Actions superstar with thousands of fans who purchase your material. A true blessing. May God continue to bless and inspire you and your little family. You truly deserve it.

Kelcy Hanson - April 11, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Wow! I couldn’t have said it any better myself. I feel like you just told my life story!! Thank you. I’m so glad somebody also feels the same way I do!

Danielle - April 11, 2012 - 2:59 pm

I loved reading this post!! As a stay at home mom to a 2 year old and a wedding and portrait photographer, this REALLY put things into perspective. Being a mommy comes FIRST and foremost. It is so hard sometimes to balance that… But I am a work in progress!! I so hope to meet you one day as your posts and photographs are extremely inspirational to me!!!! :)

Denise Dininger - April 11, 2012 - 3:01 pm

I am so glad I read this. . . I need to remember this when I am balancing being a mother and photographer.

Patsy J Lander - April 11, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Lidia…that was a beautiful message and straight from your heart!

Shanna-Kaye Fancher - April 11, 2012 - 3:12 pm

you brought tears to my eyes when I read this!
This is exactly what I needed to read. I have a 11 month old son, and he is growing so fast that this week I am just in awe of how fast time is going. I need to slow down and soak in the moments with him-thank-you for reminding me of that!

inna - April 11, 2012 - 3:24 pm

I love this post. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

tracy - April 11, 2012 - 4:52 pm

I admire you even more! I have been struggling with the dream I have to open my own photography business. However, I come back to the very feelings you expressed here. This brought tears to my eyes because everything you mention here are feelings I feel. The Lord sends signs and I feel this was a little bit of him telling me the answer I needed to hear. Thank you!

Jessica - April 11, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Could not have said it better myself! Really loved how honest and true this is, it brought tears to my eyes. With my own 5 little ones at home to take care of it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who needs to step back from work and refocus on what is REALLY important!

Lisa Fujioka - April 11, 2012 - 9:36 pm

Very, VERY inspiring. Thank you for all your inspiration, Lidia!

kathrin - April 11, 2012 - 10:42 pm

THANK YOU! I’m exactly there right now. The last couple months I was so focused on my business and totally forgot about my kids. I have two daughters, a two year old and a 8 month old. And I noticed they spent more time in front of the TV than with me. So actually just last week I decided to put my dreams on hold for a little bit longer and try to be there for them and just shoot when their dad can be there to watch them and try not to be away from the family for more than 2-3 hours. I’m so happy to know I’m not the only one thinking like this. Thank you.

Marcy - April 12, 2012 - 8:18 am

You put into words so beautifully what is in my heart. I too, have made the choice to work when I can, but to always choose my children first. I even inscribed on my journal “When given the choice, always choose the children. Always.” , as a reminder to myself. We all need those little reminders once in a while, and your blog post reaffirmed my decisions. Thank you for all you do, and you are such an inspiration in so many ways.

Kyla - April 12, 2012 - 10:55 am

I just wanted to let you know that although I don’t have kids of my own yet I’ve considered being a stay at home Mom so I can be with them and raise them myself. Reading your blog really put things into prospective for me and I want to thank you so much for always putting yourself out there and being so honest to yourself. There are not enough people like you in the world and I know God will have good things in store for you and Isadora. <3

Lacy - April 20, 2012 - 2:55 am

I have been up all night with my wide awake 6wk old baby reading your sites and blogs and being inspired by your every word. You truly are an amazing person!I hope to be the strong and faithful person you are one day. I admire you and your beautiful work. Isadora is one lucky little girl to have a mother she can look up to and be proud of. Thank you for all you do! ~Lacy

kim - April 20, 2012 - 3:51 pm

thank you so much for this post! well said

Brooke - April 20, 2012 - 4:02 pm

What a wonderful post!!! This really touched home with me….you said everything I feel. You truely are such an inspiration!!!

Debra Pavlicin - April 20, 2012 - 4:58 pm

<3 Oh so sweet, it was saturated with love.

<3 I shared it with my 2 grown children who are married & parents.

<3 I shared it with my 2 grown children yet to be parents to tell them how I feel through your words.

<3 God has richly blessed you.

Melissa Mowrey - April 20, 2012 - 7:42 pm

Wow, perfect timing. Really. My husband is preparing for a very long deployment and I’m so grateful for my children and my business but recently said that if it gets too busy, it all goes on hold to make sure my children know they have a mom who is there 100% of the time, because I’m making up for a daddy at far-away work. Thank you for writing this, it speaks volumes coming from someone who is successful and talented…to know when it’s time to slow down. God has been preparing me for this chapter in my life long before I knew it was going to happen, so for that, I am grateful for the creativity He has given me. But He also gives me grace. Thanks Lidia! Love your work!

Life with Kaishon - April 20, 2012 - 8:27 pm

Beautifully said. Thank you.

Marisa McBride - April 20, 2012 - 11:38 pm

Thank YOU so much…. I got tears in my eyes reading this, knowing that I am so guilty for taking on too much, editing while my kids watch tv or play wii, and practically living in front of my computer. I have a part time job as a Dietitian and just came into photography a few years ago and people tell me I am “good” at it and so it has blossomed! I haven’t figured out the right balance, and your post reminded me to STOP and smell the roses, laugh, giggle, and just BE with my family. Thank you!

Yvette Lincoln - April 21, 2012 - 11:44 am

Absolutely beautifully put! Thank you for sharing. :)

Julie Muchlinski - April 21, 2012 - 12:02 pm

Thanks for putting this into words, it really spoke to my heart. I have a 1 year old son and I got into photography the way you explained in your post…it’s tempting to capture memories for all these other people who seem to love your work, but then you realize that you’ve neglected your own memories. Thank you, I needed to read this!

Cynthia - April 21, 2012 - 1:14 pm

I stumbled across your blog today and read your beautifully stated post at a time when I needed it most. As the mother of three with a part time “day job” and a love and passion for photography.. finding balance to do it all is an every day struggle… I’m in the first year of starting my photography business and have found it especially challenging lately…. I find so much joy in my sessions but definitely been feeling the impact on time with my family. Your words helped bring some much needed perspective and I sincerely thank you for sharing. I will be spending some time today thinking about establishing new boundaries and new ways to be faithful to the small things!!!!!

Catharine - April 21, 2012 - 2:35 pm

What a beautiful, truthful look at why we are here! I love every word you have said in this post.

Kimberly - April 22, 2012 - 1:31 pm

Thank you for this reminder. I struggle daily with the guilt of not giving my 4 boys all of me. 2 are in school and 2 are still home with me. I have failed in my priorities so greatly at times! Needed this! Xoxo!

Aneta Gancarz - April 23, 2012 - 8:08 am

Beautiful post…you brought tears to my eyes when I read it!Very inspiring…Thank you!

Jennifer Duncan - April 23, 2012 - 2:20 pm

I love this post and your decision to put your child first makes me respect you more. Thank you for encouraging me to be the best parent to my little boy that I can be. He’s only two years old and I’m a single parent. Sometimes it is so hard not to get caught up in every day obligations and commitments. He is the MOST important thing to me, and I am putting my dreams on hold while I raise him to be a Godly Christian man. :)

Katie - April 24, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Thank you for writing from your heart, Lidia! This was something I needed to read, and it put things in perspective for me. I don’t let myself book more than 1 or 2 photo shoots a week, but sometimes I long to be able to be more creative, and spend more time doing it. But it’s such a great reminder that they don’t stay little very long. I have a 4 year old boy, and a little girl who is almost 2. I would hate to look back & realize I gave up part of their childhood just so I could be busier doing photography.

Alisha Meeboer - April 26, 2012 - 12:55 pm

All I can say is “thank-you” your blog really spoke to my heart. I am a mom of three children under four and I love photography. I am just getting started in it, but it is a dream in my heart to get big into it also. You have reminded me what a blessing and a privilege it is to stay at home and be with them every day; I must admit that between my classes and just practicing I have been trying to escape some of the mundane things of being a mom. I now have a new resolution to be their mom with all my heart. I truly do love your photos and especially the tutorial on backlighting; again thank-you :)

Zarah - May 3, 2012 - 12:11 am

I have to say this blog post is exactly what I needed to read! I have been struggling with balancing my husband, 3 small boys, homeschooling, and my new business. I really want to do so many things with my business and make it grow even bigger, but I am noticing it’s taking a toll on me and my family. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom and enjoy every minute of my kids lives, and I was starting to forget that. Thank you for reminding me of what is most important in life!!!

Kristi - May 3, 2012 - 8:17 pm

I just want to say thank you. I am trying to get into photography more (okay well, trying to figure out what I’m doing is more like it) and I literally was going through pictures the other night and realized I don’t have hardly any of my 12 year old daughter from the last couple of years, but I have tons of everyone and every thing else. I felt SO bad! We are going this weekend to do some. So your blog hit home for me. I do forget sometimes that it’s the small things and I need to stop looking every where else and enjoy the little girl in front of me.

Patty Schmidt - May 17, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Completely crying my eyes out!! Feel like you wrote this blog specifically for me. It really hit a nerve. I am a stay at home mom with a 3 and 5 year old boy trying to balance family life and a photography business. Thank you for taking the time to put it all in perspective for me.

cv love - June 11, 2012 - 6:05 am

So beautiful photos

Eunice - June 17, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Thank you for that reminder, you are so right. The time with our children are priceless.

Rachel Miskovich - June 21, 2012 - 11:48 am

This is so beautifully written…It really touches my heart! SOOOOOO TRUE…

Anna VInes - June 25, 2012 - 3:06 pm


Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I’ve love photography and am still trying to do it on the side. Before Sadie was 1, it was a little easier for me to go out and do photo sessions in the evening, but as she got older and because I work full time, I felt guilty for not spending the time with her or my husband. Plus the fact that I charge next to nothing. Your words were my exact feelings for my dreams of becoming a great/well sought out photographer. But, I don’t want to take someone else memories, and leave mine out. I thank you for sharing your wise thoughts and think of Isadora often. you are a true inspiration to MANY people, Lidia! All of your fans LOVE u!! And especialy ME!! –anna

Erin - July 2, 2012 - 8:53 pm

I really needed this post. Thank you so much! <3

April Warhurst - July 19, 2012 - 6:27 am

Hello Lidia. Just read your blog post. Now I’m gonna have puffy eyes all day long!!!! LOL……..Seriously though, thank you so much for sharing. I have 2 girls. Josie 7 and Jesse 5. After photographing on my own for a few years I joined HMP Studios as a staff photographer. I love when someone has shared such personal feelings and I can relate and not feel alone. God bless you and your family. As I am about to get on my knees and ask God for his guidance today, I will mention you<3 ~April.

Anette - September 9, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this post! I really needed to read that right now. I’m always trying to balance being a mom and a photographer, its hard but my lovely little boy always comes first! Thank you.

Marceli Chase - October 10, 2012 - 9:46 pm

Thank you for this post! I SO needed to be reminded of this!

Brandy Coggins - October 27, 2012 - 2:10 am

As I sit here at 3 in the morning because my mind and body are so tired from the life I am living with 3 children, all involved in extra curricular activities, its no coincidence that I came across this post of yours. God led me here. Thank you for sharing your heart. I feel this same way so many times about the competition of local photographers and “likes” and “fans”. My children need me. They need my undivided attention and in this crazy life we live that’s a hard thing to give. It is a blessing when i see my children being a reflection of the goodness and gentleness and kindness that i try to instill in them. And its even a blessing at times when i have to correct them and remind them of the right thing fo do. It keeps me and my arritude in check also. Thank you for this reminder.

Mandy - November 19, 2012 - 10:19 pm

Amen to all that you said. I know you wrote this awhile ago, but I am just now catching up on all my favorite blogs. I’m not an aspiring photographer, but I can relate to the dreaming big. I just wanted to say thank you for writing such a touching and honest post. I was in tears. I love being a mother to my four kids and was very inspired by all of your words. Thank you!

Anette - November 20, 2012 - 11:42 am

I love the one in coral!!

sandra barr - November 20, 2012 - 1:22 pm

cheeky lime classic is my favorite :) but I love the new livy collection also :) your camera Bags are awesome I will own one some day hopefully soon

LeAnn Yeates - November 20, 2012 - 1:22 pm

Beautifully written. I needed to read that today……………I am now in the generation of my grandchildren, and the choices are just the same. And just as important for our future. You are an amazing photographer and an even more amazing mother :-) .

Carissa - November 21, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Wow, you really spoke to my heart. Thank you. I have a one year old daughter and am a stay at home mom/photographer. I have been struggling with this lately, my business is growing and momentum is building and I don’t want to loose it. However, my little Violet is growing and even though I am home, I am editing and only half paying attention to her. She is my dream and this post helped me remember that. Also, I have been doing inexpensive Holiday mini sessions to build my business and I loved your advice on that. Your fellow photographer/momma/kindred spirit

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Wendy W - December 15, 2011 - 10:51 pm

Good luck to all the “Nikon” entries. Thank you for “giving”, I know what you are “getting” in return.

I’m not sure how to do the link??? Help please…

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Tina Millsaps - December 15, 2011 - 11:58 pm

My grandmother first taught me about a camera at the age of 4. Now……at the age of 34, I have a love for photography that i owe completely to her. I believe in doing what you love, but at the same time doing it for the glory of God. I try to see the beauty of our creator in everything. Thank you for your inspiration, your story, and your love for photography. I have asked “Santa” for a new camera this year…..I am hoping that I will be able to take my dream a bit further with the Nikon D90……

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Here is the link I posted on my personal facebook page

I appreciate this giveaway. Whoever the winner is I hope they use it to capture all the beautiful moments of life. Have a blessed Christmas & New Year

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I posted this link on my Facebook. http://WWW.Facebook.com/marythameslawson
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Julia M - December 16, 2011 - 10:24 am

Lidia, you really have a beautiful gift. I’m so touched by all your pictures. I posted your contest to my wall :) http://www.facebook.com/hearttforrent

Tyrel - December 17, 2011 - 11:19 pm

hey hey im excited about your giveaway i LOVE photograpgy :)

Tammi Scritchfield - December 17, 2011 - 11:21 pm

You are so amazingly kind and generous! Thank you for this opportunity!!

Amy Crowe - December 17, 2011 - 11:55 pm

I just wanted to thank you for truly being a kind person! I myself have been threw quite a bit and I feel through trials we learn compassion and kindness!! My daughter has been BEGGING us to get her this camera and with my health and work being slow it has just not been Possible!! So for her to win would be dream come true.. She has been giIven such a great gift of talent in this;).. Thank you again, Amy
I posted on ur page and mine but I am not sure
Where I should put that info… Sorry!

Bridget Anderson - December 18, 2011 - 12:03 am

This is a great contest, and I hope to win – but whoever wins will have a great Christmas!

Angelika Robbins - December 18, 2011 - 12:04 am

This is my 3rd time posting…let’s hope this giveaway doesn’t keep you up all night again! Thank you for this amazing chance to win something wonderful…I really hope I win (really excited for the chance I could really use this to start my blog/business)…anyways hope your holidays are great! (Angelika Robbins & family)

liz - December 18, 2011 - 12:05 am

Hi – my niece loves your work and after perusing your portfolio I can see why :) great work, thank you for sharing and for the awesome opportunity! good luck to all and Happy Holidays!

Anissa H. - December 18, 2011 - 12:31 am

Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to win such a fabulous prize!! God Bless you this Christmas…I hope you have a very Merry one!

Nichole Rhode - December 18, 2011 - 12:49 am

MUAH!!! THANK YOU SOSOSOSOSO MUCH for doing this AGAIN and for always sharing your life with us! You are a ROCK STAR! xoxoxo

Belle - December 18, 2011 - 12:53 am

Merry Christmas Lidia – we should be giving to you. You are so awesome and inspirational xox

Heather - December 18, 2011 - 12:55 am

I just discovered your blog through a friend’s post on facebook! LOVING IT!! I can’t wait to make my first purchase! Winning this camera would just be icing on the cake!!!!

nikki painter - December 18, 2011 - 1:00 am

You are absolutely amazing to give away such a great camera. I’m a huge fan of your work and your actions are awesome! I would love to win this camera for my tween age daughter who already has a huge heart for photography!

Elizabeth Lebovitz - December 18, 2011 - 1:10 am

ALLOW the vibration of your
soul to create wonderful
inspirations for all who cross your
path……•°*”˜ƸӜƷ˜”*°•.•.¸ღ¸☆´ ¸.✿´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ.
`*.¸.*.♥.✿´´¯`•.¸⁀°♡ …♥…. This is what you do Lidia, Thank you for being “U”… Lets also remember this Holy season the Service members of all branches of the military that fight for us so we can be free!! Love, Peace and Unity

Jamie Gibo - December 18, 2011 - 1:16 am

Love your work….that’s it enough said, simple as that…love it!!!

Sabrina J - December 18, 2011 - 2:12 am

I have been following you for a little less than a year after stumbling across your page on facebook. Your work is amazing and inspiring to me being I am a non-professional photographer with a love and passion for photography. I would love nothing more than to one day turn my passion into my career. You are so very lucky! It is awesome that you are doing this giveaway, but setting that aside, I just read that you were/are fighting cancer. My prayers are with you and all who suffer from it. My dad has battled it for the last 3 years and I just found out last week that my mom has breast cancer. You hear about people going through it all the time, but it doesn’t really set in until you go throught it with someone that you love. The last 3 years have been very eye opening for me and taught me to live every day to the fullest. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

denise cantrell - December 18, 2011 - 6:09 am

I love all your stuff! Have a Merry Christmas.

Olga F. - December 18, 2011 - 6:35 am

Thanks for your hard work and dedication to get this giveaway right. You are an inspiration and a true talent. Love reading your posts! Merry Christmas!

Lora Benson - December 18, 2011 - 7:15 am

Love Oh So Posh! Love a d90! Merry Christmas!

Lynn Roberts - December 18, 2011 - 7:25 am

Thank you for the exciting give-away & for inspiring & sharing! It’s been wonderful to discover all the hidden gems that make it so worthwhile delving into photography for the pure love of it!

Melissa Pratt - December 18, 2011 - 7:32 am

Wow! What an amazing giveaway! Thank you so much for all your dedication to getting this giveaway up and running smoothly. I’m sure it hasn’t been easy.

Whoever wins… I hope they LOVE this camera!

Michelle Pierce - December 18, 2011 - 8:28 am

I am a true Nikon lover! You also inspire me. I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas.

Jennifer Groendyk - December 18, 2011 - 9:36 am

Just love your work, your triumph and love for God. Amazing! Thank you for being you.

Tosha Marquardt - December 18, 2011 - 11:25 am

HI! I love your actions! I also follow you on facebook!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

Anna Wilson - December 18, 2011 - 12:57 pm

Love your work! And what a great giveaway!

Thank you!
Anna Wilson

Stefanie Gladden - December 18, 2011 - 1:25 pm

I would absolutely love to win this amazing camera!! my camera is so old, i need a new one! and id actually love a camera thats amazing as this one!! thanks so much for the chance!!! Stefanie Gladden

Sandi OConnor - December 18, 2011 - 2:08 pm

You are truly in the Christmas spirit sharing this give-away with all of us. How kind! I would love to win it as I am just learning photography and taking TONS of pictures of my children. Your site has so many great tips and tricks. Thank you!

Adam Thompson - December 18, 2011 - 9:58 pm

I would love to win this for my wife, she loves to take photographs, especially of our children.

Josette Whitaker - December 18, 2011 - 10:32 pm

You are so generous to offer such a fantastic giveaway. Thank you so much for the opportunity. Also, your photos and actions are gorgeous!! You are such an inspiration Happy Holidays. <3

Clarissa Jones - December 19, 2011 - 12:56 pm

I love your blog and I think this giveaway is amazing! What a great, very generous idea. *fingers crossed* Good luck, everyone!

Sarah T. - December 19, 2011 - 1:53 pm

Thank you for your inspiration!!

Jennifer Conzo - December 19, 2011 - 6:02 pm

I can’t put into words how deeply I admire you not only as a photographer but as a person. Your posts are inspiring and I so enjoy reading them everyday. Thank you for this opportunity! It is much appreciated!

John G. - December 19, 2011 - 8:55 pm

Great contest!

Laurie Luna - December 21, 2011 - 7:33 am

i hope to win! it would make a great bday present and christmas present all in one!!! but congrats to anyone who wins! THAN YOU FOR HAVING THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY!!! i will def keep an eye on your blog! <3 MERRY CHRISTMAS

Sonya Logan - December 21, 2011 - 11:15 am

Found out about u through the Revieri give away. love what i see so far and I love your passion and eye….Would love to have you give me some feedback (honest feedback). I have a different eye and dont like the over posed but having some healthproblems and not sure if I am going in the right directions…only the one above knows for sure.

Crystal - January 4, 2012 - 10:05 am

Hi! I love your bohemian action set and I was wondering if you still had some available for $45. I was also wondering how fast they were going because I need to wait until next Friday to purchase but I don’t want to miss out on the great price.


ashlee mare - January 7, 2012 - 3:40 pm

r u ever going to give away the lens? or did i miss the winner announcement? or did u just decide u didnt want to give that away anymore?

Alexandra Alvarez - January 9, 2012 - 10:58 pm

i love ur work u mean alot 2 me :)
i cnt wait 2 buy our promblem cause is AMAZING LIKE U

Julie - February 12, 2012 - 9:04 pm

shows $45 in the cart :(

sara basile - February 12, 2012 - 9:25 pm

got mine! thanks!

Jackie - February 13, 2012 - 11:30 am

Just writing to say thank you for such a great deal. I just purchased mine and can’t wait to start using them. Keep up your amazing work and God Bless You…

Ruth - February 13, 2012 - 9:38 pm

Are these available on Valentines Day? I’d hate to miss such a great deal!

Krystle - March 20, 2012 - 9:33 pm

I bought these actions the last time you put them up and love them!! I had been using mainly florabella actions before, but I find myself preferring these actions over all of the florabella actions I have. Would like the rest of the set!! Maybe next time sell a different package! :)

Luiza - March 21, 2012 - 11:38 am

I would love to purchase your Limited edition. However since yesterday,night time, I am trying to buy it and your site it is not completing the transaction. The $35 deal is gone :-(
Do you still have some available?
Thanks for being so Creative, full of Life and Sharing with us truly Inspiration!

Emily Redd - May 14, 2012 - 2:09 pm

I purchased your bohemian collection and have photoshop elements. I remember seeing a post where you showed how to drag them into the photoshop and actually use the actions? Where can I find the directions on how to do this? I love photography but am new to photoshop and have great difficulty. Thanks…I can’t wait to start using them!

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Mindy - October 9, 2012 - 7:51 pm

Do you still have your bohemian collection for $45? Please let me know. Thank you!

Amy - October 16, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Hi, do you still have these actions available? Have you added any new ones?

Trina - November 20, 2012 - 11:15 am

Thank you so much for this giveaway!! I would pick either Livy in Mustard or Coral! :)

Randi - November 20, 2012 - 1:17 pm

I’d love my name to be drawn for this camera bag. It be my first bag as I can’t afford to get one myself. It would also be oh so better to carry all necessary things for shooting around without having a plastic bag to hold them and to go to car each time I decide to try to change a lens (1/3 that I only have)

Wendy - November 20, 2012 - 8:44 pm

Oh these bags are just gorgeous! I’m spending every spare cent on lens’s right now so i would love to win this!! I would choose the Livy in mustard :)

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I drop a leave a response each time I appreciate a article on a website or if I have something to valuable to contribute to the discussion. It is a result of the sincerness displayed in the article I looked at. And on this article Limited Edition | Bohemian Symphony Collection | Oh So Posh Photography. I was actually moved enough to post a thought :) I do have 2 questions for you if you usually do not mind. Is it simply me or do a few of the responses appear like they are written by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are posting at other social sites, I would like to follow anything fresh you have to post. Would you make a list the complete urls of your public pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

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How you treat other people

For this mornings inspirational message I wanted to put it here on my blog rather than on Facebook as it might get a bit too long. I am not a writer at all and one of the things that I always seem to put off is when I have to write something. Maybe because english is my second language and I am always so self aware that I might not say something right. However, when I have a passion for something, I can write and write and write and no worry about anything.

I always get asked what’s the secret to my success. How did I start my facebook page less than a year ago and we are almost close to 40,000 followers. I think, I view definition of success very different. To me success is not in numbers at all!! I so appreciate all my loyal fans and I love them all but I would not call myself successful because of my number of fans, because of car I drive, because what clothes I wear, because I am published in a magazine, and because so many other things. To me success is to do what I love to do, to lay my head at night knowing that I did my best that day and to treat everybody I come in contact with, not for who they are today, but for what they can be in a few years!!! I have learned that just because somebody is not as “popular” as others, that doesn’t make them less valuable. I go to my daughter’s school and all the kids know me and they all say, hi Mrs. Boicu, and I make and effort to remember their name and I always say Hi… and say their name. It makes their day. One little boy was so amazed that I remembered his name from kindergarden. I am a strong believer that just as I was a little girl and remember every time somebody paid attention to me and how I felt and how it gave me courage to believe in myself, there are a lot of children just like me. I had a dream since I was a little girl that I want to go somewhere and help those that don’t have as much as I do, and trust me, I grew up in the communist era and we were poor. I didn’t see a bottle of coke till I was I believe 12 or so? We didn’t have bananas, oranges, chocolate, gum, nothing. But I still saw pictures in some books of kids in countries that lived in a tent and even though we didn’t have a big house still we had a house so my dream as a little girl was to go one day and help those people.

So why am I writing all this? I got in a bit of hot waters yesterday on Facebook over a picture that I edited and somehow implying that I don’t like people because of their skin color. And no matter how much I try to explain that the picture overall was just underexposed and all I did is edit the entire picture, not just the skin to somehow make somebody’s skin lighter. I grew up not even one time thinking that somehow I am supposed to not like somebody because of their skin color. Since our country was so poor and because the communists were so strict who came into our country, I actually never saw a dark skin person till I was in my teenage years. And that person was a missionary that came and brought us, our first bottle of Coca-Cola and our first bananas. I was about 21 years old when I came here, and when I first heard the notion that for some people the skin color matters. To be honest with you, I am 36 now and I still don’t understand the concept that skin color matters and why some people don’t like others because of the skin colors. I know that there are some words that are politically correct and non politically correct to say and if I ever say anything that offends anybody, please understand that I try so so hard to say things right but some concepts are still so hard for me to grasp in a culture I didn’t grew up in. Sometimes, I google certain terms before I post something to make sure nobody will be offended. I love what I do, I love encouraging my fans on facebook, but I don’t want to live in fear, in fear that I will say something wrong and offend somebody. I respect everybody and if I ever say something that is not “politically” correct please email me in private.

I see potential in each and every one of my fans, I see potential in anybody I meet in my day to day life, I treat people with respect not because I am somehow better than everybody else but because I remember how I grew up, I remember how hard it is to work hard, hard to try to make a living. In the hot Texas summer days, we have some people that help us with our lawn, and it’s over 100 degrees outside and they come and cut our grass and you can see on their face how exhausted they are, and I always make sure I go and get them something cold to drink and ask them if they want a snack!! I respect what they do!! I know they have a family and they have to make a living!! Why do I do that?? Well, maybe because I remember how hard it was when I grew up, during the communist times, we didn’t have the luxury to have sugar, oil, or rice. We had to take eggs, milk, chickens to the state in order for us to QUALIFY to even buy just a tiny bit of sugar, once a month. Since I was the oldest in the family, my parents always send me to the store and I would not even open the door all the way to enter the store and the man in charge of the store would say… “Grigorean (my maiden name)… and he would wave his hand for me to leave the store… you can’t buy anything today.. tell your parents you didn’t send eggs, or chickens or milk so you are not allowed to buy anything!! ” I mean this concept is almost unreal to me just thinking about it now.. but that’s how I grew up!! And I am not complaining.. I am so very thankful of how I grew up because I appreciate everything so much more today!!! But, to me all those events and so so many other more where I was turn away from a long line that I have been waiting for, for over 2 hours to buy some bread, and I was turn away because I didn’t have a “CITY” ID (we lived in the country), all this to me is hard imprinted in my brain that life can take people to places we never thought possible!!!

I can’t tell you how hard it was for me to come to a new country and people to say to repeat again what I am trying to say because they can’t understand me. I struggle so hard to learn a new language and I am already afraid that they will know I have an accent the minute I open my mouth and then when they say to repeat cause they didn’t understand me I just get terrified. Well, I used to not so much anymore. I was working at a bank call center answering phone calls 10 hours a day and even with an accent and all the new terminology in a new country, I worked hard, and I was always in the top 5% from the company. I always loved to work hard and do my best. But one day when I answered call somebody heard my accent and they didn’t even want to talk to me, they just said, give me somebody that speaks English!! Wow!! I didn’t know what to say!! I did cry and cry and cry that day and many days after that but honestly I am thankful for that because that’s the reason why I treat everybody today as if they were gonna be the president of the United States tomorrow!!!

There are a lot more things I could write about on why I treat everybody with respect and that I never, ever would try to put somebody down!!! Why should I ruin somebody’s dreams and tell them they are not good enough, that their photography is not good enough, why would I want to ruin somebody’s whole dream with a few words!!! We don’t know why some people do photography and even some of the pictures that are posted on my wall get criticized sometimes and it makes me sad. I can’t put here some of the emails I get from my fans, on why they are doing photography, maybe they have lost somebody and photography is their way of coping, I did that too when I started, I got into photography as a way of copying with cancer. It was the only thing that gave me pleasure and joy!! My pictures where not anywhere close to what you see now, but in my mind I was happy and I was so eager to learn more things!! We never know people’s lives, their struggles, I want my facebook page to be about support not about trying to prove who can win or who can use the meanest words!! My goal in life was never to be published on a big magazine cover (even thought I have the highest admiration for those that are published) but that is just not where my passion is. My passion is to support people!!

Here are some of my pictures from only 4 years ago. What if somebody told me I am not good enough? I would have probably put that camera down and never looked at it again.

I know that drama in life is inevitable, but many times we have a choice on what to say or what to write!! Our words are so very powerful so please use them to built people up and not tear them down!!

I am sorry if maybe some things I wrote don’t make sense:). I wrote from the heart and if I try to re read I question myself too much so this is just me from my heart!!! A very simple girl, with a big dream!!!

Ferne Emery - February 24, 2012 - 10:37 am

I know what picture you’re referring to. I honestly thought that you might get chastised for it. Not because I care, but because it’s so touchy, skin color. You cannot make everyone happy. I think this is such a poignant post. Keep your head up. It’s easy for people to misunderstand things, but you handle these things with such grace.

Darla Whisenand - February 24, 2012 - 10:39 am

Lidia, You have such a great spirit about you! I just want to sit down with you and soak up all you have to offer over a cup of coffee or tea! That would be awesome! If you would be interested in doing that at any time I’m just about an hour or so away from you! I am struggling with paying my bills and trying to get this passion of mine to make money for me and my family. So sometimes I just want to throw my hands up and go get a low wage job just to try to pay the bills. But then I read something that you’ve written and you inspire me once again to keep at it and keep learning and to stop wishing and to just do it!! Thank you so much for that!


Debbie Wibowo - February 24, 2012 - 10:41 am

Very well put. You are such a strong and inspiring person, Lidia. When things don’t go well, I always remind myself to stay positive and that everything else is just a background noise. Hugs!

angie - February 24, 2012 - 10:42 am

I am sorry you were treated poorly! It’s crazy people even think this way! Obviously the family of the child knew you were not being malicious and that’s who really counts!

Katie - February 24, 2012 - 10:43 am

You are a beautiful person. Unfortunately others will always try to tear you down. Just smile and go on… My mother has always said ‘Kill them with kindness’… And she was right. :)

Stephany Hall - February 24, 2012 - 10:47 am

WOW Lidia!! All I can say is I <3 you more everyday!!

Adriana Janky - February 24, 2012 - 11:03 am

I think you are amazing. My mom and dad came from Mexico (legally but that doesn’t matter to some people) and I have seen how others see us because we are not blonde haired or blue eyed or white looking. When I was in high school I went to go out to eat with some of my friends and I was the only Mexican there. In a booth next to us was a little old lady and a friend, and all they did was look back at me and give me dirty looks. It was the first time that I have ever dealt with how others act towards people and it was hurtful but my friends stuck up to me.
No matter what we say, some people will get offended but do not let it bother you, it’s sadly just the way some people are. If you try to help them, or even offer them advice they will get offended and I have dealt with that before too. It is very discouraging from wanting to help others when some people react like that. I hate the fact that sometimes I have to be careful what I say to not offend others, but than you aren’t being yourself and you lose yourself because you have to be careful of what you say. People should understand that we are all human, we make mistakes, we say things that are probably not right but if we explain ourselves they should understand but some just refuse to. This past month, you have shown how generous and amazing you are. I believe your success is never based on the fan count you have but on how you treat others and yourself. You are an inspiring and amazing person. Your pics from 4 years ago are actually good because you have talent :D

Julie - February 24, 2012 - 11:07 am

You are an inspiration! Keep up the wonderful work! xox

Martha Carlson - February 24, 2012 - 11:27 am

I just had to comment after I read this blog entry…

I have always been a firm believer in compassion, equality, anti-racism and viewing the world through non-judgmental eyes. Your words are very powerful, and it is people like you who make the world a much better place.

I have raised my sons to be understanding, compassionate people and they are very willing to step in when they see an injustice, and are strong supporters of people who are being mistreated because of income level, race, religion and ethnic background. this has led them to have friends who are loyal, intelligent, positive and lifelong who may have been overlooked for being “different” Different is a GOOD thing. If you have an accent, that means you are fluent in TWO languages, if you have known poverty, it means you appreciate when good things happen, if you have experienced prejudice, you can fight to spread the message that we all can coexist in this beautiful world we all share…

I have great respect for what you do, and for what you believe in, and how you are raising your beautiful daughter to be a loving person full of grace, love, tolerance and compassion. Those are the greatest gifts of all and they cannot be bought, sold or owned. Their worth is when they are freely given away. You are light in a world of shadows.

Carrie - February 24, 2012 - 11:28 am

Wow. Thank-you so much for sharing. I have only just started following your page, but I want to let you know how much what you have written has meant. YOU are an inspiration to me!

Genevieve - February 24, 2012 - 11:53 am

Lidia, you are an inspiration to so many! Thank you for all you do, you sow so many wonderful seeds of love, kindness and generosity, the list goes on! You should never have been treated in such a way as I and many others witnessed yesterday. You also convicted me through this blog entry that dragging it on with people that act mean isn’t worth the time or the energy. I think many people wanted to protect you because they love you so much! Some of a are bulldogs when people attack those we care about. :) You are an incredible woman Lidia, inside and out! What a legacy you have! The seed you have sown into this world is great! You will receive a mighty harvest!

brooke burrell beasley - February 24, 2012 - 12:01 pm

very well said! you are an amzing person, inside and out! you inspire me!

Jennifer D. - February 24, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Lidia, you are a very genuine person and only those who are too guarded to see that can’t see it. I don’t know what picture you are referring to and it doesn’t matter to me because although I don’t know you face to face, I DO know enough of who you are to know that you would never intentionally create strife. Thank you for being so vulnerable and open, it is truly refreshing and inspirational!

Carmen Foxall - February 24, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Thank you again Lidia…you are such a beautiful person and I know you would never intentionally hurt anyones feelings. You are my hero!

Lori - February 24, 2012 - 12:41 pm

Wow, Lidia! That is a wonderful blog, right from the heart! Thank you for that! You know that boy that was amazed you remembered his name? Wait until he is done school and an adult. I have had similar incidents and get reminded about things I had done that formed these young people into caring adults.

I belong to another site where something similar happened, Lidia. These are the words that were posted there. I was going to message them to you, but I think they would be nice right here on your blog.

“I think there is a quiet strength and power in being nice. Some people think that abruptness and saying everything on your mind is strength. But sometimes, having the self-confidence to lift others is the true power.”

jen - February 24, 2012 - 1:52 pm

what beautiful words…aren’t the words that come from the heart the best?
i read this morning what was written on facebook beside that gorgeous photo of yours and was so shocked. i wanted to add my two cents about how silly people were being and seeing the comments from the MOTHER should have shut them up but i didn’t want to add fuel to the fire so it took all my strength to carry on but i think you handled it with grace and beauty.
now about my once upon a time questions….haha. maybe another time. just wanted to say i am so glad i found you in the world and it’s nice to “meet” you.

Sandy - February 24, 2012 - 6:28 pm

Lidia, this post is exactly why, in my opinion, you have come so far in only a year. You are real and kind and caring and despite all the hate out in the world I truly believe that all anybody wants is to be loved. I think you make people feel that way.

I wish you all the happiness in the world because you deserve it.

Amy - February 24, 2012 - 7:23 pm

wow! you are so inspirational! i think it is just amazing how with your big heart and beautiful words, you can inspire so many people.

Melanie Hood - February 25, 2012 - 6:55 pm

You are a beautiful person. You wear your heart on the outside because that’s where the light is. I have never heard your story before, but now I understand why I like you so much. If we were next door neighbors we would be best friends. xoxox Hugs to you.

Leah Nicole - February 28, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Lydia, you are by far one of the most inspirational and encouraging people on this planet. For ANYONE to doubt your love for others seems like a foreign concept to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do, for others and for our industry. YOU ARE A CANDLE.

Much love and respect for you!

Lauren O - March 22, 2012 - 9:18 am

So glad I came across this blog post. Didn’t see the image you are referring too but know how quick people are to jump on someone w/o taking the time to think first. Thank you for sharing so much of your personal life experiences. Even though I don’t know you personally, your kind, giving spirit comes thru! Thank you for all you do.

Marcos Antonio Mytil Portorreal - May 14, 2012 - 10:51 pm

is a great pleasur to me write in this blog I speak more spian than in english but my english is grow up and I try to be so, I like the advise like this beacause this is the love that we have to be for all people in the world ´cause we are brother no matter the color or skin or ideology, thanks.

marcos antonio mytil portorreal - September 29, 2013 - 5:20 pm

thanks to everybody