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Letting the Butterfly Out of Her Box {Central Florida, photographer}

Mar
06

Every single child has a different style of learning. Having five, I have found that each and everyone of them are very VERY different. My daughter has the imagination of a pixie and is completely in love with all things whimsical and handmade. Her favorite toys are those that she can feel and embrace. She has treasure boxes everywhere. I find them in my clothes, my car and even in my shoes. Little boxes filled with a little girls dreams & things that sparkle. Finding her learning style took me some time. Honestly, I was at the end of my rope. Then I realized something; I was no longer having fun. I was force feeding her information, numbers and letters. I was putting her in a box and slamming down the lid.

Well, I have let the butterfly out! We have had days of wonderful learning, making messes and creating masterpieces. This was by far her favorite. We were working on the letter “D” and all that entailed. You should have seen the look on her face when I told her we were going to make a dress and dropped some wonderful goodies all over the floor. Sure there was a mess to clean up, but honestly, it was worth it. She is worth it. Take time to let them be children, stop rushing them and look at the world through their eyes. Slow down and enjoy their amazing world. I do not plan on ever putting that lid back on the box, she is free to fly!

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Inspiration for this fun came from an article I read about a mom and her little girl creating dresses together. Check it out HERE!

Amanda Star

Letting the Butterfly Out of Her Box {Central Florida, photographer}

Mar
06

Every single child has a different style of learning. Having five, I have found that each and everyone of them are very VERY different. My daughter has the imagination of a pixie and is completely in love with all things whimsical and handmade. Her favorite toys are those that she can feel and embrace. She has treasure boxes everywhere. I find them in my clothes, my car and even in my shoes. Little boxes filled with a little girls dreams & things that sparkle. Finding her learning style took me some time. Honestly, I was at the end of my rope. Then I realized something; I was no longer having fun. I was force feeding her information, numbers and letters. I was putting her in a box and slamming down the lid. Well, I have let the butterfly out! We have had days of wonderful learning, making messes and creating masterpieces. This was by far her favorite. We were working on the letter “D” and all that entailed. You should have seen the look on her face when I told her we were going to make a dress and dropped some wonderful goodies all over the floor. Sure there was a mess to clean up, but honestly, it was worth it. She is worth it. Take time to let them be children, stop rushing them and look at the world through their eyes. Slow down and enjoy their amazing world. I do not plan on ever putting that lid back on the box, she is free to fly!

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Inspiration for this fun came from an article I read about a mom and her little girl creating dresses together. Check it out HERE!

Amanda Star

INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER {can I say that???}

Mar
03

YES – I think I CAN! I think that I shall shout it from the roof tops!!!! I AM AN INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER!!!! Whoa – that is super weird to say, much less read. But hey, if the sparkly heels fit….  I know you are most likely a little confused, let me help you! I entered a FAB contest with the amazing Lemonade & Lenses, it is their Winter International Photography Competition and I could not believe I placed! I didn’t just place, I placed in 1st in the Children’s category! I am still in shock. There is a whole funny story about me almost pulling my 27 inch Mac off my desk (it was attached to my phone) and scaring my family half to death when I got the news!  So, check  out the amazing Lemonade & Lenses HERE and LIKE  Amanda Star Photography on FB to join in on a super fun giveaway to celebrate!

 

This image just makes me so happy. It meant so much to me when I was shooting it, it was all about dreams, capturing your dreams and letting some go.

 

Amanda Star

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Bring on the Big Dogs!!!!! {Central Fl, Photographer}

Jan
17

Our whole married lives we have always owned little dogs. Always teenie tiny little dogs. After seeing Jag on a friends Face book page, we decided to check him out at our local shelter. Choosing to adopt a big dog was not an easy decision and not one that we took lightely. I mean, with five kids I had to know that he would be a good fit. He had been at the shelter since September and was a favorite with the volunteers. We ended up bringing him home that day. I am still a little nervous about owning such a large dog and we have had to learn as a family how to train and work with him. I can’t speak highly enough about the volunteers and workers at the Citrus County Animal Shelter. Their kindness and hardwork is what helped him to keep his fantastic personality through three months of being at the shelter.

We discovered that he LOVES bubbles! He will “eat” every single one that he finds! He is the sweetest thing ever, unless you mess with one of his kids, then he is awesomely protective! Check out your local shelter and see if maybe there is a good fit for your family!

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As you can see, everyone loves him and he adds so much fun to our family!

Amanda Star