As if it were the light of a million flames…

I recently had the privilege of being apart of something so spectacular! Something that only comes along once in a life time. A baby’s FIRST birthday. Coming from a mother’s perspective and a first time mother at that, just getting our beloveds through the 1st year IN ONE PIECE is a celebration in itself.

What they say is true. Time really does pass you by in the blink of an eye. So cherish your loved ones and savor every moment. Every laugh. Every cry. Every fall, scrape or bump. Every interaction through every new milestone and adventure. Because in what may seem like a blink of an eye, they will have grown from 1 year, to 3… 5… 10… 16… and before you know it, they’ll be off making new adventures of their very own.

As if it were the light of a million flames, let your innocent smile shine and brighten up the lives of all who surround you!

Happy 1st Birthday baby boy.



If The Train Doesn’t Stop At Your Station, Then Its Not Your Train.

I had actually forgotten all about this railroad location until I was on the way to the initial area I had in mind and accidentally took the wrong exit. I guess it was meant to be because as soon as I got to the light I was like “Auh, heo yeah!”.

Here’s the sneakiest little peek to Lali’s Halloween Themed Boudoir Photoshoot. Yes, we shot outdoors… in broad daylight. She’s so brave!


If the train doesn’t stop at your station, then its not your train.

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Make no little plans but of big ones. Though the hours may seem to grow slow and obstacles will be sure to arise; you may change direction but never change your decision to get there. Aim high with hope, work diligently and advance confidently.

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Cue the fireworks!

We are always looking for great ways to decorate our homes. Yeah, we can all go to an art gallery and spend a few hundred to a thousand bucks on a painting of fruit or flowers. And while that’s great too, the whole point of decorating our homes is to dress it in ways that reflect ourselves. In ways that scream character and individuality. So put on a unique display for all to see and choose something a little more personal and intimate; privileged. Like beautiful family portraits, portraits of your pets, accomplishments, etc. No need to wait for the 4th to roll by. Get ready cause the fireworks start now at Shortys Shots. 

BOOK NOW: Get 1 free 11×14 print of your choosing. Included is, your choice as well, of either a Glossy, Lustre, or Metallic finish. Look around your home and visualize where you could place this magnificent piece… Envision the kind of image it would be… Now tell me something. How gratified do you feel right now? How proud would you be to hang that up on your wall?

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July 3rd: Build a Scarecrow Day – Scarecrows are built to stand out in the garden to scare crows and other birds away. The crops are out growing in the field during the summer months. So, if you’re going to build a scarecrow for your garden, the time is now. Hence, a July date.

July 3rd: Compliment Your Mirror Day – Stand in front of your mirror with your eyes closed. Take a few deep breaths, relax your mind, and loosen your body. Now, open your eyes.  Take a good look at the person looking back at you. What an extraordinary view! Absolutely stunning. Do not let this special holiday be overshadowed by the 4th of July. Make sure to compliment your mirror for displaying this beautiful person. Love yourself.

July 4th:  Independence Day, the 4th of July – The birthday of our nation. This day, we celebrate and enjoy the freedom that comes with the event that made this day so special. Fourth of July is not complete without parades and fireworks. Fireworks are enjoyed by almost everyone. You should have your choice of several locations in your area on the Fourth, or even the day before.


July 4th: Sidewalk Egg Frying Day – It’s hotter than hot this time of year and everything seems to be sizzling. So hot in fact, you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. (On a side note: try making nachos! I did this as a kid and loved it. We just lined a cardboard box with foil, threw in some chips and cheese, and waited. DELICIOUS!)

July 7th: Chocolate Day – Did you know? Chocolate is a vegetable. It comes from the Cacao tree found in tropical rain forests. There goes that guilty conscience. Eat chocolate!

July 11th: World Population Day – World Population Day focuses upon people under 25, reproductive issues, and health. This day is sponsored by the United Nations World Population Fund (UNFPA). According to the UNFPA website, the focus of this day is upon people under 25 and those at reproductive age. This day seeks to provide education and awareness to reproductive health, reproductive choice, family planning, and to provide a better future for young people. You can participate in World Population Day by playing a role in bringing awareness of these issues to the youth in your community.

 July 17th: National Ice Cream Day – In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month. He also established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month.

July 23rd: National Hot Dog Day – Hot diggety dog for National Hot Dog Day!!!! On this date, we celebrate one of America’s favorite summer sandwiches. Yes, sandwich, and it is only fitting that this dog gets its day. Summer in America equals pools, grills, picnics, etc. Hot dogs are center stage and the go to aside from burgers. They are at the ballpark. They are sold from carts on street corners in every city. It’s not hard to find them. We consume hundreds of millions of hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone. Enjoy National Hot Dog Day to the fullest. And, don’t forget to cook a few on a stick at the evening campfire.

July 30th: Father-in-Law Day – This day honors your loving, funny, and yes, sometimes a little grumpy and intimidating father-in-law. Regardless of his personality and charms, this day is dedicated to your spouse’s Dad. And, he certainly deserves a little recognition.

Good ways to celebrate this day are to send him a card, spend a little time with him, or give him his favorite snack. Important note: If you gave your Father-In-Law recognition on Father’s Day,  it’s okay to give him a little recognition and a show of appreciation this day too.

July 31st: Mutt’s Day – Mutts deserve their day in the spotlight, as much as a pure breed. If you own a mutt, or you are a mutt (reading this), then you know this day is for you. By definition a mutt, sometimes called a “Half-breed”, is a dog that is of mixed breed.  They come from two to several breeds. Purebred owners, and sometimes the public in general, view them as lesser in many ways. Mutt owners know better. They value the diversity and uniqueness of their mutts. Sure, a mutt doesn’t carry the expensive price tag that a purebred with papers has on its head. To the mutt owner, however, the mutt is invaluable. In addition, mutts don’t walk around needing to prove anything. You won’t see them strutting around any dog shows trying to prove they are the best.

To all mutts and and mutt owners, we hope you thoroughly enjoy Mutt’s Day. Spend the day relaxing and doing all the things you and your dog like to do. Do so with both of your chins held high. For your mutt is worth a million bucks!


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A big THANK YOU to all my clients, because without you I wouldn’t be this.

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”

~Ralph Marston

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With much respect and appreciation,

AJ Chavez