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By Laura Morita-Yeun
on February 14, 2015
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Nothin' But Blue Skies was on the FAVORITE THINGS list for Clickin' Moms 2014

By Laura Morita-Yeun
on February 13, 2015
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I'm sort of proud to say that my Nothin' But Blue Skies Bundle made the coveted 2014 Clickin' Moms Favorite Things list. I'm super late on bragging about it. The holidays were crazy busy, and I'm just now getting my wits about me again. 

But hey! Check it out!!!

Imagination is More Important than Knowledge

By Laura Morita-Yeun
on November 19, 2014
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I recently have become acquainted with this quote by Albert Einstein:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

How wonderful is that? I have found myself living a little bit more in my mind lately (an interesting place to be) and imagining whatever I want to imagine. What if my friend was dancing with an elephant? What if that girl fed a giraffe? What if my son fought a dragon? What if? And... why not?

And so my silhouette series was born. Quite on accident, really. A joke with a friend turned into my creating this first image, and from there has blossomed into a wonderful series that I'm sure will continue to grow as my mind sees fit.

 

I wanted her to pet a giraffe, but in the original image, she didn't have her arm up. So, I created an arm. Why not?

And why wouldn't my friend be dancing with an elephant in Utah? Seems logical... Well, not logical, but magical, and that's the kind of "-ical" I can get behind.

While I know this makes no sense that a dolphin would be leaping out of shallow water, my friend dared me, so what was I supposed to do? What was I supposed to do???

And then, of course, it snowballed. Now I had to make a lion high fiving my friend Alix, here.

It wasn't long before my attention turned to my kids. Not sure which ones are mine here...

I became slightly obsessed, drawing the animals using my mouse... I NEED a tablet.

Once I started, I found that it released a joy in me I hadn't felt in a while. The ability to create something whimsical made my heart beat faster and my smile grow larger.

My daughter loves pegacorns, so clearly, this had to happen.

If you can dream it, you can make it. I love that. I just love it.

 

My friend's daughter said goodbye to her grandmother this year. Her grandmother loved hummingbirds.

And this client loves giraffes.

Her sister loves monkeys.

My son has always wanted to slay a dragon. He then drew a picture of a three headed hydra and told me he wanted to fight a dragon with his hydra helping him. So, I had to make that happen.

We can be whatever our imagination will allow us to be. We can go anywhere. Be anyone. Stand side by side with the king of the jungle.

We are the masters of our own worlds. Kind of awesome, huh?

I am enjoying this ride and hope you enjoy going on it with me. 

 

xoxo

Laura

The story of why cancer sucks and why my family wears wigs on Thanksgiving... I mean, "Thankswigging."

By Laura Morita-Yeun
on November 05, 2014
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It was almost five years ago that I received a phone call from my dad giving me news that no daughter wants to hear. “Tumors everywhere... All over her brain...” He was talking about my mom. My vibrant, selfless, retired nurse mom had been on a medical mission trip in Guatemala in February 2010 when she had her first symptoms. She was escorted back to Texas where my dad met her and flew her back to California. She was admitted to UCSF Medical Center, and our worst fears were realized: Primary Lymphoma of the brain. Cancer.

 

I cannot even write that small portion of our history without my throat constricting as I fight to keep tears from obscuring my sight. The following years are a blur of being in and out of the hospital: cancer, chemo, rehab, home, more chemo, then home, and back again. She went into remission but that was short lived. Cancer again. Chemo again. Then cancer again. Radiation. Chemo. When would it stop? Would it stop??? HOW COULD THIS BE HAPPENING TO MY MOM?

 

There are many stories to share from this period of my life. I can remember breaking down into uncontrollable, helpless tears in the middle of the hospital floor, crumbling to the ground and sobbing, only later to be found by my dad who held me while we both shook with grief. I can still feel my dad's sobbing body against my own. I can remember the joy we felt when we were first told that the cancer was gone! That elated feeling that everything was okay and the future was bright. And I can remember my mom putting her hand onto my face after the second recurrence of the cancer, looking deeply into my eyes and saying “I don't want you to be sad.” Oh, Mom...

 

Cancer is just about the most evil beast there is. It wreaks havoc on every life it touches, filling those quiet moments with uncertainty. Mom has a cold... could it be something more? Cancer. I hate it. I wish cancer would get cancer and die.

 

But this is not to be a story of why cancer sucks. This is a story of thankfulness.

 

This is a story of love.

 

My mom has been out of the hospital for well over a year now. Going on two years. I remember in February 2013, she got a clear MRI: no cancer. When I told my daughter that her MRI was clear, she said, “Zero? None?” I said yes, and she exclaimed, “Zero None is the best kind of cancer!” Truer words have never been said. 

 

 

She has not had a recurrence since then.

 

We are grateful. There are always reasons to complain. There are always things that could be better. I hate that my mom still has to fight every day for strength. I hate that she has lost the independence she spent her whole life enjoying. She used her independence to help others. She and my dad are both models of the type of person I want to be: a giving, loving, empathic person who does what she can to make this world a brighter place. And so while I could complain, today, I stand here choosing to see the blinding beauty that this world has to offer.

 

Today, I choose to be grateful for what I have.

 

Last year, we enjoyed a Thanksgiving with my mom where she wasn't in the hospital. The previous year, my mom was getting chemo in the hospital on Thanksgiving day. My brother brought her a Thanksgiving meal, and she threw it up. That Thanksgiving was a rough one. So, last year, she was home. She was cancer free. And we had to celebrate. And it had to be a big celebration. And because my family isn't really known for being entirely normal, we celebrated our first annual Thankswigging.

 

Thankswigging. That's not a type-o. On Thankgiving Day we donned our best wigs and gave thanks. We celebrated what we had. We rejoiced in our silliness, our family, our friendships, our laughter.

 

We celebrated our love.

 

 

Through all the chemotherapy my mom got, she actually never lost her hair. A strange silver lining, I suppose, that while the cancer ravaged her brain, the chemo didn't affect the covering on her head. We didn't wear wigs on Thanksgiving to match a wig my mom wore, although that would have been a damn fine idea. We wore wigs on Thanksgiving because it's fun. Try it. Try putting a wig on your head and not laughing.

 

 

 

We put on wigs because it made everything a little better. Seriously, I dare you to put on a wig and not laugh. Putting a wig on your head will lift your spirits. And if you have a loved one who is wearing a wig because they have lost their hair, then putting on a wig acknowledges that fight and has you all standing up in solidarity against cancer. Screw cancer!

 

So this Thanksgiving, I ask that you find some wigs, put them on your heads, and say, “Screw you, Cancer. We are thankful for the blessings in our lives, regardless of where we are right now. We are thankful for love, for family, for friendship. Screw you, cancer. You got nothin' on us because we got LOVE.

 

Last year, we put on our wigs, laughed, hugged, giggled, and listened to my mom, wearing her black afro wig, as she gave our Thanksgiving prayer, a quote from Meister Eckhart:

 

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

 

Amen to that.

 

 

The week that changed everything

By Laura Morita-Yeun
on November 01, 2014
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Sounds so dramatic and insane, but in many ways, for me, it's true.... 

This year, I had the absolute pleasure of going to my first photography conference ever when I went to Clickin' Moms first annual Click Away conference. I was asked to be a platform speaker for two topics near and dear to my heart: Capturing Childhood and Fixing it in Photoshop/Fixing in in Camera. I had done some presentations for Canon earlier last year, so I felt prepared for talking to a group and feel like I was so much more at ease during my talks! What a blast!

And while I loved teaching, what I loved even more was finally getting a chance to meet some photographers that I have known online for years. Not only that, but I made new friends with photographers I had not yet had the pleasure of meeting. And all of it was amazing.

For so many of us photographers, we have a support group of other photographers that we have met on forums or social media. They are our peeps. They have our backs. They offer support, critique, advice... about photography...and kids...and marriage...and exercise...and um, well, everything. Many of them, we will never meet. They'll "just" be our online friends. But I'm telling you: if you can find a way to meet some of those people that support you, do it. Find a way. Shoot more sessions, offer mini sessions, sell a lens, have a freaking bake sale, but FIND A WAY to meet these people. I'm telling you. It's worth it.

And so I did. I found a way. I left my family for the longest I have ever been away from my kids. I was gone for 5 days, and let me tell you: it was amazing. (Sorry, darling family, but it was....) That week changed me.

Here's what I learned:

1) There are a lot of people out there who share a passion for photography. Being around them will make you feel instantly relaxed because you have a core thing in common.

2) Some of those people with whom you share this love of photography will also spark something else in you--an excitement about friendship, an ease in talking about anything. It doesn't have to be about photography. You will realize that you could talk to them about a gazillion different things and love every conversation.

3) Laughing until you snort is priceless.

4) You are capable of way more than you think you are. Just stop being afraid.

That last lesson? Well that was a lesson I heard over and over again, from the keynote speaker, Elizabeth Gilbert, from my fabulous and talented friend Summer Murdock, from tons of other photographers as we commiserated and shared our fears. We all just need to stop being afraid.

Elizabeth Gilbert shared a saying that I had never heard before, but I'm in love with it:

Argue for Your Limitations, and You Get to Keep Them.

I am so guilty of that. I stop myself from succeeding. I make reasons why I won't succeed, why I can't succeed, why I don't even deserve to succeed. I stand there, blocking my very own path with my insecurities and fears.

Well, screw that. I'm done with that. I may not succeed in everything I hope to accomplish, but I will no longer be the one that stops me from trying.

That realization changed me. And having that realization around a group of other photographers who love and support me has made it really easy to hold onto my new resolve to kick ass in this world. I am blessed. We are all blessed.

So, here's some pictures that I took while I was there. I have a lot of favorite ones, but simply can't share them all in one blog post. So, I'll just pick some, and be prepared for me to share more. My heart is in these pictures. I still look at them 6 weeks later and my heart beats faster. I am blessed.

This night was an amazing night spent with some hilarious and talented people. From left to right, Kristen Cook, Summer Murdock, Alix Martinez, and Rachel Devine. I love them.

These selfies, which probably are the best selfies ever taken ever, OBVIOUSLY, were shot by me with my Canon 16-35L lens at 16mm. I love everything about them. Well, except for the fact that these are some of the only pictures I got of Alix's face. 

Kristen whips her hair back and forth. And yes, that's a fake sky. :) Wanna learn how to do this? Check these out.

 She really likes to whip that hair. And she is hilarious. OMG. For some reason, I didn't think that cute sweet face would be so dang hilarious. But she is. Hilarious. And cute and sweet.

 I took a lot of silhouettes that night, but I think I'll save those for another post.

I have to say a little somethin' about this beautiful lady here.

That's Taryn from Blu Hippo Photography. She is one of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever met. I probably spent the most time with her, and I am pretty dang happy about that. She introduced me to the Avett Brothers, and so now I'm introducing you to them. Love their music, but not as much as I love her. 

Here she is again being utterly adorable. Look at that sweetest smile ever. She truly has a heart of gold. I want to explain how amazing she is, but I can't do her justice. She's just wonderful. 

This is Jennifer of Jennifer Dell Photography and her darling daughter. They are both very sweet and obviously gorgeous. Not pictured, is her amazing husband who took care of their sweet beautiful newborn while we played and took pictures. Those two are an amazing couple. OMG. Loved seeing their partnership.  

Another fake sky. Couldn't help myself...that would have been a whole lot of white sky otherwise....

Cheezmo. Look at her FACE! Such a doll.

And Liz Labianca and her perfectly delicious daughter. Liz is so down to earth and real, it's really quite awesome just being around her.

OK. I said I wasn't going to share any more silhouettes, but I have to just share one more.... I have since played with this image more, adding a giraffe (because that's normal), but here's a simplified image of Summer. I really adore Summer. She's funny and introspective and smart and talented and so dang easy to talk to. Super blessed to be able to call her a friend. She makes me happy.

I have a gazillion more, but I'm tired and need to sleep, plus looking at all of these pictures is making me a little sad. I miss my crew.

Thanks for looking. I hope you have your own crew of people that lift you up and bring you light. Friends are a beautiful thing. 

 

And in case you didn't get the take home message: Believe in yourself. Don't be the one who stands in the way of your awesome. Unleash that awesome, my friends.

 

xoxo,

Laura

My store

By Laura Morita-Yeun
on October 06, 2014
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Welcome! This store is a labor of love, and I'm so glad you're here!

When I first started taking pictures of my two kiddos, I never in a million years dreamed that one day I would be creating art that I love and be in a position to help other photographers unleash their awesome. It is my goal to improve the work that photographers are making. I am inspired by love, light, and color and have a true love for teaching. I have three siblings...all teachers! And me? I'm a home health physical therapist and photographer. What do physical therapy and photography have in common? I'll tell you what: an ability to connect with another human being...being let into their lives to help and inspire them. I love what I do!

I have lots of ideas for products and services to help improve your art. Stay tuned!

And no blog post is complete without some pictures. Each of these images represents a tutorial that you get when you buy my Nothin' but Blue Skies overlays, actions, cloud brushes, and tutorials.

 

Pure awesome.

 

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