August 26, 2014
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. . . and all the people cheered!

 

At the beginning of the month, Sandy traveled to Las Vegas for a very special event—her wedding.

She and her prince charming, Candelario Quiroz, met at the Little Chapel in Vegas on August 3rd, made forever promises, and started their happily ever after.

Sandy and Candelario were thrilled to share the happy moment with family and friends. For those who couldn’t travel to Vegas, the wedding was available as a live-stream event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsC13X2xTBI&feature=youtu.be&noredirect=1

 

Her friend and colleague Jerry Ghionis was the wedding photographer. The wedding fun also included a photo shoot at the neon graveyard and zip lining on the strip.

This new chapter of Sandy’s life is filled with love, hope, and a joyous view of the future. As you might know, Sandy’s had some bitter with the sweet of life. As is her tendency, she reached out to friends and loved ones with a special message:

 

“I am grateful for the friendships I’ve enjoyed over the years—friends who have walked alongside me when days were bright as well as during difficult moments. Now that I’m embarking on a new beginning, the celebration is that much sweeter because of the love and support I’ve generously been shown. A heartfelt thank-you barely covers the depth of gratitude extended to those special folks. May you be abundantly blessed for the kindnesses you’ve shown and the encouragement you’ve shared.”

~ Sandy

 

We hope you join with her staff in wishing her all the best as she and Candelario start their lives together with a combined five children, one dog, and the chaos that big, happy families enjoy. 

 
June 24, 2014
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In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams

Ahh, June...

Who doesn’t have fond memories of the month of June? Everyone who has ever been a child recalls the feeling that settles in your heart when school’s dismissed, and the summer stretches out, seemingly endless and with possibilities galore.

I was raised in a small farming community in Utah, and summer was a glorious, magical time. In addition to the usual joys kids had in the summer, my childhood summers gave me opportunities to learn some entrepreneurial skills.

A favorite summer memory is of climbing trees at 5:00AM to pick cherries. I loved starting the day high up in the sky as the sun rose and birds greeted the day. As I worked away alongside my siblings and cousins, I tallied up the money I’d make. At 10 cents a pound, at the end of the day I’d have a few dollars. Some would go to pay admission to the public pool and enjoy an ice cream cone, and the rest I saved.

Financial freedom came early, and the lessons I learned have stayed with me. So, in addition to the fun of summer, I also learned to embrace the opportunities that summer offered.

These days, between moments of making memories with my four children, long June days give me the opportunity to join my clients outside to capture beautiful portraits of sun-kissed children and happy families. I’m blessed to love what I do and provide my clients with portraits they’ll cherish forever.

This June, step outside and enjoy the sweet days of summer. Roast some marshmallows, fly a kite, catch fireflies, and just enjoy time spent with loved ones. That’s what I’ll be doing.

 
June 13, 2014
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June 06, 2014
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Gotcha Day Revealed

I am excited to finally share the first of several short films that were produced following my trip to China.

I had the privilege of interviewing, filming, and watching CCAI adoptive parents meet their beautiful Chinese babies for the first time. There were so many emotions wrapped in the moment. We had been warned there would be lots of screaming and tears from the children, but that was expected because the kids had been well loved and didn’t want to leave their nannies. It was total chaos, but in the midst of it all, some of the most precious moments I witnessed on this trip occurred.

It was said that although this is the greatest day in the parents’ lives, it is the worst day in the children’s. They are leaving their home, their language, and faces they knew for a world yet to be revealed. For me, watching the commotion was very unnerving. Towards the end of the day I was exhausted from sharing the joy and sadness alike. I watched these families retire to their rooms early with sweat-drenched, swollen-eyed children, and I also longed for refreshing sleep to let the madness go.

By breakfast the next day, you would have thought their new parents raised these kids. They were smiling, waving, laughing, and holding on the their ba-bas and Mamas so tightly. In less than 14 hours a bond had been formed, and happiness abounded. I am not sure which day made me cry harder.

Each of these children has special needs—cleft pallets, heart conditions, missing limbs, or HIV. They were all welcomed into their new families as perfect additions.

A big thank you to all of the families that let me document their amazing journey. It was a life-changing experience for me.

View the images.


 
May 21, 2014
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I am excited to share the last portion of the CCAI Adopteens trip. After a wonderful journey through Beiijing we enjoyed an 11 hour train ride through the night. We arrived the next morning in Nanchang and headed for a hotel to drop off our things and then go shopping. The girls raised money to purchase things such as toys, DVD players, food processors, and air conditioners for the children. After a debriefing it was time to head to the orphanage. This is what the girls came so far for and the energy was beyond excited. There were mixed emotions as they imagined visiting the orphanages that some of them had actually been adopted from. The girls were anxious to see the children and learn more about where they came from and how they were cared for. To view images click here.

    

Watching them for the first time was hard. I could see confusion and sadness mixed with joy and passion. There were many questions asked and I am sure many more that they kept inside. I am so glad I got to see them go through the entire process. Towards the end they had formed bonds with the children that would forever change their view of how they were adopted. To view images click here

    

The entire journey was a life changing experience for both Nik and I. The things we saw and emotions felt changed many of my views of the adoption process.  After it was all over I realized how two beautiful souls, Lily and Joshua Zhong, made the decision years ago to save one child at a time. It reminded me of the story of the man walking on a beach throwing stranded starfish back into the ocean. Another man walks by and said, "Why are you doing that? There are thousands of them it won’t make a difference." The man bent over, picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean and replied, “It made a difference to that one.” Lily and Joshua, you are true heroes...

    

To view images click here

Images by Nikolai Puc' Photography

 
May 13, 2014
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May is a pious fraud of the almanac. ~James R. Lowell

Here in Colorado we had crazy weather for Mother’s Day—snow! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

The older I get, the more reflective I become on Mother’s Day. Of course my thoughts go to my mother and how dear she is to me. In my mind, she is something of a superhero. She took care of her father’s farm, raised five children, and took on many church responsibilities in addition to the daily tasks required to manage a household. I’m not sure how she actually did it all. And in addition to that, she inspired me to be whatever I wanted. She was my first cheerleader when I decided to pick up a camera and pursue a career.

I also enjoy celebrating Mother’s Day because I am blessed to have four delightful children that brighten my world. My kids keep me both grounded in reality and reaching for my dreams—and theirs.

Two weeks ago, my daughter Katie graduated from college. I’m so proud of her. I truly can’t believe how time flies so quickly. It sounds trite, but it feels as if she just started kindergarten last week. One graduation down, three to go, and I know that time will go by in a blur. It’s exciting to see Katie start out in the world, secure in her knowledge and bravely setting out to make her mark.


Katie graduating! Sandy and Katie Puć

May is also the month that I head outdoors to begin the season of outdoor photography. It’s an honor to venture outside and capture both the beauty of my clients and the splendor of the fresh, green countryside. It’s thrilling to know my clients will cherish the images I take for years to come.

If you’re a photographer, I hope you have a happy, successful spring shooting season. If you’re a lover of great photography, I hope you take advantage of the beautiful weather and the skills of a local photographer to capture some special moments with your family. It’s time well spent—images of loved ones grow more dear with each passing year. 

 
May 08, 2014
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I am finally able to share the Adopteen images from the trip to Asia. This is part one as the girls enjoyed China. To view the images please click here.

Meeting these girls and having the opportunity to travel with them as many of them saw China for the first time was life changing. There were so many things I was not prepared for as I watched them try to take in all there was to see. To view the images please click here.

Imagine being born in a country, raised in a different one with people who do not look like you and then traveling back to a land you do not know or understand. There were so many questions that the girls struggled with as they tried to understand why they were abandoned, who they really were and where they fit in. It was an emotional and heart wrenching journey and yet they each came with their own strength and they helped each other through the adventure. To view the images please click here.

         

There was laughter and joy and many moments of pure hysterics. It was really interesting watching the Chinese watch the girls too. They could see that they looked Chinese, but their american style, mannerisms and bounding laughter left the quiet locals shaking their heads. To view the images please click here.

    

To view the images please click here.

 

Images by Nikolai Puc Photography

 
April 24, 2014
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It is wonderful to reflect back on the beautiful children we were able to work with in China. To view the second series please click here.


    

All of these babies will be adopted over the next few months. It was so fun to watch them smile and play. It was hard to believe that they all have some type of medical condition. In spite of conditions ranging from cleft pallets, missing limbs to HIV, they all had so much spirt and joy. Honestly I wanted to take them all home with me!  To view the second series please click here.

I was so happy knowing that soon they would be with forever families. They will have parents who love them and homes they will feel safe in. The work being done by CCAI is remarkable and I still feel so blessed to have been a small part of telling their story. To view the second series please click here.

     

To view the second series please click here.


Photo credit Nikolai Puc' Photography

 
April 22, 2014
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Since the inception of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS), Sandy and her company have been proud to devote time and effort toward this organization that provides remembrance photography for parents suffering the loss of a baby.

This week Sevenly is giving you the opportunity to be a part of the fundraising effort to support this worthy charity.  For every item purchased, Sevenly will donate $7 to NILMDTS. Your donation will help fund photography sessions and portraits Please shop generously!