Behind the Camera and Dreaming

Catch the Moment 365 | Week 29

I am going to do a little something different today and combine last week's 365 with Oh Hey Friday! So, check out our week in photos then head down to see today's five things!

Over the past week, I've had lots of ups and downs. Really high highs, like when the perinatoligist says baby boy is perfectly average, the ultrasound technician even called his heart pretty, and knowing taking Jonah with us to get to experience it all with us was the right decision. He loved it. He talked to the tech and the doctor telling them how he was going to share his jammies and tickle his baby brother's feet. Man I love these boys with my whole heart! We also got to have a short vacation and put our toes in the sand for a couple of days. Then there were very low moments too, like I wrote about here.

197|365 New Noonday piece from McCall's sample sale. She's in Rwanda right now on an amazing trip. 

198|365 After our appointment. He claimed these pictures of baby brother as his and put them low on the fridge with his animal magnets!

199|365 Friday, we made it down to the beach before our room was ready but we got to hang out by the pool and experienced the splash pad before a storm rolled in for the night! Side note: my husband says that swim "diaper" isn't very manly and he did wear trunks other times, but I think he looks way more comfy than the kid with the trunks down to his ankles. I don't know how dudes swim in those things. 

200|365 Clark Family Picture for day 200!


201|365 We left the beach on Sunday afternoon, but not before we experienced some sunshine! Please excuse my child's forced smile! I just wanted to be IN a picture with him!

202|365 It felt pretty good to kind of get back into our routine on Monday.

203|365 Always part of the routine.

So here we go with Five things for this week! 

1. Every Friday Sarah, Mindi, and I host a place for photographers of all kinds to share, explore, grow and connect. Our common goal: one photo, every day, for three hundred and sixty five days. Whether you are using a fancy smancy professional camera, your first DSLR, a point and shoot, or your ever-so-handy phone camera, we want to see your photos! We want to see the moments you caught each day. How amazing will it be to see each of us accomplish something that seems so big? For more info on how to join in start here. (more after the link up)!



2. This group has the biggest giveaway going on right now! Those of you who are even slightly into photography HAVE to check it out! I am so thankful for these sponsors all saying yes to us and helping us celebrate making it half way through a year of photos every day! I hope it encourages you to do your own 365 or 52 or just make a point to capture your precious memories! You can find the giveaway here!

3. I am trying to take on a few last photography sessions before it's time for baby countdown (10 weeks or less left oh my goodness!) So, if you are local check out the special packages I'm offering for August! Gray Mornings.com

4. I have two more giveaways I am currently a part of - so be sure to check those out on the side bar! I don't have posts up about all of them! Target Gift Card - Wish Sarah a Happy Anniversary and Blogiversary! Last but not least - moolah from September FARM + you could get ad space here for free! Speaking of ad space use code "JULY" for 35% off any ad here on BTCAD! I would love to have you! More on Advertising right up at the top of the blog! (that was way more than one thing- sorry)

5. Last but not least, I am planning to do a lot of work on baby brother's space this weekend! Send me good sewing vibes and check out Instagram because I might be either complaining about makign no progress or celebrating actually getting some things accomplished. (anyone have one of those 20% offs for babies r us? We have to buy a new crib mattress this weekend). I have also been doing a lot of pinning for baby!

Have a great one!

Catch the Moment 365




Preparing a Space for Baby | Plum Stitch Quilt Review

Since this pregnancy now feels like it's flying by, I have made it my mission to actually get some things checked off my list. We are finally getting our bedroom put back together after Wesley renovated our closet and I'm actually hoping to have the crib put together this weekend and purchase a new mattress. A few weeks ago I purchased some fabric for sheets, a boppy cover, and I am going to attempt recovering the bouncy seat we have - we'll see how that goes. I also have plans to make him a quilt. My mom and I (mostly her) made Jonah a baby quilt and he uses it more now as a toddler than ever, so I've decided that I'm not in a big rush to get the quilt done and if it doesn't get done at all - no worries because we got the most amazing quilt from Plum Stitch!

Since we are putting the baby in our room, I decided to go with a pretty neutral palette but want to add a little nautical theme. I have so many ideas and I'm hoping to make them all come to life over the next several weeks.  Having this quilt, a quilt that I love, makes me feel like we have a little jump start toward baby brother having his own special little place. I thought I'd photograph it in our room, soon to be shared with baby brother, and I couldn't stop taking pictures of all the little details. I wanted to show you all how much attention to detail there is in a Plum Stitch Quilt. 


This is the corner where we will put the glider and I have a feeling this quilt will live on the glider. The main reason - it's big enough to cover mama's legs and this winter this corner will be a little drafty (old house - lots of windows in this room). 


When Sarah initially offered to make us a quilt, I was so excited and knew that I wanted the twinkle twinkle little star quilt. I picked gray for the piping and accent lettering. Don't forget to look closely because the whole song is stitched on the quilt in white thread. I love the soft, fluffy cloud like fabric and with the words, it just has that much more uniqueness and appeal.


I can't wait to tuck it around my new little guy while humming the melody that inspired his first quilt that is all his! Sarah was sweet enough to add a few little decor/lovey anchors and a special J lovey for Jonah. He said "that was sooo sweet!" Then proceeded to put all of them, quilt included on his bed. The quilt fits perfectly on his toddler bed (which is crib sized) but I promptly removed the quilt and told him it was baby brothers. Poor little guy deserves something new and all his own right?


A little more about Plum Stitch: 

"I still have the first quilt that was made for me - a worn, pink quilt with a big rabbit on it, created by a neighbor when I was born. Being able to tuck someone in with a quilt is such a simple and easy way to show your love, and I'm honored that the quilts I design and make become a part of your life."
- Sara Neal, Founder
Plum Stitch creates beautiful, heirloom-quality quilts inspired by traditional whole cloth quilts, but crafted with bright colors and a modern twist. All Plum Stitch quilts are designed and created in our Salt Lake City studio from 100% cotton fabrics, batting, and thread. Every quilt is individually made and unique. 


As a sponsor of Behind the Camera and Dreaming, Plum Stitch provided baby brother with this beautiful quilt. No other compensation was received for my opinions on the product. If you would like us to review your product or purchase sponsorship on this blog, you can find more information here

Life Lately and all of the Emotions!


I just need to be really real for a minute. I feel like I've been kind of quiet lately. I have still been posting but not a real - from my heart- lets just chat kind of post and I need it. Over the past two weeks I think I've been through the gamut of every emotion I could possibly have. We took a short trip to the beach Friday-Sunday and I was actually dreading it. I know that's ridiculous because I LOVE the beach, but with such a short trip plus how uncomfortable I am, the number of children that were going with us, my inability to drink alcohol or eat my weight in key lime pie, lack of sleep and things that have been going on with my extended family at home - I just felt like it was going to be an additional stressor when all I want to do is relax. I am so glad that I was so wrong. We arrived fairly early on Friday afternoon, parked and stayed at the condo until Sunday when we packed up and headed home. It was amazing. I'll write more about the trip and our room/stay later, but honestly all six children were really well behaved (including mine - minus a few accidents), it wasn't too terribly hot because it rained, I got to sleep in a bed that was SO comfy and I got to basically do nothing. Thank you family - I love you! Needless to say I feel much better this week.


That was not the case this time last week. Last Wednesday - I sat in my office on the phone with my mom trying so hard not to cry that I completely chocked on my water, made my nose bleed, and rubbed any shred of makeup I had on completely off! For some reason when the third trimester hit two weeks ago, I lost all control of my emotions. That, combined with feeling disappointed and stressed that my husband's bonus check wasn't as much as I thought it would be, meaning things will be even tighter financially while I'm on maternity leave, Jonah has decided that he isn't really potty trained anymore and we are having to take a few steps backwards to get the accidents under control, nor have I made the first stitch in any of the things I want to sew for the new baby's space, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed.

Then, two weeks ago today, my grandfather was taken to the hospital with really bad lower back/hip pain. So much so that he could not be moved out of bed. After lots of investigation, they found what we knew could happen but weren't really expecting - the cancer they found years ago in his kidneys has spread to his bones - hips, pelvis, legs and spine. After much debate and discussion, he and my grandmother decided that he would be moved to a hospice facility. He is there now and is finally starting to be recognizable as him self, but we really don't know how much longer he will be here on earth with us. We all love him so much. For the past 31 years, he has been a constant in my life and it's hard to imagine what life will be like without him. In my head, I know he's 86 years old and his body is failing him, which is a part of life, but putting feelings into words, explaining it to Jonah and the possibility of my children not getting to have the memories of him that I have is hard. He's finally at a point where I think I can take Jonah to see him in hospice, but I can't hold it together long enough to explain to him what it means to be sick and not get better. After taking him to the hospital last Sunday, Jonah came home and told his Daddy that Papa Joe was all better. So, pray for me, for my grandfather's comfort and for my family's peace.  Pray that I'll be able to find the words to help my precious boy understand as much as he can. I don't know how much I'll explain now or when the time comes, but I know it'll be hard on my heart.

One thing that I have learned though that even in sadness and hard times, God created us for so much more. Finding the balance in dealing with the hard emotions and celebrating the joyful things in life is hard, but I have a healthy baby boy coming in about ten weeks, we celebrated the marriage of a great friend a week and a half ago, my cousin is getting married in September, and the sky is fully blue and the sun is shining today! Life is really good and God's timing is always perfect.




Celebrate Photography Giveaway! {Over $650 in Prizes}


Wow! Wow! Wow! We have made it over half way through the year of our Catch the Moment 365 Project! On Saturday, we celebrated our 200th photo! What an accomplishment. I am super proud of myself and our group that is still hanging in there! I'm going to stop using exclamation marks now. . . but this giveaway Y'ALL. I cannot believe how awesome it is. Over $650 in prizes! Sarah, Mindi, Alisha, and I sought out these great items to bring you the best of the best when it comes to photography accessories.  Each prize will help you enjoy your camera, photos, and advance the styling of your photos for well over 365. I cannot even pick my favorite, but really wish I could win these amazing items! If you are interested in joining our 365 group check out the details start here.

Now, I just want to thank each of our sponsors and encourage you to check out each and every one of them! Then don't forget to enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below! Here are your great prizes!


THEITThe Lula Bag
THEIT creates camera bags for photographers that value both style and substance. With designs that aim to capture classic modernity with a sense of playfulness, this philosophy exemplifies the essence of the THEIT customer: someone who is independent, inspired, and full of life, who cannot help but to capture the beauty in her world through the lens. An homage to the well-known fashion term "the it" bag, the brand represents more than the most coveted piece for the season, but a new wave of design enabling style, function and versatility for the fashion-minded photographer. Inspired by the runway and the streets, THEIT's vision is to uphold a fashion standard that helps photographers live their dreams in style.


Canvas on Demand16x20 Canvas PLUS free shipping




Capture your favorite moments in pictures and create spectacular wall art for your home. With Canvas On Demand, your treasured memories suddenly transform into smile-coaxing masterpieces…that you can appreciate every day, large as life, in beautiful canvas form.

Professor Kobre's Lightscoop




Ken is the inventor of Professor Kobré’s Lightscoop®, a camera accessory that instantly and dramatically improves indoor photography by bouncing the light from the pop-up flash. Bouncing the flash eliminates red eye, unflattering shadows and that deer-in-headlights look so common with indoor flash photography.


Picture KeeperPicture Keeper PK16



We have developed a simple photo backup solution that we made easy enough for our moms to do without needing our help. We load our Picture Keeper software onto custom USB drives - simply plug it in and click "Start Backup" to get started finding and savings your digital photos. Picture Keeper software works on PC and Mac and can be used on multiple computers - also great for moving pictures to a new computer. When one Picture Keeper fills up, just plug another one in and it picks up where the last left off. Did we mention that we skip duplicate photos also?

Camera CoatsA Camera Coat of your choice!



Protect your camera with a padded, waterproof, stylish Camera Coat! Our recently patented design keeps your camera safe whether its around your neck, in your carry-on, or stuffed into your diaper bag! All of our products are made by local women & each item is packaged and shipped by adults with disabilities.




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Ink and Elm Backdrops: 5ft x 5ft Backdrop of Winner's Choice


As photography junkies, we found that there were a few aspects of photography that were toilsome to control; location, lighting, and weather. After many exhausting photo sessions, we decided to come up with a way that would enable us to have direct control over lighting, weather, and location! And so, Ink and Elm Backdrops was born, bringing the location, controlled lighting, and perfect weather into your home! Ink and Elm backdrops are extremely user friendly and can be set up in minutes! You can go from standing in front of a barn to sitting in front of a beautiful damask patterned wall to leaning against a vintage worn down fence all in one photo session and all under one roof, regardless of weather and lighting! Ink and Elm backdrops are printed on strong, durable, tear resistant vinyl using the longest lasting inks and state of the art technology. Backdrops are printed on matte, waterproof material and are great for cake smashing sessions! The best part? They are easily portable! When you’re done with your photoshoot, simply roll up the backdrop and stick inside the packaging tube they are delivered in for simple and easy storage!

Janie Lane Studio: Camera Strap Cover of Winner's Choice 



I'm a wife and mom to two young boys who absolutely love dirt and trucks and Legos. It makes me so thankful for nap times when I sneak away to my sewing room to design and create bags, scarves and Bloomin' Headwraps. My shop, Janie Lane Studio, has been the feminine and creative outlet I need to balance all the boys in life. I've been making and selling locally for a few years, and this year I've focused on growing my Etsy shop and online presence. A few years ago a photographer friend asked me to make her a camera bag. Designed to be a beautiful and hardworking partner, the "Claire" bag has become a bestseller in my shop, both locally and online. Camera strap covers are a natural addition as I seek to serve photographers. Stop by Janie Lane Studio on Etsy and Facebook or find me @janielanestudio on Instagram. Leave a comment - I'd love to get to know you!

Pop of Happy$25 Shop Credit

Hi, I'm Laura, owner/creator of Pop of Happy. Pop of Happy is an Etsy shop filled with pom garlands, paper garlands, letter banners and fabric garlands perfect for any photography backdrop, birthday party or happy home decor. Pop of Happy also offers paper mobiles and custom designs made just for you! As a mom of two, I understand how busy things can get so let me take care of your birthday, baby shower or nursery decor for you!

Crafty Staci: DSLR Camera Strap and Lens Cap Holder

I've been sewing and crafting for as long as I can remember. My Etsy shop, Crafty Staci, focuses on accessories for photographers and I happily fulfill custom orders for everything I make. I enjoy mixing fabrics, and I love how excited my customers get that they can design an item that reflects their personality. After making thousands of camera straps, lens cap holders, memory card wallets and other photography accessories, it still makes me happy to see the final finished item and to hear my customers talk about how they're using it.

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Catch the Moment 365 | Week 28

The past week has been a whirlwind of stress, worry, excitement, and I'll admit it lots of tears. Heading into the 3rd Trimester has taken me for a loop. I think I have been having some Braxton Hicks contractions - probably stress and dehydration induced. Those are not fun at all. I have lots of feelings going on and maybe I'll take the time to write them all down but I just haven't been able to find the words. My grandfather went into the hospital last Wednesday and has now been transferred to a hospice facility, so I'd appreciate your prayers for our large close-knit family as we prepare for what is probably the last days of his life. Needless to say with so much going on, I have been totally slacking on my purposeful 365. So, you'll see a lot of iphone photos... BUT since we are at the beach this weekend expect much improvement for next week! There are some great one's here too though. Thanks for being a part of this project with me!

190|365 The dog days of summer.

191|365 Bathtime hair!

192|365 28 weeks last Friday

193|365 We had an exciting night at a good friend's wedding! Jonah survived his first wedding ceremony...in a very small chapel at that! It was a little miserable for mommy and daddy but over all he did great. At the reception he got to dance the night away -which he loved!

194|365 When you just can't find any bobos but your mommy let you pick out band-aids for the first time at walgreens... you just wear them on your shirt!

 195|365 Turning the camera and mommy and Jonah

196|365 Just a quick snap of this boy and what he begs to do lately! Play on Daddy's iPad. He's probably watching Truck Tunes. If you have a boy - download it!

Every Friday Sarah, Mindi, and I will host a place for photographers of all kinds to share, explore, grow and connect. Our common goal: one photo, every day, for three hundred and sixty five days. Whether you are using a fancy smancy professional camera, your first DSLR, a point and shoot, or your ever-so-handy phone camera, we want to see your photos! We want to see the moments you caught each day. How amazing will it be to see each of us accomplish something that seems so big?

For more info on how to join in start here.






Check out this week's featured sponsor:

Summer Fun Giveaway! | $300 in Goodies and Gift Cards!

I mentioned on Facebook last night that I am currently the giveaway queen. I actually have three more coming up in the next two weeks, but I'm pretty darn excited about this one! My friend Alyson M has put together this AWESOME giveaway that I'm now regretting contributing to because I want to win it sooo bad! 

We want to celebrate summer with you, our fabulous readers, and so we put together an adorable summer tote bag full of all kinds of fun things for summer! Gift cards, lotions, nail polish and SO much more! Good luck and I hope that you're all enjoying your summer! 

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Check out everything it includes! 

  • "be awesome" Tote Bag from Bow and Arrow Art
  • Living Magazine
  • $50 Erin Condren Gift Card
  • $25 Starbucks Gift Card
  • $20 Target Gift Card
  • Beach Towel
  • Aveeno Lotion
  • Ultra Glide Ink Pens
  • Katie Daisy Journal
  • Phone/Credit Card Wallet 
  • 2 Shades of Essie Nail Polish
  • Essie No-Chip Top Coat
  • Nail Polish Art Pen
  • 2014-2015 Planner
  • Plastic Reusable Straws
  • Paper Straws
  • Gum
  • Nail File
  • Baby Lips
  • Narwhall Box gift Set from The Gnarly Whale Shop
  • Zipper Pouch & Key Fob from Little Ms.Fancy Pants
  • Steve Madden Aviator Sunglasses
  • Set of Notecards from This Girl Doodles
  • JBL Micro II- Ultra Portable Media Speaker
  • Leather Bow Cuff from Forgotten Cotton


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Thanks again Alyson for putting it all together and the fabulous photos of it all!
Now enter, enter, enter!