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Monday, March 31, 2008

Something I'd Like to Share....

I just found this video on Godtube.com and just had to share it with you. It is quite dramatic and absolutely incredible. I got very emotional the 1st time I watched it. I am just so thankful that Jesus is bigger than any of our problems.

Silvana ~

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Book your Spring Lifestyle Session!

Spring is here! Time for snails and silly things!
I am starting to feel especially refreshed at this time, and so I am including a special gift to anyone booking their children's lifestyle session over the next week....until April 6th. (Photo session may take place anytime this spring).
Let's go out.....breathe some fresh air.....and have some fun!
Silvana ~


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Under the weather

I have been dealing with a heavy case of Bronchitis (on the verge of pneumonia) since I got back from Vegas. It has wiped me out completely. I have been doing so much traveling this past while, and I guess it's caught up with me. I'm always on the run, but now I am forced to rest and be still and do nothing. (which is the hardest thing for me because I'm a "doer"). I've had lots of time to reflect and think about "life" stuff. I believe this illness has actually done me alot of good.....if that makes any sense. Sometimes we need to pull back and just be still.

For those who know me well, you know that I'm not a believer of taking antibiotics for the little things. And although pnemonia is not neccessarily little, I still believe in the "natural" methods of healing without side effects. So....I've started drinking LOTS and LOTS of boiled gingeroot (a natural antibiotic) and whole cloves. This stuff is amazing! I have felt much better since I'm drowning myself in it. It really works! I am healing really nicely. (If you'd like, you can e-mail me for the full receipe).

Plus, my sister dropped off a delicious home-made vegetable soup with pastina, and brought some groceries for me (since I had run out of food). A little love goes a long way.

(P.S. - I'm trying to teach my eldest cat to bring me a glass of water.....but he's not doing it :o(

Silvana ~


Thursday, March 20, 2008

I'm speechless.....WPPI Awards

I've just returned from attending the WPPI Convention in Las Vegas where I received 13 Awards of Excellence and 3rd Place International Award for my "American Gothic Chicken". (special thanks to my couple Vanessa & Simon for willing to chase a chicken with me.) I am still in shock as this was my 1st time entering into any competition, so placing 3rd was totally unexpected. I am humbled....and I thank God for this strong passion He has given me, and for making this happen. (I prayed over every print before entering it, and beleive this is the only reason why I won!)

Also, I connected with so many incredible people. It was great to "hang" out with those that I met for the very first time, and those I knew quite well. I was humbled to be around the presence of such talented and well-known photographers (and videographers) from around the world! What an unforgetable experience. Thank-you!

And here are the rest of the winning images:
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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Life is So Precious

It really amazes me how everyone's life is so unique. Different jobs...different cultures...different upbringings...different struggles...different hurts and different joys. But I believe we all share something in common, that is, God has breathed life into each one of us, and has a purpose and plan for all of us....no matter how small we think we are. We are so important to Him. We mean the world to Him. That is incredible.

I hope you enjoy my video celebrating life....

Silvana ~

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Back from Dominican !!

What a week! I planned a surprise visit to my father who has been living in the Dominican Republic for 10 years now. I decided to just "show up" in front of his home. Needless to say....he was shocked! I challenged myself not to take any photos on this trip.....so I shot video instead! It was my 1st time holding a video camera....and 1st attempt at editing, so please forgive my skills. I had so much fun shooting this!! My dad is getting up there in age, so I will cherish this moment forever.

I was so excited to finally reach my dad's home.....but he wasn't there! So I waited in the bushes for 45 min. until I saw his little red car drive by. Then I ambushed him! He was like a deer caught in headlights! His smile at the end was priceless. I love him so much. Here's the video!

This 2nd video is a Montage of Real Life in the Dominican

There is a 3rd video that I am working on, so keep watch!

Silvana ~