Tuesday Monday Migraine

Phillip Stein


My Aunt lent me the Horizon Bracelet to see how I would react to the technology. The Horizon Bracelet technology that may help to improve focus
and cope with stress.  Would it help my migraine problem?  I have worn it for almost a month straight without taking it off.  I think you are supposed to take it off at night, but I wear it all the time because I have the problem of getting migraines in the early morning.  I would wake up in pain.

I have had one migraine, which is a miracle, since putting on the bracelet.  Some people think it is a snake oil type thing, but I have to say I am going to be sad to give it back since I feel that it has made a difference in my pain level.

If you do not know my story, I suffer from chronic migraines.  I have so many migraine triggers, including but not limited to, sleep, food, physical activity, heat, sweating, lighting, changes in weather, and more.  I walk on eggshells to try to avoid getting migraines.  I have to live differently from others because of the chance that I could have that pain come back.  I would have migraines that would last nine days before I met my first Neurologist who gave me a preventative.  I thought it was amazing because for the first time in my life I did not need to get ten hours to sleep.  I could get eight hours and be fine.  I could eat and exercise again.   I still got terrible migraines, but I was able to find out what foods triggered them while taking the medication.  I am now on Lyrica and Verapamil.  I am going to have to give up Verapamil because I do not have health insurance so I cannot afford the testing needed to continue with it.   Both medications help me deal with pain.  But I would still get a migraine each week.  So now, my Aunt tells my parents to give this to Natalie to try, tell her to document what happens.  I was skeptical but thought why not I am willing to try anything that might work.  From August 7th to September 5th, I have had one migraine related to my hormones.  I am impressed with the Horizon Bracelet.  To learn more check out the products below.  I am not associated with Philip Stein, nor do I benefit financially from this product.  My goal to simply to help others who live like me due to genetics and heredity find options.  horizon


Migraine Monday Continued

Last Monday, I spoke about Pure Haven and how it has helped me get my life back. This week, I am going to focus on my friend Ruthie Cortright. One day, I got so fed up that I posted on Facebook about my migraine that had lasted four days. I complained about how I wanted my husband to remove my head so that the pain would stop. I was crying out for mercy. Ruthie told me that she has a product that would help. She told me about the experiences of others. It has helped her family and friends. That day, she introduced me to Perfectly Posh and their Perk Stick. It is so amazing, I have shared it with other people. It is a natural peppermint stick that goes on smooth. It has a slight tingle, but provides topical relief. The stick helps dull the pain, which helps me function or sleep. When I feel pain, I grab the Perk stick and spread it around my skin. I did find out it has Almond oil in it, but I am taking allergy pills so that I do not get effected by the oil. It will stay on until it is washed off. For more information about great products check out Ruthie’s page.

If you suffer from migraines or headaches, I highly recommend this product. You can find it at https://www.perfectlyposh.com/RuthieMay/ We have a Facebook group you are welcome to join to learn more! https://www.facebook.com/groups/273380726428041/

Migraine Monday

Hi! My name is Natalie. I remember being on the playground in second grade, praying that I wouldn’t get a headache on the weekend. I have always had at least one per week. Some of my migraines have lasted 9 days. I live in pain most of the time, despite medications to help. About six months ago, I reconnected with a childhood friend who introduced me to Pure Haven. I almost cried the first day I cleaned my house without getting sick. I found out one of my triggers are those awful chemicals that don’t belong in homes. Pure Haven has helped me in so many way. I use almost every product they have. I also have hormone issues that have seemed to ease up due to changes in body wash, makeup, and facial wash. I freaked out after seeing the terrible chemicals in products I was using and what they were doing to my body. It’s amazing, join me in my Facebook group to learn more. Grab the Think Dirty App and start the freedom of Pure Haven. And shop Purehaven.com/NatalieQW

Special Photography Project

In October 2016, my community lost an amazing young man.  He was responding to a call when his life was taken.  My community mourned the loss of this young man.  As we work to heal, the Hopkin family came up with an idea to honor his memory.  I would like to take photographs of current serving Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters, and First Responders in Siskiyou, Modoc, and Northern Shasta County.  I would love for this to become a tradition to honor his life and sacrifice and continue service to those who serve us.  The Hopkin’s family is sponsoring and supporting this project in memory of their beloved.  May 2.17


Rules, They Say

This blog post is not meant to be negative in any way. Many people have different capture styles. I have been studying photography and become a huge critic. I am going to talk about my pet peeves and hopefully provide a bit of information about how to take a great portrait.
1. Crooked Horizon Lines
Nothing to me is more distracting than a crooked horizon line. I work very hard to make sure all my horizon lines are straight. The other issue I have is when the horizon line cuts the head off. Watch your horizon line. Photography rules created by the founders: Horizon lines should not be in the middle of the photograph, not meant to chop off heads, and should be straight. Of course, there are times rules can be broken, but be careful. Example:


I hate to say bad things about this photo, because I love the bride and groom.  I love this moment they are having and the love between them.  I love this photograph, but there are distracting elements.  There is a fence that goes through the head of my beautiful bride and a fence through his neck and a cow between them.  The horizon line is straight, but the fence on a hill is crooked.  It is a difficult photograph to find pleasing to the eye.  This capture is noisy and has issues.  They wanted Mt. Shasta in the background, which I do not blame them.  I love that volcanic legacy.  However, if they ordered this capture I would remove the cow between them and clean up the photo so they would be the stars of the show.
2. Background Issues
Oh my, that might be a great portrait, but there is a tree, pole, column, flag pole, or telephone pole coming out of their head. When finding that perfect location for the session, check what could be coming out of their heads. I admit I have taken photographs and looked back and become disappointed when I see I have provided them with antlers. I have taken portraits where a horizon line might be coming out of the mouth. Always check the background.14883439_588766984644661_4873479936600583822_oIn this photo, I should have removed the tree hat.  The tree coming out of the top of her head, which is distracting to me.  I can go back and take off the tree hat and crop this into the rule of thirds. I do the love the clouds and the mountain behind my beautiful friend.
3. Noise
How busy is the photograph? Is the subject the attraction in the photograph? Did you take a great photograph but there is a garbage can or trash in the photo? All of these questions are great to ask when composing a shot. I like to keep my subject or subjects the star of the show. 13443319_531863037001723_3237528019244916421_o I love this couple.  I have to admit, this is not the best shot of a cake cutting.  Notice all the noise in the background and the person in her veil.  Plus this is a pull from Facebook so the quality is low.  But the point is all the noise in the background and if I went to the other side or another angle I could have eliminated some of the noise.

4. Chopping off Limbs
Be a photographer, not a surgeon. Nothing ruins a photograph more than cropping off a hand, foot, ear, arm, forehead, etc. There are safe places to crop, but then there are edits that destroy a photograph. Be careful as you capture and crop.


In this photograph the focus was on her feet, I did chop off her upper body to see what it would look like.  I felt awful for chopping her in half, but I was experimenting, which is okay.

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5. Understand the Rule of Thirds
This rule is the beginning of photography composition along with patterns and symmetry. There is another capture that is the Fibonacci sequence. That is a fascinating capture with a continuous pattern found in nature. But I digress. The rule of thirds “The most fundamental of all photography rules is all about dividing the capture into nine equal parts.” https://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds/

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Thank you!
Sometimes rules can be broken, but if you are looking to be great, it is important to know and use the rules. I have been studying photography for years. I love photography, and it serves as one of my passions. My focuses are portraits, families, events, and weddings. I love capturing weddings. I hope you enjoyed my blog.


You are beautiful!

I work hard to attract clients. I would love to photograph you. The ideas that I have for your session will blow your mind. I draw what I want to accomplish in your session. I create props and clothing options just for your session. I become excited to capture the beauty that is you.
Then I hear:
“Wait until I lose ten pounds.”
“I do not like how I look right now.”
“I am just trying to slim down, but when I lose the weight, I will call you.”
“I just feel too ugly.”
“I hate my face.”
“I am too old.”
And more comments about appearance.
These negative comments and how we can view ourselves breaks my heart. I thought you were beautiful enough to say you should order my photography. This comment was not out of greed. I was excited about the beauty that is you. I believe there is beauty in all body types. I love size and beauty diversity.
Why I believe it is important to photograph often.

Don’t you want to be remembered and provide your family and their future family with prints they can cherish for generations? Maybe I am a little different. I am a photograph hoarder. I have all the photos I took when I got my first camera in second grade. I have photographs that date back to my Great Great Aunt. Her hair had just grown back after typhoid fever. She wanted to take a picture of her with the new hair. Imagine, if she did not like her body and decided not to have the photo session. I would not have known anything about her. I would never have seen her, but I have that photograph to pass on to future generations.
Photograph often, capture memories and preserve them in prints.
I would love to be your photographer and show you what I see when I look through the lens at the beautiful you.

Wedding Plan-icking!

Wedding Plan-icking (Combination of planning and panicking)
I was a wedding planner and wedding photographer in Lake Tahoe for four years and continue the business up here in Southern Oregon and Siskiyou County. I love everything wedding. It all started back when I was about seven years old. I lived in a great neighborhood. I became a wedding planner and wedding officiant for a summer. I married my sister and my friend off to about every guy on the block. I remember at one point my friend and my sister were having an all out brawl over our friend’s brother. It was quite a sight, but when everyone finally calmed down, we had a lovely ceremony with the Sound of Music soundtrack playing in the background. My officiating days came to an end a couple months later, because I forced my sister and a friend’s little brother to kiss. My parents quickly put an end to my wedding business, but over the summer it was booming.
When my husband proposed to me, we chose a date and I planned the entire wedding in 45-minutes. I called all my vendors and boom done. Then people got involved. It went from a small ceremony to a huge wedding and on a different date. Instead of a June wedding it was pushed back to November. Everything was crazy up to the day of my wedding.  I do not like conflict or confrontation, my husband is amazing.  I still cannot show my face at certain places.
Moral of my Wedding experience:
Don’t panic!
Don’t involve people! (Too many cooks in the kitchen, chaos and problems)
Set Boundaries!
If you want something do it so there are no regrets!
Hire who you love.
Photographs can be reminders of all the mistakes made for years to come.
Now this may sound doom and gloom. The thing is it should not be that way. I have hilarious and just my luck moments as memories that I cherish.
I had a planner, I love her and still think everyone should hire her. But as my luck went, people’s addresses were lost so they did not get invited. There was a blizzard. A couple days before the wedding, we found out that nothing was going to work and had to ask for thousands back from our original place. Our planner scrammbled to find a new location for our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.
She called my friend who was going to be my photographer and fired her a day before my wedding. My friend called me to tell me that she gave into my planner. It is okay I still love her, and wish she had been my photographer.  The Planner cancelled my florist and made everything herself.   That was a little disappointing to say the least, my florist is amazing.
Honestly, the only thing that really thing that mattered was that I was going to marry an incredible man. So many things can go wrong and planning can be stressful. But in the end it comes down to the vows and the ceremony; to have and hold, cherish and love, honor and respect til death.
So if you are stressed and freaking out about your wedding, please contact me. We can work through anything. Even if you do not use my services, I am still happy to help.