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When Networkers Become Clients: Safe and Secure

Do you ever have that feeling, while you’re out enjoying an evening with friends, that Joe Q. Burglar could be rifling through your valuables? Do you ever hear a noise at night and think, “Someone could be breaking in right now and I wouldn’t even know it!” Thankfully I am not plagued by these concerns, and haven’t been for nearly two years. We met Zane at our chapter of BNI (Business Networking International). I’ll admit, at first I was a little intimidated by Zane. He’s a broad-shouldered guy of big stature and he runs a home security business. I did not expect him to be warm and fuzzy.

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But I got to know Zane, and I found him to be a good guy. Dependable. A devoted father to his daughter, Makinley. He is the type of guy I’d like to have for a neighbor. We talked to him about the service his company offers… and we knew Premier Security, LLC was for us. Soon after our security system was installed, we left to visit my family in Chicago. Knowing that a piercing alarm would sound if anyone broke a window or opened a door, a call would be placed to security monitoring who would call us and, if needed, the police, a motion sensor would also trigger an alarm if anything moved inside our home that should not be there, and that I could both monitor and adjust our thermostat and lights (both indoor and outdoor) while enjoying Thanksgiving dinner 700 miles away… knowing all of this gave me a peace of mind that was worth FAR more than the low amount we pay each month.

As parents of lovely young women and as grandparents to precious little souls, we appreciate that our home is secure. It isn’t always just our stuff that is important. Sometimes those little children nap here. And, as a Dad, Zane knows what we know- the people we love in life- they are our most valuable treasure. Whether we are home or away, we are offered security.

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Premier Security, LLC has served clients in Derby, Wichita and outlying areas since 2008. Zane has been a resident of Derby since 2006. He enjoys watching, coaching and participating in all sports. Makinley plays softball, basketball and volleyball and sings in the choir. Together, Zane and Makinley like to attend sporting events, go to movies, eat out and cook together. They have a relaxed, close relationship- of which humor and good-natured teasing seems to be a foundation.

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They are fond of the Pittsburgh Steelers. These are fighting words in my old stomping grounds of northeast Ohio where the rivalry between the Cleveland Browns and the Steelers is real, alive and brooding. But, Zane and I negotiate this territory deftly- as only friends can.

Speaking of Cleveland, a super cool and totally factual piece of trivia about Zane is that he was once offered a minor league contract to play for the Cleveland Indians. I went to Indians games when I was growing up… back before they played at Progressive Field. Back even before they played at Jacob’s Field. We went to those games when it was called plain old Municipal Stadium. Who knew I’d meet Zane all these years later and we’d have this Indians link between us? It helps with the whole Steelers thing. Plus he likes dogs, and has one himself- a 5 year old German Shepherd (because what did you expect a security guy to have?!) named Hershey.

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I asked Zane, if he could live in a super hero’s fortress, that was completely secure, where would it be and what special features would it have?

“I already have said super hero fortress,” he said, “and while I can’t tell you where it is, I will say that it’s fortified with Premier Security: motion-activated alarm triggers, cameras, and automation.”

Zane also offers home theater design installation and service. But that’s a whole other blog.

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If you want a sense of security and safety in your home, call Zane at: (316)264-4646 and/or check out their web site at: www.PremierProSecurity.com

If you have people, in or out of your home you would like photographed, call Norma at (316) 648-7498 and reserve your session today! www.MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
Email: Norma@MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
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When You Marry Your Best Friend

Seventeen years ago Melisa and Javier met at a birthday party he was throwing for a co-worker of theirs. This was a significant party: sixteen years ago this month Melisa and Javier got married.

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The couple celebrated their sixteenth anniversary earlier this month by taking a weekend getaway to a bed and breakfast- something they like to do.

They have three children, Bryce, Ella and Daniel.

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Bryce is a “band geek,” can play several musical instruments and would like to be a music teacher one day. Daniel is a “gamer,” who enjoys his x-box and tablet and would like to be a photographer. Ella is a dancer who has danced for 7 of her 9 years and would like to be a teacher. The family shares their home with their three dogs, Sissy, Snowball and Tuck and their guinea pig, Buzz. Most of the time every one gets along pretty well. 🙂

I know that Bryce is fond of pancakes and during our shoot with the family, I revealed our family secret for particularly fluffy pancakes: add carbonated soda instead of milk to the batter. We often use sugar-free peach flavored carbonated water. Colorless is best. The carbonation works wonders to raise the cakes to fluffy treats.

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The guys in the family like to camp and fish. But they- all three- are good about spending time with mom.

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The girls in the family enjoy shopping and scrapbooking, though Ella is a bit of a Daddy’s girl.

Melisa works as a para-professional in the same school her daughter attends. She is also a Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant who would be happy to help you feel and look your lovliest.  Melisa’s Mary Kay Page Javier is a manager at Spirit AerosSystems. This is a local family with deep-running ties to the community, having always lived in Wichita. They were a delight during their photo shoot. This is a family who laughs together and enjoys one another’s company.

But what I love most about this family is that, at it’s heart, is the love of two clear soul mates. “My favorite thing about Javier is that he works really hard to provide for his family. No matter what, he loves me and puts me above all else. He is my best friend!!!!”

As a woman who is also blessed enough to be married to her best friend- I know this is the best way to go. And I know that more happy years are in store for this couple and their whole family. Because when you go through life surrounded by those you love, you are waaaayyyyyy ahead of the game.

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Have a family? Need current family portraits? Call Norma at (316) 648-7498 and reserve your spot today! www.MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
Email: Norma@MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
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One Year Ago Today…

A year ago today we met a young man we would grow to love. Landon came into the world earlier than expected. Early enough that I was very worried. Early enough that he’d be whisked away to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit where he was hooked up to a myriad of wires, machines, and monitors. We had to remove all jewelry, scrub our hands and arms and sign forms each time we wanted to visit him- which we could only do two at a time and during very limited hours.

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I was afraid. I prayed. A lot.

But within a couple days he was moved to a Guarded Care Unit where he remained for more than a week. This was a little less nerve-wracking. But… still I worried. It seemed a lot… all the wires and cords and beeping monitors… for a little baby. And it seemed like a lot for his Mom and Dad to deal with.

But Landon turns one year old today. And he is thriving. Strong. Happy. Loving. Funny. And very healthy.

And our hearts are full of gratitude.

Here is a little glimpse of what we saw as this sweet boy grew:

Landon at 3 Months, apparently thinking, “Aw, Mom… not in front of everyone.” 🙂

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Landon at 6 Months, this smile is a constant. He is a happy, cheerful soul.

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Landon enjoying Autumn

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Landon enjoying Christmas

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And, Landon nearing in on one year of life… rocking a vest and standing like a champ.

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Happy Birthday, Landon. We are so glad to know you. We are so grateful for the privilege of loving you. You make us laugh. We can’t even imagine not having you in our lives. And we look forward to all that we’ll share together this year on your way to Year Two!

Know anyone who has or expecting a baby? Have them contact Norma for information on our first year baby program! 316.648.7498.

www.MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
Email: Norma@MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
Facebook address: www.Facebook.com/markingthemomentphotography.
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Every Family Can Be a Super Family

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Super Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Thor is hulking and huge. Mighty Mouse packs all sorts of tricks into his tiny but mighty frame.

Moms and Dads are the best example of heroes. They can be seen every day… fighting through fatigue. Stretching a dollar. Sharing that last slice of pie. Choosing to gently instruct instead of venting and shouting.

Erin and Tom show their boys each day how to be strong. In important ways.

And so their boys will grow up to model these same great strengths to their families.

Because even super heroes need love. And pie.

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Call Norma at (316) 648-7498 and reserve your session today! www.MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
Email: Norma@MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
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Solomon — 7 Weeks Cute!

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Solomon came to our studio for a baby photography session at 7 weeks old. It’s not a typical age — but given how cute he was, maybe it should be! Solomon was the happiest, easiest little guy in the studio that day.

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Normally we either photograph newborns, within their first 10 days, or 3 month olds as part of our First Year Baby Photo Program, (which includes sessions at 3 month, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year, ending with a cake smash!) But Solomon’s session was a treat for us.

All he needed was a blanket, whether patterned or solid white…

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And his mama…

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Know anyone expecting a baby, or who already has an infant? We would love to work with them. We customize our sessions for every family and baby who comes through our door.

Solomon’s parents bought a family photography package that we donated to the Via Christi annual fundraiser and gala, the Emerald Ball. Stay tuned for a blog on their family photo session!

How recent are your professional family photos? Let us help! Call Norma at (316) 648-7498 and reserve your spot today! www.MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
Email: Norma@MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
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Woofstock 2014: A Great Community Event — Wichita Family Photographers

One of our favorite community events to attend yearly is Woofstock — an annual fundraiser held by the Kansas Humane Society in Sedgwick County Park on the first Saturday of each October.

Big Dogs, Little Dogs

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Sometimes Big Dogs With Little Dogs

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Pumpkin Dogs, Taco Dogs

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Even Super Hero Dogs

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Dogs Come Alone

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And Dogs Make Friends

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Some Dogs Just Enjoy The Walking, The Sunshine and All Those Smells. 🙂

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If you’ve never been to this awesome event, set aside some time on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. You may even get to hug a Big Red Dog! We’ll see you there!

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At Marking the Moment Photography, a local Wichita photography studio, we photograph children and families — sometimes with their dogs. Looking for a current family photography portrait? Fall portraits? Family Christmas Card ideas? Call us for your family photography needs.

At our studio, we place emphasis on fun during our relaxed shoots. We always allow an unlimited time to get the right pictures of your family. A relaxed family and a fun session translates into portraits you’ll treasure! Call Norma at (316) 648-7498 and reserve your spot today! www.MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
Email: Norma@MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
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When Homes Need Love

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Leon is a Ninja. He belongs to the Wichita BNI (Business Networking International) chapter of the Networking Ninjas. You have to be quiet with a certain degree of stealth to be a ninja. Leon could pull it off. His deep voice served him well in play-by-play announcing in sports broadcasting. But he’s not full of chatter. His calm and reserve, along with his height and his million watt smile make you notice him. And when you do, you know, Leon is one of the good guys.

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Leon is dad to Kai, nearly three, and husband to Angela. We had the pleasure of photographing their family at a shoot recently, along with Angela’s parents, known to grandson Kai as Mooney and Pockets. It’s shoots like this one that make our job a treat. You know when the parents go down the slide in a playful and relaxed manner with their child that it’s going to be a fun shoot. They are an active family and enjoy swimming and hiking… especially in Hawaii where they recently lived.

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Leon has an interesting work life as President of Professional Home Buyers. His company does just what its title suggests- pretty straightforward. But I knew very little about how this process worked. They offer a great service, primarily in two ways: 1) they sell un-listable homes quickly, getting owners out of a bad situation and 2) they help buyers who can’t finance a home now, but who can work toward that goal in 6-12 months, or even two years, through a “rent to own” situation.

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Professional Home Buyers purchases homes that need an owner. I view them as sort of a Humane Society for homes that have been abandoned, foreclosed on, or left to relatives who just can’t handle the commitment of a home… or who don’t care to. Along comes this company who pays cash for the home, consequently closing on a contract in as little as seven days. Yep. A week, though typically it can take 7-30 days. But anyone who has bought or sold a home knows that timeframe is a gift. The  seller gets out of  payments they don’t want or can no longer handle. And the home gets rehabbed. Like HGTV-quality rehabbed, into a proud home again. And some of these homes are offered as rent to own homes to buyers who aren’t currently possessed of the healthiest credit rating, but who can use these months as a renter to give their credit score the same sort of overhaul the house received.

I’ve seen the signs.: “We buy homes for cash.” You have, too. And I was skeptical. Who has cash like that just sitting around? And why do they buy homes with it? It turns out that reputable companies run by honest, hardworking people like Leon do this. And it’s a good thing. A service, both to homes, sellers and buyers. This process is not for everyone. But for the right people, and the right homes, this process is a lifesaver. And that makes Leon just a bit of a superhero. Not as much of a superhero as Kai. But still. Luckily they both have Angela to keep them in line.

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The inventory of homes that Professional Home Buyers has, and even a glimpse of upcoming projects, can be viewed at ProHomeBuyer.com  Know of a home that needs occupants due to abandonment, foreclosure, a death or probate issues? Know anyone who wants to own a home but needs a bit of time to work on their credit? Call Leon, it may be the only time you get to speak with an actual ninja on the phone. 🙂

Leon Goner, President, Professional Home Buyers, 1634 E Central

ph: (316)260-8050 email: leon@prohomebuyers.com

Know a family who could use current family photos? It would be our pleasure to help. We offer relaxed shoots that are actually fun for the family. Call Norma today with questions or to book a session:

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Email: Norma@MarkingTheMomentPhotography.com.
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