2015 Christmas Mini Sessions


Let’s just skim past the fact that it’s been OVER A YEAR since I last updated this blog! A LOT has happened in this last year, maybe a Life Behind the Lens is due too, but first things first, CHRISTMAS MINIS!

WHEN :: Saturday, November 07

TIME :: 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00

WHY :: Because minis are a quick and painless way to update those family photos for your Christmas cards and walls!

WHAT :: You will get 15 digital images, a photo print release AND a custom digital Holiday card!


HOW :: Email jessica@missmaephotography.com with your FIRST AND SECOND choice for a time slot. These are first come, first served so make sure you get your picks in! They usually fill up fast.


Home Education Goodies

Hello blog readers! Me Oh My! It has been quite a while since I last posted anything, but I’m making it a priority to keep up with my blogging!;)

Whew! What a busy week we’ve had in the Salonga house! Friday and Saturday, we were busy with the AFHE home school convention! Let me tell you, as a home-schooling mommy, I GEEK OUT seeing so much curriculum and material in one place! AH! So awesome! We left with so much encouragement, FIRE and love for what home-schooling brings to our family. I wanted to share a couple of my favorite things I picked up in the exhibit hall! Even if you aren’t a home-schooling family, most of these items would be AWESOME to have on hand for your children!

First, this bad boy!

This planner, I can already tell, will be an incredible addition to our homeschooling year! I did have a different home-school planner last year and it just didn’t really work for us so I made a bee-line for this one this year and scooped it up! Full of tips and scripture to begin your week with! And I am excited to plan goals for each of my little students.;)  HERE is the link to check it out on amazon.

Next, I absolutely love these books! We purchased five at the convention last year and five more this year! The kids LOVE reading these books, they are written and illustrated well for young readers! Other titles behind this first book include George Washington, Amy Carmichael, Brother Andrew, Lottie Moon! Check them out on amazon! I bet you’ll love them too.:)

Third, we bought these cute little blocks from one of the Young Entrepreneur booths! Sadly, I did not get their card so I can not link back to them but it was a group of very young men that came up with this great idea and we knew our kiddos would LOVE them! AND THEY DID! We gave it to them and asked them to figure out what it was for, and they did! And our sweet little Type A child, colored the hole corresponding with the crayon she will keep in it.;)

Finally and likely my favorite find!

Brain Breaks! Small cards with SIXTY different ideas on how to get your kids to move around a bit to break up their day! I LOVE this! The book  included explains how and why movement matters in the development of our young ones and has photos and descriptions of each idea. It’s seriously AWESOME! While I was cutting, I had the kiddos do a tree activity and it evolved into something so much more than just a simple command on a card! We had so much fun using our imagination and giggling with each other! And Heather, the creator of these cards, is one of my FAVORITE speakers at the convention! HERE is her blog, read her posts and check out the Brain Breaks!

Now you have me all inspired to post about our weekend! First, I can say that the convention began the day after my Birthday. What a total gift the whole weekend was! Blessings on your new year. I DO love the crayon holder!


Free iPhone 5 wallpaper

Happy Wednesday all! Here is another FREE iPhone 5 wallpaper for you! This is inspired by the old Hymn (and also a newer Jeremy Camp version).

Psalm 5:3 says “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”  There is something about starting your day off in prayer, before our minds are cluttered with the less important and we find ourselves distracted, when we are able to lay our day at His feet and ask that it be filled with the Holy Spirit. Having that personal, on-going relationship with Christ is dependent on consistent communion and what better time to start that conversation, then in the morning.:)



For the month of February, I am offering HALF PRICE sessions. You read that RIGHT!;)

Here are the details…

Cost : $150 instead of $300

Why : Our brother-in-Christ, Josh, is being led to go on a missions trip to Ireland. He has a big heart for God’s people and this special session fee will aid in his fundraising efforts! $100 of every session booked will be donated to Josh!

Fine Print : Sessions must be booked, paid for and scheduled during the month of February. The special session fee does not apply to Engagement sessions or sessions already booked. Sessions include up to FOUR people with a small fee for each additional person.

How Can YOU Help : Schedule a session! Or you can donate directly to him by visiting   THIS SITE.


So if you have been considering updating those family photos, gifting a session for Valentine’s Day or surprising your special someone with a session for two… now is the perfect time! Get a FULL session at half the price and help to make God known in Limerick, Ireland! If you want to read more about this missions trip, please visit CCV’s information page, HERE.




Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  We were condemned to eternal death, but God chose to intervene and make us righteous. He loved us at our darkest and He loves us now. Let’s rejoice in that today!

Anxious to get this! Thank you

Anxiously waiting for this screen saver!