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Diaz and Diego 6.7.14

It has been a considerable amount of time since I’ve written in this blog. I’m terrible. I don’t particularly enjoy writing and I’m terrible at the business aspect of my ..well. business! Fail. So life has continued and more shoots have happened and I’m going to try to attempt to either 1. Revamp this blog to a more professional one or be lazy and/or 2. at least attempt to keep up with this blog so I don’t have to post everything via my facebook page. I know, keeping it classy. Have I mentioned that I need to make myself a website too? double FAIL.

 

ANYWAY, I had the honor of shooting a friend and her handsome companion Diego before they moved away. It was a typical crappy day in good ole Georgia but it turned out for the best because this was the first shoot where the skies looked gorgeous. Even if it was a bazillion degrees out with a ridiculous amount of humidity! We toughed it out and I was VERY pleased with the outcome. I’ve come to realize that I like shooting people with their pets because I don’t have to tell them to look relaxed or pose any which way because they will do it naturally around their 4 legged friend. It makes my life easier since I can just focus on getting the shot.. oh and making ridiculous sounds to get his attention haha.

 

—SIDE NOTE— So I made these beautiful compilations of images so I didn’t have to post 100 separate images… and for some reason when I saved it for the web it super pixelated them all (insert horrified face) I will have to come back at another time and redo them. IN THE MEAN TIME, just enjoy them even if they are super grainy. They aren’t in real life. You can also check out my FB page: http://www.facebook.com/jackiepastorephotography if you want to check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

Chao – Jackie

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Tough mudder 06.01.13

Tough mudder 06.01.13

I don’t usually post shoots out of order but I wanted to share this one since it’s meaningful to me. The husband, baby, and I recently went back to PA for a family visit but mainly so Vince could attend the Tough Mudder event with his friends in honor of the fallen Marine/ police officer, Brad Fox. This photo represents the whole day. Everyone did an awesome job and managed to get through everything together. I was happy to capture some of these moments for them.

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It’s Easter! (or it was)

SO I am happy to say that I’m finally caught up with all of my clients. For once. Not that it was done in a timely manner but at least it’s done.

That gave me time to edit some personal photos! I don’t think I’ve posted what the Pastore clan has been up to in a long time! It’s actually been refreshingly busy. I’m not going to lie, when Vince came back from his last leg of MOS school, I was worried I’d get back into my lazy, non productive self. At first, I def lazed around but I’m happy to say that I’ve definitely gotten into a good groove of getting stuff done. The house is clean 75% of the time, I’ve definitely improved at making dinner, the kid has started gymnastics (!!!!) and he also has started allergy shots ( :s ). This schedule has kept me super super busy, almost like soccer mom status (but without the luxury of a second car). It also has forced me to get up with Vince to get the car. –I need to take a pic of my burrito baby. so freaking cute wrapped in blankets at 5 in the morning– Whiiiich in turn lets me get stuff done haha.

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We also got carpet in our house! When we moved into our house, it was a blessing that there was no carpet in the living room area because training my terrorist dog to not barf, poop, pee on the floor was nearly impossible. Now that he’s got his bowels (mostly) in check, we were able to ask the leasing office to install carpet and it’s been sooooooo nice. A total change in how the house feels. Comfortable! We can actually sit on the floor without getting the soul sucked out of our butts! hooray!

I’ve also had the luxury of getting closer to some of the wives here. I’m happy to say that a year into living in this crazy area of Georgia, I’ve made some great friends! I feel like I’ve definitely mentioned this before but I really am grateful for this. Living without the comfort of my mom haha, or the support of my siblings, and the pressures of being a mom and a wife are hard. Especially when I did the first year of it in my parents house. I definitely had a hard time transitioning but I feel so GOOD now! It’s nice to feel good. It could also be due to the realization that coffee makes me work so much better hahaha.

but anyway, this past Easter, the lot of us decided to throw a nice Easter get together at my Friend’s house and have the littles do an Easter egg hunt while we grilled and enjoyed each others’ company. Oh and the husbands were invited this time haha. Here are some photos of the get together!

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There were SOOO many eggs!

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haha he was so pleased with himself

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happy babies everywhere!

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DSC_0038-wand then H barfed EVERYWHERE haha (wasn’t that cool at the time) –that’s me in the purple pants and the awesome striped peplum!

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oh and this fat cutie who OBVIOUSLY only had one thing on his mind haha

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This other fat, adorable, blue eyed baby!

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oh and of course my two handsome boys ๐Ÿ™‚

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AAnnnnd then mom had to fish foil out of her mouth! haha you’re not a real mom is you can’t rip food/foil out of your kid’s mouth

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and then 10 min later gum needed to be fished out hahahahaha Mother’s love is infinite ๐Ÿ™‚

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And after a long and hot, awesome, day the kids were tired out and we all went home happy…

until everyone at the party got sick with the stomach bug and I ended up barfing for two days hahaha But I wouldn’t have missed this for the world! There really is nothing more awesome than spending a great day with good friends, food, and happy kids ๐Ÿ™‚

OH and we got a grill the next day! First Pastore bought grill ๐Ÿ™‚

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loo and I kept it classy while daddy cooked ๐Ÿ™‚

AND the last little bit of loo!

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it had started raining and yes that is drool not a rain drop!

Hope you guys enjoyed our little pastore update!

Love, Jack

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Perez newborn shoot 2.2.13

I know I’ve shot some newborns before but this is definitely my first newborn newborn shoot! The first time I tried some techniques that I’ve been researching, the first time I was using props, and the first time I tried using my backdrop holder. It was ridiculously nerve wracking. I definitely learned some things from this shoot and I’m excited to get my hands on another baby! (is it just me or did this entire description sound kind of horrible?) ((disclaimer: I do not SHOOT babies and no baby was harmed on this shoot haha))

Jackie

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Macias family photoshoot 10.28.12

ugh. 1000 photos sifted through and edited later, HERE THEY ARE! tada! haha It only took me like 30 days….. yeah… I need to learn how to edit faster. really. ANYWAY, here’s my friend’s family that I shot for her. Her husband is also in the marine corps and in the same shop as my hubby! The lighting during this shoot was a little challenging in that it was a really boring sky and the lighting was very “white”. I also learned through this shoot that I need to be more vocal about how to move, place, edit my subjects as I shoot. You can definitely see where some shots were a little awkward. Looking back I wish I had pushed myself to say something about how I placed my subject, especially since they were so willing to try different poses. Its so interesting how much you learn after each shoot! One thing I need to learn is how to make a kid smile when they don’t feel like being there. You can definitely see how it changes a photograph when they aren’t cooperative. If you know me, I’m not the most kid friendly person haha. Any suggestions?

โค Jackie

 

 

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More Christmas card making

 

 

 

 

Happy 237th birthday Marines! Of course, as I should be getting ready for my 5th ball with the hubby, I’m here taking photos of the animals for our christmas card. I think my priorities are little messed up. Anyway, I set up an awesome little shoot with Jules the cat and Marcus. Here are two that I edited. The rest you’ll have to wait for. No more time!

 

Hope you enjoy!

Jackie

 

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Ssgt Brad Fox 9.19.12

This blog post was pretty difficult to write. At the time of his death, I didn’t feel worthy to write about it, be at his funeral, or even take photos. Try not to think lowly of me. These are my true, unfiltered thoughts. I’m only writing about this because I was deeply moved by the whole ordeal and felt compelled to get my feelings out.

This post is dedicated to Ssgt (officer) Brad Fox who died unnecessarily in the line of duty as a police officer.

Here’s the story

I didn’t actually know Ssgt Fox personally. He was a former marine who was stationed at the same unit my husband Vince was stationed in Allentown, PA.ย  He actually retired from the marines not long after Vince was stationed there. The only contact I’ve had with Ssgt Fox was at a Marine Corps Ball where I asked a whole bunch of Marines and their wives to fill out a survey I was conducting for my Ethics class in college. The fact that I didn’t really know him though didn’t matter. Not because of the whole Marine Corps, “we are all family” ideal but because at this unit.. they all really were. All the Marines at this unit were close. You could see it whenever we all got together. It wasn’t even a private closeness that you couldn’t touch, but all of these Marines including their wives/girlfriends were really open to welcoming you. I wish I had gotten to know all of them better while we were still in PA but that chapter is already written.

I got the call from Vince the night Ssgt Fox died. He kept telling me over the phone, keep in mind Vince was still back in GA and didn’t come with me on this trip home, that a Marine from his former unit had been killed. I couldn’t put Ssgt. Fox’s face to name and even though I felt pretty terrible about this news, it was not (I could not think of an appropriate term to use) –a part of me?– not unimportant but not fully within my awareness spectrum– I don’t know. I just knew that it rattled Vince pretty badly and that I could hear his distress and this distressed me as well. It wasn’t until the next day that more information about his death was revealed and his face, name, and memory all came to light.

It might seem pretty bad, terrible of me to say, but his death.. seemed almost not real? Like how could this human being suddenly just not exist? It was surreal.

What actually hurt me about this death, and I do mean hurt, as in made my heart ache and feel heavy, was finding out that his wife was left behind with their baby daughter and was expecting their next child. The whole time, from the moment I found this info out, all the way through the funeral service while I cried, and even now, I battle with this one thought. I know how she feels. But I don’t really knowย  know since my husband is currently sleeping beside me and my child is sleeping soundly in his room knowing that his “dada” will be here tomorrow after work.. but I know. I probably shouldn’t say this at all since I’m still blessed with my husband..but again, I know! I feel that every human being has the capacity to know grief. Maybe not from the same events, but they will know it in some form. …

(quick topic change – my frame of mind)

for those of you who know me well, you know that I have “gathering” nightmares where I literally try to somehow decide what I need in the face of the end of the world. What can I pack in this little car that will save my child? How can I run and carry loo without zombies getting at him? I have these “gathering” daydreams as well where they give me super anxiety. Stupid I know. But my crazy imaginings are mostly due to my over imagination.

(back to what I was previously saying)

With every new news report about this incident, with every thought of her loss.. I literally transformed this nightmare into my own. What if I lost Vince? How would I care for Loo? What if I was pregnant and lost Vince? How would I birth this kid alone? .. I know, these are all kind of obnoxious thoughts. But seriously, I really really really felt for Lynsay, Ssgt Fox’s wife, and I really could feel her sorrow..even though I feel like I shouldn’t say such things.

When Ssgt Fox’s funeral date was set, Vince was all upset about not being able to attend. I told him I would go for him. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty apprehensive about going. I was going to be going alone, I am not a Marine where I could go in my dress blues and stand with them, and I was not close enough to the wives of the Marine’s attending where I could attach myself to their group. Not that I couldn’t have if I asked, but I didn’t feel right asking when they were truly there mourning the loss of their friend and I was there to pay my respects. Not really the same level and this wasn’t a social moment. When I got there, I was shuffled along with other attendees where we were moved passed the open casket. I’ve only been to one other viewing. The first one was of my great uncle. I liked him a lot but he had lost his battle with cancer. It was horrible to see him lying there. I had not thought the casket at Ssgt Fox’s funeral would be open. I’m not going to lie. It was horrible to see him lying there as well. It gave me shivers and I almost cried seeing him lying there so devoid of life.ย  The only time I’d been with him, he’d always been smiling. It was.. horrible.

Needless to say, I don’t want to have to go see another viewing. Ever. Again.

Right before the service began I was able to make my presence known to some Marines that I knew and to give them my condolences from myself and from Vince. Soon after, we were all shuffled back into the church when the services began. I was separated from the Marines and I actually ended up standing next to the piano area, in front of a window. The service itself was actually pleasant.. considering that it was a funeral service. It had me crying though. I felt like… I shouldn’t have cried. Who was I? A stand in amongst friends, family, and true mourners..and yet I bawled like a baby. It didn’t help either that the window I was in front of was the draftiest catholic window I have ever had the displeasure of standing in front of, that had me shaking from all the cold air it was blasting on me. It also made me painfully aware that I was wearing sandals. I was kind of ashamed that I forgot to wear more funeral appropriate shoes..but I was in a tizzy and I only brought bright colorful shoes home..

This is the letter Lynsay wrote to Brad for the Funeral, read by her sister. This had me legitimately bawling.

After the service, we were again all shuffled outside to see the funeral brigade drive off. By the way, the amount of police officers/ marines that showed up in support was outrageous and wonderful. The lines of cars that followed was massive. Police from all over, some from Pa and some outside of state showed up. This was the only time I whipped out my camera..but even then I kind of felt dirty to take photos. So excuse the poor quality. You can tell my hesitation was apparent.

This was only one road of which a ton of police cars waited to join the procession. There were also ambulances, firetrucks, and civilian cars that were a part of this procession.

Farewell Ssgt Fox.

I’m sorry for my erratic thoughts and feelings, however, this is how I felt. Inappropriate or not. This funeral definitely left a profound feeling in my heart. It shook me and I will never forget it. I was honored to have shared this moment with everyone who cared so much about him and can I say that there were a great GREAT many who did. He really did touch a lot of people. I can only hope that I can touch as many lives as he did. Rest in Peace Ssgt. Fox and Semper Fi.

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Lunch with my marine 10.2.12

Yesterday, 10.2.12, all the spouses and their kids were invited to come and lunch with their Marines. This was a special treat for us since Vince works ridiculously long days and Loo loves to see his “dada”. It was also nice for me to reconnect and meet new marine wives! We’re such a small community here on an air force base that I thought it was really wonderful that things are finally moving to get us all together. I mean, why wouldn’t you want to make friends with your extended family? Here are some photos that I took of loo, some friends and their kids. Some kids were too cute to not snap a picture of even though I didn’t really know their parents yet. So if you find yourself here on my blog from facebook and recognize them, please feel free to tag them on the link on facebook!

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Mommy bootcamp or Bootcamp mommy?

So I have to say that life here in Georgia has been pretty awesome. Outside of the ridiculous amount of bugs, homeless people, stray/ dead dogs, and poor weather reports (aka huge random thunder storms), the family and I have been living it up! For once in my life, I am currently living on my own. Well, not fully on my own but NOTย  living in someone else’s house (halleluiah). We have added Marcus, my stupid, sometimes wall eyed, horrible to walk, annoyingly loving, try to sit in your lap even though he’s upwards of 50+ pounds dog. We have also added Jules the cat (formerly Jewels) who we adopted and who has comfortably adapted well to our family. She even cries when Loo cries and will also scold him by nibbling on his hair when he throws a temper tantrum on the floor. Overall, I think I have the perfect little family unit that I have always dreamed of. The only thing is, I hunger for something a little more.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am ENJOYING being a stay at home mom. I never thought I’d like it as much as I do, but Loo being older and more fun and finally having my own responsibilities is kind of liberating. It also helps that for once, Vince AND I don’t have to work a kajillion hours just to barely pay our bills. I can pay all the bills/ groceries, decorate my house if I want to (slowly and in moderation), create the ultimate batman room for loo, and even have some left over money to go out to eat with Vince. Its amazing how much you appreciate the AWESOMENESS of that after you’ve worked like 60 hours a week during holiday in the largest grossing mall in the US and still can’t afford to go out once a month to dinner. Its also still exciting 6 months later that we are living in a three bedroom, two bathroom house for the same amount of money it would cost us to live in a 1 bedroom, efficiency kitchen in west chester. Our little family has come a long way and I definitely feel blessed.

But again, I hunger for something more. I feel like I kind of don’t deserve to be a stay at home mom yet. I want to do something that I can be crazy proud of (outside of pushing a kid out) and show Loo that if you can make a plan and stick with it, you can achieve whatever you want. So here’s my crazy plan. I don’t know why, but I’m actually horribly embarrassed to share it with you all; but I feel like if I share my plan, it’ll force me to go through with it.

I decided that I want to get in ridiculous physical shape, try for another child at the end of this/beginning of next year (cross your fingers for Girl Loo), get in ridiculous physical shape again, and then become a Marine Corps Officer all by the age of 27.

I know… soak it in. Becoming a marine was something that I wanted to do in high school, but kind of never went through with because I was a coward. I was afraid for my skin, afraid that I wouldn’t be able to physically keep up, and afraid of failing. Mostly afraid of failing. I don’t do well with the unexpected. Those of you who know me reaaaallly well know that I hate surprises. In fact, knowing the end of a book or a movie doesn’t upset me. It even gives me anxiety a lot of the times to do things I’ve never tried before. However, after living the ultimate surprise, LOO, I’ve realized that I adapt fairly well. That maybe being a marine isn’t really out of my grasp and that I don’t have to live vicariously through Vince anymore. Plus, for those of you who don’t know, there is this annoying perception of Dependents (those of us who live off of the earnings of our military spouses). In the military, the stereotype of dependents are that they are fat, money grubbing, cheating, baby making machines. I don’t want to be any of these things. In fact, I kind of hate being a dependent/ being called a dependent at all haha.

The plan is, I am 24. We will be done living here in 3 (-/+) years and will hopefully be settled in a new place near or closer to home for a few more years. Vince will hopefully have a good chunk of schooling done and will also be working on becoming a Marine Corps Officer (or something along that line). Loo will be almost or will be 5, and the next child will be about 2. That way I’m not leaving my children at an infant age. I want to become a reservist Marine corps officer with an administration MOS (military occupation) aka a desk job.

I’m not trying to be super bad ass.ย  I just want to be a good marine, wife and mom. I don’t think it’s too crazy but we’ll see. I still have three more years to get all this together! Wish me luck!

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The move

Random thought prior to starting a splurg of blog writing: While I always have this overhanging guilt for not updating my blog as often, I’ve realized that I’ve always been a “reader” and not a “writer”, and thus don’t feel like writing. So for me to write this blog is somewhat of an accomplishment since I could barely write a 1 page paper in college; sad I know.ย  It’s also hard since I always have tons and tons of great ideas, but I’m horrible (HORRIBLE) at getting them out in cohesive thoughts. So while this is all really really late in coming, here you all go. (that’s all the apology you all are going to get)

So as most of you know, Vince, Friend and I (and the dog) have moved to Warner Robins, Georgia. Specifically:

103 Marion Way

Warner Robins, Ga 31098

If you were wondering of course.

Without writing a lengthy forever blog about why we moved and etc. etc. I will try to keep this short and sweet.

Reason why we moved:

Vince had applied to go active reserve waaaaaay back when and in early January he was finally accepted into the program. Active reserve is basically a reservist who has been activated to go full time. Like being tagged in duck duck goose to go running around. He also had to change his military occupation in order to be accepted into the program so Vince changed his occupation from some tech guy/det 3 detachment or whatever (I know, I should know these things but I don’t) to become a helicopter mechanic. Also, the people deciding our fate decided that it would be more awesome if instead of staying near home in PA, that we should go explore the world and thus here we are in GEORGIA.

The actual drive down:

After much preparing and extensive goodbyes, Vince and I decided it would be best to drive down to Georgia at night (10pm). Our goal was to keep Loo up for as long as possible and then drive down so that he would hopefully sleep most of the way and thus limiting our problem of 2 monsters in the car to 1 monster (marcus).

What we were hoping for

What we ended up getting was the TOTAL OPPOSITE. The baby literally cried the WHOLE TIME. With maybe 20min intervals of exhausted cat naps. It was horrible. On the other hand, the dog was an angel who slept the entire time and didn’t have a single accident in the car.

What we got

This sounds horrible but I literally had to take loo out of his car seat, hold him, laid him down on the seat, reheld him, put him in the carseat again. etc etc. He cried the whole time anyway. Basically by the time we got to Georgia and it was like 6am, loo looked like this and did finally sleep until we got to the hotel.

 

(ps forgot to mention that we got pulled over haha but the cop took pity on us and let us go without a ticket since he knew we were going to the base)

He literally ate the pouch in a few seconds and pass out mid way. He was that exhausted.

Truthfully I don’t even remember when we got to the hotel. Vince and I were that tired. Even the dog slept for a good couple of hours. The only sucky thing about going to this hotel was that we were stuck there for a day since our house wasn’t “finished” being cleaned and such. You can imagine the amount ofย  “fun” we didn’t have haha.

AAAaaand there you all go! That was the drive down to Georgia that we suffered through and hope to not suffer through for a long time! Sorry, I couldn’t think of a fancy way to end this

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