goodbye old blog… hello new digs

Hello, Hello!

Welcome to 2011; Goodbye 2010! We hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season. We want to thank all of our supporters and followers for making this last year one of the most wonderful and memorable years that fickleZeal has had so far. We appreciate all the encouragement and assistance that you have given. We have a very bright outlook for 2011 and would love to continue to hear from you individually.

With that said, we’re excited to share that we are entering this New Year [2011] with a new

Blog + Website… as well as fresh branding that is more suitable for both Andre and I. We would love for you to regularly visit our new blog+site and let us know what you think, especially now that the comments work (whew). Feel free to CLICK ON OVER and check it out:D

But first, since we we not able to keep up with things on this blog we wanted to highlight some of the many special and exciting moments from 2010. This year has been an incredible year filled with so many exciting, heartfelt and emotional moments. We have been fortunate to photograph a variety of people and events that have been near and dear to our hearts. Below we have tried to quickly recap some of those moments, but it is not nearly enough to fully detail the entire year.

Again, thank you all for the amazing support. We hope this new year brings everyone more happiness, hope, appreciation of life and lots of remarkable memories that need to be captured for a lifetime!

Jenna + Andre

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13 years of our lives from Nates perspective

I couldn’t wait to share what Nate and Andre created for our anniversary. I love seeing the world through Nate’s perspective. I hope you’ll enjoy it as well. 😉

This past thirteen years of my life couldn’t be more incredible. We have been through our share of adventures, heartaches, and triumphs, but nothing has stood in the way of our love strengthening with each day that has passed. I seriously cannot believe it’s been 13 years.

I love you Andre so immensely. I adore the man that you are and am so proud to be growing old wise with you. Thank you for thirteen wonderful years of inspiring me to be my best and for being my very best friend, wonderful husband, and inspiring father that you are to our children. I love you, I love you, I love you!!!

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Bernal Wedding Seak Peak

just a little peak…

more to come in the next few weeks on our new blog

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Short Film – The Silent Plot | Down Syndrome Awareness Month

We’ve had a very full life around here and the blog has suffered because of it, but as parents must do, we have to focus on prioritizing life’s to-do list”S”. This quick post is at the top of one of our to-do lists, simply because it’s Down Syndrome Awareness Month. This month we reflect on the amazing ways that that extra chromosome in our daughters make up has changed our lives for the best. Please feel free to post a comment sharing the beautiful ways that Down syndrome has changed or enhanced your life.

I hope you will enjoy this adorable short film that Andre created staring our daughter “Lana” and her friend “Matty”. Who could deny these cuties!?!

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catching up

Please excuse my absence from this blog. I am swamped with all aspects of life and I have to step away from the blog while we prepare to launch our new blog that will accept comments, ugh. I’ve had a few issues with this blog, so we are under-construction for hopefully just a few weeks. Until then I would like to share a home movie that Andre made on National Dog Day ’10.

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Chanler’s Sneak Peek | Senior Portraits

Early this morning we had the pleasure of meeting Chanler, Dina, Kyle and “Howdy”. Chanler brought her charm, striking good looks, and loads of cuteness. It was one of the greatest and most memorable senior shoots that we have had. We laughed, loved, and YELLED!

At the beginning of our fun shoot, we were ambushed by a swarm of bumblebees! They came out from everywhere as Chanler struck a pose at the delicious Joe T. Garcia’s restaurant (near the Stockyards). We calmly and quickly got away from the lovely flowers which was the path the bee(s) had chosen…

Okay…the truth is, it was only one bumblebee and we all yelled, “AHHHHHH”, “EEEEEEE”, and “OOOOOHHHHMYYYYGODDDD”! It was a tiny bit frightening and thrilling but soooo worth it.

Check out this sneak peek of beautiful Chanler, Class of 2011!

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DSPTC Teen Dance

Andre and I spend a lot of time each year thinking up goals and, well… dreams. As you know we are passionate about photographing people with Down syndrome (DS). We see it our mission to capture unique and authentic beauty, and to bring awareness to our willing readers. In March, we held our first DS Portrait event, where we hosted a photoshoot for twelve beautiful people diagnosed with DS. It truly was a great success, and we had a wonderful turn-out.

Back to our goals… Just earlier this year, January, we wrote a long term goal for five years from now that said:

“Become the official photographers for a Down syndrome organization.”

Little did we know that the very first Down syndrome Portrait event would receive so much attention and inspiring feedback. The Down Syndrome Partnership of Tarrant County (DSPTC) contacted us the day after we released the video Andre created. Their representative asked us to consider being their OFFICIAL photographers for their organization!!! WHA-WHAT!!! We were a little overwhelmed by the timing. You know, the little things like Dez being only a few months old, Lana being potty trained, sleep deprivation, summer break with the kids, and planning my return to college. Needless-to-say, we had to weigh our priorities before saying, yes. But honestly, if you know us, you know we think we can do anything we put our minds to. Of course, we said, YES!!!

The first event that we would like to share is the DSPTC Teen Dance hosted at Kinderfrogs TCU

sweet, fun moments were shared by all

Remember Joshua – on the top right

limbo time

We are thankful for all of you who participated in our DS Portrait event and for helping us to achieve one of our dreams. We look forward to watching you grow and live inspirational lives. We hope we have the opportunity to photograph you throughout the years. We’ll see you around! 😉

Also, BIG THANKS to the DSPTC for inviting us to be a part of your wonderful organization. We are so thrilled to be able to provide our services for your wonderful cause. Humbled and grateful!

P.S. The Down Syndrome Partnership of Tarrant County (DSPTC) is a not-for-profit organization that supports people with Down syndrome, their families, and caregivers in achieving the universally desired goals of self-fulfillment, pride in one’s achievements, inclusion in the community and reaching one’s full potential, through social and educational activities. – Anyone in Fort Worth, HEB, Grapevine, Southlake, Arlington, Keller, Colleyville, Mansfield and throughout North Texas with an interest in Down syndrome is invited to join.

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Max on-the-go

I’ve fallen behind on blogging, but I have SO much that we want to share! I’m doing my best to keep things updated around here, but just when I think I’m going to catch up something throws me off course again. I won’t get into the many things right now as I really want to post photos from our shoot with Max.

What a spunky lil’ guy. He had us on our toes throughout the shoot. LITERALLY! As his Mom looked on and laughed we ran from one spot to the next trying our best to keep up. Following Max was so much fun!

Meet Max

These lil’ cute shoes enabled him to keep us on our toes… or shall I say on-the-go

So great to photograph you Max!!! I hope to see you again soon!

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