Sissel Byington Photography » Orange County child family photographer

I love the rain…

I love rainy days, as long as I can be inside.  Hope you are careful if you are out and about.  Very few people in California really know how to drive in the rain.  There may be some sharks out there.  But if you happen to run into this one, he might just be coming to save you.   Sidewalk superhero preview.  Have a great Friday!!



Christina - 04/14/2012 - 7:08 am

Love love love this picture!

Heidi - 04/14/2012 - 10:47 am

So cute!!!

Davey - 04/14/2012 - 11:08 am

Coolest superhero brother act ever!

How do you define success?

I have been thinking a lot about this lately.  Success.  Success can mean so many different things.  It’s basically just how you choose to see it.

Your vision.  Your successful life.  What does that look like?  How do you define it?  Of course, it is lovely to have a fat bank account and little worry about finances.  Who wouldn’t agree with that?  But, does that define success?

For me, it is good relationships, with God, with my husband, my stepdaughters and family, and having truthful and soulful friends.  I do not always have a lot of time to invest in this.  I’m grateful for the awesome friends I have, who I can pick right up with even when we haven’t had a chance to catch up with each other for months.  And my husband and family, well, thank god they love me.   My goal is to manage my time better and allot more time to invest in relationships.  It is so necessary for my sanity and my soul.  I am not a person with many, many friends, but the ones I have count for hundreds.  That’s my style.  And yes, that is a huge compliment to my lovely friends.

This is merely a slice of how I define success for myself.  There are so many things I want to do, I know success for me does not end right there.  But defining it is a really good place to start.





Happy Wednesday…

Gayla - 04/04/2012 - 3:39 pm

love this Sissel. Great words….. :-)

Kendalk - 04/04/2012 - 7:25 pm

WOW!!! I would say you have found total SUCCESS!!! Your photography is amazing and your family couldn’t love you more! I am blessed to be Both your family and friend!!! You are one of my most favorite people in the world and am soooo thrilled to see your incredible talent grow!!! I love you!!!

Danielle - 04/05/2012 - 2:14 pm

LOVE THIS!! just so breathtaking! She’s a beauty! oxox

Daniell - 04/05/2012 - 4:04 pm

oh yeah! I ditto everything Kendall said…”you are such a blessing to everyone who knows you!” You are so talented and loved. Thats a perfect combo! oxox

dear TED, i love you…

I think one of my most favorite apps of all time is the app for TED.  Anytime, I have 10-20 minutes to misspend, I go there for a quick insight and inspiration.  This morning I filled some well spent minutes watching a talk by Brene’  Brown and her discussion about shame.  She has been studying vulnerability, courage, and shame for years-(I see a new book coming my way)….  It’s a very moving and compelling speech.  She really goes after this deep rooted emotion and the effect in can have in our life.  I look forward to watching it again tonight.  And I’ll have no shame in that.    Check it out.  I think you’ll agree with me…


And have a beautiful shame free day…..


wouldn’t it be nice…





I think that people hide behind masks everyday.  So many of us who put on the perfect face to be liked, accepted, and judged well.   Of course, who doesn’t want to be liked?  That shouldn’t come with the price of not being true to who you are.

Although it would seem that I encourage quite a bit of mask wearing, like here, and um,  here,…I would always encourage you to be yourself.  There is only one you.  And you are unique to the world.  It would be a shame if we missed that.




Take off the mask, and drive your sword through it.




The world is waiting for you….





Amie Rodda - 03/17/2012 - 1:26 am

Thank you, Sissel! I love these photos AND your interpretation… Can’t wait to see the rest : )



PS: Lizzie was so excited to share these with her cousin tonight!

Sissel - 03/17/2012 - 5:03 am

You are welcome! Really nice meeting all of you.

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