April 22nd is Earth Day and I am wondering if anyone is making any changes this year? I myself am always on a quest to try something natural and organic, though it is hard to stick to it. Busy schedules tend to make it hard to research and spend time in the grocery store. Even my husband Tom goes often due to how busy GCP has been lately. I know I will never be 100% organic or green. I do not walk around saying “I am organic” because we bought organic produce that week. But I am sure going to try to make changes and stick with them from now on. Going “green/organic” does not always mean food. I read the book Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano two summers ago. It is an easy to read fun book about changing the small things slowly. What intrigued me the most about Sophie’s book is the beauty section, and all that is in our products…scary 🙁 but eye opening. In this article she talks about the ingredients to avoid.  It is for sure a book a recommend and below is a link to her website.

Here is Sophie’s post from today in honor of Earth Day….are you up to the challenge?

“Small changes make a big difference – that’s pretty much my philosophy and since the birth of Gorgeously Green, its been thrilling to see how many thousands of women have inspired each other to take their first small steps toward a greener way of life. This Earth Day, I invite every single one of you to think about the next small step that you want to take and commit to it. Most of us need to embark on a greener life style step-by-step, and many of you have probably found that one change always leads to the next. You start off with a reusable tote and end up with a wind turbine in your backyard!

Embarking on a greener lifestyle connects to the innate desire that most of us have to do something good – to affect change in some way during our lifetime. As things in our high tech world become increasingly transient, we all harbor a deep need to hold onto that which is timeless. Just taking a walk along a beach or even staring up at the night sky can be enough of a reminder that we need to take great care of this miraculous planet.

To celebrate Earth Day, switch off your computer and all handheld devices (don’t you hate when they say that on the plane?), and go take a walk where there’s some semblance of nature. Plan one whole hour where you’ll be totally incommunicado, take some deep breaths, re-group, and think about what your next small step will be. I’ll be joining you – phone off, in a small meditation area that I set up in my backyard. Away from children, dogs and even my lovely husband, I’ll find some calm – just hope it doesn’t rain!” Sophie Uliano Gorgeously Green April 21, 2010 http://www.gorgeouslygreen.com/every-step-counts/

I am for sure planning on doing this today. But hopefully it will be with Ava and Tom, but for sure not my crackberry {blackberry}. As you can see by the images below I have found a new spot that needs to be explored even more by my camera. This is my way of seeing the beauty of this Earth and makes me want to do more to protect and preserve it.

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GCP’s Little Green Step Forward

I am excited to say that GCP is doing it’s part to be a little greener as well! I have been working really hard on setting up an electronic client information and consent form. I also am converting my welcome packet to a psd packet. The welcome packet is getting a little makeover to go with the new site as well. Soon when you book your appointment you will be sent a link to an electronic form to fill out your information, sign the policies, and consent to photography. Once that is received you will be sent a psd packet with session information and tips, policies, styling guide, and more! This will cut done on paper significantly and hopefully a step forward into helping out our amazing mother earth


I would love for you to leave your comments below on your step to doing something green!

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  • all my business forms are sent by email now and will hopefully soon be online! while i love fluff and packaging, i keep mine to an absolute minimum. and i’ve switched from bare essentials to everyday minerals — just a bit more natural for a third the cost.ReplyCancel

Hey there everyone! Thought I would check in. Many of you may be wondering, what is taking so long for my gallery? where is my gallery? is there any new sneak peeks? Well, GinaCristinePhotography.Com is getting a whole new site. Much work and time needed to be put into it, and since I planned on launching mid January and it is now mid April, I realized I will never have time to work on it. So this past week I moved the new site to the top of my to do list. Many recent clients, you galleries are ready, I am just waiting for the new site to upload them to. All the old galleries have been removed from the old site and will be on the new site {if the gallery was less than two weeks old}.  And yes, there will be many a sneak peek coming as soon as this site is live and kicking.

The site should be launching with in the next 24hours. I invite you to stop by and look around. THere will be some cosmetic changes made this week, but not before I go live. They are changes I can not do myself. Also the Lifestyle and Love galleries will be added to this week. My main concern is making sure all client galleries are good to go before I upload all the portfolio galleries.

Some new exciting features to the site

~Shopping cart in the private galleries! YOu will be able to place your order online now 🙂 You can either pay with Pay Pal directly from the site or place your order but set up a payment arrangement with me offline. No more scanning order forms!

~New section {Details} This includes a FAQ which I suggest all to take a look at because there is a ton of information for clients and soon to be clients. Also check out the GCP Boutique, there are some images of products. There will be more images as time goes on.

~New Section {Buzz} This where you will find Press and Client testimonials. {Thank you to all who have kindly written one}

~some new tunes

~all updates images

~and much more

New blog feature

~Check out the bottom of this post. There are some icons to make posts easier to share on your fav social networks. If I am missing one let me know!

Thank you all for your patience as I get this all nice and ready. I am so proud to be able to build such a site and have such a selection of beautiful people and babies to choose from for it. I must get back to all that I am doing right now, editing, uploading, resizing, blogging, posting, and listening to the AMC’s.

Here is a quick sneak peek of a session I just had that I have no words for yet, I am still amazed at how beautiful and glowing she is….

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  • Leanne

    Oh my gosh, gorgeous! She is totally glowing. Where do you find such beautiful places!?ReplyCancel

The winner of the most recent Face book contest also had a little Easter session scheduled with me to show off her darling Easter tutu! I loved that I finally had a chance to use on of my parasols and the sun was just perfect!

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  • Vanessa

    Little Miss Claire…always so darn cute! Great work!ReplyCancel

The sun was out, it was warm, and the flowers all bloomed just for Mike and Shera’s engagement session 😉 The setting could not have been more perfect, the sun more glorious, or the couple more lovely. I am so excited for their wedding next month, and happy birthday to Shera! I hope you had a blast!

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Baby E has arrived! He shocked me with his alertness and how he would follow me with the camera…straining his neck even! E had some smiles and other facial expressions too that makes me wonder if he has done this before. Or he knows how cute and awesome he is, and was just in the mood for a photo shoot.P I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestFor an hour and a half he did not complain once, just kept looking right out the window and giving me an occasional smile. He was a mover for sure too. This is only a few from our session together, and will post the rest tomorrow. Welcome Baby E, you are such a blessing!

Sweet Dreams!


  • Judy Terri

    Ohh baby E is super cute, and I love the photos, I have to get her over here to take pix of my little monkey’s!ReplyCancel