Friday, October 29, 2010


no cute little faces this time. just a nod to my favorite season.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sometimes It's a Roller Coaster

Just like your life with a baby/toddler/younger child ... a portrait session can be a roller coaster. Oh there's the rare session where the child is perfectly happy and cooperative the entire time. But seriously - rare.

Here's what you need to know about me. I'm probably gonna capture the ups and the downs of the roller coaster. The twists, turns and even the upside-down-loops.

Oh, I realize that at that moment you're not seeing the humor or the beautiful reality of the ride. I realize this because I have kids too. Listen, I am familiar with the roller coaster. (ehhemmm...I may or may not have had security visit me in the parking lot of a particularly large retail store due to others' concerns for a screaming, writhing child in my general area while I sat and quietly waited on it to pass...{cough}). Yes. I know the roller coaster.

But there are funny moments and sweet moments during the ride. And my fingers can't help but hit the shutter release when those moments appear. Because the roller coaster is our life right now. And what a sweet life it is.

And don't you just love the thrill of the ride? You laugh when you get to the end, don't you? Even if you were screaming and clinging on for dear life just seconds ago.

So brace yourself for the ride. Don't kid yourself into thinking it'll be the kiddie ride (you know the one...the little caterpillar that barely moves). Maybe it will be. Probably not.

And when we start down that hill where you can see the free-fall in front of you ... you will probably hear the click of the shutter.

Consider yourself warned.

Check out the roller coaster - (what isn't pictured is the moment we both realized we couldn't find the car keys...for the car that was just driven to the spot where we were standing. Only 2 moms of toddlers would be found crawling through a car, under a car etc ... looking for the keys that were in hand 2 seconds ago)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lots of Pink

Just a quick peek at a session I have dubbed "the pink session." You can see why.

The rain let up just long enough to get this session in {shew}. Little Ms "S" is 6 months old already! Her family came along for this session and we broke away from the "norm" studio 6-monther session.

Goodness - just look at all that pink. I am soaking it all in ... 'cause it's something that (for obvious reasons) will never appear in one of my own family photographs!

Sunday, October 24, 2010


As promised - more from the boy with the beautiful eyes. The things is ... he has a sister with the same eyes. And a great family. And a dog. Wait ... no ...

There's this dog...and she has this boy with amazing eyes. She also has a girl with stunning eyes and the funniest little personality.

If you have a dog, you realize why I needed to re-word that.

I have dogs. I love dogs. I haven't always. It's not that I ever had a distaste for them. I just didn't grow up with one. But then I married a dog lover. And that dog lover talked about how much he missed his dogs. So when we bought our first home, I knew ... knew that I had to get him a dog. What I didn't know was how much my life would change the day we drove out to the country to meet a breeder...and I watched this tiny puppy follow my husband around, wouldn't let him out of her sight, was on his heels the entire time. She came home with us that day {duh} and changed our lives.

Some of the change involved chewed shoes, carpet, air conditioner, grill (as in the kind you cook burgers on ... uh huh), fences, plants, trees, wild kittens... shall I go on? Oh - wait - let's not forget the couch she turned into fluff all over our living room while we were at work and she broke out of her kennel. That'd be the instance that caused us to drive out to the country again. And come home with yet another puppy.

'Cause you solve one problem by multiplying it, right? yeah.

It worked though. Far less chewing went down after that. Our neighbors thanked us. Our bank account thanked us. My home interior breathed a sigh of relief and I was able to finally have a full set of shoes.

2 years later we gave those dogs their own boys. And if I thought my life had changed {big change}

My heart swells watching my dogs with their boys (to their total delight we added one more boy a few years ago). There aren't too many things better than watching that crowd play together.

So all that leads me to this family's session. They bring their dog each year. I love it. Love that they are dog people like us. Love watching her interact with her people.

Don't be afraid to bring your dog to your session. Warn me first! But seriously - look at what we get...

The session isn't all about the dog (don't tell her that). What you have to know about the following shots is this... I'm a health food girl. I pay attention to nutrition and find serious importance in it. But I need to be better. Wish I could be more disciplined about it. Well "S" is the most health-minded genius I know. I knew I had to do something around this for their we had apples in the park. I loved how her kids were so excited about getting an apple from me (they informed me that apples are full of phytonutrients - HA! awesome!). Almost as much as I loved watching them interact with their dog.

and just because I think this might be the best family shot evvvver...

His Eyes

More coming from this little guy's family - but as I'm finishing up their proofs, I'm amazed at his eyes and felt the need to share some of the sparkle with you today!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ice Cream!

Cookies & Cream to be exact. Happy 1st Bday Miss S!

Poor Poor Neglected Blog

I'm so sorry little blog of mine. I have neglected you. I went off to Florida and put you to the side...and then have ignored your calls for attention since I returned. Here's what's gonna happen. I'm gonna post lots o' pictures. Not too many words. I promise we'll chat again soon. But it's holiday season my friend. And there isn't much time for words.

Just pictures.

We'll start with my trip to Florida. It was lovely. First real vacation in a very very long time. I didn't even take my camera. Took a simple point & shoot. What did I learn? 1 - I need more of these vacations. 2 - I have a total inability to operate a point & shoot camera. I need manual mode. thank you very much.

Now, we'll move on to some session peeks... here's Ms "S"! Watch later this afternoon for another post of Ms "S" and her ...are you ready for this... birthday ICE CREAM shots (instead of birthday cake).