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The Ultimate Challenge

Miss Savannah is way past the newborn photography stage, but mom was determined to document her beautiful family just as they are right now — and I’m so glad we did it!  It’s a bit more challenging when babies are at this stage because they aren’t as sleepy as a newborn, but they’re also not as sturdy as an older baby.  Big sister Abbey was GREAT and had this big glowing smile that could brighten any room.   We all worked as a team, and I think we captured something truly beautiful.

Up first – my VERY favorite!

Daddy and his girls – awwwwww!

And, believe it or not, Savannah fell asleep for a few minutes…… so we pretended she was a newborn!;)

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baby charley has arrived….

…and she is so beautiful!   It was very exciting for me to meet baby Charley since I recently did Kate & Beau’s Maternity Session.  And now life changes.  Completely.  I love chatting with new mommies – and remembering when I was a new mom myself.  It’s all such a blur now, but a truly amazing time in my life.  Being a mom (or dad) is such a special gift – AND it makes you part of the elite club of “parents” all around the world. :)

As if it’s not enough to have a new baby in the house, Kate & Beau’s first “child” (AKA fur-baby) has been breaking out in hives, so Dad had to leave a little early to get her to the vet.  It’s all about teamwork right?

Here is sweet Charley  – I hope you enjoy!  (Love this little hat that mom brought!)

And here’s mom, dad & baby – gorgeous!

Doesn’t she look so tiny in the little baby bed???

Charley was a great model – she slept almost the entire time.

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Monday Love

Another edition of Monday Love

A Quote Sometimes a headache is all in your head.  Relax.  ~Hartman Jule

Something PersonalFamily Portrait Session.  How do those three words make you feel?  I think for most, it strikes a chord of fear, or maybe even terror, right?  As a photographer, I always try to minimize this feeling for my clients (especially the husbands) by letting them know we are going to have FUN — and I promise we will get some great shots.  I promise!  So, what is it that makes a family portrait session so stressful?  Well, I had mine on Friday afternoon (with the wonderful Lisa Phillipson) and although I went into it very relaxed, by the end, I was stressed.  I had talked Jeff off the ledge that morning – something like this: “Relax, whatever happens is fine.  Just let the kids run around and have fun.  We’ll all just have fun and if it’s not perfect – who cares!”  I think it worked, because he was pretty calm and cool for the entire 90 minutes.   We were ready on time, the kids took naps and had something to eat, there wasn’t any traffic…… things were off to a great start.  I picked a cool location that I had wanted to try – and the only bad news was a high of 91 degrees for the day.  The first five minutes were great, the kids were calm and we all stood together and got a couple family shots.  I’m convinced that it’s during these short quiet times that my kids are scheming in their minds and planning their “great escape” – then they’re OFF!  It then became the normal scene with a family of four (with a toddler and pre-schooler), chasing kids, trying to keep them together, trying to get them to smile (HA!), all while dressed up, sweating, and wearing fall clothing and 3-inch heels (just me in the heels of course).  I was dripping with sweat and had a blister on my toe – and snapped at Kylie when she was blowing spit bubbles during what should have been an adorable family picture.  Lisa was great, and very relaxed.  She made funny faces, jumped around, and even brought out Elmo to get some giggles from the Jakester.   When we were done I was exhausted and I felt guilty about snapping at Kylie (although the spit bubbles really pushed me over the edge), and I wondered (like everybody does) if Lisa had gotten even ONE shot with everyone looking remotely happy.

She did.  Here’s proof. ;)

This picture was well into the session so we had already taken off the kids’ matching clothes (Jake was really suffering in a shirt AND sweater vest) and we had intended to just take some cute pics of the kids at this point.  BUT, they were both happy sitting on the stools (eating some bribe candy), so Jeff and I jumped in for a pic.  I love it!  Lisa was kind enough to share a handful of images with me right away, and I love them all.  In hindsight, it was all in my head (well, the part about me sweating was real), and the kids did great and so did Jeff.  Only I, the photographer, was stressed out.  Man it’s hard to be on the other side of the lens!  Thanks Lisa, for capturing my family in such a beautiful way.  I can’t wait to do your pictures…… you have 8 days left to prepare! ;)

Something funny: On the same theme as family sessions, I thought I would share a funny outtake from a recent one.  This session with Jennifer and her family was a BLAST!   Zach and Olivia are older than my two kiddos so it’s a little easier to get cooperation.  I have found some interesting ways to get some giggles out of this age – one of which is the tongue competition.  Sometimes I’ll ask them (on the count of three) to stick out their tongues as far as possible so I can see who’s is the longest – a recipe for LOTS of giggles – but in this case it might have gone a little too far!  I’ll let you use your imagination as to what might have happened in between these two photos. ;)

Something interesting: Without going into too much detail on my thoughts about industrialization, chemicals, auto-immune disorders, and my overall fear of what’s happening in our society right now — I just wanted to share something that I think is helpful.  For me, it’s a little step in the right direction for my kids.  I do the best I can to make good choices for them with the information I have.  Here is a link to a shopping guide from the EWG that includes the “dirty dozen” and the “clean 15″ — which are the fruits and veggies with the highest and lowest amounts of residual pesticides on them.  Click for the Shopping Guide.  (There’s even an iPhone app)!!!

HAPPY MONDAY!!!





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Seriously Beautiful Boys

I was so excited to meet Jo and her boys.  We had to cancel a session a while back but had spoken on the phone several times.  She’s part of the Marriott family (and I used to be — for 12 years) so we talked a little “shop” but not much.  She told me before hand that her older boys are very sweet and that they adore their baby brother.  I have to say that I was truly touched by how polite, sweet and loving they were.  Mom was right, they adore their baby brother, but it was also clear that they adore mom and each other as well.  They were a breath of fresh air in this difficult world – and I’m glad I got to meet them.  Hopefully next time I’ll get to meet Dad too – but football season calls!  He’s a high school coach and he couldn’t miss the morning practice.

Jo mentioned that her family enjoys doing an affirmation board every week.  She said they discuss what they want to work on, goals, improvements, etc.  We didn’t talk in too much detail, but it definitely got my mind rolling.  I told Jeff tonight that I thought something like this would be a great idea for our family.  What a great way to have the whole family buy-in to each other’s goals, whether it be working on please and thank you, or appreciating the little moments in life that we so easily skip over.  Hmmmmm, I’m going to have to give this some more thought for sure!  Thanks Jo!

Without further ado…..  the handsome big brothers!

And, the real star of the show – baby brother Ethan! :)

Love these two!

I love this one with Ethan and Mom.  He is such a cuddler – he even let me cuddle with him for a while.  * happy sigh* :)

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Pink Bows & Tutus

This was Miss Chloe’s second session, and I can’t believe how much she’s grown since our newborn session!  She is such a happy baby.  We were well into her morning nap time and she didn’t make a peep about it.    I’ve been photographing Ava since she was nine months old so it’s really fun to see how much her and Chloe look alike.  Mom loves bows, and she has the best selection for the girls so they always look so sweet.  I brought my hot-pink tutu so they could have some matching pictures as well.  Dad has a house full of beautiful girls – including mom! :)

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