Posted on December 31, 2010
If my blog could make a face at me, I’m pretty sure it would be a giant vampire snarl. (Not that I would be against that. Ahem, Team Edward.)
Allow me to be dramatic for a sec: Oh, blog, how I’ve neglected thee!!! My excuse needs only two words: Holiday Madness. I capitalize those words because they are important. We all need a healthy dose of holiday madness to kick us flying into the new year. 2011, I can SEE you, and I’m ready for everything you’ve got!
I had every intention of doing a Merry Christmas blog post, but I REALLY haven’t had the time. If you saw the inside of my house right now, you would understand. Christmas came roaring through my house like a freight train. (There really IS a train in my living room… but less freight and more toy.) Anyway, since my house is a disaster, I’ve been nervously waiting for the doorbell to ring. We all know surprise company ONLY shows up when the house is a mess.
I’m also convinced that all of this disarray can’t be good for Feng Shui. Being productive is difficult with this serious lack of good life energy around my office space… which is why most of tomorrow will be devoted to cleaning, organizing, and de-decorating. I’m actually looking forward to it. I am terrified of one thing though: Sorting the laundry…. for fear of brown recluse spiders that might have moved in. I’ve never seen one in my house, but I know that they prefer abandoned places, soooo…. yeah, it’s time to tackle Laundry City.
I’m sorry, guys. If you’ve been to this blog before, you know that if I’ve stayed up past 2 am more than 3 nights in a row and I’m about to make it 4… well, my ramble tendencies go up ten notches. Hence that rubbish of words you see above. Now, onto more important things… Like this cutie pie:
I had a great time photographing this family. Their daddy is an old high school friend of mine, so this session was on the special side. It was a chilly day, and little runny noses were being wiped left and right. (Their parents get extra points for staying on top of that seemingly never-ending task). Even though it was chilly, no one was cold because we did plenty of running around. I don’t know about you, but I love a good toddler chase. Especially when it results in a smile like this:
Sweet little profile:
If that only leaves you craving more cuteness…. How about sister Tator Tot?…
Sweet basket of baby blues:
To this way-cute family: Thanks so much for being incredibly patient as your retouching fell smack-BAM! in the middle of Holiday Madness. My son also had his 2nd birthday in the middle of the madness. (I plan to post about that when I get caught up.) I’ll be in touch when the rest of your photos are finished soon. To you and everyone reading this… may the madness of the holidays kick you flying happily into the new year!
A great, HUGEmongous thank-you to all of my clients… past, present, and future and all of my supporters for making 2010 another successful year. I couldn’t have done it without you! I would LOVE to get sappy right now and ramble on some more about how much I truly love you… but since my eyes are starting to cross… Happy New Year to all… and to all, a good night!
Posted on December 20, 2010
The baby girl inside this gorgeous belly wasn’t due to arrive until Christmas Day… but she decided to be an early Christmas gift! No gift will EVER compare to a sweet new baby. (My son was born 4 days after Christmas, so I know what it feels like to receive such an amazing gift). Thinking back to this maternity session… See this mommy-to-be?
As you can see, she wore pregnancy extremely well. She made it look easy, ladies… and we all know it’s not easy. (There better be at least a couple of mother-heads nodding in agreement with me right now.) When I first met her at the top of the steps, she greeted me with a giant smile. I thought, “Shouldn’t you be huffing and puffing right about now?!” She felt great the entire time and I just couldn’t get over it. Someone else did great, too…
Girl, look at you! I hope you never forget how stunning your pregnancy was:
This is 100 percent REAL happiness right here, folks. It radiated off of her. I only had to do my “silent ninja jump” ONCE. (And that was just to get it out of my system…)
To the new parents: It was so nice to meet you both and I can’t wait to meet your sweet girl for her newborn session! I feel so honored to see her grow up in front of my camera every three months. Thanks for being so patient while I work on your photos during this holiday madness that surrounds us. I hope you like your preview as much as I do. I’ll be in touch!
Posted on December 13, 2010
If you’re feeling a little “bah humbug” on this Monday, here is a newborn snuggle-pie who can easily get your holiday spirits in gear. I’m pretty sure I held her as much as I photographed her. (Wouldn’t YOU!?) She was so tiny and snuggly. She was 3 weeks old, and despite being an older age for a newborn session, she was one of the smallest I have seen. She was born 4 weeks early and very tiny. Her “big” brother is still a baby himself at only 13 months old. Woo, Mama has her hands full! But these two little ones were ABSOLUTE angels. Seriously, guys. During the session, I remember saying, “I’m going to talk them UP on my blog and no one is going to believe me when I say that neither one of them made a single peep.” I’m smitten with them.
A Christmas tush… complete with toes:
He was sleepy, too… but way too concerned about his surroundings to even think about taking a studio nap!
Let me see both of those beautiful eyes…
It was so great to see you all again! What stunning little beauties! Since I did things a little backwards this time (to get your photos ready in time for Christmas gifts and cards), you have already seen these and I already know how much you love them. Wahoo! These babies are WAY too cute to keep to myself, though.
Posted on December 9, 2010
We went soooo long without rain, that I started to worry that mother nature was going to rip us of our pretty leaves this year. Our pickings were slim, but I was sooo happy with the wondrous plethora of leaves I found right around the corner from my studio. (By the way, PLETHORA is one of my favorite words. Plethora.) It was like a secret Fall was kept hidden from the rest of Spring Hill and it couldn’t have been any more beautiful. The weather was perfect as well. I was happy to meet this sweet family with 3 gorgeous little blondies running around. There were several times during this shoot where each parent went after a different kid and I would go after the 3rd… all in different directions, too! Such sweet kids, though. A plethora of fun was had by all.
This little girl is QUICK. Thanks for the workout, little miss! Beautiful little blondie:
I’ve said it before and it never fails to impress me. I love how little ones take notice of the simple things:
… and he wanted me to have it! A boy after my own heart:
The oldest child has a precious profile… with cheeks that are still a bit baby-like. I love this because we know it won’t last forever:
The two of us had our own little Spongebob sing-off. I lost. I only knew the first line and he sang the entire song at warp speed. This is his victory smile:
BEHOLD! The only shot of all three kids in the same spot. Lately, siblings seem to be like magnets (but, not with opposite poles that attract…. with like poles that repel each other.)
I have to include this next one because this is life, folks. Everybody’s lookin’ perfect and Little Miss has an agenda all her own. I am all too familiar with this move, as my son has perfected it. It’s the classic “Limp Noodle” performed by toddlers all over this great nation.
We did manage to achieve the PERFECT family shot, but I am leaving it out of this blog so I won’t spoil any Christmas card surprises. This last one was a close second for me… notice how mom is the only one with her feet on the ground:
It was so nice to meet you all! Again, your family is beautiful and your kids are just lovely. I hope you like your preview!