Friday, April 13, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized
Sunday, January 8, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized
Happy New Year! I’m hoping to jump back into blogging and having fun with I Heart Faces this year. And what better way to start than this week’s Best Face of 2011! This is my daughter, Kyra, on our front porch in New York with a whiteout from the freak October snowstorm we like to call “Octsnowber” as a backdrop. I’m sure there is going to be lots of eye candy over at I Heart Faces this week so be sure to head on over and check it out! 🙂
I’m really looking forward to checking out all the entries for this week’s theme, “the eyes have it” over at I Heart Faces! When I saw the theme this week, I knew exactly what photo I was going to post. This is one of my all time favorite images of my daughter. Not only does it highlight her beautiful baby blues but her expression completely captures her little big personality. ♥ her!
Sunday, August 7, 2011 Posted in just for fun
This week’s theme over at I Heart Faces is Friendships. I wasn’t going to play this week because I’m just coming off an obsessive weekend of party planning for my 4 year old’s Enchanted Fairy birthday party. Then I stumbled across this photo of my 7 year old and his buddies at a recent sleepover. This is a nice break from the girlie stuff I’m editing and the image totally cracks me up with all the different expressions! I’ve heard it said that with 3 or more at this age, there’s bound to be problems but it’s amazing to watch these guys play together. They have lots of similar interests but is each his own man. There’s respect among them already and they genuinely enjoy every minute of each other’s company. I feel lucky my son is a part of this crew and even luckier that all the parents get along just as famously. To friendships … young and old! 🙂
This was the second time I’ve been this family’s photographer and to me, there is no better compliment than that. Well, that and a good referral but you get the idea. I was disappointed when the weather didn’t cooperate on our originally scheduled date but, as usual, I was reminded everything happens for a reason because when we finally did meet up this Spring, these kids were the bomb! Does anyone even say that anymore? 😉
Choosing images from my time with this family was hard! I always try to narrow images selected for blog posts down to a few but I rarely manage to do that. I typically use images my clients have expressed they love or ones I really like for some reason. I’ll be honest, my favorites are not always those of my clients. In fact, most often they’re not. These girls kept me moving but we managed to capture some goodies so here’s a bunch to check out and decide for yourself.
It’s hard to believe that this little guy looked like THIS just 7 months ago!
Thank you all for another wonderful session!
I received an email from this Mom last year after she saw the newborn session I had done for a friend of hers. I was thrilled to hear her excitement about scheduling a session for her own family but disappointed we couldn’t make it work in the Fall! We finally met up this Spring with big plans to meet at a great park she frequents with the kids. But when we arrived, the park was closed. No problem! We just drove across the street to an open field, a barn, and beautiful light. Locations are very important, don’t get me wrong, but it’s the personalities and connections of the people I photograph that I really try to capture. I love working with families who are willing to open up in front of the camera, to play with their kids and show affection for one another as they would if I weren’t there. This family brought it! I loved every second of working with them and I hope I have the chance to do so again.
Thank you, C family, for one of my favorite sessions this Spring!
I remember the day I saw this family from across the street in my old ‘hood, each wearing a different bright colored shirt, and thinking what a perfect outfit for a family session! Of course I later told that to Mom and we tossed the idea of family photos around here and there but busy schedules worked against us. We left town not long after that but kept in touch. We finally had the chance to make this happen and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect as this family has a lot to celebrate!
Mom recently graduated from the Dutchess Community College Nursing Program, Class of 2011 and made the Dean’s List. She is a proud mother of two wonderful boys and dedicated to autism awareness for the community. Dad has lost over 60 pounds … yes, sixty! He is a triathlon athlete, actively raising money for Autism Speaks at the same time. “Every dollar that is raised in support of my challenge, is in the hopes that one less family will face that challenges that are my reality. I do this not just for my kids, but for everybody’s kids.” Be sure to check out his link above.
I’ll admit I was very anxious about this session. I knew going in it might be difficult getting smiles and I really wanted to capture the connections between this awesome family. We were unsure about location as well. We wanted a place with interest that would allow the freedom for exploration but also keep everyone where they needed to be. Turns out it was a lot of fun and it was so great to see them all together again. But don’t be fooled, these boys made me work for it! I think Dad was a little worn out by the end as well. 😉
Good luck on your boards next week, Ritzel!
Sunday, June 12, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized
When I saw a post from I Heart Faces pop into Facebook announcing this week’s theme of “bright and vivid”, I immediately thought of this recent image of my own kids from our very first trip to Disney! This was taken outside our hotel and I love that bright color! I also love how this image so perfectly reflects the individual personality of each of them. Go check out more bright and vivid photos over at I Heart Faces … I’m sure there’s going to be lots of eye candy there over the next couple of days! 🙂
Monday, May 30, 2011 Posted in prom
I was excited when my brother asked if I could come home to take pictures of my nephew, Justin, before his prom! It’s always fun seeing first hand how prom attire changes from year to year but also stays the same in many ways. I knew Kyra would love seeing all the girls in their pretty gowns, looking like princesses, and Brendan would think the tuxes were really cool, of course.
If you know anyone up in that area, you know they’ve been dealing with rain almost every day, flooding, road closures, and lots of damage along Lake Champlain. It’s a real mess! But the rain held out and the kids had a beautiful day to enjoy all the pre and post prom events!
Justin and his date, Lorena, looked amazing in red.
And their friends looked stylin’ too! I am in love with that pewter dress. I have to give huge props to the kids and all their families who gathered and followed us without complaint as we strutted, vogued, jumped, and laughed a ton while I dragged them over stairs, grass, mud, and even stopping traffic in the street with a little Abbey Road reference. 😉 No dress or shoes were harmed in the making of these peeks.
Thanks for letting me hang out with you all, it was a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoyed your big night!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized
Hello abandoned blog!
I’ve been so busy with the family, school, sports, the house, the yard, and taking on a number of limited sessions that I haven’t had much time for blogging. However, I was recently turned on to a lovely artist, LeAnne at Fritts Creative. She creates name frames and word plates with photos and they are fabulous! I recently received my name plate and am so happy with it, I wanted to share!
Pretty awesome isn’t it? LeAnne has so many letter options to choose from whether you like black and white or color. I wanted color because, as most of you know, I’m struggling to really make our “new” house warm and homey. We hung it in our front entry and everyone who comes in raves about it. We love it!
Each word plate is made with individual 4″x6″ prints framed under glass and adhered to a sturdy backing. You can be as creative as you want because the word plate can be as many letters as you desire. I really love how LeAnne thought of every detail … not only does the word plate come ready to hang, but she also includes a soft protector below the hanging piece to protect your wall.
LeAnne was so easy to work with and super fast! I had my name plate just a few days after placing my order, and that included approving a proof. I’m already thinking of all kinds of great gifts these would make … graduation, birthday, house warming, anniversary. Speaking of anniversary, it gets better…
LeAnne is currently celebrating her anniversary and is giving away a 10″x20″ name frame! All you need to do is “like” Fritts Creative on Facebook and wish her a happy anniversary before 10pm (EST) on May 19th. It’s that easy! So what are you waiting for? Go check her out, leave her some love, and be sure to tell her I sent you. 😉
Happy Spring everyone!