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Those eyes…
July 20, 2010, 11:00 am
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My new favorite baby photo.


…and I’m back!
July 16, 2010, 2:27 pm
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Did you miss me?  I’ve been remiss in updating the blog for a while now.  My excuse – I’ve been busy with client photos!  What a great excuse to have! 

Enough of that though.  I’m going to be better at updating this darn blog if it kills me.  So you’re going to see more posts in the next week and they are going to be awesome!

Months ago it seems, my friend asked me to take her daughter’s 9-month photos at the beach.  After about 2 months, we finally got out there.  So we’re going to lie to the sweet girl later in life and tell her these are her 9-month photos.  And to answer your next question, no, there was no oil!

Sweet girl was not crazy about the camera this day. She was fascinated by the water though.

Every girl should have a zebra print bikini. Am I right?

My gut told me that she was a little aprehensive about the water. This look sums it up well.

More on Monday!

A very cool baby
May 3, 2010, 10:02 am
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My friends Nathan and Mary Ann had little Grady a couple months ago.  He’s a lucky kid with parents like these.  He already listens to reggae, dresses pretty snazzy, and hangs out on the kayak with his dad.  His parents are some of my favorite people so Grady is bound to be one too!

Check out for more baby photos and the children’s gallery. 

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Miss Presley
April 6, 2010, 10:42 am
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I had the pleasure of meeting little Miss Presley in March at a couple weeks of age.  I met her proud parents earlier this spring for some maternity pictures (the “before” pictures) so I was very happy to come back for the “after” pictures.  I was so surprised by how alert and aware sweet Presley was for a newborn!  What a good baby she was to photograph – lots of eye contact, some great expressions, and she didn’t complain once! 

This just makes me say, "Oh hello there!"

and hello again!

 This next one wasn’t an ideal photo but I just love the look that Presley is giving her mom.  It’s that sweet “I recognize you!” look of adoration and it’s just beautiful! 

love that look.

I love photographing newborns.  For other sessions, I try to stay within a one-hour time span, but with newborns, it could drag out a bit longer.  I just love to take time to hear new parents talk about their baby’s personality quirks, sleeping habits, and all the changes that are occuring in their lives.  For a single, childless woman, it’s fascinating to me to hear about the adjustments that a new mom goes through – and it astounds me how they handle it all.  Lucky for me, I’ve got a lot of pregnant friends and clients so there’s no shortage of these conversations!

February 24, 2010, 4:53 pm
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Wow, I’m a bad, bad blogger lately, huh?  No good excuses.  I could tell you that it was the holidays, then I went on vacation, came down with a bad cold, and have been busy at work…but really blogging takes 10 minutes of my day so those are pretty lame excuses.  I’ll be better – I swear! 

In all seriousness, this is a really busy time of year for me at “real work” so I’ve been behind on my photos. 

Last weekend I visited my little buddy Adrianna.  She’s 7 months old and so stinkin’ smiley! I really didn’t have time to go through all of her photos the other day but then I saw this one in my catalog and I couldn’t resist spending some time on it.  I can’t wait to get to her other photos (and her mom probably can’t wait either!). 

I love that smile!

In other news, my website is currently inacessible…to ME.  I can’t upload anything to it right now so I’m relying on the blog until I get it fixed.  I guess that means I’ll be blogging more often, right?  Right.

Real Job vs. Fun Job
November 17, 2009, 5:15 pm
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The past week has been a rough one.  On top of my “real job”, I’ve been overwhelmed by volunteer work and boards, photography work, and all the personal junk that clutters up my days…cleaning, Christmas shopping (yes, already!), bill paying, appointments, etc.  It’s been heaven to take time out of my days to develop photos though.  Sometimes I wish I could do this full-time because it makes me so happy to start my workflow with a full media card and end up sometime later with a few photos that capture the moment and make me smile.  On the other hand, I really like being able to pay the bills soooooo…back to work I go.

Here are some shots that made me smile today.  On Sunday, I had the pleasure of photographing my friends Joe and Laura’s beautiful children.  These two are so adorable – polite, funny, and so cute.  And their mom has such a great sense of style! 

I also had the pleasure of meeting my friends Shawn and Leslie’s sweet baby Harper this weekend.  Harper is three weeks old and just perfect.  There’s no doubt she’s going to be a beautiful little girl.

For more of these, check out the kiddos gallery.

Photos that make me giggle.
October 27, 2009, 3:45 pm
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Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing two of my friends’ brand new babies.  As I was editing these photos today, I kept thinking how proud I am that my friends have such perfect, cute babies!  Because let’s be honest, they aren’t all this adorable! 


Arianna, 3 months

Although you can’t see it in the above picture, Arianna is wearing a sweet little pink tutu.  If that doesn’t make you go “awww!” then you have no soul.



Oliver let me tag along with him to pick out a pumpkin.  This kid is bound to be a great man.  His parents Scott and Janet are some of the funniest, kindest, and most thoughtful people I know.  No doubt Oliver will make them proud.