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Meet Alec!

………the happiest baby in the world!  And what is making Alec so happy?  Maybe it’s his favorite toy, Sofie the giraffe, or maybe it’s all the kisses he gets from Mommy and Daddy.  Maybe it’s because Grandma came to visit and read “From Head to Toe”, and then showed him how to thump his chest like a gorilla!  Or maybe it’s the immense amount of LOVE that illuminates this family and their home!  I’m so excited that I’ve been invited to watch this little sweetheart as he continues to grow throughout the next year.  Maybe one day he’ll share the secret to those big gorgeous smiles of his, but for now, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy!

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Remember….

Take a minute to go back in time.  Remember what Fall used to mean?  Remember sizing up that big pile of leaves that dad had just painstakingly finished raking into a perfect mound. Remember taking a running leap and diving in, tossing them up in the air, burying yourself (or your kid brother) in them, examining them, and just being in awe of all their different shapes, colors, and sizes?  I bet you’d forgotten…..like I had.  Until this weekend that is, when these two little explorers reminded of all the joys Fall had once held for me.  I hope these bring as big a smile to your face as they did mine!  And many thanks to these little ones and their family, for sharing this beautiful Fall day with me, and helping me to remember.

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Fall

I love Fall!  The colors, the smells, leaves crunching under your feet as you’re walking through the park, apple cider, pumpkins…….I could go on and on!  Yes, Fall is definitely here, and what a gorgeous Fall day we had this past Sunday for our photo shoot at a neighborhood park.  I thoroughly enjoyed the weather, and the company, and I hope you enjoy my favorite pics from my latest session.

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Wow, how lucky am I to have gotten to work with two newborns in a row?!  This little guy was so alert, and wanted to know what was going on at all times.  Once he was done stretching, eating (he was quite the hungry little man), and checking out his new surroundings, we managed to sneak a couple of shots during a sweet (and very brief) slumber.  Congratulations to his family, and thank you for sharing this precious new addition with me.  I’ve posted a couple of my favorites to share with you, along with a couple of his beautiful siblings, who were so photogenic I just couldn’t resist!

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Welcome Baby Cash! We thought we had it all planned out until this little man showed us that he had plans of his own by arriving a little ahead of schedule and showing us who was really in charge!  Congratulations, and much thanks to his family for inviting me into their home and sharing this beautiful newborn with me.  It was such a treat to photograph this new little bundle, and his proud siblings at the start of their exciting new journey together.

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“Lost Dog Dixie”

I know, the title has you scratching your heads…….sorry, it’s one of those, “guess you had to be there” things, and I sure am glad I was!  We never did find “Lost Dog Dixie”, but we did manage to find a whole bunch of other fun things that day.  We found lots of sticks, bubbles, swings, piggy back rides, hugs, kisses, choke holds, pinches, and mosquitos 😉  So even if you had to be there for the humor, you certainly didn’t have to be there to see how much fun we had…..just take a look for yourselves!

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Siblings

Here are a couple of sneak peeks for the Spangler family, from our shoot last week.  These two were siblings in every sense of the word!  We did some goofing around, and then got down to business, getting some shots for mom to choose from for Christmas cards this year.  Yes, there is actually someone out there who will not be scrambling and frantic at the last minute (like the rest of us) trying to get Christmas cards addressed and in the mail, right along with cooking, baking, entertaining, shopping, wrapping, and pulling our hair out!  I don’t know about you all, but I think I’m going to follow her example!

P.S.  For those of you who know me, and know my style, I bet you can guess my favorite 🙂

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Congratulations Anna!  Anna was the winner of the portrait package raffled off at the St. Thomas the Apostle Kermesse/Summerfest, which is St. Thomas’ yearly fundraiser.  The Summerfest was held at Jim Miller Park on Sunday, August 9, 2009, filled with Latin American food, games, slides, music, dancing, and a raffle.  Fun was had by everyone, but the best news was that the festivities raised approximately $53,000 for the church!  Here are a couple of sneak peeks for Anna and her beautiful family from our photo session this past Sunday.

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This shoot was originally scheduled for my favorite venue, Piedmont Park.  However, due to the Paul McCartney concert that was being held there (which was phenomenal by the way), all the streets were being blocked off and we weren’t even sure how we’d get there!  Rather than reschedule the shoot, we decided to try something else.  So off to John Howell Park we went.  It was my first time shooting there so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but guess what?  Well, see for yourself!  Thank you to the Ladds for letting me photograph your lovely family – it was a real pleasure.  Here are a couple of sneak peeks for you – I hope you enjoy!

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Aarrrrrgh!!!!

Ahoy Matees!  Ella and Julian were invited to a “Pirate Play Date” last weekend and of course I couldn’t resist capturing one of them in their pirate attire.  It was so much fun, there was a treasure hunt, jewelry making, tattoos (Ella was all over that one!) and a real pirate ship for the kids to play on.  Ella borrowed some pirate gear from one of her mates (thanks Bryce!), completed the look with a few of her own stylish accessories and some color coordinating, grabbed her sword and we set sail! For those of you who know Ella, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that our little lassie made one heck of a captain!  The whole family had a great time, and Ella wore her bandana and brandished her sword for the following week.

P.S.  We were all calling Julian “Mr. Schmee”!

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