Posted on August 22, 2010
Sweet little girl with the infectious laugh and bright imagination, don’t grow so fast, okay? I’ve spent the last five and a half years with you as my shadow. Princess tea parties, playing on the wii, reading books, making up stories, and indulging in your oh so charming and massive imagination. This has made up our little life. You are convinced that you used to be a fairy and lived in “Fairy Tale.” You tell the most amazing stories about what has happened to you in Fairy Tale and like to explain how you came to Earth through cracks in the wall.
You started Kindergarten last week.
Be still my aching heart.
Posted on August 22, 2010
Thursday afternoon and Friday morning both predicted rain for Friday evening. I fretted over this for hours because I had an engagement session on Friday. And not just any session, a session for a couple who was only in the area for one more day before they drove the ridiculous drive (something like sixteen hours) back to their Texas home. Their wedding will be in a cozy little town nearby, but for now the distance has made it a little tricky to schedule the engagement session. Since they were going to be in Arkansas for a brief period of time before classes began again, we decided to do the engagement session now. I was prepared for the heat that we’ve been having, but rain? Rain made me nervous. What kind of rain would it be? A few innocent sprinkles? A soft rain we could work around? Or would it be a dark, thundering, pouring rain that would steal our light and threaten equipment? Not to mention make-up and hair? I finally found a place where I felt confident enough to do an engagement session if we were forced to face a thunderstorm, but as it turns out, I didn’t need it! Typical Arkansas weather, the rain decided to go away and we had a gorgeous evening to play!
Yay! I worked really hard yesterday in order to get a sneak peek up for them to see first thing when they arrive at their house. Which should be any moment now.
I can’t wait for the wedding!
Posted on August 15, 2010
Last week I had the time of my life. Sure, there are other moments that are placed higher on the scale of Best Times Ever, like getting married and having my kiddos, but man o’ man did last weekend score high.
You see, some of my closest, dearest, best friends were met online. We came together in a photography forum many years ago and have grown together. Shared together. Discussed ideas, critiqued work, told stories, grown into a family. These girls are so special to me, they know more about me than some of my ‘real life’ friends, and the closest one is five hours away. Last year we decided that we were going to get together for a weekend of shooting, talking, bonding, and discussing business. Two condos were rented a gorgeous beach in North Carolina. A handful of us had meet before last weekend, but the majority had not. You know those friendships that can pick up right where you left off no matter the time span? That’s how it was for us. It was like we had always been able to talk face to face instead of through forums, texts, emails, IMs, and facebook. And now it doesn’t seem fair that we have to wait until next year to see each other in person again. It’ll be well worth the wait.
Our host, the fabulous Dana Jackson, managed to schedule four different time slots of sessions with multiple subjects while we were there. We did maternity, a hot couple, newborns, families, siblings, and seniors. It was simply amazing. There was little sleep, lots of learning, and so much talk.
Here are a few of the images from the ‘hot couple’ session. Amanda and I lead the majority of this session since we do more couples than some of the other girls. The couple’s goal was to have ‘something hot for the bedroom’ and I think we got it!!
They are such a gorgeous couple.
Now, since they said they wanted something hot, and we were on the beach, what else could we do but get them on the waterline?
Um, meow. These next two are totally hot.
It’s been really interesting to look through my friends’ versions of all the sessions that we did. I love being able to see the same scene through their eyes. I wish it could happen every day!
Part 2? Seniors!
Posted on August 4, 2010
I’ve wanted to work with older girls for a little bit now to sort of experiment with a few ideas that I’ve had floating around in my head. I’ve worked with a lot of babies and younger kids as well as seniors and adults, but really hadn’t work with the ‘tween’ crowd much. What’s a photographer to do? Well, this photographer starts looking at her friends’ kids!
My friend Bonnie married the love of her life last year. If that wasn’t enough, she also became the step-mom to two beautiful girls. She adores them soo much. I decided that instead of just doing photos of the girls, wouldn’t it be really fun to take photos of all of them together? I’m so glad everything fell into place when it did because not only did I have a lot of fun, but just look how gorgeous they all are! I could have taken a million more frames. Annnnd I sorta had a hard time narrowing things down.
Hear that? That is a big ol’ happy sigh coming from me. I’m so happy with these.
On another note, I shall be hopping on a plane eaaaarrrlllyyy Friday morning (like five in the morning early. I think I’m crazy) to go to a workshop in North Carolina. The beach, amazing photographers and good times are coming my way. I can’t wait!!! Please note that any emails or phone calls will not be answered until Monday morning. Thanks!!