Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Year in Review: Weddings

2011 has been an amazing year for me and the weddings that I had the opportunity to photograph.  I am so grateful to each of my clients that came to me, and trusted me with the images of the most important day of their lives.  I wish I could have photographed all the couples that wanted to book with me, but I was pregnant through each wedding I photographed, and I definitely could not book so close to my due date. Sorry! I would have loved to be there!  So in no particular order, here are my awesome 2011 couples (that hopefully will be having some babies soon!)


Scott & Jessica

Curtis & Samantha

Troy & Lamont


Niya & Richard

Jackie & Rob

Heather & Mike

Amy & Matt

Fredia & James

Maria & Steve

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas!!!

For all those that celebrate, I hope that you have a very merry Christmas! Filled with love and happiness, family and friends (and good food).  I say Happy Christmas, because that's how they say it on Dr. Who, and although I can't do a proper English accent, I am English in part of my heart!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sweet Baby Gabriel's Birth Story

Wow.  I am so thankful that Kendall and Will allowed me into one of the most intimate and private moments of their life, the birth of their son Gabriel.  It was a truly amazing experience, and I will never forget it.  Being a new mom, I can tell you that having pictures to document your birth is something that you must have.  The experience goes by so fast (even though while you are in labor it can seem like forever), and to be honest, you will probably forget the moments in between.  Whether you choose to book me, or someone else, it is definitely something I recommend with all of my heart and soul.

Kendall started with contractions that were about 30-40 minutes apart on Monday 12/20, and then it jumped to 20 minutes apart, and then by 10pm on Tuesday evening, I was getting the message that they were 10 minutes apart, and they were on their way to The Birth Center.  I think I was just as excited and anxious as my own labor and delivery!

But enough talk, let me show you the pictures! Kendall, was amazing. She made birth look so easy.  Little Gabriel was out in no time, born at 12:17am on 12/21, weighing in at 7lbs 8 oz. And Will was great in supporting Kendall and keeping her comfortable. We shared some laughs and jokes, and I almost cried.



Again, thank you so much Kendall and Will. It was an AMAZING experience, and I am so happy that you let me be there to capture this day for you!

Happy birthday Gabriel Kieran!
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Monday, December 19, 2011 a good way!

I am going to share a secret with you.  It's not a big secret, well ok, it kind of is.  Nevertheless, you are about to find out something that only us in the photography world know, and we guard it with our lives!

*Cue dramatic music*

Ok, I am being way too dramatic here, but that is how I am in the mornings. After only getting about 3 hours of sleep, because my daughter loves to party through the night.  Even though she is just under 4 months old.  Okay, back to the original topic, this crazy big secret. Here it is:

As a photographer, I am my own worst critic.  I suppose it comes with having a crazy creative mind. And the fact that I am capturing moments of peoples lives for them to cherish (sounds cheesy, but hey it's the truth).  It's a really heavy burden, but I still love it.  It's weird, because there are times when I look at my photos and think "Damn! I am awesome!", then there are other times when I am like "Damn! What am I doing? Why did I even start this?".  It's the roller coaster of emotional and creativity that every photographer rides (or at least I would like to think so).  If we were not so critical of our own work, then we wouldn't be able to produce the amazing work that you hang up in your home, and show your family and friends. Or do as my husband does, whip out his Ipad instead of his wallet to show pictures of our newborn daughter.

So, in one of his Ipad photo showcases, the person he showed it to saw the pictures of my daughter Charlotte, as well as other babies and such that I photographed. And said, "These look like something that Anne Geddes would do!".  THE ANNE GEDDES.  Yes, I had to type that in capitals, because thats just how big it is for me. My first reaction was that it was WAY to gracious of a compliment, and my work is not even on the same level as Anne Geddes, it doesn't even breathe the same air...ok, maybe I am putting her on a crazy pedestal, but seriously, it's freaking Anne Geddes.  I just smiled, and simply said, "Thank You".  While on the inside I was screaming and jumping like a fanatic of Glee and Justin Bieber mixed together.

The fact that this random person, knowing who Anne Geddes is, and compared some of my work to her, floored me. In an absolutely good way of course.  Do I love what I do? Of course!  Do I take great photographs?  Yes!  Is my work to the likes of Anne Geddes?  In my mind no, but in that persons mind, yes.  And pretty's all that matters.  Because I can criticize my work all day long, but it matters on what other people think of it. Because they are the viewers, they are the ones that see it in a completely different aspect that I do!

So I suppose that whenever I am feeling down, and questioning what the heck I am doing, I will just think back to this random stranger and their comment, and keep pushing through.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

A New Focus

It's not secret that I love photographing babies and kids.  It's just one of those things that come natural to me.  I have always been the "baby whisperer".  I think it comes from having a big family with a bunch of nieces and nephews.  After having my daughter, it totally made me realize how important it really is to have memories of your little one, while they are still little.  My daughter will be 4 months old on Christmas Eve, and it seems like the time has flew by!  I mean, what happened to that quite little baby who would look up at me, and then go back to sleep?  She is now a wriggling, giggling, arm flailing little girl that has a magical light in her eyes, and who loves to squeal...loudly.

Now, as the child of a photographer, you can bet that my daughter has her own dedicated folder on the computer, full of images of her. And on my cellphone, and Ipad.  I think I have hit over 1,000 images of her. A bit much..maybe, but i'm a new mom.  Yesterday, after she was fed and happy, I was finally able to get her to actually "pose" for me, and I tell you what, her images took my breath away. Of course I am bias because it is my baby after all.  But I feel that EVERY parent should have great images of their little one to cherish, always.  They grow up in a blink of an eye.

So for 2012, I am going to focus on portraits more.  Don't worry, I am still shooting weddings!  But I am only accepting a limited number of weddings for 2012, so that I can spend time with my daughter and family during her first year of life, which is going to be amazing.  And I just want to share the love that I have with other families and parents.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Year in Review: Portraits

WOW! I cannot believe 2011 is almost over. We are two weeks down till Christmas, and then New Years is right around the corner.  It just seems like yesterday I celebrated New Years, then found out I was pregnant with my darling daughter a week later.  This year has gone by in a blur, and sometimes it seems like it has went so slow!  I am forever grateful for my clients, who have come to me and trusted me with capturing images of their families and special moments.  Here are my favorite portrait images from 2011. I hope that 2012 is even more amazing for my business, clients, and fans.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Happy Birthday to my Husband!

Today is my husbands birthday!  I am always a fan of birthdays. I love balloons and cakes and all that jazz.  Today, for the first time in about 7 years, he actually had to work on his birthday, so we will have to celebrate more when he gets home.

But here's to you hun.  You are amazing, wonderful, and hands down awesome.  I hope that you enjoy your day (even though you are working).  You rock!


(this is him at the renaissance faire)
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Those long winter nights...

I hate the winter. Ok, hate is a strong word.  I dislike the winter.  Not because it is cold, although I do love wearing flip flops, but mainly because with winter comes the long winter nights.  Winter is the season that makes me feel like we are never going to get out of it, because it gets dark at like, 4pm.  It makes me feel like the night is sooooooooooo long. Even though I am a night owl by natural, when there is more daylight, I tend to get more done.  Sounds weird, I know.  I can't do as many outdoor sessions, my time for using natural light is severely limited, it's just a downhill track!

But, the one good thing about winter is snow!  But at the rate we are going, 60 degrees for today, I am not sure if there is going to be snow on the ground.

If we could just have spring, summer, and fall, and have it snow for Christmas, I would be happy.
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Control Issues

I am typically the type of person that always has to be in control, always has to have things in order.  Now admittedly, when you step into my home, you would think the opposite, but hey! I am a new mom, I'm exhausted, and at times I just don't have the energy to clean up.  But, I digress.  Anywho, yes, control.  I always have to be in control, and in running my own business, it gives me control of a lot of things.  But there are times, when I feel that I do not have any control over things, and to be honest it terrifies me.

One of the things that I have been working on is to let the control go.  Let things come as they will, and not to worry myself over not being able to have that control.  It's hard work yes, but it has been helping me a lot.  I mean, I have not been in control of my sleep schedule for almost three months now.  But, I just let it happen as it will, and I sleep when I can.  When the baby naps, I nap.  That's just the way it goes.
I think the reason why I needed to be in control was because it gave me security, it also gave me a sense of being successful.  One of the biggest things was getting over that hurdle.  As the saying goes, "Let go and let God".  Sometimes you just have to let things happen as they naturally will.  If it is meant to come to you, then it will!

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