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So much to blog about

Have you ever had one of those dreams where you are running or maybe at work and it’s crazy busy and no matter how fast you run or work you cannot catch up? I had one of those dreams last night. I was waiting tables again and not matter what I did I was always behind. It must be one of those dreams that are fueled by the fears of your subconscious .

I feel like am loosing time. I just can’t seem to make it all fit in.

I know one of the reasons for this is my less than stellar organizational skills. I wish I had the ounce of organization that my sister has in her pinkie toe. I think Lisa had day planners for her Barbies!

All this is an elaborate way to say that I have been meaning to blog all of my awesome sessions but I just haven’t allotted the time to do it.

side note: I obviously have a problem with multitasking too! Just burnt my favorite plastic pan scraper from Pampered Chef while trying to boil water and blog at the same time! Ack! my whole house smells like burnt plastic now!!

And also, I have got to say thank you to the best clients ever! Not only have you been a great looking group but you have been a breeze to work with! A big thanks to all my clients who have been referring me to their friends and family! That has got to be the biggest compliment and really lets me knows that I’m doing something right!

OK, enough gushing. Here is a overview of what I’ve been to do over the last couple of months.

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I Love the Time of Year

As I wake up (begrudgingly) early this morning I am greeted by giggly boy in my bed cuddling close with cold little toes. I here the heater click on as I pull them close and we snuggle deep into the covers talking about the upcoming day with lots of fun activities in store for us. A visit from grandparents, a soccer game and a trip to the Pumpkin Patch. It’s Fall and there’s no denying it. And to make it even better it is a beautifully sunny, blue sky Saturday! With all the record breaking rain fall we’ve had of late the sun’s appearance just makes it all the better! Despite the bad weather I have been able to squeeze in some of my favorite shoots to date. I have awesome clients! I know that every photographer says that but mine are not only cute as a button they are happy and well behaved and do everything I ask of them. Well maybe not everything but close! I am a firm believer in that if you expect the kids to just sit and smile then you, as the parent, are going to be frazzled five minutes into the shoot. I usually let the children roam and explore the setting and get used to me, the camera and their surroundings. After I’m acquainted with your child I might start asking them to look my way or stand/sit somewhere specific but I really try not to force a situation. What I want to capture are those unplanned moments, sweet smile and reactions because seriously, if you ask your child to sit there and say “cheeeeeeeeeese” the end result is going to be something forced and contrived and that’s not what you are paying me for.

Here are a couple shots I’ve gotten lately that demonstrate what I’m talking about.

(I love it when the dads make a special effort to be there and get into the shoot!)

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I have had some great first birthday sessions and I love that the parents are bringing little cakes out for the babies to feast on. They turn out really cute!

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When I work with siblings it’s definitely more challenging but if you let them be themselves and play off each other you can get one of a kind results.

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This works also one on one with each child.

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Once the kids are comfortable with me I can usually get shots like these.

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I also like to capture shot when they are just being themselves.

Whether they’re being pouty…

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… or thoughtful

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…or just being silly.

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What I want to capture is little snap shot of the way you as the parent see and remember your children. I am loving the “imperfect” pictures more and more because they’re the ones where the personality shows through.

Well I have a ton more I want to show but it will have to wait.  Have a great weekend!

I love my job. I really, really do. But when you get a session like this it doesn’t even feel like work. There was hardly a bad shot at all in this session. These girls came ready to be photographed and were a dream to work with.

Here is what I saw.

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Girls, Girls, Girls

I have boys.

My boys love being boys. This means that we have boots, Leggos, ball caps, Transformer t-shirts and every sports ball you can imagine and all this is usually covers with some sticky goop and a nice dusting of dirt. What we do not have in my house is anything soft, pink or frilly and certainly not anything that can be described at “pretty”. So, when I have a chance to shoot girls and they have dresses and bows and sweet little rings and necklaces on I get a little excited and enjoy the nice change of pace. I have had a lot of girls lately and it has been so much fun for me. They have all be such little models and really know how to work it!

I had forgotten that girls are not real big fans of mud and bugs. The Taylor sisters were such troopers in the wet grass!

Here is what I saw.

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Here is a snippet from a shoot I did yesterday. More to come… but it’s off I go to another shoot.

Have a great weekend!

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Miss Personality

Yesterday I had, though still soggy and damp outside, a wonderful shoot with this little firecracker! Little M knew just how to pose and work the camera and had the cutest little personality.

We had a great time romping around Kiroli Park and snapping pictures along the way. Her mommy was good to think ahead and have several changes of clothes. This is a good idea if you are wanting both formal portraits and then some that really shows your little one’s personality. I’m so glad that we went ahead with the shoot because it is raining again now. I can’t complain as it has been a very cool first day of Fall here in Monroe!

Happy Fall!

Here is what I saw.

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The Ratcliffs

Last week before Monroe turned into the soggy mess it is now I was able to have a wonderful session with Kim and her family. Kim was Lunden’s assistant teacher last year and I  also took her two eldest Christmas pictures last year. In May Kim had daughter number three and I finally got to meet her four months later! She is a cutie pie and very laid back. The verdict is still out on whether this one will take after here sisters and be a clone of Kim also.

Here is what I saw.

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Well I have a busy weekend coming up so get ready for some more regular posting.

I leave you with a sneak peek from a shoot I had today.

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