Archive for December, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I just love everything about this time of year, and it seriously gets better every year, as I get to see this magical holiday through the eyes of my children. I’ll be taking lots of pics in the next few days and enjoying family time…sooooo…..I am going to be taking a week long bloggity break!!! Woo hooo.

I am thrilled to spend time with family from out of town, and I want to be able to spend 100% of my time with family & friends. It’s been entirely too busy around here!!! :) My amazing pal T is having a baby, literally hours away, so I’ll be surrounding myself in newborn goodness and family togetherness as they get to finally meet and experience this new miracle in their lives. I feel SO honored to be able to be a part of this with them.

I have a few sessions to still complete (including a SUPER fun going away party that got a little PG-13!!!) and then I start off 2009 with a super fun maternity shoot on the 1st. I cannot wait!!!

I’ll see you in 2009…stay safe, merry, and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings.

[star wars STYLE]

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

i was going through pics this evening (i can only get so far until fella wakes up with his sniffles and starts crying and crying) and found a pic of a VERY special family that we went trick-or-treating with.

they came over pretty late on halloween (due to the costume prep!), popped out of the car in all their costume glory, and were ALL smiles. it was the STAR WARS fam!!!

so, of course, i started snapping pics of their star wars-ness between laughter. you see, this mom (with the wig on) is a hair NUT, so to see her in a wig just put me over the edge!!! :)

i’m sad you can’t see darth and leia that well in the background but that’s also what i LOVE about this pic –they’re so stoic back there! the storm trooper is doing his little dude thing (shooting things!) and yoda…well, yoda is marching around exploring a mile-a-minute, as usual. their costumes were a total hit at all the houses — especially little green-faced yoda.

and now that they’ve started a WHOLE FAMILY DRESS UP thing, I wonder what they’re going to pull out of the magic hat next year! i’m on pins and needles already!!! ;)

have a super Christmas Eve!!!

oh, and thanks for all the well-wishes on the blog and via facebook. :) sooo appreciated, really! kiddo update: peach has an ear infection and wheezy cough (is on some major meds to combat those) and fella has an AWFUL head cold. can’t do much for him, except rub some vapor rub on his little bod. he’s miserable and a snot faucet. even though today was pretty bad, i’m sure HOPING for a healthy christmas!!! ~m

doozy of an evening…

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Just so you know why there’s no pic(s) tonight…

3pm — little fella has rosy cheeks and starts a fever

5pm — i get a full blown migraine — can’t see. throbbing head. numbness. (waaay out of it until about 8pm or so)

8:15pm — laptop starts beeping (battery low) and my cord actually SPARKS, smells and makes a crazy sizzling sound — WHOA!!! [hubs is sent to the store to get a new one because i was in no condition (darn that migraine) to drive]

9ish on — little fella wakes up every hour or so with a darn croupy cough and faucet of a nose

12am — peach wakes up with a major ear ache — i sure feel for the kid.

WHAT the heck? Seriously, we never get sick around here!!! We’re absolutely off to the dr. tomorrow…hope everyone is 100% for Christmas.

Have a great day & send some healthy vibes our way if you’ve got a moment… ~m

k&d :: engaged

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Some more sneak peeks from this ultra fun engagement session. I just can’t get enough of these two! It’s taking me forever to decide which pics are my faves because they worked it EVERY second of the shoot. Always changing body positions, facial expressions. I guess when you work as a dancer and have tons of theatre background, that’s just what comes naturally. :)

*Some awesome dance pics of them coming up this week. Have a super day. ~m

{glam for cocoa}

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Would you believe me if I said that literally seconds before these pics were taken Peach was crying???

Ummm…yeah. Here’s some proof for ya. :)

These pics are right out of the camera…kind of a naked feeling because I usually edit pics a bit before posting them! :) Anyway, before the pics, Peachie was playing in the rain (notice the wet hair!), got dressed because she got soaked and THEN my sis called and wanted some pics of my new sunglasses. Peach was bribed. :) WITH hot cocoa. Mmmmm…

I love how they show her cute little personality EVEN though she was mad. :) Cocoa has quite the pull these days!

I have SO many pics from recent sessions (K and D you’re up tomorrow) so stay tuned!!!
Have a terrific rest of your weekend. ~m

{family smiles}

Friday, December 19th, 2008

This afternoon I had lots of fun with the C family. :) We roamed around, acted silly, and absolutely took advantage of the incredible weather!

Wanna hear something fun??? The mom of this family was my daughter’s preschool teacher last year! Peach absolutely adored her & she made our first preschool experience incredible. I always felt like she really knew my daughter, which, as a mom, is exactly what I look for in a teacher — someone who knows, understands, and genuinely cares about my child and her learning. I was excited to finally meet her whole (stunning!!!) fam.

Super handsome, incredibly mature — the big bro.

They brought their dog Rosie, who was definitely on alert the whole time!

Some awesome mommy/daughter lovin.’

Thanks for a fun afternoon, guys — I’ll be in touch.

Have a super day! ~m

family at play | celebrating adoption

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Just wrapping up this super fun session. :)

I am going to get a little sappy here and say that I feel so fortunate that I’m able to capture candid moments like these.

Look at how little C is looking at her dad as he spins her round and round at the park — adorable grins like that don’t just come from saying “cheese.” And the little dimpled darling (oh how mom said she wanted those captured!) smiling away and just having a grand ol’ time as mom pushes her on the swing. And lastly, some guy time as father and son see who can go higher, higher, HIGHER, on the swing (and breaking out in giggles during the attempt). Families just don’t get pictures often enough — I’m guilty of the same thing — but what a memory.

When I got my family pictures done this season, I was in awe of what I saw. Things I always do with my kiddos (those candid moments where I nuzzle, squeeze, smooch, and laugh with them) are now recorded. We have images of our love in full force, which is such a gift.

I want all of my clients out there to know that I *LOVE* that I’m part of your history — capturing moments — and that I take it incredibly seriously.

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Now to change the tune a little…
I have one more photo shoot scheduled for December and then some family fun time for me. :) My kids need it, hubby needs it, & I absolutely need it. January is almost booked, too! Only two photo shoots available — contact me if you’re interested!

Have one super day. We’re off to get a pic with Santa, to do some shopping AND spend some time with Mimi. Woo hooo! ~m

OH…and my sis will be out here again. Any funkTASTIC photo shoot ideas for us? We like different, you know! :) IF, your idea is chosen (OR you can send me a fab location to try out if you don’t have an idea, per se) THEN I’ll send you a $10 Starbucks gift card!!! Yesssss….. You can comment or send me an email at by the end of the day to be eligible for a DELISH gift card. I KNOW it’s cold out there for most of you, so this is a necessity! :)

family fun | celebrating adoption session

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Have a fab day! ~m

{8 month old beauty}

Monday, December 15th, 2008

This younger sis to two older brothers is soooooooooo cute. Aside from just being incredibly adorable, the one thing that always sticks out to me is her gorgeous skin. It’s this lovely, flawless light olive, and I just can’t keep my eyeballs off of her. :)

Have an awesome Monday! ~m

.:Young LOVE:.

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

I had an awesome Friday afternoon with this super cool couple. They were TONS-o-fun: constantly laughing, loving, & smiling. I have so many fresh and fun images from this session, choosing which images to present in their gallery is going to take me FORever!!! :)

These two are both dancers, so stay tuned for some *hot* dancin’ pics…with toe and tap shoes. :)

K and D — you two are incredible & I’m so excited for the both of you for your October wedding!

Have a great weekend. ~m