Archive for January, 2009

=slowing down=

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

“The poet Billy Collins once laughingly observed that all babies are born with a knowledge of poetry, because the lub-dub of the mother’s heart is in iambic meter. Then, Collins said, life slowly starts to choke the poetry out of us. It may be true with music, too.”
from Pearls Before Breakfast by Gene Weingarten The Washington Post Sunday, April 8, 2007

I recently received a forwarded email — those I rarely read.   I started skimming it and couldn’t turn back — I got sucked in.   After I noticed my body responding to what I was reading (chills + feelings of sorrow, empathy, disappointment, passion),  I re-read it and thought about my own life.  I’m a lover of music.  I have children.  I’m often rushed to get from one place to the next.  SO many things in the following forward applied to me. It really, really made me think and reflect on my life with two young, inquisitive kiddos.

Here’s the forward:

A Violinist in the Metro

From The Effective Club

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother dragged him along hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children.   All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32.  When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it.  No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story.

Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

(end of the forwarded email)

To read the Washington Post article about the experiment in its entirety, click here.

Hope you have a super day — I know I’m going to slow down a little and try and do things a bit differently (okay a LOT differently) in 2009.  ~m

[frozen face]

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I can tell his face. is. CHILLY! :)

We had fun sledding with cousin T (see the resemblance?) with what little snow we got in Boulder. There was JUST ENOUGH to get by!

There wasn’t the ideal ‘oodles of powder’, but it worked for a mom, dad, cousin, & two excited kiddos who rarely see snow. And we were lucky enough to be joined by an awesome friend from college AND Aunt J.

Good times! Peach was DEFINITELY in her element (anything outside & fun!).

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by! ~m

[dad + his baby girl]

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Two of my recent faves.
The way a dad holds his new baby girl always gets me.
AND I love how each baby that I photograph makes this shot their own — look how this cutie is grabbing her toe. Adorable. :)

Have a super day! I’m busy, busy, busy! ~m

{lovely little one}

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Cautious at first, then very interested.
Smiley and sweet.
Cheerio-eating, playful girl.

Can’t wait to meet with mom today and show her the rest of her cuties! :)
Have an awesome day & thanks so much for stopping by.  ~m

.let’s take a walk.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

One of the most amazing families i know. :)

I’ve known E since we were 15 — we just happened to stand next to each other in choir (I was the new gal in town) and totally hit it off. We’ve been besties since. :)

Once E found out we were coming to Colorado, there was a mad scramble to get all things ready for their family photo shoot. She confessed this weekend that it had been SEVEN years since they got family pics (I know, I know…it sneaks up on you, BUT sheesh!!!). We definitely won’t let that happen again!

We had lots of fun, of course! Nature + water + kids = a big hit!

Tons more fun pics from this session PLUS pics with a vintage car PLUS some hilarious outtakes that I got at their home. You just wait!

Have a great day & get ready for daily blogs again. Phew…we’re back! :) ~m

.together twins.

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

These cuties were totally on the go. It’s cute because I have three images where they’re doing the exact same thing (both with 1 hand lifted, heads down, heads up, etc). It’s almost like one of those little flip books where you see action with one image right after the other. Love it! :)

Twins are so much fun! :)

Have a super weekend — we’re pretty chilly here in Colorado, but having lots of quality time with family & friends. You can’t ask for more than that. :) ~m

{vintage models}

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

A couple more from the vintage photo shoot. :) I’ve been having fun experimenting with texture & different processing on these.

I plan on posting some more on Facebook today so all the models can see! If you’re not my Facebook “friend” yet, request me! I’ve been having fun posting pics on there the last few days. :)

I’ll be out of the “office” through Monday — we’re off to visit family in Colorado. I plan on doing a couple blog posts while we’re there, but will be out of touch via phone. I have a super fun family shoot scheduled while we’re out there + we’re planning on having some fun in the snow again with the kiddos.

Have a great day. ~m


Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

A couple days ago I was part of an awesome photography shoot — I think it’s incredibly important to just shoot for fun, and this is what we did! I met many super sweet photographers, models, AND an awesome makeup artist. We met at a nearby farm and had full access to animals, buildings, props, etc.

{As you can see, I was like a kid in a candy store} :)

Yup, that’s a bath tub. :)

And an orange grove.

And a leaf-filled ground.

And lastly, a coolio carport.

I have SOOOoo sooo many favorites it’s killing me! Today I decided to just put one in of each model –all with slightly different processing. It’s always fun to experiment!!! :)

Tomorrow, you get to see more! Wahooo. :)

Have a spectacular day! ~m

Orange you glad we live in AZ???

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

The weather has been AMazing lately!!! :)

These pics were taken in a matter of seconds — one right after the other. One and a half to three-year-olds are SO adorable and sometimes quite difficult to catch. I love that I was able to capture A’s inquisitive, sweet nature.

Have an awesome day — and hang on to your seats…some exciting pics of models manana! ~m

Snow, baby!!!

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Ahhhhhhhhhh…….. {do you hear my sigh?} :)
This weekend was lovely! Relaxing & great fun…a much needed break. We headed up to Overgaard on Friday evening with some good pals & two of their kiddos (the little one stayed home with her grandparents!).

There was lots of fresh air, star gazing, sledding, laughter, and coffee.  <– that was to keep the adults up because the kiddos were on outdoor overload! :)

We hadn’t seen snow in a year & realized we really missed it!

***Because we got to our cabin at night, the kids were incredibly anxious to check out the snow FIRST THING in the morning. I LOVE their individual excitement here. Everyone is doing his/her own thing!

I like Fella’s pajama bottoms (hah!) and Peach’s snowy buns.

After we picked up a couple more sleds, we headed over to the ‘best sledding hill in Overgaard.’   Fella was asleep in the car for most of the sledding, but the last 30 minutes or so, he loved playing in the snow.


:::Some fun in Bison Town:::

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super day. ~m

***Oh, and I wanted to mention…we’re taking a quick trip to the Denver area this weekend to visit my hubby’s parents (we’re hoping to play in more snow!). I have ONE opening for a photo shoot (family, maternity, child, baby, engagement, etc.) on Friday or Sunday morning or afternoon if you, or someone you know is interested! First person to email will nab the session!!! Can’t wait to try out some new locations with awesome Colorado peeps! :)