December 27th, 2011

A New Year and new things to come


Well Christmas came and went in the blink of an eye. The whole build up is always so much more than the actual day for me. I love to whole month of December, the Christmas shows on television, going holiday places, doing holiday themed things and then the day of... BLAH. After all of the presents are unwrapped, Santa has visited and the dinner has been eaten, I am left with a whole lot of let down. It is no one's fault but my own... it is how I feel every year after Christmas. I always do look forward to New Year's Eve and ringing in the New Year. This year I am actually going to go out with my wonderful husband and celebrate and ring in the new year together. The new year brings about some exciting new changes for us... hopefully a change of location, new school and friends for my children as well as a change of scenery for us. It is exciting and scary all the same.

The new year will also bring forth some changes for me business wise... I am not going to accept any "new" clients this spring unless you are a senior. I have really enjoyed this month off, being a mother,  a much better mother than when I am swamped, I want to focus on my health and the health of my children as we had a little of a scare with the girls. Nothing serious, just something that, when you are busy, you eat out, throw junk in your body and then are left with health issues and pudge. No more... we are going to start eating cleaner, excercising more and living life happier. I will take appointment for sessions from current clients and any senior for 2012 or if you are a junior now, senior for 2013 and want me to do your senior pics before I leave, I will also accept you and that is it. I want to focus on my family and redirecting our lives to the new region. I'm excited to start my business in a new place. I'm excited for many changes in 2012. 

I hope that you will continue to follow my blog, it will still be a place for client session peeks, but much more as well. I like a place where I can speak my mind with no fear of people getting angry at my views or commenting and not even understanding my view, I have had a few of those lately. :\ Either way, please stay with me and here is to a Happy New Year full of good things, happy moments, positve outlook and a happy heatlhy life. 

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December 14th, 2011

Last session of the year = cuteness overload {Missouri Children's Photographer}

One of my favorite girls again... 5 year pics. Time just flies by, before you know it your little ones are gone. Here is a peek into her session from last week. 









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December 12th, 2011

Days 10, 11 and 12... {25 days of Christmas project}

Maybe 3 or 4 bulk days are better for me.. as I am behind again. ;) Here are days 10 11 and 12... our elf was very mischiveous on Day 10... the kids really thought this was curious and Jack was very upset, all day he wanted to erase the glasses and facial hair from his photo. 



Day 11 we baked gingerbread "things" ;) 



Day 12; Candy canes and bokeh! 



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December 9th, 2011

Courtney & Aaron get married {Missouri Wedding Photographer}

I have been photographing for Courtney and Aaron for 2 years now... they finally decided to tie the knot *wink wink* and did so in Mexico the weekend after Thanksgiving... (lucky ducks).. they planned a reception for the weekend after they returned and asked me to share in their celebration. Of course I said yes! We ventured out early to take some husband/wife photos. We could not have been more lucky with the weather, it was December 4th and the temp was 65*. The sun wasn't shining, but that's ok...we were not going to argue. I am so happy for them, they make a beautiful couple and I do believe will live a long and happy life together and raise a beautiful family. Congrats again! 







Courtney, you are beautiful. 





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When the music started, Aaron's brother sat down at the table next to where I was sitting and told me to wait until his grandpa got out on the dance floor. He said "he can cut a rug" ;) Well it wasn't long and the DJ played a special song for Aaron's grandma and grandpa and holy moly could they ever dance! I didn't want the song to end, I could have watched them dance all night long. What I captured with my camera does not do their dancing justice. ;) I hope that they never stop dancing! 



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25 days of Christmas... catching up.

so I had a few sessions in there and fell behind posting my 25 days on my blog, so I'm catching up... 

Day 5; the warmth of Christmas



Day 6; Joe Jingle decided to ride in on this toy this morning. 



Day 7; we made a Christmas craft from our Advent calendar today



Day 8; bokeh and a snow man. 



Day 9; Nutcracker



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December 7th, 2011

Jonah {Missouri Children's Photographer}

One of my favorite little guys.... this is his 9 month session. It's amazing how fast a year goes when I photograph these babies every 3 months, and how much they grow every 3 months. Here is a small peek into their session from last weekend. 





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December 4th, 2011

Three beautiful girls...

If you know me even a little bit you know that I am a very emotional, dramatic, wear my heart on my sleeve type of girl. I get emotional about my clients, especially those who mean as much to me as these three. Without going into too much detail and risking invading Shelley's privacy, just trust me when I say that she is such an inspiration to me. I will never forget when I did their first session two Christmas's ago, it was the first time I met Shelley and her girls and I was a little nervous... wasn't sure what to say, (and again, if you know Shelley you would understand what I mean) but it was as if we were old friends and by the end of the session I knew that she had been brought into my life for more than just photography reasons. When I am around Shelley and her beautiful girls, I come away a better person simply just from being around her. She is such a sweet person, you couldn't ask for a nicer, kinder, more gentle human being. And if anyone ever had anything bad to say about her I think I would shoot them down before it came out of their mouth because it simply is not true. She is an amazing mother, I know that there are days when it's all I can do to handle my three, I love them with all of my heart, but at the end of the day, after the endless chatter and the wild antics I am spent, and there are two of me (basically) but Shelley does this all on her own every day. Does she ever get frustrated, I am sure... but everytime I am around her and her girls she is patient with them, and kind and like a mother should be, as if the sun truly does rise and set with these two. 


 


One of my absolute favorite clients, a beautiful person and friend. I'm sure that she will not like all of this attention, but as I sit here and think that this may be one of our last sessions it made me want to let her know that I have been honored to be able to photograph her beautiful family for these past 2 years and I want her to know that she has left a very big impact on my life and my heart. And enjoy your preview Layton girls. 











I.love.giggles. <3









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Day 4

Day 4; 

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.  
― Henry David Thoreau



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December 3rd, 2011

Day 3

Day 3; Paper snowflakes. Our activity today from the Advent calendar was to make paper snowflakes and hang them on  our windows. I think we did a pretty good job. ;) 



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December 2nd, 2011

Day 2

Day 2; My home made advent calendar. :) I had one as a child, it was always my favorite part about Christmas. I would receive a small gift in the little pockets every day counting down to Christmas morning. Well I have looked high and low for one and finally, with the help of Pinterest, decided to make my own. Mine are activities every day to do as a family. Tonight, day 2 we are having hot cocoa and family "game" night, which we never get to do. The kids are very excited. A few more acitivities included are driving around to the Christmas light displays, baking Christmas cookies and  making a gingerbread house to name a few. 



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December 1st, 2011

25 Days of Christmas in photos

Well, it's that time of year again... and my winter break officially starts Sunday, December 4th around noon. To say I am looking forward to a break is an understatement. I love what I do, but I am always ready to slow down and take time to enjoy my family, especially this time of the year. 

But, I know I will get bored and want to take some pics, so I have to give myself a project. This month is 25 Days of Christmas... one photo a day through the Holiday season. 

Day 1; our elf Joe Jingles. He is a fancy elf... and I think you will be seeing a lot of him. ;) Happy Holidays



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