Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meyer Family

I typically avoid photo sessions in the middle of the day in order to avoid the harsh middle of the day light but sometimes I'll make an exception. ;)  Thank you Elli and Caleb for coming to visit.  The little guys were adorable as always.  Now, if we could just figure out how to get their little cousins to visit from Washington...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Matt, Class of 2015

I've had the idea in my head for a while to take some photos of a senior with a vehicle next to the lake.  So when one of the neighbors contacted me to take portraits of her son with his truck and his dog, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  Just like with small children, portraits with animals can sometimes be a little unpredictable.  Next pet session, I'll know to bring some paper towels and a trash sack... ;)  Thanks, Matt, for finishing the session despite the dog vomit in the back of your truck.  At least she didn't get any on your clothes, right? :)


Unfortunate circumstances brought me back to my home town recently when one of my childhood friends passed away after an eight year battle with cancer.  I am glad that I was able to attend her funeral and spend some time with another childhood friend.  I wish that it had been better circumstances but we still made the most of the day.  Keremy, we really should get together more often.  I miss our artsy collaborations.  I am getting ready to mix up some chalk paint to makeover an old desk and can't help but remember the fun we had painting that mural years ago...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Becoming an Adult

The senior year, when so many changes are on the horizon, can be challenging, exciting, scary and so many other things.  It has been quite a few years since I graduated high school, although it doesn't seem possible.  I remember anxiously awaiting graduation.  I couldn't wait to move on with my life and to move away from the small town where I grew up.  I was both excited and nervous about the opportunities that awaited me.  Looking back, I wish that I could have lived more in the moment instead of always searching for happiness somewhere in the future.  When you are making your way through uncertain times, take one day at a time.   Plan for the future and set attainable goals but also remember to find the good no matter where you are in life.

To my niece Kristina,
I can't believe that you will be turning 18 in just a few weeks.  I still think of you as that sassy little two year old with the curly hair and scraped up knees.  You knew exactly what you wanted and would do whatever it took to get it.  I wish you nothing but the best for your future and hope that the strength and determination that you had as a child will carry you through adulthood.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Double Trouble and the Terrible Two's

Not everything in life is about perfection.  It is about living in the moment and making the most of every day.  As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, I've learned that having my own children and working with other people's children is one of the best things that I can do for myself.  Trying to pose a two year old or two of them at the same time can often be just like the expression, "herding cats".  Maybe they don't need to be in a perfect pose?  Maybe they are not going to smile and say cheese for the camera and maybe that's ok?  Sessions like these make me think that maybe I need to venture a little further into natural life-style shoots.  Maybe I'll spend more time shooting natural light and little less time with the off camera flash portraits.  We'll see... :)