Thursday, December 11, 2014

Light

I was going up to clean the bathroom while Griffin (briefly) napped this afternoon. I walked past Reese's room and saw her on her iPad. I don't have as much opportunity to snap photos whenever I'd like so I took advantage of the moment and ran down to get a memory card. I get so caught up in taking the photos that other people want (being more traditional portraiture), that I sometimes lose the opportunity to photograph things the way I want to photograph them. Reese is growing up so fast. I hardly ever take photos of just her anymore. She is at that age when it's probably not acceptable to just take a picture whenever I feel like it. The "what are you doing" expression eludes to that…




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

3 Months!

It has been a blessed, blessed 3 months. I thank my lucky stars every day for this little boy, and every Tuesday I sing "happy birthday" to him to celebrate the day he arrived. This Tuesday, Reese sang to him too, unprompted because she knew it was his 3 month birthday. We all love him so much. This morning the girls fought over who got to "sit in front of him" to look at him and play with him. (Zoe was quite displeased that she was at the side and Reese was in front.)
The next 3 months are bound to very different from the first 3, and I don't expect them to breeze by so quickly. The last few days he has been fighting his nap because there is just so much out there in this big, wide, world to see! 

Happy 3 month "birthday" baby boy! ❤




Sunday, November 30, 2014

Balance

This seems to be the topic of choice for me lately (aka, the topic of my life). We had another busy weekend, and one of the highlights was our Saturday dinner at DQ. With Reese's gymnastics, my photo shoots, and Dave working on the house, it's nice to stop and take a breath, and take that time together. After that we all went out to Costco to grab a few items and pick up Reese's new glasses. It was good, and when we returned, Dave put on a movie. It was a movie I wanted to watch with the girls, but I just didn't have time. I know I can't have it all all the time though. But because there is so much going on right now, I really appreciate the little things, like these moments with my little man…
And despite her faults (like ALWAYS wanting to come in and interrupt my studio sessions!) Zoe can really be a photographer's dream child. I took a few snapshots of Griffin, and when she saw me doing this, she wanted to join in too. And did I mention she was already wearing a cute dress? Because makes a photographer's heart happy too, of course!




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

One Month 'til Christmas!

It's hard to believe that Christmas is only a month away! This year has been a big year for us, and has involved a lot of personal growth. But for well over a year, I was pretty convinced that there was some kind of hex on us. While there was still so much good for us, so many random bad things just kept happening,that I figured it couldn't just be a string of bad luck, and eventually when we went to put in a pool, we'd find skeletons crawling up from the ground, just like the scene in Poltergeist (because the house had been built on an Indian burial ground.) In the last few months though, things have slowed down and begun to turn around. But then I realized you get used to the ups and downs too. Eventually I have come to take them a bit more "in stride." Dave always gives me a hard time for my negativity, and it just so happens that he is exceptionally good at taking things in stride. In the last few weeks, I took a big financial hit when my camera broke. Then our dishwasher broke down, which brings us to having an issue with ALL of our new appliances except for the dryer. And then a couple days ago I was worried when Dave was out late for his run. I told him when he returned that I was worried he'd been hit by a car. The very next night when he came in from his run he said, "I think you jinxed me." Because that night, he actually had been hit by a car. But he is fine, for which I'm so thankful because a couple strides off and it could have been bad. And I have a new, better camera, which I eventually would have needed anyway. And the dishwasher is being fixed. And none of these things are what qualify as "bad luck" to me anymore. AND next month is Christmas! I want to make it an enjoyable holiday season and do all the things we neglected to do during the other holidays this year- baking, crafting and the like. I have gotten pretty good lately at balance my camera time to make sure I take the time to get snapshots of my own beans…Because life is about balance and we will make time for the things that are important to us.





Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pause

November is going to be a crazy, crazy month for me. But come December, I plan to pause and focus on my family. I plan to hold my baby while he naps, watch Christmas movies, and make a gingerbread house. And for the whole month of December, I plan to dedicate my studio to my Christmas tree, where it will have a room to itself!
We had our first round of family photos as a family of 5(!) on October 25th, which was just perfect because it also happened to be our 11th wedding anniversary.❤









Friday, November 7, 2014

Bat Baby

I have fun coming up with little shoot ideas to do with Griffin. Today he was Batman. Or Batbaby, if you prefer.







Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Baby Feet

This is me, stopping to smell the roses.