I'm so proud to introduce my new nephew Rory! I was so blessed to receive an invitation to photograph his birth. My sister had a (surprise) natural birth and did amazing (well the birth was not surprising just the fact that she had to go epidural free). Mom and Dad are so in love with their baby boy. And I just love the emotions captured in these photos. Congratulations to the new parents! So excited to watch Rory grow.
I was asked to get a group shot of these cute cousins( I believe this is the first time they've all been together at once!). I managed to have just enough time to snap some individuals as well. What a lucky bunch to grow up with all these cousins.
Sweet Sylvie. How I love you.
We have spent the last few days house bound. This mamma does not drive in snow. We've been passing the time playing in the snow, baking, watching old movies and generally loafing around. I decided to document this freakish February snowstorm with some photos of this snow princess. After mom picked out her outfit (and she refused to wear most of what I had chosen) we headed out into the white stuff. This girl has got a personality on her, sweet and very sensitive, quick tempered yet also quick to apologize, absolutely loves all babies, silly and talkative she meets a new best friend every day.
My mother in law just received a very cool birthday gift. As a surprise her husband arranged for all of her sisters to fly in from around the country and spend an awesome week doing all the fun stuff sisters do. Of course we had to document this fun occasion with a few family photos. And yes eight (!) sisters! Don't worry their Dad wasn't too overwhelmed by all these females there are also nine brothers.
This past weekend we celebrated the upcoming birth of my sisters baby boy with a fun train themed shower. We lucked out in that my sisters mother in law is a fabulous party planner! Check out her Facebook page here. My mom, sisters and I did the food and a few of the details and Karen made the shower extra special with a black and white vintage train theme. The shower was held at the beautiful Willow Lake Estates. I cannot not say enough about this venue. It is absolutely gorgeous and they have all you need to host a fabulous event!
This is my little sister Dara. She is expecting a sweet baby boy in about 6 weeks and we are all so excited to meet him! We are a family full of girls (6 sisters & one brother in our original family, and only two nephews out of my parents 8 grandchildren so far) so we are excited to meet this little novelty-a baby boy-! As of right now he is affectionately nicknamed "little leonard" and his actual name will be revealed to us once he is born. Can't wait to hear it.
Photography for me is a journey. I go through creative spurts when almost every day I am dreaming up new shoot possibilities and shooting as often as possible. During my busy season I rarely shoot just for fun instead all my creative energy is caught up in clients photos. There are lulls and quiet times when I don't pick up my camera for weeks, then it isn't too long and my fingers are itching to push that shutter button. It can be very difficult for a creative person to turn their talent into a job. Like writers block sometimes the ideas just don't flow or my ideas don't not mesh well with what my clients want for their photos. The most difficult part for me is the emotional attachment I get to the photos I take. Sounds silly, but the photos I take are my ideas, my talent, my heart. I can spend weeks editing a wedding, reliving each moment, smiling at the thought of the happy couple and praying over their marriage as I work. When I turn over the finished product (even after 5 years of doing this!) I get so nervous. Even if I love what I shot it so helps to hear that affirmation of "we love our photos" and "thank you!". Putting your art out there for the whole world to see can be difficult thing for any artist.
This morning after a little break from my camera we reconnected. I decided I needed a simple shoot. To get back to the basics of why I do this thing in the first place. I grabbed little miss Piper Jane (who happened to be wearing the cutest little lamb coat ever) and we headed out to the front yard to shoot some photos of my precious girl. Just me, her, and my camera.