Thursday, December 28, 2006

Friday, December 22, 2006

My new favorite CD

I saw this duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela, on Letterman a few nights ago and was blown away by their unique sound. Latin rhythms and harmonies with a rock structure is how they describe it. Bought their CD and could not sit down listening to that one - Love it! (My kids laugh when I dance around the room like a maniac.) You can check them out on their website at

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Santa baby

I photographed Brian and Barbra's wedding a couple years ago and really enjoyed working with them so I was happy to receive their email inquiring about my baby plan for their new addition. Just had to try my baby Santa hat and Bennett was a good sport about it.
Also tried some wonderfully soft new fabrics which he snuggled right into.

It's so cute how he's tucked in Daddy's arm here, I had to capture some of these.

The look of love on mom and dad's faces is just precious.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Family Maternity Portraits

Tanya looks incredible and there are so many great images it's hard to choose my favorite. Daddy and big sis were an important part of this intimate session.

Friday, September 29, 2006


Here's an image of the front entrance. It's so nice to take a break on the porch swing on a warm summer day and look out at the garden. The porch is also great for portraits because of the directional light quality. It's North light so is always shaded and low light plants do well here. I plant impatients in the spring and they bloom non stop, without deadheading, until first frost. They have to be replanted every year though since they are annuals. The lamium and hosta come back every year.
The pond next to the entrance. It does require some maintenance, but the sound of the water is nice and kids love to see the fishies. This area is perfect in the afternoon with the western light filtering through the trees.

The front path next to the porch, also wonderful afternoon light. Blue star creeper is a great ground cover to fill in between the stones.

The Tropical set along the side path to the back yard. The bananas die back in the winter but come back every spring, getting taller every year. We also have calla lillies, star gazer lillies, which smell heavenly, canna tropicana and coleus.

We just planted the geranium ground cover this spring and it took off like crazy to fill in the area around the base of the arbor. The arbor is another fun prop to use in portraits and it will be nice when the climbing rose grows up.
A wide view of the back yard. The dark pink heather is beautiful in the fall.
The Fairy Garden path and border were just added this year. The flowering cherry tree on the side provides nice shade and a light block on the side and over head for beautiful directional light from the left.
The Italian set with purple clematis on the wall, fragrant wooly thyme underfoot, and lavender on the edge, makes a beautiful background for portraits.

Portrait Garden

I often photograph portraits in our garden, and we designated the back section of our property to be specifically for that purpose. I hired a landscape designer to draw up a detailed plan for this area a few years ago. Since then, my husband has taken quite an interest in gardening so he has his own ideas on what to do with the space. He recently started building berms, amending the soil and planting fast growing background trees. You'd be amazed at the price for rocks and dirt!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Family Portrait Plan

I've been photographing the Clark family since Karen was pregnant with their first child and now here they are five years later! Karen is always so good at coordinating outfits, and that really improves the look of the portrait. The girls had quite a time exploring my garden and then Abby found a comfy spot on the lounge chair.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

3 month baby session

Here's a peak at some of my favs from Lillian's 3 month session. She is just a doll but let us know that she's the boss! I'm looking forward to creating her portrait in her beautiful Christening gown next time. :)

Friday, September 15, 2006

6 month baby session

6 months is such a fun age for babies. Sitting up, playing, happy little creatures. Here are favorites from Brodie's session. I appreciate that his parents drive a bit to get to my studio, as do several of my clients. It actually works fine because little ones can nap in the car on the way. After the session they can go have lunch while I edit and prep the images for their presentation so we can do it all on one day. slideshow

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Maternity/Newborn Portraits

I love doing the "before and after" of a maternity session followed by the newborn baby portraits. Kelley was wonderful to work with and we captured her beauty in a variety of images.

An intimate moment between parents to be, the gown belonged to her grandmother, this portrait will be such a special heirloom.

Expecting a girl...

And here she is...
Newborns sleep alot...

She did wake up to give us lots of cute expressions.

Proud parents, a new family.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Baby Plan

I just love this little sweetheart! She was such a joy to photograph and her parents were great too. Parents of little ones are usually right beside me and baby in the camera room and it's always fun to watch the special thing dads do to elicit a smile or giggle. Genevieve is my newest baby planner and I look forward to photographing her over the next year.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Senior pictures - slideshow

I recently participated in a Career Fair at Todd Beamer HS, sharing info on various careers in photography. Loaded up my laptop, projector and a bunch of competition prints to show. Those comp boards get heavy when you've got a big stack of them! Thanks to several nice young men who helped me carry things to the room. I figured the kids would mostly be interested in seeing Senior Portraits so I put together a new slideshow. I think they liked my presentation, and the chocolates I tossed at them.