Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jenn & Mike Engagement Session

Despite the dreary day with the rain, Jenn & Mike made a great call by having their engagement session at the studio. We had lots of fun using our imaginations and heading out to Italy for a romantic evening...12:00 EDT! :)

I love these next two pics - the first one, Jenn looks so angelic! And the next one, I love Mike's expression...almost the "heh, that's my girl!". Too cute!

I even transport the restaurants from Italy!

We had a blast! Can't wait until your May wedding, Jenn & Mike! See you then!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

"One" by Kathryn Otoshi

About a month ago, one of my kids picked out a book called "One" by Kathryn Otoshi. I flipped through the beginning of the book and thought it was a book celebrating the differences of people. We brought it home and read it - I was in awe.

It's a beautifully simple book about the color blue and how he's happy being blue until red comes along and tells hims "red is hot, blue is not" and blue feels bad. the other colors whisper to him that everything's ok, but no one stands up to red. Then the number 1 comes along and stands up to red and says "NO". Then the other colors stand up to red and blue befriends him - they all turn into numbers. the message of the book is "it just takes one".

I had chills when I read it because I remember being blue (and I also remember sometimes being red)...and now one of my daughters is having some trouble adjusting to other personalities in school. Thank you & kudos Kathryn Otoshi - you gave me a great tool to help my kids to gain the courage to stand up for their beliefs and what they want.

I recomend this book not just to people with children, but to everyone. Because sometimes we all have a little red in us and we need to keep in mind that there is going to be someone that is a little blue.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Hop A Thon For MDA

I am so proud of my 4 year old daughter, Alexandra! She has raised almost $400 in the Hop A Thon to benefit MDA! Her preschool has a Hop A Thon every year where the 4 year olds hop to raise money - their 6th grade buddies count their hops. Alexandra's 6th grade buddy is so sweet and Alexandra calls her "my best friend"! They both did a wonderful job!

Alexandra had the highest number of hops in the AM class with 253 - she beat her own record in the afternoon with 276 but she wasn't the highest in that class! What a way to start community service at an early age! Dave and I are incredibly proud of her!

If the class raises $1000, the children with the highest pledges will present a check at the MDA Telethon.

Monday, March 23, 2009


OK, so if you haven't seen me obsessing on Facebook, you probably don't know that we finally got a Wii! I love Wii Fit (lost 2 lbs already -- I'm only on day 4 right now)!! And so do my kids. Here is Evanthea trying out the balance games for skiing!This last one, she's trying to immitate her Mii. When you don't win or rank on Wii, your Mii slumps over. Here she is!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Great photogs from Nashville

Last night, Patrick & I had a great honor to meet Jody & Zack Gray of Gray Photography - a husband and wife photog duo from Nashville. They are young, hip, and have killer marketing instincts! Be on the look out for our new website because I was so inspired by their talk! But in the meantime, check out their will fall in love with them when you poke through! :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Website changes

This week I am in the process of updating our website - new slideshows, new photos, new look! I'm so excited about that! we will be able to feature recent weddings, offer more services, and you can email photos to friends (or bridesmaids!). We're very excited about this new website! Stay tuned, it should be live within the week!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Background and Easter Props

When I go on a shopping spree, I need some kids are always willing and able to step up to the challenge! Here's a new background I just bought and some Easter props Alexandra picked out. We are now taking appointments for Easter photos!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Kim & Bryan Engagement Session

How absolutely adorable are these two? We loved our morning with Kim & Bryan at Wood Acre Farms in Terryville (thank you, Joyce for use of the grounds!)!

This is one of my favorites:
And this one too, I LOVE Kim's eyes!

This guy was the only "non human" that was willing to participate in our shoot! I think he's smiling!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Jenn & Justin Engagement Session

Part Two of my day yesterday was spent with Jenn & Justin. These two had us laughing so hard - what a trip!