Monthly Archives: March 2009

Christian and Victoria

First of all, let me say that Christian and Victoria live in photography heaven.  Their house is like a big outdoor studio – perfect lighting, amazing architecture, wonderful textures everywhere you look.  For this amazing shoot we didn’t even leave their yard.  All in this one location I got shots that look like they were made in some castle in a fairyland, or a tropical jungle, or a magic tree house.

Secondly, it is very disconcerting to have lived next door to this amazing “studio” for about five years and never notice all its possibilities until I turned my lens on it.  How unobservant could I possibly be?  Although regular readers of my blog will recognize the fabulous steps, since I have “borrowed” them often for other shoots.   

We had so much fun on this shoot.  I have known Christian and Victoria for so long they almost feel like my own kids, so it was very easy to get great relaxed pictures of them – no “get-to-know-you” period required!  The only drawback was that I had to take my own kids elsewhere during the shoot so they wouldn’t want to come out and play with their favorite neighbors.  Nothing like a running two-year-old to ruin a shoot they aren’t supposed to be in!

So here are some great pictures of my favorite neighbors, whom I will always think of as “Kischan” and “Vic-Tia”, since that is how my son used to pronounce their names when he was very little…

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Even sweet Sophie the Dog wanted in on the action:

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Reagan, Hayes, and Josie

After playing in the foot-deep snow just last week, it felt rather strange to be doing a newborn/sibling shoot and be able to go outside.  It was so warm, in fact, that we were even able to bring beautiful baby Josie outside.  Josie is just two weeks new, and she was such an angel during this entire wonderful session.  And her big brother and sister were also perfectly well-behaved.  I had such fun playing with them! Sadly, the one member of this sweet family who will not be featured on my blog, much to her great chagrin I am sure, is the fabulous Kitty.  Kitty is a beautiful calico cat who chose this family to be her very own, simply by not going away once she showed up at their house.  What choice did the family have but to feed her, even though Dad is allergic to cats? Kitty REALLY wanted to be part of the family portrait and was trying everything in her power to stay in the picture.  A hint to stray cats everywhere: persistance is the key.  I’m afraid Madison the dog got preferential treatment during this shoot – his picture even made it onto the blog.

There are so many great pictures from this shoot that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to narrow them down to a manageable number.  But that is what happens when you have 3 of the cutest kids ever.  And also when you have old rusty heirloom pedal cars and kids in rainboots.  These are my two favorite photography items, so if you have not one but BOTH of these at your house, you can be assured of a ton of pictures.

One thing I most appreciate about doing shoots at homes is that the kids are always totally relaxed.  They are in their own world among their own things, and surrounded by the people who love them most.  And it was obvious to me that this family has so much love within the walls of their home.  So here they are: beautiful Josie, sweet Hayes, and vivacious Reagan.

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Diary of a Snowy Day

It is not often that West Tennesseeans see 12 inches of snow fall.  Or 8, or 9, or 10 inches… we measured 12 on our street but really who cares?  It’s ALOT of snow.  So people, stop debating and get back out in the snow for crying out loud! I haven’t seen this much snow here since I was a little kid.  So today I was determined to cram every childhood memory I have from every snowfall of my childhood into this one magical day, so my kids can have such wonderful memories too.  It is on days like today that it is so remarkable to live on the same street where you grew up.  It’s an honest chance to go back in time, and I definitely went back in time today.

So here are pictures of my own beautiful kids in the snow.  They trudged through deep snow drifts, sledded thousands of times down our big hill toward the lake (luckily no one ended up IN the lake), came inside and got warm for awhile, ate snow ice cream (really good if you make it with Irish Cream half-and-half), got bundled up again to play with the neighborhood friends on the playset and throw snowballs, sledded some more, drank hot chocolate, played with more friends, made a snowman, and then came inside as the sun went down.  And to top it all off, we ordered a pizza.  Now that, in my book, is a perfect day.  Which is why I’m staying up way too late blogging about it when I really should be sleeping.

So forgive my indulgence as I post an unprecedented number of pictures of my own kids (and one of our dog Jack, who looks like he should have a barrel around his neck) on the blog…

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