Archive for March, 2008

{Easter goodness}



Easter was fab.  I love being surrounded by family, good food, and tons of laughter.  The kiddos woke us up at 9:30am (wahooo to that!!!) and were very anxious to get outside.  Hubs “let the dogs out” (AKA planted baskets and eggs) and I dressed the kidlets.  Peach was SO darn excited.  She spent the whopping 5 minutes she searched for eggs, huffing and puffing all over the yard.  She didn’t speak much! 

The kids were thrilled to see their Easter baskets outside, too.  Fella played with his assortment of balls and trucks while Peach played her new toy recorder and tried on some princess shoes.  🙂

We spent the rest of the afternoon at Mimi and Papa’s.  Fortunately, the Easter Bunny had come by their house, too, so the kids got to go on a second hunt.   Holidays with kids are so refreshing and fun.  It’s wonderful to see the excitement in their eyes and swing in the their step. 


^VERY first tie — just couldn’t resist.


^ Mimi’s antique decorations.  Love ’em!


^ The egg tree (new to the decorations this year)!


^ Off to gather more eggs!  🙂     ~m

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The Egg Project

Dyeing Easter eggs is always tons-o-fun over here.  When I told Peach it was THE day, her eyes got enormo and she had a hard time finding the words (so rare) to say, “Toooooday?” 

She’s usually such a helper around the house, but today it was that times 100!  Boy, was she totally in charge, excited, and serious about her egg dyeing. 


^ Here she is waiting for the eggs to get darker. 


^ Checking to make sure it’s the perfect hue.


^ Some serious egg removal (told you she was serious!).


^Little bro wants some camera time, too. 🙂


^ Checking out the stash

What a fun afternoon.  Can’t wait to see their cute little faces tomorrow when it’s time for them to search for their baskets (and eggs).  I’ll be documenting that event, too!

Have a a great Easter!

Oh, and here’s a cute conversation today that I snuck up on and then became a part of…

Peach (leaning towards her brother):  “Wanna hear a secret?  (pause)  Laaaaaavatory.”  (my eyes bug out)

Moi:  “WHERE did you learn that word?  (P smiles)  What does lavatory mean?”

Peach:  “Teachers use that word for the bathroom. ”  🙂

Moi: “You’re right (shocked).” [where in the world did she learn that?]

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Many pregnant bellies throughout the next couple weeks, remember?  I’m loving every minute of it, too.  How lucky I feel to be able to capture this special time — and all the gorgeous pregnant women sure make my job easy.  🙂 

I have to be honest and say that when I was pregnant with both kiddos, maternity photography wasn’t even a question in my mind.  All I had seen were typical studio images that just weren’t “me.”  Now, my mind is completely changed because I know all the possibilities out there.  I see how beautiful the shape of a 38-week-pregnant belly is.  It’s a time to embrace those womanly curves that seem to creep up even more during this time.  

Mark my word…if we ever have another child, I’ll get some photos taken so I can remember and cherish the time where my belly looked (and felt) like it couldn’t get any bigger!  🙂

All the images seen on this site are always a true collaboration between the mom-to-be and myself.  I think that’s incredibly important — we all know what we want, what personally looks good to us, and most clients have browsed enough photography websites to know at least one pose they want (usually it’s the heart shaped hands around the belly button, which I think is ADORABLE).   I’m rambling…I guess what I wanted to say is that WOW — I LOVE photographing pregnant moms!  I hope I can do lots and lots more. 

Without further ado…here are more of A, who has been patiently waiting for more of her sneak peek!   

Thought I’d start with a portrait. 




{that heart shape that most clients request–I love the dramatic lighting here.   even though this is a very popular image, it really speaks.  i think it’s just such a tender, touching message.}


{ahhh….that mother/son bond}

Words that come to mind when I see these pictures:  fun, carefree, happy, curves, gentle, proud, love. 

Off to edit.   ~m

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{LOVE the feeling in this unposed image.  Their looks to different places, their hands with feeling and tenderness, the horses, her lovely gown…}img_4390triyyweb.jpg 

When I talked to C on the phone, she had a very clear idea of what type of photo shoot she wanted.  I could tell at first that she wasn’t sure I’d like what she had to say…I didn’t just like her idea, I LOVED it!  Not only did I love that she just knew what her vision was, I loved that her idea was to “rough it” (38 weeks pregnant) through tumbleweeds, tall grass, and gopher holes in a flowing white nightgown. 

 Talk about a dream come true for me!  I LOVE merging the gorgeous (C) and the not-so gorgeous (weeds).  The cherry on top was that there were horses next to the property!   Can you hear me singing an operatic “Laaaaaaaaaaaaaa” in excitement???  🙂


I had so much fun today/tonight.  C and her husband are truly genuine, kind people, who emitted love and tenderness throughout the entire shoot.  They made each other laugh (I just love those REAL smiles!!!) and together celebrated this special baby girl that will soon be coming into this world. 


C–It was terrific meeting your entire family and I can’t wait to show you the rest of these images.  Today, only some from the backyard…here’s your little sneak peek (more to come next week)!  ~m


Thanks for the sweet note — COMPLETELY made my night.  I’m so glad we did this and GIRL, you are stunning!!!  🙂 

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“The Duo,”  a custom maternity + a newborn session, is for SURE the way to go.   I love meeting and getting to know soon-to-be moms and then meeting babies as soon as they arrive.  It’s such a sweet feeling. img_8658yycpopport5mshweb.jpgimg_8523defcpopallwhiteexpretweb.jpg

I think seeing and hearing about a mother’s excitement pre-baby and then actually seeing her with this much-anticipated little being is so incredible and rewarding.   I love hearing those baby squeaks, fresh cries, and looking into those wide newborn eyes.  I could do it all day, every day!  🙂 

[Thanks for choosing me to document this special time in your life, S.  I’ve had a great time getting to know you and your awesome family. 🙂 ]




And here they are…


Stay tuned for another special arrival (from a prego session) very soon!  ~m

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{ My fav close up}


Storyboard showing how much fun he was having with this cute antique horn — I remember that thing from when I was little!


Just had to say thanks to Steph for the lovely flowers…they brightened up a tough day.  I truly appreciate it, girl!  {mwah!} 


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{Gotta keep this short — it’s the middle of the night and little Fella just woke up.  Plans for a larger blog entry just went out the window!!!}

We had a fun afternoon at Mimi and Papa’s.  The kiddos always love to run outside on their patio and look for fish and other creatures in the lake.   It’s like a nature hike, but we don’t have to go anywhere!!!  🙂 

Peach brought an old-fashioned horn outside and root-toot-tooted her way around the backyard, taunting all the water birds.   The doggies across the lake REALLY didn’t care for it either! 

The gate around their patio is always a hit, too!  I love that I captured Fella playing on that very gate, looking up.  I’m sure an airplane was flying by and alerted his ever-tuned-in ears.  I like that his little eyes were looking back a bit…I can even see his reddish eyelashes.  I think the reflection in the water is super fun, where it shows the clouds overhead (we had some AMAZING clouds in AZ today).  

A fun, vivid image of a kiddo doing what he likes to do best…explore.  JUST my style.     Off to put this little crank to bed!   ~m

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