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A day.  Any day.  Will you remember? I capture what is.  Not necessarily what you wish it is, but really and truly what is.  I don’t want to capture your pretend version of life.  I want to capture your REAL life.  In fact, many of you will NEVER do a session like this because you will want to wait until everything is PERFECT.  Guess what?  Perfect is NOW.

I have been shooting this family since Elena was a few weeks old.  In fact, her very first session was my very first session with a teeny tiny baby.  I did not have a clue what I was doing and for the most part it was one of my less than stellar moments as a photographer.  I can’t thank Danny and Melissa enough for sticking with me through all the growing pains of a new photographer.  They are probably my most favorite people to shoot because what you see is what you get.  They are real.  Their house is something Mel always apologizes to me about and I laugh because I get it.  She gets it.  It’s not about the perfectly tidy house.  It’s about the pink robe.

I arrive early.  Ideally I like to catch the kids waking up.  I do have a family myself so sometimes, we have to improvise and do two days in the life and combine them into one day in the life.  On this particular day, I arrived later than I like as I had to drop Jay off at school and I hit a bit of traffic. So we did have to combine two days.  For this session, we wanted to capture the girls morning routine, preschool drop off, lunch, a visit from a friend, and sisters at play and sometimes, sisters at odds.  This session is wonderfully real and true to life as it was on this particular day or two.  What do we do with these pictures?  For Mel, I will create a storybook.  Something they will treasure for many years to come.  I only share a bit.  If you think you would like a Day in the Life Session, please contact my assistant Cassie at I can’t wait to tell your story. The perfect time is NOW.




Good Morning!




The Pink Robe. Kids notice EVERYTHING! Elena was concerned about the whereabouts of Mel’s purple robe. Mel typically wears her purple robe but it was being washed. I think Elena will always remember Mel wearing her purple robe. Mel says it’s longer softer and frumpier. Yep! That’s the one they will remember!


It’s the ordinary, everyday stuff that I love to capture. The little things that show their personality and life as it was…




Getting ready for school.





Breakfast. Emma doesn’t like to sit right now. She will someday.




Everybody needs a timeout!




I know Mel will remember the special in the ordinary.  She is such a great Mom. I have loved watching her grow as a Mother over the years.






Baby It’s Cold Outside!




The Preschool Drop-Off




The details…it’s all about the details in capturing a Day in the Life. This pretty much says everything that could possibly be said about the importance placed on play at Elena’s preschool.




A Good Read




Waiting for Elena, something a little sister does a lot of, until it is her time…



Up to the playroom they go. In years to come it will be fun to look back on how tiny Emma was compared to the banister/railings  she is NOT holding as she follows Elena. I wonder if Elena knows how much her little sister looks up to her and the example she must provide. If she doesn’t yet, she will sooner than later. (Says one Big Sister)



The Play Room…




Measuring time…



Mom in the kitchen. Dad at the desk. Could the title of this book be more funny? I think not!


ahhhh….sisters. I have watched Elena’s “hugs” which at first I thought just might cause harm to sweet little Emma, actually become true “hugs.”


Sometimes, the shots are not perfect, photographically speaking, but must be shared to tell the story. How classic is this? Sharing an Oreo with your Mom! Actually, I think this was not a sharing experience rather a thank you for giving me a cookie experience.




Emma is so sweet. She is making sure her baby is fed.




Uh oh!





















…and they are living happily ever after on a daily basis!



Sessions in the studio are always an option.  Sessions at a nearby park are always an option. But.  It’s always an option to have a session at  places that are more near and dear to your heart. I love to plan a session that will highlight a day in your life. The regular routines of your day. Your normal. Your now.  Your present perfect.  I call these sessions Storytelling.  I know life isn’t always as perfect as we would like.  Our homes are not always as tidy as we  would like. Children are not always picture perfect.  We are not always picture perfect.  But.  If you wait until the perfect moment, it might NEVER, EVER happen.  Perfect is NOW. NOW…is all we really have.

Sure.  I can give you what you think is perfect. But. I’d rather give you NOW.  P.S. This example is PERFECT 🙂 Xx00

Some of us met up at the studio and drove out to OBF together. Others met at the farm.  We enjoyed a potluck dinner and got busy shooting on this rather hot, sticky summer evening. Lots to enjoy and it was especially nice to be able to capture Peggy’s Grands just hanging out on their Grandparent’s farm on a hot summer evening in July. BTW, I learned a bit about photographing horses. Don’t judge me on the one shot of the horse standing by the fence.  I have been told, it’s not a great shot.  Ears are a problem, and the way the little darlin in standing is not good.  To me, it just looks cute!



June 15, 2012

Baby E.  E for short, is absolutely a delight to photograph.  However, this was a more serious shoot for the seventh month old.  Could it be that she was bored?  Could it be that she just knows she is so stinkin cute that she has tired of all the fuss?  I am not sure we will ever know, but what I do know is that she is as adorable as ever! Enjoy!





June 19, 2012


An afternoon mini-shoot in the studio answered the need to document a new baby in the family! Kennedy, as you can see, is welcomed with open arms and quite possibly open mouth,  by eighteen month old big brother Jaxson!  Love these two!  So adorable! It was precious to watch Jaxson’s protective nature kick in!  Watch out future beaus, you don’t stand a chance! Poor Kennedy, Jaxson has got this covered! If you are interested in a mini-shoot documenting a special event in your life, please contact me.  I  L O V E  putting to print what is already in the heart.  Can’t wait to see these two in the studio again real soon.  How much fun is it to watch them grow and change right before our eyes?


The uncertainty that the baby will be welcome by a sibling has just been answered!

I am thinking my job just might be at risk!

Geez!  Do I wish I knew then, what I know now!  I would not have some of those interesting shots from JC Penney.  Oh well, there is always my future Grands!  Shooting babies is challenging, fun and very rewarding. It is  wonderful to be documenting such a precious time.   I love capturing the amazing joy, wonder and curiosity.   Brianna and I met at a photography workshop and I just loved her the instant we met.  Besides being a very talented photographer, Brianna is now a mama to seven week old Kenna Kay, affectionately named Baby K in the studio.  What a delight and honor it is to share in such a special time.  I want to thank Emily for mentoring to me during the last few baby shoots.   Amazing ideas are wonderful, but knowing just how to position and soothe the baby during the shoot is an art in itself. Each shoot is so different depending entirely on the baby.  This was a sleepy shoot!  So much fun!  I find it very beneficial to have an assistant at each and every baby shoot.  Hoping to shoot Baby K again in the near future. Enjoy!

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