Saturday, December 31, 2011

happy new years eve..

i hope your 2012 is filled with bIg swirls of sweetness..

twas' the night before christmas..

this photo was taken in the pitch black.. no flash.. just the light of the fire..
the girls were SO excited about santa..
it was the best christmas to date..
hands down.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

from the bottom of my cheesy, corny heart..

i am sitting in my living room, my newly painted red toes plopped up on a pillow drying and a cup of green tea cooling next to me as i surf the web. WHY is it so quiet and peaceful? hubby took the girls to get my christmas gift! i have the house allll to myself.. i am doing some blog surfing because i never get that luxury anymore.. there is always an email to answer.. a photo to edit or a blog post to get to..maybe a house to clean?{i said mayyyybe} so.. i decide to plug in my website. you see.. i never see my website.. i work, i shoot, i edit, i blog..and repeat.. but i never cruise my site like a client would. so i just did. i sat blowing on my steaming tea and watched my whole front page of photos flashing.. i have to tell you i got a bit emotional.. {maybe teary?} ahh-hem.... looking at all the gorgeous, amazing, supportive, kind, nice, WONDERFUL, fun, happy,  people that make up my portfolio is so surreal.. the moments i've had with them are fabulous..i mean i really can not believe this incredible year i have had.. all the support that i have had for something i am so passionate about.. i get goosebumps when i edit.. i talk about light like the biggest dork on the planet.. and the fact that others too get excited is so amazing. i am writing with my heart wide open and hoping to not sound braggy or like i think i am so cool.. {because we all know i am SO not, i mean really.. i am not}.. i feel SO blessed.. i feel SO gracious to all of YOU that really, really make me SO happy!  i really can not imagine topping this great year..  but i already have some amazing things on the books and i look forward to the exciting things to come.. i have to admit, every time i get "new client inquiry in my inbox, i still get a tinge of nervousness.. and when i go to meet a bride for the first time i feel a bit nauseous and clammy.. the love and confidence people have in me and my work is so unbelievable at times.. i love to think about how this time next year,  i will be a better photographer and will have learned that much more. my only business plan is to lead with my heart... and with that.. from the bottom of my cheesy and corny heart.. thank you friends for all your love, confidence and support.. i am giving you all an enormous virtual hug.. 


photo credit {the glow}

fairy gardens..

these are fairy gardens.. the girls spend hours making them and they are sprinkled all over our yard.. 
if you were a fairy wouldn't you come and stay?
there is nothing like a childs imagination.
i love it.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

my favorite gifts to give {or receive}


 a book.

i really want a great collection of coffee table books..
a book is a great gift..

i really adore the dots though..

i think when you buy something personal, whether it is a candle or a book..
it says you are important and i know you..
that is my favorite gift to give.

Monday, December 19, 2011

remember the cherry bomb?

do you remember as a little girl {or boy}
the monkey bars..
the twirls that you would wait so patiently in line at recess to get a quick turn on?
we recently put a pull up bar in the doorway of our guest room for the girls..
it is..
my favorite thing at the moment in my house.
the girls twirl.. flip.. swing.. repeat.
for hours.
it was a gift to myself really..
it is $20 at sports authority.
go buy one.
thank me later..

{there is usually a pile of blankets below them but i removed them for the aesthetics of the photo}

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

oh. christmas. tree.

why can't it be up ALL year?

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

this face..

 i grabbed my camera because she was sitting all by her lonesome just admiring the house.. as content as can be..
as soon as i started snapping..
she gave me this look..
such a stinker..

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we recently moved our lovely headboard to the guest room..
{sniff sniff}..
we had a gigantic king bed.. so cozy and lonely in the guest room and all because the LOVE i have for my headboard.. we have been sleeping in a queen..
{how adorable is my hubby to understand my craziness}
so, i finally decided to make the move and i have to tell you..
it is amazing..
a king really is SO much bigger than a queen..
so operation bedroom begins..
i am very inspired by this watercolor..

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

tis' the season for making....

heart shaped eggs for breakfast..

a gingerbread house..

 cookies in a jar..
{for all my neighbors, teachers and mail lady}

1 3/4 c all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 c choc chips
3/4 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c granulated sugar

combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Place mixture in a 1 qt jar and layer other ingredients as listed. 
attach a tag that reads:
just add 3/4 c butter, an egg,3/4 tsp of vanilla and bake for 9 minutes at 375 degrees

chocolate milk with lots of whip cream..
everything just seems special in a mason jar..
i even drink my wine out of one!

what sort of things are you treating yourself or others to?
i'd love to hear.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

rainbows and sequins.

can a picture get any cuter?
can't wait to see their christmas card...
so many beautiful families this year.. i am speechless and totally in awe of this wonderful gig..
let's just say..
i pinch myself a lot..

Thursday, December 01, 2011

one year later..



my lovely anne and danny.. 
i shot their engagement photos..
their wedding celebration photos.. 
and now these first christmas card photos.. 
it hit me this year as i had the amazing honor of repeat clients.. 
{sequins and candy is a bit over one year old}.. 
that i get to see so many wonderful families grow.. 
 my dear friends {because all my clients i consider my friends, whether they want to be or not}.. 
being a photog has so many more happy moments than i ever expected..
i sound so cheesy, i know but i gotta tell ya.. i love this gig for so many reasons..
and ahh-hemm..
it makes my heart SING when i get this beautiful sun flare STRAIGHT out of camera..
i fought long and hard to learn this and i think it is magical...
anne and danny of course are pretty darn magical themselves though..
gotta tell ya.