Words to live by...

From the fullness of His grace we have received one blessing after

Remember who you are and you will walk through life blessed and beautiful

When you reach the heart of life you shall find beauty in all things

Children are a gift from God

Never underestimate the power of prayer

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"W" Family

Thank you to the "W" family for letting me capture some memories :) Your girls are so adorable and fun to work with. Thanks to Dad for coming along too :) Here's your sneak peek!

Check out those baby blues :)

This little cutie was so good at posing for me - love it!

What fall days were made for - family time!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


"I cut my hair." Those were the words from Reece's mouth about an hour ago as he was upstairs giving his self a little makeover (aren't girls the only ones that are supposed to pull this stunt?!). I was just mentioning to a friend the other day that none of my boys had ever tried that but if I had to place a bet on who would be first, my guess was Reece. We'll be contacting a few friends that cut hair tomorrow to see who can squeeze us into their schedule to even things out. Thank goodness he did NOT cut his flesh or much off the bangs :) Here's a peek at the new do.........and bear with me as the lighting/white balance stinks on these - I was more concerned with capturing the moment than composing the picture.

Check out the chunk to the right of the shears!

and another chunk...........

and the evidence (with a few crumbs from dinner in the pile :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Turning a new leaf?

It's very RARE in our house full of boys to have a willing subject to photograph.........seriously. It's like they have some sort of allergic reaction to the camera or something. I always find it so easy to photograph girls - they give you genuine smiles and can come up with the cutest poses - just the nature of the beast - I mean beauty :) A week ago at the Fish Ladder downtown GR, however, Lucas proved me wrong. He actually let me capture 3 (I know, don't fall over in shock) pictures!!! And, I'll be sharing just one with you all - take a look at my handsome young man!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Smells like someone's having a campfire

This is the result of Tim grilling dinner last night..........the food was excellent, the deck was quite "overdone" to say the least! About mid-dinner, Tim realized that he hadn't shut off the grill (which is quite frequent as we let the remains burn off the grate). So, he proceeded outside and noticed a small grease fire - no big deal - he threw on a glass of water and mentioned to us all that it, "smells like someone's having a campfire." We absolutely love that smell around here, especially since it's going to be getting too cold for those this season. This afternoon, Tim discovered that, in reality, we were the ones hosting the campfire with expensive wood, mind you! Being that I love capturing the moment, I just had to post the end result of our deck - nice............who knows how much of the deck would have burned if he hadn't noticed the small grill fire...............I'm so thankful, however, that this did NOT start a much larger fire.........our house could have been toast if he hadn't tossed some water on that minor grease fire.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"O" baby!

This past weekend I got the joy of capturing some 9mth portraits for one of my good college friends. She actually lives on the other side of the state and called me last minute as she was in town for a 5k Saturday am. Of course I squeezed her in! These are just a few of my favorites of baby "O"....

Couldn't decide which processing I like best on this pose....

Monday, October 13, 2008

Another "B" Family

Thanks to the "B" family for being my guinea pigs in trying out a new backdrop. We had a BEAUTIFUL day for taking pictures. It was nice to meet you all - what a lovely family :) Enjoy your sneak peek! I still can't believe this young man is only 8!

Sunday, October 12, 2008


So this post is a bit OVERDUE!!! I'm officially a soccer mom (as of a month ago). I even drive the mini-van to go with the status :) And I love EVERY minute of it! Lucas is trying out soccer this fall for the AYSO division of Allendale. He plays half the season in the fall and the the other half in the spring. He's a little hesitant as he's not my "contact" sports kid, but he has improved a TON from his first day of practice. We've also noticed he has quite a bit of speed, though he is almost the shortest peanut out there :) He seems to enjoy it and his younger brother is ready to play (he has to wait until he's five unfortunately). It's so much fun to watch this age group play an organized sport - such innocence!

The "H" Boys

Good thing I have 3 boys to prepare me for sessions w/boys! They are so busy, but so much fun :) I love the challenge of trying to capture them in the split second they choose to stop (well, pause) for the camera - so much fun! Thanks guys!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

New Backdrop!

My "niece" modelled my new backdrop for me today :) Thanks McKenna!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Strong-willed child + Miralex = Potty training success

If you're a follower of this blog you know that Reece happens to be my strong-willed child (with such a sweet heart might i add). So, when it came to potty training, he didn't live that expectation down one bit! I feel like we've been almost forcing him to become trained. Tim was finally able to "cheat" him into going in the toilet almost 2 weeks ago. This was a huge celebration (see the "winning the lotto post") with sweet treats and toys. But, he began holding it and not going, so we tried the Miralex (as suggested by a friend - thanks Michelle!). Apparently today it began working! I think he went like 5 times!!! We're so proud of you Reece Allen!!! Keep up the good work - you're saving us a LOT of money in diapers! To explain the picture, I came into the bathroom today while perusing my camera of today's newborn session and Reece thought it would be great to take a picture of his "evidence." Needless to say, I'll spare you the photo (that was never taken :). Reece settled for a picture of himself on the toilet instead. Consider yourself LUCKY!!


I had the joy of photographing these two cuties the other night! Here's a very small sneak peek at what I captured. They were very active little guys with such sweet personalities and their mom was so laid back! Made my job literally a day in the park (Riverside, that is....). Enjoy!