Happy Guy

June 27, 2012

My session with Wyatt was full of smiles and laughter. Wyatt’s happy disposition and joy filled the studio!

Almost from the moment he walked in the door, Wyatt was smiling! He’s got a great smile! It’s one of those smiles lights up his face and makes those big blue eyes shine.

About the only time Wyatt wasn’t smiling was when he was talking…and yes, he talks quite a bit! With just a few probing questions, he’ll bust into a story and tell you all about his pigs or the hurt bird that they found out at the house, or his slip ‘n slide…that one brought stars to his eyes!

Between his stories, his smiles and his funny faces, Wyatt definitely brought me a morning full of entertainment and joy!

In the Blink

June 25, 2012

The last time I photographed this family, Carter was a little guy with very few words! Now he’s a big guy about to enter second grade, the girls have become teenagers doing competitive cheerleading and are almost about to drive!

It’s crazy to think about how much things change, when it feels like all you do is blink and years have passed! In my mind, I still saw this family as they were five years ago – young, wild and full of sass! In actuality, they are growing, mature, sweet as can be and, guess what…still a little wild and full of sass!

Even though I was ready to take the clippers to three heads of long beautiful hair by the time the session was done, I had a blast! Joking, laughing, smiling and fixing hair the entire time!

One Year Old

June 22, 2012

It’s official! Allie Bug has turned a year old! It’s seems like she was just in the studio for her newborn session, but yet somehow a year has past. She’s grown into a little lady, full of happiness and smiles. She now has teeth. She climbs and cruises around furniture. She laughs and claps. She can wave hi and bye. She plays with toys and loves her big brother and sister.

AND, don’t let her peanut size fool you…she can shove cake in her mouth faster than any one year old I’ve seen in a long time!

It’s been a fun year, watching you grow and change Miss Allie…I can’t wait to see the little lady you turn into!

Romantic Getaway

June 21, 2012

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you may have heard that I’m going to be participating in the upcoming Wine Release and Art Show.

Every summer, Les Bourgeois Vineyard releases three Collector’s Series wines. They hold a wine label art competition for local artists to submit work to be displayed on one of these three wine labels. Excitingly, one of my images was selected as a winner and will be displayed on the Collector’s Series Merlot!

To celebrate the release of the Collector’s Series wines, Les Bourgeois Vineyards will be hosting a Wine Release and Art Show on Saturday, July 14th from 2 – 7 PM. You are invited to join me at the winery for wine tasting, barrel tasting and some art viewing, including a few of my landscape pieces. Of course, you will also be able to purchase a bottle of Merlot featuring my winning image.

Rocheport, Missouri, where Les Bourgeois Vineyards is located, is a quaint town just 15 Minutes West of Colombia. It’s know for its world class bed and breakfasts, splendid dining, quaint antique shops and the scenic Katy Trail.

So, why not turn a Saturday in July into the perfect romantic getaway! Drive out to the Wine Release party and make plans to spend the night in a comfy, cozy Rocheport, Missouri bed and breakfast!

Going Outdoors

June 13, 2012

I have been photographing Hayden & Hannah since they were newborns. Although we have tried to venture outside in the past, something has always come up, from storms to sick kiddos to car accidents, always preventing us from making it outside.

This year we were actually successful and ended up getting through an entire session outdoors! Of course, wouldn’t you know, the clouds rolled in and the rain threatened, and about an hour after they had pulled away, the rain came pouring down!

However, being outdoors totally threw Hannah off her game. She couldn’t understand why we were outside, and wanted to know when we were going to go inside to take photos. Even after we finished up and came inside to regroup, she was ready to work it for the camera inside. We’ve definitely created an in-studio model! (Of course, after having deal with the bugs, who can blame her!)

Bottled Energy

June 12, 2012

I know I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. Someone needs to figure out how to bottle the energy of little boys and girls…they would make a killing! I could totally see adding a squirt of kiddo energy to my coffee every morning!

Jack was no different! He goes 100 miles an hour, he can switch directions, activities, even topics of conversation, on a dime and for the most part he’s smiling and happy the entire time!

I think once baby sister, Elisabeth, starts moving, Mommy is going to be needing her coffee/caffeine in an IV drip to keep up with these two energetic kiddos. Elisabeth’s smiles, happy disposition and curiosity give me the impression that she’s going to be working hard to keep up with her Big Bro!

Happy Busy Body

June 11, 2012

Lydia may be a bit busy, checking things out, making herself at home, picking up and discarding new things as fast as possible. But the great thing about Lydia is that she does it all with a smile or at least a sweet look on her face!

She loved playing games, whether it was peek-a-boo or paddy cake. Lydia shook her hips, dancing around the studio. She babbled constantly. Don’t you ever wish you could understand what they were saying? I know I do. She had a blast. There were a few times she would get so excited that she’d take off running right at the camera. At the last second, I’d lift it up, avoiding either a lens/head collision or a sticky fingers/lens match up!

(Oh, but I will let you in on a little secret. If you tell her “no”…she scrunches up her face, fills her eyes up with tears and let’s out a pitiful whimper. Then tops it off by squinting her eyes, so the tears fall just right!)

A Charmer

June 8, 2012

Isaac knows how to work his boyish good looks and charming personality…especially with the ladies! He was flashing me smiles right and left, striking cool dude poses like a pro, and willing to do anything I asked.

Sessions are so much fun, and I tend to take way too many photos when my subject is charming me…making me laugh and smile right along with them!

Loving Siblings

June 7, 2012

Being big sister and big brother has its ups and downs. It’s fun when your little sister wants to cuddle with you. It’s amazing when your little sister just stares adoringly at you, impressed by anything you do.

But, it’s challenging when little sister doesn’t feel well and all you want to do is comfort her, but really all she wants is to be left alone.

Abby and Matthew had to experience this challenge at their most recent session. Little Allie Bug was not feeling well, and she really just wanted to be left alone. But, when Allie was sad and crying, it took everything in Abby and Matthew not to reach out and rub her head or her back.

Through some creative moves, we were able to get all three of them in a photo. However, it was definitely not what big siblings Abby and Matthew were hoping for. They really wanted a photo of them loving on, cuddling and, more than likely, squishing Allie…maybe next time!

Wine Label Art Sneak Peek

June 5, 2012

If you are a fan of wine, art or me, you are invited to join me at a Collector’s Series Wine Release and Art Show on Saturday, July 14th from 2 – 7 PM at the Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport, Missouri (15 Minutes West of Columbia).

“The annual Collector’s Series wines allow our winemakers to showcase their artistic creativity with small batch fermentations. This series is made with only the best grapes and is considered our highest quality and most unique wine released this year.” – Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Les Bourgeois releases three Collector’s Series wines each year and holds a wine label art competition with a release party and art show held each summer.

AND…one of my images was selected as a winner for the Wine Label Art Competition!!

Join me at the winery for wine tasting, barrel tasting and art exhibits!

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