Big Versus Small

December 31, 2013

I got a big kick out of photographing Jaeger and Enye, mostly because, in my head, I was comparing them to my three rug rats! Jaeger and Enye are obviously quite a bit larger than Joey, Pebbles and Bruiser. But yet, their presence is so much quieter, softer and gentler. I’m sure there are times when they rough house and play and even bark, but during their session, it was almost like quiet time.

Their Mom spoke in a quiet, yet firm voice. They lightly walked around the studio, and at times Enye even had a little prance to her step. There was exploring and sniffing, but all done at a reasonable speed. They came up and checked me out, but no pushing, no shoving. A few kisses to the hand and then they moved on.

My three, they bark! They come running into a room full speed, announcing their presence! They do everything they can to make sure you notice them and pay attention to them. It’s a completely different world!

Holiday Blessings to You!

December 26, 2013

Although we are excited for our new adventure to Phoenix, we will miss our home, the beautiful fall colors and, most of all, each of you! We will forever cherish and hold dear all the memories that we have created here on The Ranch. Thank you for helping to make our lives full of love and laughter!

Brandi, Pete, Joey, Pebbles and Bruiser

Contract Pending

December 23, 2013

The latest and greatest update on the big move to Phoenix is that we have a contract on our house. Of course, we’re still working through all the steps, so fingers are crossed that everything goes as planned, but it’s the first step in the right direction!

Assuming all goes as planned, we will be packing up and hitting the road in mid February. We are currently looking for a place to rent in Phoenix, so hopefully we can get that all lined up after the new year. Which will be another step in the right direction.

There are so many moving parts, and detail after detail to get lined up…if my head doesn’t explode before this is all over, it will be a miracle!

A big thank you to each of you for your constant support and encouragement! I will continue to keep you posted as we make progress and check off our to do list!

Cold and Snowy

December 22, 2013

This was the scene I woke up to this morning…a white, winter wonderland. Undisturbed, the snow is beautiful and serene. Although, spending five minutes outside photographing in these cold temperatures was enough to send me back inside to the warmth of the heater.

The snow isn’t too deep, but I am glad the holiday season is wrapped up and I don’t have to worry about clients getting in and out of our driveway.

I’m secretly hoping this is the last snow fall I see from this view point! (I know wishful thinking, considering it’s only December, but a girl can dream!)

All Smiles

December 18, 2013

It took some extra work, a lollipop bribe, silly jokes and a goofy Daddy, but we pulled smiles and/or perky ears out off all four kiddos of the H family!

Little four legged Bella and big brother Aiden are total go with the flow kids! They work those eyes and those expressions that just melt your heart!

Four year old Morgan has come a long way since the first time I met her. She’s gone from no smiles to super cheese! Now the challenge is calming down the super cheese for a natural smile!

Two and a half year old Alex is still testing her limits! Once we had her relaxed, laughing and smiling she has the best twinkle in her eyes…it just takes some extra work to get that…but it’s all worth it!

From Hot to Cold

December 17, 2013

Ah, two year olds…they are an unique species! Miss Zeiva has the ability to go from hot to cold in the snap of a finger. She can be jumping up and down cheering in one second, and the next second she can be on the floor throwing a tantrum! Unfortunately, for Zeiva, tantrums never work on me…instead they make me laugh. They’re almost always ridiculously dramatic and quite entertaining!

Luckily, if you can distract Zeiva with a new topic or idea, she’s able to shake off the bad and return to the good. Although she frequently thought my jokes and sayings were lame, so instead of laughing at me, she would just give me her serious look. In the end, we all survived the session and we captured a wide variety of Zevia, the two year old!

Happy Birthday to Me

December 16, 2013

At least that was what Wesley was thinking when he saw his birthday cake. His eyes got as big as saucers and he made a bee line for it. I thought for sure he was going to be shoving it in his mouth, devouring it. But instead, he was dainty and gentle, taking his time. First he chewed on the candle for a little while, then he sat down and started taking tiny bites of frosting. At one point, he even gave a little “mhhhmmm!”

No worries, he still succeeded in getting it all over the place! In his toes, on his belly, up his nose and in his ears! Cake was shared by all!

All About Sports

December 2, 2013

Despite their button up, dress shirt looks, these brothers would much rather have been on the football field, basketball court or even the baseball diamond. They love their sports!

Whether it’s a professional team, a college team, sports games on the Xbox, wrestling in the middle of the family room, school sports or even gym class and recess at school, you can bet that they’ll be enjoying some sports!

Although there was no dangerous wrestling in the studio, that didn’t stop us from being silly, laughing and giggling at each other!

A Girls Day

November 20, 2013

On a day when she was out of school and her two older brothers had school, Madison had a Girls Day with her Mom! They started Girls Day with a trip to see me! It sounded like the day started off on the perfect note. Fun Mommy and Daughter time getting ready for a portrait session. Jamming to loud music on the drive to the studio. Time in front of the camera…smiling, laughing and sharing stories.

It sounded like Madison had the rest of the day planned out as well! She thought Stix should be on the schedule for a yummy shrimp lunch. Madison also wanted to get some new basketball shoes, for the upcoming season, so a little shopping was in order. However the rest of the day panned out, I’m sure it was full of girly fun! I’m glad I was able to help kick off the day!

You’re Silly

November 19, 2013

This was Joey’s favorite thing to say to me…and surprisingly not the first time I’ve heard it from one of my little clients! When working with children, of all ages, I tend to act a bit goofy.

If I’m relaxed, then they relax and give me natural smiles. I make funny faces, say funny one liners and just let loose…which gets me the “You’re Silly” comment.

I always roll with it and become even more silly! That turns on the cheese ball smiles and the scrunchy noses…two things Joey is the master of!

So really, who’s the silly one?!?

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