Tuesday, August 31, 2010


For those of you who haven't check out my 365 project about my son, Lucas on Facebook (shame on you, by the way :p), I recently posted this picture of him trying solid food for the first time (taken by Seth) :

I take anywhere from 10-20 pictures of Luc every day for my 365 project, and narrowing it down can be rather difficult for 2 reasons : 1. When I have a particular vision for the shot I'll keep shooting until I get what I want, and 2. Because he's so friggin' cute that I have a hard time stopping myself even when I do get said shot. Before I know it, I have 20 either slightly or drastically varied pictures and I have to choose ONE for that day. I know, I know, there are plenty of worse problems to have than deciding which completely adorable picture of my son to use for a project I'm forcing myself to do, but cut me some slack, people! :)

This picture from 8/25 was no exception. Since it was a milestone, I ended up taking way more pictures than usual, then was faced with the daunting task of choosing only one. I ended up settling on his first taste of it because his face was just so sweet, and of course because it was his VERY FIRST BITE of solid food! I realized that I've never formally introduced my son here on the 'ole blog, even though I take a picture of him EVERY day, so I thought I'd dedicate this post to him and share the other pictures that I loved so much from his first experience with food.

Here comes the first taste!!

Seth was able to get some smiles from him.


And so the next stage of parenthood has begun. I can't believe how fast it's gone so far!

Friday, August 27, 2010

My Next Project...

I'm slightly granny. I admit it. A lot of the things I enjoy are things that I picture most grandmas enjoying; cross stitch, crochet, knitting, a quiet Friday night at home. I love Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, or as my husband refers to them (in nasally, hoity-toity British accent, drawing out the first syllable), the *"Hodamule" books/movies. The first time I watched "Sense and Sensibility", I was seriously depressed that I wasn't born in the 1800's. My love of indoor plumbing quickly remedied that depression, however. I sometimes even talk like and old person; those of you who know me I'm sure have heard Seth make fun of me for a time I told him a friend and I "chit chatted about such and such".

I do think that despite my gravity towards all things old lady, I have a cool streak. I've played every Zelda (with the exception of Majora's Mask, which, let's be honest, completely sucked), Left 4 Dead, and almost all of the Mario games. I've read Watchmen, and even watched a few of the old school Bond movies (yeah, Goldfinger!). Okay, so I guess I'm playing fast and loose with the term "cool", but I think you catch my drift.

About a week ago while browsing Ravelry (for any other grannies out there, you MUST check it out), I found something that joins my granny side with my nerdy 15-year-old boy side.

A MARIO afghan??? How sweet is this???? It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.

*The name "Hodamule" came about while I was watching some Jane Austen type movie and Seth made fun of it by saying "Oh, Hodamule, I love you!". It was a name he completely made up because he thought it sounded like something from that time period. The name stuck. :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Luke : DeKalb, IL Child Session

It rained the morning of Luke's 1-year session. We had planned on doing the shoot outside, but it was super soggy, so we changed it up when I got there. It really didn't matter because I know Luke would have brought the cute no matter where we did the pictures. :) I went to school with Luke's mom, Kristina, so I was really excited to reconnect with her, and by the time the session ended, Luke was doing his thing while her and I just chatted. Here's an interesting little tidbit that I just realized : Her name is Kristina, my full name is Christina. Her son's name is Luke, my son's name is Lucas, and we call him Luc. How strange is that???

Anyways, enough about that, prepare yourself for some serious cuteness!!

Luke had just had his 1-year Birthday party the weekend before the shoot, so we thought it would be cool to include some of his party balloons...

...and then he tried to eat them. :)

I LOVE these in the rocking chair! They're a couple of my faves!

Luke picked this book out to look at with his dad. It was a photo album of his parent's wedding. Isn't that sweet??

We took a chance and went outside to get a few pictures on their hammock. We lasted about 5 minutes before the mosquitoes tried to eat us for breakfast, but we got a couple of really sweet pictures.

love, Love, LOVE this one of all 3 of them!! They are such an adorable family!

Thanks so much to Luke and his parents for welcoming me into their home!! I had a great time! :)

Bethany : Dubuque, IA Senior Session

Bethany is a senior at Hempstead High School in Dubuque, IA. I'm in Dubuque pretty regularly since my best friend/sis-in-law lives out there, which is how I met Bethany many, many years ago. Bethany told her mom this summer that she didn't want the same senior pics as everyone else, so I was seriously honored when she got in touch with me!

We started out at the Star Brewery right on the Mississippi River and wandered around there for a bit.

I was in love with these stairs.

Next we moved a little further into downtown Dubuque.

We finished the session off by heading out the the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. It was so beautiful there!!

I had an awesome time with you, Bethany! Good luck on your final year of High School!! :) :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Landon & Emaree : DeKalb, IL Child Session

I've decided I love taking pictures of kids. It's not that I didn't before, I just hadn't done many kid sessions prior to this summer. Honestly, kid sessions made me a little nervous. I mean, what do you do with them? You can't really pose them. They usually don't smile if you ask them to. Heck, half the time they're completely freaked out by you and refuse to even look at the camera! After spending some time researching, delving into my past life as a daycare teacher, and using some trial and error, I realized the best way to photograph kids is to let them do what they do: Be kids. Let them play and interact with them while they are doing it. Smile at them and let them know you aren't a threat. Pretty soon, they get used to you and don't even notice the giant camera snapping away. :)

The day of Landon and Emaree's shoot was RIDICULOUSLY hot and humid. We had planned on meeting at a local park, but Mom knew it wouldn't make for happy pictures. Instead, we moved to Aunt T's basement, which was stinkin' sweet! Let me sum it up for you in two words: Ball Pit. Oh yeah, and two more: Giant Beanbag.

The ball pit!

Every time I tried to take a picture of Landon through the window, he would come over and close it on me!

Emaree is quite the diva. :)

A break for dinner with Mom on the giant beanbag.

Landon and his Dad

We were able to get outside in the front yard for about 15 minutes, which was more than enough to grab some sweet shots of these adorable little kidos.

Landon broke the stick, and was then trying to put it back together. How cute is that?

Since we were at Aunt T's house, we decided to grab a few shots of Landon and Emaree with their cousins, Mattea and Mackenzie.



Thanks so much, Landon and Emaree, for letting me take your picture!