Thursday, December 3, 2015

Family

News of the kitten arrival came while I was shooting this adorable family. They were in town visiting family and we were able to squeeze in a few minutes for some family photos.

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This was one of my favorites and I actually had to do a doggy head swap because one of them was looking the other way. It was worth it as I still love this picture.

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Another favorite.

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Such a sweet boy...and so big for 6 months old!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Newest member

While out on a family photo shoot, I received a text..."I think I hear a kitten"...my response was "RUN, RUNAWAY FAST...and ignore it." That didn't happen. And what we found was a kitten less than a week old. So young we had to bottle feed it. We searched for the momma, but the kitten was found walking along the fenceline, not in the barn or somewhere safe that momma would come back to. So, now, we have another mouth to feed. The jury is still out on whether it will be a "simba" or a "nala", but I am rather impressed we were able to keep it alive. ;)

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Monday, November 30, 2015

John & Tonya

I'm NOT a wedding photographer. I'm not. I keep saying that and God keeps throwing "simple" ones at me saying "you don't know until you try." Well, 3 wedding's later, I coulda, shoulda, might be a wedding photographer. It's not something I want to specialize in, (because let's face it, it's A LOT of work) and I have so many irons in the fire. But after 3 weddings, I might be a wedding photographer.

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Tonya's been my friend for a long time...well, 4 years or so. Our kids are best friends and hopefully next year going to collage together. So when she threw together a "quick" wedding, I volunteered to photograph it...'cause that's what friends do. ;)

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She's waited such a long time to "fall" and John's a great guy that treasures her...and she deserves it.

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Perfect. Getting married in cargo shorts, flip flops and a cool white shirt. My kind of wedding!

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Not to mention on the lake...about as laid back as you can get and yet, still classy.

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If we ever decide to renew our vows...this is how I want to do it!

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So much love!

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So much happiness!

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As cute as they can be!

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Congrats John and Tonya...may you have many happy years!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Where oh where...

If summer flew by, fall has been nonexistent. Not really, but it's been a whirlwind of activity. From band and competitions to senior pictures, a wedding and a collage tour, I'm not sure if I'm coming or going. Oh yeah, and a quick roadtrip with my dad. Time is just slipping by for my senior this year and as much as I love the young man he's turned into, I miss my little boy. Please don't blink...it slips away in a heartbeat.


So as another day/month closes, 3 beautiful sunsets from the last 3 months.

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September, around the corner from the house and letting a teenager drive me, so that I could hop out quick to capture it as it was fading quickly.

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October, on my way home from a long weekend at Emmaus, God gave me a special gift. Again, pulling over quickly as the light fades. (I'm good at this!) :)

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And finally November, just last week, in my backyard. I think I left dinner on the stove to run out to the back field to grab this gem.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Summer has flown by!

You know you've had a busy summer when you look up and haven't blogged in 2 months! So much going on that I didn't have time to sit still for a minute! Between photo sessions, weddings, travel and day to day life, it's just been a blur! One thing I did shoot this summer was this beautiful family!

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Mrs Linda is part of my church family and I just love her. She had knee surgery this summer and a good portion of the family came to visit her, so they took the opportunity to get some portraits done.

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Memories to last a lifetime!

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Grandkids and even a great-granchild! So glad they were able to spend some time together and make some memories!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NYC, day 2 (evening)

Day 2 was a very long day! After dinner, we had reservations at the Empire State Building at 8:30pm. It was 8:00pm and I was getting worried about our reservations...along with the fact that it was still raining/cloudy...and traffic WAS NOT helping!

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We finally determined we were going to have to walk/hurry the last few blocks. Hahahahahaha...I had my walking app on the whole day and I was, at that point, at 35 miles! By the end of the day it was at 45.17 miles! Even if I take off 20 miles for the bus/ferry rides, 25 walking miles is A LOT! Had I zoomed it a little closer, you would see the back and forth all over Manhattan that we did! THAT was walking!

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So it was decided...we could either sit on the bus, going nowhere, or we could walk/hurry the last few blocks to the Empire State Building. Hmmm, we were all exhausted...except the kids, of course. So off we started...

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This was where we were going...looks pretty close, right? Uh huh. It sure was...not.

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I have to say, had we not had to hustle/walk, I would not have seen Macy's. Granted we didn't get to stop, but still pretty cool to walk by it.

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We finally made it! And wouldn't you know it, the bus pulled up right as we walked in the door. :/ Up, up, up we went...less than a minute to go up 80 floors. As I walked around the observation deck, I started to get disappointed that the clouds were not going to clear. And then this happened...

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Slowly, the just started dissipating.

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I tried to get to each side...some clearer than others.

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Rockefeller Center right in the center!

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Probably...no IT IS my favorite shot!

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My last shot before the clouds/rain returned. I now know what it feels like to be in a cloud when it starts raining. It's an immediate downpour! We had a great 30 minutes where the skies cleared. Thanks God. What a view!

Monday, June 1, 2015

NYC, day 2 (afternoon)

I knew visiting the 9/11 Memorial would be emotional. It's that 1 thing in your life that you will remember exactly where you were and what you were doing.

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There's still a lot of construction.

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Firefighters or first responders memorial...I can't remember for sure.

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Freedom Tower. The observation deck opened last Friday. I'm hoping if we have another band trip here in 4 years that that is on the schedule.

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There's just no way to describe the feeling you get listening to the water...

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Or touching the names...

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He was 3 1/2 on that awful day...like many, all I wanted to do is hug him...and now I was visiting it with him.

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Each anniversary we'd see the long ramp to the bottom, where the families would remember. This is that spot. Along with the handwritten memories left by the firefighters.

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The survivors staircase and the first thing placed in the memorial due to it's size and weight!

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The twisted metal is just mind boggling.

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Emotional, heart wrenching and beautiful...

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What you don't see are the areas that no pictures are allowed. Where the tears immediately start flowing. We did not have enough time...3 days would not be enough time. It's a memorial not to miss!

Friday, May 29, 2015

NYC, day 2 (morning)

Day 2 started like day 1 ended...exhausted. Lots and lots of walking. Unfortunately through most of our trip, it was cloudy and rainy. Fortunately for us, we didn't let it bother us!

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We were up and on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty bright and early. First stop on the ferry was Ellis Island. I could have spent a whole day here exploring. Unfortunately, it was not on the schedule.

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Leaving Ellis Island for the Statue, this was our best view of NYC from the ferry. :( Foggy. Figures.

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This was the best view between the fog and rain that I was able to get.

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Because rain was forecast and we were there early, they did let us preform early.

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There's something so majestic about preforming at the Statue of Liberty.

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An awesome group of kids!

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Did you know that there's 215 steps from the base to the pedestal platform? It "should" take you 5 minutes or you can wait 10 minutes for the elevator. I shoulda waited for the elevator! We did not go the additional 100 steps to the crown! :D

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There is no picture from the platform, because after climbing all those stairs, it was raining and the fog moved in. We couldn't even see the bottom of the statue. That right there, is Murphy! :/

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This was the best picture of the skyline that I was able to get as we came into the ferry terminal. The fog kept coming and going the whole ride, so I just had to have patience.

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Off on our next adventure...