baby on the brain

We have baby on the brain at my house.  I am just over 5 weeks away from having one of those little warm loaf-of-bread bundles.

And this one is a boy.  Following two sisters, he will have plenty of people bossing him around.

My girls are excited to have a brother, though a little apprehensive.  A couple weeks ago I had this conversation in the car with my older daughter:

A: Tell me about having a brother, mom…’cause, you have 2, you know all about it.

Me:  Well, at first he won’t do much (launches into discussion about how newborns don’t do much more than eat, sleep, cry, and fill diapers)

A (interrupting):  Well, the thing I’m most worried about is Bionicles.  I’m just not that fond…

This was followed by an explanation that babies don’t use legos of any type, let alone Bionicles.

I have a feeling we are in for a fun ride with number 3!


Here are a few shots of a little baby…she was born at the end of August and was just so sweet for her session:





a tale of two princesses…

It has been busy round these parts…I know I always say that, but it is always busy.  I should just get used to it.  But I digress…

A couple weeks ago, the talented Tara of Winsor Photography asked me to second shoot with her for some wedding formals.  I jumped at the chance, and we had a great time!  I always love to learn from other photographers.

So I have been processing the photos that I took at that shoot and today was preparing to crop a nice photo of the bride and groom when I spotted an intruder in the photo.  Highly distracting (at least to me), I did a double take.  Then I zoomed in to see if it was really just a reflection, maybe of the bride’s mother, in the window.  A trick of light?  Nope.

A Cinderella doll (think Barbie-sized) peeking through the window of the reception hall behind the couple?  It couldn’t be.  So I asked my 7 year old to look.  She immediately confirmed my suspicions.  My 5 year old had to have it pointed out to her.  My husband also identified the intruder as the elusive girl who lost a glass slipper in the famous fairy tale.  Who knows how she got there or what she was doing…personally, I think she was there to check out the bride’s dress and wish them a wonderful happily ever after.

Yes, I know it’s lame to tell you the story without sharing the photo, but I can’t post the session until after this beautiful couple ties the knot.  And even then, Cinderella doesn’t belong in their special day…they have their own fairy tale to live out.


Here are some photos of a different kind of princess:

That title makes it sound like I’ve been laid up with the plague or something.  I promise that isn’t the case.  Things have been super busy around my house with the beginning of school, ending of summer, Blue Lily workshop (which deserves its own special post and it will get its own special post), photo shoots, special photo projects…you get the idea.  And in the middle of all that, I got stung by a bee.  You might be thinking, “oh, wah for you…” BUT…I am allergic to bee stings.  Not as in fall over and die allergic, but swell up and be uncomfortable allergic.  So for about a week and a half I had one foot that was bigger than the other.  It was really not so awesome.  But it could have been worse.  Excuses, excuses…where is this leading?  I guess I just am trying to make up for the fact that I haven’t posted any photos for a while…

One of my main projects over the past couple months has been a flow photo for a local athlete.  She can perform a flip throw in, which is not very common, and she and her parents wanted to get a flow photo, or a photo composed of many images, of her performing this difficult soccer move.  I had never done anything like this before, so when they asked if I could make this flow photo for them I was excited to take on the project.  It was a great learning project for me and I am so pleased with how it turned out.  I was so glad they gave me permission to share it with you!  (Click on the image for a better view.)

I got together with these two cute girls (and their mom) for some photos not long ago…we had fun, even though J was trying hard not to smile.  We finally had to give up on her for the day, but baby sister G gave us plenty of smiles and laughs!

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About a week ago I met up with the S family to do some family photos…we were on a tight schedule, and had already rescheduled this session once due to a crazy thunder-and-rain-storm the night before.  We were all hoping and praying that we wouldn’t get dumped on, but about 30 minutes into the session, the sky split into roaring thunder and a drenching downpour.  Luckily for us, our location had a little bit of shelter from the rain, so we decided to wait it out.  While we were waiting I was able to snap some candid shots and get to know this terrific family better.  It was fun to see them interacting with each other, especially since there is a pretty broad range of ages amongst the kids.  Finally the rain cleared and we got more photos taken before it poured again.  It was definitely one of my most memorable family sessions…and not just because of the rain!

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…but I couldn’t resist taking some quick photos of the beautiful Rainier cherries I bought at the local produce stand!

I am hoping to get some reviews of some photography books that I have read up next week, so stay tuned!!!


I just returned home from a trip to Oregon.  I had never been there before, so I was excited to see the sights and take some photos.  We spent most of our time in and around Newport, OR, which is on the coast.  It was a beautiful place…I had to think more in terms of landscape photography (which I have studied very little), but I managed to get a portrait in as well.