Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Special Day


My youngest managed to talk her Daddy into letting her get her ears pierced for her 8th birthday.  I said go for it, and was happy to see her so excited about it!




I called three places and questioned them all, and decided on this location at our local mall.







She told me she had butterflies, but you really couldn’t tell. 

The pre-piercing shot.  Bye bye empty lobes.









It must have taken the gal 10 minute to get the dots on her ears just right.  SO glad I called around and found her!







Action shot – no tears here!

(this child has NEVER cried for an immunization, not even as a baby)







The admiration Smile








You did it!  Happy Happy!

(ignore the graduation hat!)




Camping in the Mountains


Man, did we have a good time.  So good that we are planning on adding at least one day to our trip next year, hopefully two!  Kids are at the perfect age – they love the exploring and adventure of it all more than ever.








Head over to my Kathy Howard Photography site … I decided to post a small slideshow from our camping trip over there!




Monday, June 27, 2011

It’s Officially Summer


We know it’s summer when these girls have their annual pool date.  All friends since Kindergarten, with 7th grade on the horizon.  Four different middle schools between them, but it hasn’t changed a thing.

They each bring something special & wonderful to this group of friendships, and compliment each other amazingly well.  Love it!





And just for fun, here is the image from last year:


DSC_9282 copy




8th Birthday Party!


What better way to spend your birthday than at the pool with your besties?




We picked up all of these fun props at the dollar store – big score!






She wanted a giant cookie cake, and that’s what she got!

(talk about cheap & easy)




And here’s a few more party shots that I thought you might enjoy :




DSC_3864 DSC_3870 DSC_3886



Have a great afternoon!



It’s Monday … again!


Amazing how that works Smile


Been enjoying summer and working hard.  Lots of good stuff to share, and now that the kids are in camp this week, I may just get around to it!


Here is what I gave my husband for Father’s Day :




A nice 8x10 printed and mounted on styrene, so we can frame it – or not!

I got this image just goofin’ around, practicing some posing techniques on them.  I got THE moment – and I have to say I’m stoked about it!



Other (exciting!) news:

In preparation for my first wedding November 4th, I have lined up two weddings to assist and second shoot this fall! 

First one is in September, with the uber talented Todd Nichols of Todd Nichols Photography.  SO excited for this wedding – it’s going to be HUGE – the daughter of the infamous Pat Day is getting married.  The venue, The Brown Hotel, is absolutely elegant and amazing.  Just can’t wait!


Second wedding I’m working is going to be equally amazing, if not more!  I will be working along side one of my all time favorite photographers, the fabulous Rachel Durik of Savor Photography.   (I took a workshop with her last June) The ceremony is being held on the beach in Naples, Florida at the stunning Ritz Carlton Naples.  You know by now that I LOVE shooting on the beach, so this is extra exciting for me. 


Coming up soon – I will share some of my favs from our mountain trip, and our little girl got her ears pierced!


Have a great Monday!


Monday, June 20, 2011

Hello Monday

Hard to believe it’s the start of our second week of summer!  Last week was a complete busy blur …no lazy days for us…. YET.


Have lots to catch you up on … an 8th birthday, Father’s Day & our mountain trip 2 weekends ago.

For now, here’s the birthday girl & her fun in the sun birthday party!








Have a great Monday!



Thursday, June 16, 2011

First Swim Meet



Good morning! 

We had our first swim meet on Tuesday.  It was a good meet – but a long one – ended past 10:30.  Whew!


Thought I’d share a few images before I have to go pack up for my youngest 8th birthday party at the pool today … whoo whoooo!!
















Man, I love the summer time if not only for these freckles!DSC_3763

White pool decks make GREAT reflectors!  We are in the shade - notice the soft even light.











 DSC_3767bw His eye catch lights are more noticeable due to his dark brown eyes.  Thank you pool deck for reflecting so nicely for me.




Have a lovely Thursday!



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ahhhh the mountains!



Hey ya’ll …. got my mountain lingo workin' for me after a nice, long & cool weekend at Wilson’s Creek.

Yup, we camped.  Yup, we got rained on.  Yup, the kids fought.  But there was no TV, no cell phones and no electricity.  There’s something so perfect about that.




I wanted a shot of all of my ‘kids’, so I did the classic ‘stop and say cheese’ method – yikes!  I tried all day to get them all acting naturally in the same spot, but there was just too much fun and exploring to make that happen.


Lots more to come later this week.  Now that summer has started I am going to do my best to keep to some sort of computer schedule, so that I can hang out with my kids & enjoy them. 

So this machine goes off at 9am and I have 45minutes to finish up – gotta run!


Oh, btw, I have a full blog post up on my engagement shoot on the site … click HERE to see!

You can also sign up to receive site updates via email – just look for the link on the bottom left.


Thanks & have a great Tuesday!!



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

First Engagement Session



And what a blast it was!  Be sure to visit my SITE to see the rest of the first glimpse … and full blog post coming soon!


Holmes Engage-50



Friday, June 3, 2011

Another Milestone


(Warning : This post is not for the weak of stomach! )





She lost a tooth.  But that’s not the milestone. 

It’s  the fact that this is the first time the ‘tooth fairy’ has paid her in person.



Yeah, she’s growing up.  I’m a little sad, but a lot glad too. 



It’s all so bittersweet.

DSC_3019 copy



I am lucky that I still see the same baby beautiful face looking at me…

DSC_3027  I am so thankful for this person & who she is turning out to be!



Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Enjoy the Scenery!


Hello & happy June to you! 

Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I’ve added a new gallery to my portfolio.  It’s a collection of my favorite floral and scenic images that I’ve taken over the past year or two.  Click HERE to take a look!


I have something exciting coming up soon, and this gallery will be part of that … stay tuned!


And since no post is complete without a picture …. here is my wonderfully freckly oldest daughter…



f/1.8   1/200th  ISO 125