Thursday, July 31, 2008

Smith Family Teaser

I decided to have a little fun with my "album cover" shot ;) I'll be posting more real soon!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

One thing down, 523 things left to do!

Okay so maybe it's not really 523 things but man it seems like it! I am tired of being so busy lately, I have so much to do and a lot of cool things to share with you guys but I'm fighting to find time to do it all. Hopefully by this weekend I'll be all caught up. The one thing I did complete though is my Business Launch Party invites, Hooray!

My friend Cathy and I decided to do a joint party/open house since we have both been building our business's for the past year. I can not tell you how great it is to have someone to be on this journey with! It will be so exciting to have this launch together, be there to encourage each other further, bounce idea's back and forth and then eventually see us both with successful ventures.

I've spent the last 4 hours designing these babies and just sent them to the printer's. They are 5 X 7 double sided linen postcards once they get here and we spruce up the envelopes I'll take a picture and show you.

For now here is the...



How do you think they turned out?

It's kind of hard to read the words online but in print they will be nice. I'm pleased with them. I still have a lot of other marketing pieces to do, the list is never ending!

I have lot's of pictures to post in the next week including a really great family shoot so check back in ;)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I'm out of kleenex !

Last night I read "Comfort" by Ann Hood, it found me as so many great books do at Barnes and Noble. I am always amazed at the treasures I somehow find myself buying, it's as if I hear them calling me from the shelf "pick me... you need to read me". Not very often do I listen but when I do, man do I get lucky. This book is about the loss of Ann's 5 year old daughter Grace and her journey through the pain.

I got in bed and cracked the spine open on my new book. I had only meant to read a chapter or two before falling asleep but after the 1st page I knew it was going to be a long night. By the second page I was already crying and continued to do so for the next 182 pages! Seriously! Sometimes it was just a silent tear rolling down my check and other times I was a full on sobbing mess. I'm talking the kind of crying where you can't breathe and you struggle to see the words through your tears. Next to me while I read a feel my sleeping boy, I can feel his little body sweating next to me and I occasionally pause from the story to look at him and listen to him breathing.

I have a confession to make, I do that a lot, check to see if he's breathing. This may be a normal mom thing, I don't know because I've never talked to anyone about it, but since the day chase was born I've always had that almost painful fear of something happening to him. Because of this fear I keep him close, not the crazy super protective mom close , but the check on you in the middle of the night to make sure your breathing type of mom! Sometimes I scare myself just thinking of all the what ifs. As horrible as this may sound when I lost Sydney I had thoughts of "phew now Chase is even more safe" God would never take two of my babies right? It was almost as if I felt she was my one give and now that I gave her I would be safe from future loss. Of course I know logically that's not how it works. For added measure with every prayer, everyday, no matter what the subject, I always throw in my little" please keep Chase safe" plea.

It's amazing to me that I actually purchased and read this book given my own deep fear of losing my child. I am however so glad I did! Despite it being gut wrenching, the book was still very very good. As I finished it @ 3am only a mere 3 hours before I had to get up for work, I turned to the sleeping boy next to me, gave him some smooches, wrapped my arms around him and began my prayer...

" Lord thank you for all the many blessings you've given us. I pray for Ann and her family. I thank you for giving her comfort in the face of an unthinkable tremendous lose. I thank you for blessing her with Grace and I with Sydney, even if it was for such a short time. Thank you for this day lord... Please keep Chase safe, Please keep him safe... In your name I pray, Amen"

Monday, July 21, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Disappointing the Toothfairy!

Today is a sad day! I was official kicked out of the No Cavities Club!

I got my very first filling's in my adult teeth. How could this happen? I brush damn it ... I floss! How did I go 20+ years only to be struck with not 1 but 2 deep cavities? Don't even get me started on the surface ones that are forming. My enamel has betrayed me! I can no longer boast about my filling free mouth, which I did often, and when I'd get that look of disbelief I'd open wide and say "ook seee I gut naw filens"!

I remember as a kid I was so proud to get my no cavity club stickers, one time I even got a shirt...SCORE! I must admit as an adult with no filings I felt superior because of my near perfect teeth! Alas my tenor in the club is no more I am but mere common folk with a mouth full of fillings. Do you think they take the shirt back?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Highway 101... 392 mile check point!

The best way to combat a long drive with a three year old is to have impromptu run around/photo shoots at cool places like this...

At this point on our road trip we were needing to get out and stretch a little. So when we saw this Harley shop we decided to stop so my dad could by my uncle a shirt and we could let chase play a little. Of course I had to get out my camera, who could resist those colors!

He does those poses all on his own! He's such a little goof ball!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Andrew Part Deux

My attempt at a silhouette

After the shoot we stopped at dicks to eat and have a little fun...
The following may not be appropriate for some viewers ;)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Curious Crab

He's at that age!

Do the questions ever stop???

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Meet Baby Cole

Last week I had the pleasure of capturing 1 month old Cole.
Check out this cutie ...

Love how you can see the baby fuzz in this picture!

Proud Papa!

After an hour he was sick of me and pictures!

Hence the leave me alone face ;)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Truccia Sneak Peak

Uptown Girl ...

A couple weeks ago I had a super cool session with the super cool Miss Truccia. I got some really awesome shots that I will post soon! I love the above shot, there is just a cool funkiness to it that I'm freaking out about!

Thanks Tru for being a fabulous model !!!