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Happy Happy Happy Halloween!

Sweet Sweet Sweet Halloween….Yum Yum Yum. I think you get the picture…I don’t know what it was- the location, the weather, the family and friends, or just the fact that this year, I actually almost dressed up…compared to the last twenty years, I would say, Yes, I dressed up, I am in costume…call it a 70′s queen…queen of suburbia…there was a moment there that I felt like I was on the movie E.T. set ..(I’m sure it would be much easier for him to call home THESE days, I’m sure there’s an App. for THAT!)

E.T.     text home...!

E.T. text home...!

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

 DUSH (Driving under Sugar-High)

DUSH (Driving under Sugar-High)

This couple has been waiting for their wedding album to be finished.......

This couple has been waiting for their wedding album to be finished.......

Looks familiar (go back to top...)

Looks familiar (go back to top...)

It’s that time of year again!

It’s about one year now that I have an official blog, and that I operate under the conspicuous name of “don’t smile now”, and I’ve had a great time – 111 posts later!!! How convenient. It’s the beginning of a new season, the Fall and the Holiday, when everything seems to rush rush rush for the holidays, and then stop. and then start again. This is also one year after Ryan’s last Pumpkin shoot, and it’s wonderful to see both boy and pumpkin grow as much…or should we call him PUNKin, just for fun…and as I said, don’t forget, tonight, , you lose one hour of light but gain one hour of sleep…

Time For Change....

Time For Change....

My first idea for the card

My first idea for the card

2009

2009

2008

2008

What Ryan looked like when he arrived, a real Pumpkin!!!!!

What Ryan looked like when he arrived, a real Pumpkin!!!!!

punkadoodles props

punkadoodles props

Then and Now

I remember a time as a kid, when I wanted a retainer and glasses. Well, be careful what you wish for my mother always says…I got the braces, (that hurt and  pinched and made it hard to eat – but not hard enough to NOT eat…) and when I was 18 I got glasses, and haven’t taken them off since. So if you don’t know me, and or haven’t seen my Zoe post, you might actually believe that it is me…it’s not, but it could have been…and I know Zoe loves looking like me now, but will she still love it when she’s 15? and realises I am not as perfect as she thought when she was 5?

and anyway…how do I tell her, that as my journey of conquering my fears and fulfilling me dreams, I am going to try contact lenses?

Those were the days...

"Not much has changed..."

October 30, 2009 - 12:44 pm

Christa Meola - When I was a kid, I actually wanted freckles, braces, and glasses – lol! Shani, I’m going to make sure you get contacts – I just got them myself :) xoxo

October 31, 2009 - 10:46 am

Leonie - Hmm, thats a hard one now that she has glasses like her mom’s

Halloween!

Who doesn’t love Halloween….? I’ll tell you who does love it…Dentists!!! lots of work for them !!! Oh, and kids must love it too, and so does Laura, because she throws the best Halloween parties for her kids and their friends, and if I wasn’t photographing it I would bring my kids and let them have this much fun too… and the best part? it’s a week early, so the fun just goes on and on…. here’s a sweet taste of a yummy Saturday afternoon.

I  VVVANT TO DRRINK YOUR SWEEET BLOOOOOD

I VVVANT TO DRRINK YOUR SVVEEET BLOOOOOD

HA HA HA HA!!!!!

HA HA HA HA!!!!!

Here

Here's Cow-aden!!! Do those shoes remind you of someone who wants to go hoMEOOOOOO

MEAN WHILE...BACK AT THE MANION....HA HA HA HA HA

Meanwhile..."BACK AT THE MANSION...."

It is a Halloween Party after all. PARTY...! with a P

It is a Halloween Party after all. PARTY...! with a P

Can

Can't have a party without....

.....C-A-N-D-Y !!!!

.....C-A-N-D-Y !!!!

October 26, 2009 - 10:19 pm

Christa Meola - oh my gosh – Love these pics Shani!! Such a wonderful job – they are all so beautiful, so fun, colorful and adorable! Like I said… “the amazing Shani Barel” xoxo

Mini ME

If you look at my “about” you won’t see me wearing glasses, but I do. All the time. It’s not that I have to, it’s just that I can’t see without them. so well. so I make the decision every day to wear them…Zoe’s eyes were not working to the best of their ability and after visiting the doctor last week (and I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE I DIDN’T HAVE A CAMERA WITH ME…!!!!) she was prescribed glasses, and here we are. Besides the fact that they’re PINK, and that they’re a fashion accessory,  I suspect she really enjoys wearing them, because,  well, she can see again, and she doesn’t get a headache.. The small things that make us happy….

the stages of recognistion

the stages of recognition

just bacasue she loves the snake

just bacause she loves the snake

No, the floor isn

No, the floor isn't clean, but we do what need to for a photo.

October 19, 2009 - 1:25 pm

Leonie - I love how she looks with them and it looks like she loves them too. Great photos !!!!! gorgeous girl. SO like her mom!!!

October 21, 2009 - 10:56 am

Christa Meola - Gorgeous shots Shani! Your daughter is so adorable! and she looks even cuter with the glasses.

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