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When I grow up I want to be…

Beautiful, Smart, Funny, Brave and Strong. (Just like Emily’s mom). And Emily most likely will be.
Emily is a little angel, and a dream to photograph; red hair, puffy cheeks, unlimited curiosity, adorable smile, and a mother who loves photography, is up for anything, and one of the strongest women I’ve met, and not only because she can toss Emily in the air countless times so that I can “get the shot” but because she is, all of the above and so much more
And I know, that she will teach her daughter how to be all those things that we women try so hard every day to be; Beautiful, Smart, Funny, Brave ,Strong and Loving.
and know how to cook, and have fun, and read a book for ourselves, and travel the world, and have intelligent conversations, and pursue a hobby…OK, PICTURE TIME!
Emily’s Mom; Thank you for letting me into your home, and sharing a moment in life with me.

Meet Emily

Meet Emily

Meet Emily

Meet Emily's Mom

Mother and Child

Mother and Child

Halo

Halo

A little Prayer (wink wink)

A little Prayer (wink wink)

Angels take breaks too

Angels take breaks too

Flying

Flying

Flying with Love

Flying with Love

Don

Don't shoot me....

AAAAHHH, the END

AAAAHHH, the END

October 8, 2009 - 12:23 pm

Leonie - What lovely angelic photos !!!

Happy Birthday To Me!

It’s my Birthday, it’s my Birthday!

I get to eat the cake AND photograph it (not in that order…)

The plan for the day? Pedi Medi, and I don’t care who I have to leave to get one!

Thank you for all the Facebook wishes, it was great to wake up to find them on my wall!

And to See last week’s cake, click here

Happy Birthday !

Happy Birthday !

Zoe

My lovely assistant...Zoe's about to eat my cupcake

October 4, 2009 - 11:47 am

Leonie - what about a photo of Zoe’s face AFTER she ate the cupcake

Baby Announcement

Ryan was born three months ago – and his parents called me for a belated baby announcement/new address; Here’s a sneak peek…sssshhhhh,
don’t wake the baby…
so here’s the back of the announcement, I just LOVE it!!!
Small anecdote; Ryan was born the same day as my Zoe, 4 years after.
Ryan

Home is where your baby's sleeping

October 20, 2009 - 12:32 pm

Leonie - Wow! i missed this before

Jackie and Ricardo Part….

I looked up the time, and the KIss was on September 19th, 2009, at 6;54;26 PM, you can do the math how long they’ve been married…I can’t. Part of being a wedding photographer, and documenting every single moment of the day (or so it seems- I do not assumer I DI, no pun intended..) so part of my “job” is to narrow down the hundreds of photos to the few that tell the sory, convey the emotion, create a new memory for a memorable day. As much as I love, and I LOVE, digital photography, there was something to be said to the time lapse between the EVENT, and the PHOTOS; the in between time is an emotional experience that creats a different look at the photos, and even to me as a photographer- the longer I wait between photos, the bette I am able to edit them.

A week, 2 days, 3 hours and 17 minutes is not a long time (don’t bother with the math, I made the number up), but sometimes it’s enough. There is so much more to edit, and I find new photos to love every time I go through them-

Jackie ( Happy Bday!) and Ricardo – It was so much fun being at your wedding, meeting your families and friends and being a part of your day. All your photos are coming soon. Enjoy.

Dresses make the world go round

Dresses make the world go round

Mascara is the Girl

Mascara is the Girl's best friend...

With a little help

With a little help

Jaqueline

Jaqueline

Jackie and Ricardo. Moments before.

Jackie and Ricardo. Moments before.

Mr. & Mrs. Ricardo R...

Mr. & Mrs. Ricardo R...

Love

Love

just the icing of the cake...

just the icing on the cake...

Dancing the night away...

Dancing the night away...

September 28, 2009 - 11:36 am

Christa Meola - Shani, I love the bridal portraits – beautiful!! and the shots of the dress and shoes make me want to step right into them! :))

Jackie and Ricardo, Married, 1 week, 7 hours and 25 minutes. l

As I write this post, and it is late at night, it is that long ago that Jackie and Ricardo tied the knot – and escaped to Vegas for…whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas obviously, and I am sure lots has happened!

So welcome back guys, here’s a taste of what’s coming, and there’ll be more soon! Congratulations!

first dance

first dance

second dance

second dance

September 27, 2009 - 5:30 am

Leonie - Looking forward to seeing more !

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