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Archive for September, 2009

Rise and Shine

Ava’s early morning wake up call came with a perk the other morning. I was able to capture the incredible sunrise from our deck. Sometimes I take for granted the incredible views our house provides… Good Morning and best wishes for the day ahead!

These shots almost make me want to wake up that early every morning… almost!

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The Dodge Mansion, otherwise known as Meadow Brook Hall, is an incredible site. Built in the early century this tudor style mansion will leave you in aww. I remember visiting as a child during Christmas, each room decorated more beautifully than the last. There are secret passage ways and secret rooms that would draw even the most skeptical kids attention.  What is even more wonderful than the house itself?

The grounds; gardens, fountains, benches, a gazebo, bridges, sprawling landscapes.  There is even a miniature house build for the girl of the mansion decades ago, complete with electricity and running water! Can you say spoiled!  It was the most perfect place for a photo shoot I have found yet!  I could not even get Ava in all the incredible locations to shoot everything I would have liked.  I cannot wait to go back!  In Ava fashion she was a busy body running my mom and I everywhere and me snapping and attempting to collect a handful of decent pictures. I do not know what it is but shooting your own kid is HARD!  Of course, with Ava as the subject there are very few bad pics she is just too cute!

You have to check out the flickr account these are some of my favorites!

I like this last picture so much I even made and exception and used a color photo for my blog banner!!

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The Three Musketeers

What fun I had at my session with these three boys!

I grew up living next to Beth, now she is all grown up, happily married and has three of the cutest boys ever!  I was so happy when she agreed to a photo shoot!  It was crazy!  Two were napping while I shot the oldest.  Then one woke up, then the next, it was a whirlwind!  Beth must be exhausted!  Although I am positive the the exhaustion is far outweighed by the smiles and loves from  her three adorable boys.  With patience wearing thin by the time all three were awake I did not get as many with all three as I would have liked but I am so happy with the results!  I hope you love them too R family!

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Catching Up!

OK so I am on hyperdrive to catch up on my posting. So much happened this summer that I just have not stayed on top of this blog gig! Not to mention that I am also using this blog to document my photography improvements. So make sure to look down the pipe as I may be publishing several articles a day until I’m back on track! Thanks for stopping by Ava and I send lots of love, smiles and hugs to our friends and family!

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No One Loves You Like Your Mom!

As the photographer of the family I can count on one hand the number of pictures with Ava and I together.  (I really need to work on this!)  So, I love when I have the opportunity to capture mother-daughter moments. Plus just look at those cheeks! I am not a cheek pincher by nature but these were tempting. Thanks Kimi and Olivia for letting me document these moments!

there is something about a crying baby you have to love

there is something about a crying baby you have to love

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LOVE IT!

Ava said it! We have been working on what Ava is going to call my mom. When we started with grammy but it was still too difficult so, I simplified her title to mimi. By the end of our last trip to Michigan she had mimi down. Since our northwest return I have been working on Grammy. Tonight while editing these pictures we got the first completely understandable GRAMMY!!! More pics on the Flickr site!

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P Family Perfection!

OK, so I am loving family photography. Of course it helps that I have had adorably fun subjects! I was SO excited when my good friend Christine allowed me to shoot their family photos. My photos may not be perfect but this family, how cute are they, perfection!!!  Cheers and enjoy some of my favorites and it was hard to pick:

traditional family photo

traditional family photo

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