Archive for Randomness and personal stuff

Do you or someone you know desperately want family photos but haven’t been able to afford them?? Did someone remarry and hasn’t had a chance to have new family photos? Is there a high school senior who works so incredibly hard and deserves a break?? Did someone get married a long time ago and never have any wedding pics? Did someone battle cancer and WIN?

I want to hear your stories!!

I know during difficult times photos are often the last things we think of spending money on, but yet it’s during tough times that we realize how important our family truly is. Photos are how we are able to freeze moments in time, how we’re able to remember our little babies being so small. Photos are how we can better remember certain times in our lives.

So without making things too complicated, please send me an email nominating someone you think deserves a free session. The person who I select will get a signature session plus $500 in prints and/or digital files.

I will accept emails until March 1st.  The only thing I require is a note explaining why a person or family should have beautiful photos. I will more than likely share the stories, so please nominate someone who would be willing to participate.

My email is


Please feel free to pass along this info. I want to give back to someone who truly deserves it.




Yup, I’ve finally reached my thirties. Yesterday was the big 30th birthday. I had all these crazy goals that I wanted to hit before I turned thirty. Miraculously I met most of them. My biggest goal was to be able to run around the lake without stopping or walking (it’s about 3.5 miles). I finally accomplished it just two days before my birthday. I also had a goal of losing fifteen pounds before I turned thirty. I came close and lost ten. I started working out four months ago after my husband told me I needed to get a hobby other than photography (ironic, i know). So I joined a gym and started “Boot Camp.” It seriously rocks my socks off and I now absolutely love working out. I feel better than I have in ten years and I am up to doing 64 pushups in a row. And no, these are the REAL push ups. No girly stuff for me. 😉 It’s been so fun to accomplish goals and do things I didn’t think I could do.

So that’s me turning thirty. I’m cool with it all. 🙂

Today is Declan’s fourth birthday. I seriously cannot believe he is four. He was JUST born yesterday, wasn’t he??? We had an all green birthday party for him. He only wears green colored clothing and loves all things green. It was based around green lantern, but mommy went all out and had green cake, green chips, green veggies, etc, etc. It was a very fun time!! Today he took cupcakes to school and was so proud to finally be one of the “big four year olds.” I love that little guy. He’s the comedian in the family and no matter how stressful a day has been, he keeps us laughing. He is totally awesome and I’m grateful that I can be his mama.

So here’s the latest pic of me. My daughter says I look mysterious and  like I’m ‘up to no good’ in this photo. Oh well, I don’t have many photos of me since I’m behind the camera most of the time. I was setting up for a session and did some self portraits to test light. All of the smiling ones were HORRID so this is the best I’ve got for now. 😛

And my sweet mister D. I love him so very much and he makes me smile constantly!!!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!!

(Family photos by the amazingly talented Amber Anderson of Amber Anderson Photography. )

Just a few of my absolute favorite subjects in their Halloween costumes. They actually enjoyed getting their photos taken this time since they got to be fierce ninjas.

They’re still recovering from the sugar induced candy coma from yesterday. Between class parties and trick or treating it was a GOOD day to be a kid.

Hope everyone had a fantabulous fun day yesterday!!

my sweet angels. LOL.

The kids are back to school and fall is in full swing around here. Mr. Lemondrops starts college on Monday so things will change just a little bit around here. I will be taking on more evening and weekend sessions to accommodate for the shift in our family life. Good news for you guys though!!! Evenings and weekends tend to book up first so my availability will be better for all of you  daytime working folks. My during the day sessions will be very limited, however. My September calendar is completely filled up, but I do have three spots left for October. As you know our weather starts shifting around the end of October so if you’re thinking senior portraits or fun family portraits call me soon to get you a spot!!!

And because I’m biased and I think my kids are oh so cute;

Here’s snaps of my babies on the first day of school….