Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The other model, Kayla
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
This little birdy has set up camp in our front tree. She's sitting on her nest & she NEVER leaves! Grant informed me that she had to "protect her eggs from predators." I was a little impressed with the word usage :-)! I wish she was low enough to see into the next, but unfortunately she's not. We may have to pull a ladder out at some point to sneak a peek!
March has been a super busy month for us, and I'm sure the rest of the spring will follow suit. We are making the best of it and trying to enjoy little things along the way. In true Claire fashion, she sported a busted chin last week & a busted lip (on the inside). She is always in such a hurry & has no regard for what she might run into. She's just a little like her momma!
Grant rarely smiles normally for the camera anymore & this was quite by accident. So, even though he has a Spaghettio full mouth here, I still love it!
Hope you're enjoying a beautiful weekend like ours wherever you may be!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I also got a logo last week, and I guess this is kind of its debut. I did post some of these on Facebook, so if we're FB friends, you've already seen some of these.
These bright eyes totally crack me up!
I am loving these newborn sessions, and would LOVE any referrals anyone can give me for those or anything else! Thanks!!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Anywho! When I heard that they were going to be playing here, I knew I had to take Grant. I won a spot at their Meet & Greet at a radio station back in August, and Pookie & I went. It was great. We got to meet them, get our picture made with them & they played a few songs. I just knew that I should’ve taken Grant because he loved them so much, so I couldn’t miss this opportunity. Luckily, I got online right at 10 am and got tickets when they went on sale. Apparently, they sold out super quick & lots of people I know weren’t so lucky.
Before the concert, we went to dinner with friends at PF Chang’s. Grant spiced it up with a little noodle throwing. I should’ve known not to take him there! We got there just before it was supposed to start, but of course, it was late. Then they introduced some other guests, one of which was Josh Kelley, Charles’ (of Lady A) brother. He is married to Katherine Heigl. I wish I would’ve spotted her, and it would’ve been an even more awesome night! Grant was the only kid I saw at the entire concert, and he was totally bored during the opening acts because he didn’t know their songs. He totally cracked me up because he made friends with everyone around us, from the people on the elevator in the parking garage, folks in line, and everyone sitting around us. He scored some mini oreos from the lady next to him, and the guy in front of us offered to buy him a drink & a snack. So funny! He doesn’t know the meaning of stranger!
this pic is at the ryman right before the concert started...love that nostril flare (he is so his daddy!)
When Lady A finally took the stage, he was ecstatic. They sang a great mix of songs from the old album and the new one. However, we were both super disappointed that they didn’t sing “Love This Pain” from the new one, since it’s one of our favorites. He kept telling me to take another picture, take another picture.
Our seats were kind of in an odd place, right behind a column so we stuck pretty close to one side. We stood up through the entire show, and he stood on the back of the row in front of us while leaning on me. We were both hot, sweaty messes by the time we left. It happened to be an absolutely gorgeous night outside though, so it was great walking back to the car.
He had a blast and so did I! I’m so glad we got to make those memories together. I wish someone else could’ve captured the look on his face singing along to EVERY song, but it was so dark & I hesitate to ask anyone to use my camera since I don’t feel like I even know how to work it half of the time! I definitely need to start taking my point & shoot to events like that! I hope this is only beginning of our concert memories together…until of course he’s too cool to go to concerts with his mom!
they sang a version of the oooold country song "Lost Highway" & it was so fun! They also sang the Luke Bryan song, "Do I" and "Last Dance with Mary Jane."
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Claire takes the painting very seriously.
Grant loves them too. I just happened to take these last Tuesday when I was at home with her. She had a stomach virus, and I was covered in puke more times than I care to think about! Today has been interesting as well, but she's not sick. We have been trying to potty train her, but kind of lazily. She can pretty much handle the peeing thing, but the other not so much. We've had a couple of random occurrences of that, but nothing consistent. However, today she has taken her pull up off both times she's needed to go, but she has not gone to the potty to do her business. I won't elaborate anymore...let's just say she's grossing me out!! Suggestions???!
In the past year or so, I’ve realized that I want to be a photographer when I 'grow up.' I’ve always loved photography. I remember having the camera with the little flash cubes, and then carrying my pink Polaroid everywhere snapping shots of friends and family. I’ve had a camera obsession as long as I can remember. There were photo shoots in my bedroom with friends at sleepovers, complete with sheet backdrops on the wall. When I got engaged, I became fully engrossed in photography websites, hanging on each tiny detail that had been captured at the weddings of others. I was in love. While the photographers at my wedding were amazing, their customer service stunk! My mind started turning with how I could capture these details and emotions and offer fabulous customer service too.
A short 9 ½ months later, we welcomed our first baby, and things got too busy to think about learning an art that I so admired. So, I relied on others to capture the details of our evolving family. Several years passed, another baby was added and still I had this burning desire to learn more about photography. Finally, last summer I bit the bullet and bought my first DSLR. I was hooked, but frustrated because my images weren’t what I wanted them to be. I enrolled in a course at a local college and learned more in 9 weeks than I could’ve imagined. I did some shoots with friends, who couldn’t have been any more supportive. I quickly realized that I had outgrown the camera I had purchased, and upgraded a little bit. I still don’t have exactly what I want, but it’s a step in the right direction. Now, comes the hard part: perfecting my skills, my vision, and taking that leap. I am scared. to. death. I want to do this, but those feelings of doubt threaten to take over every day. I want to capture those moments between a new mother and her precious baby, tiny hands and tiny feet, the bonds that only siblings have, and families that want to remember each detail just like I did (do). I want to give that to others and make them feel special, because I know how much it means to me feel that way and to see images of my own family living in the moment.
So, while I haven’t overcome any great hardships like so many have, perhaps overcoming my own self-doubt has proven to be the most difficult of all for me. I still have so many questions and many things to learn, and I know this workshop would be a phenomenal experience for me. I try to inspire others through acts of kindness, helping hands, prayers, little notes, tasty treats, and long talks. I long to inspire others to find their passion, and follow their dreams no matter what they might be. I hope to be a shining example of that someday. I saw a sticker last week that said, “What are you Waiting For?” It’s now my mantra.
Friday, March 12, 2010
When we first started the little guy wasn't sure he wanted to go to sleep, but after a little sweet talking, he started getting tired.
love those wrinkles!
sweet, tiny details..
seriously, how perfect is he?! look at those little lips!
Angie - Thank you again for letting me attempt to capture your new little guy. You have no idea how much it means to me, and what a boost it gave me! Love you guys!
Friday, March 5, 2010
My bff's sister is pregnant with her first baby, and she was nice enough to let me take some maternity pictures. I took a TON of pictures, and it has taken me all week to get through them all! They are such a beautiful couple, and I can't wait to meet this baby!
They chose not to find out the baby's gender, but the answer is inside this little envelope. I cannot imagine being strong enough not to open it! Ashle' said she keeps it hidden so Justin can't sneak a peek on the sly!
Thanks again guys for letting me do this. I had a blast, and I hope you find some you love!