Archive for May, 2011

This week’s theme for myself and the 16 other photographers in our group was to photograph flowers...definitely one of my most favorite subjects to photograph. I need no excuse to purchase flowers for myself. In fact, when I am at the flower shop in our local grocery store, I am always asked if the flowers I am purchasing are a gift to which I reply, ‘they are a gift to myself.’ And, I mean that in the sincerest way. I treasure fresh flowers in my home. They bring beauty to our home and a smile on my face. So, flowers make me happy…yes they do!

Follow this link to the wonderful work of Shea Parker | Clinton, Mississippi Family Photographer and see how she photographed flowers this week.

What a beautiful day I had yesterday. I had the pleasure of visiting my husband’s cousin and his wife at the hospital with their new bundle of pure love and joy. Sweet Ellie just melted all of our hearts. There was so much love and awe in the hospital room…such joy to witness and capture with my camera.

Congratulations Steve and Cherisse!

I love the ad campaign used by California Closets. Using the slogan, life lives here., they showcase a closet and give a bit of the background on the person to whom the closet belongs. Each time I see one of their new ads in my home decor magazines, it reinforces to me that we all have our stories and indeed life does live inside each of our homes, our closets, our backyards, etc. As a photographer and a mama, I hope to capture more of the ordinary moments of life with my camera, so I have decided to use the life lives here slogan and showcase some of the mundane, but oh so beautiful moments in my life and the lives of my children.

I am partaking in a year-long journey with 16 fellow photographers. Each week, we take a photograph that corresponds to a particular prompt/theme. This week’s prompt is SOOC (straight-out-of-camera). This can be somewhat difficult for photographers…almost like ‘baring it for all to see’ since in this digital age of photography, nearly all photographs are edit and post-processed using photo editing software. That being said, I think all photographers would agree that we love to see how photographers transform an SOOC image into the final edited image.  So, here it goes. I was really hoping to get outside and take some outdoor photos of my children for this challenge, but we are basically living in a monsoon as of late. It has been raining nearly every day for the past two weeks. So, my middle guy, Luke (who is always up for a photo shoot) allowed me to snap a few in our playroom, I mean ‘studio’. 😉

Now, you can head on over to Clinton, Mississippi Family Photographer, Shea Parker, and see what she captured SOOC.


I cannot think of a more appropriate set of images to share with you on Mother’s Day than these photos below. This beautiful mom-to-be was beyond radiant for our photo shoot. She truly glowed with joy, love, devotion and most importantly, anticipation. I am honored to have had the opportunity to savor these special moments in this couple’s life.

Colleen & David, thank you for our time together. I wish you, Colleen, a most beautiful first Mother’s Day!


That was our theme for this week’s photographic journey that I am partaking with 17 fellow photographers. You can see this post to learn more about this year-long project if you are interested. I decided to photograph my middle son, Luke, who is really taking an interest in drawing and creating. And who doesn’t love to draw a rainbow on a dreary spring day?


Now head on over to the fabulous South Wyoming newborn, child and family photographer, Kate, to see her interpretation of this theme.

Oh, more baby goodness…a beautiful baby girl! This sweetie pie is just a bit over a month old and as delightful as can be. She was so alert as our session went on so I was able to capture those striking blue eyes. And, of course, lots of shots of those sweet baby toes.

Colleen, it was wonderful to meet you and spend time with you and your lovely children. I’ll be in touch soon.