Monday, March 30, 2009

No Hitting!

Maddox has had a bit of a problem lately with hitting his sister. And we have warned him that Evey was bound to start hitting back. Maddox sure doesn't like it when he's the one being hit.

I happened to catch one such incident. Evey attacks...Maddox on the defense...

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We are working overtime trying to break both of them of this terrible habit now. And I have to admit it can be very difficult to punish Evey. Any time she gets in trouble she immediately puckers up for a kiss and says her version of "I love you" with head tilted to the side. The girl can seriously work it. How do they get so manipulative so fast?!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Frank & the Gang...Family Portraits

Yesterday I got to spend a little time with Frank and his family. Frank is getting ready to be deployed to Iraq...and his wife, Stephanie, wanted to create some family portraits while they were in the KC area visiting friends and family. Some of my favs from our session...

The whole crew...

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This is Frank and his lovely wife, Stephanie. They have been married 25 years! Awesome!

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Frank & Stephanie have five kiddos! The oldest of which is no longer a kid I suppose. ;-)
This is Stephen...

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Gabby...

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Olivia...

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Isabelle...

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and little Elena...

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I love this series with the gang all piled onto a bench together...

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Stephen's lovely girlfriend Megan was hanging around, so we had to grab a couple of shots with her as well. ;-)

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One last parting shot...
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I really enjoyed getting to meet this amazing family. I can't imagine a sweeter bunch. And I think we definitely created some beautiful images for Frank to take with him overseas. :-)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Buds and Blooms

Spring has sprung and I couldn't be happier! It is such a mood enhancer to glance out the window and see buds on the trees and pretty little flowers. I had to run out this afternoon and take a few pics of the first signs of spring in our yard.

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Arts & Games

One day Maddox and Evey were both hard at work, side by side, at the dining room table. I love seeing them co-habitating peacefully. :-)

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It's probably because they were each happily engrossed in DIFFERENT activities, thus there was no competition and no fighting. Maddox is my little gamer. Concentrating hard on PBS kids...

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And Evey is my little artist. The girl LOVES to draw!

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Giving is Awesome...Results

First of all, thank you to those who took the time to nominate their friends and loved ones for the Giving is Awesome portrait session. Your stories were very compelling, and this decision was certainly not easy! After much thought and input from my panel of experts (i.e. friends and family I trust to help me make imporant decisions ;-)...I have selected the family nominated by Christine. (I have not yet been in touch with the family and don't want to share any information here on the blog that they may not want made public.) The chosen family will receive a free portrait session, 16x20 gallery wrap, 4x6 prints of all session images, and a CD of high-resolution files (valued at $1000)!

However, as I mentioned, this was a really difficult decision as there were many deserving families. Therefore, I have decided to create some additional prizes for the runner-up families. I'm still working on the details, but I will be in touch with the families nominated by Angie, Jennifer, and Rebecca. I was touched by each and every story and will make sure the nominated families receive some beautiful family portraits.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

William...Pet Portraits

Today I got to have a little portrait session with William, one very handsome and special feline... :-)

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William is 19 1/2 years old! Unbelievable.
Rugged masculine profile... ;-)

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On the prowl...

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One of my top favs...

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Another top fav...

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And I love this series with the branches...

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