Month: March, 2011
Today I was cleaning the house and paused a bit when I picked up these lil’ German figurines. Memories just came flooding back. These belonged to Michael’s great aunt, Emma, who passed way this past year at the age of 100. When we would go to Emma’s house, Lily would go straight to the coffee table and start playing with these figurines. She was just fascinated with this boy and girl as a baby. I would try to get her to stop playing with them as I was afraid she’d break them and I knew that they are quite old. Emma would always tell me that it was OK. If they broke, it wasn’t a big deal. “They’re just material things,” Emma would say with a shrug. Emma was such a wonderful and kind lady and I learned a lot from her. I’m so thankful that these figurines were passed down to Lily. They may be worn and old, but that’s what makes them so perfect. I don’t know the full story behind these, but they are quite sentimental to my family. Such a beautiful thing!
What a difference a day can make! Anyone who knows St. Louis understands that the weather can change in an instant and that has certainly been the case lately. Less than a week ago it was almost 80 degrees and then Saturday we had about five inches of snow. The very next day, all the snow was gone and unfortunately so were the pretty pink flowers on some of the local trees. So sad as I was wanting to incorporate those Spring trees in this couple’s maternity session yesterday. No worries though…we found Spring around us in other ways. These weeping willows were fresh and green for us! We even found an area with a rows of white flowered trees! Sure it was quite chilly, but that didn’t seem to phase this mom-to-be in the slightest. She even changed into tank tops and bared her belly for some shots! Her husband was such the gentleman by warming her up with his coat and my blanket. After all, as he pointed out, there’s precious cargo there! I agree! These two couldn’t be more loving and sweet towards each other. You’d think they were still honeymooners instead of being together since college undergrad. Their baby is going to be one lucky girl for sure. Congrats and I can’t wait to meet the lil’ one! Until then…enjoy the sneak peek.
This lil’ man’s child photography session took place at the St. Louis ZOO, which happens to be one of his favorite places! It was so much fun capturing him where he’s most comfortable and he was the perfect host showing me all the “cool” spots. His customized portrait session was in celebration of his second birthday which happens to be less than a week away! He LOVES trains and we got plenty of images of him with the Thomas the Train look-a-like at the ZOO. Enjoy the music video….all aboard!
On a snowy afternoon, I had the great opportunity to produce maternity portraits for this beautiful growing family at their home in Wentzville, MO. Such a sweet couple – eager to meet their baby boy! Their baby boy was welcomed into the world shortly after their photo session and I know they’re enjoying parenthood. Sleepless nights and diaper changes are totally worth the joy of having a baby enter your life. Their baby looks just like a baby doll. Perfection. Congrats C family!
I don’t get to hold child or family portrait sessions at the St. Louis ZOO that often, but when I heard that it was this lil’ man’s stomping grounds, we just had to go there to capture him right before his second birthday. I had the opportunity to capture his little brother at the first of the year for newborn portraits, but this time, Dean was the star! He has so much energy and just makes people smile. His parents are super lucky to have two laid back boys!!! I’m always impressed with the way this family interacts together and how well behaved their boys are. Dean’s grandparents were in town to help celebrate his birthday, so of course we had to get some family portraits with everyone. Such a loving group! I can’t wait to photograph Dean’s baby brother again later this summer. I’m sure Dean will get to show off his skills some more in front of the camera for me on that occasion as well! Enjoy the sneak peek!
Every week I make 1-2 loaves of homemade bread. Nothing beats the taste of bread straight out of the oven! Growing up, my mom used to make bread on a regular basis and I carried on the tradition once I moved out on my own. I don’t make a big flour mess like I used to as a little girl (although my daughter does) and I now experiment with different recipes. I guess you could say that my bread making skills have matured along with me. It’s just one of those lil’ things that brings me so much joy and for that…I’m thankful!
This family was a joy to capture during the first couple of weeks of their daughter’s life for her newborn photography session at their home in St. Charles, MO. She was so delicate and proper during her portrait session. Full of smiles, cute lil’ poses that she naturally fell into and loved being comforted with warmth from the nearby fireplace or in the loving arms of her parents. Congrats to this beautiful family. I’m sure Maggie will bring much joy to those around her!
Today I’m so thankful for modern medicine! My lil’ girl, Lily, came down with a temperature of 104.3 degrees and so off to the doctor we went. Thankfully she doesn’t have anything major, just a nasty ear infection that was causing her the peak of temps. Like her mommy, Lily’s allergic to some medicine, but at least there we have options and access to meds that brought down her temperature and is helping her ear infection as well. I hate seeing my baby sick. Makes me feel so helpless. Fortunately lots of hugs, kisses, cuddle time, liquids, cool baths and medicine is helping cure my lil’ one.
Earlier this year I had the great opportunity to capture this family for their son’s nine month baby photography session at their home in Town & Country. This was Dittu’s very first winter and he was so cute taking in the views and coolness of SNOW! I couldn’t get over those big eyes and long eyelashes. This is such a fun age to capture! I love how babies are so inquisitive and ready to explore the world, but are still snuggly with their parents. You can tell through this family’s portraits how much fun they have together. I can’t wait to capture this lil’ man with his family as he gets older! Enjoy!
Shortly after Michael proposed to me, I received a book from some dear friends that I still cherish to this day. “Living Happily Ever After” is a book that sits on our sofa table and I like to read from time-to-time. The book features couples that share their stories of love. Some of the stories make me cry, but they all make me smile and appreciate the relationship that I have with my husband and our own love story. I’m so thankful that these couples have shared their stories and I really look up to them even though we’ve never met and I don’t know them personally. They have all had their ups and downs, but their love is everlasting and real. I find myself studying the pictures in the book and I see the love in their eyes and body language is the same, if not stronger, now in their older age just as it was when they were younger . It’s so reassuring to know that love really can endure all. Michael and I always say that we can’t wait to grow old together and this book makes me look forward to our journey even more. I know that we’ll change in so many ways and we certainly won’t look the same, but I know that I will always recognize those eyes and I will always hold his hand and enjoy the simple things in life with him. Thank you so much Mark and Theresa for gifting me this book so many years ago. You have no idea how much this book means to me!