Category Archives: Senior Citizens

A Christmas Reunion

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What a surprise it was to have friends and caregivers from 500 miles away visit on Christmas day! 

The smiles say it all! 

Thank you, Lord, for such special peeps!

The Extended B Family

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It was a gorgeous afternoon in the park when I was privileged to capture the extended B family’s photos! We had fun talking about their holiday traditions and between posings, they laughed and tickled each other and made this session so much fun! Great Grandma, grandparents, siblings, and cousins got to be included in photos — something they had not had for quite a few years. God’s blessings to the B Family for wonderful holidays ahead!

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Golden sunshine blessed us with great light on the afternoon of this dear couple’s anniversary photo session! These are just a handful of the captures for their anniversary book. I can’t wait to see which one they chose for their canvas wall art! I couldn’t have asked for more natural subjects! They are a great example of love and commitment for all who know them and witness their kindness and service to others.

What Does Your Headshot Say About You?

Whether you’re a business professional, a CEO, a college grad, a student/entrepreneur, a child model, a singer/dancer, or a stay-at-home-parent re-entering the work force, you need a great head shot for your business cards and your website!

Does your headshot communicate professionalism? your joy in living? your passion for a career or hobby? If someone sees your headshot, will he or she take you seriously?

These are just a sampling of headshots in my portfolio — you’ll see a variety of ages and styles and messages that these want to convey to others!

Be sure to contact me if you need a new headshot!

Sunset at Taneycomo

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The worst day of fishing is better than the best day at work.

Sunset fishing at Lake Taneycomo in southern Missouri. He got his line wet, the fish weren’t biting, but he went to sleep relaxed.

It’s all about the bait. And being patient.

Fishing vs Catching

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“A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!”

These two with their O’Pa at a favorite pond are simply happy to be casting and reeling and catching little biters.

Rest in Peace – Auf Weidersehen

Today is All Saints’ Day on the Christian church calendar. It’s a day to celebrate those sinner-saints who have gone before us to their heavenly rest.

During this beautiful Autumn season I’ve spent some time walking and photographing in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, MO, not far from where we live.

When my parents moved from Ohio to the St Louis area in early 2015, they changed their plans so that this national cemetery would be their final resting place.

Our dad is now at perfect peace and has been committed to JBNC since his recent passing from this earth. It’s a sad/happy time for us. Sad because we miss him so much–almost daily visiting, laughing, eating ice cream together, singing and listening to polka music, hearing his great stories about family and World War II and travel experiences and more.

We’re happy and comforted to know that we’ll see him in heaven someday, because we believe Jesus’ promise that’s written in John 11:25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

God blessed Dad with almost 95 years of life on this earth, with a beautiful and loving bride of 70 years plus, and with a caring family and many friends. For all this, we’re so thankful.

See you later, Dad.

“In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.”

“For every sin on Him was laid; here in the death of Christ I live!”

 

Not Your Typical Water Dog

She isn’t your typical “water dog” but does she ever have fun jumping off the kayak’s bow into the lake, and then shaking all over one of us!

There must be a tiny Labrador gene in her somewhere!

When we rescued her, little did we know we’d have an avid kayaker joining our family.

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Five Decades of Love

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There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. ~~Martin Luther

Happy 50th wedding anniversary to this fun and loving couple!

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Live. Love. Dance.

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The original wedding party peeps came to celebrate!

And so did their 18 grandchildren (though missing one on this day) … showing some love …

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and some more LOVE in their family circles of children and grandchildren … here’s one of those “Ewww, they’re KISSing!” moments captured! Yes, grandparents still kiss!

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Backyard tables were tented and beautiful decorated with floral arrangements and “word” stones to capture the sentiments of the celebration …

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H and MS, thank you for the opportunity to capture moments during your family’s celebration! God’s blessings for many more happy, healthy, and fun years together!

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The H Family

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Have a holly, jolly Christmas!
I had a jolly time with the H Family Saturday afternoon and evening, capturing them in their adorable PJs and playing with a variety of props!

The lighting was quite challenging, but worth the effort — even the untangling of the wires many times as we moved them from front yard to inside to deck to front yard again!

This is one happy, hearty, “(w)holesome” family who knows how to celebrate!

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A favorite outtake while we were waiting for the sun to disappear … Grandma kept W warm in the red blanket while Miss M played with the banner behind them!

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A Celebration of 50 Years of Marriage

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D and E look at her original wedding band, now too thin to wear, but a perfect addition to her charm bracelet of life’s special memories.

For you see, each day I love you more today…

more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.  ~Rosemonde Gerard

ImageThe bride and groom’s special rings,

her wedding veil,

and her wedding pearls,

chosen by her mother, and given to her as a gift from her groom.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

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D and E in their beautiful yard …a special place

that holds wonderful memories of family and friends gathering together.

Every love story is beautiful, but OURS is my favorite.

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Live. Love. Laugh. Dance!

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How happy! How blessed! How thankful!

The roses they hold are from a special rose bush in their yard.

What a wonderful memory it is that D’s mother went along with him and E to select this rose color.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream!

~C.S. Lewis

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Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. 

~Corrie Ten Boom

God’s blessings, dear D and E!

I pray that you always know God’s love and care for you.

I pray that He gives you many more happy years together!

I pray that wherever you make your home, God is the center of it.

You are an inspiration to all who know you and love you dearly.

Friendship

Friends. Spouses. Soulmates.

She walked over to Him and asked,

“Do you remember what we were doing 66 years ago about this time?”

He answered with a sweet smile, “I do.”

She replied, “And I still do.”

Friendship. It all began with a small town, street-corner meeting.

It continued through snail mail during World War II.

It grew and blossomed after the war.

It was cemented in their marriage vows.

This friendship is for better and for worse.

She and He have come to know the true meaning of that.

This is my entry for the I Heart Faces Friendship Photo Challenge this week.

Click on the link and see tons of wonderful “friendship” theme photos!

A Wee Bit of Heaven

Almost a year ago …

A wee bit of heaven drifted down from above, 
   a handful of happiness, a heartful of love. 
   ~Helen Steiner Rice

Singing, dancing, clapping her hands, laughing and smiling, and trying her best to make a fast getaway — Willow is so good at all of these!

On a cold, windy Autumn day, I got together with her and her grandparents for an indoors playtime/photo shoot. Willow got to meet and greet Leo the Lion, my vintage puppet, who never fails to set the friendly tone for our time together.

This almost-year-old babe/toddler is pure joy–she fills many hearts with love!

Her grandpa already has her helping him in the garden, and grandma has shown her around the kitchen too. But for now, Willow prefers the bookshelf, where she sits surrounded by all her colorful storybooks.  In the Spring I look forward to capturing her with her trowel and watering can.

Chloe, Betty, & Her HS Friend

This clever saying was stitched onto a needlepoint pillow in Betty’s home:

“A dog has a master. A cat has a staff.”

So true!

I captured these snapshots last week when I visited Betty, who is healing well from a broken hip and surgery, and her H.S. friend.  Thank You, Lord.

Betty and her cat, Chloe, are true besties! They adore one another.

I truly think each is a “staff person/staff furson” for the other.

December Debutante

Dreamy…Creamy… A few captures of baby Willow, just two weeks old, so fresh, soft, and sweet.

Willow with her two very happy, proud, and thankful grandmas — Grandma Linda and Grandma Sandy ADORE her! Willow, you are indeed a heaven-sent gift!

Here’s Willow in a little Christmas red… While Mommy was at a meeting, I captured this special Daddy & Willow love!

Precious Moments Together

It was a great privilege and honor to follow three generations of the R & C Family yesterday and capture some everyday-living snapshots of them in their beautiful yard and home. What a blessing to have five beautiful grandchildren age 5 and younger! They alone made the day quite exciting!

They laughed and played. They read books and had snacks. Rain fell while we made our own sunshine.

Just being together was a gift–their real presence in the present. 

Thank you for having me shoot you all during your precious moments!

Fishin’ or Catchin’?

DH enjoyed some lake time recently on a pretty spring morning.

That evening we had a meal thawed from the freezer.

Legacy of Life Wall Art for Ruth

… who recently celebrated her 90th birthday! What a great example she is with her strong faith, positive outlook on life, and gift of hospitality.

I incorporated Ruth’s confirmation Bible verse from the Gospel of John, and also the Hebrew and English meanings of her name.

This is my gift to her!  Many more happy birthdays and God’s blessings, Ruth!

Ruth Is 90 Years Young!

Ruth recently celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends!  She looks forward to her new decade with great faith, a positive attitude, and her winning smile. I hope to see her happy face on a Smuckers jar,  featured by Willard Scott of NBC, when she turns 100!

Her eyes are a beautiful blue, and lately she has been sporting a shorter than usual hair cut. I think it makes her look 20 years younger!

She wanted to make sure that her new Jerusalem cross necklace showed in the photo. It was a special gift to her.

Here’s my fave photo of this morning’s session: Ruth’s hands and her Bible. She is a woman who is daily in the Word, and the living Word is in Ruth. You’d know she’s a Christian by her love. God bless & keep you, sister!

A collection of today’s photos will be arranged into a piece of wall art for Ruth, along with her favorite Bible verse: “I am the Vine, you are the branches…” John 15:5

For a sample of my “Legacy of Life Wall Art” click on my Flickr album in the sidebar.

I Heart Faces — “Hands-On Fun”

I Heart Faces has a great weekly challenge called “Hands-On Fun”! Click the icon below to see all the entries from great photographers!

I chose to enter this photo I took of my parents’ hands on the day we celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last April. Dad and Mom were married after Dad returned home from World War II. They’ve held hands ever since, in work and play, in hardships and in fun times, and have been great examples of “servant hands”  to all around them.

This one’s for you, Mom and Dad!

Legacy of Life Wall Art

This is a sample of a 12 x 12 inch (to be framed) wall paper art showcasing photos and journaling, customized for a client. A framed sample will be posted in the future.

I create this style of custom wall paper art for senior citizens and for U.S. military veterans, to document their lives and service.

A custom piece of wall paper art would also be appropriate for families to include their “mission statement” or favorite Scripture verses. It could also serve as a shadow box/memory box for a baptism, confirmation, wedding, or an anniversary celebration.

No two pieces are ever the same; each is unique for the individual(s). I use paper and dimensional elements from Close To My Heart, Inc., a scrapbooking company that provides high quality products in a variety of coordinating colors and patterns.

Contact me for designs and prices. I’m happy to work with you to make a special item affordable and memorable.