Category Archives: Snapshots

Morning in the Park

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The G Family met me at the neighborhood park for some play time. Their youngest son just turned six months old and he used his core strength to sit well for the very first time without toppling over! Big brother (14) adores his little brother and was so helpful in keeping him happy by blowing bubbles and  supplying him with colorful props!

Look at little B’s beautiful eyes and eyelashes! His bright personality shined through the whole morning!

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I love to capture photos of a family having fun — they got some tickle time!

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We took a break and got out the St. Louis’ famous Fitz’s Root Beer, complete with old fashioned striped paper straws decorated with bow ties for the guys and a girly pink bow for mom! How cute is little B with his bow-tied sippy cup!

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What a handsome dad and son combo!

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Happy Father’s Day to this very special dad!

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Welcome, Spring! It’s Blissful!

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The flowering Japanese cherry tree has the most delicate, ruffled blooms, and is so pretty against the clear blue sky! I wish the blooms would last all Spring and Summer!

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Nine days new!

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The H Family

The H Family

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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Little Details

Little Details

A mother’s brooch on a bride’s bouquet

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Trumpeting Easter Joy

Trumpeting Easter Joy

Daffodils in our yard — every time I look at these bright, cheerful “faces” I think of Easter trumpets playing “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, Alleluia!”

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

A Love-ly Day in the Park

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“Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”  ~Kahlil Gibran

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Madagascar Orchid Show

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“The Orchid Show–Madagascar 2013” is in full bloom through March 31 at the St Louis Botanical Garden. It’s a colorful and fragrant place to visit during the dullness of the winter!

The Garden has about 7,000 individual orchid plants representing approximately 280 genera and more than 2,500 unique orchid taxa.

Volunteers spend weeks designing and arranging the orchid show each year. This year’s theme highlights the Garden’s long-standing research and conservation work in Madagascar.

See more about the Missouri Botanical Garden by visiting http://www.mobot.org or by liking their facebook page: Missouri Botanical Garden.

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The Lonely Swing

The Lonely Swing

When I see the lonely swing, I long for Spring.

Lovely in Lavender

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Fresh as a daisy … only 11 days “new” …

Her mommy chose her dress, her big sister chose her headband and flower, and her grammy crocheted the lavender afghan for her. She is dearly loved.

I’m so glad I got to meet her so soon after her birth and take photos for her family. Except for a few minutes of sleep time photos, she was wide awake and watching everything, and by the time we finished, it appeared that Baby Elena wanted to talk too! I wonder what she was thinking!

Summer Beauties

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These bloomers are in my June garden, and it’s keeping me very busy to keep them watered during this very dry season. Please, heavenly Father, send rain for our gardens, yards, trees, and bushes, AND for all the farmers who grow food for us all!

A First Father’s Day

Happy First Father’s Day to this young, new daddy!

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“I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing, when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”
~~Charles Dickens

Warmth in the Bleak Mid-Winter

Leaving the Midwest for a week and getting away to Cozumel, Georgetown on Grand Cayman, and Jamaica for a week was just what the doctors ordered!  The blues and greens of the skies and water, the colorful painted buildings and dress of the people, the friendly cultures, the flora and fauna, and the plethora of historic facts just waiting to be seen and heard were more than we expected.  This great escape was indeed a welcome break and an awesome rest.

We thank the Lord for safe travel, and for the renewal and energizing getaway to recharge us and help us return to our daily work! Now if we could just skip directly into Spring!

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.

Sisters, Flowers, & Chocolate Chips

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.  ~Author Unknown

And my favorite “sisters quote”:

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips. ~Author Unknown

These sisters are definitely flowers AND chocolate chips!

Little Miss Ava Is ONE!

A bundle of energy! A petite princess! An angelic one-year-old! This is Miss Ava Gabriella!

Ava, it seems like yesterday I was shooting your newborn photos! Now you’re quite the little model, showing off your climbing and balancing skills, sharing your gray puppy with me, looking so cute in your dressy dress, girly tutu, and even just a diaper.

Happy first birthday, dear Ava!

I’m enjoying watching you grow & learn new things — catching you sticking out your tongue at me and teasing me with your toys — and getting your photos for your family. Now don’t grow up too fast, please!

This Girl Loves to Play!

It didn’t matter that she was dressed to a “T” — after some more formal portraits, Miss Reese wanted to play on the park’s playground, and that’s just what we did!

She’s a five-year-old packed with energy and determination, she has a delightful and caring nature, and she shows off her mischievous and teasing personality in her twinkling eyes and cute smile.  I could just keep on taking her photos forever.

Singin’ in the Rain

and Baby, It’s Cold Outside were just two of the themes during this photo session with sisters R & R — they are such fun girls!

Their eyes sparkled and they played “Mary Poppins” when the wind gusted under their brightly colored umbrellas. Whoosh! Let’s have a tea party in the treetops! I actually thought we might! We laughed and laughed!

Instead, the girls and their mom and I agreed we’d all have hot chocolate with marshmallows once we got into our warm homes!

I count those pretty reflections in the puddles as bonuses in my photo-fun-day!  Thanks, sweet girls, for playing along with me on a chilly winter day!

Mike & Laura Waiting for Baby

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Mike & Laura met me on Sunday afternoon for a few maternity shots just one week before their baby girl’s due date.  The blustery wind made us move from site to site quickly, and the new daddy- and mommy-to-be were so fun & natural to capture.

As we got fast photos and talked, they decided to get their little bag packed for this week’s antiticipated excitement, with a harsh winter ice and snow storm on its way. I reminded Mike to pack some soothing lotion to give Laura a much needed massage.

Talk about EXCITING! … The day after this photo session, Laura texted me from the hospital with the happy message that their baby girl had been born.

Thank You, Lord, for Baby C’s safe arrival, and for a healthy and happy new little family. I look forward to capturing Baby C’s newborn photos for you, Mike and Laura!

The S Family: Our Three Sons

Three bright-eyed, fun brothers — bright plaid shirts — a sunny November afternoon — what more could a photographer want?

I enjoyed trying a new lens and capturing these sweet faces as we walked from one location to another on a pretty day. Boys are SO MUCH fun! Rocks, sticks, leaves … silly stuff … gotta love it.

I just hope and pray Little Brother gets his five new teeth soon–they were really bothering him today, but he was a trooper and got through the session with flying colors. Thanks, guys, and thanks to your very fun parents too!

The A Family

The A Family braved the hard frost and cold temps this morning and gave lots of smiles! In between locations at the park, we had our coats and gloves on, and they just kept the smiles a’comin’.  At times I couldn’t see the boys’ hands ’cause they tucked them into their sleeves. So we kept moving–jumping, skipping, and everything boys like to do.

Such a cute group of kids and grownups! Baby A and Toddler L were a happy pair with their cold, red noses. I was happy to get some of the sun’s flare today too. God shined on us and He warmed our backs and our hearts.

Thank you, A Family, for the opportunity to capture your dear family and your love for one another!

Sweet Baby Julian

Six months old already! How can that be???

Look at this little guy’s bright blue eyes!

What a bright-eyed, cheerful, happy baby boy Julian is! He’s 100% sweet!

He has a curiosity about all his surroundings and was so quick to grab the falling leaves all around him.

He’s a marathon rolling baby, and he kept his mommy busy rolling him back onto the blanket and grabbing grass and leaves from his mouth.

Thank you, dear Bene and Julian, for letting me spend some time with you at the park on this beautiful morning!

The H Family

Seven grandchildren, three family units, and three generations comprised an Autumn family photo session at a pretty park. This is a sampler of the shots straight out of camera from our evening time together as the sun began to set and the shadows grew long. 

What a beautiful loving family they are! And what polite and helpful children — their parents and grandparents can be proud and so thankful! I’m blessed to have been your family’s “shooter”!

These Boots …

can dance! can slide! can swing!

Wouldn’t you think a little girl wearing such heavy duty cowgirl boots would welcome an afternoon nap after such a hard play day at the children’s playground? My guess is that she slept with her boots on.  Ready. for. action.

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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!