Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

Had a very busy day today with my minis in the park and then hanging out with my nieces - thank you to everyone that came out today for the minis - I loved seeing all of the costumes!! A special thanks to my older brother as well - he made a trip to the feed store last night after work to get my hay bales and then woke up early this morning to bring them down to the park for me - I love my family :) I will be posting sneaks from the minis soon but in the meantime here are my favorite girls - these two make me smile :)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Another gorgeous family :)

I met up with this adorable family at the park a couple of weeks ago - the kids did great with a little candy bar bribing and we got lots of cute shots :) Here are a couple of my favorites :)

After the shoot I found out that the mom has known my older brother for years - the south bay really is a small place :)

Graces . . .

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1. Dinner at the Grinder to celebrate a wonderful man . . . my grandpa
2. Spending a difficult day with the people you love - makes it a bit easier
3. Megan and Abby - they ALWAYS cheer me up <3
4. Coming home to a HUGE print order from the lab on my doorstep :)
5. Watching Grey's with mom and Joe

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1. That I'm feeling better today - have a busy weekend ahead!!
2. That I finally caught up on all of my personal pics and got them sent out to the fam
3. The two adorable chairs I bought today - gonna try them out at my shoot tomorrow :)
4. Friday's off
5. Ikea with Katie :)

I should be just about caught up on my graces by now - I'll have to go back and count :)

Just a note . . . there will be some changes to my pricing in the new year - stay tuned for more info!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

One year . . .

Monday, October 26th marked one year since the passing of my Grandpa Stan and more than a year since I have pulled in the driveway on Sunday and saw this . . .

the passage of time has not made my loss any easier, has not made the missing diminish, has not stopped the random tears when I hear something or see something that reminds me of this great man that used to be a part of my every day and is now just a memory. In fact, the passage of time has only made me sad to know what he has missed - how much Megan and Abby have grown since he's been gone, how many holidays he would have complained about being at but I secretly knew he enjoyed. How he doesn't know that I don't live at home anymore and how he won't walk down the aisle at my wedding or be at the birthday parties for my kids. No, the passage of time hasn't helped at all - it's only made the missing worse and the sadness more profound.

Monday night my family and I went to the Grinder for dinner in honor of my Grandpa - he used to go there every day and read his paper and have coffee. It helped a bit to be with the people I love in a place that he loved spending time. I hope we continue the tradition always.

I miss you Grandpa <3

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tiny sneak . . .

Isn't this little guy the cutest?? More of him to come later ;)

Graces ...

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1. Lots of adorable 2 year olds in cute Halloween costumes :)
2. A smiley, happy 6 month old
3. Downloaded and backed up all of my CF cards tonight
4. Shooting a wedding with my bestie tomorrow!!
5. A totally fun bride and groom :)

200 : 365

1. Going to bed early . . . like now :)
2. A quiet Friday evening at home with my baby
3. Appliances that are under warranty :)
4. Getting REALLY close to being caught up :)
5. Tons of referrals from one of my clients!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

One year . . .

This little guy just turned a year so we met up at the Orange circle to take a few pics to document the occasion. I had a blast looking through these because he had the cutest expressions and he made quite a mess with his cake at the end :P Here are a few of my favorites:

Graces . . .

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1. The Halloween section at Target :)
2. Awesome props for my Halloween minis!!
3. Java chip frapuccinos - yummy :)
4. Bristol Farms for lunch with Katie and Christine

197 : 365

1. Just placed my biggest print order ever!
2. Shooting an old friend and his girls :)
3. An AWESOME new shoot location
4. Starting gym and weight watchers tomorrow - time to get healthy!!
5. Booked two weddings this week :)

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1. Freshly washed shoes :)
2. A great deal on pumpkins!
3. San Diego on Sunday
4. Shooting with my bestie on Saturday!
5. Second shooting for one of my favorite bloggers :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Time flies . . .

It seems like just yesterday I met this little guy and now he's already three months old and as cute as can be :) Here are a few of my faves:

Can you tell where he's going to college?? ;)

Graces . . .

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1. Happier than I've been in a long time :)
2. Almost caught up on the massive pile of laundry I had to do :P
3. Abby's new christmas dress :)
4. Saw one of my past brides today :)
5. Found out my mom and I are going to be work neighbors!

195 : 365

1. Monopoly at McDonalds!!
2. Secret Santas this year :)
3. My brother tivo'ing Wow Wow Wubbzy on his tv so Abby can watch it in his room :)
4. Sale tent at the Mattel store
5. A new soccer pic of Meg to put up at work!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The start of something beautiful . . .

holiday portrait season that is!! And I couldn't have asked for a more fantastic family to start off the season - gorgeous, fun and willing to do anything I asked :) Here are a few of my favorites so far:


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1. Holiday portrait season!!
2. That I can shoot at the beach through the holiday season - only in CA!!
3. Announced my holiday minis today and already booked 3 slots!!
4. Meeting another beautiful newborn this week :)
5. Booked two maternity sessions today!

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1. Holding a sleeping True :)
2. Abby being bounced on the exercise ball - pics to come!
3. My sister in law is home safe from Colorado :)
4. My baby just got home from work <3
5. All the candy on sale at Target :)

And the info for the holiday minis:

What: A 30 minute holiday session for your family and/or children!
When: Sunday, November 22nd from 9-4
Where: Delthorne park in Torrance
Includes: Session and disk of 20-25 edited images
Cost: $50 for up to 4 people - $10 per additional person

You will have your disk by December 1st to allow time to order prints and holiday cards in time for Christmas! Session must be paid in full to reserve your spot. Three spots are already taken so contact me today to reserve yours!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Just gorgeous . . .

I met up with this family while they were vactioning in Seal Beach at the end of the summer - I nearly forgot to post their pics since it was one of the last sessions I edited on my laptop - what a shame that would have been. Here are a few of my favorites from this fun shoot :)

Graces . . .

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1. Put the deposit on our new house today :) Moving in a couple of weeks!
2. Couples Retreat - great movie!!
3. Date night with my baby :)
4. Dinner at moms - yummy!!!
5. Fresh oil in my car as of this afternoon

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1. Four brand new tires - also as of this afternoon
2. A mom and dad I can always count on
3. A wonderful, loving supportive boyfriend <3
4. Fruity flavored kisses from my baby :)
5. Colgate Wisps

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1. Two Snap-on brothers who know the shops that will give me the most honest quote and best deal
2. A playdate with two of my favorite girls tomorrow
3. Going to Target and actually remembering what I went for . . . after forgetting it last night :P
4. Mom playing with her new ipod touch :P
5. First Halloween shoot today - an adorable monkey and super cute Thomas the Train :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I love this . . .

I was just looking through some pics from a few months ago and I found this story Meg wrote and illustrated in chalk on the driveway at my mom's house during one of our Sunday night dinners - I love that she believes in fairy tales. I hope her life is nothing but happily ever afters . . .

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pretty as a rose . . .

This little beauty belongs to a softball teammate of mine from high school and her husband and she was just a doll. Here are a few of my favorites:

This pose inspired by the talented Alexia of Ty Bebe Photography

Some graces . . .

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1. Adorable knit hats - especially these - order yours today :)
2. Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges
3. Big Wheat Thins
4. Just booked a super cute 3rd birthday party :)
5. Halloween festivities begin this weekend!

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1. Brand new windshield wipers
2. First rain of the season
3. Flannel jammy pants on sale at Target!
4. Zip up hoodies on sale at Old Navy
5. Warm clothes weather :)

These two have my heart . . .

Most of you already know about my nieces but just in case you are new to the blog and because I haven't posted about them in awhile this post is dedicated to them :) My older brother and his wife have two girls - Megan (9 1/2) and Abigail (2 and 2 months). They are the closest thing I have to my own children and I love them more than anything on this planet - I'd lay down my life for either of them in a heartbeat. Megan is just about the smartest 9 year old I know - she is a great kid and I am positive that she will grow up to be something fantastic. Abby is super smart as well and just has the cutest little personality ever - I just love them so much <3 I live about five minutes from them so I'm lucky enough to be part of their daily lives and so I of course take a ton of pictures of them but hardly get a chance to work on them since I'm so busy with my client pics. Here are a few recent shots of them:

Graces . . .

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1. Listening to Megan and Abby run through my mom's house laughing and playing
2. Watching America's Funniest Videos with Megan - her favorite thing to do on Sunday nights :)
3. How excited Abby gets when she sees stickers
4. That she then proceeds to decorate herself and everybody and thing around her with the stickers :P
5. Megan having the biggest cheering squad on the team at her soccer games :)

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1. That no matter how bad my day is or how down I am - seeing my girls and hearing them yell "auntie!!" always makes me feel happy :)
2. That they are always happy to see me
3. That it's wayyyyy more fun to buy new clothes for them than for myself
4. Abby having a "tea party" with Papa John
5. How my dad just melts into this blubbering mess around his granddaughters - they could get away with just about anything :P

Friday, October 9, 2009

No words . . .

are necessary - this little girl is just gorgeous :)

Graces . . .

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1. Taking a leap and chopping my hair off . . . and loving it :)
2. Japanese relaxer :)
3. A super fun fashion shoot coming up!
4. An adorable lollipop prop from my bestie
5. Trading with an awesome stylist

183 : 365

1. Franken Berry cereal - yummmm
2. Febreeze Swiffer Sweepers
3. Sam's club :)
4. Tortillas you cook yourself from Costco - double yummmm
5. Friday tomorrow!

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1. Yoplait whips
2. One of my supervisors putting a sign up in his old cube that says "bank owned - foreclosure" :P
3. Seeing a friend on my morning tea run
4. Being Karen's neighbor for a day :)
5. Dinner dates with my baby :)