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Ari Turns 3!

The amazing thing about my job, is that I am always surrounded by so much love. Be it a wedding, a birth, a family of pets, or simply a walk around the neighborhood with a rambunctious three year old, love and joy are always bursting at the seems. I mean, lets be honest, no one ever contacts me and says, “we’re miserable with our lives, come photograph us.” Nope, instead I get to document the celebration of all that life has to offer.

With that said, there are definitely some sessions where there seems to be an extra little spark. I can’t quite pinpoint what it is exactly, but I know it when I see it and this session here is a prime example of that. My grandmother was once describing my parent’s relationship to me. She said that their life was like a party and with each one of us added to the mix, the party just seemed to get even more grand than before. For some reason that story was in the front of my mind while going through these images. The love that Ari’s parents have for him truly seems to be a reflection of the love that they have for one another – Ari just made life that much more grand.

Happy Birthday, Ari!

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2014 Holiday Cards!

I had to run into Pat Catan’s the other day and was shocked that they already had their Christmas trees and decorations up. I mean come on, it’s not even Halloween yet! Then it dawned on me that my fall calendar is quickly filling up and I hadn’t even booked my Holiday Card Sessions yet! EEEKKK….

With that said, I’m offering a few little promotions to go along with the release of our 5 amazing, (almost) fully customizable Holiday Cards. Here goes…

  • Book your Lifestyle Session by November 1st (session must take place by November 21st) and receive 25 FREE 5×7 Holiday Cards! – Space is limited so please contact me as soon as possible for open availability.
  • Already have a session (or wedding!) this year and wish to purchase cards using those images? Fabulous! Contact me before November 1st and receive 15% off your entire card order!

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Jessica + Mark’s Cleveland Engagement

I stood at the counter, mindlessly wrapping cheap silverware in “fancy” paper napkins. While the other servers shuffled in, I was lost in my own little world wondering what the bloody hell I was going to do with my life. I had just graduated college and there I stood, wrapping silverware at my new job. Serving at a pizza shop. Far, far from where I’d ever dream of being. All of the sudden I was brought back to reality as a girl to my right cheerfully said, “Hi, I’m Jess.”

While I’m  not 100% positive how our first conversation went, it might as well have gone a little something like this:

Jess: I’m a nanny.

Me: Me too!

Jess: I have a nephew. His name is Ben.

Me: Me too! My nephew is like a year old.

Jess: Mine too!

Me: I have dog named Phoebe. I’m pretty sure she is the greatest thing to ever walk the earth.

Jess: Me too! I mean, I have a dog named Leary and I’m pretty sure HE is the greatest thing to walk the earth.

Me: I want to live in Europe.

Jess: I’m moving to Scotland.

We got along splendidly. And while that job was one of my all time least favorites, I did meet a few of my all time favorite people while working there and Jessica is one of them. Fast forward four years, several jobs, multiple relocations, and numerous cups of coffee later and we get to the part where Jess announces she’s getting married! This incredibly awesome, generous, hilarious girl found her partner in crime and her forever other half. Words truly cannot express how honored I am to be the one to document the day she and Mark say I do.

 

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September 17, 2014 - 1:39 am

Aunt Catherine - gorgeous, beautiful pictures of the two of you, just as you are. Leary too! Wonderful!

September 18, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Maria Thomas - Gorgeous pictures! Great Job!

Monday Mash-Up

In preparation for winter hours at the shop, I have been using my Mondays as a catch up day. Sometimes that means editing/emailing/filing/accounting/some other dreadful office duty that gets put on the back burner and other times it means folding three baskets of laundry/emptying the dishwasher/vacuuming/restocking our fridge/etc. On really great days it means going to yoga without feeling guilty. Today it will be a bit of all of that, minus the yoga and replacing it with dinner with my two greatest friends in the entire world.

I’m also going to use this time to play catch up with my thoughts, in hopes it will clear my mind and rejuvenate me for this busy week ahead. So without further ado, here are some tidbits and lessons from last week:

  • I am the new photographer for Lakewood Animal Shelter, which officially makes me a volunteer for CCLAS! Just another something on my personal goals “to-do list” that I’ve finally gotten around to. I will be photographing all of the adoptable animals that come through (or at least most of them)! More on all of that later with a proper length blog post:)
  • I spent Saturday morning with my 2 year old nephew and it made me realize how fast time has been flying by. First of all, how is he already 2? Second, when did he learn to talk so well? On a side note, he is the easiest 2 year old in the history of the world. At least for those 3 hours I was with him. We literally ran errands all morning and he was as happy as can be the entire time. Probably because he is so effing adorable, and everywhere we go people comment on that fact. I mean, who doesn’t like going out and about only to be doted upon by every single person they encounter?
  • Early morning pet sessions are becoming a new favorite of mine. The lighting is perfect (even if it’s a bit drizzly), the wold is calm, and I get lots of puppy kisses to boot.
  • After going through a whiney, “I have no clothes” phase last week, I took an hour to go through every single  article of clothing I have. I got rid of 2 fully packed garbage bags of clothes and yet my closet has never seemed more full! I don’t know what I am more excited about, the fact that I am totally pumped about my fall/winter wardrobe or the fact that I didn’t have to spend a ton of money to obtain it. Win win.

And because no post should ever be without photos, check out Harvard (collar #146)! He is STILL available through Lakewood Animal Shelter…

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All of these photos were taken within a 3 minute time frame. He is a total ham!

 

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