they grow up so fast *sniff*

Mitch & EmilyI can’t believe it’s already been over a week since but two Saturdays ago my littlest brother got married.

It was quite an ordeal for us because not only was I family and photographer, but Kayleigh was a flower girl. You can imagine the craziness that ensued.  She made quite the cute flower girl, though, even if she did take off her dress twice before the ceremony.  She was so cranky beforehand, it was so freaking hot though (and the next day she woke up with a fever and another infection, so that might have contributed).  I think we had a high of 97 so it felt a lot hotter.  Maybe not the hottest wedding I’ve ever shot – did one last summer that was so horrible a groomsman almost passed out – but if it wasn’t that hot, it certainly rivaled it well.  Of course, we were there at the hottest times of day, too, and then during the reception, I was in this side room for the photo booth, not really a room, but an add-on made out of canvas and windows where the breakers kept blowing.  But… can you tell all of that in the pictures?  Nooooooo  :)

I’m very happy with the pictures.  I also wasn’t the only one covering it, her brother did as well, so they are getting more than one angle of a lot of stuff.

But most importantly, they love the photos.

But go figure, the next Saturday… more like September than July!

Two more for now!

Emily bridal party

4th, 2013

Offering Praise Yesterday was a pretty good 4th.  Started the day with a sort-of-early photo shoot which was really cool.  I got to take some pictures of my friend from church and her dog – she has breast cancer and is going through chemo.  She has been a blessing to everyone she meets and we got out to celebrate her bald head.

After that, it was home and to the shower to wash off any critters I may have picked up in the fields.  I sat down on the couch and was walking Steve through some computer stuff when I fell asleep on my wet hair.  Hour and a half later, we got up and headed out to his parents’ house for a little bit, then to his brother’s and his wife’s for a bbq with her family and a little bit of some very amusing fireworks.

I had wanted to go to the display in town, really look forward to going every year and photographing fireworks, especially since last year was so dry and all the displays were canceled.  But Steve really wasn’t into leaving his brother’s yet, so we stayed.  Tried to get a few shots on the stuff they were shooting up but they’re so unpredictable like that, that it was near impossible.  Oh, well!  Maybe next year!

good start to the week, I dare say

anniversary gift This morning started out crazy enough, practically the same old hurry up and get to school routine.  But straight from there, I had to get E to the bus to head out for camp.  Didn’t matter that we were 10 minutes late, they didn’t leave for another 50, heh.

Then Steve and I went out for breakfast which is just something that doesn’t get to happen nearly enough.  We ate at a place where we hate taking little kids so we never get to go.  Can you say all bar stools and eating at the counter?

But then I was informed we were going to go get my anniversary present.  He usually can’t pull the wool over my eyes too much but he sure did this time!  I was completely surprised to get a huge cedar sign, hand carved and hand painted with my business name and a Brownie camera.  So sweet, I am totally flabbergasted.

From there, I dropped him back at work and ran through the grocery store… spent about half what I do when E’s home, haha.  Raced home and put it all away then got K from school.  That little turkey has been trying to ride the bus even though she has her own personal chauffeur and this time managed to lose her teachers and got herself on there.  Thankfully, there wasn’t a lot of chaos, only she and one other boy were at school today.  But she got a good look inside and tried to stay, we had to pry her hands off the bar.  Then she’s throwing a fit as I take her to the Jeep, so I said, “want to see what Daddy got me?”  She immediately shut up and confirmed she did.  I think she recognized her last name on there – she kept saying Mama and pointing at it then pointing at herself.  Later, at home, she ran her finger under my first name and I said, “what does that say?”  She said, “Mama!”

In other news, we think that we finally figured out what “giga” means – we’re pretty darn sure she’s trying to say “tickle”!  This would be why she’ll eventually get mad if we keep insisting it’s “Giga Kayleigh,” and not “Giga Mama.”  It’s hilarious, really.

can’t believe I’m still awake

Ariel This has been one of the busiest days in history for me.  First, early morning, to a swim meet with Elijah.  His first for this season.  And those always drain me to begin with, even though we had awesomely cool weather outside, it’s so humid in the pool area, it just really zaps my energy.  Plus they put me to work so I got exercise, too, taking kids from the bullpen to the next place and walking back, then doing it again.  Not to mention before that, following all of them around to get pics of all our teammates.

Then my second shower of the day and to my aunt’s for my cousin’s graduation party.  That was fun, though half the family was missing.  The kids had a blast swimming until their lips were blue and then some.  Finally left after Kayleigh had a meltdown after I told her, ok, that was a face plant into the water, time to get out.

Then to my sister-and-brother-in-law’s for his surprise 30th birthday party.  Ended up staying there a lot longer than I ever thought we’d make it with the kids.  Steve was the first to poop out.  Ha.  Had some good laughs with people I haven’t seen in a long time, though.

Now I sit, everyone else in bed, waiting for the dogs to eat their fill, then it’s bed for me!  Even unloading swimming pics will have to wait until tomorrow night, I’m just too tired!!

Prom & a Butterfly Fairy

Had two prom shoots the weekend before last.  One with my cousin on Friday and the other with my friend’s daughter on Saturday.  Strangely enough, I’d never actually had any prom shoots before this.  They were each also some of the fastest shoots ever.  That evening I also did my first boudoir, but we won’t be posting any of those.  So instead, I’ll first show you a pic of my little butterfly girl.  She had a birthday earlier this month and got the butterfly wings from Grandma and Sarah and they just so happened to match the tutu I’d won that week in a charity silent auction.  We threw together a little photo shoot on a rainy day and she actually cooperated!

my little butterfly

Ariel and CJ:

Ariel & CJ


Mackenzie and Zachary:

Mackenzie and Zachary


It’s that crazy/busy/fun time of year!