Family Time

It’s amazing to watch people enjoy their loved ones.   When one of my co-workers allowed me to spend time with his family, it was nothing but pure pleasure.  I loved every moment.   I feel incredibly lucky to be invited into people’s lives and be able to capture some of their life together.

Andy’s three ladies are beautiful.  I was so lucky to be able to capture the four of them together.  All of them were so much fun to photograph.  Oh and watch out world for the oldest little lady.  Modeling here she comes.

Thanks for letting me spend time with your family!


Ben & Jerry’s Kind Of Day :)

It really was the kind of day that could only be improved by oatmeal cookie ice cream.  Just a gloomy, yucky, sad face day.

If I’m honest any day could be an ice cream day.  Dessert is my weakness.  Since its not enough to share my kryptonite here’s a photo to go with it.

Hmm…they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but it just might work for me too.  Now the world knows the way to my heart 🙂Luckily I have a little Pollyanna in me and I’m ready for a new day.  Tomorrow will be brand new with no mistakes in it!  For now I’m digging in and enjoying sweet cinnamon cream.

Rainy Days

I love rainy days.  I especially enjoy them when I get to play with my little one.  She can make the smallest raindrop entertaining and a big puddle cute!  As rain splashes against her face she looks up at me with awe, her big eyes looking to me to explain how the world could produce such wonders.

On this particular day we had an umbrella with us.  For my little explorer it was a great tool to hide, crawl under or schlep through puddles.



I haven’t written.

I haven’t shared.

I felt broken when I saw it.

Why me?

Why my car?

Why would they run and leave this for me?

How do I tell my family that my grandfather’s car is gone?

I cannot deal with this alone.

Lucky for me I didn’t have to work it out all on my own.  My husband (my new husband) helped.  He handled  the insurance.  He told me it was all going to work out.  I believed him, and now we are the proud owners of the quintessential mommy car, a mini van (proud after I got over having to drive a mini van).

Family Shoot

At the beginning of the month I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time with a wonderful family. It was pure joy to watch them interact. Their little one is completely beautiful…really, she lights up the camera. I’m so grateful that they let me spend time with them and capture some of their smiles.  Enjoy!

ps I’m sorry I took an extremely long time to finally get these photos on here, but to my defense I was working on the whole getting married thing ☺ I’m a wife now (Wedding planning down, still the Chicago Marathon to go)!

What’s the point?

She wondered What’s the point?  He wondered Would she ever stop saying that?  Though they lived states apart there was an undeniable connection.  As her friend I noticed a difference because she talked about this guy.  Yes she continuously said What’s the point?  (poor guy didn’t know what he was up against), BUT she wanted to talk about him and spend time with him.  Amazing!

Even though their initial dating was kind of intense (hey they crossed state lines to see each other.  her in Illinois with her heart in New York and him in Kentucky), it was always comfortable.  They enjoyed each others company.  Caitlin and Kyle didn’t take long to settle in the same state.  Then over Turkey weekend with their families together, he proposed.  AND my friend, who truly cared less about any boy before him, said Yes!  I guess we know the point now and if you ask me she always knew too 🙂  Congrats Cait and Kyle!  I can not wait for your wedding.

Fourth of July

I love watching fireworks twinkle in the sky and I love listening to the crinkling sound in the air.  For best friend (bff J) fireworks remind her of her birthday.  Being born on the Fourth of July can be fun.  The whole country seems to be celebrating you every year.  As a little girl she got to believe that everyone set off fireworks just for her special day (oh the day dreams and whimsical ideas of a child).  Then of course she grew up and learned that her special day was also a special day for the whole country and unfortunately people weren’t celebrating just because a wonderful girl was born.

This year we were able to enjoy the holiday/Laurel’s birthday for the first time in many years with each other.  As adults it is so much harder to get together with friends who live many states away.  I was fortunate to be able to spend this time with her.  We were able to watch the day through the eyes of my little one.  Little B is just amazed by her world.  The little things are so enjoyable.  Corn on the cob is a feast!  Playing with people she never gets to see is pure joy.  It was a great Fourth/birthday celebration!

Laurel and My Girl

Family Photo Session

I spent Friday doing a hundred and one things to get ready for my family trip and my wedding in Cali. There was last minute packing, last minute purchases, and last minute see you laters (yet I still forgot swimsuits…what kind of trip will this be without some swimsuits).

Among all the little things I did for my family I got the opportunity to do something for another family. I took photos of a lovely family. I really enjoyed watching them play together. They obviously love spending time together. The lake was blue. The sky a dusty blue gray and all of it was beautiful. I cannot wait to share some of the shots with everyone later this week. Until then enjoy the scenery we had to work with.


Sometimes I get nervous spending time with people that haven’t seen in a long time. What will we talk about? Will we get bored? Maybe we won’t enjoy each others’ company any more?

This past weekend I got to spend time with my godfather. It really had been a long time since we had spent time together. I think I must have been a child the last time. Now I’m an adult with my own child. The days and years pass so quickly now. We both want to make an effort to keep in touch better.

We met for lunch down town. Though I cringe every time I think about taking the little one out for adventures (because of her strong desire to do only what she wants), it was actually a beautiful day. (Not counting her little episode in Nordstrom…she was only trying to make sure the floor was clean with her back). We talked all the way through lunch and little Miss. B made it through without a hitch.

Love my family!

Tony and I

A and Z

In a very short week she will go from being a MISS all her life to a MRS.

April and Zdenco were kind enough to let me capture some moments with them. They really are lovely to watch together. There is a tangible energy around them that is infectious when you’re near. I had so much fun pushing the button on my camera and letting them be A and Z.

Thanks guys!