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Friday, October 23, 2009

Come Visit Me In My New Space

I have had quite an ordeal trying to get my new blog up- and you know what, it is STILL not ready. But I am going to use it anyway. It's under construction still so not looking so pretty yet, but you will find my posts there. Think of it as a new house not quite painted yet.

Here's the new link:

Please update your subscriptions! See you over there!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Featured Family {New Hampshire Family Photographer}

I loved shooting this beautiful family a few weeks ago and wanted to share one of my favorite sessions with you. This family is beautiful, I am sure you will agree. But they are more than just pretty on the outside, they really enjoy being together, laughing, and playing as a family. It was a joy to capture the true essence of these sweet little girls and their handsome Dad and gorgeous Mom. And the little mini people, couldn't you just eat them up? They are full of personality and beauty all wrapped up in a teeny adorable package.

This session truly represents the essence of my art, of the heart of my work, of the blessing I have and hope to be, of capturing a family just being and make it into something that is beautiful to look at. My hope is that I create images that makes a Mom and Dad's heart smile whenever they see the sweetness of their relationship and the honesty in capturing their most precious treasures just as they are at that moment in time.

"You have two choices when deciding on a photographer for your child - Do I want images of WHAT my child looks like or do I want images of WHO my child is?" ~Nadia Smith

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Isabella. Sophistication. {Vermont Senior Photographer}

Poise. Class. Sophistication. Beauty. A future in opera. Ms. Isabella, with the most beautiful name that just rolls off the tongue of any opera lover: Isabella Lamadriz. I love just saying it. She looks and sounds the part of a star. Remember me when you hit it big, okay?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Beauty. Brains. Style. {New Hampshire Senior Portraits}

Meet Brittney. I want her hair. And her brains. And that dress.

And sorry for the image overload. I could not narrow this down to a reasonable amount for a sneak peek. Lots more to come....

Friday, September 18, 2009

Congratulations Mr. B!!!!

You are the winner!!! I will see you in the morning and we can discuss your prize.

Promise me you'll be this cute tomorrow.

Also remember that anyone who commented gets a FREE 5x7 if you book a session by September 19th. I have a few slots left before Christmas!

Who hoo, now that was fun, wasn't it? Gosh I love cute kids. Man, I love my job!!

Contest is Over!

Be Back Soon with the winners! WOW! Lots of comments to count!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Nebraska Photographer Hits it Big on the Today show

Love this photog's work. And you know what, I do newborn work like this! Moms to be, if you would love to have photographs like this of your precious teeny fresh human, please call to book your session now. In honor of Tracy's HUGE success, I will be offering a free session for any newborn under 14 days old if you book between now and February 28th. All other contract provisions will apply.

And check out the fabulous work this photographer does- IF you can get on her site, which apparently, after her Today show debut, her overloaded server rebelled and it became quite the feat.

Tracy Raver Today Show Interview
Congratulations Tracy!

See my website for more newborn work.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cutest Kid Everrrrrrrr Contest!!!!

Okay folks, let me first introduce the judges to you. (Click here to visit the PC Blog) They are my very dear photographer friends who live all across this great country and even as far away as the UK. They are all professional photographers, Moms, and great friends. I sent them all the entries and they narrowed it down to the top 3. They said it was a super hard job and I think they wish they could have named all of these adorable kids the cutest. So, without further adieu, here are the top three finalists:


Family 2:

Family 3:

How this works:
It's simple. The Child/ Family with the most comments wins. You have to get as many (unique) people to comment on this entry to win the gift certificate and the Free Session. Commenters, you must sign in, anonymous commenters do not count because I have to be able to see that they are from unique users. So sign in (its easy), put the family # of your vote in your comment and then feel free to say something nice about how cute your choice is. All commenters who vote for the winning image will receive a free 5x7 ($45) if you book a session within 48 hours of the end date of the contest which is 9/17.

All comments must be posted by midnight on the 17th of September. You must have at least 15 comments to win.

I want to thank every family who entered an image. Your kids are all beautiful, just beautiful. Some of the images made me laugh and others made me go, "awwwww." I know many of them and they are adorable, funny, smart, silly, creative kids all around. What a privilege it is to know them and to have (in some cases) their families as clients. As a special thanks to all who entered, please take $50 off a session fee if you would like to book a fall or winter session, and a free 8x10. If you have already had a session this year and would like to pass your win on to a friend, I would be happy to give you a gift certificate. Sessions must be booked by 9/19/09.

Now...go get all your friends to comment!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Josh and Nicole {Engaged}

Congratulations to you both. Thank you for sharing that beautiful Sunday morning with me. Josh, I know this was probably not the ideal way for you to spend a warm sunny summer morning, but just look how happy you made your bride-to- be!! Nicole, it's a great thing to have a husband who will give away his hours for you. You are both extremely blessed to have found each other!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Beauty Comes in Threes {New Hampshire Photographer}

The relationship between Moms and Daughters is often strained, uncomfortable, out of sorts. It is a rare thing to see a Mom and two daughters who just BE when they are together. They dance, they laugh, they hug, they smile, they give some sass to the photographer. They like each other. Isn't that cool? I love it. Thanks for sharing your Friday evening with me, beautiful dancing ladies.

Check out the New Contest : $200 Prize!!!!

Who's the Cutest Kid EVERRRRRR??

Let's Have Some Fun! How About I Give You $200?

Do you have an adorable (and cooperative) child between the ages of 6 months and 10 years? Would you love to get a FREE custom portrait session, which would be like me handing you a $100 bill to spend on artwork? Would you ALSO like to get a $100 gift certificate to Scooter Britches to outfit your cutest cutie pie? Well then, this is the contest for YOU.

Entering is super duper simple. Send me a web sized image of your cutest cutie pie. Write on the e-mail that you are giving me permission to use your image and that you are the photographer and have permission to use the image. The image must be a snapshot, no professional photographer images please. My Chicks will narrow it down to the top three images. Then you will need to get as many (unique) people to leave a comment as possible. The image with the most user comments wins. You must have at least 15 comments to win. Every person who comments will be given a FREE 5x7 if they book a session within 24 hours of the end of the contest. (A $45 value)

Deadlines: Get your image to me by September 8th. Top three will be on the blog by September 10th. Comments closed on September 12th at midnight. Winner announced on the blog September 13th. Winning Session must be booked prior to November 10th.

The Fine Print: I get to choose the location and the setup. You need to be willing to meet all provisions of my contract including the minimum order. Please plan on having fun and getting great images for your Christmas cards and Christmas gifts.

And let me just say, it's a good thing my kid isn't eligible!

Friday, August 28, 2009

VERY Important Correction

The S Children from the post below are a credit to their DADDY too. What was I thinking? Oh goodness, how will I make this up to him? :)

Sneak Peek for the S Fam...

Do you know how much fun it is to do my job? If you know the S kids, you would know that it's FUN. I LOVE these kids. Funny, full of life, willing to do whatever I asked and did it with a smile. You are a credit to your Mama, N and L!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Just Checking Something

For the fun of it and to test something, have I ever told you what love alert is? It looks like this:

When Mom and Dad are kissing, one of the kids yells, "Love alert love alert love alert!!" And Max gets all grossed out and tries to stop the disgusting display of affection. Please forgive this horrible pic. It was dark in there. I love this shot anyway. It makes me laugh!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Your Child Might Be Spolied If....

For her fourth birthday you drive 2 hours to a "otel" so she can swim in a "otel" swimming pool....

..and jump on a "otel" bed...

...and sleep on her brand new princess pillow in a "otel" room...

..and open her presents on a sofa bed in a "otel" room.

And your child might be spoiled if you also then take her to Hampton Beach to see gigantic waves in the aftermath of Hurricane Bill...

Then after a full day in the sun and sand take her to Chuck E Cheese's even if your hair looks ridiculous from all the wind and you are wearing shorts that look horrible on you, and you are covered in sand from being hit by ginormous waves all afternoon....

And then, drive three hours home and let her take a bath with her super cool new Barbie Mermaidia Bath Tub Thingy...

Happy birthday Sweet Girl. I hope you had fabulous day. XXOO

Just a few more images and a few words about our gigantic wave watching day. The waves in the aftermath of hurricane Bill were quite incredible, just amazing to watch. BUT they are dangerouls even, and I didn't really get how bad it was until we were driving home and hearing the reports of people being washed off a rocky cliff in Acadia State Park.

We were on these rocks....

when a HUGE wave came in, wasn't paying attention and we nearly lost Ella to the sea. There was a moment of shear panic as I looked around to find her. (Then another as I scanned the rocks for Max, who had been able to scramble up onto a big rock before the water hit.) Thank God she was right there, scrambling to stay on her feet with just her chin above water. We were surrounded by rocks, so she was able to hang on to one and I reached back and grabbed her before the water swept back out. It was scary for a second there and I am very glad that it wasn't as horrible as it could have been. Please pray for the family of a 7 year old girl who was swept out to sea and died today in Maine. I can only imagine the panic of that moment, the shock, and the devastation as her parents look for her and she isn't there. Please be careful if you are out there, it is amazing to watch the sea swell and crash against the wall and the rocks, but wow, we are no match for it's power.

It took awhile for her to get over it, poor baby. And on her birthday...

Here are a few images from the sea wall of Hampton Beach on the north side.