So in her sneak peek, I mentioned that Liz was the perfect person to kick off my senior season and she was, for all the reasons that I listed then as well as one more, her parents. I met Liz's parents my freshman year in college so I have known them since I was a just a bit older than Liz (we won't talk about how long ago that was). Being an extremely (painfully) shy adolescent, my college years played a huge role in helping me learn to manage that shyness, and in my life's trajectory. And for much of that I owe a debt of gratitude to my fantastic network of friends. A network that included both of Liz's parents. And now, their daughter is beginning that process of choosing where to go and determining which school gives her the best chance of achieving her goals. One of her goals? You are so going to love this! She wants to become a baker and open her own bakery. She especially loves to make cupcakes so who knows? She may become the owner of the next Georgetown Cupcake or Magnolia Bakery. Knowing her parents and having watched them achieve pretty much anything that they set their mind to, I have no doubt that if she wants it, it is completely within the realm of possibility. Hey, maybe I can work out a deal to be her bakery photographer and get free cupcakes for life. Now that would be a pretty sweet deal indeed (pun intended!). Speaking of a sweet deal, these are the very first pictures that we took.
The beauty of the place that we chose to take Liz's pictures is that there are a whole range of backgrounds available, from the water.....
to a rustic hunting lodge feel....
to a woodsy feel.
After we finished up at the lake area, we decided to make our way up to the grounds. Along the way, Liz asked if she could have time to change into a different shirt so the rest of her pictures would have a different look, a look that was more her. I knew that Liz was a girl after my own heart when the outfit that was "more her" included a black v-neck t-shirt. Since a t-shirt is my idea of the height of fashion in the summer, Liz endeared herself to me forever when she explained that she had v-neck t-shirts in every color because that is her preferred summer outfit as well.
Big thanks to Liz for kicking off my senior season so nicely. If all my seniors are as nice and polite and cooperative as you, then I am going to have a great one!! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Liz's pictures.
Yay, senior picture season has returned. I love, love, love photographing high school seniors. They are, by far, my favorite subjects to shoot. As a matter of fact, I am as excited for the return of senior picture season as I am for the return of football season. And those that know me, know that is pretty excited (although admittedly less so in light of the Aaron Hernandez situation, that has definitely cast a shadow over things). Actually in an attempt to remember what we love about the game of football, and to honor 2 men that treated the game as it should be treated - with respect and dignity but always as a game, not as a matter of life and death, I went to Gillette Stadium last night with my dad, my son, my sister and her husband to pay tribute to Gil Santos and Tedy Bruschi (and in case you were wondering, yes, it was about 1,000 degrees outside). And all in all, it ended up being a nice way to kick off the upcoming football season. As was this morning when I kicked off the senior picture season with Liz. Liz really was the perfect person to get my season started. She was gracious, friendly, personable, a terrific sport and oh yeah, did I happen to mention, stunningly (naturally) beautiful? I hope to feature Liz and her pictures on here in the next couple of days so be sure to check back but until then, enjoy this sneak peek.
Ok, I am ready to share the epic adorableness of Brody and Chase. I have known Brody since he was an infant because his mom is a teacher at my kid's elementary school (she started there when my now 13 year old son was in kindergarten). Besides being a great teacher, she is also a wonderful person and now that I work there, friend and co-worker. And she has ridiculously cute kids!! I've been lucky enough to take her older son's pictures on a couple of occasions in the past. Well now I am very excited to welcome and introduce his brother, Chase. Chase turned 3 months old at the beginning of the month and shows every sign of being just the little heart breaker that his brother is. I mean look at those eyes, will you?
You may remember from last year that we employed a secret weapon to help get Brody to do whatever we wanted. That weapon is my youngest daughter Shannon. Well I am happy to say that still works. As a matter of fact, Brody has such a crush on Shannon that she doesn't even have to be the one to ask, all we have to do is tell him that she wants him to do something, and he does Employing this tactic, we were able to get some great shots of their brotherly bond
Not that it wasn't all easy though. In fact, there were a couple of time that Brody couldn't quite grasp what we were asking him to do.
This is the first time that I have shot at my house and I didn't realize it but I do have a couple of cool spots around here, including one that saved the day for me. My husband and I joke around that our hammock is my happy place (it is true, it is a seriously good place for reading or for a late afternoon nap, I must say). Well yesterday, it was also my lucky place because it was great for posing the baby and then the 2 of them. Really when you think about it, what 5 year old could resist the lure of a hammock?
Thanks to the boys for being great subjects and thanks to their mom for being so patient and wonderful. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of the pictures of these truly terrific guys.
We had such a fun holiday weekend (although it may be a stretch to call it a weekend since it started on Wednesday). The weather was hot, really hot, but after the rainiest June in recent history, we weren't going to complain as long as the sun was out (ok maybe we complained a little but it was really, really hot!). Anyway we just planned activities for the weather. And since our weekend consisted of 2 parades, fireworks, a July 4th pool party, a beach day, a graduation pool party and a quiet day with family at the pool yesterday, I think that we did a great job keeping cool and having fun!! Here are some of my favorites from the weekend.
Sorry such a short post today but I'm off to the dentist. Oh well, I guess reality has to return at some point, huh? Have a great day, happy Monday!!
Back in October, I wrote a post about how important it is for moms to "hop into the picture". I am happy to report that I have been taking my own advice, walking the walk, doing as I do, not as I say, well you get the picture (pun intended), I have been more diligent about having my own picture taken. My most recent example is the picture to the left that was taken on July 3rd at my mother's annual gathering. I told my girls that I would like a picture of us all since we were all dressed so festively for the holiday. And just so you don't think that it was a one time thing, I am going to show some recent examples where I hopped in the picture. It may be a bit conceited of me to have a whole post with my pictures but you know what I say, it's my blog and I'll do what I want to, even if it's a tad conceited. Happy Friday, have a great one!!
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Besides the dress code of the holiday (today it will include bathing suits as well!), is it any wonder that this is many people's favorite holiday? The basis of the holiday tells us, no declares, that we have an unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. Actually make that Happiness, they thought that it was so important that they capitalized it!! Funny side story, my husband thinks that it is hilarious that in the part of the "Fireworks" Schoolhouse Rock episode when they say the pursuit of happiness, it is a man chasing a woman around. He thinks that it would never get made now since it is so politically incorrect.
We had a lot of Happiness last night at our annual patriotic gathering including revisiting a couple of moments in our own personal history. My husband gave my 14 year old daughter a flag to hold and wave so we could recreate a picture that we had from when she was a year old. Surprisingly she cooperated......
And then my nephew happened to pass me by so I had him go sit next to her so that we could recreate another favorite. I know it is not the same background but I wasn't going to push my luck so I took what I could get.
We also revisited the "Liberty Tree" for some updated shots including a jumping one which is kind of cool. Who doesn't love a caught in midair shot?
These pictures and getting time to spend with my fabulous family really do make me happy as will spending time with my wonderful friends today. So I guess this holiday I am being extremely patriotic by doing exactly what our forefathers enabled and exhorted us to do. Thank God for them and their foresight and common sense. Happy birthday, America, may you have many, many more!
I know it has been almost a month but what better day to get re-started on my blogging than on one of my favorite days of the year? Actually today and tomorrow combine for a 1-2 punch of favoriteness!! Because really what can be better than a summer holiday for which "dressing up" consists of your favorite red, white and blue t-shirt, shorts and flip flops? Sounds like my kind of holiday!! And just like Thanksgiving, it features all the important f's - fun, family, friends but instead of football, we have fireworks and frankfurters!! Plus when it comes right down to it, is there really anything more important than celebrating the birth of the greatest country in the world?
I think that this picture of my youngest daughter perfectly embodies the spirit of it all. And I obviously I am not the only one to think so since I recently posted it on Facebook and one of my cousins had this to say, "This picture evokes nostalgia of sweet, innocent times, it could have been taken of any of us as young girls no matter what ages we are now. Suzanne, this is beautiful."
This picture is also a perfect example of having to wait for "the moment". I took a couple of others of her posing with the flag but they were just a little off. I know that her expressions aren't the best in those shots but even still, the pictures don't work as well as the picture on the left. The buntings and flags in the background and the flag over her shoulder combined with her looking like she is marching and her glance back make that shot so much better.
Anyway, sorry for the tangent. I hope that everyone has a wonderful, happy, safe, fun holiday!!! Happy Birthday, America and may God continue to shed his grace on thee!
Here are some of my favorite pictures from last year's celebration, hopefully I'll have some new ones to add from this year's.