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“A little cup of friendship
With a bag of tea
When you drink this
Think of love from me.”

I had SUCH a blast yesterday!  After having to reschedule this session a few times, due to the weather, we FINALLY beat Mother Nature! lol  It was a beautiful, sunny day in the morning and then in the afternoon, it got cloudy and grey (but we photogs LOVE that weather).  All I kept praying was that we could beat the rain. 

A local apple orchard set the scene for this WONDERFUL and FUN tea party session!  I couldn’t have asked for a better location.  I don’t know who had more fun, myself or the girls! 🙂  Nothing is better for little girls than to be able to play dress up and have a tea party with cookies and lemonade to share with a friend.

Here are a few of my favorites:

It’s BABY FEVER!  I swear, I’ve photographed more maternity sessions this past month than I have all year long and I am loving it!  This beautiful Momma-to-be is due on Oct 16th and what they are having…is a surprise!  I cannot wait to find out if they have a boy or girl!  When I met Melissa and Cliff, it was great to hear that she wanted to be a little more artistic as she has a great interest of photography and was just soaking it all in (Melissa, I was serious when I said I’d be happy to help you learn your DSLR camera). 😉

It’s a small world, as we found out that one of Justin’s classmates from last year (now they are in different class but still same grade, obviously), is the nephew of Melissa.  We adore her nephew and Justin speaks very highly of him! 🙂

Melissa & Cliff were great sports, letting me try a few new ideas, lighting techniques, having them up & down on the floor, etc etc.  So THANK YOU for putting up with my craziness. 🙂  Here are a few of my favorites from your session.  Enjoy!

 

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of meeting Erin, David and Michelle.  Erin attended my son’s Auction Gala event back in May, where she placed a bid and won a family portrait from me.  So needless to say, when she contacted me to schedule the session, I was very excited to meet her!  Even moreso, when I heard that her step-daughter, Michelle, was visiting from Germany. 

Michelle was the sweetest girl, so polite and quiet but you could definitely tell there was a cute, playful side to her.  And how adorable is her dress?!  Love it! 

Erin, it was great to finally meet you and your beautiful family!  Here is a quick peek at a couple of my favorites from the session.   Enjoy!

Every once in a while, you get that reeeeeeeeeally fun client.  Us photographers know what I mean…the one that says, “Let’s try something different.  I don’t want the every day type of photos…I’m open to anything!”  When I hear that, I swear it’s like a warm fuzzy feeling. lol  While at the session, I do still try to get a few “traditional” portraits since it’s nice to have a wide variety but it’s even more fun to try new things.

I had the pleasure of photographing Chrissie and Dan today, along with their adorable dog, Winnie.  They are expecting their first child, a boy, at the beginning of November!  We had such a BEAUTIFUL day outside…it was picture perfect.  You all know me…I have a very difficult time narrowing down my favorites for a sneak peek.  I really need to try to do less, but honestly, what’s the fun in holding back?! 😛  There’s more to see from the session for Chrissie and Dan, but these are my faves….ENJOY!

So over the summer vacation, the first grade students of Justin’s school were asked to answer some journal prompts.  You know, when you start a sentence and they finish it…. 🙂  I LOVE doing these, esp to young kids because you never know what they are going to say.  I think I’m going to make it a habit of doing this for each boy, most likely on their birthday or near their birthday….and see how things change each year. 🙂

I’ll start by posting one of my fave photos of Justin, even though this was taking at the beginning of the year.  It still makes me giggle….

Here’s an insight to the mind of a 6 yr old:

First Grade Journal Prompts for Justin

  • I feel important when…I am living at home and when I get to go on bike rides
  • I once got hurt when…I fell off my bike at my old house but mommy got a band-aid and boo-boo cream.
  • I would like to try…to ride my bike with no training wheels.
  • A friend in need is a friend…that you know.
  • An apple a day keeps the…I don’t know what you mean.
  • Look before you…swim
  • My two favorite colors are…black and red
  • With my best friends, I like to…play checkers and football
  • Something I know a lot about is…Daddy
  • With my family, I like to….go on walks
  • I don’t understand…what you mean
  • I’ll never forget the day I…was a baby and Mommy & Daddy hugged me and snuggled me
  • Twenty years from now, I will…be a big kid and I won’t need training wheels on my bike
  • If I were a cat, I would…be a scaredy cat
  • If I had a magic carpet, I would…sit, fly and say “AleeeOOP!”
  • If I could visit any planet in the solar system, I would…visit Mars
  • Something I would like to tell my parents is…Mars has aliens!!!
  • On sunny, hot days, I…go to my friends houses to swim or swim in my pool
  • A person I admire is…Daddy & Mommy
  • My hero is…Daddy
  • If I could be a fish, I would be a…catfish
  • If I could have any pet, I would choose…a hamster
  • When my teacher is away from school, I feel…good so she can make lots of money
  • If I could be principal, I would change the way….where there is no homework
  • My mom thinks I…am the coolest boy in the whole wide world
  • I want to forget…why Mommy has a baby in her belly (note by me: hmmm, makes me wonder…lol)
  • One thing that makes me very nervous is…coyotes
  • My favorite sport is…football
  • Mmmmmmm, I love the smell of…peanuts and blueberries
  • Mmmmmmm, I love the taste of…apple pie
  • It is a good idea to save…a secret
  • My favorite fruit is…pineapple
  • I feel like crying when…please don’t say that one
  • It bugs me when…someone tries to talk when I am reading a book
  • The person most important to me is…my whole entire family & friends

This past Saturday was “dubbed” my last wedding of this season (expecting our 3rd son at the end of October).  All I can say is that this was a wedding to end my wedding season perfectly.  The Dolan & Matteson family…as well as friends…were AWESOME to work with.  Even moreso, this wedding will be memorable for me always due the true meaning of the gathering of loved ones.  To celebrate LOVE.  MEMORIES. LIFE….through laughter and tears.

Amanda & Chris, thank you for allowing me to capture one of the most important days of your lives, allowing me into your home and your hearts.  I truly will never forget your family.   With that being said, here is a lovely sneak peek of a photo video montage of your wedding day.  I don’t normally create this long of a photo video but given the circumstances, I think you all deserve it! ❤  Sit back, turn on your speakers and enjoy! 🙂

Today, I met the most adorable lil’ man…his name is Micah.  I had the honor of photographing Colleen & Chris’s wedding back in 2007 (my gosh, does time fly!!) and I have to say, their wedding I’ll never forget.  Colleen had the most AMAZING red….yes, I said RED (as in completely red bridal gown with crystals all over it).  Talk about breath-taking!

Anyways, onto the lil’ guy….I got such a kick outta Micah.  He slept almost the entire time but as much as I tried to “mold” him into some great positions, he wanted NO part of it. lol  But he was very cooperative…sleepy and he LOVED being on his side.  It was wonderful to see Colleen & Chris again.  Parenthood looks great on them! 😉

Here’s a sneak peek for you, Colleen & Chris!  Enjoy!

Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Amanda & Chris for their engagement session at Amanda’s parents house.  Let me tell you, my photographer friends, this property is a photographer’s DREAM to photograph on!  Amazing location on top of an amazing family….I swear I have the best job in the world. 😉

Their wedding day is in just a few weeks and it certainly will be a memorable one.  I am truly honored that I will be the one to photograph Amanda & Chris’s wedding and I can’t wait to share those images with you that will last forever….

Amanda & Chris, here is a sneak peek of my favorites.  Enjoy!

 

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of working with Tiffany Edouard again…but this time, for her business that she is about to open!

Tiffany Edouard, owner of E’s Divine Pet Salon, will be opening on Monday August 2, 2010.  The pet salon will be located inside of Rumford Pets on Rte 2 in Warwick (Trader Joe’s Plaza). 

We had a lot of fun yesterday photographing some clients’ pets and some with them as well.  More photos will be displayed inside of the salon as well.  So, the next time you need to have your dog or cat groomed, check out E’s Divine Pet Salon (located at 1000 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick RI 02886).

Feel free to call to book your appointment 401-821-PETS (7387)

**Tiffany, here is a quick sneak peek at some of the portraits.  More to come by tomorrow night at the latest!**

And my lil’ monkeys and furball:

A few of us pro photographers got together to take portraits of each other so we can use them for our profile photos and website pics.

Here are a few from that day…and after Olivia’s “apple” photo, as she is a very Earthy & “green” person, I honestly think that in the future when we do more these, we should all incorporate what we love to do, a hobby or something of the sort.  😉  I definitely think this needs to be a yearly get together for a workshop for us…as a photographer, most of us hate being in FRONT of the camera but when you’re surrounded by friends, it’s makes it that much more fun! 🙂

Here is Olivia Gird of http://www.oliviagird.com
Laurie LeBlanc
Raphael Bieber
And a portrait of me taken by Yomar Marquez (I’ll def need a good headshot though, once the baby is born, so I don’t look like I’m pregnant for 5 yrs. haha)