My El wanted to play soccer. Oh. So. Very much. I missed the signups last year, not realizing that signups are in, like, March for soccer that starts – of course – in August, because why wouldn’t you sign up for something like that a full five months early? But this year – this year I could not, would not miss the signups. Nope, this March – mom was all over it: Soccer season here we come!
She has never played soccer before, but those who know me know that I toss my kids right in the frying pan. Let them learn as they go. It’s okay though, because she was put on the same team as her friend who started her love of a game she’s never played. (Read: love of being with her friends and if her friends are doing soccer – soccer is awesome by association.)
Soccer stuff for Christmas, incessant talk of soccer for months. And then we got the long-awaited team list. Purple Panthers, with coach Wilson. How lucky were we to get to play with some of her very favorite friends – PLUS we met new friends. BONUS. Soccer for life. Yes! She has found her calling. We love soccer! Until of course they bring in these refs who make us stop and tell us we can’t do stuff. Why won’t they just let us play, they totally ruined the game.
This first season was a very social endeavor for my spunky third grader. The goalie shirt was a fashion show, defending meant extra time with her friends. And the running in midfield & as forwards; So much running! It’s a good thing she’s fast. Who knew it would be such hard work, but the treats are good and the company, even better. I have to say, though, thanks to determined teammates and devoted coaching, she was playing significantly better in the end.
At the end of her first season I’m wondering now if I should make her play one more so she can actually give herself a chance to learn the game & develop some skills before calling it off, or not. It might work, who knows? Soccer may turn out to be her thing. Unless she’s not on Mia’s team again, in which case I will expect nothing less than full-blown mutiny.
Soccer or not, I look forward to watching these girls stay good friends for as long as time will allow.

All Boys!

What fun it was meeting with this family of beautiful faces! You won’t see and bows & ribbons in this session, though. Yep, you got it, this grandma & grandpa have 8 grandsons & they’re even more fun that you’re thinking! Boys want to climb and jump & put up bunny ears behind their dad. they want to collect their favorite rocks & aren’t worried about keeping their clothes pretty, “now what was that thing I sortof remember mom threatening saying about something about clothes …”
Boys, and, dare-I-say, men, in my experience, have very little interest in sitting in a group, looking at the same spot & smiling. I’m with them, and I’ll tell you why. This often produces the forced, fake faces. I could do this, but I won’t get to capture who they genuinely are. I am a sucker for a genuine face. The fleeting glances of mischief between brothers is something I missed out on as a kid & I haven’t ever had a shoot packed full of mischief quite like this one! I L-O-V-E-D it! I hope it was almost as fun for them as it was for me! Now, if you’ll forgive the reference: Mischief managed!

Turnin’ heads

Gorgeous fall colors; they’re one of my absolute favorite things ever. This time of year, people get thinking family portraits, Christmas card time is coming, but maybe its time to freshen up your headshot, too.
Need something a little more traditional?
A little less traditional?

Maybe you’re looking for something clean, simple and stragitforward.

Or maybe something more colorful to showcase your new fantastic fall hair, or favorite features, like dreamy skin & dimples to die for!

An artist needed a headshot for her study abroad application: Now has an undying love for Jakarta

For A singer’s solo recital program:

A franchise under new ownership:

You’d be surprised what a difference it makes to have a professional headshot on your webpage, your business card, your resumee … are you listed as a speaker for an event? Does your office have some turnover making your webiste a little out dated? Cast in a main role? Featured in a recital or received an award, These are some of the reasons I’ve had folks call me for headshots & I’d love to do for you what I did for them!

All Dressed up – Sneak Peek!

ThESe tWo!!! I’m always sad to come to the end of a shoot, but that just means I get to come home, open up the files and uncover gems like these. I love all the different styles that came out of this gorgeous formals session! Now I just need to figure out how to convince them to renew their vows every year so I can do this again and again! Here’s a few to browse through while I finish editing the rest. 😉 Until then, which do you like best? The engagements, or the formals?

Love is what makes life and those who live it, beautiful

If you’ve been to my blog, you’ve seen at least one of these faces before. I’ve been photographing this amazing girl since she was about 13 or 14, I think. So imagine my excitement when she texted me to book engagements & formals! I know she’s not mine, but I’m still so proud of her. Watching her is like a preview for what’s next in my own family. It’s like watching a movie trailer that ends with the screen telling you when the show comes out: “Coming in the next 5-or-6 years.”
Any light – any location – any age – any stage of life, I stand by what I’ve said before – the prettiest girls are the happy girls! Love looks great on both of you!!
Congratulations, Abbie & Wade!!

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