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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Finn | Hats

It's waaaay too late and I need to go to bed, but I couldn't help but post a few of these from a recent 4 month old session. This little cutie's eyes were to die for!

More to come!

Oliver | Someone is getting big.

Hayley | Shattuck-St. Mary's Senior Photographer

Hayley is a 2011 senior at Shattuck-St. Mary's. It is late in the year for senior photos but I am so glad that Hayley decided she wanted them! She chose the Walker Art Center for her location and we had a great time. I am SOOOO excited for this senior season.... I am working hard getting my 2012 pricing and website up. It will be very soon! Until then, I wish Hayley a great year and wish her luck at college this fall!

This was my favorite series with this casual outfit on the white. Hayley is such a natural beauty and this just "fit" her.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring mini-sessions | Previews

I posted these on my facebook fan page and realized I never posted them here. Just a few favorites from my spring mini-sessions...

If you're not a fan on facebook yet, head on over and "like" my page to stay in the loop on my latest photos and announcements. I recently posted an inquiry wondering what kind of topics to discuss in an upcoming workshop I will be co-hosting. Kayla Paler and I will be teaming up to host a workshop for beginners. We frequently receive emails from other photographers asking for advice. I try to reply as best as I can, but often I don't have the time or there is only so much that can be said over email. If you are interested in this, I would love to hear any feedback you may have on topics you'd like covered. Examples would be (but not limited to) posing, pricing, business, composition, lighting, etc. We want to maximize the learning and keep the workshops geared at the correct skill level. I look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A healthy me | Olivia

If you're friends with me on facebook, you have probably heard about a cleanse I recently completed. I am not exactly sure what inspired me... I have had a hard time taking off the baby weight from Oliver with exercise alone so I talked to my trainer about doing a cleanse to get me jump started into healthier eating.

My husband and I completed the Advocare 24 day challenge and had some great results! In 24 days, I lost 6.5 pounds and a total of 13.5 inches! My husband had killer results, he lost 16 lbs. and a total of 11 inches. During the cleanse, which consisted of fiber drinks, vitamin supplements, and probiotics, our diet was very restricted. We were limited to lean meats, fresh produce, and lots of protein from eggs and natural peanut butter. Nothing processed or fried, no dairy, no sugar, low salt, no carbs, and no coffee or pop. This was quite a challenge for us! We quickly wondered what we could eat. It was a very big adjustment for us and a complete lifestyle change.

The whole process for me was a huge eye-opener when it came to what foods we were putting into our bodies. Pre-cleanse I pretty much ate anything I wanted. I wouldn't say I was the healthiest of eaters but I thought I knew health food from junk food and enjoyed the occasional fast food drive thru visit. Now that we are done with the cleanse and I have such a better education and awareness of the food we eat, there is NO way I could put even half of that food we used to eat into my body. I think our society is out of control with the junk and it is so wrong that to eat healthy in this country it is so expensive, yet the over-processed junk with ingredients I can't even pronounce costs pennies.

I could preach on and on about my thoughts but if you are tired of the junk and would like to start becoming more aware, take the time to educate yourself. An easy first step would be to start reading labels on the foods you buy. If it has too many ingredients and anything I can't pronounce I don't buy it. You would also be surprised at how "health food" is deceiving. I looked at some flax seed multi-grain pita pockets the other day and saw that the sodium levels were 500+ mg per serving! I'm not going to lie, eating a clean diet is expensive and takes a lot of work to constantly prepare fresh food. But aren't you worth it? If you are willing to buy a $250 pair of jeans that go on the outside of your body, you are worth $250 of good, clean food to put inside of your body. I love that my husband and I are teaching our kids about what is healthy and they are seeing first hand how fresh food is prepared. So much of bad eating habits stems from our parents, and sadly it gets passed down from generation to generation. These life lessons are taught but remember, it is never too late to start and to change.

I want to end on this note. So much of dieting is inspired by losing weight. We all feel like we have pounds to lose and when you think about it, they were pounds probably put on from unhealthy eating. When you truly change your lifestyle and eating habits, it is no longer a diet and food is not the enemy. When you think of it in terms of wanting to take care of yourself in the best possible way, wanting to devour a box of Twinkies no longer comes into play. You know how bad they are and wouldn't even touch them. I hope this post inspired someone to make some changes in their life that they deserve.

If you aren't watching already, check out Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. It airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm Central time. It is chock full of knowledge and I guarantee you will get riled up about what the food industry is doing to our kids!
If you want to learn more about the Advocare products I used, take time to connect with me.

Introducing baby Grace!

It is such an amazing thing to see a family grow before your eyes. Sarah & Dave welcomed beautiful baby Grace just two weeks ago. They decided to be surprised about the gender and Dave got to announce it was a girl when she came out! I could not be happier for them and she is the perfect little angel. It was so great to spend time with them at their home and watch them soak up every little bit of new-ness of her.

She's even adorable when she cries and makes a pouty lip! :)
Dave is the proudest new daddy!

This bassinet has been passed down from generation to generation and it is estimated that about 30 family members have once slept in it!

Congratulations S&D! She is amazing.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Senior Grad Party Invites | Product

It is that time of year! Senior season is coming to a close and grad party planning is in full effect. These are the choices I have this year for grad party invites. I am also available to do custom work. These are printed on 5x7 linen card stock and include envelopes.

Please inquire for pricing... a minimum of 100 invitations is required for ordering. They are ordered in increments of 25 once the 100 minimum has been reached. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Henry, Bea, and Penny

I have had the pleasure of photographing these kids since Henry was little and his mom just found out she was expecting Beatrice. Now they have a new addition to their family, little Penny! Penny's gender was a big surprise which is so fun. Henry and Bea are a great big brother and big sister and I am so happy for their new addition!