St. Patrick’s Day Baby :: Little Lucy

Meet Lucy, the adorable little St. Patrick’s Day baby.

I’ve photographed a lot of babies, and I can say without a doubt, Lucy was absolutely the most well-behaved baby ever to pose in front of my camera. Seriously, I was with her for almost an hour and I’m pretty sure she slept the entire time. She’s an amazing baby.

And, um, how beautiful is momma Alex? I almost didn’t believe her when she said she had had a c-section just days before.

See what I mean?  Still sleeping.  And still beautiful.

This makes me happy.

It’s so obvious what a treasure this little girl is to her daddy.  When she grows up, I hope she’ll look at this photo and know how loved she is.

She’s just so precious I can barely stand it.

And there’s those beautiful eyes

Sleep well, Baby Lucy.

MERgetsMRSed - Alex is a coworker of mine, and I had the honor of meeting Lucy the day after she was born. These are amazing photos – you totally caught the love and excitement Alex and Doug have for their new baby!

Carrie and Dan :: Engaged!

One of the things I like best about my job is all the people that I get to meet. When I first met with Carrie to chat about her wedding, our meeting lasted way longer than my typical consultation.  And it wasn’t because she had a complicated wedding.  It was because I didn’t want to stop chatting with her :). We sat at Starbucks, talking about life and designer denim and boys and college and all sorts of things. It was great. I so so so hoped I would be able to shoot Carrie’s wedding because she’s just the type of girl I like to spend the day with, so I was naturally elated when she booked me :).

Then, when I got together with Carrie for the second time, I was meeting her for her engagement shoot. And of course, her fiance Dan was with her. As the three of us walked and talked and stopped here and there for photos, I quietly observed the way Carrie and Dan interacted with each other. They were happy together and comfortable and oh-so-obviously made for one another.  And I’m not just saying that.  They really are great together.  You know those couples who make the other better just by being around the other? Yeah, that’s them. I love observing things like that. It makes me smile every time.

And that got me thinking… If life could be summarized in a graph chart of highs and lows, the period of life when a couple is engaged has got to be one of the highest peaks on that chart. When you’re engaged, you’re living on the cusp of what will surely become your life’s greatest adventure. And that’s such an amazing time of life to revel in. It’s easy to be all about the wedding plans and become so future-minded that the here-and-now is not relished. But as I observed Carrie and Dan, it made my heart smile to see them living in the moment and holding each other now in anticipation of holding each other forever.

So Carrie and Dan, thank you for reminding me how amazing living on the cusp of a great adventure really is. I hope you’ll look back on these photos years from now and remember what crazy young kids in love you were … and what crazier kids in love you’ve become.

Aren’t Carrie’s eyes gorgeous??

LOVE this!

Again with the beautiful eyes… 

So fun!  Doesn’t this series make you want to be their friends?

Looking forward to seeing you both soon as your big adventure begins :).

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John Harder - These are great! And I am friends with them and they are great! I like to think that I had a little something to do with them getting together, but I won’t brag too much.

Oh, Internet… how I’ve missed you

Over the last few days, I’ve made several futile attempts to return emails using just my phone. While it’s a clever little device, productivity is HIGHLY limited when you type with just your thumbs. We suffered a bit of a setback over here, as many of you may have read from the previous post, when our main internet line was cut into a bagillion pieces early last week. Now, I knew I needed the internet, but once it was gone, I was amazed at just how BADLY I really did need it. My task list, which is still antiquated and handwritten on a piece of paper, went for days… DAYS, I tell you… without having one item checked off of it.

And then, like it was a miracle, the internet came back to us. Glory be! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, but we were headed out the door to a wedding. And just a few hours into the wedding, we heard the news that yet ANOTHER internet line had been cut in the construction progress taking place next door. How amazingly annoying!!

But at that moment, as I could just sense my emails piling up and tasks passing their due dates… I was strangely calm. And if you know me, you know that’s weird :). I place a high value on productivity and when I’m not productive, my world spins a little out of whack. But on that Saturday, I was happy. And it didn’t take me very long to figure out why. I was spending the day with a bride that I absolutely adore and it was just about the most fun I’ve had in a while. Honestly. Things were calm and relaxed and joyous… and I dig that. I looked at Jon, and instead of crying, I told him that there wasn’t anywhere else I’d rather be that day. I get to work next to the best second shooter in the world (who always makes time to grab me a coffee and pray for me on the wedding day), and we get to share the whole day with people that make my heart swell with love. I am so lucky to have this job.

Sometime mid-wedding, Jon got a text to let him know that our little section of the world once again had internet restored and all was well in the land of internet cable safety. And as I wade through a massive list of emails and tasks (all handwritten in blue on my notepad, just waiting to be crossed off), I have to admit that I’m a little stressed trying to complete everything in a timely manner. But I got a peak at a few photos from this weekend, and now I’m happy again :).

More to come soon from Tara and Adam’s beautiful day.

Brit - Cannot wait to see more!

Nicole - holy cow, love that dress…your job is so dreamy!

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Confessions :: A contest winner and my disdain for technology today

My deepest apologies for the delay in posting the winner of yesterday’s contest… I have had one heck of a morning. I’ve always loved technology and how easy it makes my life, but today, it’s killing me. Let me tell ya about it…

So I started off the morning with my alarm going off at 4:45am…. that’s right. ME. I got up before the sun so I could go to a boot camp class, and as expected, I was none-too-pretty or delightful to be around at that hour. (I’ll be doing this camp 3 times a week for the next 60 days, so if you happen to come into contact with me before lunch and I’m in a foul mood, there’s your reason :)) After a hard workout, I got in my car and I thought a demon had possessed my radio. It was continually scanning backwards and forwards and beeping crazily. I tried everything, but it just wouldn’t stop! Well, actually it stopped for about 30 seconds of terror on a honky-tonk country station and my ears just about bled at the horrible musicianship. And my blinker… don’t even get me started on the strange blinking patterns I was getting for no apparent reason. I had myself convinced that there was a killer in the back of the car messing with back seat radio controls and he was trying to find the perfect song to murder me to…. see, I told you I watch too much TV :).

After I got home and showered and ate breakfast, I was surprised at how early it still was. I mean, I had already been up for over 2 hours and accomplished so much more than I normally would… it was like a miracle. So I set out to work and be as productive as I could possibly be. And then I saw this

Just what I did NOT want to see. The internet was out. Not just the wireless, but the ethernet connect as well. Crazy. So I spent an hour with my friendly IT guy trying to figure out what the problem was. Nothing was working, though. I watched the minutes tick by, knowing that I had yet to complete even one task and that my emails were certainly already piling into a small mountain.

Another 15 minutes went by and my friendly IT guy wasn’t able to find a problem in our connection, so he gave one of his co-workers a call, who immediately directed our attention outside. To this:

Ah yes. Construction vehicles. The bane of my existence. There is some massive construction going on in the lot next to us and they inadvertently cut straight through our internet line. Apparently, the internet line disturbance was so severe that it needs to be totally re-run, so we may not have internet until the end of the week. I literally fought back tears as my friendly IT guy relayed the message. It was a little embarrassing, but the tears definitely almost fell. Almost.

So, because I really really need the internet to do much of my work, I made my way up to the closest coffee house offering free wi-fi. As I approached the building, I noticed a huge crowd of people behind me and in front of me. There was some sort of grand celebration going on at the coffee house, complete with music, cheerleaders, balloons and lots and lots of people. Not wanting to waste anymore time, I persevered and fought my way through the crowd and found a spot to claim my free internet.

So here I sit, distracted by all the festivities, but enjoying the free wi-fi nonetheless. I only have a limited time to use it, though, so I’m sitting here typing pretty furiously and quite loudly… it’s actually kind of embarrassing how much noise I’m making on my keyboard. Technology… I swear, you’re great most of the time, but when you fail me, my world turns a little on edge. But enough about me…

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…. THE WINNER!! Thank you all so much for taking part in the conversation about TV. I love that I’m not the only one out there who isn’t ashamed to admit my not-so-secret love for the television, and it’s quite evident that many of you have great taste in television. I asked a random passerby to choose a number between 1 and 30 at random to determine the winning commenter and the winner is….


Lindsay, I’ll be emailing you shortly with your iTunes giftcard. Well, if I still have an internet connection, that is :).

And a note to all my clients and anyone who may have emailed me within the last 24 hours:
I am doing my best to answer emails on my phone as they arrive, but typing with my thumbs definitely takes, um, A LOT more time than actually typing, so please excuse my tardy responses :).

Lindsay - Holy cow! I am procrastinating doing a last-minute review for my exam tonight, so I thought….maybe I won..(I never win anything!) – haha! Perhaps my luck is turning around! I’ll use the new tunes to run the 13.1 this weekend. Thanks!!!!!!!

Confessions and a little contest :: my not-so-secret love for TV

I almost kissed the guy from Charter as he left our home in late January. why? Well I’ll tell you. He gave me one of the greatest gifts a person can get. A beauty to behold and truly a life changing device.

We got a DVR.

For most people, a DVR is a simple piece of equipment that makes watching television a little more convenient, but for me, it is something almost too wonderful for words.

I’m scared to admit this because I’d hate for you to think I’m mindless, a loser, and have no life, but I’m just going to say it: I LOVE watching TV.  LOVE it.  Maybe it’s just because I love getting caught up in a good story, or perhaps I’m just a sucker for drama…. but I’m slightly, and a bit shamefully, in a little bit of love with TV.

I’m a busy girl, though, so I unfortunately have little time for TV.  Seriously, how could I possibly squeeze in all my favorite shows when I’m busy shooting sessions, taking care of my family, and maintaining  healthy relationships with my friends, amidst a slew of other things?  A night spent in front of the TV is an anomaly in my life, but when those days do suddenly appear, I’m just about as happy as I can be. But now that I have DVR, I can watch my faves whenever I want. Stupendous.

So, it’s Monday and I’m still in a sugar coma from all the candy I ate yesterday (You had me at Hello, chocolate bunny), and in honor of my little obsession with the boob tube, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite programs and why I love them so much for your viewing pleasure :).


Well, duh.  Of course this would top my list of favorite shows.  If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook, you’ve see my absolute LOST geekiness on display.  Although I’ve been less than thrilled with this season (up until the Richard episode… oh my goodness, that was amazing!!), I’m so looking forward to having all our questions answer and seeing a redemptive story unfold.

The Office

If you’ve ever worked in an office, you know at a least one of these characters.  For me, it’s Michael Scott.  Yeah, that’s right… when I worked my 9-5 job many years ago, my boss was sometimes just like Michael Scott.  He’d yell “Get me Armani on the phone!” from his office, or sometimes he’d lay on the floor and demonstrate the newest ab exercise he had learned.  I think Phillis worked a few doors down from me, and Dwight, yeah, he was there too :).

Laguna Beach

R.I.P., Laguna Beach.  You weren’t very creative or realistic, but I for some reason couldn’t stop watching you. PS, I still hate you, Kristen.

The Bachelor

Ok, now I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I have not missed one second of the Bachelor for the last 3 seasons.   I know it’s staged and audacious and the whole premise really is ludicrous,  BUT, I think it’s an interesting study of what a guy or girl is willing to put up with on the quest for love.  And , of course, I love the mid-show discussion on facebook :).


One of the funniest new shows on TV.  Quick wit, great characters, and clever writing make me love this show more and more every week. That, and the  Abed and Troy segment at the end of each show… those guys crack me up.

Modern Family

I am never home when this show is on, so I watch it on Hulu, and it’s one of the highlights of my week.  That little Columbian kid who talks like he’s 30 kills me.  And Phil Dumfy… so dumb… so hilarious.

Biggest Loser

Although it’s a long show which could totally be condensed into 45 minutes or less, I still watch it every week on hulu.  For some reason, I always feel sick after I watch it, though.  Maybe it’s all the candy I eat during the show….

30 Rock.

Tina Fey.  Need I say more?

American Idol

So who do you think will win?  My guess is that it’s gonna be Crystal Bowersox, but I kinda love Andrew Garcia.  But please, American Idol Producers, please nix those group performances.  They stink.  always.


Just started watching this new show, and I’m addicted already. I think it’s going to develop into something really worth watching.


I’ll admit that this show is unbelievably silly and most of the actors have little to no musical talent, BUT I can’t stop watching it!  I don’t know what draws me to it… it must be all the 80’s music..

So now that I’ve blown my cover as to what a serious dork I am, it’s your turn to join in the conversation :). And to inaugurate my new blog, I think a contest is in order…. and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this bog post with your favorite TV show and why you like it. I’ll pick a winner at random tomorrow at 9am, and that random commenter will receive a $25 iTunes gift card, which you can use to buy more TV shows for your iPod :).

Happy commenting!

Elizabeth Ruck - My absolute FAV is “Flash Forward”. Can’t get enough of it…kind of wish it was on every day. 🙂 But…then I’d never get anything accomplished, so it’s probably for the best that it’s only on one day a week!

Bridget - I LOVE any CSI show. Most of the time I have figured out who did it long before they end it, but I love all the cool technology they use. I am just a murder mystery girl at heart.

2nd love – UFC fights or WEC fights. Who doesn’t love watching 2 guys beat the snot out of each other?!?!?!

Brandy Nieters - I am glad I am not the only one that loves, loves, loves TV. My favorite would have to be The Office…I look so forward to the new episodes!!

Patrick - LOST has become my favorite show of all time.
It’s incredibly smart, twisted, and completely chaotic.

I will admit that this season has been frustrating, but likely because the ending seems to be so far, yet only 7 episodes away.

30 Rock, Glee, and Community are also personal favorites.

The site looks great!
Hope to see you soon.


jamalyn - definitely the office (because I have your old job – I know who you are talking about and it made me spit out my diet pepsi – too funny) and before this gig I resided in a cube city that was too hysterical to even talk about… oh mr scott… (i think he stole my name tag when he left – lamo) LOL

Robyn - It’s hard to pick one show because there are so many that I love! One of my newest favorites is The Marriage Ref on NBC. They have a panel of celebrity judges and listen to husbands and wives argue about a ridiculous problem and then vote for a winner. It has me actually laughing out loud every week! Love it!

Lisa - My fave TV show? SO HARD to pick a favorite! Right now, I’m going to go with Biggest Loser. It’s inspirational. And I actually like that it’s longer than most shows. I “watch” while I’m editing photos so I actually run out of shows that I like. If I’m not mostly done with an engagement session by the time Biggest Loser is over, I’m in trouble.

Lindsay - Glee is one of my favorites. I love the lines written for Sue – so bizarrely insulting! Though 30Rock, Community, and Mad Men are all tied for second place. Don’t make me choose a winner!

admin - Jamalyn – I knew you would understand who I was referring to :). No boss is quite like Bruce :).

Lisa – I do exactly the same thing! I edit while playing the biggest loser on Hulu and I always set my goals in terms of what I can finish while the show is on. the thing that really makes me angry, though, is that they wait a whole WEEK before they put the next episode up… so when I’m seeing commercials in real time on TV, I’m actually a week behind and it gives away too much info. But it is still a great show :).

Lindsay – I think you’re right… the lines written for Sue are the best part of the show! I laugh hysterically when she insults the other teacher’s hair!

Kathy - Wait…we can only pick ONE?! But you got a whole list! 😉 Narrowing it down is not easy for this fellow TV addict. While I too love Community and Modern Family, and am totally obsessed with LOST, I have to admit that the FIRST show I MUST watch each week when playing back the DVR is The Vampire Diaries. This show just has it all for me: mystery, vampires, romance, great story-lines, witty dialogue, and lots of pretty pretty guys to look at. 😉 It reminds me of the glory days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Love it.

Ashley - Parenthood is fantastic I am drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I gets better with each episode. A new fave this season is Big Bang..I cannot get enough of Sheldon…BAZINGA!! And Greys I literally started watching the fourth season I had to go and purchase the first three seasons! That lead to me escaping from the world for weekends at a time to do nothing but watch Greys episodes…hard to admit, It took me about 2 weekends and I was caught up 🙂

Elizabeth - Lisa,

If ever there is a show to be addicted to, it is Dexter on Showtime. I’m one of those girls that likes to have the T.V. on but usually find I rarely get the chance to sit down and watch; however, ever since my boyfriend introduced me to Dexter, one of my favorite things to do is have “Dexter nights” and catch up on the seasons I’ve missed. Once you pop, you can’t stop…so you might as well grab some Pringles while you watch.

admin - Elizabeth – I watched the first two episodes of Dexter on while I was editing the other day… and what I discovered was that it’s DEFINITELY not a show to watch while I”m working :). It was so funny as I was crafting these beautiful and romantic photos of couples in love… and there was a psychopath talking about how to neatly murder someone in the background :). So, I decided that when I watch Dexter, it HAS to be on the TV and not the computer while I’m working :). And anyway, when I’m working, I’m mostly just listening to the show anyway, an Dexter deserves dedicated time on the big screen :).

Stacie - I have to say I watch almost every show you watch, but Community is the best. I remember seeing the previews for this show and saying how funny it looked. It’s one of the few shows that I literally laugh out loud. I LOVE Abed!! He is the funniest person on the show. I have to admit Chevy Chase is always great to see too. 🙂

Sarah Marie - As you probably already know, The office is most likely on the top of my list. It was the first season of any television show that I watched completely through. But a new show that has tickled my musical fancy is GLEE….I find it so entertaining, it is like a guilty pleasure. The song, the dance, the drama…ahhhhh…..just thinking about it makes me want to catch a sneak peek of it. But alas responsibility is calling! Great blog Lisa, like always!

Jon - Gotta love Thursday nights on NBC! Granted, LOST and Glee make Tuesday nights another good night of TV, but you cant beat a night with Community, The Office, AND 30 Rock. If we could get rid of Parks and Recreation and add 30 minutes to one of the other shows that would make Thursday night even better 🙂

Amber - I hate to admit it but I actually watch Dancing with the Stars. I also love me some Community, 30 Rock, Cold Case as well as Glee.

Rachael Whitney - I am slightly embarrassed to say my favorite show is Vampire Diaries…What can I say, I was bitten and now I’m smitten!

Faith - Its so hard to just pick one favorite so I’ll list the ones that I watch on a weekly basis!
1. One Tree Hill– I don’t know why I still love watching this show. It has gotten a lot better ever since they fast forwarded four years, but I do miss Lucas and Peyton…
2. Biggest Loser– Love this show because I feel it is very inspiring and yet so guilt inflicting at the same time!
3. Glee– Even though I just jumped on this band wagon at the end of the last season, I can’t get enough! I so wish my high school would have had a show choir!
4. Grey’s Anatomy– Some of the character story lines are getting a little sketchy, but I still have to watch it each week!

And there you have it– those are my weekly (or weakly, both apply) obsessions! Thanks!

Sarah - My favorite TV show is LOST. You might automatically disqualify me for saying this, but I’d never seen an episode before last September. My husband had been trying for months to get me to watch it, and I finally gave in. Three months later, I was caught up to the end of season 5. No other show I’ve ever seen has made me care so much about each character; has made me laugh, cry, gasp in shock or dig my fingernails into my husband’s arm in fear all in one episode. No other show has such deeply developed plot, characters, and symbolism. Other shows entertain me, but LOST has my utmost respect.

Brit - And, this is why we should hang out more, because I seriously LOVE TV like it is my job (and I’m not just saying that). My DVR gets a crazy workout every week.

And, now for the faves? Boy this is a tough one:
1. Modern Family
2. Glee
3. Grey’s Anatomy
4. 30 Rock
5. Cougartown
6. Private Practice
7. Project Runway
8. Kell on Earth
9. Parenthood
10. and, I’m going to stop because I just realized how ridiculous I looked….

Kendall - We, too, LOVE our TiVo, and record WAY more shows than we could watch on a regular basis. Here are my favorites, in random order!! 😀

1. The Office-Craig and I have all the seasons on DVD and are hooked on that show like none other!
2. Biggest Loser-Another one we enjoy together.
3. Parenthood-the drama and reality of the show combined make it irresistible to a stay-at-home mommy! 😀
4. Shear Genius-I know that Bravo shows aren’t always that appropriate but something about the combination of hair styling and competition make it a huge draw to me!

Lauren Scannell - LOST tops my list bc I spent about a couple of months in Fall 08 catching up and joined the rest of the fanatics! If something can captivate me like that than I am a huge fan!

glee also rocks my socks…yay Apr.13!

Nicole - okay lisa, you know we have bunny ears only…so this DVR you speak of is crazy talk. But, with that said, I do log into faithfully every week to watch Grey’s Anatomy. Patrick Dempsy. Enough said.

Audrey - Lisa, we’ve always had kindred hearts from the day we met when it comes to TV shows. I share all of these loves for these shows as you do. But currently, my favorite show is 30 Rock. The whole cast is so dynamic, there’s no story line to follow so if you miss a week you don’t feel lost, it’s just sheer hilarity.

admin - Stacie – when I first saw the previews for Community, I thought it looked ridic, and I wasn’t about to waste my time watching it (I though Joel McHale seemed like kind of a pompus jerk) but boy was I wrong! I LOVE that show! It’s not even been on for an entire year and the characters are already so well developed… I especially loved the end of the Halloween episode where Abed and Troy are talking like Batman :).

Jon – it’s so nice that we’ve been married for 6 years and I’ve had a blog for most of those years and this is the very first time you’ve actually left a comment. melt my heart. but, um, you can’t win the contest for obvious reasons :). But I love you 🙂

Amber – that Kate Gosselin is so horrible… but that’s what keeps me coming back to Dancing with the Stars! And I’m so glad to hear that you’ve jumped on the GLEE bandwagon :).

Sarah – I can so relate! I started watching in season 4 and we watched it all in 20 days. Every night I would dream I was on the island and I was always trying to book weddings while on the island… it was bizarre.

Brit – if TV could be a job, I would be all over that. Actually, I was part of a focus group that watched a tv show then shared our opinions about the show. I got paid 80 bucks, so it was kind of like a job I guess….

Lauren – Lost is OBVIOUSLY the best show on TV 🙂

Nicole – you kill me, girl. I’ll see you before the sun rises 🙂

Audrey – you are so right… being able to jump in to 30 rock at anytime is way cool.. that’s why it’s so easy to start watching but so hard to stop!

Laura Neff - I absolutely and always will LOVE Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a hot vampire 🙂 I own all 7 seasons, and all of the Angel spinoff seasons. I’m always a fan of a girl who can kick butt! And like the rest of you I too am addicted to TV:

1. The Office
2. Grey’s Anatomy
3. Private Practice
4. Parenthood
5. Modern Family
6. I recently got sucked into the Marriage Ref!
7. Legend of the Seeker-most of you probably don’t know this show, but alas my secret is out- I am a closet fantasy/sci-fi geek 🙂

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