Friday, November 14, 2014


It's always fun to see them all dressed up for the dance. As you can see, photo sessions are a bit more relaxed than in the past. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Banks Lake

As a family, we haven't been camping in several years. And even then we hadn't been tent camping as a family ever. 

We were invited to join another family at Banks Lake for a long weekend in September. We gathered up supplies, kind of just winging it as we went. Loaded up the car and set off in a small caravan to the other side of the mountains. 

Test one was setting up a borrowed tent in the dark by flashlight. I think we did pretty well and it was still standing in morning so I judged it a success. 

We all had fun cooking, hanging out and doing lots of activities. The family we went with camps often and was able to give suggestions. They also provided most of the entertainment. 

We travelled the lake by boat, inner tubed  and the big kids played on the jet skis. B and E had just completed testing for and obtained their boating licenses. Anique joined in on the paddle boat. 

There were also quads for the more adventurous. And those who didn't mind a lot of dust and dirt. 

Overall the trip was fun and everyone had a fun, relaxing weekend. 

We finished off our last day there with a hike up Steamboat Rock. It was a steep, hot, no shade, climb up but the view at the top was incredible! 

Bailey carried Ruppy with his injured paw up and down the whole way. Lily and Marcel were hiking champions. Lily cracked me up by wedging herself under sagebrush at every stop to get any available shade. She also would turn and bark at me if I wasn't moving fast enough on the way down. 

It was a great weekend with friends and family.  

Rest stop dog walker

Stray kittens at the gas station. The kids lobbied hard for adoption.

This is the face Anique makes when she doesn't want her picture taken.

Yes, he plays soccer even while camping.

Killing time waiting for the quad riders to come back. 

Bailey carried Ruppy for the entire hike

Monday, November 10, 2014

Baby D.

I'm the first to admit that photographing newborns is not my strongest area. I feel like I can't adequately capture all the precious cuteness.

Baby D was made to be a baby model. We got off to a rough start with a bad case of the hiccups. Every time he would almost drift off, he would hiccup and wake himself back up. He was still a happy baby, but very alert. After a feeding he finally drifted off. 

The pictures don't capture just how cute he is. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Senior Portraits - Beach

This sweet young lady and her sister braved the elements for her photo session. Despite the wet, wet day she was upbeat and positive the whole time. 

It was a joy working with her. 

Halloween Costumes

We just wrapped up Halloween and both kids came up with unique costume ideas. (These are all phone pictures, so please pardon the bad lighting and blur)

Anique was a claw machine. It made the stairs in the neighborhood a little tricky while we out but no tumbles thank goodness. 

Most of the cousins came over and trick or treated together. 

(Photo courtesy of Jody House)

Bailey and Ellie went out with a group of friends. They went as a zookeeper and Zebra. 

Is anybody else starting to feel the holiday pressure? Yikes, I feel like I should be far more organized!

Thursday, October 30, 2014


I'm so glad this young lady gave me the opportunity to take her senior pictures. I met her and her mother at the Evergreen Arboretum and took advantage of the many lush green and flowered backgrounds. The light was fading fast but we managed to get in several shots and each of her outfits before it was totally gone.
She was a wonderful model and it was great to hear about her plans for after high school. Also, she is the Executive Office for her NJROTC this year. What a great accomplishment!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bailey at 16

This year I didn't order any school pictures. Honestly, I have no good reason other than forgetting to send in the order form. 

Since we didn't do a photo session for his birthday AND had missed school pictures, I insisted on a photo session. 

Bailey was actually quite agreeable to it and although it was quick, we had fun with the different wall options. And, of course, we had to include Lily in a couple as well. I know it's cliché, but really, where does the time go? 

This super busy teen is a new driver, takes three classes at the high school, two college courses through Running Start, works part-time, and plays soccer. 

I'm impressed at how responsible he is growing to be and how well he is balancing his responsibilities this year.