catching up

Well, I guess it’s been a while since I last shared some photo sessions. It’s been so long babies have been born and celebrated first birthdays and here I am sitting on maternity shots. 

Since I have a bunch of sessions to share, I’m just going to post a bunch together at a time. 


Last June my cousin Katie and her husband were awaiting their second child. Katie and I took her first, Lucas, out with us for some maternity pictures one night. Less than a week later, baby Lynley arrived. 

I met Lynley the day she was born. Look at that tiny little girl! Crazy to think she just celebrated her first birthday and is running around with her big brother now. 

In July I met up with Mitchell, Jena and their two adorable boys. Jena’s parents also tagged along to get a few with pictures their grandsons. I loved meeting this wonderful family. We had such a nice day for a great session! 

Last July I also got to meet up with Nate, Lauren and their two girls...plus baby on the way! We had a great session, while the oldest showed off her swinging skills, the youngest, who had just turned one, showed off her walking ability. Not only are these two sweet girls a joy to photograph, their two pups are always camera ready which make them a favorite of mine! 

Wash / Van Trip [part 4]

On our first morning in Canada, we leisurely made breakfast and packed our lunch before heading out to explore. Upon leaving, we took a quick detour to the top of the hill that our cabin was located on to take in the view. Not too bad. 

Our first stop was at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. We never quite knew if we were on the right trail. Some trails were super rocky, while others took us back to the road for a bit until we hit the trail again. In the end we finally found the potholes and made it just in time to watch a guy jump in as his friend watched. 

East Sooke Regional Park  was our next stop. This area is huge and we could have spent all day here if time allowed. It didn't, so we picked one trail to explore. We were kind of hoping to spot an otter or two, since they are known to be in this area, however, they must have been hiding from us this particular day.

After our hike, we headed to Victoria to visit Eric's cousin Nik. It had been roughly 25 years since they had last seen each other, so it was due time to get together again. 

Upon arriving, we were greeted by Herbie + Doogan, two playful labradoodles. I was mainly smitten by Herbie [probably because of his name]. The weather was beautiful, so we sat in the backyard catching up / getting to know each other. 

For supper, Nik's husband James made fresh pasta [which was fantastic!]. I watched as he made it look so simple.

I made myself useful by making sure all their pets were entertained. I specifically got along with Francois the cat. He enjoyed the attention / pets, while I got my cat-fix. 

I'm so glad we got to spend an evening among great company. We heard some great traveling stories, plus got some tips of places to check out before we left Vancouver Island.

san francisco [day 2]

Day two of our San Francisco trip was the busiest. We started out bright and early [thanks to still being on Central Time] and went to have breakfast at Blue Bottle

We had planned to ice skate that morning but we were too early and it wasn't going to start for another hour. We weren't too bummed though, since this left time to explore and work on our glutes. 

Upon arriving back at the skating rink when it opened, we were still the only ones there. Although it was nice to have the rink to ourselves for a half hour before others arrived AND to be skating outside and not be freezing [as we would have been in WI]. 

After skating it was time for lunch so we headed over to Jaspers Corner Tap. We had already eaten here our first time to the city, but it was close and convenient so we went again to plan out the rest of our day. 

Instead of resting, we decided to go check out Baker Beach. It was quite overcast and there weren't too many people, however, there were dogs. And lots of them. One lady in particular had six dogs with her. I really wanted to take some photos but felt bad so I asked her first. 

Her name was CJ and she runs Gentle Dog. CJ was very nice and at one point I was talking to her and Eric took off without me. He soon found me after he realized I wasn't behind him. I mean it was pretty obvious. If there are animals, I'm hanging out with them. 

That evening, we attended the first Sketchfest show we had tickets for which was Spontaneanation with Paul F Tompkins. This podcast was not quite a year old when we saw it, but Eric and I had both listened to every episode up until this point and it never had disappointed us, so we knew we were in for a good show. 

The show is comprised of a monologue by PFT, an interview with a special guest and then an improve story which includes 3 additional people. We definitely hit the jackpot with the show we saw. If I had been asked the three improvisers I'd want to see - these three would have all made the top of my list. 

The improvisers were Craig Cackowski, Matt Gourley and Janet Varney, while the special guest was Jon Hamm [yeah, I know I probably don't need to link him to anything but hey, I'm trying to be fair to everyone mentioned]. Oh yes! And the improve is all scored on piano by Eban Schletter

If you ever get the chance to see this show live, DO IT. I can't recommend it enough. You can listen to the particular show we saw here and during the few occasions you don't know what's going on, but the audience is laughing uncontrollably? Well, too bad, you should have been there. Also, you should have been there to hear everyone sing "Don't Stop Believing". That's something you won't hear on the recorded show. 

After the show there was a meet and greet. We decided to wait in line and well, meet and greet the performers. I had brought along a picture I wanted signed if there was a chance, so here it was. 

I'm no stranger to autographs. I still have all my autographs I've collected over the years [I'm not sure if it's more embarrassing that I have kept them all or that I knew exactly where they were].

EXAMPLE A - A magician / comedian from some random show my parents made me go to.

EXAMPLE A - A magician / comedian from some random show my parents made me go to.

EXAMPLE B - Elijah Wood, of course. 99% sure this is not authentic, but a copy sent out in bulk to teenage girls who wrote letters to their favorite teen actors.

EXAMPLE B - Elijah Wood, of course. 99% sure this is not authentic, but a copy sent out in bulk to teenage girls who wrote letters to their favorite teen actors.

Although, after standing in line for a while I began to feel silly. I'm already an awkward person meeting people I don't know. And do I really need an autograph? No. But is it neat to meet the people that entertain you during long drives or while you sit for hours editing photos? Yes. 

So, we stayed in line. And I got my picture of Maude [concerned that she couldn't listen to a live Superego steam because of technical difficulties] signed by 1/2 of Superego. [I had the chance to collect the other 1/2 of the group the following night but still felt weird about meeting and greeting, so I refrained. Not sure if that makes this signed photo more or less rare.]

tl;dr Go see Spontaneanation live. Listen to these podcasts: The JV Club, I Was There Too, Pistol Shrimps Radio + Superego. Make up your own mind if getting an autograph is cool or not. 

the h family

It was a super sunny day when I met with the H family last fall. Luckily we were able to find some shade while we walked the trails at Retzer Nature Center. 

Gavin was a sweetheart - just look at his adorable smile in these photos! I think he got bored of me taking pictures after a little while [no hard feelings - I'd probably feel the same way if I wasn't behind the camera!] but that changed when he got to hold his dog Max. I loved to see the interaction between Gavin and Max. 

The session ended with Gavin getting a ride on his dad's shoulders as we walked to our cars. What a lucky kid and what a wonderful family.

newborn william

Towards the end of summer last year, I went to the baby shower for my friends Amanda and JR. Amanda's sister did an amazing job planning the party which was held at the Paper Discovery Center.  There were so many desserts, we probably didn't even need real food [what am I saying, desserts ARE real food!]. But at the same time, the desserts were almost too pretty to eat! 

After the presents were opened and the desserts were mostly gone, I took a picture of Amanda and our friend Rachel who was due very soon. 

I also made Amanda stand in front of the huge world map because I thought it was awesome. She found the South Korea flag and prominently displayed it [her mom is from South Korea]. This is maybe a good time to remind Amanda's parents [if they are reading this] that they promised to buy us all tickets to go to the Olympics in South Korea. Don't forget your promise to us! Thanks! :)

Fast forward to September and little Willliam arrived! He came a little bit early but grew strong and a few weeks later he was home.

We first went to meet him after he had come home. We were greeted by William's dog cousins Macy + Mister [or is it Uncle? or Bronx? this dog has too many names...] who wanted nothing to do with me. 

William's dog sister Jam didn't really care for me either, but at least she posed nicely on the couch. And gave me the stink eye.

ANYWAY, let's talk about that baby!

William slept most of the time we were there, but woke up a few times to say hi. He was so sweet, snuggly and adorable. I can't wait to see him again, especially now that he's bigger than the dogs. [Watch out pups!]

the r family

I met the R family last fall at their home. They had a wonderful yard, made even more spectacular with the leaves which were all turning color. It started out a little chilly, but warmed up as the sun came out. 

Baby Clayton did so well. He was wide awake and did not fuss one bit. That little boy is sure a cutie. 

And as if this family couldn't get any better - they had three dogs! Have I mentioned I love taking pictures of animals? [Yes. The answer is yes.] 

I guess I should be thanking the R family for providing the perfect location and wonderful subjects to work with. THANKS you guys!!

baby rohan

Look at this little guy! Rohan is so adorable. 

You might remember his parents and big [dog] brother Charlie from this post

I got to meet Rohan last fall. Two of his cousins were there as well [sorry, you'll have to make it to the end of this post to find out who].

I love all the little hand gestures he made throughout his photo shoot. Seriously, he's the cutest.

Also - check out the Lord of the Rings map his dad painted in his room. How amazing did it turn out?!  Hope if you guys ever move you can cut that wall out and take it with you! ;) 

Surprise! Look who else was there! Cousins Kenley + Schuyler! Hey guys! 

the J family

Soon after Tessa was born last summer, I got to meet her along with her wonderful family. While Tessa slept most of the session, her big sister Teya was wide awake and ready to play. I'm pretty sure she would have let her dad push her on the swing almost all day. 

Also wanting to play was the family's golden retriever Bucky who didn't get the memo that I was there to take pictures, not throw his tennis ball. Lucky for Bucky and the other pup Rosie, I always have time to throw a ball or give pets. 

Six months later I returned! It was right before Christmas and the weather was fantastic. Instead of snow, the forecast was threatening rain! However, we dodged the rain and were lucky to be able to go outside in just long sleeves and not freeze!

Tessa had grown so much since I had last seen her. She also gave some adorable smiles. Teya was a champ and held her baby sister for a few pictures, just like she had in our first session. 

Again the pups were there and did so well for pictures. I just love how they snuggled up to one another in the family shot. 

I'm so glad that I got to visit this family twice last year. 

new york, day 3 + 4

Day 3 in New York was a busy one and we started the day off with a bike ride. The hotel we stayed at, the NU Hotel, had a bunch of bikes which made it easy [and free!] to get around. We rode all the way to Bed - Stuy for a donut and then to Louis Valentino Jr. Park park in Red Hook to try and get a nice view of the Statue of Liberty.   

During our ride, we came across Cacao Prieto. They were closed but a worker noticed us looking curiously inside so he allowed us in to take a peek. While paying for a bar of chocolate, out of the corner of my eyes, I thought I saw an animal. The employee must have saw my look of confusion and told us we could go in the back courtyard where they kept chickens!

Eric got to hold one while the rest scattered around. One little chicken was sad looking as she had lots of missing feathers. She was new and had been rescued since at the last place she lived, she had been picked on [or should I said picked AT]. 

After our busy morning, we took it a bit easier and just strolled around in the afternoon. We had no where to be until later on that evening, so we just strolled around, inching ourselves closer to Times Square.

We had tickets to see Phil Hanley + Phriends at Carolines on Broadway and it was recommended that we arrive around an hour before the show. Upon arriving and noticing no one else there, we realized we were actually TWO hours early. Instead of venturing out into the craziness that is Times Square we just decided to stay in the club and hang out. 

The show was fun, however, it was unfortunate to only see a little over a dozen people there. 

On day 4 we had very few hours to do anything before we needed to be at the airport. The only things I really remember from that morning was walking around our hotel's neighborhood and DOGS. I quickly have to back up to our first day when we were walking around and saw a handmade sign outside of someone's brownstone house. There was a cute hand-drawn picture of a dog and the words read "My Dinner With Tigey". Below there were some more specifics about having dinner at the house with the dog (the most Brooklyn thing ever?). As we saw this sign, we also saw Tigey sleeping on the ground. Honestly I was really intrigued by this but at the same time, it sounded a bit scary. 

Anyway, back to our last day there, we are walking around and as we walk by a coffee shop I see a dog outside and exclaim "I think it's Tigey!". As we got closer, the owner was on her way out of the shop. We asked if we could pet her dog and she allowed us and told us "Tigey just loves people!". IT WAS TIGEY! I admit I was a bit more excited than I probably should have been, but it felt like I had just met a celebrity. 

After meeting the owner and Tigey, I really do wish we would have done the Dinner With Tigey. 

As we arrived back to the hotel to grab our luggage, this was my final image of our trip.