Feb 20, 2014
posted in For Fun, Travel with  1  Comments

Sometimes, I just have to pinch myself. I don’t really know how I got so lucky and sometimes I just shake my head like I am in a really awesome dream. Two years ago, I met some incredible ladies in Chicago (some I already knew, most I didn’t) and we’ve all been close ever since. We don’t see each other very much at all but we talk on an almost daily basis. It’s very hard to get 11 working moms that live all over the U.S. and Canada together but we managed to make that happen this past summer and met up in Cape Cod for an amazing few days. We laughed, we cried, we learned how to ride bikes in the middle of the night – you know, all the stuff that makes a good chick flick ;) And of course, because we are all photographers, there are pictures.

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Group photo taken by Michele Anderson of PinkleToes Photography.

I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked with my big camera but I did take a whole lot of cell phone pics!

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My heart is full of joy looking at these and I absolutely cannot wait until I see these amazing ladies again soon!

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My friends <3 :

Shona Reid – Ottowa, Canada
Carol Swaitkewich – Winnepeg, Canada
Stacy Krager – Springfield, Illinois
Leah Cook – Dallas, Texas
Sarah Jordan – Boston, Mass.
Janie Jones – Kansas City, Kansas
Lena Antaramian – New York, NY
Michele Anderson – Austin, Texas
Heidi Drexler Photography – St. Louis, MO

 

 

It was a close one, folks! This year’s Photo of the Year Winners are:

1st Place: 

• 16X20 Gallery Wrapped Canvas of the winning image.
• $500 gift card to be used towards a Premium Session in 2014.

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2nd and 3rd Place Winners:
• 11×14 Gallery Wrapped Canvas of the winning image.
• $200 gift card to be use towards a Premium Session in 2014.

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Congratulations!!!

And a super huge THANK YOU to all that participated and voted!

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Hey guys! It’s time to vote for 2013′s Photo of the Year! My favorites were so hard to narrow down that I had you all choose.  Here are this year’s awesome nominees!

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Voting begins from NOW until midnight on Sunday, February 9th. Winners will be announced on February 10th.

This year, you can vote here and/or on Facebook!

 

Winners will get the following prizes!

1st Place: 
• 16X20 Gallery Wrapped Canvas of the winning image.
• $500 gift card to be used towards a Premium Session in 2014.

2nd and 3rd Place Winners:
• 11×14 Gallery Wrapped Canvas of the winning image.
• $200 gift card to be use towards a Premium Session in 2014.

Happy Voting!!

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Jan 04, 2014
posted in 365 | 2013, For Fun with  3  Comments

I’m not really sure exactly why I started a 365 project at the start of 2013. Part of it was to use my camera every day, for sure (although, I ended up using my iPhone more than I would have liked). Another was to challenge myself to see creatively. And of course, there was the sentimental aspect to the whole thing. There are those moments sometimes, when we’re doing something fun with the kids or it’s quiet and we’re just snuggling with them or watching them sleep and I always say to my husband, “I wish we could bottle this. Save this feeling”. But I know we can’t because in a moment, I’ll forget it and it’ll never come back, which makes me sad but at the same time strive to find those moments. This project didn’t bottle that feeling but it comes close. I know these photos by heart and I’ve watched the slideshow I made over and over again when I was making it and it wasn’t until that 8th or 9th time that the tears came. Remembering all the highest highs and the lowest lows. 2013 was neither great nor terrible. It was here and now it’s gone and I’ll always have a little piece of it in these photos.

So, final thoughts. Start your own 365 NOW. Pick up your camera or pick up your cell phone and just grab those moments.

Here are some of my favorites and if you’re up for it, a video of all 365 photos below.

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I first met this mom last year when her now one-year-old was a newborn.  I remember sqeeee-ing and wanting to hold him but we had just met so that would have been awkward if I asked, no? ;)

Milestones like a first birthday are so important to capture and treasure.  We could have easily just taken little JM’s 1st year photos, but I am so pleased to have gotten mom in there. Years from now, when he’s past all those other important milestones, she has these to look back on to get glimpse of that feeling. You know that feeling. That feeling when your heart swells with so much love that it almost hurts. I see it when I look at these (especially that b&w!) and I hope she does, too.

I can’t wait to photograph the rest of this family later this month. She’s got four boys!

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