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June 28, 2011

Here’s a session from this past winter. Kai’s momma contacted me to do this session as a surprise for her husbands birthday. It was so cold out, but Kai didn’t notice one bit, running around in the snow was so much fun for him!

Here’s a few of my favorites from our session, enjoy!

One of Kai’s favorite past-times is chasing and playing with the Donkeys……



June 17, 2011

So…..yeah…’s been a hot minute. Too long in fact. My apologies! I do, however, have some news!

I am no longer a Miss, I am a Mrs. πŸ™‚ On May 20, 2011, Oscar and I tied le knot in Asheville, NC. We did all the work, so the month previous was very very busy. We then went on our honeymoon, and since being back, well, I’ve been playing catch-up and contemplating all those big life questions.

I promise a post with photos once we get them!

Our original honeymoon plans called for us driving from Asheville, NC after the wedding to Charleston, SC and after a few days there, heading to Savannah, GA for a long weekend before heading back home.

Ah, the best laid plans……

We had a great honeymoon, however, the plans changed. After 4 days in Charleston, we packed up and hit the road to Savannah. Ugh.

What. A. Let down.

Now, it’s my own fault. I’ve had this grandiose idea of what Savannah is since I could read, and my expectations were way too high. Couple that w/ the fact that he hadn’t yet really just chilled and rested, and within, oh, 5 hours of being there we decided to leave first thing in the morning. Hey, it’s our honeymoon!

So we did, and we headed back to the beautiful, amazing delicious city of Asheville.

But now I’m back and ready to rock and roll! Future posts w/ photos from the wedding and all will be coming, but I have some catch up to do w/ me furry clients, so be looking forward to posts in the near future.

And of course, if you’d like some great photos to capture this time in life of your 4 legged family members, contact me today!!

Musica for your week: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

April 12, 2011

**I had this post almost finished and ready to post yesterday, Monday. Just as I was about finished, my internet crashed. SO frustrating! Just letting you know so it’s known to the world that yes, I did get to this on Monday, I did not procrastinate!!!**

For this week, I thought I’d introduce you to a group I’ve just recently come to know of and love, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. I first heard them on Pandora (an online radio of sorts, if you don’t know, you should. Go. Now.).

They’re gritty, quirky, and I love it. There is one song in particular I’m in love with. In fact, I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate it into my wedding!!


Seeing as I’m new to their music, I don’t have a whole lot of suggestions. But that video above. Watch it. And fall in love.

I also really enjoy the songs Black Water, 40 Day Dream, Simplest Love and Brother.

Def watch the video, and def check them out!

Musica for your week: Frank Sinatra

April 4, 2011

Ok, so I’ve managed to do this two weeks in a row, yay me! So, for my second week, I mos def had to feature Mr. Frank Sinatra. I have no idea how I came to be such a fan of his, but it happened sometime in high school. I suppose one could possibly say I was slightly obsessed. I own his cds, many many of his movies, and have about 8 or 9 framed photographs of him.

His music is just beautiful, I adore his voice. One of my favorite songs of his is “Just one of those things” which I heard in the movie Young at Heart with Doris Day. Here’s that clip from the movie, love LOVE it:



Of all the albums of his I own, I’d say Classic Sinatra: His Greatest Performances 1953-1960 is my all around favorite. I love the flow of the album, the songs, just, everything about it. So if you’re new to the Sinatra experience, I would recommend starting with this album.

As for his movies, these are my faves:


A clip from The Tender Trap: (not the best visual quality, but oh’s well!)



Here’s a clip from the movie Young at Heart with Doris Day, my fave movie of his!



And some of my favorite songs, all videos are from YouTube:


Luck Be A Lady Tonight:


Fly Me To The Moon:


That’s Life:


I’ve Got You Under My Skin:


I could easily go on and on and on, but check him out for yourself, both his music, and his movies. Enjoy!

Circus Cirq-what?

March 31, 2011

So, this here post is for fellow photogs and biz owners. You may or may not have heard of Kristen over at Brand Camp (and if not, you should check her out!). I’ve been reading her blog for over a year now, and have found many insights from reading her work. Not only have I learned a lot of things, but I genuinely enjoy reading her posts, I don’t just read to get the good stuff, but because she’s entertaining.

Earlier this year she launched a product called Circus Circus: Your Adventure Guide to Better Business Writing. I was interested in finding out more information, because as I said, I find her writing to be both entertaining as well as knowledgable. After downloading the first chapter for free(which at time of this writing you can still do in her shop) I was interested enough to purchase the full thang.

Holy Hell.

She put a LOT of work into this thing. I’ll be honest, I haven’t yet finished working on it. This isn’t something you purchase for a quick fix. She doesn’t spell out for you exactly what you should write. She leads you. So if you think you need help with your written word, and truly have the time, effort and energy into getting better and making a change, this is definitely the thing for you.

Besides the writing part, she also guides you to really think about yourself, your clients, your business and your products. Definitely worth every penny, IMO.

So if you’re interested in Kristen, Brand Camp and Circus Circus, head over to her site.

Musica for your week: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

March 28, 2011

I’d say my 2nd love in life is music. Not in the “I want to make music” sense, but in that music just reaches to my soul. I had even considered going to college to get a degree to be that person who selects the music for movies, shows etc. as the music playing can make or break a scene.

In high school I would go to the local Borders Books and Music and spend a few hours there, just listening to different music they had featured. When I saw a movie that had an amazing score/soundtrack, I’d head straight to the store to buy it. I ended up working at BBM in college, and I am now the proud owner of at LEAST 2000 cds. At least.

I thought I’d start a little feature here on music, since it is so close to my heart.

I’ll start first with my longest held consistent musician love: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

I first heard of Tom Petty when I was in 6th grade I believe. There was a particular boy I had a crush on, and one day he and another friend brought up Tom Petty. This was back in the days of those mailers from Columbia where you can get a certain number of free cds but you have to commit to buy more later, or whatev the deal was. The next time got one of those in the mail, I got as many Tom Petty cd’s as I could and they had. From there, a love affair was born. πŸ˜›

My all time favorite is Mary Janes Last Dance:

Another fave, this will get you in a fantabulous mood any time of day. Just try listening and not rocking out. Runnin’ Down a Dream:

I have been to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers more times than I can count. I have, however, keep track of how many states I’ve seen them in: 5.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Summerfest. This is where I’ve seen them the most, having grown up an hour south. This also, is by FAR, the best show I’ve seen them put on. There’s something about the atmosphere that just makes their shows here unbelievable. Every. Time.

San Antonio, Texas. As my graduation gift from high school from my parents, my mom, sister, cousin, then boyfriend and myself took a trip down to Texas to see them on tour.

Saratoga Springs, New York. A few years back my step-sister Mac and I took a road trip planned around seeing them in SS, NY. We flew into Boston a few days before the concert, road tripped up, went to Montreal, then back down through Vermont and Maine. This was an…interesting show. I feel like they had the craziest fans up there. Bonus, Stevie Nicks joined them on-stage to perform and it was awesome.

Atlanta, Georgia. My fiance and I drove up from Orlando when we were living there, it was his first time seeing them, and I’d say it won him over.

Tampa, Florida. I flew down to FL after having moved back up north to go see them with Mac again. This was probably, ok, not probably, this was my worst concert experience with them. 1st, it was indoors. No Bueno. 2nd, we were easily the youngest fans in our section by 30 years, and if I remember correctly, many of them didn’t feel like standing up.

If you’re new to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and want to get a taste, I’d say check out their Greatest Hits Album and Wildflowers.

There’s some music to get you through the week. Enjoy!!!

Ms. Adele

March 2, 2011

When Adele‘s first album 19 came out, I loved it, and couldn’t wait for her next to be released. So when 21 came out in February, I was elated! I went on a little, or, not so little, Adele kick. I listened to her album everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. Yes, I’m a bit obsessive at times. I love the whole album, but one song, One and Only, really resonated with me.

So, I thought my love for Adele and her music was pretty well solidified. BUT. Then she appeared on Chelsea Lately(a hilarious show, if I may say so myself!) and holy crap, she NEEDS to do more interviews. I loved it!

So, I’ve yet to figure out how to embed video into a post on here, so for now, click HEREΒ to view her interview.

Enjoy, and I hope you love her music as much as I do!