A Chicago Family Visit

I was happy to see some family members during my recent quick trip through Chicago.

My aunt & uncle’s house is full of shelties and cats, so of course I feel right at home.
chicago sheltie

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chicago sheltie

chicago sheltie

chicago sheltie

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chicago sheltie

Grandma! She always looks so elegant.
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A snippet of life in San Francisco

I love photographing repeat clients. Eddy and Nicci were married five years ago, and I shot their ‘secret mission’ wedding (parts I and II) and their not-so-secret reception. I traveled to San Francisco a few weeks ago and was quite happy to be able to see these two again.

Activities during photo session are great fun. When I asked Nicci what sorts of activities are important in their lives, she responded “quilting and reading aloud to each other.” I was quite intrigued with them reading to each other, so I followed up with further questions.

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– When did you start reading to each other? –
“Oh, probably about 5 years ago.  It was when we were living in Houston and we started reading this very long, (what turned out to be) very terrible book every night before bed.  It is called the Deptford Trilogy and we tried to stop reading it several times, but we sort of considered it a challenge to finish it, so we kept on.  The last line of the book was, “You egoist!”  We still say that to each other when something seems long and totally pointless.  Eddy has been reading to me every night before bed since then.  I read to him when we take car trips and sometimes when we are just hanging out at home.”

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

– Whose idea was it? –
Probably mine.  I’m bossy.

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

– How many books have you read to each other? –
“Oh, gosh, hundreds probably.  We have basically covered nearly all of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Madeline L’Engle, Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Bronte sisters, Harry Potter, and so many more.  Right now, we are working through a compilation of Jules Verne.”

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

– What have been your favorite books? –
“We’re both pretty into Charles Dickens.”

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

– How often do you read to each other? –
“Daily!  Sometimes several times a day.”

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

– How do you choose what titles to tackle next? –
“Sort of weird free association!  Sometimes we’ll see a movie that we like and it will remind us of something then we’ll get the book and put it in our queue.  Like Eddy got a collection of Ray Harryhausen movies for Xmas last year and they’re mostly based on H.G. Wells stories, so we put those on our Xmas list this year.  Also, last time we went to an aquarium we decided we wanted to read Moby Dick.  We’ve been reading long enough, we’re pretty much always trying to think about what we can read next together.”

san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

Aside from reading, every photo shoot needs some skipping and Monkees walks. Thanks for the fun afternoon, you two!
san francisco couple portraits panhandle park reading

My Parents

About a month ago I prepared an anniversary post on Facebook for my parents (43 years!), and went searching for a portrait of the two of them. I realized that the most recent portrait I had done of them was five years ago! So the next time I visited, I made sure to carve out some time for updated ones.

We went to the barn, and dad immediately went searching for props. And of course no portrait session in my family is complete without at least one animal (the darling sheltie, Iszy).
maine portraits couple barn farm dog sheltie

maine portraits couple barn farm

I convinced dad to drop the props for just a few photos. They’re so cute!!
maine portraits couple barn farm

Central Park Wedding Portraits with Katy and Hugo

Katy and Hugo traveled from Alabama to tie the knot in Manhattan and spend a beautiful weekend in the NYC area. I had a wonderful time exploring Central Park with them for some fun portraits.

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central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

central park elope elopement wedding portrait nyc manhattan new york

Alternative Holiday Portraits with a Chicken Hat

I helped my sister and her husband again last year for their holiday card. I’m always a fan of something that will stand out on a wall full of cards, so I suggested a chicken hat. They decided to dress in concert black for the shoot.

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Their final choice was the one with just Lucy (on the left). While Cooper (on right) was visiting, I thought it was only fair that he be included in the dress-up fun.
alternative holiday portrait chicken hat dog

What fun holiday card ideas have you seen? I’d love to hear!

Maine Farm

A few images from another recent trip to see family in Maine:

Ivan the cat
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Mom asked for some portraits of her and Iszy
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Neal hanging out on the front lawn
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The guinea fowl up on the roof
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maine farm chicken

maine farm icelandic horses

maine farm icelandic horses

Mom spending time with her horses
maine farm icelandic horses

maine farm icelandic horses

Maine Dogs at Thanksgiving

My family’s gatherings are always fun and full of animals. This particular Thanksgiving there were seven dogs and ten humans, so you can imagine the noise level when all were together. This is actually a rather overdue post, for these are from Thanksgiving 2011.

It seems no matter their sizes, many dogs still consider themselves lap dogs
maine dog portraits

maine dog portraits

maine dog portraits

Lovely food arrangements
maine dog portraits

Beautiful pie by my sister Janna!
maine dog portraits

maine dog portraits

maine dog portraits

maine dog portraits

maine dog portraits

maine dog portraits

Marggie, the sweet old girl of the bunch
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I love getting a portrait of all dogs in attendance. From left to right: Lucy, Marggie, Baxter, Cooper, Iszy, Tanner, and Cassie.
maine dog portraits

I had seven dog wranglers assisting me for this shot. The video at the end of this post showcases the entire turn of events. I decided to try the same things as the previous year, which was to have all humans hold the dogs in place, then all at once the humans would run out the photo, hopefully leaving the dogs in place for a split second while I capture the portrait. The first time I tried this I thought it might actually work. This time I did it just for amusement factor.

Women’s Portraits at Sound Lounge

I always enjoy getting together with other entrepreneurs to exchange business ideas and find out more about interesting businesses. My friend Elyse decided to host an evening for her women entrepreneurial friends, which I was delighted to attend. There were short presentations, yummy food, wine, and excellent conversation. Throughout the night I explored the space and took a few fun portraits.

Vanessa
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Pam
nyc new york women portraits

Eileen
nyc new york women portraits

Katie
nyc new york women portraits

Nicole
nyc new york women portraits

nyc new york women portraits

Lisa and Sarah
nyc new york women portraits

Fabulous mother-daughter duo of Lauren and Janine
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Evita
nyc new york women portraits

The master organizer, Elyse, demonstrating Thai Massage on our chef for the evening, the talented Melissa
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One of the many delicious and nutritious snacks prepared for us by Melissa
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Shannon giving a quick marketing talk
nyc women entrepreneurs

Joanie, of Motivated Nutrition
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Just in case you think of networking events as dull…
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Elyse’s fabulous shoes that we all adored.
nyc women entrepreneurs

New York Bakery : Haute So Sweet

I had the pleasure of working with Michelle of Haute So Sweet, a local cake baker, to create new images for her website. She brought in one of my favorite makeup artists, Anni of NYC Faces, so I was excited to work with such a great team. As a bonus, we got to try a cake pop at the end of the shoot… yum! The nutella cake pop was amazing.

new york cake baker haute so sweet

new york cake baker haute so sweet

new york cake baker haute so sweet

new york cake baker haute so sweet

new york cake baker haute so sweet

new york cake baker haute so sweet

Manhattan Portraits of Caroline and Stefan

For Caroline’s birthday, a couple surprises were in the works. Her boyfriend Stefan was flying in from Germany (where Caroline and her parents are from), and her mom arranged a portrait session with me for an afternoon. What fun! I had a great day exploring the Upper West Side and Central Park with this adorable couple.

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manhattan nyc new york portrait uws

manhattan nyc new york portrait uws

manhattan nyc new york portrait uws

manhattan nyc new york portrait uws

manhattan nyc new york portrait uws

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manhattan nyc new york portrait central park

manhattan nyc new york portrait central park