Sophia and Lydia

Sweet Sophia and Lydia are full of energy and so much fun to photograph! These two girls are the children of my dear friend Heather and her husband Michael. I spent a couple fun days with them in Kentucky.

I was getting dizzy just watching Sophia as she spun around as fast as possible.

I can now add fencing with sticks while photographing to my résumé

The girls decided their beaded necklace would look lovely on the kitty. I agree.

Lydia is ready to work, pink polka dotted boots and all!

mom and Aunt Michelle comforting Sophia

sisterly cuteness!

weeeeee!!!

happiness

Sarah and Bob

I love to do “just because” portrait sessions with couples. You don’t ever need a particular event to set up portraits! I spent time with Sarah and Bob at their house downtown, then explored Michigan Ave with them.

I love the lines of this shot

We roped their cat Annie into a few of the shots.

Bob’s expression is great here!

Ceres

Ceres is six months old! I had a good time playing with her, hanging out with her mom, Liza, and bugging the cats.

I love her expression here… so serious!

She found my hand very tasty

I love the laughter!

kitty break!

kitty break #2!

Flying baby!

Ceres

Little Ceres at 3 months!

Not to worry, she’s in no danger!

It’s fun to play with family pets

Family summer fun

Last month my dad and all his brothers were in town for my uncle’s grand birthday celebration. It’s always a fun time when everyone gets together!

Every time all the brothers gather, they recreate a photo that was taken of them as kids. If one of them is absent, they simply use a broom or zucchini or something as a stand-in for the missing brother.

We took a trip down to Millennium Park

cousin Seamus!

A little playtime in the park with Vandhana and her sweet dog, Shivani

Careful of that beard, Mark

Violet is done for the afternoon

Seamus is fascinated by the iPhone, especially the bubble wrap app that dad had installed

Kitty time!

Gucci and Fussel

Kitty time!

Final Syracuse images

The rest of the Syracuse batch! My random finds throughout the weekend.

Interesting doors at night

Some lit-up tree branches

My brother at the local Starbucks

Janna’s cat, Mango

Cool stairwell leading up to Janna’s room

Maggie

Mango

John

I met up with John in Wicker Park at a fabulous loft where he was house/cat sitting for the weekend. I loved this place!

I loved the shapes of this fan I shot through

We called this his album cover shot

He was cracking me up with his raising one eyebrow talent

And of course, the kitty he was sitting. She was very sweet until she decided she was done being affectionate, at which point she bit me. That’s what I get for playing with her while she was trying to nap.

Ron and Lisa: the animals

Ron and Lisa have two very sweet pets: Prissy the cat and Lola the dog.

Lola loves to play! We had her outside running around in the snow.

Playing the jumping game with Ron

Waiting to come inside and join her friends

Peek-a-boo!

I loved how she blended in with the colors of their staircase

Playtime with Prissy!

We also went to visit one of Ron and Lisa’s friends who had two very sweet kitties

Christmas in Maine

I had a wonderful visit with my family back in Maine. Here’s a rather random collection of my time there.

Ivan was so kind to settle down in some lovely light

and then settle in Janna’s lap

Christmas morning… we decided mom needed some dogs to help wake her up. She obviously agreed.

So we brought all three!

My sisters and I made Christmas brunch, and here is Janna’s beautiful fruit plate creation

The day after Christmas we had a dinner for 11, and Janna and her boyfriend had fun making creative appetizers

Lobster dinner! Yum.

Ivan… no!

Mom’s sweet horse Sinna

Horsey butt!

Dad helping mom prepare Sinna for some driving on the road

Sinna and mom!

My brother made his girlfriend lots of origami creations for Christmas