Monday, March 17, 2014

If You Build it...

Over the last few weeks at work, I've been chastised by my residents for my choice in footwear.  Open toes, no socks with flats, oddly bright colors... the list goes on.  Anyone that works with the senior population understands that, in the opinion of the residents, anyone younger than them needs unsolicited advice and guidance. Clearly, I am in desperate need of guidance on appropriate cold weather footwear.  As we are graced with little teases of the warmer weather just around the corner, I decided to adopt the 'Field of Dreams' moto to try to get Spring temperatures to arrive with a bit more haste.  By "build it", I mean I am going to conduct myself as if it is 60 degrees outside and mother nature can catch up at her leisure. 

In my longing to get outside (without 17 layers on), I found myself reminiscing and going through photos of my adventures, projects and photo shoots from last Spring and Summer.  Long story short, I discovered that I never shared one of my most favorite photo shoots from last summer. (Do you sense a theme among these last two posts?) It was a maternity shoot and Baby Riley is now 7 months old.  Believe it or not, the mother featured here (Cassie)  was less than 10 days away from giving birth when these photos were snapped.

I can almost feel the hot summer sun on my skin when I look at these photos.  Enjoy!

Dad was a good sport.  We went to a spot he often fishes, and being involved in a photo shoot didn't stop him from getting some tips and reports from the anglers on the pier that day. 

Simply stunning.

Although, in total honesty, this photo is over exposed, I love the ethereal feel to it. 

A touch of whimsy and a whole lotta sunshine.

Try asking a woman who is 9 months pregnant to fit her foot on the same (small) chair that she is sitting on.  You might just get this look of unamused sultriness. 

Perfect purple wildflowers and a DIY sign from the baby shower.

The perfect purple wild flowers were steps away from where we were shooting, with no other flowers in sight.  Fate. 

Besties.  Jackie (left) lovingly gifted this maternity photo shoot to her best friend Cassie. Aren't they gorgeous?

Despite the fresh coat of snow delivered to the Philadelphia area as a special St. Patrick's Day gift, Spring (and SUMMER!) are just around the corner.  Book your warmer weather photo shoots early and often!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Better Late Than Never

I really hate that phrase.  And I hate that I thought of a million excuses as to why it was OK for me to be late.  I'm not one for excuses, but we all make them for ourselves and others from time to time and I think that is rather negative.  Maybe we should start calling these little things that diverge us from our intended paths as "reasons".  Having a reason for something is a hell of a lot better than having an excuse for something.  Excuses assign blame; and really, is there a need for blame assignment when something has gone differently than expected?  No.  No there is not.

In any case, I'm really late in getting these photos up to share with you.  My bad.  I hope you enjoy them in all of their untimely glory.   Perhaps they will make you think of all of the things we love about winter; holidays, family time, fire places, glitter, pine trees and cozy blankets.  Never mind the several tons of snow that are finally melting and the compact car sized pot holes you've been dodging.

This holiday season, I offered mini photo shoot options to the lovely folks who were kind enough to contact me to set up a time for updated family photos for card sending.  Thanks to these families for braving the BITTER cold with grace, class (minus the frozen snot on the little ones) and beautiful smiles.  I hope your holiday cards were enjoyed by all who received them!

When parents are willing to be silly, you get expressions like these.

Well, boys will be boys.

With three young boys, I applaud these parents.

Outside to let the wild ones be wild.

It was actually 20 degrees outside so they deserve a standing ovation.

Such a sweet, sweet young lady.

And a handsome young man.

Cozy by the fire place

Sometimes as a photographer you have to pretend to trip over something.  Nothing better than a genuine laugh. 

This pretty little face should look familiar!

Mommy can be pretty funny

A Julianna sized Christmas Tree.  

Sweet mommy-daughter moment.

This is what pure joy looks like.

Million dollar smiles run in the family.

Happiness is...

Handsome face.

This.  This is why I love taking photographs.

Thank you for indulging my "better late than never" winter time photos.  Even though it seems far behind us, I hope you all enjoyed a fantastic holiday season with family and friends!