8 Years Old

i might always refer to my children as my babies. And when i talk about the weight i need to lose, i sometimes say, “Well, i did just have a baby.” Don’t let me fool you. The last time i gave birth was 8 years ago. So, i use the term “babies” loosely. And that post-pregnancy weight loss… well, let’s just say i’m holding onto that excuse until he’s 40. 😉

My oldest son isn’t a fan of having his photo taken. This one likes to dress up and will pose for me- which is fun. But he also acts silly, just at the moment i think i have the coolest shot. i thought i would mix business with pleasure this morning and TREAT him to one of his fave local treats at the Jackson Coffee Company. After he enjoyed his mint hot cocoa and glazed honey bun, he was all for having his photo taken. (Please note, my son dressed himself.)

The Jax Coffee Co. has a great vibe. i have used it as a backdrop for other shoots and really appreciate it, especially in cold winter months. Just goes to show, the blustery winter weather doesn’t have to interfere when photos simply must get done!






First Shoot of 2013

Ahhhhh. Feels good to get back behind the lens again. January is typically a quiet month as people get back into the swing of things after the holidays. This time of year i get the chance to clean my office, consider marketing materials for the new year and recover from a busy fall/winter. But i miss shooting/creating. So, i was glad to get the chance to stay in practice with these two little ones who have January birthdays. Their smiles and bright eyes were fun to capture. It was a great way to kick off a new year!






Destination: Chelsea

We were in town to celebrate the opening of our friends’ Overland Studio. We had a blast learning about studio lighting and experiencing what it feels like to be on the posing side of the camera. (Not my forte) On a little pre-lunch-break, a few of us wandered out to take some photos in downtown Chelsea.

i am always impressed with Chelsea. It is clean, compact and somehow energized. i was bummed to see a particular market was gone- but excited to find Smokehouse 52 BBQ soon opening in its place. i was impressed with some outside modifications to the building. Then, like a kid at a toy store, stuck my face up against the glass to look inside.

I was even more impressed with the details and decor of the interior! The proprietors of the restaurant invited in those of us who got caught snooping. They were welcoming and explained their vision. The items used to decorate the space have great history and the space is a unique experience.

i am eager for the restaurant to open. i have a few friends i meet in Chelsea for meals because it is a mid-way point for us. It will be fun to add a new venue to our list of options. i wish the owners all the best, and thank them for the pre-opening tour!