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New Beginnings!

Even though the blog has been quiet, it's been very busy behind the scenes over here! Lots of stuff in the works. 2010 is bringing lots of new beginnings, and here's a sneak peek of what's to come:

A preview of my first session of 2010, and a sneak peek of my NEW LOGO!! I'm working on a new website and blog [I had hoped to get the new blog up and running today, but eh - whattya gonna do?] Some snow shoveling had to be done :)
So WATCH OUT AMERICA! New things are coming your way next week.

2010 is going to be a great year.


Happy New Year!

It's been a wonderful and busy year - and I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of my wonderful clients who have made this year [and next year!] a success.

Next year will take me to two destination weddings, and to a few dozen undoubtedly gorgeous weddings with fantastic and fun clients. I can't wait!

Stay tuned on the blog to see all my goings on :)


*since every post is better with a picture, here are a few of the 'kids' :)


a very lovely Christmas indeed.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season! I got a very nice, and very surprising, gift from my sister on Christmas:

a wreath, just like I was wanting! she made it herself - and it's perfect!

it's pretty :)


Merry Christmas!!!

I knew it would take a lot to top last year's card - and I waited too long to think about it. So, this year's card is definitely not nearly as good as the awesome that we created last year, but oh well. At least it still showcases how adorable my dogs are :)
I love the whole 'ugly sweater' fad - the parties, the exchanges, everything. It's fun :) So - that was my idea [and Brandon willingly played along]. Finding sweaters for us was really easy, but there aren't ANY ugly toddler sweaters - I think the sheer size of them makes them adorable by default. So the dogs just got patterned shirts - still works!
Anytime you try to do anything productive with dogs, it takes some work. A lot of work. Here are some outtakes of the shoot that led up to the final photos:
First I wanted to get a shot of just to two of them for my mom's annual Sadie calendar [a tradition 5 years strong!]
"guys, come on - pay attention!"
[and it was at this point I thought that they didn't look festive enough]
the bow fixes it :) "Sadie - are you squinting on purpose?! that's two in a row!"

"Rocky - stoppit! you guys can play later! Focus!"

*sigh* "You guys. Please?"

[in case you were wondering what got them to look at me and turn their heads - I said "Do you WANT?" they know any time I ask them if they want. . . . they get something good :)]

Now for the family photo. . .

"Sadie - knock it off! That's not a toy!"

Not bad - the dogs never really cooperated together. No one at the camera to get their attention, ya know. But you can see how fabulous my sweater was - Santa's beard was solid beads :) and he had red beads that were supposed to be rosy cheeks but looked like chicken pox, and his eyes were black circles with x's in them - drunk Santa.

So we tried again and finally came up with something. Behold this year's Christmas Card:


The photo is pretty fitting - Rocky's never been interested in having his photo taken. He was done. I am pretty proud of the poem, too :)

I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday! I'm heading out of town today, and not taking my computer :) Just spending time with family [and eating and drinking a lot!]


Kaalan + Lance

Well here it is, folks - my last wedding of 2009. It's been a long and busy year!
Kaalan and Lance were married in November, right before it got wicked cold - they couldn't have asked for a nicer temperature in November in Missouri! I met with Kaalan and the bridesmaids at their hotel in Fulton, MO:

I'm in love with the ring shot :) [and the ring for that matter - that's one big rock!]

The ceremony took place at the Churchill Memorial Museum, specifically at the Church of St. Mary of Aldermanbury - a fantastic place to get married! So chockablok full of history. If you happen to be in mid-Missouri, swing by there! I'd had the pleasure of photographing here before, so I was really excited when Kaalan booked me :)

see? it's gorgeous :)

I love this shot - it's so cinematic

very apropos, since the 20th anniversary of the falling of the wall was recent :)

I love this church! Beauty everywhere!

the fabric on the stems was part of Kaalan's mom's dress - I love passed down details, as you well know if you read this blog :)

this little pedal car was what one of the ring bearers drove down the aisle [Lance is a Columbia, MO police officer]

such a cute flower girl!

great shot, Ryan!

my first ever sparkler exit - love it!

FAVORITE! yes. I had to shout it.

On to the reception! It was held at the Tiger Hotel, downtown Columbia. I had always wondered what it looked like on the inside. . .

is it me, or does this remind anyone of 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'

another great shot from Ryan :)

The End!