Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rock The Shot September Photo Challenge: Backlighting

This is the first time I’ve entered a photo challenge at Rock the Shot but when I saw what the theme was, I knew I had to give it a try. I’ve spent a good amount of time lately trying to learn to get a decent backlit or sunflare shot and this is my favorite, so far. I found this interesting tree and asked Emma (my 13 year old) to climb up there. I snapped this shot to check the lighting and when I saw it on the camera… I fell in love! I tried several more shots but this one was still the winner.




Tuesday, August 30, 2011


It’s so embarrassing to say that I haven’t updated my blog in three months. Life just got in the way, again. I saw that this week’s challenge at I Heart Faces is “White”.- not black and white but white featured in a color photo. I just had to take the time to enter this photo of my brand new, precious as can be, grandson. Introducing, Gavin Scott…

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See the other entries at ihf_logo .

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Timeless Elegance and a Freebie

I decided to try my hand at making a freebie quickpage with this absolutely gorgeous kit from KimB, available at .

Bonus Free Alpha with purchase!


On to my layout and freebie but first I’ll force you to have to look at some of my photos! LOL  I’ve been working on a set of “old-time”, vintage inspired photos and I was happy to get a chance to scrap with one of these.

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Our friend, Josalin…     


My layout created with Timeless Elegance…beauty-timeless

And Finally… a freebie for you!


Download Timeless Elegance quickpage here.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


I haven’t had much time to blog about my scrapbooking lately but I adore this kit from By Becca and Designs by Helly so much that I had to make some time! This muted jewel tone color scheme is my absolute favorite and the elements are so fun & gorgeous, you’ll be tempted to fill every inch of your layout with them!

I’ve been looking for a kit to scrap these photos of Miles at Chuck E. Cheese with and this one was perfect.


Boardwalk goes on sale tomorrow at 9th and Bloom.  [image]

By the way, I have it from a reliable source ;) that if you sign up for Becca’s email today… you’ll get a fantastic freebie in your inbox tomorrow! Follow this link to subscribe to the By Becca Newsletter

Monday, May 16, 2011

The best “bad” photos

I was going through some photos and came across these. I know…technically not stellar at all! Grainy, blurry, out of focus, colors are whacked out but these could be my favorite photos I’ve taken in a while.  I love every emotion these photos hold and every emotion they evoke in me. They just might be perfect.

Miles and Daddy, playing late one night.


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Monday, May 9, 2011

Motherhood--- I Heart Faces

The theme is Motherhood this week at I Heart Faces. I had a tough time deciding which photo to choose but this one came up the winner because of one thing… the beautiful little tear of joy that is sliding down my daughter’s cheek as she hold’s her newborn daughter.


See more motherhood photos at ihf_logo

Friday, May 6, 2011

Grey Line Unveils Three New Buses - WBOY-TV -

I just had to post about this. Yes, that is my handsome husband, riding a magic carpet, on the side of a bus. We were invited to watch a commercial photoshoot by Seth's friend, Lisa Armstrong. Seth agreed to be in a few photos and pose as a "business man". Lo and behold... they chose his photo to use on the bus. I'm seriously amused with this whole situation! =)

Grey Line Unveils Three New Buses - WBOY-TV -

Emma...your step-dad may be challenging your seat as official model in the family! LOL

Sunday, May 1, 2011

I Heart Faces ~ Soft and Sweet

A soft and sweet photo of my grandbaby, Audrey. I love sleeping babies!


See other soft and sweet photos at ihf_logo.

Monday, April 25, 2011

I Heart Faces--- Pet Week

“Blessed are those who have the love of an old dog.”

It’s Pet Week at I Heart Faces. This is our 13 year old yellow lab, Peacemaker’s Misty Autumn. Autumn…to us.

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Autumn and I had a photoshoot during the last snowfall this year.  I spent 20 minutes trying to get her to look at the camera but it never worked! There’s a sadness to this photo for me because my thought process was, “I’d better get some photos of Autumn, while we have the chance.” It breaks my heart to even type that.  She’s really went downhill in the last several months. Her back legs won’t cooperate when she wants to walk. She’s starting to have accidents in the house and I know that mortifies her. I can’t even begin to figure out how to prepare the kids for Autumn’s inevitable passing. Why can’t our pets have a longer lifespan? =(


Head on over to ihf_logo to see other pet posts that probably aren’t as much of a downer as this one. Sorry.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Meet and Greet

We had the pleasure of meeting several of Jack’s friends and some of their families, last night.

This is really a wonderful group of kids!

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Miles had a good time catching up with (and showing off for) Miss Sarah!

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I ended up having to put the camera away or I’d never have socialized with anyone! Unfortunately, I missed taking photos of Chloe and her friends… Samantha and Zoe (and their families).

We’re so glad that Jack & Chloe have such a great circle of friends.

Here’s my favorite pic of the night. Anyone that knows my dear husband, knows that he can be a little verbose! I snapped this photo of Seth in mid- “excited about music” conversation with some of the other parents. LOL


Sunday, April 17, 2011

I Heart Faces--- Wind

I haven’t entered an I Heart Faces challenge in a while but couldn’t pass up the chance when I heard the theme was “wind”.  This photo was taken during a very windy photo shoot. Half of the time Emma’s face was covered by hair. You can see that she’s trying to hold it back in this photo. I’m pretty happy with it because I had visualized a look and feel that I wanted and … wow, it actually almost turned out that way! I still have several to edit from this shoot and then I think a new canvas will be needed! LOL


Head over to I Heart Faces to see more windy photos…


Saturday, April 9, 2011

So Many Birthday Babies!

I have a the great pleasure of photographing some absolutely beautiful babies in the last two weeks…and I mean really Adorable! I haven’t finished editing and culling through the literally hundreds of baby photos but here’s a quick peak at the fun we’ve been having.

The first birthday adventure was with my own sweet granddaughter, Audrey. To say it didn’t go well is quite the understatement! We could entitle this series, “It’s My Party—I Can Cry If I Want To! She really was not in the mood to get messy. Her Mommy tried to help her out but eventually Audrey said, “We are DONE with this”! It may not have went as planned but I treasure these photos.




The very next day I got to spend some time with Gabe and it was is actual birthday! What a sweet boy he is and his mama is one of the nicest people I’ve met in a long time.

Before the cake smashing melee! Gabe’s mom is thinking of getting a canvas of the black and white photo….Gorgeous!   


Let the fun begin…

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And next is Anthony. Talk about a handsome, happy little guy!




Alex’s Turn! This adorable little redhead was all serious business about devouring his cake!


 Beautiful blue eyes!


Two of my little clients this week were not birthday babies but they sure were precious!


Miss Briella