Archive for March, 2010

*UPDATE* You have all made my first “blog giving experience” more than fabulous! Thank you so very VERY much for all your kind words and sweet thoughts. I only wish I could every single one of you a free session. HOWEVER, if your name isn’t the “winning number” tomorrow, I will have something special for the rest of you that decide you’d still like to book a family session this year as well. The winner will be announced tomorrow….around 2pm. Again, you are all so kind. I wish I could meet each one of you and give you a hug (or atleast a thanks!)

Sincerely, Anne 

{FIRST OFF….a little CONTEST! I’ve always been scared to do something like this. There, that’s my confession for the week. What if no one comments…or sends an email? But its time, time to face my fears and do it!   Anyway, leave me a COMMENT, or send me an EMAIL, and ONE winner will receive a FREE family or children SESSION with a complimentary 16×20 mounted print!  The session must happen before August 31st.  That’s it…simple as that. Even if you’ve never commented or visited my blog before…you can still leave a comment and win.  Tuesday Morning, we’ll close it down and choose the winner. You may give your winnings to a friend if you don’t live close to me and would rather not travel.} 

For those waiting for their preview post…they’re coming. I’m behind…basement finishing has enveloped us here at the homestead!

SO, here’s the GOLDEN TICKET…my gift certificate card…that will come in the mail once you’ve won!  I really am excited to be giving back…


Moving on, this is what its ALL about! I’ve decided that, hands down, lifestyle family portraits…with a combination of traditional, are my very MOST FAVORITE sessions to shoot. Truly, family is what its all about. I love every part of a family shoot…the prep before hand, gathering the props and designing the session to fit around the individual needs and desires of the family, getting to see a little piece of their lives together, laughing, giggling, telling jokes, and ofcourse…putting the finishing touches on during the editing process (by far the longest part for me….drives my husband crazy!)  I really do adore the process.

Anyway, on to YOU GUYS! You rocked your session! Every images just screams…fun, sweet, loving…and amazing. Whatever “little wonder” gets to come into your home next will be truly blessed. Thank you for letting me be a little part of your jouney. I enjoyed myself very much. Now, on to a few of the images with the promise of another little glimpse soon. For now…a few of your little ones.

{I FORGOT TO ADD: Miss Andrea, the mother of these three beauties, owns her own flower business. She does amazing work! I thought my brides, as well as others who are looking for a florist, might like her information. To find out more about what she offers, email her at

SERIOUSLY…Look at how completely cute they are together! Ahhh…family. I truly love it. I’m pretty sure this needs to be huge over your mantel or something. Look at me, making decisions for you. It must be late. Enjoy!


Stunning Miss A….and since I couldn’t decide which I loved more, the fabulous color and popped black and white. LOVE THEM!



A brighter edit for this one….just had to add some color and pop. This one screamed girl, to me!



Mr. D….you are so handsome. Your eyes are amazing…and you are truly a fabulous older brother.



Little Mr. S….what a doll, and such a little helper. You made me smile the entire time.





Come back tomorrow to see the most fabulous parents who are responsible for the coolness above, the cupcakes, the giggles..and a few of the more “traditional” family portraits. I just had to show this one first…cutest “real” smiles while watching dad be funny.

Its official, I haven’t been the best lately at keeping updates happening. We’ve been prepping our basement for carpet, getting the studio finished, participating in the anual olympics at the charter school where my little ones are…etc. etc. etc…  For those who are waiting for a little glimpse into their sessions, I promise, they ARE coming. However, for now, I have some “studio” images of my own.  My poor kids, whenever its time to try something new, they are my go to peops!  No wonder family pictures don’t often go as smoothly as hoped for us. Regardless, I love images of them in my home. They are everywhere…they adorn our walls and make me smile daily. I think I’ve said this on here before, but I ADORE looking at their sweet  perfect (to me) faces when they can’t talk back, cry, or want something.  Don’t get me wrong, I love their faces when they’re doing the above mentioned as well…its just a nice change to see them smiling at me and happy.

For those who have been to my home, you know it has a “rustic elegance” to it.  New sparkly, frills are mixed with old pieces of wood and furniture. I love it this way. SO…we got the wooden backdrops out, set up the studio lights and had a bit of fun. I wanted a rustic…almost vintage feel…without making them look too much “unlike” themselves, if you will.

AND, for those of you who have been asking, the studio isn’t quite done yet. Its still waiting patiently for carpet…which should be here in two weeks! Please tell me someone out there feels like things take atleast a few months extra than planned, ALWAYS!  However, in about three weeks, check for my “GRAND OPENING” Studio sale for children. It’ll be huge…and I’m thrilled to be offering it.

SO, I talk to much. I know…I’m sorry. One last thing… OOOHHH,I just LOVE them!