All Because

You know that saying “All because two people fell in love”?  Yeah, these two are the start of the fun and crazy crew I had the privilege to photograph for a Lifestyle Session.  These two lovebirds have been together 46 years.  It’s still going strong….IMG_8349a

Grandma is an avid reader.  Much to my book-loving heart, she’s passing that love on to her grand babies.  Look at that concentration!  She made that story come to life for those littles.  So sweet. IMG_8292-1

This guy?  This guy is energy on steroids!  lol  He was a constant go, go, go, so when I noticed this moment unfolding I turned around and grabbed it.  Such a precious moment.  One that mom can look back on those “hard” days (all you mommas know what I’m talking about 😉  ) and realize that he is able to sit still!  hahahaIMG_8335a

Gotta love a dad of two girls who can go with the flow.  And these two little ladies really seemed to think their daddy was a fun guy.  Keep a hold of them, dad, they grow up fast!  IMG_8138a

Thank you so much T family.  It was an awesome, dance-filled, cooking eating time.  And next time?  I’m totally snagging a cookie!

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My BFF

So, if you’ve ever talked to me for any length of time, then you know I have a best friend who is a little bit younger than me….  We, however, get along famously.  I’ve been one of her biggest fans since the moment we met.  And I cannot believe that she will be 4 soon!  My how times does fly!  In honor of her upcoming birthday we grabbed my camera and went to the Botanical Conservatory to get some photos of her.  I’m not sure we were able to capture her personality though….You be the judge:

Here’s her sassy side.  That little tongue peeking out just cracks me up.  She loved the wishing well and got to throw a whole quarter in!  Twenty-five wishes!  Sure hoping whatever they are that they come true!

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Her contemplative side.  I do believe she’s plotting her escape from the camera….

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The giggly side.  For some reason being on that bench just made her giggle.  Note to self: always find a bench for my bestie.

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The beautiful, little, sweet soul that she only lets peek out now and then.  Those eyes and that smile do me in.  Little friend I do hope you always know how beautiful you are.  Inside and out.

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And finally, her “this lady is nuts!” face.  But then she knows I’m crazy about her….

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Mom and dad got in front of the camera for a few.  Little Miss tends to steal all my attention, but I’ll let them have the pleasure of sharing those themselves.   Thank you so much for allowing me to capture yet another milestone in your life little friend.  I hope to continue to see you grow into the amazing person that I know you are destined to be.

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Living the Dream | Fort Wayne Farm Equipment Photographer

Please, tell me I’m not the only one who looks out their front window to see their husband loading a John Deere tractor up for a day of frolicking fun? Or even that I’m not the only wife whose husband collects both full size and lawn tractors?  (I’ve lost count of the lawn tractors).  My husband likes nothing more than loading one of these bad boys up and hauling it off for the day.  On this particular day he was headed to a local festival.  He’s part of a tractor club (yes, there is such a thing) that helps to put on the annual Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Festival.

Secretly I think he really just likes to haul things around town…hence the big truck.  Sigh.  Plus the neighborhood men all flock around when they hear that smoke stack boom out its ridiculously loud start-up bang.  Yes, I live in a neighborhood.  WIth full size tractors in my garage.  Don’t be too jealous.  Especially when you’re pulling your nice, dry vehicle out of your garage in the middle of a snowstorm and I’m out shoveling mine off…

The banging always draws Miss Maci to the scene as well.  She’s not fond of overly loud noises.  Can’t say I blame her….Can’t you just read her little mind in this photo?  “What in the heck is Daddy doing? I wonder if it will involve any treats?”

Personally I think he just loves to play with big boy toys!  Could be why the second career he chose is in excavation.  Dump trucks, trenchers, bob cats….every little boy’s dream job! 😉  He can come home muddy every night and just say it’s all in a day’s work.

He’s always a little confused about why I would want to take his picture.  This is the look I usually get.  Isn’t he cute when he’s serious?

And then I tell him to “SMILE!” and I get this look.  A little less grumpy looking….but you can still tell he’s not quite sure WHY I would want to take his picture.  I think he only humored me because the tractor was in the shot!  haha!

I take photos of him and his toys basically for proof.  So that someday, when I go totally, stark raving mad, my children can pull out the pictures and tell people, well, we did have full size tractors in the garage….and who knows how many lawn mowers!  In the meantime, I’m going to keep documenting this crazy, suburban, neighborhood existence among farm equipment….

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Mom Goes to Muncie | Fort Wayne Photographer

 

Last weekend I had Sunday off and the hubster was out of town at a NASCAR race so….I headed down to Muncie to visit with my girls.  Knowing that they’re broke, under socialized college students, I offered to take them and their young men out to lunch.  If you know my girls then you know that anything other than Mexican food was not going to cut it.  So, off to Puerto Vallarta we went.  Their food is decent, the salsa is free flowing and the company was excellent.  If I hadn’t been driving home right after I would have been able to give you a report on their margaritas 😉

This is the good looking crew that I dined with.  From left to right we have Jim (he’s been around awhile), my Steph, Danielle (who looks decidedly short in this photo, and her new beau Jon.  He’s 6’5″, which may explain the illusion of Danielle being extra petite….lol.  Needless to say, I like them.

Closeups of my crew:

They’re cute…but then again, I may be just a bit prejudiced.  Nahhh…..

I’m definitely ready for the girls to have some free time to come home and visit with their mama.  Or at least play a few rounds of cards.  As it is, Senior Sessions are starting up with a bang and I’ll be too busy (hopefully) to miss them too much…

As always

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The Children | Fort Wayne Photographer

About twice a year I like to get a current photo of my children.  On a good year my husband and I are part of that photo as well – this

is not a good year.  Yet. 😉

So, on a semi-steamy morning the kids and I headed off.  Someone had the brilliant idea to bring the pups.  So we did.  If you think

your kids are bad at giving you eye contact for a photo try adding in a couple of pooches.  Pooches who are totally enamored by the

piglets that are behind you.  But we soldiered on…and got this:

Danielle is supposedly the owner of the pups.  I’m thinking they’re really mine but I don’t argue.  She wanted a pic with the pups.

Again, piglets behind me….at least Danielle managed to look at me! lol

Eventually the photographer figures out how to outsmart the curiosity of said pups.  I moved in front of them so they’d be looking at

the piglets me.  And, while I DO like this photo, it just doesn’t convey the personality of my kiddos to me.  Sooooo…again, we soldiered on.

Then we got this!  Love this.  Of course, I believe in practicing what I preach and I’ve ordered this baby BIG!  I’ve got a 24×40 canvas coming

in the mail tomorrow.  I can’t wait to get this bad boy up on my office wall.  In the meantime it’s my screen saver.  Momma’s gotta make

do with what she has 😉

So, until its time to take our annual Christmas card photo this one will be my favorite.  And the Christmas card photo?  I’ve got plans…

big, big plans.  Can’t wait!

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It’s Been Awhile | Fort Wayne Photographer

It's Been Awhile | Fort Wayne Photographer

This photo of my old friend pretty much sums it up.  I’ve got the summer blues.  Oh, it’s nothing to worry about, I get them every year.  The heat combined with all the kids lying around complaining of nothing to do in the last days of freedom just adds up.  Now, mind you, my children aren’t in that stage anymore but it’s become a habit for me. 😉

So, while I have TONS of stuff to show you and tell you about what’s been going on around here….I won’t.  I’ll save it for another day.  Right now I’m going for a bike ride with my daughter.  She’s running, I’m riding.  That seems about right.

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P.S.   Yes, she has a growth on her eye.  It’s been evaluated and she’s good.  No need to worry!  It’s part of her charm 😉

In Training | Fort Wayne Photographer

This past weekend we picked up my girl so she could come home for a 5k race.  It was held at Indiana Tech and the proceeds sponsored the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen.(I always like hearing that races help organizations that do good things.  Especially when it’s a local charity.) Anyway, the race started early.  I’m NOT a morning person.  At all.  But I eagerly got out of bed to go watch her run.  Of course, there was a little extra time so I grabbed some coffee 😉  Danielle couldn’t have coffee since she was running and it was a little chilly.  I felt bad for her while I was sipping my White Chocolate Mocha.  LOL!

She’s off!  She’s a slow and steady kind of runner.  I’ve always been the mom that said I don’t care what place my kids finish as long as they finish.  Danielle has always been a finisher.  I wonder if she’s thinking “I think I can, I think I can”? Probably more like “I wish I had my mom’s coffee!”  lol

Here she comes around the last bend!  This race was run entirely on campus.  Which is about 3 blocks long by 2 blocks wide.  I didn’t see her run much of it because
of the buildings in the way but I sure did look for her around that last bend!  Always nice to see them coming!  Plus it gives me something to shoot 🙂

The triumphant finisher with a drink and a banana.  Why does every race have a bunch of bananas at the end?  Maybe if I ran I’d know the answer….not gonna risk it! lol  Isn’t that happy smile the best?!  I love how she takes pride in her accomplishments!  Of course, I do too 😉

PLUS!  Not only did she finish but she won first place in her age division!  Her first plaque ever!  Definitely a perk!

If you are interested in following Danielle’s running accomplishments she has her very own blog.  She’s over at Truffles n Treadmills.I may be biased but she does a pretty good job of writing her blog.  She started it to document her training for the Indy Marathon she is running to raise funds to help her aunt who has ovarian cancer.  Check her out! Oh, and if you’re a zombie lover like she and I, come join us at the Run for Your Lives 5k on June 22nd. She’s running and I’m covering it.  I can’t wait!

In the meantime…

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