Friday, July 22, 2011

Baby Girl | 1 Year

Guess who's one! We have had an opportunity to watch little Emily grow throughout the year. All the way from when she was still cookin' in her momma's belly. Here is her one year birthday session. She really loved those strawberries!

Here is the recap! :) Maternity, 3 weeks (Newborn), 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fashion Editorial | Tea Time

I love this family! They are so much fun! So I have to first give props to my assistants, Abbi and Sariah. You rock! I grabbed everything I could possibly think of for this fashion editorial "Tea Time" photo shoot. I love having a concept, it make the photo shoots and the editing a lot more fun.
So the night before I went over to the family's house and helped with the outfits for the boys. Then the next morning I loaded up the SUV... packed it roof high and picked up my assistants. Being 5 months pregnant means I cannot lift as much as I would like so these girls did ALL of the heavy lifting. We went to the park and tracked down the perfect spot all the way down this trail just before you get to the woods. Originally we were going to go into the woods but when we got there it was too dark for all the trees and I walked through a few spider webs (yuck!) and we saw poison ivy. Next best thing? A break in the trail! We lugged all of the equipment and props, and it took a lot of trips. The sun was pretty bright so we had to one, two, three it with eyes closed then pop those peepers and smile!
The Matteson's were a delight. They did whatever I asked them too, "You want me to eat whipped cream? If you insist." ;)
So behind the editing... I love paintings, some of my favorite classes in art school were the art history classes (I took 4). I want to adorn my home with these beautiful paintings, these great works of art. My taste in paintings is very eclectic, I love Rococo and impressionism and well a lot more. Depending on the photo shoot, the idea and concept, the editing will differ. Everything has a purpose in this shoot. I am in love with England thus a tea party. The clock is turned to 4:00 which is tea time in England. The china is old and patterned with flowers. There are flowers everywhere that add visual interest and color. I am still learning new and cool ways to work it. So this shoot I wanted to be modern/vintage and painterly. Did I succeed? Well, I love it, but you can decide for yourselves!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Amber | Maternity

My dear friend Amber! We have been friends since 2000. We met when I moved to Pittsburgh the first time for school. Amber is expecting baby number 4! We found a beautiful location and took some gorgeous photos of beautiful Amber!

Rock the Frock and Drown the Gown!

These three lovely ladies spent an afternoon with me wandering around downtown and jumping out to take pictures. First the ladies did their own hair then they came over to my house and I did their make-up. I always enjoy that part. Then we piled in my car and headed out.

So, there is this truck place off the highway, so we pulled over and started shooting in front of the brick building and then Sariah jumped up on the dumpster and a man came out to see what we were up to. I said we are just taking pictures, is that alright? He said sure! Just remember to smile! Then a lady pulled up in her car and said I am just curious and watched while we shot. The girls were a little creeped out but the lady was so excited and thought it was brilliant!

The girls got some honks as we traipsed through the city in gowns. We ended the shoot with the river. There were tons of people trying to cool off in the water. We walked across the pebbled beach and found a spot no one was using. Sariah went all in but kind of freaked when something got caught in her tulle. It has legs!