photo 5

photo 4

I wonder often what childhood will feel like to them. Will they remember the countless camera shops and computer stores we frequent for Mommie’s business? Will they hear a song and think of my clients family that they watch on the screen?

photo 3

For her part, Sunny will sit with me for a few minutes at a time and ask me whose baby photo I’m editing, or whose family I’m working with. “Do they have kids?” “How many?” “How old are they?” I realize she boils peoples stories down to the facts. If pressed with how many kids she wants or what she’d like to “be” when she grows up, she will say “MOMMY! Don’t ask me that! How can I know that!”

She’s just trying adulthood on, like a familiar sweater that’s to big and to stretched out to be yours- but still, it’s interesting.

photo 3

photo 4

photo 5

Saint doesn’t care about my work or his camera happy life. As long as we are together all day every day until his eyes close, amen. I know he’s two but he’s more of my baby now than when he was an actual baby. I would explain it but you just have to know him. He enjoys his life to the fullest as long as he’s not asked to actually do anything or go anywhere. Here, this house, with his bouncy house, and hose, are all he wants in this life. It’s similar to having  a farm with a giant wide porch and a hound dog that just lays there.

photo 1

I feel us all growing and pushing and moving forward, but I so love staying still.  Saint and I have that in common. Let’s just sit here a little longer. Let’s just let this be enough for a little bit longer. Let’s let this summer wash away quietly so we don’t have to say goodbye. Just a little bit longer. Let’s let it linger.

photo 2

 

 

Read More...

Last week we spent the week in Ohio visiting family and friends. Possibly the prettiest thing about Ohio is its wide open spaces.

IMG_0541

Most of the time my kids don’t mind being photographed, but they HATE being asked to sit together and take a picture.

IMG_0653

IMG_0656

IMG_0728

I have often thought of changing the name of this blog and website to: Just The Good Stuff. But then I couldn’t post photos like this…

IMG_0662

They recovered nicely. I promise.

IMG_0573 IMG_0568 IMG_0571

IMG_0596

IMG_0555

IMG_0528

IMG_0687

IMG_0584

Gracie in the grass ohio B&W

IMG_0712

Gracie in Field B&W

After leaving Cleavland we headed to Columbus to spend some time with more family and friends.

IMG_0782

IMG_0789

IMG_0796

Columbus has the greatest public pools on Earth. There is no shortage of land and lazy rivers.

IMG_0804

IMG_0815

IMG_0822

Thank you for having us Ohio! See you soon.

 

Read More...

This was supposed to be the summer of adventure.

20140705_124855

I pulled Sunny from school this summer so that we (Saint, Sunny, & I) could spend our time driving around the great state of New Jersey taking a million photographs and capturing our adventures. We were supposed to eat tons of yummy food, discover fields of daisies, and brag to Matt about the day(s) we had. We were supposed to throw caution (and naps) to the wind and whatever happened, I was going to remember this summer as the summer I braved the world armed with just a camera and two little kids. I had a big plan. It wasn’t a great plan mind you, but it was my plan. Sunny and I sat with our Summer In New Jersey magazine and pointed to all the fun we were going to have. You see where I’m going with this, right?

-3

This summer has been the summer of adventure- though not the kind that I planned. There was a loss, a crossing over, a passing on. There have been some gains in our losses. I’ve been amazed at the maturity of my children. I have been so proud at the way they have handled the traveling ( so much traveling) an the adjustments ( so many adjustments) and the  constant change of scenery (so much change). I’m proud that they’re mine- and prouder still that they’re family takes such pleasure in their presence. I might be the one who has them day in and day out- but so many others pour love into them from a distance. We’re really blessed.

-1

I’m working on finding the beauty within everything, or anything. That’s not easy, but it is worth it. So here’s to the other kind of adventure. The kind you weren’t expecting. The kind that creeps up on you and takes you by surprise. The kind that forces you to stretch and grow and test your boundaries.

IMG_0686

Read More...

IMG_0248-3428999328-O

Meet Baby Andrew.

IMG_0260-3428999331-O IMG_0299-3428999514-O

This little guy is so full of life and spirit- he almost pushed his way out of the prop basket! The youngest of three beautiful boys, Andrew certainly has a future of super heroes and sword fighting in front of him- but for now he’s just a sweet & tiny newborn.

IMG_0315-3428999477-O IMG_0419-3428999658-O IMG_0426-3428999681-O

These photographs were taken at Andrew’s home, where the light shines in and dances off of his smile. He was fully alert for most of our session- although looking at these pictures now I see he stole moments of peaceful sleep.

IMG_0437-3428999747-O IMG_0448-3428999833-O IMG_0457-3428999826-O IMG_0461-3428999885-O

IMG_0464-3428999895-O IMG_0465-3428999948-O IMG_0476-3429000033-O

I’m excited to watch as this little man grows up! A special thank you to the Slattery Family for having me.

IMG_0504-3429000099-O

Read More...

And…we’re back.  Where were we? Oh right! Family Vacation Part II, or as I like to call it- Sunshine’s Photo Session.

The Cape May Zoo is literally the coolest zoo I’ve ever visited. The kids loved it- even though it was pouring rain! Sunny called it the rain forest-  very clever.

IMG_9861 IMG_9856 IMG_9863 IMG_9865 IMG_9917

This is a very Jersey thing, and I have to say I really don’t get it. Every zoo has these animal cut outs- instead of the actual animal. The local zoo has this awesome train ride where you should technically see zoo animals along the route, but instead there are cut outs of polar bears and elephants. My kids might be confused if they ever see an actual polar bear or buffalo.

IMG_9868 IMG_9910

I’m well aware of how overexposed this picture is- but I love it. It’s so where they are right now as a Father & Son.

IMG_9896 IMG_9964 IMG_9960

Saint also loves jumping in puddles during a storm. He was soaking wet, but oh so happy!

IMG_9937

The final day of our trip we rented bikes and toured Cape May. It was amazing. We stumbled upon the Cape May Lighthouse and that’s wear Sunny and I had a mini photo session. I know someday I’ll look back and think “gosh, she was so little” but right now I see these pics and all I can think is “gosh, she’s so big!”

IMG_0018 IMG_9979 IMG_0073 IMG_0029

IMG_0056

That is the magic of photography and video- it captures the now so we can savor it later.

IMG_0002

IMG_0020 IMG_0039

Luckily the girls were in neighboring Ocean City that weekend- so we spent a day with them at the ocean and the local carnival.  The carnival is part of a much larger boardwalk. It’s all very Jersey and all very cool. I just know in my heart these pictures will be priceless as these girls grow up and attend the boardwalk as teens and later adults.

IMG_0099

IMG_0106

IMG_0114

I took so many photos and videos- I’ll have to make a Little Love Story and share it with you guys.

Read More...