Falling Back...

Our Fall is almost over!!!  How can this be so soon? 

Just a reminder that these Portfolio Building promotion prices won't last forever...and either will this weather!  Take advantage of both while they last...shoot me an email and we'll see when we can set up a family photo session for you in time for your holiday memories!!!

Can't wait to work with you!

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The "S" Family

The original plan was to meet at a park...

When I got there, there were cars IN REVERSE coming at me down the one way entrance way...apparantly, the band decided to show up and the entire town with them...

Fortunately, although my memory is often lacking, I recognized Andy and waved him down...plans quickly shifted and we headed over to another quaint spot to begin the photo extravaganza!!!

I remember meeting Gail as a freshman in college.  I stayed at her house while I was on tour with a team from the school.  Her dad made me a Fresca and Orange Juice everyday and I LOVED it!  It's funny how I can see her dad's personality in the eyes of her boys...

She's a mom of boys, that's for sure...and I had a wonderful afternoon listening to them laugh and joke and play...Here are just a few images I thought I would share...there are even more over at my facebook page: CT Photo Memories









I love this next picture because it comes after a longgggg line of pictures of everyone just playing in the leaves...Dad had to come to Mom's rescue a time or two and finally just joined right in...This family knows how to have fun!!!

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Big Brother, Mr. GQ and Lil' SISTA!!!

I had a couple of photo shoots over the weekend...I have so much fun discovering different personalities, especially in children.  I've been out of the classroom for quite a few years now, but there is just something about being with kids that gets my heart all happy and it's just time to have some fun! 

These 3 siblings were awesome to work with...I mean, they can't really escape it...having such "COOL" parents and all!  I had the privilege of capturing Lil' Sister when she was a flower girl awhile back...but I didn't really know her older brothers very much...



It always amazes me how kids come from the same parents but come out so completely different...and yet, they fit perfectly together as a family...

Big brother here...well, let's just say that when my daughters are old enough to date (please understand that their father has instructed them that this does not happen until they are 30) but, still...I'm thinkin' that this little guy will be in the running:)


And then comes Mr. Photo Man himself...never without a smile OR a pose!  He has charisma and charm!  LOVE HIM!  He came up with so many different ideas...it was easy as pie to capture him in his element!


Finally...comes Lil' Miss...and she was WORKIN' THE CAM-ER-A!!! Let me tell you!



Thanks so much for spending the afternoon with me!  I had such a great time with you! 

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I saw this creative layout on another website awhile back and thought...hmmmm, I wonder if I have any pictures of my little ones that I could use to recreate something like it...

And so, the search began.  You must realize that I have thousands and thousands of pictures.  I don't like to delete...b/c I always figure that I'll be able to learn a new trick in order to "fix" a photo at some point in the future.  Now, how I expect to wade through those thousands of images to find the one I want to "fix", I don't know...

Anyway, hopefully you get the gist of how long it took to actually find a photo that would work...but oh, I was so excited when I did!

This is my youngest girl's tiny toes about 3 hours after she was born.
Wish I would've known about this way back when...

I thought I'd just put it up here because it was cute and thought you'd enjoy!  I've got a couple of photo shoots this weekend...can't wait to post pictures!!! Come back early next week to get a sneak peek!

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It's the MOST wonderful time..of the year...

NO...not THAT time of year...(although it IS right around the corner)...

For me, AUTUMN is my most favorite time of year...besides that fact that my birthday kicks off the fall season, I just love pretty much everything about it:

*you get to wear your favorite jeans again with a comfy sweatshirt
*campfire and smores
*football games
*the colors...OH, the colors
*the nice days, with cool evenings

And...THE LEAVES!!!  I remember as a little girl, I made Leaf Houses with my brother.  Our entire front yard became our "house"...we had little rooms and doorways...we could play for hours.  So, you better believe that when I see those leave comin' down outside, I'm grabbin' my rake and my 3 girls and we're out the door ready for some fun!

This was my creation yesterday:


I took so many pictures of my girls running and jumping and diving and rolling...oh, we had a blast outside!  I think this week is the last hurrah though...so we're soaking it up while we can!  I go out each day while the older ones are in school and Little Munchkin and I rake up more to add to the pile.  We were even using a blanket to transport leaves from one side of the yard to the other!  It's a production let me tell you...

But OH so worth it!!!

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A L'il bit excited!

Okay...so remember yesterday's post?

Yes?

Good...if not, well you can just scroll down, but I was trying to make it even easier by offering the link...because, that's just the kind of person I am...

I digress...ahem

Well!  You see, those kind "folk" gave me a swap for my photo services just this time:)  Oh my, oh my, oh my!

Let me back up...let's just start with some "silly facts about me"...
* I can touch my tongue to my nose...it's a talent!
* my feet and hands are ALWAYS cold.
* I've been to Australia, PEI Canada...but never to Europe and if I ever get to go..I'm heading to Italy!
* I don't carry a purse.

It's that last one that has me "oh me oh my-ing"...Ever since, well..just ever since...I just shove a big ole wallet under my armpit, stick my phone in one back pocket and keys in another...I don't wear a ton of make up and the stuff I do wear, I expect it to stay on all day!!!  (it doesn't but I just pretend that it does) If my hair gets to lookin' yucky, well, I usually have some sort of hair holder on my wrist, so UP it goes...

When the girls came along, I HAD to do the diaper bag thing...I couldn't very well stick a diaper in my back pocket or wipes under my arm...and where in the world would the diaper rash stuff go?  Sooo...yes, the diaper bag...

Flash forward about 8 years...my youngest isn't needing ALL the necessities that much anymore, and yet I do need to carry a few things for her, well, and of course, I still have my wallet, keys, etc etc...yeah, well, trying haulin' a two year old in one arm, while holding onto the 5 year old's hand in the parking lot and hoping that your wallet doesn't drop to the pavement...it just doesn't work well..

So, I'm in a quandry...I'm not really a purse person...I'm also not a shoe person...let's face it, I don't have that much fashion sense and THAT'S OKAY WITH ME! I'm a laissez-faire sort of "dresser". However, out of necessity, I'm finding that I need SOMETHING here...I have been known to tote library bags or to stick stuff in one of my girls backpacks and claim it as my own...

Note to self:  it's time for a change! 

And sooooooo...this post comes to the climax...My dear friend Amy MADE this bag for me!  She let me choose the material (with much guidance on her part) and she sewed it all up "nice" and "perty" just for me! 




I LOVE IT!  It's just what I need...fits my personality, fits my stuff, no zips and snaps and things to fanagle with...Oh, I can't wait to have it for my very own!  I'm so looking forward to Thursday!!! 

Thanks Amy!

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Holiday Card Photo Shoot

It inevidably happens that I start out doing one thing and it leads to another thing and another thing and anothing thing...

It all started as a "get a good shot for our christmas card"...which turned into...well, you'll see in a just a sec!

Amy and Mike are a part of our Life Group at church.  My husband and Amy work at the same company and had known each other well before they started coming to our place of worship.

I think the thing that struck me the very first time that I spent time with both of them together, is just how much Mike loves Amy.  I don't know how else to explain it...they are fun together, they laugh, they tease, they enjoy each other's company...and then you notice how he looks at her, or just his tone of voice in how he responds to her...it just makes you feel all happy inside to be around them. 

It was beautiful today...unbelievably so, which is nice because yesterday it felt like the first week of December!  The colors are gorgeous, the air was crisp and these two look great!  So, here are just a few pictures from today:




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Christmas Mini Session

It's Christmas Mini Session Time

In only a few short weeks it will be time to start sending out Christmas cards! Can you believe it? How many times have you tried to find just the right family picture to put into your card, only to discover that you don't have one?

The Christmas Mini Session is the perfect solution for that problem! We'll be meeting at Everel Barn in Westerville for our first round of sessions. Anne Marie Weakley, a wonderful Columbus area photographer, will be joining me. Mini Sessions are the perfect length to get an awesome family picture, individual shots of family members and whatever else we have time for...and with TWO photographers shooting from multiple angles, we're sure to get quite a few images!

These images are perfect for Christmas cards, which we will design for you using the best pictures from the shoot. (please check back by this weekend to see more samples posted in the Christmas Card/Invitiation Gallery) You can either take this file to wherever you like to get photos printed and print as many as you want (we can give you some suggestions of places we use)...or for a separate processing fee plus the printing/shipping costs, we will take care of the printing for you. Included on this file, as an added bonus, you may choose one of your favorite images from your online gallery. (with the print release form you will be able to print that image at whatever size and quantity that you wish)

*note: you will  have the opportunity to purchase the entire CD of images if you choose



(click on the invite to read it entirely)

If you've never had a session with me before...here are just a few things to know:  I love capturing who you are, how you interact, how much fun you have together, how much you love each other...We will do a few posed photographs, and I'll lightly pose or "guide" you as you interact - my goal is to showcase WHO you all are...the pouts, the giggles, the bribing your 2 year old with a sucker, group hugs, and all the things that make your family just WHO you all are!  I want you to have FUN and I want others to look at your images and say, "Oh that is sooooooooooo you!"

Contact me at ctphotomemories@aol.com to book your time slot and to find out more about the sessions...
Time Slots Available:  ***Please leave a comment or email me if you'd like to take advantage of this mini-session but the day/time doesn't work for you...We are willing to look into setting up an additional session date.

Sunday, October 25th
20 minute sessions

3:00
3:30
4:00
4:30

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone!!!
***should weather look bad, we will reschedule

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Polka Dot Socks and Miss Cartwheels

Can I just say that I was giddy?  I mean, just plain G. I. double D Y....giddy for this photo shoot.  I didn't know the girls really well, but I had seen them from afar and I LOVE their personalities.  Being a mom to all girls myself, I thoroughly enjoy watching how sisters interact, how they are different, how they are alike...I was not disappointed with the showing of these lovely ladies!!!

Polka Dot Socks Gal has such a gentle heart...she's fun loving and goofy, yes!  And MUCH fun to be around...but, you can 'hear' in her talk how she cares about things...Yes, her heart is precious!

Miss Cartwheels...oh my, I don't think you could NOT smile with her around.  She has the "thang" that just makes you feel happy just knowing her!

Yes, the time I spent with them was so fun!  I hope they both feel the beauty that they are and that I see captured in these photos...

Here are just a few of my favs from the day!












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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Okay..it's not REALLY...actually, it's beginning to look and FEEL like FALL!  Those beautiful leaves are starting to come down in the colors that just make me feel all happy inside!

But it IS time to be thinking about Christmas cards...It's fun to connect with loved ones and let them see some creative pics of you and your family!

I offer a "different" type of Christmas card in that, I give you the file...you can send it via email to all your relatives to save on stamp money OR you can go and print as many as you want for 14 cents a piece at Costco:)  I only charge a design fee and then I give you your image file!

I'd also love to capture the pictures that you'd use on your cards as well...we've got some beautiful days ahead...please feel free to contact me via email at ctphotomemories@aol.com and we can chat about a session and/or holiday card that would best fit your personality!


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An Apple a Day...

We went to the Apple Orchard recently.  I must tell you that it's quite the feat to carry a 2 year old on your hip, hold open a bag for a 7 year old to PLEASE place GENTLY into, watch your 5 year old fall out of a tree and all the while snap a million pictures to capture the day...

I will insert here that although I am addicted to my camera, I am learning to PUT IT DOWN so that I can ENJOY the event sometimes...I am sorry to report that I did NOT learn it at this point...thus, my 5 year old has a scrape across her little belly from the branch that got her on the way down...

Anyway, in the midst of it all, I did get some cute pics of them and thought I'd share!










Okay, YES, my husband was there to help...but I was striving for the Super Mom title...needless to say:  I got busted!!!  All in all though, it was fun...we got some Golden DELICIOUS apples and they munched them all the way home!

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Look What They Did!!!

Okay, I'm just completely thrilled with this!  My beautiful friend, who allowed me to take pictures of her family, did THIS with all the photos...


Now, you want to talk about being honored...privileged...blown away by kindness and flattery???  This is just the icing on the cake...let me tell you!!!  She went out and found those cute frames, got herself a little ledge and chose all those pictures from our day together to put up in her house!!! 

I think it looks GREAT!!!  Awesome job there friend! 

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Contemplative

It's days like today that get me thinking...the rain, the damp air...you just want to curl up with a good book...or cuddle up with a good cup of coffee...or stare out the window and watch it all come down...

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How can I reach you?

The best way to contact me is either through Facebook Messaging or emailing me at ctphotomemories@gmail.com

I can't wait to hear from you!
"Teach us to number our days, (savor the moments) so that we may gain a heart of wisdom" ~Psalm 90:12

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