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Thank you for coming to my site and viewing my blog. This is where I display a Sneak Peek for my clients to get a look at some of their images taken during their Photo Session. This is a wonderful way to get an idea of what I do for my clients and for them to share their experience with their friends and family! Thank you to all of our past and current clients, I am so grateful to be a part of documenting your lives. "Your Portraits.... Our Passion. Together We Create the Perfect Portraits!"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

McGill Family

I just have to start this blog off by saying that I feel very blessed to have such an awesome "clientele". (For those of you who know me, I don't like the word
customer because my "clients" are much more to me than that and I treat them as an extension of my friends), Anyway! I have recently added an awesome group of new families to my "studio family". (I also love quotations!) The McGill's are one of them and their friends! Emily and I knew over the phone after talking for only two minutes that we would hit it off and that is exactly what we did. The moment I walked into their home to photograph their son Christopher's baptism ceremony, I felt like a guest. Not to mention Emily and her friends Jennie and Shannon were giant tall LIKE ME!! It is amazing to find one woman who is 5' 10" or taller but at Emily's house there were FOUR of us! I'm already in love with them. Here are Emily's two boys and their "Godsisters", aren't they adorable?! They set up the baptism ceremony outside in their beautiful backyard.
These are my fellow giants! Hope they don't mind the nickname : )
They are a stunning trio.

Christopher is so adorable and he knew exactly when to smile for the camera.
This is the McGill family with the Godparents and Godsisters.
Everyone is seated on the patio and the ceremony has begun, Christopher is still smiling!
A very important call needed to be made I guess...

They invited a few close friends and family members. Readings were prepared for a select few to present during the ceremony. There were several readings, all done very nicely. I really liked this picture here of Jennie reading the story "Me and My Little Brother" by Mercer Mayer. It was really cute and the story fit perfectly into the ceremony.
When you have other children it is always important to make them feel like they are a part of the event. The McGill's did a perfect job doing just that. First older brother, Ryan is held by Dad and then after the baptism he is helping with the blowing out of the candle.

This photo is just too cute of Ryan hugging his baby brother. These are the moments we all treasure and try to remember as they are fighting and screaming at each other. (hahaha)
The Godparents Chris and Shannon live out of town so I was trying my hardest to get a good family photo for them. This however cannot be a forced thing upon tired children but we managed to get a couple cute ones! My favorite is the one of them below, alone and lookin' good!

Here is the cake in honor of Christopher's big day.
A Canon Moment as Ryan learns more about the turkey feather in his hand.
Last but not least this is another great family I met at the McGill's. We had fun getting their boys to laugh for the camera using the all too famous -reverse psychology and it worked!
I know this blog has more previews than normal but I had a really hard time
norrowing down what I wanted to show off! We got a lot of great shots and I can't wait to show them all to the family.

Thank you McGill Family and to everyone who was at the ceremony for making me feel so at home and for having me document such an important part of your lives. I am looking forward to our next session together!

Hint: Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

2008 BLoCk PaRtY!

We recently moved into a beautiful new neighborhood in Carmichael. We love that the block is filled with families and that we have not one but two CHP Officers living on our block too! Soon after we moved in our very sweet neighbors even came to our door with an awesome basket of fresh fruits and vegetables and a plate of fresh baked treats-YUMMY!!! That is the way all neighborhoods should be. We feel so "at home" here. We went to our first Annual block party in our neighborhood and found out later it has been going on for about 30 years! Our CHP neighbor brought his bike to show it off to the kids and they LOVED IT!
This is our youngest son who was laughing and playing with the buttons... Until he found the lights and siren.. Then it was not so much fun anymore! He was pretty freaked out after that!This is our oldest son and he thinks he is pretty hot stuff sitting on the CHP motorcycle.
This is the son of our neighborhood watch coordinator and he enjoyed sitting on the bike and pretending to ride it as well. All of us got to know one another a little better, talked about the neighborhood issues with the police officers that came to our party and ate some good food. There were a lot of great salads and YUMMY desserts to eat. My favorite were the homemade cookies with the jelly filled centers!

The "neighborhood babysitter" was teaching some of us how to ride her super cool skateboard. Even my husband needed help getting on it and I don't believe he ever got anywhere on it. There is a time in your life when new things like that just don't click anymore but she is a pro!
This is one of my favorite photos of the night. This is the CHP Officers little girl and she is sooo cute. She was trying to ride my sons tri-cycle and I snapped shots of her all evening.
Another highlight of the night was when the firefighters showed up with their truck and the Police Officers let the kids look inside their car as well.

One looks like he is having WAY too much fun in the back of the Police car and the other one looks really guilty!
The firefighters were really nice, they talked to all of us for quit awhile and as they left they turned on the lights and sirens for all of us to hear. It made the night a special evening that our family will always remember.
It was really nice to get to know all of our neighbors and thank you for welcoming us in the way you have. We feel really good about being here and we will do our part to drive slow down the street because we have so many children here and we will keep a watch out on the neighborhood and on your homes to help keep it a safer place.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Meet Baby Ian...

This is 4 month old baby Ian. We met his mom at an Annual Fundraiser Event held at Fairy Tale Town a couple of months ago for the Junior Leauge of Sacramento. They came to visit our booth and picked up a coupon for a photo session and won a gift certificate for free prints. A couple days ago we got together at the family's home to get her new baby boy's portraits updated. As you can see from the sneak peek here, he is a super cute baby- those big blues eyes, his chubby little body and he was ready to smile! Ian's mom likes black & white photos so most of these photos were done in her favorite style and we started with the naked ones first...

Then we took him outside to get some different looks in his clothes. He was all dressed up and we were ready to go, but he had other ideas, like playing with his feet. It was so cute to see him fascinated with his feet. His mom said, do I really put socks and shoes on you that much! It still makes a cute portait though.
This also happened to be a very special day for their family. It was Mom and Dad's Anniversary and below is the gorgeous ring her husband surprised her with that morning! I hope you guys had a great evening out, without the kids!
Thank you so much Carrie for having me come over to capture the personality of your adorable little baby boy! I really enjoyed the time we spent talking together as well. I hope you love the sneak peek and I will be in touch with you very soon so you can see the rest of the photos! : )

BoUnCe PArTy!!

This is our 3rd Annual Kids Party held at our home, usually during the Spring, but due to a very busy year for us, it was changed this year to the " Let's NOT Get Ready For School" Bounce Party! As you can see by the size of the bounce house we were planning on having some major fun and that is exactly what we did : ) My two boys got started on the fun in their PJ's as soon as it arrived at 9am!
We had a theme of mini games on the patio, like mini car racing, mini bowling, mini fishing... But the biggest hit was the FACE PAINTING! My sister was visiting who can draw very well and we decided to make a face painting station for her inside. She had to give the kids numbers to keep their place in line and she even "closed" for lunch! I have to tell you, I was one of the first to get my face painted with my favorite color flower-red, and I was good for the day. Look at some of her beautiful artwork!
Dolphin Princess

Butterfly Beauty

" Are you trying to kiss me Nya?! You are crazy- but we are havin' fun!"
We rented the chair for a photo hot spot, but it soon became the great lounge chair for the bigger kids. Some of them were good boys and girls...

...And some where not so good!

Take a look at some more of my sisters awesome face painting designs.

SUPER GIRL-Super Cute : )

This is the only face I painted-Spider Man... has anyone seen Cameron?
My oldest son and show off! Can you tell he LIVES for Sports?!
The Guitar Solo

I love taking group photos of children at all stages of life. These are the best photos to have as you look back and remember their life with you and how much they have grown. I have a photo I took of these same girls when they only about NINE years old, now they are 15-17... Time Flies.
Chey on Mountain Dew... Step away, very slowly!
As the day ended we sat around talking about, what else, our kids! We had some pizza and relaxed. It was a very good day.
Our friend Krysha and her youngest son below her.
My oldest son as an adorable little puppy.
Thank you to everyone that was able to come, it was a blast and a day our kids will talking about for awhile. We couldn't have pulled it off with out all of your helping hands, we are thankful to have such awesome friends! LOL : )