Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hillary {New York, NY Senior Portrait Photography}

It was a youth group joke that lasted for years. We were on a youth retreat, roasting marshmallows over a fire and making conversation with the guest speaker. We said, "So where are you from?" He said, "Hartford, Connecticut." And in the most excited voice EVER, Hillary answers, "I LOVE New York!!" There was silence... And bursts of laughter!

Eventually, she explained the train of thought that led to her enthusiastic outburst. And we STILL say "I LOVE New York!" to this day. :)

The truth is.. I love New York, too. And when Hillary mentioned that she would looooove to do her senior portrait session in Central Park, I thought it was a fabulous idea! And so here it is: A senior portrait session with some NYC style!!

We stumbled upon pretty places that I didn't even know existed.. how could I know? I'm not a New Yorker. But seriously.. an arbor? And beautiful summery light.

My personal favorite place... Bethesda Terrace & Bethesda Fountain. (I like those walls behind her).

And where else would we see a funny & charismatic saxophone player? :)

By the water.. the wind was blowing so hard that day!! But it actually gave a real kind of vibe to these portraits. Wind-blown hair + smiles = it IS Hillary. :D

I can't believe I caught this walkway with no people on it! It's pretty. :)

I DO try to keep these blog entries short... I just can't help lovin' so many shots... :) :) :)

She was look at this view. Stunning.

Last series.

"I love New York!" ;) Hillary, I couldn't have said it better myself! :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

{They're Married!} Zeph & Kelsey

It's true! And I have proof!!

On Saturday, October 23rd... My little brother, Zeph, married Kelsey - his wonderful bride. And they are soooooo happy!!! And in love!!

The full wedding post will hit the blog in a few weeks! :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Little Blonde Twins {State College, PA Children's Portrait Photography}

I like twins (Really! I do!). And I like children. And I like blondes. Three for three, my friends! So I liked these cute little girlies... From the tops of their ribbon-clad hair to the tips of their matching boots, I loved their little fall-esque matching outfits, with jean skirts, with cheerfully bright stripped leggings and hilariously cute owl themed shirts.

I couldn't really tell these two apart... and usually I'm like the twin-genius (not really!). We shall see!



Running down a park path...

Picking up pebbles...

Getting distracted by the wildlife.. aka. a little dog.

With cute little sweaters on...

I (heart) their funny hats!!

Here's a little Mommy joy&love.. their daddy is off serving our country in Iraq. So we're sending some happiness his way with the smiling faces of his precious little girls. :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

{Personal} Happy 31st Anniversary, Mom & Dad!!

Ya know, they don't agree on how they met. My parents. I ask them to tell the story every so often, because I think it's funny to hear the light-hearted banter. It was a high-school party.. and something about her wearing his jacket home. Or him giving her a ride home. It's a bit fuzzy to me, too! :) Regardless, they met and fell in love in a blue-collar community in the great state of Wisconsin. My dad was #7 in 10 kids, working hard on the family dairy farm. My mom was #3 in 6 kids.. They met (however it was). And that dairy farm upbringing my dad had? Now they always agree on how wonderful dairy is in any form--milk, cheese, ice cream, etc. It's quite a family devotion!! :)

They were married. Just 19 and 20 years old. People said it was too young, but they knew. And through the past 31 years, their beautiful love and solid marriage has seen them stay true. Through cross-country moves and big life changes. Through upholding friends & family through difficult times and praying in hospital rooms. Through family road trips in national parks galore. Through seasons of 18-hour workdays and lean winters. Through blizzards and blazing heat. Through joy and sadness. Through serving in church together. Through lots of breakfasts, and lunches and family dinners. Through house-renting and buying and many house renovations. Through joking and laughter abundant. Through job changes and self-employment. Through the raising of children and now the doting on grandchildren. Through life and looking on to the eternal hope they share for the return of their Lord.

Their marriage is one that I want to imitate.

Happy 31st Anniversary, Mom & Dad!
I love you!!