Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Blog!

I am finally a cool and hip photographer because I have a cool and hip new blog now! You MUST check it out and PLEASE let me know what you think by leaving a comment! Be sure to make note of the new address and know this one will be phased out:(

I have some fun giveaways planned for those of you that choose to follow the blog and become involved by leaving comments from time-to-time. For those of you on Facebook, I have also set up a fan page - note the key word "set up" as there is nothing on it yet but I have big plans for that too, so become a fan please and help spread the word about MDP!!!

The new blog is still coming to life and I'm still learning my way around Wordpress so if you see a "bug," let me know!! I have several housekeeping issues to address before I hit work again in full force, but I hope to be posting some new things to the new blog as I get caught up!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009!

Wow. December has flown by. I never got around to giving the blog as much love as I had hoped. Oh well. Maybe I can make up for it in January. I did get to end the year with a precious little newborn boy, but you'll have to wait on a sneak peek because I am officially done with editing in 2009. Wahoo!!

That said, I wanted to say Merry Christmas and thank everyone who has supported me personally and professionally over this past year! It has been fast and fun and furious and full of new opportunities and challenges and I just am so grateful for so many things! Thank you to all of my clients, who are or are quickly becoming more than just clients, thank you to my friends that encourage me, thank you to all of you who inspire me, thank you to my family for the greatest amount of love and support and encouragement and who allows me to do what I do. I have the greatest husband ever who has taken on Daddy duty countless times and tackled the kids many weekends on his own so I could take on as many sessions as I did. I feel so blessed to be where I am, and I hope and pray that 2010 is another great year!

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas. Our card is below although these images do NO justice to the actual piece, which is a trifold. Many thanks to the fabulous Stephanie Davis for lending her talents to take MY family Christmas photos - might I add the first family photos EVER!! Another Merry Christmas to me! And how can I even do justice to the ridiculously awesome work of my designer Jill who made this card into such a piece of art? I love her and I am proud to share her with all of you.

Above: this is hard to describe but this was the entire outside spread when card was folded out. When folded, the far right panel is the front cover of the card.
Below: this was the entire inside spread when it was all folded out

Have a great Christmas and time with your families!! Talk to you in 2010!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Thanksgiving

Before we hit Christmas, I had to post just one Thanksgiving entry in the spirit of playing catch-up. And since so many of you might be in the party-planning/entertaining mode, maybe this will inspire you!

Here are a few snapshots from our Thanksgiving 2009. I can take no credit for the decor - my mom did it all so this is one giant plug on her talent and what she could do if only the right person (other than family) would come along and convince her of how good she really is and inspire her to start doing this for work!! I did contribute the placecards, which I have been doing since age 5:) Oh, and a good deal of this stuff is from my wedding and the rest is from my Mom's garage, so this is again a testmament to Mom's creative abilities from turning what's laying around in her house into a masterpiece without buying new stuff. The crabapples, berries and some of the greenery were found out on the farm - Martha Stewart would be proud:)

We had about 25 in total attendance so we had to have stations of tables to fit all in, plus Mom set up a fabulous outdoor seating area full of couches, rugs, a firepit, washers and horseshoes, and music! The weather was perfect and I think we seriously were set for a wedding reception. Who knows, maybe there are event services in the farm's future??! Oh, and see how Miss Velvet was broken in with the whole gang (minus 5 people!). I have lots more to share in later posts!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Merry Christmas To Me

Since I can't give myself more hours in a day (which seems like #1 on my wish list this year!), I settled for this new prop as the light to bribe me through the long holiday tunnel. She needs a name...maybe Miss Velvet? I am taking nominations:) I have been wanting a couch for so long and my aunt, the best bargain furniture finder you'll ever meet, scouted this beauty for me. I am proud to call it mine and can't wait to share it with all of you in 2010.

I have one newborn left this next week before I am all completely wrapped up with new sessions for the year, and technically, my doors are closed until January although I am still trying to wrap up with the last bit of holiday orders! Once that is done, I hope to give some more love to the blog and post some things I have been meaning to for promises, but check back.

Thanks for your support and patience as I spend some much-needed quality time with my family. I will return emails and calls but response time may be much slower than normal. If you are interested in sessions for 2010, keep in mind I advise a minimum of 4-6 weeks lead time to ensure your ideal session date. Thanks and stay tuned...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Meet Mr. C

After a sea of what seems like was mostly newborn girls, I finally got my hands on a little guy. Boy, was he worth the wait! This Mr. C belongs to this hot mama you might remember. I just couldn't believe the stories of how he can throw a fit, because look at what he let me do to him! He was pure angel for me:) This first shot might be one of my new favorites of the year and check him out in his little golfer hat below - SO CUTE!!! Don't you love Miss M sharing her sucker with baby bro? Gotta love it!

Monday, November 23, 2009

One More....

I am still editing this session and I had to share this one. It is a signature pose I will have you do if you are on an engagement session with me. I just love it - what better way to capture being IN LOVE??!! Don't you just see it? And feel it? Too bad they're not doing a holiday card - the colors are perfect!!!

Miss Z is 3 Months!

If you haven't noticed, I'm really into leaves right now in my pictures:) I can't imagine what I'd do if I ever make it up north for the fall like I want - never been! In any case, little Miss Z indulged me and lived up to her reputation of being a fabulous baby for the camera. You better get used to this face because she's going to be in and out of this blog a lot (4th appearance already in 3 months!) - that's what you get with me as your "auntie!"