Sunday, September 26, 2010

Miss Elizabeth... sugar and a whole 'lotta spice

So, my baby girl is turning FOUR on Friday! Yes, four... going on fourTEEN! (Sigh...)

Anyhow, as a photographer, I have to say it is sometimes VERY difficult to get decent shots of your own kids. So when they do turn out better than you'd hoped for, it's such a rush!

I did two sessions with Liz for her fourth birthday. The first one I had in mind the moment I found a pair of vintage kids' boxing gloves at an antique store. Since Liz has two older brothers, she was pretty much born a tomboy. So I had wanted to capture that "boyishness" about her by making her look like a tough little boxer.

Well, when she ended up with a shiner after a pool toy accident, we made lemonade out of our lemons.

Here's a tease:

the rest of this must-see series and some "urban" shots from an impromptu, in-between-running-the-brothers-to-soccer-practice shoot, can be seen here:

Here's a sneak peek at one of my favorites from the "urban" shoot. This one's going to be 16x20 on the wall of yours truly.

Happy birthday to my sweet and beautiful Elizabeth. I love you more than I can put into words.

"I had always been a tomboy - I still am, at heart." ~ Maureen O'Hara

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My favorite little "GAP family"

I once again had the honor of photographing Derick & Jessica and their precious boy, Hudson on the shores of Lake Michigan this summer.

This gorgeous family, whom I affectionately refer to as my "GAP family" because they look like they fell straight out of a fashion magazine, came to me all the way from the Carolinas while they were visiting family here in Ludington.

Hudson is not only adorable, but super smart and funny, too. I had a great time chasing him up and down the sand.

Take a look at some of my favorites from our evening on the beach.

Derick, Jessica, and Hudson - it was a pleasure seeing you three again and I hope I'll see you again in 2011!

“Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” ~ Michelle Held

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cute kids and a great cause....

I was honored to be asked by Safari Sun Salon & Tanning to help with a charity event in August that would benefit Lakeshore Animal Friends.

Safari Sun hosted a "block party" in the lot of the strip mall on US-31 in Ludington, where they are located. There were tons of activities for kids, including a bounce house, a rock wall, face painting, and a dress-up booth.

A monetary donation to Lakeshore Animal Friends or a stuffed animal for the MMC Pediatric Unit bought you tickets for a raffle, in which you could win one of many fun prizes, including free pizza, tanning, martial arts, or a stay at one of our fine local hotels.

My duty was to help the kids in the dress-up booth and then take a photo of them, which was sent to them with a print release at no charge.

I had a blast playing with these little girls (and boys!) and couldn't have asked for cuter models that day. Here is a look at some of my favorites:

Thanks to all the lovely ladies & gents that stopped by to see me that day. I hope you are enjoying your photo! :)

"Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful." ~ Author Unknown