I Love Cruising

It seems there’s always a buzz about cruises when we get home from ours. Last year a Costa ship wrecked along the Tuscan coast and this year Carnival experienced a fire in their engine room. Both are awful and I can’t imagine the experience or conditions that these cruises had to deal with. But luckily, our third cruise went on without a hitch.

We decided to go West this year since we’d gone East the last two years to the Virgin Islands. And though I wasn’t as big of a fan of these islands, we had the most relaxing time with Martha and Alan. We took a few adventures, we took a lot of naps, we sunned, we knitted, we watched movies, we ate dessert with purpose – it was perfect. Well, almost.

I’m happy to report that I didn’t injure myself while on vacation this year. I did have a run in with the BDD the evening before we left (bad dog), but I totally managed to toss my cookies while on a catamaran. I blame the gallon of sea water I swallowed by accident snorkeling… but nonetheless it was a miserable feeling and I was down for the count. So…

… other than that, it was PERFECT!

 

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

Cruise 2013 - Western

February 15, 2013 - 11:07 am

Rachel - As usual, your photos are awesome! I so wish I could’ve been there!

Year 31

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The years are passing faster and faster. It doesn’t feel like it’s been 365 days since I celebrated my milestone last year with several lovely people. I told myself that 30 was going to be great… and it had it’s high points… but there was a lot that I wasn’t prepared for.

Like leaving the job I’d had for years… I loved being a DRTV buyer… but it was time to part ways. And starting a new job… a new place with new people and buckets full of data. There’s also an extra five pounds that happened somewhere in between. Plus theses dark circles and thin lines that have somehow appeared under my eyes. My acne has gotten worse with age. My hands look older. My skin feels… elastic-ky. There was the smash-and-grab in Atlanta. Anxiety has become an issue. (I’ve never felt anxiety the way I do now. What’s up with that?) And most recently, losing my husband’s Aunt Shirley late last week. (We’re still working through that last one.)

But those were the cards that were dealt, the ones I chose to play. Things could have gone differently, but who’s to say it would have been better? So I’ve decided that since I wasn’t completely sold on year 30, year 31 will outshine it completely. Leaves will be turned over. I’m going outside my comfort zone. I’m going to make things happen instead of just wishing they would. This year will be MY year to feel comfortable in my own skin.

Anti-wrinkle cream is at the top of that list.

I’m starting tonight. Birthday night. I have plans to meet up with my friend, Nazzie, and get fitted for running shoes. The C25K app is already on my phone, I’ve solved the iMac-to-Droid-phone music transfer mystery and I’ve even got an itch to visit a small gym near us to see if it’s worth while. And with the harassment I’ve received just to get shoes, I’m sure Nazzie will keep me in check. My goal with this whole thing [that could possibly be a catastrophe] is to make myself feel good – less stress, less anxiety, which I hope means fewer constellations appearing on my face. If I happen to lose a few pounds in the process, I won’t cry. But that’s just the start.

I have an entire sheet filled with goals I’d like accomplish in the next year that go beyond improving the fleshy part of me. Business goals, goals to enhance our home life, things to do, people to hug, big changes, small ones too. Don’t take offense, year 30, but it’s time to bite the bullet and get over this getting older thing. I’m all over you, year 31 – bring it.

February 12, 2013 - 10:50 am

Dawn - Happy birthday! I have no doubt that you’ll knock this year out of the park.

February 12, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Mer - No matter what this year brings, you’re sure to be surrounded by people who love you exactly the way you are. It’s gonna be fantastic.

February 13, 2013 - 9:09 am

Susan - I have no doubt that you’re going to have an amazing year. Go, Brooke, Go!

April 4, 2013 - 8:49 am

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A Whirlwind Otherwise Known As January

January has been a rather busy month for me and the hubs.  Right after the holiday, we left on a jet plane to Baton Rouge.  Then took a Camaro to New Orleans to watch the greatest football game ever.  Throw in a super busy schedule at work and some baby shower cake… before I knew it, the end of the month arrived which meant only one thing: it was time to cruise.

Our annual cruise with friends came and went too fast and I’ve barely had any time to relive it through my photos let alone wash all the clothes that were in our suitcase, so I thought I’d leave you with a glimpse.  Just a couple of views I caught while I was wasting away with daily naps.  But there will be more to come!

Cozumel?

Cruise Snacks

Don’t worry – I put my face in it.

 

What To Expect {newborn sessions}

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Babies.  They grow so fast, they’re even growing right before your eyes.  So many changes in just a few weeks.  It only makes sense that parents want to memorize how their baby looked when they were small, sleepy little beings.  And there are a lot of photographers out there that enjoy photographing those new little babies.  I’m one of them.

My last few months have been filled with newborn sessions and I love it!  The good thing is that even more babies are coming in the coming months. :)  I have friends that are expecting, co-workers, former co-workers… and I’m just chomping at the bit to get those babies in front of my camera.  But it’s more than just taking the photos.  It’s the whole session that makes it worth while.

I love seeing parents, new or second timers or even third or fourth timers, with their newborns.  They seem to gather all the love they have in their bodies and hold it precisely where their new baby is – in their arms, on their chest, with warm kisses.  Mothers forget there’s anyone else in the room.  Fathers have a new found gentleness.  It’s always the same, but somehow always different.  There’s just something about seeing parents hold the most precious thing in the world.  And that’s why I photograph newborns with their parents.

Don’t get me wrong, I love looking at those adorable photos of little babes in cocoons and baskets or those small faces propped up by even smaller hands.  They are precious.  But my newborn sessions are not like that.  There’s something more touching, more serene when a child is with their parent.  I understand wanting to remember what you newborn looked like, but don’t you also want to remember yourself, your family, and experience those feelings over and over again?

I recommend all newborn sessions take place at home and that babies be between three to six weeks old.  Since I photograph the family together, I like mom and dad to get some time to settle in, feel refreshed and learn a schedule with their newborn.  Any time of day works as long as there’s daylight, and the session usually takes place in a room with great light.  We’ll open a door or blinds, turn off the overhead light and from there we work through a natural workflow, always making certain your baby is comfortable.  And when the going gets tough, breaks come in. :)

I truly believe the relationship is what makes beautiful photographs.  And having photos of you holding your child, or your spouse, your children or even your parent – there’s a connection that  ties you together and holds you still for just a moment.  As a photographer, that’s what I love – seeing couples fall even more in love all because of this one little person.  I’ll leave the baskets and doll poses to other photographers – I want to photograph your newborn with the people that love him or her most in the world.

February 6, 2013 - 11:43 am

katie o - I wholeheartedly agree…babies in their new environments are perfect. Those are the images that parents will treasure forever.

Baby Stella {newborn}

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Oh my goodness, people.  My first session of 2013 did not disappoint.

I was excited to meet Kelly and Scott and it was because of the anticipation that built up before Kelly’s delivery.  Being friends with Scott’s sister, Bethany, I got see pictures from baby showers, learn about their favorite baby names and then, the day before Christmas, I saw an update that she was an aunt.  Of a beautiful baby girl.

Definitely a lot of anticipation.  But it made it worth while.

Not only are Kelly and Scott a wonderful couple, but seeing them with their sweet little girl… ah, I was over the moon in love.  New parents with babies gets me every time, but this new family was something wonderful all it’s own.  I knew that they left the gender of the baby a surprise, but listening to Scott talk about how after he met her, he said the names they had fallen in love with for a girl just didn’t fit.  And so her name became Stella Marie.

Stella surprised me by keeping her eyes open the entire I visited with her.   Her eyes followed the camera.  She stretched out her neck and held up her head when we laid her on stomach.  She stayed so calm, so patient, didn’t even fuss until the very end.  I am Stella fan until the end.

Just look at those smiles.  How can you not fall in love with this family when they’re this happy.

*love*

My favorite of Kelly.  The look on her face.  The light.  Her hands wrapped tightly.  It melts my heart.

Oh Stella – you little heart breaker, you!

And that was a wrap. :)  So happy for the Yager family and for proud Aunt Bethany.  They have a lovely little lady to love on, kiss and bounce on their knees and I can’t wait to get updates from them all about how much more beautiful Stella becomes.

January 31, 2013 - 8:01 am

Bethany - Thank you thank you thank you for capturing the awesomeness of my Stelly Belly and her awesome parents. You rock Brooke!

February 21, 2013 - 8:22 am

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