To You and Yours

No matter how you celebrate this time of year…

I hope you surround yourself with the people you love.

And with people that love you.

That you have a calmness in your heart.

And a smile on your face.

That you are warm and content.

And are lucky enough to have a piece of warm pie in front you.

Happy Holidays to all my friends – I wish you a very merry December and hope you know that you are loved and appreciated.

Very much so.


Connor Turns One {birthday}

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I fell in love with Connor the first time I met him.  His big blue eyes.  Those little lips.  His beyond adorable kissy face.  Love, I say.

So you can only imagine my excitement when Laura, Connor’s mom, told me she wanted to do some holiday photos.  I couldn’t WAIT to see Connor!  And boy had he grown.  That little tater tot got taller, had a little boy’s haircut and just looked so different since this summer.  But Laura had an idea of her sleeve to celebrate Connor’s upcoming birthday.  A cake smash. :)

I showed up that morning ready for holiday family photos.  And holiday family photos we got.  But getting down in the floor with Connor, watching his reactions to a big blue cupcake and laughing at mom and dad?  That was the icing on the cake.  I loved every minute of it – and was so happy to celebrate a mini-cake smash with the Daugherty family.

The Birthday Boy.  How sweet is that face?  And that belly button?

*I melt*

I hope Connor had a great birthday party with family and that everyone loved his birthday portraits.  He’s such a sweet little man, loved by many, but I know Laura and Stephan are over the moon for him.  As they should be.  Because he’s spectactular.

Happy first birthday, Connor.

December 20, 2012 - 12:51 pm

katie - Oh my word he is adorable!Happy 1st birthday little buddy!
Great shots!

December 21, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Melanie - Holy macaroni, what a cute shoot! Love them :)

January 4, 2013 - 7:59 am

My Top Picks of 2012 | Shutterboo Photography - […] Birthday Boy.  Tater tot.  Connor.  Whatever you like to call him.  I just LOVE TO PHOTOGRAPH HIM!  This little guy made my Thanksgiving weekend so much sweeter (and it wasn’t because there was cake involved.  He’s the cutest – from the new hair to the bluest eyes to those kissy little lips – I’m a Connor fan to the core.  And I loved this cupcake smash session! […]

The Hillmans {family}

Miss Amelia is growing so fast.  Each time I see her, I can’t believe how much she’s changed.  How well she’s walking.  How her hair is lighter.  Curlier.  How her eyes get bluer.  He cheeks get rounder.

How she is the perfect mix of her mom and dad.  That’s the one that always pulls at my heart strings.

Amelia is over a year and half old now.  She’s as mobile as ever and definitely kept me moving at our session.  But I do hope that she had fun at the park, exploring new sites and keeping her parents on their toes.  That my beautiful friends Mandy and Josh love their family photos.  (I know I loved seeing them on their holiday card.)

Because before we know it, she’ll be two.  Then three.  I just can’t get over how fast time flies with these kiddos.

LOVE that smile of Amelia’s!

I’m not sure how long Amelia’s been doing it, but she kept folding her hands, pulling them to her chest.  It was so darling and she did it so many times.

I never grew tire of it.

I think this one is my favorite.  Of Mandy with her little girl.  For some reason, while I was editing their photos, I kept pausing at these.

Every time I look at it, I see Mandy as a mom instead of the little 18 year old girl I befriended all those years ago.  Beautiful woman.

Warm wishes to my friends, the Hillmans.  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with family and ring in the New Year with hugs and kisses.

Baby Reagan {newborn}

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Way back in 2010, the Salyer family was one of the first families I’d photographed.  And their newest little one, Reece, was one of the first newborns.  I had so much fun with Malana and Neil and that bright-eyed, smiling baby boy of their’s.  The idea of meeting Reece’s little sister this fall got me super excited – not only would I get to see the little man that’s become SUCH A CUTIE, but he’d get to introduce to Baby Reagan.

I did hang out with Reece while the ladies were finishing with their blush and headbands.  He showed me his room, his new big bed, he sang the black bird song and I just ate it all up.  So I made sure to take some photos of Reece as well.  Because two-year-olds love to see the pictures you take – and I was happy to show them to him. ;)

Look at those eyes.  Malana’s eyes through and through.

Meeting Baby Reagan… whoa.  I knew when I met Reece he was six weeks and was large.  Reagan, in these photos, is three weeks old.  THREE WEEKS OLD!  Her parents made her a super healthy baby and she’s got some size to those three-week old thighs… but she’s completely darling and alert and just so precious.

And since momma loves those chunky legs…


I absolutely love these in the chair.  The light was perfect and just painted a completely different picture.  And with Reece jumping up next to Malana… well, her smile says it all.  I hope Malana and Neil have a wonderful holiday with their families near and far.  And that everyone gets to hear Reece sing and hold that chunky monkey Reagan.  I send my love.

December 13, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Stacy - Gorgeous photos of a simply gorgeous family!!

The Coxes {family}

Whenever I talk with my college girlfriend, Stacia, I immediately think of us as our 21-year-old selves.  I think of Justin Timberlake playing.  I think of Stacia dancing.  And then saying some ridiculously funny in her sweet little voice.  But then I remember that those days are long gone… and her Wyatt now have a beautiful family.  And it blows my mind.  It seems like yesterday I was sitting in her pink-on-pink bedroom in UPA.  Not any more.

Ah.  Time flies way too fast, people.

But I love Stacia and Wyatt’s kiddos.  Cali reminds me so much of Stacia – her mannerisms, the way she talks, the way she looks – she’s even a basketballer like mom.  And Jonah is so, so sweet.  He tries so hard to smile for the camera and when confronted to choose to cheer for UofL or UK he just says, “I like them both.”  Jonah’s a little lover, keeps the peace… I luz him.

At five and three they are so much fun, Cali and Jonah.  Playful, still kind of timid but goofy and just cute as can be.  I don’t know what Stacia and Wyatt to have made these two little people so fun and polite, but they have wonderful children… and I’d play with them in their backyard any day of the week. :)

I asked Cali if we should take a picture of mom and dad and she agreed.  I love sucking Stacia into these situations because she’s the sweetest.

*my fave*

Love these kids, love this family, love my dear and beautiful friend.  I wish them nothing but happiness this holiday season and can’t wait to get another hug.  Much love, Cox Family.

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