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Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Morning NEWS

WOW !!!!
I can not believe I have not posted anything in what ?? 

 3 + Weeks ???

Seriously ???

Shame on me !!!

Really there should be no excuse. 
But I do have one

: )))))

I'm 

SUPER BUSY 

All you wonderful and beautiful clients are keeping me hopping like never before
AND 
I would rather spend time shooting and editing your beautiful faces then blogging.

Wouldn't you agree? 

Okay good I'm glad. : ) 

But before I go on, I have to say this. 

Thank YOU Thank YOU Thank YOU

THANK YOU 

All of you are amazing and beautiful. I LOVE and enjoy spending time and photographing each and every one of you. Without you I would not be able to follow my dreams. 
YOU are all so good to me. 
thank you 

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N.E.W.S


Anyway....I'm giving a super lightning McQueen Fast News Update: 

1. Currently I am booking into February already. I do have openings however left in January. 

2. Looking to do Snow sessions this Winter. How about it ? I'll bring the Hot chocolate. It'll be fun. Common don't be a chicken..... hahahah

3. I'll be going out of town in January. San Antonio Texas. Heeehaw...
BIG Photographers convention and schooling. I am so excited. Margaritas with Fajitas, friends and warm weather is what I'm looking forward to. 

4. I need to give a shout out to my dear dear friend

 "KK" 

Thank you for everything, you are my rock and keep me grounded. Without you I'd be such a mess. 
Love you !!!!


5. I have had so many sessions in the past week I can hardly blink. Moms and Dads, kids and infants. Kids in sweaters in blazing hot heat. Gap outfit perfect kids. Farms and Dogs. 2 Weddings. Grandmas and Grandpas. Aunts and Uncles. Pumpkins. Cousins. Indoor sessions and outdoor sessions. Soccer coach and games. You name it I've had. SO much fun. So creative. I LOVE it. 


With that said I will leave you with a very memorable single image of a session I did recently until next week when I have more time to post. 

( I will try anyway...grin ) 


I am not going to say anything about the image. I'm just going to let your mind wonder and wonder and ponder and wonder. 
Next week I will reveal who what where and so on. 

Until then. 

Love, a. : ) 





Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Morning News September 27, 2010


Good Morning ya"ll and happy Monday to you !!

Hope everyone  is doing well and you had a  good weekend. I think we are all starting to realize that fall is here and winter is coming sooner then we want to. Not sure if I am very happy about it though to be honest. Burrrrrr.... it's cold outside.  Our wood burning stove is going to get fired up real soon here, but  then again, there is nothing prettier then tree's changing leaves and warm blankest. Hot chocolate with REAL milk. No Mosquito's. Sweaters and Jeans. Ahhhhh that does sound kinda good now doesn't it ?


Anyway.... I had to share my new Prop story real quick. A few weeks ago I found a settee from Junk Warehouse in Barrington, Illinois. Loved that thing. Had to have it. Bought it. However,  it needed some serious TLC. So with a trip to the Library and reading up on how to reupholster. A trip to the fabric store with my very very good friend. Internet searches and purchases. Facebook polls.  Some You tube videos. 
I did it. 
This was actually my second piece of furniture I did and boy do I love doing reupholstering. So SO much fun. If you ever consider doing a piece, don't be afraid. Go for it. It really is not that difficult. 

I have lots of material left, so I am on the hunt for another piece of furniture.  Of course my hubby is not really that  thrilled with all the furniture being added to our house. hahahha ohh well....he'll still love me. 

Here are the before images. 

I think I removed  a few thousand nails, tags, staples. Shaved wood for padding as well as several layers of fabric and cotton padding. This is what it looked like.











I then re-screwed, re-nailed tighten and firmed everything up. Oiled the wood. Padded, nailed, glued, tagged, and re-upholstred the settee. This is what it looks like now. 





Not bad is it?  I LOVE it and so happy with the result. Thank you to my very very good friend and Junk Warehouse for finally achieving another one of my long dreams come true. : ))))





In other news... It's been real crazy here at my home. ER trips with my son who was sick, open house with Silpada Jewelry and Thirty-One Bags as well as my special promotion. Lots of photo sessions with lots of editing in the progress.  C...A...Z...Y...  : ) 

I'm going to try to do more image blogging during the week to make is a little easier for me. Otherwise it will take a long time every Sunday trying to post images and blog. With that said, I will post just a few today and more during the week. 

Remember October is fully booked and November is almost full. If you want to have a session before the holiday season or use images for holiday cards, please PLEASE call asap 224-629-0424 to reserve your spot. I will not be able to open any other appointments  as I am already booked tight. 

I did a photo shoot yesterday of a little cutie pie that's just 4 days old. Because she is so small and had a hard time keeping warm I just want to throw this out there, if babies weight 5 lbs or there about I will not be able to do any naked images from now on. It's just to risky for the baby and really not fun for them ( or me ). It broke my heart. We kept her wrapped up the whole time as well as heaters and warm cherry stone pillows trying to keep her warm.  The images are still very very cute and boy I cant wait for you to see. I told her mom we'll do another shoot in a month or so when she gets a little more chubbier. : ))) I cant wait. You know I LOVE babies.....


Alright.... I gotta get to my editing ... You all have a great week and check back often. 


Love, A. : ) 


~ The Carlson Family ~

Here we have a rocking awesome family ..... John Deere, Harley Davidson, Cowboy, fishing poles, horse, awesome family images and so much more. This family is by far one of the nicest people you will ever meet. I've known them for a long time and felt so honored when I was asked to take their family images. What a blast we had. Jody had so many ideas on what all we can do, I was just thrilled. I love it when I get this much input. It really tells me the family wants this as much as I do. I think I was there for 3 hours. But so worth every minute. I really didn't want to go home to be honest. I loved hanging with them. I can not wait for the next time. 

Jody and Corky and the entire Carlson Family ....thank you so so much. You guys mean the world to me and are such a wonderful and beautiful family. Love you all. : )























Aren't they just awesome ? 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday Morning News September 20, 2010

.. Monday Morning News ..


Well it's Monday Morning and I am super super busy.

Thank you

~ I LOVE IT ~ 

But with that said... today NEWS will be really.. REALLY... short. 

I promise I will post lots and lots more images next week as well as any new news. 


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So, for today I will leave you with just one image that is by far one of my favorites in a long time. I just 
LOVE LOVE LOVE
it.
I mean how can you not. 

It says SO much, yet the images is so simple. 

I can not wait until next week to show you all so many more. 

Thank you Jody and Corky. 
Love you both. 







So what do think ? 

Love a.  : ) 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Up and running

Hey everybody, 
Web site is up and running again. 
Thanks for your patience. 

Love a. : ) 

Web site is down !!!

My Website is under construction and getting a prettier look. Hang in there  !! We'll have it up in no time. 
Thank you for your understanding !!

Love, a.  : ) 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Morning NEWS ~ September 13 2010

Monday Morning NEWS ~ September 13, 2010 

GOOD MORNING to you all !!!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Spending it outside with this beautiful weather we are having right now. 


It was a sad remembrance day Saturday. 
September 11 2001 
The day that changed our lives. I don't think any of will ever forget. It has changed us all in one way or the other . We all talk about it, hear about daily and still to this day try to figure out  "WHY".  Most of us will always remember where we were when it happened. Where were you ? 

I was working at the fire house in Cary. Chief called us in to look at the TV, which we were clued in front of in disbelieve. I remember my dad was out of town somewhere and I was in a panic because I could not get a hold of him on his cell phone. It was a nightmare. I remember no airplanes in the sky. The endless feeling of wanting to help but not being able to do so. Within hours the guys from the firehouse talking about going to New York to help. Firemen taking trips to New York for Funerals of other brothers and sisters. The constant news broadcast and not being able to turn it off. The money donations. T-shirts and hats being made.  So So much.....

To all the people that lost their lives that day 
To their families and friends
To all the soldiers still over there
To all the soldiers that lost their lives
To all the soldiers that came home 
Their families and friends
To all the people that it has effected since then 
To all the workers suffering now with tremendous health issues

I am so so sorry and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless you !!!


Which I just need to say this 


RIP
Jason McLeod 


You will always be remembered and loved. Especially this past Saturday but more so today and in the coming up days and month. 

Your daughters Birthday is today. I know you are watching over her. 

Happy Birthday little Jocelyn McLeod. 
We love you !!!!!







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Back to our regular NEWS Now .....

Things are hopping here. WOOHOOOO 

I am catching up with editing like a real champ.
Courtney has been helping me a ton getting organized.
October is full with session.
November does still have a few openings. 

If you want to get images for Christmas cards this year call soon. 
I have decided to do limited Christmas cards designs this year. I will have them posted in the next few weeks. 

October Fest ....ja hey there..... 
I have some authentic german bavarian outfits. Brand new. My boys just don't have the interest to waer them. So if you want to do a session with your little boy or girl, call me. It be so cute and fun. 












Aren't they just so flipping cute. Golly I am so homesick looking at these. 


What's coming up ?????? 
What's in the forecast ????

Tractors
Cowboys
Little boys and fishing poles
Girl with horse
Maternity images of a out of this world lady 
Senior in HOT PINK dress

Sooooo excited !!!!

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Now here are the Monday's new 
 .... images ... 

Have fun Looking !!!! 

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Little  Matthew and Sean 

 I am SO in LOVE with this these little boys. I mean just look at them. Could you not eat them just up ? They was so much fun. Sean was not happy until he sat in a chair. Just a riot. 

Thanks Kimmie .... your boys are beautiful !!!





















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Next up we have 5 day old baby T. Ohhh My gosh. If you were to look up perfection in the dictionary, I swear there would be a picture of her right next to it.  I mean, it cant get better then that. Or is it just because I LOVE babies ? Noooo she is perfect. 


Congratulations Michelle and Matt. Bradley you were amazing. You've grown so so much. 
Cant wait to do more session of them all. : ) 

































































I just have to add... my mom was gonna pitch that basket. No way mamma  I said,  of course took it before she can give it to the garbage man. I mean, I remember this basket as long as I can way way back. It made it all the way from germany when we moved here. It's a heirloom now and prop. : )))




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High School Senior - LaCross Player - Cary-Grove High school - Cute - Handsome  - super personality - 

Mr. Steven 

Go check him out .......


Thanks Steven... you did awesome. I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing you achieve your big plans you have for your future. I know you'll do awesome !! 











































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Little lady K. oh so cute.... 


This is one of my favorite little ladies... golly she puts a smile on my face each and every time. I LOVE when they come see me every couple months. Did I mention they drive 6 hours every time .... YES... they LOVE me. Plus the outfits they bring... wow.... I am so in love with every one of them. 

Thank you Jamie and Meredith .. You guys are the best. Just love it.... and Lady K. too. 
xoxoxooxox



















































That's it for now..... phewww there is a lot of images.... hope you enjoyed them. I know I did....

See ya next week. 

Love, a. : )