School Picture Day….except fun.

Recently I spent the morning at a school in Massachusetts doing portraits. At first they had asked for the traditional school portraits with a backdrop, lights, the whole shebang but when I suggested we utilize the beautiful grounds around the school they agreed.

It was a fun morning and after a few came through I had it down to a science. There were 38 students in all which was a nice size. The kids were sent out in pairs which worked out well – they were less intimidated and one could make the other laugh when it was their turn. Since most of the pairs were good friends I started off each round with a nice picture of them and ended with a funny faces picture (my favorite of course).

My goal with every commission I shoot is for it not to be miserable for the kids. Most children cringe when they hear a photographer is coming – I want them to have the opposite reaction: cheer when they hear I’m coming, and beg me not to leave.

The most important thing I learned is that I need to increase my repertoire of jokes – simple ones with a good punchline (and they have to be appropriate for kids) – please leave suggestions in the comments section 🙂

Taylor Family

This family was so fun to photograph – the boys had some great ideas about where to take photos around their house and were up for pretty much anything. We scaled rocks, hung out on their play structure, played baseball & basketball, and ended with some leaf wrestling. Thank you for welcoming me into your home!

Their two year old golden retriever was an enthusiastic participant in the session.

Lightsaber baseball

Up to no good? Who me?

On the count of three make your funniest face…..

My favorite from our time together – I love the quiet moment between Brothers

Holiday Cards Have Arrived!

Below are the fabulous designs being offered this year for holiday cards.

Text and message are customizable and the 5×7 cards can be ordered either flat or folded. The standard paper is a slightly gloss cover stock. Upgrade paper options include pearl stock, watercolor art paper, or linen art paper.

Cards are ordered in packages of 24 and include envelopes.

Please contact me for pricing and ordering information!

And Happy Holidays just a bit early 🙂

Berries

Candy Cane

Reindeer

Snow

Mittens

Christmas Tree

Ornament

Present

Sleigh

Snowman

Candle

Snowflake

Hanukkah

Peace

Rudolph

Recipe – Spinach Stuffed Flank Steak

We had a great relaxing weekend at the lake enjoying the beautiful fall colors and unseasonably warm weather (it was 80 today!!). Both days we took long walks with Strider and our friend Giles and just generally had a great time. On Friday night Jeff cooked me dinner and it was YUMMY. This recipe comes from Everyday Food. Enjoy!

Fresh Spinach
1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
2 T. balsamic vinegar
Steak (good to buy a cut about 1/4 inch thick)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 t. red pepper flakes
S&P
1 t. olive oil

Heat broiler, with rack set four inches from heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; set aside. Wash spinach and spin dry. Tear into small pieces.

In a bowl, combine spinach, parsley, cheese, vinegar, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Season with S&P. Pat mixture into center of steak and roll it up – securing with a toothpick or kitchen twine. Season with oil and rub outside with S&P.

Broil until browned, 8-10 minutes. Let rest loosely covered with foil.

Bon Appetit

First Dance Song Trials and Tribulations

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Jeff and I are in the process (as many other wedding related processes are going on at the same time!) of choosing our first dance song.

We think we want something fast because we both love to dance and have more fun dancing to something with a beat.

Between me photographing weddings and attending as a guest I think we’ve been to about 12 this year. Attending this many weddings have given us many ideas about what to do (and not do). Unfortunately each and every one of these has featured a slow first dance song…whaddya gonna do?

So we’ve been thinking and racking our musical minds, and watching sappy movies that feature weddings (ok just me) to get ideas.

And returning from NYC on the train the other day I think I have the perfect idea –

“Still the One” by Orleans

Now perhaps you say this song was written more for a 50th anniversary party than a wedding party, but we will have been together six years + when we get married so I thought there could be some cute message in there about how I love him more than I did then etc. etc.

So all weekend I’m humming the song and imagining us bee bopping around the dance floor.

When I got home tonight I looked up the lyrics:

1st line: We’ve been together since way back when

2nd line: Sometimes I never want to see you again

Ok.

Maybe not the message we were hoping for on our wedding day.

Back to the drawing board.

Suggestions are WELCOME and ENCOURAGED!!

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