Picking Flowers & Finding Butterflies

Julie Walking 1Julie Walking 2Julie Walking 3Julie Walking 4Julie Walking 5Julie Walking 6Julie Walking 7It’s the dead of winter right now and I am missing all the bright colorful wildflowers from this session.  I’m so ready for Spring….

Nonetheless, what a great morning we had together.  This sweet girl finished up her last milestone session, the walking session, picking wild flowers and finding “butterflies.”  Ok, so it wasn’t a real butterfly, but a mosaic one, but it was still pretty neat.   After the session, Mom surprised me with a beautiful starburst/flower looking blanket!    I raved and raved about this neat blanket from her second daughter’s newborn session and how cool it looked in photos!    It was such a thought and meaningful gift.  My clients are so very good to me and I always treasure my time with them.    Thank you Mrs. S!!!!!!!!

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Big Brother, Little Brother


I love watching families interact with one another. Witnessing their love for one another makes my job so fulfilling. And then you get sibling interaction and well, there is just something fun about that too. Typically there is a calmer sibling and then there is a more outgoing, highly energetic one. Can you tell which one is which in the photos above?



I exhale when I look at these images and just shake my head at how ridiculously breathtaking this couple is on this night. I joke with Mr. & Mrs. C that I don’t think they could take a bad picture even if they tried! It was one of those sessions that EVERYTHING just magically came together. I didn’t even have to recommend poses for them to do. I simply told them to snuggle up and love each other.   ♥  ♥  ♥

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We Played, We Smiled, We (He) Cried

What a fun morning I had with one of my favorite little redheads!   Love this lil’ guy!  I remember back at his newborn session, and how his light little peach fuzz head had that slight strawberry blonde look.  I so hoped he would keep his red hair and YES he did!   What a joy he was at his sitting session too.  Such a happy, smiley baby!

So now, as we come up to the point in all my Milestone Package clients time with me, we have come to the walking session which completes our time together.  As with this age comes mobility and curiosity and the inability (or the want to) sit still.  Mom and I got creative playing games and listening to music on her iPhone.  He was running around and playing so hard, that he actually lost his shoe!  See it in the iPhone pic?  LOL!  Too funny!   Also with this age, the kids typically let me know when they are done being photographed.    Done with playing, done with sitting, done with smiling, just DONE!   And Mr. F certainly let me know when he had reached his limit.  🙂



This will be Elfie Rojo’s Last Year

Sad to say, but, yes, this year will be the last year that Elfie Rojo comes to visit us.   My kids are getting older, and for my oldest, I think he knows the secret behind the big guy in red, he’s just too afraid to ask.  So the gig will be up soon, plus, this momma is tired.  Yes, yes,  I know there are tons of Pinterest boards with loads of ideas, but with all good things, this too must come to an end.

And on top of all this, what’s up with the Elf on the Shelf backlash?  I’ve seen so many articles bashing the whole thing…. makes me sad.  We had a neighborhood boy come over to the house and comment on how fake and how creepy our elf was…. REALLY?   I didn’t say anything, but just thought how sad that his parents have put their own opinions on to him.    This whole Elf thing has been so much fun for my kids and for me.   There is very little wonder and magic in the world today, and I want my kids to hold on to a little bit of it for a little while longer.    Still to this day, FIVE years later, the kids wake up in the mornings, still half awake, and shuffle through the house with half open eyes, looking for Elfie.  And every morning when they do find him, it brings a smile to their faces.   We have made a lot of great memories and we have the pictures to prove it.   I did get a little burnt out last year and 99% of the time just used my iPhone to take the Elfie photos for our yearly book.  But this year, knowing it will be my last, I have a renewed sense of vigor.   I thought about it twice (heck more than twice) before posting our new Elfie Rojo photos today because of all the haters out there.  But, on the other hand, there are a lot of families that cherish this tradition, and since this is our last year, I’m going for it.   Senor Elfie Rojo (which is red in Spanish) arrives every December 1st, and his last day with us will be December 24th.   Here are the first couple of days so far.  Enjoy!

If you’re curious to see the last 4 years of photos, go take a look!


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Kerri - December 8, 2014 - 11:37 pm

I love it……….maybe there is a hidden meaning in this tradition.

Maybe it’s an opportunity to say, “Listen, there will always be some people that will make fun/criticize, that doesn’t mean that we have to buy into their opinions. We have had fun with this. This gives us a highlight to the everyday, routine of getting up and starting our day. This gave you something to believe in when you couldn’t see it. It’s good to remember to believe in things you can’t always see. It’s good to learn now to ‘hope’ and ‘believe’ and ‘trust’. Now that you know how to do that, go find something real to hope, believe and trust in.”

I hope we will have it for many years to come! I hope we do it even after the ‘jig is up’. Maybe that looks like the kids hiding it for us to find or we each take turns. Who knows what it will actually become. I hope this, too, stays a tradition, even when the magic to proven to be the love of someone else doing something that makes you smile and bring you joy. Which, in my opinion, is magic!