Monthly Archives: March 2013

RIP Grandma

Twelve years ago, we said good-bye to the amazing woman I had the pleasure to call Grandma.  For a long time, I felt very cheated that she was taken from me at such a young age.  She was only 57 years old and I was 18.  The photo below was taken before my Senior prom in May of 2000.  A short 10 months later, she was gone.

 

Looking back, there were definite signs that something was wrong with her.  It wasn’t until February of 2001 that she received the cancer diagnosis.  On March 22, my mom’s birthday, we were all at the hospital with Grandma.  Family had travelled in from everywhere to say good-bye.  We all knew she would never come home.  Even though she could barely breathe or see, she insisted that we celebrate my mom’s birthday.  So, someone went to Dairy Queen and bought an ice cream cake, and Grandma actually took a bite of it.  Around 4 o’clock in the morning on March 23, we all stood gathered around her hospital bed as she took her last breath.

Everything I am, I owe to my Grandma.  I only have two regrets.  She was an amazing cook and seamstress.  Though I spent time with her doing both, I definitely didn’t inherit her expertise at these skills.  I can cook the bare minimum, and every time I sew, I smile at the thought of her laughing at me from Heaven at my inability to sew a straight line!  What I lack in those two areas, I more than make up for in others, and for that reason I know she is super proud of me!

Fast forward to present day, and though I of course am still sad at what today represents, I am also happy.  Three years ago today, my mom decided to turn March 23rd around and make it a happy day for us.  So, she ran away to Hollywood and got married!  Between loosing my Grandma and my Uncle Brian, I often thought I would loose my mom as well.  Thankfully, she married a man that is absolutely perfect for her.  She is just as funny as she ever was, and her smile tells you how happy she is.  Today, I’ll be travelling to Mansfield to spend some time with them to celebrate her birthday and also anniversary.

 

I no longer feel cheated for loosing her.  I often look at the younger generation and am disappointed at how much they take for granted.  I spent the majority of my time with my grandparents, and that is what shaped me to be the person I am today.  I have morals, values, compassion, goals.  I often try to picture my life if she were still here, and honestly, I don’t like what it may have been.  I was so attached to her, I’m not sure I would have ever left and became my own person.  I also am very thankful she wasn’t here to experience the tragic loss of Brian.  Something else I’m thankful for is that she had gotten to know Shannon, and really loved him.  I’m sure she knew he would take great care of me, and that’s why it was ok her to go on to a better place 🙂  So, today I’ll celebrate a life lived, not a life lost.  R.I.P Grandma gone but never forgotten

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Throwback Thursday {Furr Kids}

Our friends have the cutest poodles!  Quigley is the black one, he’s the big brother.  Rigby is the one that looks like a teddy bear.  He joined the family last year.  We met for photos shortly after they brought each pup home, and again for Christmas card photos.  I always say working with dogs is very similar to children!  You have to be fast, fun, and bribe them!

I posted some side-by-sides of when they were both pups.  I believe Quigley was 10 weeks old and Rigby was 8 weeks old.  They both look extra dapper in the bowtie!  Both of these sessions took place right in their backyard.  Next, you’ll see the first set of Christmas photos, before Rigby was born.  I love the colors and textures in those photos.  We chose a local red barn as the backdrop for that session.  Finally, you get to meet the entire happy family with both furr kids!  I LOVE the last two family shots!  Those were taken at Homestead Park in Hilliard.

 

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Throwback Thursday {The Monn’s}

I have to leave super early tomorrow to catch a flight, but I didn’t want to miss posting my Throwback Thursday feature!  I’m super excited about sharing this family!  My husband and the father, Bob, have been friends since childhood.  He was also a groomsman in our wedding.  He brought Amanda to a wine tasting at our condo about four years ago, and now fast forward to present day, and they are happily married with two beautiful kiddos!  It’s been such a joy watching Bob transform into a dad, and a great one at that!

I’m pleased to introduce you to their youngest kiddo, Miss Lili.  She by far has been the easiest newborn I’ve ever photographed!  It was easy to soothe her, and she was a heavy sleeper, so I was able to pose her with cute props and snap away!  Not to mention how beautiful she is!  My friend, Nina, made those super fancy hats with the feathers for me.  She also made the zebra cocoon and diaper cover.  Who doesn’t love a Buckeye baby?!?  I made sure to add the pom poms, so this little beauty wouldn’t be mistaken as a boy in that cute helmet hat.  These are some of my favorite newborn photos I’ve ever taken!

 

This past fall we finally met to do photos of the whole family at Inniswoods.  I believe Miss Lili was around seven months, so she was able to sit unsupported so well.  Now, you get to meet their other cutie, Jackson!  He had just celebrated his third birthday.  I love the one of both kids up in the air!  Such a fun family!  I’m blessed to not only have them as clients, but more importantly, as friends.

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Nicholas is ONE!

Yet another one of my kiddos just turned one!  Not only have I been photographing this little guy since he was in mama’s tummy, but I’ve known his parents for a long time.  Our photography journey together has taken us to really cool places.  They are HUGE Buckeye fans, so for their maternity session we used the outside of the stadium, Mirror Lake, and the Union.  For Nicholas’s 6 month session we actually went inside the Horseshoe for the photos!  Yes, on the field where the Buckeyes play!

The party theme was Sesame Street, so I ordered a super cute Cookie Monster tie from Etsy to use for the session.  He looked like such a regal gent in his oxford shirt and tie!  I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find a cookie jar that said “cookies”.  Thankfully, mom found one on-line and had it shipped overnight.  With fingers crossed, it made it the day of the session!  I brought chewy chips ahoy cookies with me to use as a prop, and those cookies saved the day!  Nicholas loved them!  Along with the cookies, and mom performing a puppet show and squat jumps behind me, we got some great smiles!

I returned the next day for the actual birthday party to take some family photos with Grandma and Grandpa.  I also stayed to capture Nicholas opening presents and eating his cake.  He was not into being a model two days in a row, but once he was sat in his sweet car in-between Grandma and Grandpa, he was all smiles 🙂

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A Grandpa’s Love…

Today is my Grandpa’s birthday!!  He doesn’t even own a computer, so he’ll never see this post, but that’s ok.  We went home to Mansfield over the weekend to see him since I’ll only be able to talk to him on the phone today.  It makes me very sad that we aren’t closer distance wise anymore.  You see, my mom and I lived across the street from my Grandma and Grandpa.  I literally saw them everyday of my  life.  When my Grandma passed away, I even moved in with him for about a year.  When I finally moved back in with my mom, Shannon, who was just my awesome boyfriend back then, stayed the night with him every Friday and Saturday for about six months.

When we visited with him Saturday, he was telling us how he’ll occasionally stop into this ice cream shop and get a cone and eat it in the car.  My heart was literally broken hearing that.  Even though we are only one hour away from each other, it’s just too far to swing by and have ice cream together.  Which, when I was younger, we ate almost every night together.  Needless to say, he was my father figure.  If you have read “meet the sevens” on the website, you already know that we were married on my grandparents wedding anniversary, and my Grandpa gave me away.  I wanted to share a couple of my favorite photos from that special day.  My favorite is the one of us on the horse and carriage.  Doesn’t he look like Johnny Cash and Elvis!  I love it!  Since he gave me away, we had the whole carriage ride into the ceremony to be alone, and of course we talked about Grandma.  It was a very special moment for us.  The photo of us dancing was during the “father-daughter” dance.  I chose, Grandpa, tell me ’bout the good old days, by the Judds.  Yet another very special moment for us where once again we talked some about Grandma.

Even though I’m only 30, my Grandpa is the only grandparent I have left.  I don’t like this reality.  He just recently won a battle against cancer.  Which is great that he’s currently cancer free, but also makes it even more apparent that our time together will eventually come to an end.

Recently, one of my good friends lost her Grandpa.  He lived to be 90 years old, which is amazing, but anyone who has lost someone close to them knows that no matter the age or circumstance, it’s never easy to say goodbye.  He also was able to attend her wedding, which is a great memory for her to have.  I wanted to share my favorite photo from her special day in honor of her Grandpa.  Aren’t those smiles contagious!  RIP Bob Huston

For the record, I don’t intend to be Debbie downer when I write personal blogs.  I do, however, want anyone fortunate enough to have Grandparents to realize how precious time is with them.  Maybe you live too far away to see them often, but a phone call, email, letter, or whatever form of communication your Grandparent can use, will make their day.  If you live close enough to have an ice cream date together, that is what I would do!  I ordered that photo above on a plaque for my friend.  Below the photo, I put a quote, “A Grandpa is someone you never outgrow your need for…”  On that note, I’m going to call my own and see how his birthday is going!

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Throwback Thursday {The Adams Family}

Last year I really fell behind on my blogging!  So, I’ve decided to use “throwback Thursday” to catch up and share some of the awesome sessions I had last year!  Meet the Adams Family…

This is my sis-in-laws fam.  When I first started this photography journey, they were the first family Shannon and I photographed together.  We went to Kingwood Center in Mansfield, and had a very eventful session due to the weather.  It rained on and off the entire time!  Since we don’t live in Mansfield, we decided to face the weather anyway.  Thankfully, Kingwood had buildings for us to take shelter in, and we were able to get some great photos while inside too.  Below, you can see photos from that session, which I believe was almost five years ago.  While, I’ve grown so much since then, I still love these photos!

This past fall, we met again for the first time since those photos were taken.  I can’t believe it took us so long to update their family photos!  Once again, the weather wasn’t cooperating, but we were able to complete the entire session without getting rained on this time.  This beautiful family would photograph well anywhere, but we were particularly lucky to have such amazing fall colors.  They also nailed it with their outfits!  I always encourage my clients to utilize layers, because it adds character to the photos.

I am in love with how the photos turned out!  My favorite thing about the camera is that it doesn’t lie.  If I’m working with clients that truly aren’t connected to each other, you can tell.  No matter how great the pose and/or location is, you just can’t fake love.  I see so much love in each of these photos!  My nephew was genuinely engaged during the entire session and having a great time!  My niece wasn’t even feeling well that day, but you would never know it!  I even made my sis-in-law tear up during a father-daughter pose.

This past Christmas, one of the photos from this session was enlarged and given to my mother-in-law as a gift.  The waterworks happened again!  She had everyone in the room crying!  So much emotion from looking at one photo.  That’s why I love this job!

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Josie {2}

Miss Josie was only five weeks old when I started photographing her!  I worked with her mama for a long time, so now it’s really nice to be able to catch up during our photo sessions together.  We decided to go to the Franklin Park Conservatory for this session, since the weather in Ohio is terrible right now.  The conservatory had just put out their orchid exhibit and it was so beautiful.  You will also see some of the beautiful chihuly glass in one of the photos.  Josie wasn’t really a fan of having her photo taken that day, but I still got some great shots of her!

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