Posted on February 14, 2011
Happy Valentine’s Day from me and my favorite little Valentine.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day. We had beautiful spring weather and enjoyed being outside with the warm sunshine on our faces.
Posted on January 5, 2011
Next up is the J Family.
What a wonderful family!!!! Mommy is a teacher at the school my daughter will be attending when she starts Kindergarten. Daddy and Papa were so helpful and did great at keeping Miss M.E. entertained by playing with all things princess. Speaking of big sister, her fingernails were painted red with little polka dots! I wanna do my nails like that. And Baby L was such a good baby. I don’t remember him crying at all.
Baby L missed being born on Christmas Day by about 10 minutes, born on the 26th. But what a wonderful and adorable Christmas gift he is.
I had so much fun with this family. They were so understanding about the condition of my house. It was so crowded with a mix of my photography things, Christmas toys and all of my Christmas Trees. If you missed my Christmas Tree Tour it is blogged here.
Thank you J Family!!!
Posted on January 5, 2011
I had 2 New Year Eve dates with 2 super cute boys!! Baby N and Baby L.
First up is the W Family with Baby N.
I did a summer shoot with this family on a lovely 90 degree morning. Yes when we were done at 10:45 am it had reached 90! Phew! You can see them here.
Baby N was born December 17th and I did a shoot with him and his family but he was not really into it. I did get some nice family shots.
I have been trying to focus more on the emotion and interaction within the families so I love this shot. Look how every face is naturally showing 100% happiness. Having a husband and child who have perfected the fake and posed smile, I am so jealous of this family picture!
This is Miss R, my future assistant! She took pictures at both shoots. This is a messy behind the scenes shot. Yes that is mayonnaise and soup holding up the piece of molding. And I see even more groceries behind the bucket. Very technical stuff going on here! Actually, we were in my dining room and right at my pantry.
And to brag on Mommy for a bit….. she did a “man room” nursery complete with a “bear skin rug” that was made from brown soft fuzzy fabric with big soft paws and a cute bear face. It was adorable!!!
Posted on December 23, 2010
Hello. My name is Kelli and I am addicted to Christmas Trees.
It started after I got married and I wanted to decorate our tree with just red and silver ornaments. But I had a box full of ornaments that we have been given, ones from my childhood and ones that I had collected. So I decided that I could have a second tree for those ornaments. That is how it started and it just grew from there.
So here is a tour of most of my trees. Enjoy!
I have 5 full size trees and many 4 feet and under trees. I did not put up my Carolina Panther tree this year. Our season has been so bad that I just could not bear to look at it.
This is in my daughter’s room. She decorated it herself, I only did the garland. It is a feather tree with Hello Kitty, snowflakes, little flowers and 2 owl ornaments.
This is our only live tree and it is our main tree, my red and silver tree. I have some spinners on this tree. Spinners hold an ornament and slowly rotate it around.
In my foyer is my Star Trek tree. I have been collecting these ornaments for years. I am only missing the first 2 ornaments Hallmark released. And I never got into the Deep Space Nine series so I did not collect any of those. In the upper right, you can also see a little tree up in my landing window. That one is lights only. They are the old fashioned large bulbs.
Also in my foyer is my black tree decorated with silver and white ornaments.
This next tree started out as a joke. My brother and I enter our state fair’s cooking competitions and we are very competitive. Last year, I won some ribbons and he did not so I made My Ribbon tree to gloat a bit. It is a collection of my winnings from the last few years. Some of the categories I have placed in is cakes, cookies, knitting, scrap booking. This year I picked a larger tree to decorate and also added ornaments made by my daughter. I took 3 ornaments from my childhood and she recreated those. We finished those after I took these shots and I never got around to downloading them. But here are my ribbons and one of her handmade ornaments.
Here is my multi colored white tree. This has all of the ornaments that we have collected over the years. Ornaments from my childhood, my husband’s childhood. Some examples are, NC State, UNCW, Carolina Hurricanes, A Christmas Story, Survivor, Indiana Jones, a few are left from my Grandmother’s tree.
Here is a close up of some of the ornaments.
This is my little family tree. Each ornament has the name of a family member.
Growing up, my Mom was the only one to decorate our tree. She wanted a gold tree, gold lights and gold ornaments. At the time……UGH and BORING! Then one Christmas she had her foot operated on and could not decorate it. We were finally in charge and we went out and bought multi colored lights and ornaments! She never regained control of the tree. Years later my Dad and I decided to throw away most of those gold ornaments. Agggggh!!!! How I regret that now. We had these gold filagree ornaments that I was so sick of seeing but I would pay good money to have them back. We did save some of them and that is what is on this tree including the tree top. There is a picture on the tree of our tree decorated back in the 80′s.
These 2 decorations are also from my childhood.
Even my fish have a Christmas tree.
This little glass tree blinks with red, white and green. It was my Grandmother’s.
My candy tree.
My smallest tree sits on the sink in my powder bath. It is only about 6 inches tall. Each bell was wired on by me.
My Santa Claus. This in on the front porch.
This is my little kitchen tree.
This is not a tree but my Mom collected these for years from Avon. It is beautiful in all white. She did not like the stable that came with it so she found this all natural twig moss covered one.
I have a few more trees……..was anyone counting how many I did post?
My daughter has another tree that I forgot to take a picture of. It is a pink tinsel tree with every ornament that she has been given. Baby’s first Christmas, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, a few Grinch ornaments.
I a lot of non decorated trees. A fiber optic one, a gold wire tree, a Charlie Brown tree. Around the landing in my foyer, I have lined it with 10 or so table top trees. As I mentioned before, I did not put up my Carolina Panther tree and I did not do my icicle tree this year either. I have so many ideas for new trees but if I add any more and spend any more money on trees…..my husband will have a fit.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my home. May you all have a wonderful and blessed holiday season!!!
Posted on December 7, 2010
I had this family in my studio this past summer when little Miss C was all brand new. See her here.
Last week her Mommy called and wanted a quick session for holiday cards. When we scheduled this shoot we could never have imagined just how “holiday” it would turn out to be.
For my non local readers, we do not get a lot of snow here in Raleigh, NC. It is even more rare to get snow before Christmas. Even higher odds to get snow an hour before a holiday portrait session. This was a real treat for us. The roads never got messy, we had beautiful fluffy flakes and the park had already scheduled sleigh rides that evening. Everything was perfect.
Look how much she has grown!
And I would like to thank the staff at Oak View Historic Park. The let me take some shots of the family inside, which is usually not allowed. They were so nice to let us take pictured with the horses before they started the rides. Everyone has been so nice every time I have been out there. The park is just lovely. Here is a link to the park’s information. http://www.wakegov.com/parks/oakview/default.htm
Posted on November 23, 2010
I just can’t believe how beautiful the weather has been for these sessions. Here it is a few days before Thanksgiving and and we are still in the 70′s.
Blue skies, fall colors, lots of leaf piles, gorgeous families and 2 furry family members. I could not have asked for anything more.
The S Family.
These guys were rockstars!!!! Ready for anything. I loved their personalities. And little M……we are truly kindred spirits, his mohawk and my purple/violet hair.
The D Family.
I had so much fun with these girls!! I have known their parents for a while. I see the girls every Halloween and I have seen them grow up in Christmas cards but this was the first time I have spent time with them. They are simply enjoyable kids to be around.
Posted on November 17, 2010
The weather was perfect for the first holiday mini session. Well, unless you dressed in sweaters trying to make it look like fall weather. The cool fall weather is very late arriving this year!
This is the S family. I have not seen the youngest in a while and he has gotten do big! He had just woken up so he was not quite sure what was going on yet.
I love the hats and I love this family.
My daughter and their oldest had a great time playing after the shoot. She was sweaty, dirty and tired. The neighborhood is just not the same since they moved. We miss y’all!