Posted on September 22, 2012
I was honored to meet this gorgeous family. This baby is going to be adorable!
Posted on August 29, 2012
This sweet girl came to see me when she was only 5 days old. But she already had figured out that she likes to be stretched out! She was a very good baby the entire time!
Posted on July 21, 2012
This series of shots I took for a photography challenge and I figured today was a good day to post it because I am WAY behind on blogging my sessions! But have Faith, I will get caught up soon!
Oh geeze….did I just type that? Cheesy I know! Each one of these letter I found in the sky. I did run them through Photoshop to clean up the other clouds around the edges, one letter I lengthened and stretched just a bit. The letter “T” was found just like that in the sky.
I just love this picture and I wanted to share it with you until I get all of these newborn sessions posted. Shhhhhh…….some of these newborns are about to turn 6 months old. I told you I was behind in blogging.
Posted on May 5, 2012
I had so much fun with this family. Miss E was almost 4 weeks old when she came to see me. Her Mom had warned me that baby E has had some tummy and colic issues. But these first time parents are doing a fantastic job.
Mommy with Miss E.
Daddy with his little girl.
Miss E just hanging out.
I told Miss E that her parent’s claims of crying and being fussy must have been a lie. Look at this happy girl.
Posted on September 12, 2011
I have been photographing Miss C since she was 7 days old. It is so amazing to see how fast she has grown up. And I have enjoyed meeting and becoming friends with this family.
The weather finally allowed us a morning to get little Miss C outdoors. And that baby NEVER stopped moving. She walked, ran, and happily explored the entire time. I tried to stay 5 steps in front of her but at one point I just gave up and stopped. When she caught up to me, she reached out those little arms, put her head on my shoulder and hugged me. It made me just melt.
Happy Birthday sweet girl. Thank you for letting me be a part of the first year of your life. It has been an honor to watch you grow.
Posted on June 28, 2011
I must apologize for being away from my blog for so long. Since my last post, I have been CRAZY busy.
We went on vacation to Disney World!! It was our daughter’s first visit and it was, as Disney claims it to be, MAGICAL!
The week after we returned, we got an offer on our house. It had been on the market for a long, long 19 months.
I then had a little over a month to pack, find a new home and move.
We are now living with my Dad for 3 weeks until our new home is ready. I finally have time to relax a little.
Instead of trying to catch you up on my sessions and blogs, I will finish up the last 2 sessions and restart my blogging. I also hope to blog the Disney trip in a few weeks.
Posted on March 21, 2011
As far back as I can remember, my daughter has always loved the moon. She could find that moon anytime, night, day it did not matter. Last Christmas she got a remote control moon for her room. It cycles through the phases of the moon, it has a 3-D lunar landscape. It is made my Uncle Milton and called “Moon In My Room.” Very cool.
This week, Super Moon was not exactly a new thing for us. We look and admire the moon almost daily. I could see that it was much brighter but to my daughter, it was the same old beautiful moon. I figured with everyone else snapping and sharing their shots of the moon, I would too.
Almost any night or day is a great time to photography the moon. I thought I would share a few tips.
You need to use a telephoto lens. You really need a lens that will go at least 200mm but the longer it is, the better. If you only have a point and shoot camera, zoom it out as far as you can. Also, include the landscape. Find something visually interesting to add to the scene since you will not be able to get really close to it. Trees, mountains, a body of water, or even a person’s hands “holding” the moon.
Use a tripod. Get that camera perfectly still for a nice crisp picture. If it is windy, use something to weigh down the tripod.
Do not use a shallow dept of field. Set your aperture around F9, F11 to get lots of detail. Take a shot and then play around with your settings.
Photograph the moon in its different phases. A full moon is not your only option. A crescent moon is just as beautiful.
If there are bare tree branches in front of the moon or clouds are moving across it, GREAT! That makes it look a little spooky.
I hope everyone enjoyed the Super Moon but in our house, the moon is super every night.
Posted on February 4, 2011
I always love seeing Miss C. She is one of my baby plan kids and I can’t wait to see her again.
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!!!