Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Boutique Children's Clothing Sale - Super Deals!

I just received an email invitation that I thought you fashionable mommies might be interested in. The Works is holding their Children's Boutique Clothing Sale at the end of February. Some of the fantastic local boutique stores get together a few times a year for this unbelievable sale. Up to 70% off retail prices! Click here for full details. Pick up some new clothes for your little ones and contact us to schedule a portrait in the new clothes! :)

What: Children's Boutique Clothing Sale
Dates: February 22-23, 2008
Times: Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-5
Locations: World of Rugs - 1510 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd.

Participating Stores:
  • Baby Cakes
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Addy’s Closet
  • BailaB
  • Florence Eiseman
  • Sugar Plum Kids
  • Small concept
  • Limetree/Little Squeeze
  • Jack and Grace
  • Kangaroo Pouch
  • Cutie Pies
  • Divine Consign Show
  • Marshmallows in the Closet
  • Victoria’s Children’s Boutique
  • Isabel Greika
  • Monkee Moos
  • Kate and Libby
  • The Wholesale Boutique
    Admission: $5 (Portion goes to CARE)

  • Happy shopping!

    A Family Gathering

    The Pollard's had a family reunion of sorts this past week. With work and school schedules you know how difficult it is for large families, especially when they're spread across the country, to get together on a regular basis. So, Nancy, mom and grandmom, contacted me to come to the house to capture this rare time. In addition to getting everyone together, they were also celebrating the birth of the newest member of the family, Hayes. Hayes is only 7 days old and is immensely loved by this large family. The house was bustling with excitement and energy so it was great to capture some natural and candid portraits of the kids, as well as more posed group pictures.

    Thanks again, Pollards! Here is your slideshow.

    Monday, January 28, 2008

    Jayden's First Portrait

    On Saturday, I met Jayden and his parents Kelli and Jason. It was a perfect occasion to photograph Jayden because his grandmothers, Nadine and Martha, were visiting from out of town. He is only 7 weeks old and so adorable. As our session wore on, Jayden got so sleepy, he managed to fall asleep while we continued to photograph him. His handmade crib (the handiwork of Jason) is a beautiful and cozy space for little Jayden.

    It is always such a pleasure to photograph growing families and capture moments like doting grandmothers and kisses from everyone. I hope that I was able to capture the laughter, smiles and love that this family is radiating.

    Thanks again Kelli and Jason! Here's your slideshow.

    Friday, January 25, 2008

    A Wrench in my Plan

    Nothing like car trouble to put a wrench in things. I was on my way to witness a Bris for my friends' brand new baby boy, when I turned the key in the car and ....... nothing. Dead battery. Totally sucks because I missed Rachel's baby shower in December and I was so excited to celebrate with them. Ok, so I admit it, it was my fault. I arrived home last night after a frustrating trip to the post office. (Two lost packages that were delivered to the post office but never to my box.) After I pulled in the driveway, I turned off the engine and pulled out my trusty mileage journal to make a new note. I turned on the dome light in the car to write my entry and forgot to turn it off. Never looking at the car again the whole night, I only realized my error when I hopped in this AM to only hear clicking when the key turned. I think it's time to call the tow truck again and see what's taking so long. I got celebrating to do!

    Tuesday, January 22, 2008

    Let it Snow!

    If you were in Atlanta on Saturday, you saw the awesome snow we got. It has been so long since I saw snow that I got quite giddy at the first site of it. Pretty silly considering I lived in Baltimore for 18 years and then Rochester, NY for 4 (home of "lake-effect" snow flakes the size of golf balls.) But it hasn't snowed in Atlanta in a LONG time so we made the most of it. In the morning, Nick's cousin, Julia, had her Bat Mitzvah and we managed to go outside for a bit to enjoy the snow. How adorable is she?!

    When Nick and I got home, we went out into our yard immediately to play. I felt like I was 8 again. So much fun!

    ...dancing in our bamboo garden

    When I lived up north, two inches of snow wasn't even worth the time to build a snowman, but down here, it was a ton of snow.

    Meet our rocker-snowman - complete with his backstage pass and headphones.

    And this is our beach-bum snowman. He's all set with his beach volleyball, Frisbee and drink.

    Blogging Clients

    My fantastic client, Hallie Crawford, mom of Vaughn, is a Certified Co-Active Coach - she helps people identify their loves and dislikes and then helps them find the right career. I just love that she is helping others and I especially love her Mission:

    To change the way people feel about work from just a paycheck to a fulfilling endeavor that is an extension of their purpose and passion.
    She offers career coaching for anyone already in the working world and for college grads. How gratifying it must be to be able to help people move past stress and anxiety into something they love.

    Not only does she have a great website, but she's also BLOGGING! Check out her recent post about our portrait session. She is releasing a book shortly and I am thrilled that she will be using some head shots I took of her on the book cover and on her websites.

    I know that I am lucky to have found my passion for photography and to be able to make a career from it, so whenever I hear friends or family talking about how miserable they are in their jobs, it makes me really sad. I have been there. Memories of working as a legal secretary still haunt me. That 9-5 in a small office with no window and a boss who treated me like his personal gofer were a nightmare. If you're feeling this way about your path, check out Hallie's website.

    Wednesday, January 16, 2008

    Kitchen Renovation - Volume 6, Issue 52

    The kitchen is coming along ...SL....O....O....W....LY. But it is coming along. Here are some of the latest pictures. My fantastic Aunt and Uncle from Memphis came to town to help us tile the backsplash over the Christmas weekend. It's so great to have family that likes to help (they actually did, I know!) and is really talented at this stuff. While my aunt and I went through about 30 possible tile designs, and then I even changed my mind again the next day before we started, my uncle was the TILE SAW KING. This was a true team project with all four of us working on it. A week or so after they left, Nick and I grouted and I love the way it turned out. Once our new windows come in, the walls will have a more finished look, but I love the way it looks already.
    As you can see, the floor is still in progress. We decided that instead of doing a single pattern all the way across the floor, that it would be more interesting to create a focal point and change up the pattern.
    The undercabinet lights create this amazing warm mood lighting that is so welcoming. I know that when we finally finish, our party guests will love hanging out in here, and we will actually encourage everyone to spend all their time in the kitchen.

    Monday, January 07, 2008

    Baby Vaughn

    On Saturday, my first portrait of 2008 was of Vaughn and his parents at their home in Inman Park. They live in this adorable bungalow but when I stepped into their home, I was surprised to see the mod design of the interior of the house. Since Nick and I are renovating our place, I am so interested in what others are doing to their homes. Vaughn's daddy is an architect and designed the whole place and it is gorgeous. The open floor plan, beautiful fireplace and fantastic floor to ceiling built-in book shelves are so great. Then I met the master bathroom and wow! Ok, enough about their house. :) It's awesome and I am totally jealous that their construction is finished.

    Little Vaughn is only 6 weeks old but already has such a personality. We had a great time capturing some natural moments with mom and dad, and also creating some minimalistic fine art images. Its funny how each portrait session yields new favorite photos. There were so many to choose from that I had a hard time picking one for the title slide, so you have to be sure to look through the entire show. Little Vaughn in the sink and cozy in his winter coat were close runners up.

    Hallie, Frank and Vaughn, thanks again for opening your home to me and letting me peak into the life of your beautiful family.

    Wednesday, January 02, 2008

    Happy 2008!

    Ah, 2008! Happy New Year! We have seriously been enjoying some time off after the busy holiday season here. There's a lot to catch up on the blog including more kitchen changes, both mine and Nick's birthdays, visits from relatives, holiday parties and even some days without the computer! Imagine that!

    Anyway, before I share any of that I want to post the slideshow from the last portrait of 2007. Veny and Lozan are some of our amazing neighbors. Since we moved in a year ago, we have met some great people who are so genuinely nice and really care about the neighborhood. So Veny &Lozan live at the end of our street and are expecting their first - and they're having TWINS! You would never believe that Veny is about 8 months pregnant with twins - she looks amazing. Since the weather finally turned cold, we decided we'd be better off inside. And then a great thought popped into my head - I wonder if we could use the space where Nick and I are getting married in October, The Emory Conference Center? It would be perfect. Lots of big windows that let the natural sunlight stream in, a big stone fireplace and a beautiful garden that we could manage to brave for a few minutes of cold.

    I just love how the maternity portraits turned out, especially the silhouettes of Veny and the belly pictures. They are so in love and it definitely shows.

    Here's their slideshow. Thanks again you guys! It was so great to share this time with you and capture it for you and your families. See you 'round the 'hood!

    While we have been doing a couple things in the studio this week, we are still officially closed until Monday, so please be patient as we enjoy our last days of vacation!