Monday, March 23, 2009

Michelle's Family Portrait

If you've ever been to my office, you know that you enter through the Brightway Insurance entrance. Michelle Jeralds (pictured below) owns the branch where my office is. This sometimes confuses people abit, and I understand. She didn't need the entire space she rented so I rent part of it and we share a common lobby area. There was only room on top for her name, but my logo is on the right hand window when you come in.

Michelle has been wanting her family photos done for awhile now and just finally came in this month. She's not very traditional and neither am I, but we both loved the more moody lighting in the first one:

Her son Jase was all over the place--probably because he was def. used to the office and had seen all the toys and props many times. Had to do some creative manuevering to catch him.

Michelle's husband is training to be police officer and had just purchased some nice black handcuffs, of course Jase had no problem trying them out for photos.

Michelle really wanted some photos outside, and luckily our location provides a nice backdrop within walking distance. Jase didn't want to smile, but his playing sure got mommy and daddy a smiling!

And not to sound like a commercial, but when I moved my office and studio in to Michelle's Brightway location I had her check on the price of home and car insurance and she saved me over $600 a year! So give her a call: (904) 378-3003 or send her an email: michelle@brightwayinsurance.com

Friday, March 20, 2009

Trashing with Essence

About two weeks ago I met up with Essence and Justin. They wanted to do a trash the dress session as they were planning on getting married at the courthouse the next day.

I thought it was a nice way to commemorate their union and when Essence came in to book and heard about the possibilities she was hooked.

I love how proud Essence looks in this next one.

This next one has the effect of a "polaroid transfer" which a lot of people used to do. You would use a polaroid camera and peel off the top of the film--or something like that. I never got a chance to do it in real life, so now I do it digitally on occasion. I do have a polaroid camera around the house that I won in a photography competition that I should use!

We were supposed to go to the beach and do some more, but when we got there everyone, including the Batmobile was there! It was the first really nice weekend of the year and was way to crowded, so we called it a day.
Congrats Essence & Justin!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Irish Pub

This story ran Saturday about O'Brother's Irish Pub in Riverside. I need to go back and try the mac and cheese! Hope everyone had a good St. Patrick's Day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Too fun! Who wants to do it?

Ok, I have a really fun and cool photo opportunity coming up. This would be IDEAL for: engagements, couples, or models.

Very cool and fun location with memorable photos that don't come around every day.

$199 with a CD to print from, that's half off!

Who wants to do it? Message me if you are interested.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Kelly's 30th Birthday

Kelly had been talking to me for months about doing a photo shoot of her and her friends. And she finally came in last month and she wanted to do a kind of western-Moulin Rouge kind of shoot for her 30th birthday--what a neat idea!

We were originally supposed to shoot at some old shotgun houses but ended up not being able to do that, which was fine since it was a bit cold out that night!

In the last photo, the girl on the left, her hair was done by Christy of Bella La Vita Salon.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


My friend Rachel had twins in January. She had family down recently and called and made an appointment to get all the kids in to be photographed.

The girls came in with the most adorable matching dresses...
All the cousins together:

A behind the scenes shot of Rachel and Brian trying to keep the boys awake and make them happy!

Ok, so I have a photography seminar tonight to attend to after a wedding consult. Then tommorow I have a Times Union story to write and photograph and another shoot. I still need to upload a cool 30s birthday session I did recently. So watch out for those pics!

Monday, March 2, 2009

My little monkey secret

I'm the kind of person that can't sit still. I have to be constantly doing something. At night, when I'm not editing your beautiful photos, I'm at home likely sewing. I sew while I watch TV or movies in bed.

I remember being in middle school and sewing pillows. I love being creative (obviously, I'm a photographer!) and making stuff.

I'm slowly coming off my sock monkey kick. I had been sewing quite a few lately. In fact this is just a few of them I had at one point:
I make them for my neices, nephews, friend's kids and I also sell them. I used to not be a big sock monkey fan, but after I started making them, I fell in love with them.

Little Jaguar monkey:

And my latest monkey--Sherbert!

I've also been making mosters and sock chickens!

Figured I should post some sort of photos today, so there ya go! If you like the monkeys and monsters or just want to see some of the other stuff I make after hours, check out Cheeky Monkey Creations.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

I love Irish boys in kilts

Went to the Highland Games yesterday at the Clay County Fair. I'm not Scottish that I know of, but one of my grandmothers came over from Ireland, and there were LOTS of people there with Irish roots. Including Staci (Makeup Expressions by Staci) and her husband Stephen and their little boy Xander:

They had tons of vendors, including lots of awesome jewelry. I love celtic knots. I have a small celtic cross that I often where to weddings that I got from Ireland. I spotted some gorgeous engagement rings with celtic knots going down the side and then you purchase your diamond of choice. If only I had known about those rings when I got engaged. They were to die for.

My husband Andy came along, although he is def. not Irish or Scottish. He does love music and did appreciate the bag pipe demonstrations. I don't have any rhythm and couldn't play an instrument to save my soul, but I do love bagpipe. It just speaks to your core, to my heritage.

One of my fondest memories, is being in Savannah, Ga. for St. Patty's Day (which has the 2nd largest celebration in the US and looks a lot like what I imagine Mardis Gra does) and walking arm and arm with my best friends Nicky & Lea, following a group of bagpipers. The sound just echoed and everyone was walking behind them in the middle of the night, living that same moment, feeling the music reverberate inside them. Everything just felt so perfect.

Almost 3 years ago I went to Ireland for a little over a week and stayed in a lot of hostels. There was an older man in our group who lived in Australia but was born in Ireland. I was in my hostel one night and he was in there and asked if I minded if he practiced the bagpipes. Of course, I didn't mind at all. I mean, comeon, here I was in Ireland, getting my own private concert. How awesome is that.

But I drone on. I have more photos of the Highland Games, I might post some more another day.