I seriously think the leaves this fall have been the prettiest I’ve ever seen! Everything just came together, I suppose, to bring all the right varieties of trees to transition at the right times and just the right amount and timing of wind. Here are a few of my leaf images. Can you guess which is my favorite? Maybe the one I decided to keep HUGE even though it’s vertical?
Last Friday my sister, Brooke came through town with her boyfriend, Brian and we got to spend a sweet 60 minutes or so with them, catching up and enjoying the perfect fall weather together. I couldn’t let them leave without snapping some shots of their happy faces a midst the fiery trees outside our apartment complex. I was especially happy that Miles got to be reacquainted with his Aunt Brooke. He also made fast friends with Brian, faster than I have ever seen Miles take to someone, actually. He was sad to see them leave, and so was I. But I have these to keep me company until we meet again.
I’ve decided to admit the sometimes deep and likely embarrassing truths about my daily life, a few confessions at a time.
Today’s confessions are as follows:
- Sometimes It bothers me that on a normal day people see this (The Outside) instead of this (The Inside)
- When I paint my nails, my right hand always looks atrocious, but I’m fine with it. And my justification is this : When I’m at the drive-thru window paying for my order, the cashier will see my good hand…
- Speaking of drive-thrus. Today the guy taking my money at Chick-fil-a said “See you tomorrow.” And he was serious…
- I am such a hoarder that I save the clear stretchy plastic tab things that are sewn into clothes to hold them on the hangar.
- At the end of a shower, I like to turn the temperature way up and stand with my face under the hot water for a few seconds before exiting. The other day I accidentally made it so hot that I literally burned my face off. By that, I mean it felt like I had a sunburn for several days.
That’s my life revelation for the week. Enjoy.
This child is growing up like a flash! In the last month or so he has expanded his vocabulary of babbling sounds, mastered walking, and explored every cabinet available to him. I don’t know if I’m just in a good mood or what, but this might just be my favorite month yet. I’m finding myself super nostalgic for the days of his infancy, simply because the child I spend my days with now is so different than the tiny bundle of a year ago. The contrast between the two is so strong these days. I absolutely love watching him learn, I can’t believe how fascinated I am by each new thing. You hear so many things about the milestones that your baby reaches in the first year that it’s easy to forget how much they learn during the year(s) following that!
We have nothing new to report since he hasn’t had a Dr. appointment and I haven’t taken the time to measure him myself.
Strength & Mobility
He’s walking! I’m going to call November 5 the first day he started walking for reals. He stood up while we were visiting Uncle Bobby and Aunt Jenna and just walked across the whole room to his daddy. There was no denying after that. He’s been up on those feet ever since. For awhile he would topple frequently but get that little booty up again and keep going at it. Simple things like that make a parent so proud.
He’s learning new tricks with his toys, like stacking those ring toys that have been around since the beginning of time. He’s really mastering the button pushing (and turning the dial that starts the dish washer. Argh!) He tries to swipe his finger on our phones, which really blows my mind since when I was a baby his age, such a thing did not exist.
I’m wondering how applicable this one is anymore. He’s being offered everything we eat at meals except the really spicy things and he’ll nibble at them, but he still doesn’t seem to eat a lot of finger foods. I wonder how normal this is? One adorable thing is that he really wants to use a fork, so I bought him his own and he manages to use the right motions, the only issue he has is gravity.
Need I hash this out again? Sigh… the little mister has been getting a gaggle of new teeth in the last few weeks and the weather has changed and blah blah blah. All just excuses, maybe? But his sleep is not good. His bedtime has shifted to the point that 10 p.m. is bedtime on a good night. The bad nights are 2:00 a.m.! I may have had a mental breakdown one night but I worked through it. We’ve made our bed, now we must lose sleep in it.
Social & Vocalization
His babbling has become even more animated, he’s getting closer and closer to words, I can just tell! He loves playing with other kids, especially older ones. Now that he’s walking he likes to chase his friend, Naysa around the house when we go over there to play. His humor is developing even more, as well and I find myself giggling often in surprise.
Why do I keep forgetting to write these down? The obvious ones would be his first steps, a weekend playing with his cousins in the country, walking in the grass and playing outside as the days grow colder.
This DIY wedding was a photographer’s dream. But this isn’t about my dream, it’s about the dream Ashley and Rob have had for years, the day they became Mr. and Mrs. I consider myself privileged to be part of this dream come true for both of them and here are some of the moments that said that best.
So you see, it was beautiful from beginning to end. Ashley’s handmade DIY details showered the day with personality, filling the day with things and people that had brought them together. Here everything and everyone came together again to create quite the dream day.
I didn’t plan to offer any mini sessions this year, but once the leaves started changing I knew I just had to do something to get my fix in! Fall is my favorite time of year and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to jump into a huge pile of leaves with you and your loved ones and capture the spirit of the season. Here is some information for you, if you have questions for me or would like to reserve your time slot, please email me at email@example.com.
Fall Mini Sessions
Saturday, November 2nd, 3:00-6:00 p.m. (6 time slots available)
Heritage Park, Olathe, KS
What you get:
- 30 minute session for up to 5 people
- 10 high resolution images with printing rights
- 25 custom-designed Christmas cards with envelopes
To reserve your time, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Custom Christmas Card Design Samples
I feel incredibly blessed to have photographed this special day for Marissa and Trent. It was my first time shooting a wedding at Peeper Ranch and I loved it! Kind of crazy to have such a sprawling ranch so close to the bustle of Kansas City. There it was, just nestled quaintly in Lenexa, KS. I don’t know how I missed knowing about this place before now! It was a perfect setting for Marissa and Trent to declare their love and promises with those they hold most dear. Here are some favorite images of the day.
That’s right! We’ve reached the one-year mark! I can NOT believe it’s been a whole year since I wrote about that day I met my little boy. We celebrated his first birthday early (on the 15th) with friends and family and you can read about that soon and see some photos of all the crazy stuff I spent hours DIY-ing for it. Haha.
This month it’s like he knew there was a big day coming up and he was determined to be all grown up by the time it came. He starting talking to himself and to us constantly and interacting with us more, showing us things he must have found pretty fascinating and telling us so many stories. If only I knew what he was saying. His language is beautiful, I could listen to him tell stories all day, even without translation.
He took a few unassisted steps, but he’s still not comfortable walking. He has great control and can stand for a long time, but he’s just cautious. That’s my boy.
One not-so-fun change is in his sleeping, but I’ll get to that.
Height: 30.75″ | Weight: 25 lbs.
Strength & Mobility
Well we sort of covered this, but he moves mostly by cruising around furniture (and our bodies). He especially loves pants. (As in climbing MY pants) He’s been climbing things and given me several near heart attacks. If he wants to get somewhere across the room quickly he will use the hands and feet crawl, sans knees. He’s taken a number of steps in succession now but I still wouldn’t say he’s walking. I feel like it could be so soon now, though. Exciting times.
He absolutely LOVES to hammer things, drum things and dance. He could just dance forever! It’s freaking adorable and we give him every opportunity to show off because we love to watch it. He started stacking things and I love seeing him try to use items he finds on other random items. I have fun trying to imagine what the two could possibly have in common lol
He’s able to eat anything now! Nothing seems to be sitting badly with him. He loves to share our food. When we eat on the couch (which is hopefully going to be less and less) he will come up and “beg” and grab at everything in sight, even if he just ate his own food. He especially seems to love chicken and black beans and of course sweet things.
This is a bad one. He has hit some weird phase and it’s killing me. He stays awake longer between naps, meaning his 2nd “nap” has been pushed to almost dinnertime, making his “bedtime” WAY too late. Like midnight or 1 a.m. late. I tried putting him to bed anyway even though I can tell he doesn’t want to, but we’ll play the “No, lay back down” game for an hour before I give up. Instead we’ve been trying to get him a nap in the middle of the day and keeping him up a little longer and giving him an early bed time. This is day two and I’m not sure how well it’s going. He literally crashed in Steven’s lap on the first night and woke up every hour until morning. A total of 13 hours with a restless period around 5 a.m. and a very tired momma who couldn’t fall back to sleep after the restless period. Today is the only other time we’ve tried it and bedtime is earlier and let’s hope he doesn’t wake up anytime too soon and if he does, hopefully he’ll go back to sleep. I better type quietly. Lol. Oh and don’t get me started on no night nursing. One thing at a time please.
Social & Vocalization
He has his own language, pretty much. It seems to feature whining and complaining. He likes to tell me his woes and I will give him sympathy, a rub on the back of the head, as if to say “I feel ya, Buddy.” I’m anxious to pick out a distinguishable word.
Of course his birthday party will be one for the books. Also watching him wobble several steps just the other night (in close proximity to the couch, just in case.)
I so much trouble choosing favorites from this engagement session! We hit Kauffman Memorial Garden and the Nelson-Atkins Museum just in time to reap the dewy glory of the morning light, temperate weather and light crowds. Those things were just a small bit of what made this session sing. It was the undeniable chemistry of this couple. Every laugh, every kiss and every embrace had me squealing inside. I can not WAIT to shoot their wedding next year. <3
My munchin’s mobility has slowed me down even more than the usual. For this reason, I never wrote anything for the 11 month update so I’ll share some pictures and the summaries are probably going to be pretty short. :P
Nothing new to report. Holding steady, probably
Strength & Mobility
He has evolved to some odd version of neanderthal crawling. He has found that his knees just slow him down, so he’ll zip around on all fours with his booty in the air. Still cruising around furniture and working on standing. He’s very cautious, though, so no real attempts at walking.
His pincer grasp is pretty great these days and he has discovered that you can use objects on other objects. He loves hammering and “sword fighting” with toys, he loves to grab an object in each hand and see what he can do by banging them together and such.
He’s eating everything except the few “no-no’s” warned against by the pediatrician. No honey, dairy, etc… and it’s been fun. We’ve settled into some mealtime methods (holding his Plum organics pouch up so he can slurp down his mush) and we’re giving him bits of our food each meal.
Nothing I can call progress, really. I’ve found it very easy to cuddle Miles on the couch while some mindless TV show drones on and he’ll just drift to sleep. I feel like there has to be some unhealthy habits developing somewhere, but I love it because it’s easy, and I get to snuggle my baby.
Social & Vocalization
Pretty much holding true as the curious observer I’ve watched him become. Definitely using his consonants a lot and loves to babble to himself.
I’m afraid I can’t remember any specific! I probably should but it’s been too long.