Friday, May 29, 2009

Baby D

This baby is 6 days younger than Larkin; if I have my way the two of them will go to prom together! 

Just a few highlights from my shoot with Davis:

Gunnar was doing his best to help. He was asked to blow some bubbles towards Davis. He took it literally and blew bubble juice ON Davis. Sorry D! Couldn't help posting this one:

Note the bubbles on his head. ;)

Baby smiles, from any baby, are one of my favorite things:

I actually really liked the softness of this one and thought it was symbolic of so many baby things:

Something for Father's Day. SO FUN!!

Baby D, May you continue to bring happiness to all of those you meet; you are such a sweet baby!! I loved being with you and your mom! Can't wait for the next date, Kam

And a sneak peek of a fabulously beautiful senior...on the brink of graduation. More to come:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chemistry Class: A Sneak Peek

I never, in all my years of schooling, took a chemistry class. I don't know how that happened, but I am glad I slipped through those cracks. Just because I never took the class, however, doesn't mean I don't know what it is when I see it.

I met two of the most enchanting people this evening, and they are chemistry... personified. 

Laura and David are getting married. 

No Bunsen burners or scientific experiments necessary... these two have already got some serious sparks...and that was just the sneak peek. Stay tuned for more in a lesson on Chemistry...

Laura and David, I LOVED meeting you today!! I could have stayed and talked on the corner all night long. I think you two are comparable to Health Bars and frozen Junior Mints, for sure. ;) Thanks for the opportunity to shoot such a special time in your life. xoxo Kamee

Monday, May 25, 2009


Guess who took her first dip in the pool today?

Why can't rolls like this be cute and acceptable in a swimsuit at my age?

She loved it.

So did her brother.

And her cousin.

And her other cousin who she has become quite attached too. (Thank goodness she is staying for two weeks; I am going to have a nanny for a while.)

I remember thinking that it would take a long time before she fit into that swimsuit...she won't wear it again. Too small. My kids are going to grow this summer like the weeds in my garden...can't wait to watch them grow. My kids. Not the weeds.

More from the weekend and graduation soon... xxx K

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dirty Laundry

None to air...only some to wash...every Friday. 
I do laundry on Fridays. I mean, I start it on Friday. And if I am lucky I get it done before the weekend is through. 

(I left the bbq sauce on his face because it made me smile, and went along with the dirty theme. ;))

Usually, however, it lasts until the next Friday when I am starting laundry all over again for the existing week. 

This boy doesn't need a delicate cycle. He usually needs a heavy duty wash. ;)
I know, Baby. I feel the same way about laundry day.
I want to get laundry done today;tomorrow can't be an extension of laundry day because it's graduation day!! It has arrived. My family is in town. Tomorrow I don the cap and gown. Everyone will have smiles, no frowns. I'll stop because this is going... down...;) Happy long weekend everyone...Keep on folding...

Folding their clothes does make me smile...sometimes...;)

And sneak peek from a mini-session I had with a baby who is growing way too fast. More of these to come: 

Happy holiday weekend! May it be filled with family and fun!
p.s. Anyone else as excited as I am for So You Think You Can Dance? In my next life, I am going to be a dancer. ;)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Redefining Maternity: A Few Definitions For You

When I was teaching, my students had weekly vocabulary assignments. They hated them at the time, but now, I hope they realize that they did do some good. ;) I'll admit, they were grueling and a bit tedious, but necessary and compulsory; they were required by the state, so we complied. The thing that I think is cool about vocabulary lists and words in general is that knowing them and being able to use them correctly is cool, and makes you smart. I have had several students thank me for those redundant weekly vocabulary and spelling assignments and quizzes; they tell me they used the words on the SAT, in a paper they had to write, in conversation, etc. It makes me smile, and feel happy. 
Each week there was a list of 25 words. They had to write the word, its part of speech, the definition, and then use the word in 2 original sentences. In an effort to redeem myself for the years of vocabulary agony, I am going to attempt to complete a vocabulary assignment in this post only because I recently met a woman who I think completely, totally, and utterly redefines pregnancy. 

Resplendent: adjective
shining brilliantly; gleaming; splendid

A week ago I met a resplendent person who is anticipating the birth of her second child. She has been on bed rest for the past few weeks; (Our shoot was the first time she had been out of bed in a while; she was such a good sport though and such a trooper!!) her spirit was high and she was excited to document a few moments from her pregnancy; I was excited to meet her and listen to her story.

Siren: noun
A seductively beautiful or charming woman, esp. who others find attractive

Kristen is so amazingly beautiful and her peaceful demeanor and quiet approach make her so attractive; in Greek mythology her beauty would have paralleled that of a Siren. She seriously redefines pregnancy making it look so simple, so splendid, so sublime.

Mindful: adjective
attentive, aware, careful

Kristen is mindful of the members of her family; not just her unborn baby. 

She isn't new to this mothering gig. 

Tribute: noun
a gift, testimonial, compliment, or the like, given as due or in acknowledgment of gratitude or esteem.

She and her husband Dennis are parents to a delightful daughter, Caprianna. (I love that name. It's Italian: a tribute to Kristen's roots. So cool!!) 

She is "this many". 

Elitist: noun or adjective (I am using it as an adjective)
consciousness of or pride in belonging to a select or favored group.

Tenacious: adjective
pertinacious, persistent, stubborn, or obstinate.

And as a member of the elitist "3" club she has full rights to be tenacious and spunky. 

Loved these next three: 

Over It: a phrase
to be finished, tired, done, kaput, etc.
Transparent: adjective
easily seen through, recognized or detected

It is pretty transparent when kids are over it; their frames start looking like this. ;) 

Prodding: verb and noun (I am using it as a noun ;))
the act of prodding; a poke or jab.

It took major prodding from dad to get them to look like this: 

Puppy Eyes: noun
A facial expression used to get whatever the heck she pleases. See below for example.

Caprianna could get just about anything with those puppy eyes.

Extraordinary: adjective 
Far beyond what is usual, normal, or customary. 

Kristen and Caprianna have an extraordinary relationship. Spending time with them was something special; proof to me that all children are destined to come to the families they are born to. 

Connotation: noun
Something, such as a feeling, thought, or idea, associated in one's mind or imagination with a specific person or thing.
A few connotations of what type of baby they are having next.

Dynamic: adjective
pertaining to or characterized by energy or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic

I am so excited for this little family and the cool boy/girl dynamic they are about to experience.

Affinity: noun
a natural liking for or attraction to a person, thing, idea, etc.

I have an affinity for the following pictures. I think Kristen is such a quietly beautiful woman. She is so peaceful and serene which makes her so alluring and attractive. She is carrying her pregnancy so gracefully; I was so inspired by her attitude and willingness to do whatever her doctor asked to make sure her baby would be born healthy.

I brought the red wagon because I thought it would be a perfect prop to use for a pending little boy. I think red wagons sort of define little boys. ;)

LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IMAGE! Especially the way her eyes communicate so many things:

Timeless beauty:

Concur: verb
to accord in opinion; agree:

I have shared this before, but I really do love how more women are documenting pregnancy now. I think it is important to also photograph faces and expressions, moments and details, not just the bump. The baby will love to see what mom "looked like" when she was pregnant with him. Kristen made a comment at the end of our session: We were talking about how business has been lately due to the economy. Dennis and I am both concurred that we had been lucky and blessed during this time. I shared that people are still finding funds to document their special times. Kristen said, "It is so important." I agree with her. ;)

A few not so much about the belly, but about how radiant she is:

And two all about the belly and her stunning way of carrying it! ;)

Facetious: adjective
not meant to be taken seriously or literally

There is absolutely nothing facetious about Dennis. Nothing. At all.

 :) HA!

He is the kind of person you want to be with because he is so funny!! It was interesting that he and Kristen 
didn't care much for each other at first. Funny how they ended up connecting. 
Dennis was very good to both of his ladies:

Loved this image:

A few of the family, before they need a table for four:

I really liked this one:

Kristen, Dennis, Capi, and Baby Carter,
May your lives always be defined by your sweet, kind, jocular, and genuine family. Thank you so much for sharing some time with me;  I enjoyed it tremendously!!