Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lucky Me!

A few weeks ago I celebrated the 2 year anniversary of this blog. As a part of that celebration I held a contest on my fan page and gave the winner a full portrait session. We had a total of six contestants but in the final days two of them really stood out. The competition was strong between the two up until the final hour, when Isa took a strong lead and won the contest. When I spoke to Isa's mom a week later she told me all Isa wanted was a fashion shoot! (my kind of girl!!)
Isa arrived ready to pose and have fun! You would have thought I had a little professional model in my studio! She was not only gorgeous but she was comfortable and confident in front the camera. (Mom, I think you might have a future model on your hands) I had so much fun with this shoot!
Isa, thank you for posing for me! I hope you and your family enjoy your photos.

A big thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. Keep a look out because there will be more contest next year.
Thank you all for your support over the last few years. I look forward to many more!

Happy Holiday's!

I love this shot! You can totally hear the "but daddy" statement. LOL

Such a beautiful girl!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Good Company and Good Music

I was asked recently by a member of a band to come out to a local Diwali celebration to capture some shots during his performance. These guys put on an amazing show and packed the house even on a Sunday! I'm looking forward to working with them again soon.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Where for art thou Juliet?

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a not so typical portrait session for Steve and Deb.When they explained what the dress code was going to be I instantly thought of  borrowing a friends really awesome home for the shoot. J and Cass's house is not your average every day home. It has a unique appeal which is exactly what I needed for Steve and Deb's photos.
Fortunate for me, the King and Queen of the house agreed as well as their dog, to allow us acces. Again I give my humble thanks!!
Steve and Deb, you were so much fun! You had us cracking up through this whole shoot. I hope you like these shots.


Shre truly is his Juliet and he her Romeo!

 Lives to protect his home but loves his attention too!

 This was one of those act silly moments!

Monday, November 22, 2010

What did you do on Sunday?- Sneak Peek

My Sunday evening was spent with some pretty amazing people and musicians for a Diwali celebration here at Illinois State University. Here is a sneak peek of my friend Manpreet Bedi playing the Dhol. More to come soon.....


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Kaleigh- Senior Session

Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend some time with Kaleigh for her senior photos. I had so much fun hanging out with her and working together to come up with some fun photo ideas.

Kaleigh, I hope you like these! Hopefully we can go out and shoot together in spring.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Art of Fire

It's been over five years now since I started spinning poi. While there are plenty of terms for it, probably the most popular is spinning fire. My journey in fire spinning surprisingly started with photography.
We were just sitting outside one night and noticed some people across the street spinning. Instantly I looked over and said I want to photograph that! So, Chris and I walked over and asked if they would mind if I took some photos of them spinning. John and Stacy spun for us the next night and as they were packing up their stuff, asked if I wanted to try. I was really nervous, but really wanted to give it a try. First, it's a lot harder than it looks and secondly I had no idea that they had just sparked (pun intended) a new addiction.
As a group we would get together several times a week. It was amusing to see the neighbors slowly start coming out their apartments on our practice nights. I'm pretty sure they thought we were crazy but we certainly were entertaining. Eventually the group grew from 4 of us to on some nights as many as 8-10.
Today, many of the group have moved away, but we stay in touch and get together when  we get a chance. A few weeks ago our friend Zac was in town and we decided to spin, so I pulled out the camera. Below are a few of the photos I captured that night. It was awesome to pull out the camera to capture the fire again. It always creates interesting images.

I hope everyone enjoys these! To all the "Wicked Wicks" members, we miss you guys!


My husband Chris took this photo of me.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Special Dog, Mojo

I introduced our dog Mojo on my blog when we first adopted him. It has since been over a year, since Mojo officially became a part of our family. For those not familiar with his story, we adopted Mojo after he was rescued from a puppy mill. He was a little over 3 years old when we adopted him and he had a slight bald spot where his little head would rub the roof of his kennel. His bald spot is now gone but the scars of the puppy mills are still alive and well. It does get a little better every day but we still have a long way to go.
As I said before, it has been over a year...closer to two years. He still will not play like the average dog would, he's scared of just about everything and he prefers to lay in my bed than to socialize with people (even the family he lives with everyday). He has a fear of dog toys, especially raw hide treats. He won’t potty in the grass he prefers the gravel in the back yard or the sidewalk when we are out for a walk. He doesn’t bark or growl, in fact he doesn’t really make a sound at all. Regardless of these things he has won a special place in our hearts and whether he knows it or not he is a part of this family.
Mojo has found things he does love....treats, our bed (as you will see in the photos), running around the back yard with my husband and son, his evening walks after dinner and of course doggie daycare (Paradise Pets).

I hope everyone enjoys these photos of Mojo and I hope his story might help someone else who may have just adopted a puppy mill survivor. Always remember that with patience things do get better.


He jumps in my bed and will make a mess of it just to get under the covers. On this particular Saturday, he was keeping me from making the bed.

It's such a tough life!

I love his little whiskers.

He has learned to shake with both paws! We are still working on sit.

I love his pattern.

This is Dharma, she was rescued with Mojo but adopted to another home. No one knew how bonded they were before their adoption. Fortunately I have become friends with the lady who adopted her and we occasionally get together so Mojo & Dharma get to see each other. It is so cute to see the two of them together!