Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Summer's Over Already

I am a fall and winter person.  I love the crisp dry air that comes with autumn.  The mornings are chilled and the smells are indescribable.  Summer is over already and I don't understand why it won't leave!  I'm fully prepared to tell the high temps to take a hike!  So, in an effort to help summer move along, I'm posting some pics from my end of summer photo shoots.  Maybe summer will get the message now and say "so long and farewell".




Trash the Dress with Matt and Jenna
Trashin' the Dress....

I had the pleasure of shooting Matt and Jenna's engagement portraits and wedding.  It was only befitting that I was able to shoot her "trash the dress" event.  We traveled to Oak Mountain State Park to romp in the water and melt in the sun!  A fun time was had by all and Matt and Jenna found creative ways to stay cool!



Kickin' it with Karly

Karly is the most precious granddaughter of a very dear customer.  She is adorable. Dark curls cover her head and her personality is just so sweet.  As everyone knows, kids are sponges soaking up everything around them.  Karly has recently learned to wave....and she does it well, with both hands!  Between my laughing and her waving, I was surprised I was able to get any decent still shots, but here is one of my favorites!


Audrey Synclaire 

Or Audrey Claire as she is called, is so full of spunk.  She has beautiful red hair and piercing blue eyes.  Audrey Claire is going to be drop dead gorgeous, just like her mom.  I had the opportunity to spend some time with this sweet baby before we started her shoot.  Her favorite pastime...wearing undies around her neck while playing.  To each her own, right?  We were able to persuade her to leave them behind for her portrait!

 
Lipstick Legend Portraits

I really enjoy shooting these portraits.  I like the fact that they give women the opportunity to see themselves as others see them....beautiful.  So often, because we are buried under laundry and waste away in carpool lines, we forget how attractive and alluring we are.  Lipstick Legend portraits are classic, timeless and elegant!  Jennifer is a perfect example!


Due to the fact that I have posted a few of my "end of summer" shoots, I think I can safely say to summer, hit the road Jack!


I'm just sayin',

Monday, September 6, 2010

The State Fair....Really?

I have fond memories of the Alabama State Fair.  I used to love to go as a kid.  However, I haven't been in many years.  My children didn't have the opportunity to experience going to the the fair because it became too dangerous to take them. Then, Birmingham just stopped having it altogether.  A few years ago, the Verizon Center (formerly known as Oak Mountain Amphitheater) decided to take on the task as host.  We decided to take the boys this weekend, Sunday in fact.  I was very disappointed to say the least.  It was very small, more like a TG&Y parking lot carnival than a State Fair.

Where were the booths and tents that housed the side shows, you know like the bearded lady, the fat woman and the turtle boy?  Where was the man who swallowed swords and fire?  Where were the prized cows, hogs, pigs, quilts and pies?  Where was the World Famous BBQ?  Where was the man on stilts walking through the crowd?  Where were the popular DJs handing out bumper stickers?  And the food?  What happened to the miles of endless grease stands?  Sure, there were a few, but there weren't as many as before and the greasy offerings were minimal.  The carnies working their booths didn't even try to tempt me with guessing my weight!  And what is up with "everyone wins a prize"?  No they don't!!!  You SHOULD have to exhibit your special skills to shoot the eyes out of ducks from 100 paces with warped BBs to win a prize!  But to give you one just because you showed up...pure blasphemy!!  Where is the fun in that??!!  Not to mention you ruin the carnie reputation of ripping people off when you give them things!!  I would have thought that no self-respecting fair goer would even think of taking a free prize, but alas, I was wrong.  There were many walking around with their inflatable arrows and guitars.

Needless to say, we won't be returning to any "fair" held in Birmingham.  I suppose I will just clutch my memories of the past tightly and stare blindly at the inflatable guitar tacked to the wall!

Best thing at the fair:  Photo ops.  Worst thing:  Hampster balls.

I'm just sayin',

Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's Game Day

Today is Saturday, September 4, 2010.  College football season officially kicks off today.  While there may have been other games this week (I really have no idea), today is Alabama's first game, thus, the official kickoff of college football.  Did you like that play on words....kickoff...get it??!!!

Will post other things pertaining to the first few days of my leave of absence and how that's been going, as well as how you can win FREE photo sessions this fall and winter, tomorrow.  Today, it's all about the game, and the weather, and how gorgeous it is outdoors, and how cool it was last night, and how fall is all about college football!

Remember, Lipstick Legends portraits are also available.  My profile photo is a sample of how cool those portraits really look!!

I'm just sayin',

Roll Tide Roll!