As I begin writing this, snow is softly falling outside the window!  Winter is here and Christmas is just 6 weeks away. I have already begun decorating homes, making wreaths and centerpieces, photographing families and designing fun custom Christmas cards.  In my world, Christmas starts early.  Last year, I had the privilege of working with the Goodwin Family as they gutted and renovated their home.  We spent 9 months planning, picking out cabinetry, granite and tile, paint colors, furniture, fabric for window treatments I made, doing custom paint in bedrooms and on the entry-hall floor, and putting every last touch on their new home.  In order to ensure things would be done by the holidays, Sarah signed up to be on a Christmas home tour.  It gave us some pressure and the accountability we needed  to keep on task and press on to complete the final details.

It was a blessing and honor to work on every last bit of the house with her and then to get to “deck the halls” for the home tour. It snowed on the day of the tour, which added a picture-perfect back drop to our winter wonderland.  I was thrilled with how everything turned out, and hope you will be too!

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Following are before and after pictures that you have to see to believe!

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Thank you to the Goodwin family for allowing me to design and create beauty in your home.  I had a truly wonderful time!

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For the past week I have been in the Pacific Northwest doing a little magic on my parent’s kitchen.  Over the years my mom and I have done many projects in their home, but we have never touched the kitchen. It was like a serious time warp.  This week I was finally able to get my hands on it.  We removed what we thought was “faux” brick on the walls (which ended up to be real brick) and replaced it with white subway tile hung in a herringbone pattern.  My mom is always great because she lets me try my hand at new things in her house.  I have hung back-splash tile, but never in a herringbone pattern.  It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it!! I sprayed the the cabinets, added some pulls, replaced the light fixtures and much more.

Here are the before and after pictures.

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Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom a girl could ever hope for.  I love you!!

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I have known the Ramirez family for a little over a year and was honored when they asked me to take pictures of their family.  As a natural light photographer, my favorite time of day to take pictures is during the “golden hour” (the hour or two before sunset). We strategically chose the first warm afternoon of early spring, which also meant the parking lot at Creve Coeur Lake was packed.  As soon as I got out of the car it was not hard to spot 4 year old Eliana jumping up and down holding the picture she colored for me…it is pictured below and now proudly adorns my refrigerator.
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I love photographing families/kids that I know.  Taking pictures is as much about relationship and interaction as it about having the right equipment. My job is to capture moments…of joy, laughter, tenderness, and even uncertainty. Having the ability to immediately connect with my subjects makes that part of my job easier. . . and gives me the ability to capture these moments.

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Since Spring had not “sprung” yet, and there were no leaves on the trees to provide shade, I chose this woodsy back-lit setting to capture some family moments. When shooting in the bright sun, I always position my subjects so that the sun is at, or mostly at, their back.  Then I expose the image for the darkest part of the scene to create the “glow” effect of the rest of the picture.

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I am absolutely in love with these sibling moments.

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A part of every shoot is catching the “in-between” candid moments.  As we transition from place to place, I always keep my camera close.  These unexpected images are usually some of my favorites.

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Ramirez Family you are gorgeous! Thank you for the privilege and joy of capturing your priceless moments!

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They say that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem…well…OK I admit it, I am a complete freak about Christmas.  The lights, the decor, the shopping, the Reason for the Season! I absolutely love ALL of it.  For me it is a treasured, almost magical time of year. In fact I love it so much that on my Fortieth birthday my mom and sister helped me put up my Christmas tree and I never took it down until I moved from my apartment (almost 2 years later)! So there you have it; I’m crazy for Christmas!  This time of year I am usually kicking things into full gear doing a little bit of this..
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And a little bit of that…
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But you know what my MOST favorite thing is?  Now that I have you on the edge of your seat, I will tell you.  My favorite thing I do during the Christmas season is design custom Christmas cards. Yep, favorite thing!  Most often people go to an online site such as, tinyprints, minted or shutterfly, but did you know that I can create you a fully custom, fully two sided (or folded) card at a LOWER price?  True.  Printed locally on a professional press, their quality is second to none!!  Here are a few samples of designs I did last year…
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If you are interested in having your own card created this year, the process is easy.
  1. You can provide your own pictures via email or if you need to have them taken, let me know and we can set up an appointment.  The cards above are a combination of my photography and photography by Kelly of Relic Photography.
  2. Give me some direction about wording, colors and style.
  3. I do the rest.

Christmas is 98 days away!  Email me, to let me know how I can help make Christmas YOUR favorite time of year too!

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