Saturday, November 25, 2006


Shelby and Saxby

Thanks for letting me into your little world......

I enjoyed meeting EVERYONE!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Flower Girls

She who has flowers in her garden surely has flowers in her heart..

The Blount Girls

Sweet sisters .. all the way from Arkansas!


IT is FALL!!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

if nothing else....

Monday, November 13, 2006


I could just kick myself.
Look at this portrait. I KNOW i was probably so excited to see Blake that I was overwhelmed with love and excitement. Blake is one of THOSE type kids. You know what I mean. The kind of kid that once you meet them, you can't wait to see them again and again and again. Sometimes I walk by his classroom on Sunday mornings just to see if he is there and to give him a hug. He is just one of those kids that leaves me feeling alive and happy and loved and wonderful. Just seeing him makes my day. I would take him home in a HEARTBEAT!!!! (Well, that is if i didn't think Wendy would have a fit!)

Which brings me back to my vent. WHY IN THE WORLD didn't I SEE this then. WHY wasn't I aware of this on THAT DAY! DO you see it? How did I miss this? I should know better!! I DO KNOW BETTER!!!

While I was focusing on Blake's angelic perfection....
I missed the unconditional love of his mother.
I missed the joy in her eyes when she sees her baby boy smile.
I missed the happy warm songs she sings to him in her head,
I missed the way being with him makes her eyes sparkle like Diamonds.
THANKFULLY, just enough of that love was captured here .... just a HINT of it was spared. Can you see it?

Can you see how Wendy hangs on his every breath with joy ,
How she loves her son in an indescribable way?
Can you see how very very very proud of him she is....

Oh, I can see it now. I can see it ...most certainly...... without a doubt... just look in her eyes..

Without Air

Can you breathe?
Can you stand?
Do you think??
Can you blink?
or talk?
or feel?
can you eat?
can you sleep?
can you sigh ?
or laugh?
or cry ?
or dance?
can you run and sing?
can you spin and jump?
can you snuggle or rest?
can you smile..??????????.
without air.....????

well we all know that air IS a need we have that nothing else can fill....

This is my air.
This right now and the here.
This moment ,
This embrace,
This is all I need.

He is my air.
He is my air....
without my air....
I just wouldn't breathe....
I couldn't breathe,
I wouldn't want to breathe...

without my air.....

Sunday, November 12, 2006


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Function: noun
1 a : refined grace or dignified propriety : dignified gracefulness or restrained beauty of style : polished : scientific precision, neatness, and simplicity : Damien, Erica, Alex, Hannah and McKinley Brooks.......

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Miss Jordan.....

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Following image may make you spit Coffee out your nose! Or in my case, it was Diet Coke!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Sweet Daniel

Things I May Forget
The smell of my mom's perfume.
The way my dad's hands felt.
The bounce of moms curls next to my cheek
The size and security of my dad's lap
How safe they made me feel
How close they wanted to be to me
How soft my moms hands were
How rough my dads face was
The soft tone of my mothers voice
The deep chuckle of my dads laugh
The way my mom looked at my dad
The way my dad looked at my mom
Especially when I was between them....
I may forget how my smile made them radiate
I may forget how just being together with them was all I needed....

but when life does happen,
and I grow up
and I think I can do it all on my own...

and when I have forgotten these unforgettables....
All I will have to do is look at this..... this portrait of MY family....
and I will remember.

I will remember it all.....

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Fairy Tales.....

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

More Martins....

I have this thing about sisters! Look for this shot to be in the LA Parenting December Magazine...

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Hemmings Family

I LOVE this Portrait!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Dixie and her Mama and Daddy

Me and MINE!

Portrait Jewelry

I love these kids... and I love love love wearing them near my heart throughout the day. This pendant is my most cherished possession because it is of my babies.... MY babies..... and even when I am away from them, all I have to do it touch my pendant ...

These pendants will stop people in their tracks.....the deadline for Christmas Pendant Gifts is December 3rd. A tile pendant is only $45.00.

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Wright Foot

Or feet I should say!

Please join me in giving a hand (haha..) to the Wright family for adding a pair of shoes to their closets.....

Elijah will be a fabulous brother!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Their Mother

She is their blanket to warm them on a cold winter night. She is the food that satisfies their hungry spirit. She is their shelter from the storm, their nursemaid to heal all hurts. She is the wind that lifts them up when they have fallen. She is encouragement that guides them forward. She is the love that brought them here. She is the heart DAILY PRAYING them through.

She is their mother.

- Linda Tourelle

and lucky me... she is also my friend.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Cat nap

With a new baby, you know how precious a few minutes of sleep can be. I love this image. How many moms remember the quick quiet moments on the couch... when everything, just for the moment is still....
the baby is happy
the baby isnt hungry or dirty ... yet :)
siblings are quiet
and the house is still.....

those are the precious moments of life. Those are the ones we should all remember...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Trant Family Welcomes...

Mark Andrew Trant....

Miss Mac!

Kept my side in a stitch from laughing so hard! She has personality PLUS!Mac's Mom is one of those Angels here on earth. She is THE most amazing mom I know, and I know some amazing moms. It was a real blessing to spend some time with her and to watch her with her babies......

More from the GREAT ranch.....

This is Abby and Wimberly.......and Smoky !

Dixie ...

Here is my Southern Sweetie! Dixie is my only niece!

Isn't she fabulous!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Great Things

GREAT things can happen ....

Thank you to Caroline, Linda, and Smoky..... for a wonderful afternoon!

Saturday, October 21, 2006


Friday, October 20, 2006

Little Peyton

I just love this image tonight. As i look over my own daughter sleeping quietly... as i think about how short life is... this image grabs me and gives me a quiet peace.
Love them.
Love your girls for all they are.
For their happys
For their sads
For their tantrums
For their crocodile tears that have no purpose
Love your girls.
Hug them
Tell them you are proud of them
Kiss them every chance you get. Every chance you get, Every chance you get, every chance you get.
Love them for being shy
or loud
or bold
or quiet
love them when they are grumby and mean
and quiet and whiney
JUST LOVE THEM and Kiss them and hold them and smell them.
Thank your God for them every minute, each breath ...
Love them and love them and love them
and love them
and love them
and love them
and love them........

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Gatti Girls

A bond with a sister... these Gatti girls will have something special. Thinking back to my childhood... I don't know HOW my sister put up with me! I was a pest, Messy Bessy, always spying on her and her friends, borrowing clothes and make up... and doing my best to copy every move she made..... yes, I was the typical little sister.
I thank God for my big sister now. She is one of my rocks and part of my foundation. She cools my temper, she soothes my hurts,she opens windows to a different perspective. My sister is my childhood. She knows where I have been, she prays for my tomorrows, and she CHEERS out loud for my todays.... That is what sisters do.
SO Katy, thank you for every ounce of patience you had with me, for every vent you have listened to, for every thing Gaudy, colorful and "Bling Bling" you send my sweet daughter, for loving my kids, for remembering their birthdays, for completing masons scrapbook, for making me find time for myself... for being you.. the best sister in the world.

And Gatti Girls... one day... I promise, one day....You two will be the best friends ever!! You are each others tomorrow and each others yesterday...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


From the moment of birth until our last breath our life is a unique story unfolding. Tales of faith, home and trials; of miracles, adventures, and romance;of joys, sorrows, and love, blend harmoniously together to reveal the wonder of God's purpose in bestowing upon us this incredible gift of life. Yea, we are fearfully and wonderfully made and what we do with this blessing called life is our gift to God. Moment by Moment our life's journey is a distinctively unique narrative illuminating our Creator's awesome love for us.
- Linda LaTourelle

Congratulations Christina! Have a wonderful Senior year!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Bregman Twins

Funny how twins always are sharing things.... like expressions!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

My Nephews!!

Ok, so the photographers kids rarely get their "portraits" taken... kinda like the cobblers kids have no shoes....but the RELATIVES of the photographer... they are in the same boat some times. So here is to patient and wonderful relatives.. who understand how hard it is to juggle everything! Meet Mitchell, Kale and Konner! Mitchell is the son of Matt and KRista Mosura. Kale and Konner are my sister Katy's boys. Dixie will be arriving soon... and I have to track down Zack too!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Two boys being .... boys!

Brothers are a magical thing.
I have tried to explain it, but I fail miserably every time! Brothers are friends, they are competitors, they are almost the same, but slightly different.
Brothers love to love each other
and probably love to pester each other too! Brothers will share somethings their entire lives. They will share boyhood,and teen hood,
they will share a Mama
and a Daddy, they share their lives and they will share their sorrows. They will grow and experience so many things and they will always have each other to fall on when they stumble. They will be confidants and they will be wrestling partners.
They will be friends,
and they will be family. They will play and tumble and fish and fight and run and jump and laugh and tussle. They will love and they will cry.
They will be as thick as glue.....
they are brothers.
That one word says it all.

These two were such a joy be around! Grant and Garrett Lewis will be a duo for sure! Those Benton Boys.... watch out world... here they come!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Tea Party

What an honor... to be invited to the Hammond Tea Party! Believe me, it is an honor I do not take lightly! Being a part of this family's childhood memory treasure box..... is magical and pretty much the closest thing to a fairy tale I have been a part of. Thank you so much Kendall and Fordham for including me... Next time .... I promise.... I will bring my pearls and bonnet!!

My Dearest Fordham,
You are cordially invited to a Tea,
Please say you will attend…..
This Tea is honoring me!

My sweet Kendall,
Why, of course - Count me in!
What an honor to be your date…
Is there a special gift that I should send?

Oh my Fordham,
That is kind but not needed.
But you must dress for the occasion...
I am thinking tulle, glitter and beaded!

Now Kendall, my dear,
Just where should we meet?
If my nap runs long…
Will you save me a seat?

Sweet Fordham, my boy
Our Mommy will take care,
To see that you wake
With plenty time to spare!

Just rise a happy camper
And meet us at the door
We will all walk together
To the garden gate at 4.

And Fordham…

I am thankful for you, brother
That you would attend My Tea.
What a special gift God gave me…
When he gave you to Daddy, Mommy and me…!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Silly Shankles!

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. ~Stephen King

Thursday, September 21, 2006


Looking back is always a much clearer picture than looking to the future. If you are a former client of mine and you had a great experience working with me, let me know. I want to add some freah HINDSIGHT stories to my website! I would love to feature you and your family!

Friday, September 15, 2006

For Kim......

Sweet Kim..... SOOOOOO EXCITED about being in love and so in love with her new family...

I think she is going insane having to wait for her portrait proofs to arrive!

Hopefully this will carry her through the next few days!

This is my favorite because it is the very moment before you kiss…. That INSTANT of love that pours through your heart before you make contact with the person you love…

Kim they will be here soon! I promise! All of them showcase your love for each other as well as this one does.....

Miss Hamilton

Remember the gorgeous Elba a few weeks ago? She had her baby! Lil' Isabella is just as gorgeous as her mom! They invited me into their home when she was two weeks old... this is one of my favorites.....

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

What could be more Divine than two sisters....

A brown eyed lad they call their triplet....

I have a bunch of mushy emotional things i want to say about these kids... their session was soooo fulfilling as an artist. Their childhood joy is SO evident in their eyes.... The family as a whole was amazing to work with.. so trusting and so free to all my ideas. If you get a minute... their complete session should be online by this weekend...

Saturday, September 09, 2006


Brooke and Jeremy

Breathtaking! I can't believe someone is stealing my Nanny from us! (truth be told.....Schumpert and some sweet NICU babies stole her first.... )

Brooke, my kids and Mike and I miss you! Congratulations to you and Jeremy! Thanks for the wonderful memories! We are excited for you both!