Thursday, March 31, 2011

day 423 | globetrotters

tegan is OBSESSED with basketball / football / sports in general.  he plays madden 2011 and nba live like there's no tomorrow.  so we decided to take him to the basketball game - however, not a REAL basketball game because i honestly didn't think he would sit through the whole thing.  to my surprise he loved it and wants to go again.  he was a little annoyed they kept taking time out for their "fun and games" but he was happy that the team he rooting for won!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

day 422 | green

go green.  green with envy.  green as grass.  lots of green going on here

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

day 421 | helipad

this picture was actually taken a week ago (or so).  although i always carry a point and shoot camera with me - i rarely ever remember to check the memory card.  today i was looking through everything and found this shot of the helipad with the fog rising from the lake. 

today is my parents 47th anniversary!  thank goodness for blu-ray players that make a good gift because i'm pretty sure they didn't need anything!

Monday, March 28, 2011

day 420 | good evening

took the kids swimming this afternoon followed by dinner with friends.  saw this sunset on the lake as we were driving by so i decided to grab a shot of it.  it's almost a new day :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

day 419 | anniversary

today is the one year anniversary of the first wedding i ever shot.  craziness.  it was an awesome opportunity and it was the idea that pushed me to take the leap into doing what i do.  i am so glad they offered me the opportunity!

spent the morning at the meeting and then off to family dinner with tyson's family.  20 family members ... 1 very large turkey ... farkle ... wii ... all in all i'd say it was a good day!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

day 418 | canvas

since i have so many weddings booked - my goal has been to evolve into a higher end lab which can produce amazing images on any kind of paper/product.  tonight the kind ups man delivered my new 10x20 canvas and i am in LOVE!  i told tyson we are switching all of the pictures in our house over to canvas.  that would be a very slow project!!

and in my personal life - went to a pampered chef party down in viroqua.  i have an obsession for pampered chef!!  afterwards i stayed for dinner with some of my old friends.  it was so great to see everyone and i realize how much i miss my old friends!  i am taking next week off at the studio to work on some projects.  april specials will be coming out soon - so stay tuned! :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

day 417 | relax

this is my kind of relaxing! :)  and also our new household favorite. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

day 416 | hip hop

i had two little dancers come into the studio - they dance tap, hip-hop, ballet, and jazz.  i had fun watching them do some dance routines and showing me a little bit of their upcoming recital.  this afternoon i had a wedding consult with one of the weddings i'll be doing on memorial day weekend.  i can't wait - i'm so excited with all the little plans they have come up with.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

day 415 | rock bottom

the last two weeks have been an incredible roller coaster ride.  just when you think you've hit rock bottom - it turns out you were only halfway and you still farther to fall.  i can't even begin to name everything that has gone wrong in the last two weeks ... but i will say it all started with a splinter!  thankfully my husband can sense when i'm about to snap (or in this case - i snapped) because twelve of these showed up at my door.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

day 414 | concert

today's picture of the day - my son's first concert.  props to the kindergarten class for their amazing adorable little voices.  props to tegan for not running of the stage crying (which i was really betting on)!  sorry the picture isn't amazing - i kind of forgot to take pictures.  i was too busy recording him singing.

Monday, March 21, 2011

day 413 | birds of a feather ...

rosina is absolutely one of my favoritest babies to shoot!  she had been featured on day 336, day 344, day 412, and of course today.  her mama and i have very similar taste in baby clothes and photo ideas.  this outfit reminds me of the flapper days! :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

day 412 | bunny

meeting this morning ... followed by breakfast at ground round.  one of my favorite rituals yet!! :)  got home just in time to catch this little bunny in the studio.  rosina's grandma made her this cute little bunny outfit and i must say - i wanted to keep it! :)  time to shop some more on etsy.  have some dance sessions in a little over an hour - that gives me plenty of time to shop!! :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

day 411 | northbound

the ducks are moving back home.  i do not understand the lifecycle of a duck - in fact i don't even know that they actually do go south for the winter.  however - they are home now.  welcome to spring.

Friday, March 18, 2011

day 410 | sad

what a long week.  first harley bear is gone ... and now we just found out tegan has to have a second surgery on both eyes.  i am pretty sure my week can't get much worse at this point. thank goodness next week isn't far away!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

day 409 | springing

remember day 49? well it's back.  only this time i caught it early! :) a little over a week from when we first planted tegan & tatum's gardening project - we see green!!!!  unfortunately only one of them is growing - which makes for a very happy tegan and a VERY sad grumpy tatum.  most likely we will be stopping to get some more on our way home from rochester tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

day 408 | choices

life is all about choices.  your choices.  someone else's choices.  just choices.  you can be happily on your way making choices and BAM! someone else's choices hit you upside the head.

harley made the choice to escape. :(  she had been having seizures for about a week and the last one was really bad.  she made a run for it and although she has never left the yard - she is gone. :(  the vet thinks she had a brain tumor.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

day 407 | blaise is ONE

milestones.  the studio has been open just shy of one year and yesterday i got to take pictures of my first newborn boy AGAIN!  he's ONE!!  crazy how time flies.  i love that i have seen him from barely 6 weeks old to 6 months to crawling at 9 months and now WALKING at one year. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

day 406 | chase

spent most of the day with a migraine :( and now i'm officially five sessions behind as far as editing goes.  this little man though was so adorable ... and so serious!  chase tried out one of my new backgrounds and i can't wait to go through those!  i have five more backgrounds coming :) 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

day 405 | class of 2012

figured it was time to try some new software i got specifically for seniors in mind (but i could use it on everyone else lol).  i think i like it! :) 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

day 404 | tackle

today's picture of the day - LINDSY!  i have been friends with lindsy for 12 years.  12 years!  we did some outdoor pictures because i decided to sync some speedlites and gels.  i'm super happy with the results and i think i may have to use them more often! :)

oooh - and why is this called tackle?  because i took lindsy down tonight.  :) :) :) :) :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

day 403 | collective bargaining

now i am not one to know what collective bargaining is persay - but when you put a bunch of people holding signs in front of one of wisconsin's most beautiful buildings - of course i'm going to take pictures!!  since i was shooting in madison anyway and i had some errands to run - figured i'd get some shots of the action!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

day 402 | firefighters

today i spent the day in madison (fitchburg more precisely) with some firefighters.  i shot some pictures for a magazine that a software company i work with out of minneapolis is printing.  at the end the guys were doing some drills and i got some shots. ooooh - and the fire trucks i got to take pictures of were GREEN .... the firefighters said it was because they weren't ripe yet. :)

unfortunately i think i spent as much as, if not more, than i made.  the shopping was so good - and ummm - wisconsin dells just happened to be on the way home.  ;) 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

day 401 | another day

one week. one VERY long week. the school district is out to get me!  so today we started a project.  hopefully .. a) my children have their father's gardening gene instead of mine .. b) my children learn that their flowers don't need to be watered every 5 seconds .. and c) i don't have a c .. but it always looks better with three points.  why is that?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

day 400 | insanity

i'm pleading insanity.  spent most of my morning at the clinic with two sick kids.  found out they both have double ear infections.  spent the rest of the morning at the pharmacy waiting for their prescription.  fought with them over naps. and now they tell me it's going to snow .... i can't take another day without school.  (my son has been home sick since last wednesday - it will be a week if there is no school tomorrow)

Monday, March 7, 2011

day 399 | accomplished

i am feeling accomplished today.  i am finally finished incooperating our new logo in our website and although it has taken me a couple of weeks - i am super happy with the results.  i'm finding all these cool pictures from last summer that i didn't use for some reason.  either my taste is slowly changing or who knows what i was thinking!  now i need to work on the tnt entertainment website.  that's my next goal!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

day 398 | rings & things

and just like that - i am behind again!  453 images to edit from all this weekends sessions, a magazine shoot on wednesday (weather permitting), and more sessions next weekend.  i'm back with a vengeance :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

day 397 | sparks

tonight - date night. my children had their very first babysitters that were not a family member or jadee.  six kids - two babysitters - and my house is in one piece ... i'm very happy with the results.  today's picture of the day is from an engagement session earlier today.  i have the joy of shooting their wedding later this year and am looking forward to working them!

Friday, March 4, 2011

day 396 | ultrasounds

here's one more from the maternity session.  i love ultrasound pictures.  they look all creeper and alien-esque but it's amazing how they develop!  i spent the day shopping in la crosse with my expensive children.  tegan had to have a certain ps3 game - which was virtually non-existant.  thank goodness for game stop!!  tatum got a whole new bedding set - owls.  who would've guessed that's what she would have picked!  and me - well i got photography equipment.  :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

day 395 | pregnancy

i've had a few weeks off from shooting actual people ... but it was a well-deserved catch up period.  i must admit though that i missed it and i'm super excited to be back in my groove.  started out with this super cute maternity session.  she is 17 weeks and we are doing a progression series .... :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

day 394 | ten years

i've been doing this project on facebook called the 30 day photo challenge and i just finished it up.  but it made me think a little bit about what makes me - me.  so today you get the summary of the facts about me:
  • i'm a dork and i'm okay with that.
  • i have more GOOD friends than anyone could ask for
  • i am adopted and i have no desire to find my "real" family
  • i am NOT a baby person
  • i would not trade my children for anything - however i DO NOT want anymore!
  • i am a closet musician
  • i say what i think and sometimes it's to my detriment
  • my camera is right up there with god & family in importance
  • i've learned to try and respect the opinions of everyone no matter what - but i honestly could care less of what you think of me as a person (unless i'm being a complete jerk then i think you should tell me). i've cared too much in the past and i've come to realize that plenty of people love me for me.
  • i honestly don't hate anyone - although a few drive me completely nuts
  • i have a lot of BEST friends. i can't pick just one
  • my husband is perfect for me. after almost nine years of marriage, we know how to keep each other balanced.
  • i'm a perfectionist and when i can't keep everything the way it should be and in the place it should be in - i tend to go completely in the opposite direction and let everything turn into pure chaos.
  • i am very content - although i could definitely work on the spiritual aspects of my life
  • drinking dr pepper is one of my largest vices
  • most of my favorite memories come from viroqua but i have no desire to move back
  • i don't have a favorite band or musician. being a dj has opened up a whole new musical world. i'm very eclectic and i love a little bit of everything
  • i can't imagine my life without my friends and family. i have my downtimes where i like to be alone, after all i was an only child, but i like the idea of being surround by a LOT of family and friends. even though it makes me nervous at first - it makes me happy.
  • my husband says i am emotionally shallow when it comes to others. i wish i showed more emotion but i freeze.  it doesn't mean i don't feel it though - i feel a lot more than i show.  i hate to see people sad or hurt. 
  • i think i have grown up a lot - it's amazing how much your friends change when you put your priorities and goals in the right place!  i'm very happy to have amazing friends who have their priorities and goals in the same place mine are.
  • i don't have any major regrets. everything i have done has made me who i am so there is no reason to forget anyone or anything - just chalk it up to life experience and move forward.
and since this week marks the ten year anniversary of when tyson and i started un-officially dating - figured today's picture describes our relationship quite well! :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

day 393 | 4k registration

doesn't this look like someone who is ready for school?  we are all registered for 4k and she asked the lady if she could start right away.  it will be nice to have a kid who is actually excited about going to school and we can avoid the sobbing and tears like we did with tegan.  or maybe it's all a hoax and she's just holding out on me :)