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I know, I know…the election was weeks ago. I'm not THAT behind (although if you could see my "To Do" list you might beg to differ). I'm talking about voting for your favorite pair of names for the Sweet Life birds. I got lots of emails with suggestions, some of which you can read in the comments section of the original post. After giving it intense consideration :) I narrowed the field down to three. They are:
1. Amor and Vita (Latin for love and life and my personal favorite)
2. Pepe and Sasha
3. Sonny and Sweetie
On the right, there's a web thingamajigger where you can vote and track the results. Voting will go on until December 31. The winner will receive a free Fearless Bridal session, so if your suggestion was one of the three chosen, tell all your friends to stop by the blog and V-O-T-E vote! Do not however get your computer-genius friend, cousin, sibling, etc. to write a tricky little piece of web code to vote every three minutes or some such…remember I'm married to one of those computer geniuses and we will find out about it and disqualify that pair of names. So keep it on the up-high, people!
Here they are once again…don't let them stay Boy Bird and Girl Bird forever!
Edited on 1/1/09 to add: Drumroll, please…the winner of the Name the Sweet Life Birds is Amor and Vita, suggested by Kaitlin and Nick, who were married in September. They are the lucky winners of a Fearless Bridal session. Thanks to everyone who contributed name ideas and voted! I had so much fun checking the stats that I'm definitely going to run contests more often!
Thanksgiving is at my sister's house this year and that's a good thing. I tried to make a chocolate chip pie for Daniel. Chocolate chip pie is about a simple as you get…just six ingredients and the following instructions: "Mix. Put into pie shell. Bake at 325 for one hour." Not a word about needing a deep-dish pie crust, no sirree. Although suspiciously, the recipe did instruct me to put a cookie sheet under the pie. Here's what I ended up with.
(The stuff that spilled over the edge was really good with a scoop of ice cream, though. )
I recently got the chance to photograph my — ahem — great-niece, Abby. Yes, I'm old enough to be a great aunt, but only because Frank's six years older than me (love you, sweetie) and he's the youngest of three. So I have nieces and nephews with kids of their own. I don't get to photograph many babies because I'm so busy with weddings, so it's always fun when I get the little ones in front of the camera. Before I show you Abby's latest photo shoot, here are a few from this summer, just so you can see how much she's changed.
Abby has the most scrumptious cheeks.
"Hey lady…take a picture, it'll last longer." Um…Ok!
If only baby fat was as precious when you get older.
So here she is at (approximately) seven months…
And now..Abby at one!
Abby started walking at nine months. Nine months, people! That's crazy-early! She hasn't slowed down since she found her feet. Getting her to sit for a while for pictures was a challenge, but you should never underestimate the entertainment value of a pine cone.
Ready to get moving again. Her smile just kills me. And don't you love those two little teeth? I mean really, how much cuteness can one kid reasonably claim? Share with the rest of us, girlfriend!
With her mom, my niece Wendy.
Maybe my favorite from the whole shoot. I love the expression of pure joy on her face. It's good to be one!
With Daddy, Wendy's husband Walt.
Slides are always grin-inducing.
Those cheeks are just too yummy!
One of the things about being married that I didn't expect was how much I would come to love the family I married into. I've always said I had the best in-laws a girl could wish for. It's been amazing and humbling to watch his five nieces and nephews that became suddenly mine with a simple "I do" grow into the loving, talented and interesting adults that they are. Now they're marrying and starting families of their own, bringing still more joy into all our lives. I'm so glad I get to photograph the results!
Click here to see more from Abby's One Year session.
One of the best things about my job is that every bride, every couple, every wedding and every shoot is different. I am so rarely bored. It’s so nice to get excited about going to work! Here’s my first bridal session with two gorgeous females: Carey and Zoe, her adorable chihuahua. Don’t you just love that she was relaxed enough about her dress to hold her dog??
Zoe works it for the camera in the shot on the right, then graces me with her smile in the shot on the left!
Zoe, ready for her close-up. Check her pretty pink rhinestone collar. Carey’s bouquet is pretty sweet, too.
Carey’s mom was on hand to pooch-sit so that we could also get some more traditional poses. Just bee-you-tee-FULL!!!
A classic pose on the steps at Duke Gardens. Carey’s dress was simply stunning. The sash detail was really pretty and different. I loved that she didn’t wear a veil so that the sash wouldn’t be hidden.
This shot makes me think of Cinderella.
My favorite. Carey, thanks for allowing me to photograph you in all your bridal gorgeousness! Give Zoe a belly-rub for me!