Archive for October 17th, 2007

Ben & Nick…like butta!

This was my first time working with these two, and it could not have been an easier shoot!  I was stuck in some traffic on Rolling Road, and I was running a little late.  But they were waiting patiently on the porch when I arrived, ready to get down to business.  First, Ben was excited to show off that he lost his front tooth in school today!  Mom was hoping that he would have kept it until after the photos, but between you and me…I am glad I was there the day it fell out!  How cool is that?!  Look at these two:



















Here is Ben and his one-less-toothy smile:




















And Nick (who was my second Nicholas is a row today):




















And they were so easy and giggly, I had to reward them with the funny-face shot:


















Their mom, Jen, said when we were all finished that she couldn’t believe how easy that was, and how much better it was than going to the mall…I love it!  She said the other moms had told her I was ‘magic’ with kids…did you hear that?  Magic??!!  How flattering… But I really do have enjoy making friends with your kids.  Establishing relationships and friendships is such a bonus in this job…it makes my part easier, but I am also glad to know so many super people!  Thanks for all the kind words…and thanks to Jen for having me out yesterday!  🙂 

The Zappardino Clan

The Zappardino family was expanded by one just over a month ago, and yesterday I got to take some photos of the new group.  Izzy & Zach are so adorable, and were pretty willing to show me some smiles.  Here is the whole gang:






























All three kids:























Who can resist the tootsie shot?




















And here is Nicholas in the family’s 4 generation heirloom baptismal gown (apparrently he is the first to not cry in the photo):

























Thanks so much for having me!  Its been a while…glad to be back in the loop!  🙂

I Spent My Birthday With Another Man

It’s not as bad as it sounds…

I called Rusty first to assure him that he is the only man for me, but I was totally ditching him and the boys to attend my Pictage Users Group (PUG) monthly meeting.  I may have stayed home, but Mike Larson was going to be there as guest speaker!  I saw Mike back in May at PartnerCon in Chicago, and his seminar was so inspiring and motivating…and that doesn’t even touch how extraordinary his work is!  My neice, Tiffanie, is going to start doing some intern stuff with me, so I thought it would be great for her to hear what Mike has to say about this career.  She was almost as excited as I was, and I think she was really glad to go. 

The best part was when Pam Long called and said that she arranged a mentoring session for us before the meeting.  I almost wet my pants!  And then she said, “Then we’ll have dinner with him afterwards!”  Holy cow…this was more than I could handle.  But poor Mike got stuck in Newark and didn’t make it to DC until 5:30, so we weren’t able to do the mentor session, but we did meet him and a handful of others from the DC Pug for a yummy dinner at Levantes in Bethesda. 

Remember the Seinfeld episode when Jerry has a ‘man-crush’ on Keith Hernandez?  I think  I have a photographer-crush on Mike.  He has such a sharp business sense, his work is so fresh and unique, he is crazy in love with his wife, and blessing others with his talent and knowledge is real important to him.  He has the whole package!  Definitely inspires me to set goals, focus my business, and keep sharpening my skills to improve my work. 

So a big THANK YOU to Mike for stopping in DC for 22 hours on his way to New York to speak to our group.  It was great!  And I can’t wait to see you again in Vegas in March!















If you have a few hours to spare, and are looking for a new blog to stalk, Mike’s blog is a great one to visit!  There is even a group shot of him with all of us on Monday. 

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