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October 11th

My morning started off with one of my favorite families, the Robinson’s.  The girls were all ready in their matching dresses, eager to show me their new rooms (they are expecting a new baby brother, so after a minor construction project -haha- new bedrooms all around!

I think this may be one of my all-time faves of the girls:










  And of course, nothing says photo fun like funny faces:











 Caroline had to get ready for soccer, so Julia and I went out back to play for a while:



















 Then Caroline snuck in…



















 And then Guiness wanted in, too…


















Then it was off to meet my cousin, Nina, and her family at Downs Park.  Here is her good-looking gang:


















Kirsten…her little cheerleader:


















Mason, her little mischief-maker:


















And Dominic, her little the-only-way-your-gonna-get-my-picture-is-on-the-slide-er:



















Thanks to all for a great picture day, and for waiting so long to finally see your pics blogged!

October 10th

This Friday was a day of firsts…two new Catonsville families to have fun with.  And that is just what I did.  First, it was the Nelson family.  I met Jessica when I spoke at her mom’s group in September.  She had three outfit changes (my kinda girl), the last of which was totally casual, which I loved.  Everyone hopped on the swing set, and we got my favorite shots of the day.  Here is the whole fam:












Madelyn was a little shy when I first arrived, but she was having a good time by the end:



















And I love this shot of Abigail…can’t you hear the giggling??











I had a little break in the afternoon, so I went home, did some editing, picked the boys up from school, did some homework, and headed back up to Catonsville to meet the Millers.  These boys are close in age to mine, and were so much fun.  Here is the whole gang:










And just the guys:










Then the show began.  They all changed thier clothes and showed me their sweet skills.  Skateboarding skills, soccer skills, bowhunting skills.  (Well, not bowhunting…)  Here is Gabe and his sweet board:














Zach and his soccer skills:



















And Eli had some sweet soccer skills, too (so sweet I almost got a black eye, but whatever…) :


















Thank you guys so much!  I had a great time!

I’m BACK, baby!

Happy 2009!  I am getting back in the saddle, so I hope you are all ready for some major blog catch-up.  This poor blog has been neglected for so long…this is one of those things, where you feel like you don’t even know where to start.  Well, I have figured that out, and it looks like October 9th is the place.  Yikes…

So here we go…

My day had an early start at the Wetzel home in Arnold.  The kids had off of school, and mom had scheduled an early photo shoot, followed by a dentist appointment.  Poor Brandon & Jordan…how much torture can two kids take on an otherwise relaxing day off of school?  This was our third year working together, and we even got mom & dad in on the fun this time.  Here is the whole gang:










Its so nice when siblings seem to genuinley like each other (this doesn’t happen in  my house too often):











Brandon & Jordan are very active & athletic, so we always try to throw something fun (and acrobatic) in at the end.  This year Brandon did his own stunts:


















Thanks, you guys, for being so much fun so early in the morning!

Then it was off to the Coleman’s…Tommy & Macey are always full of energy, and ready to show me everything new since I’ve seen them last.  Then once we’re all caught up, we get down to work.  Adn they start showing me smiles like these:










Another set of sibling who really like each other:












And then they wanted to take a picture with me (which I thought was just precious):











Note to self:  Wide angle lens next time.


Okay…onto shoot #3 for the day…the Gilliards!  Gwen and I have been friends since middle school, and (I may have said this before) but she & hubby, Chopper, have birthed two of the cutest kids around.  This year they threw a pup inot the mix just to keep me on my toes.  Here is the whole gang:




















Caroline is such a sweetie:


















And now that I am looking at these, I am remembering what an unseasonable warm day this was.  I think everyone was sweating in thier sweaters by the time we finished.  But Christmas photos in tank tops would have been a little odd…

Kyle gave me a run for my money, but take notes my little friends…mess with the bull?  The bull always gets the smile…


















Bring it, little man!

So I hopped in the car, peeled off MY sweater (cuz I was sweating, too), and headed up to Catonsville to meet the Morsberger girls for more smiles:











Moose took advantage of the open area and ran around like a nut, while Abigail & Katherine hung with me and giggled like nuts:












Then we got a shot of all the girlies to surprise daddy…aren’t they pretty??




















So that was my day!  Stay tuned…I’m going to try and catch up day by day.  Even if it kills me!  (Which it may…)


Goodbye, Girl-Girl

I know it has been an eternity since I’ve posted, and I promise that I will be catching up very soon.  But I just wanted to share a little update about our family.  Yesterday we lost our pup, Freddie.  She was diagnosed with cancer back in October, and we have tried to make her as comfortable as possible for the past two months.  She has eaten like a queen, as Daddy has been cooking her rice and chicken for every meal, and the kids have been so loving and attentive to her.  But this week proved to be a yucky one for her, and we knew it was time to say goodbye.  I got these pics of the kids with her Thursday afternoon:

Trent & Freddie:



 Graham & Freddie:

hlo_6898bw Both kids went to the vet with me yesterday to say goodbye.  Trent stayed with me by Freddie’s side while she went to sleep.  He was so brave and sweet.  I’d like to say a sincere and heart-felt thank you to our vet and friend, Christine Leigh of Arnold Veterinary  Hospital, who was so kind as to come in on her day off, and for being so sensitive to our girl’s needs and keeping her (and us) as comfortable and stress-free as possible. 

Our kids have never known a home without her in it, so you can imagine how empty our home feels this morning.  No wagging tail banging on the floor as we walk down the stairs, or anxious eyes looking up the stairs into the kitchen waiting for her gourmet breakfast to be served.

Yesterday was Freddie’s 13th birthday, and we are so blessed to have had 13 years full of fun memories to look back on.

Okay, okay…I know! I know!

I am the most slackinist blogger ever…

But it IS ‘that’ time of year, folks…please bear with me.  I am happy to say, that for the most part, I have been able to keep to my 7 day turn around on proofs (which my clients are happy about), but it has come at the price of ignoring my blog (which my readers aren’t so happy about).  BUT…I only have three weeks of shooting left, so I PROMISE, that once my brain returns to a solid state in December, that I will take some quiet time and pick up where I left off.  NO ONE will be un-blogged!  But you just have to be patient a while longer…

And in the meantime, something MOST blog-worthy…my pal, Amy Morse, whose son Jeremy, you read about here, is hosting a blood drive in honor of Jeremy’s first birthday.  Here are the details on the drive, directly from her:

Happy fall everyone.

In honor and memory of Jeremy’s First Birthday we will be holding a Blood Drive.  We really couldn’t think of any better way to spend that day than to give “life” to someone else.  During his stay at Hopkins, Jeremy needed countless units of blood and other blood products.  I’m serious when I say I really have lost track of the exact quantity of blood my son needed during his illness.   I am passionate about this project knowing all too well what a tremendous difference one unit of blood can make in the life of someone else. 

If you feel led to join us in this celebration of Jeremy’s life and all that he accomplished in his short time here on earth,  please choose from the following options:

 Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday, December 1, 2008

1- 7 p.m.

Christ Lutheran Church

5700 Edmondson Avenue

Catonsville, MD. 21228

 We are looking for 50 donors.  There are time slots open every fifteen minutes throughout the day.  Please e-mail me your top three choices of times and I will do my best to accomodate your request.  Also, include your telephone number where someone can reach you to offer a reminder call in the days before the drive.   The times start  at 1pm. then 1:15, 1:30, etc. . . every fifteen minutes ongoing throughout the day. (1pm -7 p.m.)   I will confirm the time with you by e-mail as soon as possible.  Please expect your total donation time to last approx. 1 1/2 hours. 

We are also looking for volunteers to work the registration, canteen, and bake sale tables in two hour increments. 

1-3, 3-5,  and 5-7 p.m.  If this interests you, please e-mail your preference of area and time.  Again, I will confirm by e-mail your assignment. 

In addition, we need bakers to provide treats for the bake sale.  Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated.  Please plan to pre-price your donation ahead of time to save time the day of the sale.  Please e-mail  me to let me know of your intentions for the bake sale so I can be sure to have enough baked goods to sell on December 1st.  All proceeds from this sale will go directly to the non-profit foundation that we are setting up in Jeremy’s memory.  We plan to use the funds from this foundation to provide “Rays of Sunshine” to those who need them, especially critically ill children and their families. 

You may also make a direct donation to the American Red Cross in Jeremy’s memory. 

One last request.  We are asking others to share a short story with us about the ways in which Jeremy has impacted your life.  I think it would provide us a tremendous amount of comfort to read about the positive ways that our son changed the world, one heart at a time.  We may never know the ripple effects that will extend around us for years to come, but this is a good way to start. 

As always, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your compassion, love, and generosity as we walk through this storm, trying to find our way without our precious son.  We can’t change what happened to him, but we can change and make a difference in the lives of others who need and are desperate for our help. 

With a Grateful Heart,

Amy Morse

18 Shoots A-Z Starting with…Carmichael

Kaitlyn was recently baptized so we wanted to get a shot of her in her gown…look at this sweet girl and all her hair:


















With her big sister Jessica:










The Kaitlyn got tired an conked out, but I’m kinda glad she did.  Cuz I got this:












Wasn’t too sure how this was going to go, since Charlie had a rough week being sick, but there were plenty of smiles to go around:










Mommy & the girls:


















The boys:

















Great meeting you guys! 



Met these guys on a beautiful day, and got a bunch of great stuff!  Here are mommy & daddy basking in Isabella’s cuteness:









The girls:










Daddy & his assistant chef:










Who loves the beach?

















It was great to meet you guys!  What a blast!



This was another one of those done in a minute shoots…everyone was feeling good and happy when I arrived and the smiles were flowing:










Look at these guys looking so handsome together:










Nothing like a swing to get some giggles:


















Or a bouncy chipmunk:

















Great to see you guys!



It has been a really long time since I’ve done photos for these guys…everyone is all grown up!










Ross’ brother and his fam came along, too…


















Then we got the kids together for the grandparents gift:









You guys were awesome!  Don’t wait so long next time! 🙂

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