Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Spaulding Family

I sure hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and are still carrying on the holiday season celebrations!!  I know one family in particular sure is!!  I was thrilled to see the Spaulding family again and couldn't be happier that my friend, Sally, kept me in mind for this year's family photos..

It's not that often that she gets back this way so it was very special and rare to have her mom and dad as well as husband with their two gorgeous twin babies all together for a family photo. So she decided to give her mom a photo session as one of her gifts so she could have some updated photos with her grandbabies.  So special!!!

Sally and Chad have been living in Idaho probably going on two years now.  They had been living in Colorado for the past several years so it has been a while since Sally has lived here in her hometown.

I have fond memories of visiting her parent's house and loved returning to it this morning for their photo session.  Everyone looked like they had a very Merry Christmas and ofcourse the twins are growing up in a hurry!

I had met them only once before over this past fall and even since then, they have grown and transformed so much.

I would like to give a big thanks to the Spaulding family for taking the time to schedule their family photos.  I hope that Sally's parents will enjoy the remaining time with their grandbabies and have a wonderful new year. I do hope to be seeing these guys again soon and wish them all safe travels back to their home at the end of this week.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Millie Goes to the Lake

Run, play..and run some more!  This past weekend my husband and I decided to spend some down time at the family lake house.  This was Millie's first time to visit the place and we weren't sure what she would think or how she would act.  Needless to say, she fit right in!

I do believe she was full speed ahead the whole time and I feel it made the trip more fun for Lola as well.  She had someone to accompany her with all the play time any dog could ask for.

The water levels were way down as they are most winters.. so this allowed us to explore the shoreline.  It made a great play ground for the pups, who ran tirelessly around in circles, played tug and ran up and down the shore, finding sticks to chew on.

I didn't see any fear in Millie's eyes.  It is as though she ran full speed ahead, not needing to check behind her or stop at the sight of something unknown that lay in front of her.

She seemed more concerned with keeping up with our Lolacoaster.

Morning times were my favorite time to take them walking.  We would walk to the top of the hill, around the circle and eventually end up down on the shoreline.. Where they would run and chase one another.

The sounds of summer were long gone.. on occasion, I could hear the wine of a fisherman's engine passing by as it echoed off the shore walls.  The lake was vast and empty.  It was lifeless compared to that of just a quick 4 months ago.

In the afternoon, Gary and I would play board games, watch Christmas movies, we went to town one afternoon and grabbed dinner.  We also decided to go see all the Christmas lights on display at the Sportsman Lake downtown. It was a great quick trip out of town that was very much needed by all!

Our little get-away was a very nice welcome.  There was no hustle and bustle of things needing to be done.  Time didn't exist for the past four days.  Having Millie join in on the fun added a whole new dynamic to our lake-cation..

As 2017 comes to a close, I find myself thinking how so much can happen within a year for many people.  Millie in particular has seemed to experience so much.. From being isolated and close to death to now traveling to all kinds of places with a family of her own and socializing with all walks of life. 

She's enjoyed the beach, hiking, several state parks, music festivals, Cocktails For Critters, the dog park, playing in the snow for the first time and last but not least.. the lake house, where hopefully she will spend many years enjoying!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The McCulley, Hood & Crocker Fam

And the countdown starts.. just a couple of quick weeks before Christmas! I am on the final home stretch of family sessions and then I will be off from photo taking until after Christmas!

Ofcourse, I love the idea of ending my holiday family photos with the Hood, Crocker and McCulley families. It was about this time last year that I saw them all together.  They've had a fun year and one new addition.. His name is Ryder and ohhh, he is a cutie!

He is 10 months now and he was adorable dressed all snug in his fleece onesie.  I need to get me one of those things.. It seems that I can't deal with anything under 70 degrees these days.

It was a great time seeing everyone just before Christmas!  I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The Jackson Family

I was so happy to see these guys again. Kim and Jake were one of my first wedding clients I had before I even had my own business, L.A. Photography.  I was still living out of state at the time and I received a sweet message from Kim.. who is the sister-in-law of an old friend.  She sounded so sweet over her message and I felt more at ease about considering doing her wedding photography..

I am soo happy that I did.  It has led to so many fun chapters with these guys.. and now that Joshua is turning into the little man he is, they felt it was time for a long-past-due family photo.

What fun it was to see these guys again.. It must  have been about three years or so!

The Hood Family

This past Sunday was a fun last minute road trip to my old stomping grounds of Tuscaloosa.  I got to see the Crockers, Hoods and the McCulleys!  It was a lot of fun.  Ofcourse, Ms. Drue is a doll!  I loved her cute outfit.. baby curls, blue eyes and soft porcelain skin.. she looks like a real life doll! 

I must admit that she wasn't in the best of moods but somehow, I think we were able to capture that sweet side of hers.  She is just precious and I love following her and her mommy on instagram as she gets to take on lots of adventures with her daddy's music.

It was a lot of fun and I always enjoy being back in Tuscaloosa when able.