Sunday, August 24, 2008

I've moved!!

I have a new blog! Please make sure to bookmark my new blog-

You can also access it directly from my website! See ya over on the NEW blog! :) stephanie

Friday, August 22, 2008

Another date added!

Wow! Due to the overwhelming response for my Holiday Minis- I have decided to open one more date!

Sunday, October 19th with three times available- wait, make that 2 because another one just got booked! 5:30 and 6:15 are the ONLY ones left so please let me know ASAP if you want to snag one of these!

Thanks so much everyone! I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The big girl bed!

Hannah's new big girl bedding came in today! I looooove it. It is so perfect for Hannah's new room! I must say- she loves it too. She was so excited as I put it on her bed tonight and couldn't wait to climb up on it. Here's a few pics of the momentous occasion. :) I was going to put a video.... but blogger won't let me update it! I keep getting an error message. phooey!

10 on Tuesday!

1. Potty training has been getting a little better with Hannah. She even wore her big girl panties out to dinner and to the store last night with major success. Since she did so well- we let her pick out a new pair of Little Mermaid ones! When we got home, I hear “uh oh, momma!” and I go in the living room where Hannah tells me as she’s looking down- “pee pee on carpet. Uh oh” and I look down and see a nice puddle underneath her. At least we’re making SOME progress…

2. She loves to watch “car-chuns” aka cartoons.

3. I am getting excited about our trip to the beach for Labor Day weekend! I’m sure Chad is dreading it more and more. :)

4. Today is my great-grandaddy’s birthday and my niece, Carlee’s, birthday! Everyone wish them a happy birthday!

5. My sister-in-law just got engaged and is getting married on October 10th. Guess who is the photographer?! (and flower girl! No- not me! Hannah!)

6. I took Hannah to Outdoor World on Sunday while I was waiting for my client and she loved to watch the fish in the huge aquarium. Especially the fish-cats. She had to tell her dad alllll about the fish-cats at the “fish store”! :) (catfish, hee hee)

7. I am sooo excited about my holiday sessions coming up! It is going to be so. much. fun!!!! (If you haven’t booked yet- I still have a few spaces available!)

8. I have been sucked in to the “Twilight” books thanks to my Vegas trip girls! I’m obviously a VERY slow reader as some of them are already on to book #3 and I’m still not half way through with the first one! If only I had a couple of more hours in my day…

9. Did I mention I’m super excited about the holiday mini sessions?!!! Can’t wait!!!

10. Hannah had her first picnic last week! What’s better than a picnic dressed as a princess and eating PIZZA with your best friend?!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, August 18, 2008

senior '09!

Hannah and I went to Enterprise for the weekend to visit the fam and celebrate grandaddy's birthday! (which is actually tomorrow) We had a great time!

On the way back to Birmingham yesterday, I stopped in Prattville to meet up with this super cute senior- Tyler! I had a blast with them as we ventured out to check out different locations to shoot. I think we got some pretty fun shots and I can't wait to go through all of them!

I couldn't resist- so here's just a couple of sneak peeks for you guys! :) It was so nice to meet you all! I must also say a big thanks to my sister-in-law for referring them to me. and CONGRATS on your engagement! Looks like I'll have a wedding to shoot soon. ;)

Ok, ok. back to the pictures! Here ya go! (you can click on them to get a larger view)

Her boyfriend was even brave enough to go out with us girls and get in some of the shots. You've got yourself a keeper, girl! :)

Keep your eyes peeled- I'm sure I won't be able to resist posting a few more as I proof the session!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Holiday Mini Sessions!

Ok, I couldn't hold it in any longer! I am so so excited about this year's holiday season! Here's the official Holiday Minis announcement!

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I must say that space will be limited to only 4 sessions per date so book EARLY! Please note that the session fee is due at time of booking to officially book your spot. Contact me at or via my website for more information or to book your holiday mini.

Hope to meet you all soon!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It's that time!

Time to start thinking about your holiday portraits and holiday cards to send out to friends and family! I know, I know. It's August. and still miserably hot. But when you think about it- Christmas will be here before we know it!

Join me for my Holiday Mini-Sessions coming up this October! These minis will include a mini-session, portrait prints and custom Christmas cards! You can get wonderful family portraits, gifts and your Christmas cards all in one sweep. What a deal, right?!

Stay tuned for details and if you are interested in booking a session- send me an email and I will put you on the list to be first in line to book a holiday mini-session! Space will be VERY limited.

Without further adieu- a sneak peek at this year's card designs! These are samples of cards you can choose from with your custom holiday mini session. :)
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and I just have to show off this picture- Hannah was such a sport and put on her Christmas dress so we could get a few test shots!

p.s. You don't have to wait until October for holiday pictures! Contact me anytime to book your regular session!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

It's official.

My baby girl is no longer a baby. Friday- 08.08.08 nontheless- she spent her last night in her crib as my "baby" girl. Saturday started the official move to her big girl room and I do have to say, it was pretty sad. :( Hannah even gave her crib a goodbye kiss before we took it apart. It didn't go too far though- we used part of the crib as her "big girl" bed headboard and she immediately recognized it once we took her up to see her new room. :)

Here is Hannah sporting her finest cat ears and Cinderella dress for the occasion. Ok, and paci too. Since she was in her bed she felt obligated to have it. :)

one last peek over the railing...

and one last sweet little view for me...

When it was time to get out of her crib- she gave it a little goodbye kiss. how sweet is that??

*sigh* Just another reminder that my little girl is growing up entirely too fast.

Stay tuned for pictures of her new BIG GIRL bed!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

10 on Tuesday

Ok, I'll take a stab at this "10 on Tuesday" thing since I've been a bad blogger recently. Maybe this will catch you all up. :)

1. Hannah’s favorite movie right now is “The Cheebunks” (better known as The Chipmunks). She’s so cute when she watches it- she’ll just laugh and say “look- cheebunks mama!” :)

2. I’m going to Vegas this weekend with some of my best photographer friends and I admit- I’m getting a little nervous- yet excited!!

3. One of my best friends, Joy, is in town this week and I can't wait to meet up with them and Mandy and Grace too! Hannah is soooo excited to see Joey and Mia. :) Hannah is probably having a blast right NOW because she is at Grace's house playing today. (Thanks again Mandy!)

4. This will be the first time Hannah has gotten to stay overnight with Grandma Barbara. I’m not sure who is going to be more excited.

5. Hannah loves when we open up our garage because we store some of her “old” toys in there. She gets so giddy when the door opens and it’s like they are brand new all over again and she will just play and explore all of the little treasures she finds.

6. Yes, we need to clean our garage. We’ve made a major dent in it- but I can’t part with some of it. :)

7. If you ask Hannah what she wants for dinner- she’ll say noodles and eggroll please. She’s on a major Chinese kick these days.

8. Hannah is getting so brave! We went to the park the other day and she climbed up on the fort all by herself and when she went to slide- she hung from the top bar and would swing from it saying “look at meeee momma! I a monkey!” I’m going to have to keep a close watch on this little monkey!

9. I can’t believe it has been several weeks since I’ve been home to Enterprise. I go home at least every other weekend and it has been, gosh, 3 weeks (I think) already and I’ll be out of town again this weekend. Can’t wait to go down the second weekend in August!

10. One of the reasons I didn’t go home this past weekend- I shot a wedding here in Birmingham and it was so much fun. It rained, and rained, and RAINED but I think we made the best of it. :) Here is one shot from the ceremony- isn’t the church just gorgeous?! More to come!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ring around the rosie!

Hannah had a blast dancing with Grace last Saturday morning before our Portrait Party! You can see them in action on Mandy's blog-

Click here for a major dose of cuteness!

They are growing up way too quickly.

Here are some recent signs:

*Hannah can now say she lives in "Alabaster Alabama" perfectly pronounced. Ok, so most of the time she thinks "Alabama" is the theme park Alabama Adventure but their logo has taught her to recognize the state's shape! Anytime she sees it- she says "Alabama!"

*The other night I told her it was time to brush her teeth and she came into the bathroom but immediately ran out. I peeked down the hall and I saw her running back from the kitchen carrying her step stool. She has to have it when she brushes her teeth so she went and got it all by herself! She even lined it up perfectly at the sink before proceeding with the teeth brushing. :)

*She can tell little stories. When we got home from the zoo on Sunday, she told Chad about the scary monkeys and how they made her cry! (Well, she liked all of the monkeys until the big ol' orangutan- but he wasss kind of scary looking!)

I could just go on and on.... she is just so much fun and just the cutest little thing ever. :)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

A little piece of Heaven....

It can be found at this awesome little bakery in Homewood- Pastry Art Let me just tell you- these are the single most delicious things I have EVER tasted. I am a tad biased seeing as how I ALWAYS get chocolate (or turtle!) so I can't really vouch for the caramel, red velvet, vanilla or other specialty ones they have but my co-workers certainly can! We make a "baby bite run" at least once a week. :) It's so fun to walk in and see the owner crack a big smile as he sees me come through the door. It makes it all that much better to know that they remember their clients and appreciate them so much!

Let me introduce you to my favorite thing. I took these shots yesterday at the portrait party I posted about below. I spoiled my guests with a big crystal platter of these oh-so-yummy delicacies!

a shout-out for the chocolate

Go over and see them and tell them I sent you! :) You will NOT be disappointed with these babies!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Portrait Party!

I had my first EVER portrait party today and I must say- it was a success! Mandy was so gracious to offer to host a party in her home and she invited several fabulous families over to have their pictures taken and join in in the festivities. We had food (a separate post will be coming about the famous Baby Bites!) and lots o' toys for the kiddos and of course me there with my camera ready to capture some cute moments.

Here's a few of the kiddos from today!

and how about some good old fashioned brotherly/sisterly love???

If you are interested in hosting a portrait party- let me know! I can send you all the info on details about hosting a party and how you can earn free portraits!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Little Miss Carson Grace

I got to meet this sweet little girl and her parents out at the gardens today for an evening session. (and my friend Mandy too who was sweet enough to refer them to me!) We lucked out and missed the thunderstorm that had just passed through- whew!

Carson Grace will be celebrating her first birthday next month and was just a pure joy to work with. It was so nice to meet you all and I enjoyed our dinner together as well. I'll see you all at the portrait party on Saturday!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

So many reasons I love the beach....

Hannah and I had quite the busy weekend. In three days we visited three cities! Enterprise on Saturday, Destin on Sunday and Orange Beach on Monday! I do have to say I was most excited about Orange Beach because I was on my way to meet on of my best photographer friends, Lyndsay. Hannah and I met her, her husband and kiddos Taryn and Teagan for an early dinner and then headed to the beach for a little TTD session! You can actually catch a sneak peak on her blog right now!

I also thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay in Destin. That has to be one of my absolute favorite places on earth. It is just so amazingly gorgeous there and I almost cried as we drove over the bridge to leave. :(

Ok, back to the TTD. Here's a couple that I snapped (yes, while standing in a very heavy, wet and sandy wedding dress!) while out at the beach. It was soooo nice there. I wish I could have stayed so much longer! It was so great to meet you and your fam Lyndsay!

Teagan got to hang out with Bear!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

I hope you all had a fun and safe day! We had a great time today- we started off our morning by driving down to Nana and Grandy's house and spending the afternoon with them and Hannah's cousins- Carlee, Allie and Raegan and then we headed back to Birmingham for dinner and a fireworks show with friends! Lucky for us, one of our friends, Embree's husband's parents (got that?!) own the restaurant we were at so we got to go onto the balcony for our own secluded area for the fireworks! It was awesome! Of course you could find me with my camera attached to my face trying to get "the" fireworks shot. I think I got some pretty cool ones- here's just one:

In other news- my new website launched today!!!! Go check it out and let me know what you think! It's definitely more bright and colorful than my other and it's just so ME! :)
Go check out my new site!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The BIG 3-0

I turned 30 on Sunday! Yeah, hard to believe it's really here! Chad, Hannah and I spent the night at Ross Bridge Resort here in Birmingham and had such a great time. We spent Sunday afternoon hanging out at the pool and then met our friends for dinner at Surin. Yum!

Yesterday I spent most of the day at the spa and it was heaven on earth! If you haven't been- you definitely need to go try it out! Better yet- if you're a Birmingham local you can get 20% off all spa services Monday-Wednesdays! So go book yourself a "YOU" day!

Here's the slideshow from my birthday weekend....

My 30th Birthday!

Monday, June 30, 2008

just the girls

I got to meet up with these girls on Saturday and we had a blast walking around Morris Ave. and scoping out cool places for pictures. We've been trying to get together for our session for quite awhile and I'm so glad we finally got to meet up and it was the PERFECT day! Here's a couple of sneak peeks for you guys! It was so good to see you all!

Friday, June 27, 2008

isn't she gorgeous?

I had the honor of photographing an old college friend (ok, we're not THAT old!) and her precious little boy last weekend. I had no idea that she lives in my old hometown in the SAME neighborhood as my family so I was so excited to have the chance to go over and see her! Her husband is currently serving in Iraq so I'm so glad I was able spend the afternoon with them and get some shots so she can send to him. :)

He has such a loving family! I can't wait until he's home and I can take some pictures of the whole family at home together- complete with baby Emery in their arms! Coming July 2008!

Here's a few sneak peeks for you!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Gracias Tia Danika!

One of my best friends, Danika, came to visit this past weekend and it was the first time she's gotten to meet Hannah. She decided to make up for it by taking Miss Hannah shopping at a super-cute boutique in Enterprise. She picked out this uber-adorable tutu and it was definitely a hit today at ballet class. She got SO many compliments on it!

Thank you, Danika!! We miss you already! We'll have to come to Miami soon....

Hannah now says she's going to the "ballet house". Everything has a "house" now- in fact, we got dinner at the "chicken finger house" AKA Zaxby's tonight. Too funny!

As promised, here's some pics of Hannah in her tutu....

*off to class!*

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Houston, we have eye contact.

Yeah, it's typically that big of a deal to get Hannah to actually look in my general direction! Let me shout it from the rooftops- I got a picture of Hannah looking at me! AND it's in focus because she wasn't running away!

I was getting Hannah ready for her ballet class and it went a little something like this:

Me: Hannah, are you ready to go to dance class?

Hannah: Momma, pictures?

Me: You want me to take a picture of you in your tutu?

Hannah: Yeah! Let's go mom-ma! (exits stage right to the front door so I can take her picture)

WOW! Maybe this will be a new trend of her actually WANTING me to take her picture. I could grow to like this.....

Here's a couple of my beautiful, gorgeous brown-eyed girl. :)

Ok mom, enough with the pictures- time for ballet!

p.s. Anyone want to vote for Hannah? I entered her in the Parent's Magazine cover contest! Here's the link- be sure to give her 5 stars! There are a couple of pictures on each link so please feel free to vote away! It'd be so fun to have her win! :)
Hannah's Contest

Hannah's Contest Part 2!

Monday, June 16, 2008

sooooo cute!

I got to meet the cutest couple today! J is 39 weeks pregnant and has definitely got that pregnancy glow. :) Her and her hubby were such troopers following me around and posing for me. :)

It was so great to meet you guys and I can't wait to see that new baby boy! Thanks again for everything today! Here's a few sneak peeks for ya!

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Hey Birmingham folks! Looking for something to do on a Tuesday night? Come on down to the Bare Hands Gallery and check out Mingusphere! Shows are every Tuesday through the summer and starts at 6:00. Even better news..... it's FREE! Ok, so the musicians would really love some tips. and so would I considering my husband is in the band (he's the really tall one) and he has our family to feed. :)

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hannah's first dance class!

I must admit- I've been looking forward to this day since..... well, since I was in dance class myself growing up. (Did you know I was a dancer? Yep- I took ballet, tap, jazz, clogging.... oh yes. I was awesome- lol) I always dreamed of the day I'd get to take my own little girl for her first ballet class. That day was today! It was so much fun getting her ready and dressed in her pretty little leotard and her ballet shoes (oh, and her tights that she calls ballet socks!) :)

I was about to get some pics of her before we left when she decided to throw one of those famous "I'm two" fits. Yep, this is the best shot I got before we left. Silly girl! She was ok as soon as I said we were getting in the car to go to class!

She waited patiently in the lobby as we waited for her class to begin. She just sat and watched all the other ballerinas walking around.... I think she was already dancing her lead role in the Nutcracker ballet in her head.... :)

The class was for 2.5-4 year olds but Hannah was the youngest by far. The others were at least 3-4 years old but she really tried to keep up!

I just love, love, LOVE this one.... look at that sweet face! They were pretending to be princesses who were going to sleep...

As soon as we got home, she had to put on a mini-recital in the driveway to showcase all she learned today!

My prima ballerina!