I came upon this field by chance. Rather as a result of a mistake made by poor preparation. I was disappointed and trying to make up for lost time when I glimpsed this sea of yellow. The kids and I made this field our plans and popped out to explore and eat our picnic lunch. I have never offered mini sessions before but I knew I wanted to magnify this field before it faded. So two days later I captured three families in this glorious gold.
Happy fourth birthday to our swan princess: Lilias Joy!
A few weeks ago we celebrated our little ballerina with a Swan Lake birthday celebration.
A ten minute walk through a wildflower speckled wood, round a glistening lake led to our venue: the Visitor’s Pavilion at 100 Acres. The afternoon was uncommonly hot, but the forecasted thunderstorm held off until the evening which allowed everyone to get to and fro without wetting their feathers.
The little swans, who were asked to wear white and bring ballet slippers if owned, were adorned with a feather headpiece upon arrival. Guests munched chicken salad croissants, fruit, cucumber sandwiches, a cheese platter, and veggies before sampling sparkling swan cookies, chocolates, and rock candy.
Our glam loving Lilias wore a white tutu gifted to her by her Nene and a feather crown made by her momma. Presents were enthusiastically enjoyed as were the vintage ballerina topped vanilla cupcakes.
Swans could compliment their look with a glittery manicure and pearls and craft a ribbon wand for participation in the party’s grand finale: a Swan Lake ballet!
Swans were given a small ballet lesson with emphasis on swan-like poses and were soon ready for their grand debut! The ballerinas fluttered onto the stage, waving their ribbons and twirling to the Swan Lake theme song.
Such a dreamy way to celebrate our feminine, sparkling, ballet-loving girl with the sweetest friends and family.
Feather headpieces: feathers + satin headbands + hot glue / Vanilla cupcakes / Vintage ballerina toppers + DIY tutorial / Ribbon wands: dowel rods + screw eyes + ribbons / Swan cookies: cookie cutter + royal icing + black and gold icing for beak and eye + glitter / Rock candy
Lora and I have been friends for over a decade. We’ve adventured Lebanon and Thailand at each other’s side and when this world gets crazy I dial her number to reaffirm truth. When I visited her last month we found a park with a speckling of daisies where I could capture her family aglow in the heat of our midwest summer. In return she is making my baby in the womb a quilt to keep him warm when he is greeted by the turning of summer to fall. Love this friend for all seasons.
I was struck by how many photos of hands I'd captured during Chris and Hope's wedding day. Grandpa holding Bride's veil, Groom's' thumb caressing his love's jaw, Father of the Bride holding a perfect euchre "loner" hand, hands mingled in prayer, flower girl reaching up to beautiful Bride, and Mother of the Bride's hand clasped in that of her daughters.
I know Chris and Hope's deepest desire is to know and serve Christ in their marriage. Thus, my prayer for this Indiana girl and Haitian boy is Moses' words in Psalm 90:17:
"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands."
A also have to share a favorite moment from the day:
I, Chris, a bridesmaid, groomsmen, and two empty car seats were packed liked sardines into a little sedan heading back to the wedding site after portraits at a park. The bridesmaid asked if Chris thought he would tear up seeing Hope walk down the aisle to which Chris shared that he might get emotional thinking about his dad, who had passed away a couple years ago, not being there. A few minutes later he mentioned as we were passing a cemetery “that’s where my dad is buried." We immediately suggested a stop and Chris was able to take a special moment with his dad at his gravesite. Such a beautiful gift from God.
"City of Water”… "City of Masks"…"City of Bridges"…"The Floating City"…"City of Canals
We only had a half day here so we spent our hours floating across bridges and walking through the narrow, colorful streets.
By any name she is stunning.
The Livingston family chose this trail for their session. A river on one side and cars zooming by on the other. Green and blue in the midst of the city. Their Sabbath ritual is walking this trail from their home and the boys showed me their special spots: a sandbar by the water, the rocks where turtles sunbathe, and the trees full of purple mulberries ripe for staining hands and cheeks. Little Greta got lots of kisses from her three big brothers and it won’t be long until she’ll be running alongside them on this path.
Incredibly, my friend Kaitlyn and I won a contest through Instagram for a four night trip to Italy through the wine label Gemma di Luna! We were hosted in the medieval city of Verona, most famous as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
We honked our way charmingly through a tour of town in a fleet of vintage Fiats.
…cast glances from Juliet’s balcony
…marveled at the Arena where Spartans hit fatally (and now opera singers hit those high notes)
…watched the sunset go down over a hilltop vineyard
But mostly just ate and ate and ate.