Monday, January 30, 2012

Photography Inspiration

Here are a few images by some fabulous photographers that have been inspiring me lately.

[I actually own a copy of this print!]

Check out my Photography Pinterest board [HERE] for some more gorgeous images.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tyler, 9 months

I took Tyler's 9 month pictures back in December.  It was extra special because I took his sister Addie's 9 month pictures back in 2010 [see HERE].  I had some flashbacks during the session, because they were so similar.  Tyler was a little sober at first, but I managed to get a few smiles out of him.  This was a fun change from my everyday newborn sessions.  Tyler was a lot bigger, squirmier and drooled a lot more than newborns do, haha!  He kept me on my toes!

Click HERE to see more pictures from this session.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Jackson Family

I photographed the Jackson family at the end of October.  It was pretty chilly outside, but they were rockstars.  The park in Boise was absolutely gorgeous with pretty leaves and fall colors.  It was extra special doing this family session because they waited for baby James for a long time.  It was awesome to capture the joy of their family!

Em is such an amazing big sister!

Click HERE to see more pictures from this session.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Baby James

I can't believe it's the middle of January and I have yet to post the "newborn" pictures I took of James last September. James was born on July 27, which means in just a few days he'll be 6 months old!  He was probably just about 2 months when I took these.  He did such a great job during the session!  I can't believe how much bigger he's gotten in the past few months!  Hope you enjoy a few of the pictures from the session.

Click HERE to see more pictures from this session.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Read It

Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

Not sure if I really need to go into detail.  It was kind of difficult to get into, but after the first chapter or two it picks up.  For me, it was hard to keep all the characters straight.  Once I finished the first one I couldn’t wait to get to the next one and so on.  But warning, these books are for the faint of heart.

It is certainly strange, because I have a tendency to read books before I see their movie counterparts, but this was an exception.  I LOVED the movie and was compelled to read the book.  As expected, there was some difference, but I loved the book just as I did the movie.

Whatever you may believe or don’t believe, read this.  I read it in one sitting because the story was compelling and it’s a quick read.  It’s the true story of a 4-year-old little boy who slips from consciousness during emergency surgery and goes to heaven.  The book is written by his father, but is kept in the boy’s perspective as much as possible.  It is pretty amazing.

This is an inspirational memoir about Tim Tebow’s life.  His story has been filtered through others, such as the media, and this is his chance to tell it himself.  He has a unique story, starting at his birth.  He discusses his faith, his family and his motivation.  Tim is a one of a kind man.

Amazing.  See my blog post [HERE].

This is the third series in the Baxter Family books.  It includes: Sunrise, Summer, Someday, and Sunset.  It follows the lives of the Baxter Family and Dayne and Katie.

This series includes: Take One, Take Two, Take Three, and Take Four.  It follows the lives of two Hollywood producers, starting with them trying to make a movie that will change the world.  It intertwines with the Baxter and Flanigan families in Bloomington, Indiana.

I’ve only read the first two books in the Bailey Flanigan series.  The third book, Longing was recently release and Loving comes out in March.  I love where this series is going and can’t wait to read more.  What will happen with Bailey and Cody Coleman?  Or Bailey and Brandon Paul?

I read the “Single’s Edition” back in small group in college, but loaned by copy out and never got it back.  I bought the regular version on my Nook and read it in a day or two.  The principles apply not only to marriage, but to any relationship.  I think it’s a book that everyone should ready.  My top love languages are Physical Touch and Quality Time, I think they differ by one point.  The other “languages” include Words of Affirmation, Receiving Gifts and Acts of Service.  We all receive love in different ways.  This book explains each language and the ways people give and receive love through each one.

Just read it.  OKAY?!

Freebie from Nook.  It’s the first of a trilogy about three sisters.  This one is about Joan who is 25 and living at home with her mom and grandma.  Her life is stuck, but once a young doctor moves in next-door things start to change.  With some help from her sister Allie, a big dog and God she starts to find her way.

This was another freebie.  What’s with getting free books that are part of a series?  It makes me want the others.  This was a fun one, set in 1929, the end of the roaring twenties.  Letty and Cordelia escape from their small Midwest town to New York.  Letty wants to be a star and Cordelia wants to find her long lost father.

One more freebie, but this is a standalone.  The author made it free to download as an ebook to help raise awareness about human trafficking, which is the subject of the book.  Jessie’s worked the streets for 14 years, but Gabe, an undercover cop, comes along and offers her love and a future.  It was a really fast read.

I’m currently in the middle of Wuthering Heights.  Next on my list is to re-read The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet both by Shauna Niequist.  I really want to read through all the books on my Nook.  Do you have any recommendations of books to add to my list?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Seen It...

It's been a long time since I've done a Seen It, Heard It, Read It post.  Since I've seen, heard and read a lot since my last post I figured I'd break this up into three separate posts so it won't get too long.

Jenny got me hooked on this show back in September.  Unfortunately with it being a British show I can only watch it by random websites.  Miranda is a single woman, who owns her own shop and is crushing on the chef at the restaurant next door.  Miranda is a little awkward in social situations and her mother is desperate for her to find a man and get married.  It's hilarious!

Heather started watching this one day when she was sick and I soon got sucked into it too.  I can't wait for season 3 to go on instant Netflix.  I love the sass and wit in this unconventional story about a wanna be model, Deb, who dies in an accident and her soul returns to earth in the body of a smart, plus-size attorney Jane, who also died recently.

As soon as I finished reading the books, I found this on instant Netflix.  I really loved all three movies and I'm a little weary of seeing the American version.  Although, as with any books to movies, I'll have to take it for what it is.  Even the Swedish versions strayed a little from the books.

This is one that had been in the queue for a while and finally made it's way to the top.  I figured it'd be a ho-hum, cute movie, but it definitely exceeded my expectations.  It's a fun movie about

I had no idea when I first started this movie that 1: it was based on a true story and 2: it would be a little creepy.  It starts off a love story, but slowly things start falling apart and eventually the wife disappears.

There's not much to say about this.  It was delightful!  Must see!  Great combo of action and laughs!

One of those movies you see just because.  It had some great lessons in it and Jaden is just a cutie.  Bonus: Never Say Never plays during the credits.

You either love it or you don't.  I'm a sap and I love it.  Noah and Allie's story has it's share of heartbreak, but in the end their love does conquer all.

Another chick flick, after Holly's husband Gerry dies she's left to pick up the pieces of her life.  Unexpectedly she starts receiving letters from Gerry after he's gone.  Holly begins a journey of rediscovery.

What can I say? LOVE.

Oldie but goodie.  It was on instant Netflix and I indulged.

This was suggested on instant Netflix.  Heather had seen it before I did and said I should definitely check it out.  It was pretty hard to watch, but I think it's so important that people watch it because it's such an important topic.  If you or anyone you know has been affected by bullying [of any kind] please check out the Kind Campaign.

I've seen this a couple times, but recently watched it with Heather and Jenny.  Crazy, but amazing.  Right, Heather?

Santa brought our family this movie for Christmas.  Heather and I had both read the book and were anxiously waiting to see the movie.  It definitely lived up to my expectations.  If you haven't seen or read either, do it now!

I've seen an episode of this show here and there.  Heather started watching it when it first came out, but I was always busy when it was on.  We got my dad this season for Christmas and I got hooked.  Richard Castle is an author who was brought in by the NYPD because of a copy-cat killer based on one of his books.  He recently killed off the main character of his book series and has writer's block.  He decides to use Detective Kate Beckett as a model for the main character his new series.  He shadows her team with different investigations and provides a unique insight that helps solve various murders.

To steal a summary of this from Heather [see her post HERE]: "To sum it up, Young Adult is about Mavis Gary, a divorced, 37 year old, writer of a soon-to-be-canceled young adult book series. Mavis finds out that her high school boyfriend, Buddy, and his wife, Becky, had a baby girl. She goes back to her hometown believing that she and Buddy are meant to be together and works up a plot to get him back. It is slightly painful to see her advances toward a married man who has obviously moved on. Mavis is ridiculously diluted; you can’t help but simultaneously feel embarrassed and sorry for her. I’ll leave it to you to see how it ends."

What have you seen lately?  Do you have any movie or tv suggestions for me?