Archive for September, 2010

i feel like i am so intent on posting people’s images that i forget to post my own.  i have a life beyond my business and i want to share it witth you.  now, this life outside of work includes a point and shoot so the images are “what you see is what you get”.

after a summer filled with camp for the kids and lots of work for josh and myself, we decided we were going to get away for labor day.  while i would’ve LOVED to go somewhere exotic, it was not in the budget or timeframe for a three day weekend so, we opted for gatlinburg/pigeon forge tennessee.  we were given a lot of “don’t go’s” but decided to give it a try.  you know what?  it was REALLY fun!  we stayed in a really nice condo near everything but quiet and off the main strip.  i got about every brochure they made and we planned our days.

now, i have to admit, i did wear a fanny pack and eat a funnel cake but it was way better than lugging my purse around and who can resist fried dough covered in powdered sugar?  plus, i knew my chances of seeing anyone were slim!  we are a huge putt-putt playing family so we gave hillbilly golf a try.  seriously fun.  they take you up the mountain on this car/pully thing and then you putt-putt down with shady trees all over the place.  then there are the smoky mountains, which are so beautiful.  we took a small hour long hike so the kids would like it but not get too burned out.  the show we decided to see was hilarious.  it was called “the comedy barn” and we got josh on stage as a participant in a skit.  funny!  we did the motorcross car thing for some thrills but THE best part of the trip was the shopping at the outlet.  no, i’m just kidding (kind of…).  the REAL best part of the trip was white water rafting.  we did the upper pigeon which sounded scary but once we were out there, riding the rapids, we couldn’t get enough.

so, what’s the moral to this story?  go.  just do the things you like and skip the things you don’t.  it’s easy to get to, relatively inexpensive, and good family bonding time.  and i would go just about anywhere and do anything to have that special quality time with my family.  that’s what it’s REALLY all about.  here are just a few shots from trip.

laura was one of the first class of 2011 students to sign up with me last spring.  she got $50 off her session fee AND $50 kenwood towne center gift just for signing up early.  i’ll be having another GREAT special this coming spring for the class of 2012, so be on the lookout! it’s funny to us that laura signed up so early yet had such a late in the season session.  but, what a session it was!  the air felt great and, as you can see, the sun was a glorious sun that day.  and laura was a glorious laura!  her smile lit up every image.  she’s just one of those people who make you feel good.  no wonder she won homecoming princess!  i’m sure there are lots more great things in her future.

My first name is:  Laura

I go to school at:  Sycamore

My graduation date is:  2011

The last thing I ate was:  Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich

My dream job:  Graphic Designer for a fashion magazine

My favorite music/artists:  Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Ben Folds, The Beatles

My favorite thing in my closet:  Sweatshirts, my jean jacket, and my Converse…and my Birkenstocks.

My favorite pastime:  Hanging with my bros, doing theater, making people laugh.

My favorite word:  Oopie.

My favorite website:

My favorite magazine:  Seventeen

My favorite place to shop:  Target, Forever 21, H&M

My favorite high school moment:  Winning Homecoming Princess my freshman year 🙂

I have never…liked the condensation on cups.

If I had $1,000 I would…buy a penguin for a pet.

I love Big Shots Photography and working with Marla because:  it’s laid back, relaxed, and fun! With Big Shots your input and what you want becomes Marla’s number 1 priority!

libby and i had a great time together.  she wanted a session with two COMPLETELY different locations/looks.  i love that!  after discussing what she was going for, we came up with two locations that would give her the session she was hoping for.  we started out at the park where we got some shots with the beautiful gardens and greenery;  but even there she broke out the doc martins…with a dress!  libby’s fun, playful attitude combined with some more intense shots at our second “grungy” location really gives her many different looks to her many images.  take a look!

My first name is:  Libby

I go to school at:  Ursuline Academy

My graduation date is:  2011

The last thing I ate was:  strawberry mini wheats

My dream job:  teacher

My favorite music/artists:  matt nathanson!

My favorite pastime:  hanging with friends

My favorite website:  facebook of course!

My favorite high school moment:  state volleyball game

I have never… been to taco bell!

If I had $1,000 I would… donate it to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

I love Big Shots Photography and working with Marla because:  It was such a chill and happy enviorment! I felt totally relaxed and I could be myself 100%!! 🙂

whitney is my across the street neighbor.  she comes from THE nicest family.  her parents are awesome and her brother and my son play all. the. time.  so, you’d think i would have known whitney, but i didn’t!  i finally met her, after all these years, at the boy’s baseball game and we decided to schedule her session.  i’m so glad we had that chance meeting.  she is adorable!  she wasn’t feeling great on the day of our shoot but you’d never know it.  she had the prettiest smile and lots of energy so that we could get great shots like these. 

My first name is:  Whitney

I go to school at:  Sycamore High School

My graduation date is:   May 2011

The last thing I ate was:  First Watch

My dream job:  Working at Vogue

My favorite music/artists:  Blink 182

My favorite thing in my closet:  My favorite pink shirt

My favorite pastime:  Being a gymnast

My favorite website:  facebook

My favorite high school moment:  Cheering Friday night games

I have never…had a blackberry

If I had $1,000 I would…Shop!!

I love Big Shots Photography and working with Marla because:  Marla is very mellow and chill. It was a very fun and comfortable session!

senior sisters


ok.  i have to admit it’s been a little crazy around here lately with school starting, labor day, and other things.  i’m trying to stay on top of work but forgot to post the image i have of katie and leah together!  i was in bed last night, feeling good that i got casey’s post up when it dawned on me.  so, here i am making up for it…sorry girls!  you are so lovely alone and together.  i hope your sisterly/twin bond stays strong forever!