Posted on July 30, 2010
I learned several things while photographing this handsome boy just after his first birthday:
1) Boyish colors are not always enticing on a cake. (In fact, orangey-red and gold look like ketchup and mustard!)
2) Vegan cakes, while allergen-free, are not enticing to little people. (Or to big people: bring on the buttercream.)
3) Chocolate, on baby’s hands and near baby’s diaper, does not look so much like chocolate.
4) A fair-skinned, plumpalicious babe and the magnificent afternoon light in my sideyard trump all of the above.
Look at gorgeous Maguire! Who cares if he approached his questionable cake cautiously? He was so happy and content. Thankfully, he recovered quickly from his cake-induced meltdown. Speaking of cakes, it’s too bad you can’t see the 4-layer fondant cake his mom and grandmama made for his cowboy b-day party. (They live a few hours from Charleston, so I didn’t see it in person either, but wow!)
Thanks again for everyone’s participation in the cake smash baby contest, and congrats to Maguire!
Posted on July 25, 2010
As a gal who has gone by Jen Smith for more than a decade, I have been known to envy people whose lively personalities mesh well with a fitting and/or memorable name. Facebook, in addition to hosting an not-so-exclusive group of Jennifer Smiths, offers glimpses of stellar names like Smartt, Brilliant and Witty. Singsong I’d-like-to-buy-a-vowel names like Bartoccini, DellOlio, Alimova. Whimsical names like Sass and Looney. Edible names like Bacon and Curry. Cowboy names like Cash, Frye and Wyatt. (And don’t get me started on my friend Kelley Kelly!)
Back in May, I had my very first bridal session with a fun-loving beauty known as Katie to those who love her most. Turns out this sweet, petite bride married a Spaniard with a name much bigger than she is. Although she wed in another town (while I was on my annual family vacation), she trekked to Charleston to spend an hour or two giggling with her sis and sporting her gorgeous gown in three locations, all within a couple of miles of my house. Hopefully the images below are fitting for the regal Mrs. Francisco Blanco-Silva. Congrats, Kaitlin!
Posted on July 20, 2010
Thirteen is clearly not what it used to be. (Surely I wasn’t the only teen who suffered as the “before” picture on Stridex ads while reading Judy Blume books.) Hayleigh’s braces are about the only thing reminiscent of my youth. Isn’t she lovely? And you’d never believe her opening admission: “I hate to have my picture taken,” she shared with a wince. Well Hayleigh, hopefully you’ll get used to it. And next time, bring your surfboard!
Posted on July 18, 2010
Summer vacations. Gotta love ‘em! I have the pleasure of photographing mini family reunions, and the fact that I just returned from my own clan’s beach trip might explain why my blog has suffered a bit of neglect. Well, it’s time to catch up, so without further ado, here’s a sampler from a fun session. My one-time co-worker Kim gave her partner the wonderful gift of family photos. Her children’s beautiful families and precious grands made for some lasting memories and laughter shared by three generations.