Monday, August 30, 2010

Black & White...

Black and white images melt my heart.  When I transform a photograph from color to black and white it instantly adds an air of nostalgia, a sentimental and romantic feeling.  If that image already has more of a hard edge it makes it even grittier.  

Classic beauty and love are only enhanced by black and white.  When the image is transformed I cannot help but think of all those images from across the span of time that feature a passionate kiss, a family dinner, or a sweeping mountain side.  Black and white, for me, brings back so many memories of sheer beauty.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Air...


This love is just effervescent.

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I cannot wait to share more of them with you.  I had so much fun with Jeff and Ally on the streets of Chicago.  Their photos are fun, flirty and fabulous; you are going to love them!  Have a great weekend you two!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

B...

I love babies.  I love to see the world through their eyes for a little bit.  I have been blessed with bounds of patience and it feels good to me to go home knowing that I pushed it to the limit for the benefit of them.

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I am so happy that I was able to capture a few moments with this little guy.  I feel like I have a few split seconds frozen in time that are so absolutely precious!  This is Braden.  He is a wonder to me.  So sweet, so smart, so relaxed and so genuinely happy.

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My favorite thing is to see a child's face light up when they see their Mom or Dad come around a corner.  There is no truer emotion than that smile that is lighting up their eyes.  That person is their whole world.

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In addition to being one of the sweetest babies around right now, he is also a young fashion icon - because that is who he parents are.  He can rock a polo, tie, and white tee all in one shoot.

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I love that I was able to capture a few moments in this pure light.  His eyes are so naturally blue when they catch the filtered light.  It makes me melt.

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I cannot wait to see him grow and progress on the journey of life.  He has so much love in his life I can only imagine how far he can go.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wine...

Ready for another post about wine and cheese?  Me too!  I could probably post about wine and cheese once a week.

I have decided that wine is better than cheese for one reason - I can try wine, love it and go out and get it again next week whether I am in Chicago or Florida in most cases, but with cheese it is hard to find the same artisan cheese again.  I guess that makes it more special, but lets face it, if I try some fantastic cheese I want to bring it to the next party I go to and show it off!

We are unpacking wedding gifts for the first time now that we moved to Chicago.  Previously I was afraid to unpack them because I was worried they would break during the move if they were not in their original packaging.  Along these same lines we just unpacked the wine fridge that Dad bought us for Christmas.

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Here is my reflection in our new wine fridge.  A little self portraiture!

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To celebrate we opened up the wine that Maddie brought us from the Chianti region of Italy and had a bunch of great cheese.  Corey brought some of the cheese and some of it was from the farmer's market here in Chicago.  The one we bought was a homemade brie with apricots, pralines and honey!  Everything was so yummy.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Dog Days...

This is our favorite thing to do lately.

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Hang out on the back patio, dogs on the lower deck, people on the upper deck.  We read, we throw fetch balls, we grill.  Our afternoons have gotten lazier and lazier.  We are going to soak up every last second of these summer afternoons.

And when we are done, it is bed time. 

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Objects...

I have had some time to ponder this week and I am ready to get this business back into full swing.  I am actively searching for someone to create a website, I am going to order business cards and hopefully drive some new traffic my way!

Next week I have a special date with one extra cute little man!  I have yet to fully decide on a location, but I am so looking forward to seeing his personality come through my lens.  

I was greeted by so many beautiful images on my drive from Chicago to Iowa.  There were beautiful wisps of clouds falling from the thunderheads, cows drinking from a low spot in the hill where water had collected and was reflecting the green grazing pasture, and rows and rows of corn running away from the road folded into the bluffs.  I wished I could stop my car and hike out and photograph all of them, but alas I was bound by the interstate.

Here is a hard city photograph, some nature will soon follow.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ice Cream...

Evan and I went to the Luxury Ice Cream Festival in Lincoln Park last weekend.  It was held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in the park, which was a fabulous museum.  




There were about 25 vendors on hand with three to four samples each. There was gelato, sorbet, and ice 
cream to be tasted. These were our weapons of choice.

We tried your normal staples from some of the best creameries in the city like Strawberry Sorbet, Birthday Cake, 
Peanut Butter Chocolate, Mango and Orange Crème Fraiche gelato.

The really fun ones were the festival exclusives and other non-traditional flavors.  Some of my favorites were Chocolate Basil, Blueberry Pie (which contained pie crust pieces), Cinnamon with White Chocolate Chunks, White Pear Ginger, and Cinnamon Honey Graham Cracker.  



The Cinnamon Honey Graham Cracker tasted exactly like the sopapillas that I make.  I take a tortilla and butter both sides, then sprinkle cinnamon sugar on both sides and put the tortilla in a skillet heated over medium to medium high heat.  Turn the tortilla once to cook on both sides.  Once it is bubbly take it off the heat, cut into four quarters.  Put it on a plate and top with good vanilla ice cream, drizzled honey and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the whole thing.

Our favorite odd flavors were Chocolate Chile, which had the best deepest chocolate flavor I have ever tasted; Serano Corn Bread, which when you put a bit in your mouth it demanded to you bite down and chew it - delicious; and finally Naga - Sweet Indian Curry and Coconut.  The Naga was by far Evan's favorite of the odd flavors.



The overall winner in my opinion was a local store called Oberweis!  The campion of the inventive flavors was Clandestino Supper Clubs & Peterson's of Oak Park.  They brought three imaginative and odd flavors that were all multi-dimensional and well made.  The only loser to me was BobTail Ice Cream because they apparently did not know how to transport their product successfully.  They had pre-scooped portions, which looked like they had melted slightly and then been refrozen.  A flavor that should have been one of my favorites, Goat Cheese and Strawberry was ruined by freezer burn.



I cannot wait to go visit a few of these ice cream shops at their places of business.  I bet many of them have very cute shops.