Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Gilman Father's Day

I've been biting my nails, waiting to post pictures from a fabulous photo shoot with the Gilman Family.  If you don't know the Gilmans, you should, they are a really great bunch of people!  We did the photo shoot about a month ago and Hollie was hoping to get some good group shots that could be used for a Father's Day gift for Michael. We had to work hard to keep it a surprise and planned the shoot on a day that Michael would have a meeting.  Unknown to us, he would throw a slight wrench in the plan by making plans for Hollie that same night too!  {panic!}  With a hustle and bustle in our step, we were able to slip in a photo shoot near their home and have them all back in time for dinner!  It was pretty close though!  Michael, Happy Father's Day.  I hope you love the pictures.  You have a beautiful family who loves you very much! Thanks to each of you for letting me invade your evening for an hour or so. I had a blast!

Meet the Gilmans! 

They are seriously a zany bunch! :)

The kids were naturals!

One of my favorites from the day

Let's all look at Jake! :)  

Mother-Daughter time

Isn't Casey beautiful!  She loves ballet.

Holden had me laughing throughout the shoot with his antics

Jake loves baseball and has quite an impressive hitting ability...seriously!

Happy Father's Day Michael!

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all of the Dads out there!  Being a Dad is one of the hardest jobs around.  I think many dads do not fully grasp the impact they will have on their children--for good or for bad.  A Daddy is the first hero of their son or daughter.  I think we all look up to our Daddy's, or want to.  As a daughter, a Daddy is her first "date" and admirer.  She learns about love from her Daddy.  A son, I think, learns how to be a hero from his Daddy.  When you see children, look at their Daddy.  More often than not, I believe, a son will end up very closely mirroring his Daddy as he grows up and the daughter will grow to date and eventually marry someone that very closely resembles, at least, aspects of her Daddy.  All of our Daddy's are humans and therefore can greatly miss the mark of our expectations, but aren't you thankful that we have a Heavenly Father that shows us the pure love of a perfect Father!

 This is my Dad, with me, on my wedding day

When I was a little girl, I remember the safety that I found in my daddy. He worked as a car salesman and would often work well past my bedtime.  However, I was never able to sleep until he got home.  My mom would tuck me in at my assigned bedtime and I would lay there....waiting.  I would know it was getting close to the time he'd be home when the smell of fried chicken began to invade my room.   I would get out of bed and stand by my window, lifting up the blind, and wait for his car to pull into his parking space. As soon as he came in, I would get back into bed and drift off to sleep because when he was home...all was right with the world.  I told my dad about this around the time I got married. He was amazed!  I think he felt loved to know I had done that all those years ago but was also astonished that he had never known. 

Do you have special Daddy memories? 

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cameron Photo Shoot

I'd like to introduce you to my brother, Cameron.

He is 16 years old and I think he gets taller every time I see him.  My youngest brother, Cameron was an unexpected precious surprise for my parents.  Before Cameron, I was their youngest and I was in high school when he made his arrival!  How's that for a surprise!?

For this shoot, we headed to Carytown.   I love the area and was thrilled to take Cameron there for some photos.  We started out about a block from the old Byrd Theater and stopped at some store fronts along the way.  Our city has such rich, diverse history!

There are some fun delis around Carytown and I would love to come back and sample their food!

Cameron was not too entirely amused yet but I really loved the vintage painted sign on the building at this great deli near the Byrd.

By the time we made it to the Byrd Theater, Cameron was slowly beginning to warm up to the camera and it was neat to see him beginning to enjoy having his picture taken.

Amazingly enough, none of these pictures were posed.  I'm telling you, the boy is a natural! :)

It was right about now in our walk that a gentleman stopped and waited for us to take pictures.  By the looks of his tanned skin, rough lines in his face from a difficult life, and his tattered clothes, we assumed he must be homeless.  He seemed to be slightly disoriented but was gracious to stop for us while we took a shot.  He said when he didn't want to mess up anybody's pretty pictures and that he knew to stop for a picture when he saw such fancy equipment.  He was such a sweet man.  Cameron was very intrigued by this man, tried to give him all that he had at the time, which was a ticket stub to the movie that we had found on the ground in front of the ticket office.  This seemed to confuse the man but he was even more shaken up when Cameron gave him a long, "family" sort of hug.  You know the kind I'm talking about, the long, heart felt hug that you give to your family because you love them and are sincerely glad to see them.  By the man's expression, it seemed as though he probably hadn't had someone reach out to him in such a real, heartfelt way in a long time.  It was such a precious moment.

My brother is truly the most loving and genuine person I think I've ever known and it was such a privilege to get to take pictures of him!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

While We're Waiting

While we're waiting on Father's Day picture reveals, I thought I'd share some pictures I have taken recently of my own children and our friends.  Just trying to capture the every day activities as we live out life.  Hope all is well with you and yours.  Have you snapped a picture today?

My son loves a good apple! 
He looks so grown in this picture

A friend's little girl playing with a fun sprinkler 
and trying get all of the adults wet too

I love how his little belly hangs out over his board shorts

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Upcoming Posts

Okay so I know you must be wondering if I've done any photography lately...especially after putting out a sort of  All-Call for Father's Day shoots!  :)  Wait for it, wait for it....YES!    However these shoots were for Father's Day gifts so we don't want to risk ruining any surprises after all of that special planning!  So if you're eagerly anticipating some great shots, :)  I hope you'll check back after Father's Day to see what we've been cooking up for some very special dads!

And there is still a bit of time for you to cook up something for Father's Day as well.  If you think you may like some pictures made, even if only a few, please consider giving me a holler.  I'd love to help you out and you're really even doing me a favor by giving me the opportunity to get more experience! So it's a win-win :)