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Levi is a big brother!

Hello there!

As with every delayed blog post excuse I write, I’m a bit behind due to that whole full-time teacher thing I do.  Nonetheless, I had to share these photos even if they’re a couple months late.  When I was home in PA this summer, I had the chance to photograph my friends’ children one morning.  You may remember Levi from some of my blog posts over the last couple years.  It’s always so fun to look back and see how kids grow from year to year. 🙂  I’m so glad I was able to document this family again, and now with little sister Laurel to join the photos!  I hope you enjoy these!

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Now there are seven!

I’ve had the privilege of photographing my high school friend’s growing family over the last few years.  Two years later, there’s an addition in these photos!  While I was home in Pennsylvania a few weeks ago, I had a fun visit out to the farm to do a quick photo shoot of this beautiful crew.  Photographing seven is good practice for me as I anticipate time with my sister’s family this fall!  I hope you enjoy these few highlights from my time with them!

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Daddy made the littlest one laugh! I love capturing slightly candid moments like this. 🙂

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These girls are great helpers with their siblings!

These girls are great helpers with their siblings!

Nap time!

Nap time!

Such a beautiful mama and friend of mine since... a long time ago.  :)

Such a beautiful mama and friend of mine since… a long time ago. 🙂


Welcome, Little Samantha!

I’ve been photographing this family since their oldest daughter was six months old.  Now there are three of them!  It’s been a joy to watch them grow.  Here are newborn photos of their newest addition, Samantha.  I hope you enjoy the sweetness of these little ones and a few with their beautiful mama, too!  🙂

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Welcome to the World, Liam!

This little guy is one blessed baby!  I’m a big fan of his parents and was so excited to go up to Fort Wayne at the beginning of June to meet him.  Kendra and I have been great friends for sixteen years and it was a joy to meet this addition to David’s and her family and take some newborn photos of little Liam.  I hope you enjoy these highlights from our time together!  I bet you can figure out one of his dad’s favorite pastimes through these photos!IMG_2530wm

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Such a beautiful mama!

Such a beautiful mama!

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I felt right at home spending the day with these friends and really enjoyed the time getting to know my newest baby buddy!

Had to get a photo of my buddy Liam and me!

Had to get a photo of Liam and me!


The Mansell Family

Hello!  At the beginning of June, I had a really fun time photographing my brother’s family as they anticipate the coming of a fifth child to their family.  I know I’m biased, but this is honestly one of the cutest families on the planet. 🙂  I hope you enjoy these photos from our time together!

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Sneak Peek: Lots to Come!

Hi there!  It’s been a busy few months here.  I’ve just returned from a cross-country road trip from Indiana to Los Angeles and have lots to share from that adventure!  Here are some sneak peeks of sessions and travel posts I will be sharing soon.  Stay tuned!

Here is a recreation of a shot I took of three of my brother's children a few years ago.  More photos of my brother and sister-in-law's family coming soon!

Here is a recreation of a shot I took of three of my brother’s children a few years ago. More photos of my brother and sister-in-law’s family coming soon!

This is the lovely baby who came from the last maternity photo session I posted.  Look back for more newborn photos of Liam soon!

This is the lovely baby who came from the last maternity photo session I posted. Look back for more newborn photos of Liam soon!

I've been photographing these kids since this big sister was six months old!  Look back soon for newborn photos of this beautiful baby sister!

I’ve been photographing these kids since this big sister was six months old! Look back soon for newborn photos of this beautiful baby sister!

We took our time exploring Utah on the cross-country road trip.  Here is a shot of Bryce Canyon.  More to come soon of Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zion National Parks.

We took our time exploring Utah on the cross-country road trip. Here is a shot of Bryce Canyon. More to come soon of Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zion National Parks.

We finished our journey in Los Angeles.  Here is a photo from outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  More Cali photos will be posted soon!

We finished our journey in Los Angeles. Here is a photo from outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. More Cali photos will be posted soon!


Expecting Baby Morris

I got to spend Mother’s Day weekend with my great college friend, Kendra, and her husband, David in Fort Wayne.  You may remember them from their engagement photos last year.  A lot has happened since then including a beautiful wedding last summer and a son on the way. Well, their son has already been born this month (future clients take note… end of the school year Jenni needs a little extra time to catch up on sessions), but I did want to share some of the great maternity photos we got last month before I share pics of baby boy soon.  🙂

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The Mansoori Girls are Growing!

Last month I had a wonderful time catching up with the Mansoori family and seeing how their girls have grown since our last photo shoot.  Lily continues to be a wonderful big sister to Layla, who has grown quite a bit since her newborn photos!  It was really fun to photograph them in their element at home.  For some of the photos, the girls wore their Persian dress up clothes, an adorable piece of their heritage that I really enjoyed documenting for them.  I hope you enjoy these photos!

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Who doesn't love getting permission to jump on the bed??

Who doesn’t love getting permission to jump on the bed??

Persian tea party!

Persian tea party!

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Throwback Thursday: Malacca at Night

In continuing some of my recent posts, I’m still going through old photos from my Southeast Asia adventure in the summer of 2012.  During my quick solo trip to Malacca (aka Melaka) City, in Malaysia I had a great time walking around photographing to my heart’s content.  It was great eating at a delicious Indian restaurant (where I’m sure I looked quite foolish, not knowing for sure how to properly eat what I ordered) and taking in the sight of the canal from the back patio of the hotel where I stayed. Here are a few of my favorite shots from that time.

Right before the sun started to set, as I was searching for a good dinner spot in Little India.

Right before the sun started to set, as I was searching for a good dinner spot in Little India.

Outside where I ate dinner.  The trees were filled with birds, making it one of the noisiest parks I've seen.

Outside where I ate dinner. The trees were filled with birds, making it one of the noisiest parks I’ve been to.

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My dinner in Little India

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A pretty great way to spend the evening on my hotel's back patio!

A pretty great way to spend the evening on my hotel’s back patio!


Throwback Tuesday (Is that a thing?): Walking Around Malacca City

As mentioned in my previous post, some photos from my Southeast Asia adventure in July 2012 got lost in the shuffle of life and I’m finally getting back to editing them.  Here are some photos from my quick trip to Malacca City (aka Melaka) in the Malaysian state of Malacca, northwest of Singapore.  I concentrated my exploration in the touristy areas of Little India and Chinatown. I feel like this post contains a bit of sensory overload, but then I remember that’s kind of what my first day was like there.  I don’t have my travel journal or travel book with me right now, so I apologize for not having more details about what these sights are, but I do hope you enjoy these photo highlights!

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My delicious lunch- their well-known chicken rice ball dish

My delicious lunch- their well-known chicken rice ball dish

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I loved the picturesque canal

I loved the picturesque canal

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The town center where I had a few people ask to have their picture taken with me…

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Decorated Trishaws are quite a sight to behold!

Decorated Trishaws are quite a sight to behold!

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And here's some proof that I was present in all of this... a couple selfies and a random fake giraffe feeding from a museum I visited.  :)

And here’s some proof that I was present in all of this… including a selfie with Mr. Universe and a random fake giraffe feeding from a museum I visited. 🙂


Mira Jane

I’m home in Pennsylvania for my spring break this week and had a wonderful time visiting my niece and her husband on Saturday and meeting their new daughter, Mira, who is just over two weeks old.  You may remember Mira’s parents from their wedding photos a few years back.  I couldn’t resist the chance to take some photos of this family of three during my visit.  Here are some of my favorites.  Enjoy!

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Since this is a more personal post, I get to include a personal pic. Here I am with my newest great-niece! 🙂


Flashback Friday: St. Peter’s Church in Malacca, Malaysia

Hi there!  Welcome to my very random Friday blog post.  I’m currently on spring break from teaching and I’ve had a chance to revisit some photos that I never got around to editing a while back.  I just can’t bear the thought of having gone on such a fun adventure and not sharing the photos, so thanks for indulging me by checking out this throwback post…

Here’s some background:  In June and July 2012, I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Southeast Asia as a recipient of a Lily Endowment Teacher Creativity Grant.  You can learn more about the photography club I started and the great things I saw happening in Cambodia on the blog with much gratitude for the experiences the grant allowed me to have.  One bonus of my trip was the time to travel to Singapore, visiting my cousin and her family.  While there, I took a quick side trip to Malaysia, visiting the city of Malacca (also known as Melaka).  When I returned from my southeast Asia adventure, my life got a little crazy, as did my photography business.  I continued to teach, travel, and photograph, and found that time got away from me and I didn’t get to edit and share photos from my many adventures.  So I’ve decided to revisit those photos and share some over the next few months.  I hope you enjoy these somewhat outdated photos!

When I got off the bus in Malacca, I started to explore and was immediately drawn to this church, St. Peter’s.  I think that after spending a couple weeks in Cambodia where Christian churches are uncommon, I found this church to be a novelty and enjoyed checking it out.  While the date is somewhat in question, most believe that St. Peter’s was erected in 1710.  I loved capturing the light pouring into the sanctuary and appreciated the more modern installation in front of the church remembering Jesus walking on water.  I hope you enjoy these photos.  More Malaysia photos will be coming soon!

 

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Making Memories in February: 34 Highlights

In keeping with my birthday month tradition, here are some of my favorite memories made throughout February.  This is my seventh go at documenting the fun parts of February (because, let’s face it, it’s a pretty depressing month weather-wise!) as I force others to celebrate along with me.  🙂  The last couple years are here and here on the blog.  As you’ll see, the focus wasn’t on fancy photography, but on capturing the memories.  Thanks to all who helped make it a great month!

 

#1- Watching the Super Bowl with my community group from church  (All fun, except for the ending!)

#1- Watching the Super Bowl with my community group from church (All fun, except for the ending!)

#2- Meeting my great friends' (Jenny and Peter​) baby girl!

#2- Meeting my great friends’ (Jenny and Peter​) baby girl!

#3- Coming out of work to this sky

#3- Coming out of work to this sky

#4- First Friday at Harrison Center for the Arts

#4- First Friday at Harrison Center for the Arts

 

#5- Fun times with my silly nieces and nephew

#5- Fun times with my silly nieces and nephew

#6- A great afternoon spent with my Indy mom, Sheilah  :)

#6- A great afternoon spent with my Indy mom, Sheilah 🙂

#7- Indiana's winter skies

#7- Indiana’s winter skies

#8- Making myself go for a run after a prolonged break.

#8- Making myself go for a run after a prolonged break.

#9- Hosting a small version of our community group at my place!

#9- Hosting a small version of our community group at my place!

#10- Laughs with friends in my apartment and the clean-up afterward.

#10- Laughs with friends in my apartment and the clean-up afterward.

 

#11- Valentine's Day love from my students.

#11- Valentine’s Day love from my students.

#12- Going home to Pennsylvania and getting snowed in with my parents.

#12- Going home to Pennsylvania and getting snowed in with my parents.

#13- Valentine's Day at home-home, an early birthday celebration, yummy food, and a really nice time with my parents

#13- Valentine’s Day at home-home, an early birthday celebration, yummy food, and a really nice time with my parents

#14- Lots of time with my parents being snowed in all weekend over President's Day.

#14- Lots of time with my parents being snowed in all weekend over President’s Day.

#15- Building and enjoying fires in the fireplace with my Dad

#15- Building and enjoying fires in the fireplace with my Dad

 

 

#16- Pennsylvania snow

#16- Pennsylvania snow

 

 

#17- Ash Wednesday service at my church

#17- Ash Wednesday service at my church

 

 

#18- Going to Shoefly with church friends after the Ash Wednesday service (now I feel like we should've looked more somber for this pic...)

#18- Going to Shoefly with church friends after the Ash Wednesday service (now I feel like we should’ve looked more somber for this pic…)

 

#19- Bazbeaux on 2/19 with some really great friends from various parts of my life in Indy

#19- Bazbeaux on 2/19 with some really great friends from various parts of my life in Indy

 

#20- My first time at Ball & Biscuit and a really nice time with some great girls

#20- My first time at Ball & Biscuit and a really nice time with some great girls

 

#21- A whole lot of randomness that made me happy this month: hilarious bday card, a few musicals I watched with my parents, bubble wrap, a balloon from my friend at work, useful gifts like a stapler and sheets, and Oreos.

#21- A whole lot of randomness that made me happy this month: hilarious bday card, a few musicals I watched with my parents, bubble wrap, a balloon from my friend at work, useful gifts like a stapler and sheets, and Oreos.

 

#22- Gifts and cards from students who were so sweet to think of me

#22- Gifts and cards from students who were so sweet to think of me

 

#23- Pics with my respective reading classes (who actually requested a group photo with me since they saw last year's)

#23- Pics with my respective reading classes (who actually requested a group photo with me since they saw last year’s on my desk)

 

#24- Actual birthday day (2/21) and waking up to this winter wonderland

#24- Actual birthday day (2/21) and waking up to this winter wonderland

 

#25- The real birthday and a yummy birthday lunch with my brother's fam at Bub's

#25- The real birthday and a yummy birthday lunch with my brother’s fam at Bub’s

 

#26- Sled riding on my birthday (2/21) with my brother's family.  And yes, I said sled riding.  That's how we say it in Western PA.  :)

#26- Sled riding on my birthday (2/21) with my brother’s family. And yes, I said sled riding. That’s how we say it in Western PA. 🙂

 

#27- Various facetime chats with my sister and her family across the pond throughout February.

#27- Various facetime chats with my sister and her family across the pond throughout February.

 

#28- My niece sent me on a birthday scavenger hunt, the cutest one ever.  :)

#28- My niece sent me on a birthday scavenger hunt, the cutest one ever. 🙂

 

#29- Cheesecake Factory with my friend Kate.

#29- Cheesecake Factory with my friend Kate.

 

#30- A great Sunday at my church and catching up with my friend Jackie visiting from VA.

#30- A great Sunday at my church and catching up with my friend Jackie visiting from VA.

 

#31- Going out with work friends to RAM on 2/24.

#31- Going out with work friends to RAM on 2/24.

 

#32- My first Indy Fuel game

#32- My first Indy Fuel game

 

#33- Catching up with my friend Sara over some delicious Thai food.

#33- Catching up with my friend Sara over some delicious Thai food.

 

#34- Celebrating this lovely lady's birthday a week after mine with some mani/pedi action.  :) Yay for February birthdays and a great month!

#34- Celebrating this lovely lady Kate’s birthday a week after mine with some mani/pedi action. 🙂
Yay for February birthdays and a great month!

 


Baby Lucy

Hello there!

Little Lucy made her debut in January and I really enjoyed documenting her newborn stage and her family of four in these photos from the end of January.  It was such a great excuse to get to know the wonderful Smith family.  I had trouble narrowing down the photos for this blog post as the girls did such a great job and I ended up with a lot of sweet moments.  Hope you enjoy these photos of this lovely family!

 

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The Beringer Family Has Grown!

Hello there!  I’m finally getting a bit caught up on photos and wanted to share photos of these great people with you.  You may remember this family from my trip to Cambodia a couple years ago.  They were home for a few months and I had the pleasure of catching up with them about life in Phnom Penh and really enjoyed meeting their newest son last month!  We had a great time borrowing our friend’s parents’ home for a quick photo shoot to document the start of this new stage of life now that they’re a family of four.  It was great to see how their oldest son has grown and little Elim did a great job looking cute for these photos.  🙂  Enjoy the pics!

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Nathan is One!

Hello there!  I hope you’re all staying warm and are enjoying February!  Last month I had the privilege of taking photos of Mr. Nathan when he turned one year old.  This family is one of my repeat clients and I so appreciate the chance to document their family milestones!  Enjoy these photos and stay warm out there!!

Big sister sneaked in a shot with her little brother!

Big sister sneaked in a shot with her little brother!

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I love the giggles!

I love the giggles!

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The Fredells

I had the fantastic privilege last month of photographing my high school friends’ family.  They recently returned from adopting their two adorable daughters and I had a wonderful time doing a little photo shoot with them.  You may remember Samantha from our Hawaiian adventure last spring.  We’ve been friends since junior high and have stacked up quite a few fun shared memories and travels over the years.  I’m so glad she and Jeremy asked me to document their first official family photos for them!

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Honduran Countryside

In my last post, I showed you some sites from the city of Tegucigalpa from my trip in November.  I had the chance to leave the city a couple times to visit a school and coffee plantation in a cloud forest, as well as going to my friends’ wedding at a beautiful place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia.  I’ve also included a few personal photos at the end since the focus of my trip was more on people than places and I wanted to share a little bit of the great time I had with some of my favorite people who happen to live in Honduras.  🙂

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Breaking photography rules again and posting a photo taken through a car window. I just loved what a classic Honduran scene it is… had to share.

 

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Coffee plants in a cloud forest outside Tegucigalpa

 

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This is a coffee plantation that supports an orphanage and school.

 

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This is a coffee plantation that supports an orphanage and school.

 

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A soccer field on the ranch for the students and families.

 

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A soccer field associated with the school and orphanage.

 

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I love this view on the drive back toward the city.

 

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I love this view on the drive back toward the city.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

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My friends Johana and Miguel got married at a lovely place called Casa Blanca in the village of Santa Lucia, outside Tegucigalpa.

 

Here is a photo of a few of my wonderful friends I was able to visit with during my trip.  It was so fun to be present for my friends' wedding!

Here is a photo of a few of my wonderful friends I was able to visit with during my trip. It was so fun to be present for my friends’ wedding!

I can't resist posting a few personal photos here of some of the wonderful people I was able to visit with while I was there.  It's so hard to believe my former first grade students are now in high school!  It was also great to see my friends' expanding families!

I can’t resist posting a few personal photos here of some of the wonderful people I was able to visit with while I was there. It’s so hard to believe my former first grade students are now in high school! It was also great to see my friends’ expanding families!

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One of my favorite views ever- being above the clouds. 🙂

 

 

 


Tegus in November

I spent my Thanksgiving break in Tegucigalpa, Honduras visiting friends and enjoying the country that I consider my second home.  I taught first grade at International School of Tegucigalpa from 2003 to 2006 and love returning every few years to see my friends and former students.  Tegucigalpa often gets dogged as not being a very picturesque city (and also having a really short runway, which makes for very adventurous plane landings), but I have to say that through my time there I’ve learned to love good old “Tegus” and the beauty it possesses.  This post has some of my favorite photos from the time I spent in the city back in November.  I’ll do a separate post soon with some highlights from my time outside the city.  Enjoy!

 

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A beautiful morning in the colonia of Las Hadas

 

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This is the church I attended when I lived there. It was so great to be back.

 

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Tegucigalpa, as seen from the drive down from El Hatillo

 

 

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Tegucigalpa, as seen from the drive down from El Hatillo

 

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Tegucigalpa, as seen from the drive down from El Hatillo

 

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Tegus at night from Lomas de Jacaleapa

 

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A neighborhood park in Lomas de Jacaleapa

 

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Visiting International School, where I taught for three years, and enjoying all the new improvements that have been made there.

 

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The view of local neighborhoods from International School

 

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Visiting International School, where I taught for three years, and enjoying all the new improvements that have been made there.

 

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Visiting International School, where I taught for three years, and enjoying all the new improvements that have been made there.

 

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There’s probably some rule that I’m breaking right now by posting a photo that I took through a car window, but I’m ok with that. It was fun to see new roads and other improvements that have been made to the city since I lived there.

 

 

 

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This is taken from the plane about to take off. The black gate shows where a road used to be… the runway has been lengthened a bit since I first went there in 2003.

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This is a market near the neighborhood of Satelite that I went to with my friend Ana.

 

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Here is Tegucigalpa from the airplane- the peace statue on the hill and the national stadium at the bottom of the photo. I always try to get a window seat on the right when I fly out because I love this view of the city. 🙂

 

 

 


Sarai

While I was in Honduras in November, I was able to stop by and visit my friend Pam, her husband, and their two children.  Pam and I went to Taylor University together and spent our first few years teaching at the same school in Honduras.  It’s always great to catch up with her and reminisce.  🙂  Her daughter was just a couple weeks old when I visited, so we did a mini newborn photo shoot with little Sarai.  I’m so glad she was sleepy and we were able to get these photos.  Here are some of the highlights.  Enjoy the preciousness!  🙂

 

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Big brother checking out little sister!

Big brother checking out little sister!

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The Smith Family in the Fall

The Smith Family braved a chilly day with me for some family photos in November and I’m so glad they did!  You may remember my coworker’s lovely family from their family photos last summer.  I love how Tatiana dressed up her little one for these photos and I hope you enjoy them!

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Baby N is Here!

As I said before, I’m a bit behind with blogging.  However, I figure it’s better late than never when it comes to sharing photos from the newborn and family session I did with this cute little guy!  Last fall, I posted maternity photos for this family, Kara and Drew.  Kara and I grew up in the same town in PA and now we both live in the Indy area.  It’s a fun connection and I love that they asked me to capture their growing family in photos.  Their son, Grant, came along in September and I really enjoyed photographing their life together when I visited their home in October.  Here are a few of my favorite photos of them together.   Enjoy!

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A Preview of What I’ve Been Up To…

Hey friends!

I’ve been absent from this blog for a bit and have slightly lightened my photography load for the time being to focus on teaching this fall/winter.  Here is a sneak peek of a couple shoots I’ve done over the last couple months and the trip from Honduras that I took over Thanksgiving.  I’ll be posting more from these soon!

In October, I got to meet the adorable newborn son of a friend from my hometown.

In October, I got to meet the adorable newborn son of a friend from my hometown.

 

It was so fun to see how this little girl has grown since I took her six month photos in May.

It was so fun to see how this little lady has grown since I took her six month photos in May.

 

Here's one of my favorite views from one of my favorite places!  Tegucigalpa in November, as seen from the drive from El Hatillo.

Here’s one of my favorite views from one of my favorite places! Tegucigalpa in November, as seen from the drive from El Hatillo.

A coffee farm in Honduras, outside of Tegucigalpa.

A coffee farm in Honduras, outside of Tegucigalpa.

Hope you enjoyed a preview of what I’ll be posting more of soon!  Have a great Christmas season!


Addison and Nathan

Hello there!  I’m so excited to share these photos from such a great family.  You may remember past posts I’ve added of Addison and Nathan growing up.  It was great to meet up with this family again to capture Addison as a three-year-old and the family together.  I hope you enjoy these shots from our time together!

 

Here is Addison opening a birthday card she got from the mailbox.  :)

Here is Addison opening a birthday card she got from the mailbox. 🙂

Love this mother/daughter shot!

Love this mother/daughter shot!

 

 

Such a sweet little three-year-old.

Such a sweet little three-year-old.

 

I love how much Nathan looks like his dad!

I love how much Nathan looks like his dad!

It was great to capture Addison in action!

It was great to capture Addison in action!

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Nathan was about nine-months-old here- he’s getting big so quickly!

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