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an inspirational saturday…

i will do just about anything to avoid writing. trust me–as i type i am perched next to a bag of sun chips and they are tempting me to abort my mission of completing this task. for the past few hours they have won the battle.

my fear of writing stems from reading so many wonderfully written blogs (especially my friend lori’s:)

her writing puts my two degrees in writing and literature from penn state to major shame. not that i begrudge her the kudos for her amazing talent-it’s just that the older i get the more i am learning to stick with what you are good at. and for me-it’s not writing.

photos are my “thing” and photos are my “voice” these days.

so let’s get to it-shall we?

saturday i got to do a photo session with an amazing family. i will try to keep the verbage down and show the emotion with the photography but i must give some background first. this family has three beautiful children, two devoted parents and one selfless aunt–all whom i met during my time at their home. the children consist of a way-too-cute, and curious, almost-three-year old (max) and his identical twin sisters (cici and penny). the twins were eating a few months back and cici choked on a piece of canned fruit. she lost oxygen to her brain (sort of like a stroke) and has an anoxic brain injury as a result. she spent several months at the children’t hospital (where her mom and dad only left her side on two occasions) and, although she is now home, she requires round the clock care. she eats via a feeding tube, is more than likely blind, and needs oxygen at night. the family chose life for her. they never complain about their situation and remain hopeful that within a year she’ll show signs of improvement. absolutely possible… but for now it’s a long and tiring battle.

i am honored to have spent the morning capturing their family. it was challenging as the lighting wasn’t ideal… and we couldn’t take cici outside for very long. my goal was to capture the love, the devotion and the amazing character within this home.

so–let me see if my pictures can do the rest of the writing.

please take a moment to read about this family:

(max in the tree)


(cici and aunt mary)

(cici with aunt mary)

(dad and penny walking in the yard)


(the whole family)

(mom/dad and the twins)


(daddy embracing cici)

(cici’s identical twin sister penny)

(mommy, daddy and cici)

(cici and daddy)

(cici and mommy)

Jennifer - January 20, 2009 - 9:14 pm

You are so wonderful MB…. They are very important friends of mine. Thank you so much. The pictures are beautiful.

Lori - January 20, 2009 - 9:51 pm

You have the “voice” of an opera star. So classy and talented, with quite a range.

This is a beautiful family, and you tell their story so well. Sending healing thoughts to Cici.

Thanks for your kind words. You are as good a friend as you are a photographer.

Jara - February 4, 2009 - 6:16 pm

Thank you so much for taking such wonderful pictures for Jenny! I know they will cherish them every day.

new lens love

trying out the new 85 mm 1.4. it’s a complex lens with such a shallow depth of field but wow–the bokeh is like buttah!

besides–it is, after all, just another excuse to get some portraits of my favorite subjects.

i still have some adjustments to make in learning to use this lens properly but here are some quick captures.

any feedback is more than welcome. i’ve got a couple of portrait sessions in the next two weeks were i really want to use this lens so please don’t be shy! drop me a line!

everyday moments…

the older i get the more i find significant value in everyday moments with my kids. the simple, non-structured days. the days my oldest son picks his own clothes (two different socks and non matching clothes), the days my youngest son lets me cuddle with him on the sofa. the days we hang out in our jammies and dance.

yesterday was one of those days. we went to the playground and just let the kids ‘be’. they ran around and chased each other up and down the slides. i never tire of hearing their giggles and squeals and seeing those smiles.

life unfolding before our eyes. time passing simply. these are the moments i want to record and relive over and over. everyday moments with the loves of my life.

night photography walk

i had the most amazing time on saturday during “illuminate photography’s” night photo walk. i learned to use my cable release and to calculate the proper shutter speeds for long exposures. and i was so impressed with the quality of the d 700’s images. it was absolutely invigorating to be with people passionate about photography and so knowledgeable as well. it was, hands down, the best learning (although very humbling) experience i have ever had.

i can’t wait until next month’s photo walk.

Heasleye - January 5, 2009 - 11:20 am

Oh, what fun! Glad you’re enjoying the new cam! Love that first shot, especially. A monthly photo walk sounds like an awesome opportunity!

Lori - January 5, 2009 - 12:12 pm

Wow. I almost wish I’d been with you — except for the cold!

Luckily, though I still get to see through your talented eyes.

new year’s deep thoughts

watching kids grow in photographs is an excellent way to accept just how fast time flies. the boys and i played in the yard today: well, they played and i toted around my camera…just like i always do. it was just a beautiful day-sunny with skies of dark azure that i have only come to know here in colorado. the boys were playing on their sleds wishing for snow. i watched them and watched them and just reflected on how fast the time has passed. they are almost 5 and almost 3. amazing. i can still remember sitting in that very yard crying because we just couldn’t manage to get pregnant. then i recall photos of baby aaron in my arms in the summer sun, and baby casey in my belly. seems like just the other day i was complaining of something related to having a 2-year-old and a new baby.

now our days have changed to two brothers zooming around in the backyard with their treasured plastic toy trucks from target, zipping down the little slide auntie shelley and uncle tim bought for aaron’s second birthday (three years ago!). these are the days to remember.

i grabbed the camera and started shooting with a large depth of field and trying different shutter speeds and ways to work with the light. the boys both have such beautiful eyes so i tried a couple of shots to showcase them. and, for a few short minutes they were actually cooperative.

finally-their interest in being photographed all but disappeared which is not unusual for my poor boys who are constantly staring at a camera. i resorted to my favorite source of bribery–chocolate! so i will end this post of reflective thoughts with a fun one–aaron showing off his well-earned reward for all that posing! (casey ate his way too fast to be photographed–that boy is just like his momma–he LOVES candy!)

happy new year one and all. and if you stopped by to read this–please leave me a comment. i treasure the thought that these posts are visited and enjoyed.

Spicy Sister - January 1, 2009 - 6:06 am

MB – I love this post and the thoughts around the passing of time. I am already feeling that strange time-warp and my little guy isn’t even here yet. Your boys are beautiful. I wish you all the best for 2009. Thank you for the gifts you have given to me this year. Blessings to you!

Denise - January 5, 2009 - 9:58 pm

Hi there. Just wanted to let you know I have been reading also. Your photography is amazing!

Hillary- A Photographer Friend - January 15, 2009 - 10:24 am

Loved reading this part of your blog…like you, the days are busy and time is too short, so I have missed some of your work on SmugMug lately as well as your blog. I loved catching up, if only just a little. How are you enjoying the 70-200 2.8? I was considering it, but I tried it in the store and I think it will just be too heavy for me to get much use out of. Now that you are actually doing professional shoots you should get lots of opportunity to use it.Love the 50mm 1.4…that I have and use quite a bit! Happy 2009 for you and all your family!