January 2012

“Lil P”: My Nephew

Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails: that’s what little boys are made of. And so I’ll find out soon enough. My first nephew entered the family a little over two weeks ago. He’s trodding maiden ground for he is the first grandchild. My mom had two sisters and dad had two sisters. I have two sisters. Parker, or lil P, is about to be the man of the hour. I couldn’t be more excited! Fishing, camping, teaching him about bugs and the outdoors…this will be fun. Here’s a couple photos from his first two weeks on earth.

already getting tired of being in front of the camera

so cute in his lumberjack outfit

And that’s what little boys are made of!

As Good as Pie

Guilty: I’m behind. I have lots of things to blog about. These photos are from thanksgiving. I have so many things I think would be great for blogging. I even take the photographs for it. This freight train we call time whizzes by me and I get so caught up in the whirl many times I’ll forget to write about it. It’s like the mountain of good ideas. I’m only halfway up it like I’m halfway through so many projects.

What I’m trying to say is I took some photos last fall when I made an apple pie for thanksgiving. I was raised in the country where we made everything. It never dawned on me most people have never had a homemade pie, let alone MADE a pie crust. I doubt the masses even knew crust could be had outside of a pie tin from the freezer section.

It starts with a ball of dough turned out on a floured surface. If you don’t flour the surface, it’ll stick. This will result and frustration and colorful language.

The rolling pin: Yes people actually use these!

It’s important to get the dough thin and even. Sounds easy but takes time and patience. Pie dough that’s too thick is like a biscuit, not a crust. May I emphasize the importance of the rolling pin!

The last part or traditional crust is placing it in the pie pan and “pinching” the edges. I’m not good at uniform pinching. My mom says that makes it look home made:) I’m okay with that. I like to use the left over crust to make cinnamon rolls! Next time I’ll take a picture of those. I wish you could taste them!

I’ve always envied those beautiful “leaf” crusts on the cover of Williams & Sonoma. It was high time I tried it. My sister (b/c sisters are for talking into doing crazy things) and I cut out these little leaves from the leftover crust. We carefully layered them around the edge. BTW: Don’t you just dig my blue pie plate?!

We added three in the middle for a garnish.

It turned out lovely. The edge got a little crispy. Good thing I put a ring of tin foil around it to keep it from burning too bad.

And yes, it was delicious:)


The Old Road

off Lexington Rd. toward High Bridge

off Lexington Rd. toward High Bridge

Sometimes you just need to get away…from everything. By taking the railway, the old, you see things that others don’t. Things that are, things that were. It’s another time.


"What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?"

I find it amusing that even animals have personality. It’s one of the small things that make life delightful.:)


Lauren & Brian: Louisville, KY Engagement Photography

Lauren and Brian are getting married in Louisville, where is Lauren is from. However Lexington was the site of choice for their engagement photos. It’s home to that little old racetrack Keeneland. It’s very near and dear to this couple because it’s where Brian proposed. Their images are seasoned with songs of the bluegrass and adorned with the tunes of Keeneland. July will be here before you know it.

From the Country

Somethings you just gotta let be…especially if you insist on jumping the fence.

Tasha & Tyler: Lexington, KY Engagement Photography

If a neighborhood dog grabbed your coat and drug it miles away during your photography session, would you fire me? Strange things like that can only happen to me but it does make for a good memory! I’m so glad that Tasha and Tyler are light hearted b/c that’s exactly what happened when we were taking their engagement photographs. Tyler was such a good sport as he chased the dog to get his coat. Good thing, he admitted, he needed a new coat anyway. Yikes…I’m still a little embarrassed but laughing just the same. These two are set to be married in May. There couldn’t be a couple crazier about each other. You can just tell they’re best good pals:)

I asked Tasha for some words on how they met/ how Tyler proposed:

Here is our story five years is kinda hard to condense, but here it goes:
Tyler and I met in the Fall of 2005 after we both got hired on at Target for seasonal employment. We had both sent out a ton of applications and Target was the first place to call us back.  I was a senior in high school and he was a junior at the time. Although, we were both instantly flirtatious with each other, we were dating other people at the time. In fact, it wasn’t until winter 2007, that we were both unattached and I had the courage to ask him out. We went on our first date right before Valentine’s Day and we have been inseparable ever since. I was Tyler’s date to his senior prom and in the Fall 2007 he joined me at Transylvania University.

On November 11, 2010 Tyler proposed to me. I was supposed to work late that night, but Tyler had insisted we needed a date night. So I got someone to cover my shift. I called him and he suggested we go to dinner at the Mexican restaurant we frequented when we took a biology class together. However, first he told me he had to finish up a paper and I needed to meet him at Transy. When I pulled into the commuter parking lot, I noticed Tyler wasn’t in his car so I called him. He told me he was printing out his paper and to meet him out by the library so we could walk together.

I started my short trek across campus and when I got to the library I found Tyler sitting underneath “The Kissing Tree”. I took my seat next to him and we started talking, just about normal stuff at first like how our days had been, and then he kissed me. He slipped down on to one knee, took my hand, and asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him. It all went by so fast! I’m pretty sure what happened next was me squealing and saying “oh my gosh” a bunch of times before finally saying yes. I had to stop myself from pulling the ring right out of the box myself I was so excited. We will be married in May at the chapel in Old Morrison at Transylvania University.

Staying Fresh

Taking so many photographs of weddings and engagements it’s hard for anyone not to get burnt out. This is why its important to stay fresh! I do this by looking for little everyday things. How can I make them different? How can I make them stand out or come to life? I live in the country. Agriculture is in my blood. I was going to go explore the pasture, expecting to find some rocks or old bones. Instead I found this curious little fella. I took about 70 shots of him, waiting to get an angle that really showed some personality. I think this does the trick! So cute and fluffy.

Kentucky Love

One more reason to fall in love with Kentucky. We’ve got irresistibly beautiful stables.