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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Carolina & Graham's Gorgeous Engagement Portraits

I can't do justice to how their photosite turned out by simply posting their final engagement shots here, so I am simply going to give your a few of my favorites (which is terribly hard to choose) and let you click to see how ABSOLUTELY STUNNING their photos and site turned out.

I'm a little excited, can you tell?!
Just a little...

Okay -here's a couple to grab you.  Now go visit the site and SEE what I MEAN.

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Ready, set, GO!

They Married, They Partied, and... The End.

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Some of my favorite shots from the last batch of edits of Allison & Adam's wedding that I really wanted to share with you.

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Walking down to throw the first pitch for the women's softball game at The Dell Diamond.

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Photo with the famous Jennie Fitch.

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Signed by Jennie Fitch and the girls.

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And a few more of my favorites from the rest of the celebration!

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Dancing with her new father-in-law.

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The money Adam raked in for the Honeymoon dance(s.)  They keep playing until there are no more takers.  I think he won by just one dollar.

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Allison and her grandmother.  Very precious.

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How can you not love that?  Cousins.  *Too cute.*

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Dressing up for the photobooth!

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Goodbye, shoes.

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I love this.  Technology at work through generations.

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Party time!

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It was SO hard -SO HARD- not to jump on the dance floor and get jiggy with the rest of the bunch.  But thankfully I did my job and I got some fun shots of folks gettin' down with their bad selves.  Too fun!

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Yes, it did actually end.  And here are the final shots to prove that I'm not still there partying with all those fabulous folks.

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Birdseed shower!

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The End.

Check out all their edited pictures at their custom wedding photo site!

New Bed Buddy

Wilder's gotten used to Brian staying with him in his new, big bedroom until he falls asleep.  It's quite adorable the bedtime routines that Brian has created over the past few months and I love seeing Wilder and Brian cherishing that time together.  Currently the routine (usually) goes:  fresh diaper and pjs on, brush his teeth (which has only recently become something not torturous to all involved,) go outside to see the stars and moon, up to bed to view the stars on his ceiling and the circle of light from the sound & light machine that creates his own little moon, Brian lays down next to him and gets a wee nap in while Wilder falls asleep after being tucked in.

The past week or two we've had some developments on night time activity and...not quite sure what to do about it.  Wilder has often had night terrors ever since he was teeny tiny.  He still wakes up regularly in the middle of the night and needs help getting back to sleep.  Well, now instead of staying in his room he slams his door and runs to our room and makes a bed on the floor next to me.  Every morning I wake up with Wilder either asleep by my side or with his little face 3 cm from mine (as he bounces on the bed.)

So does he simply not like sleeping alone?  That's what I figure.  I've thought about letting him share a room with Waverley like they did in the RV, but I know he's going to climb into her crib and jump on her head.  I'd like to avoid that.  Maybe I'll let them try shared rooms again -just to see if he'll stop making a dog bed on the floor by my side every morning.  In the meantime, we've got a new bed buddy.  Or Wilder's becoming a cocker spaniel.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gimme A Break, Kelly


I was about to compose a little gripe-&-moan session, but I don't have enough time.  And that's the crux of the issue:  Time Management.  Ugh.  I hate thinking about organization -it's like the flu to me.  But I should think of it as the flu vaccine, a preventative measure that makes me slightly gross feeling but is nothing compared to the real thing.  And the real thing would be utter chaos.  Let's avoid that.

Instead of complaining, which is the easiest thing to do, let's problem solve.  And I also want to give a chipper little update!

Problem:  Not enough time to get everything done.

Road blocks:  Wasting time, working inefficiently, lack of organization.  (Yuck, I said that word.)

Solutions:  Scheduling every day.  (Yuck again.  But I get it.)

Now, where's my mother and why isn't she here to create a chart and a few brilliant systems for me, huh?
Actually -this is really cool- we were on the phone two mornings ago and I was bemoaning my lack of time.  She suggested finding a friend who could watch the kids on one of the two days Brian has school and making the most of that kid-free time.  Cool part?  My friend, Erin, called me last night asking if we could trade watching our boys one morning a week while our little girls napped so we could actually get stuff done.  Now her son, Lucas, who is Wilder's age will come over Monday mornings for a few hours and I'll bring Wilder over to Erin's house on Wednesdays.  Isn't it amazing how God works -he's quick!


My mom reminded me to make sure I took time to recharge myself each day.  I used to be good at that, but that was before having a second kiddo and starting my own business.  Today I grabbed a catalogue and a few rays of sunshine for a glorious 5 minutes while Wilder played in the tub nearby and Waverley napped. Oh, vitamin D, I love you.

And blogging -blogging is important and I want to make sure I schedule time to write and update.  Especially now.  Drum roll, please:  The Wilder Side of Life has been accepted into the BlogHer.com community!!  You are put on a long waiting list and go through an application process to see if you'll be a good match for this group and I've just been notified that WE'RE IN!  Before I get my site connected with the group and it's advertisers, I wanted to gather up the corners and shake things around a bit, recommitting to our life/family/mother/work blog (or whatever it's become.)
Okay.  I'm ready.  Bring it on!


How's work going?  Oh, photography is jammin', man!  I can't find enough time to edit from all the shooting I'm doing -hence a call to scheduling.  I just did my first corporate shoot in Dallas yesterday and have prospects for doing future work with the company.  And just to tote the power of social networking, I landed the gig through a friend from high school working in Denver who contacted me via Facebook.  Pretty cool, eh?

And what's with the acting stuff?  I'm averaging 1-2 auditions a week, sometimes more; taking weekly acting classes, doing some networking events, and generally staying quite busy with that.  I spent a day on the set of "My Generation" doing a little Extra work a couple weeks ago -you may spot me in episode 3 and 7 if you look fast are able to recognize my torso or legs.  It's going good -I'd like to book something soon, not just for an ego boost, but so I can do what I love to do for more than 5 minutes.


It occurred to me while driving home from an audition that, WOW, I'm livin' the life!  I get to be a stay-at-home-mom, work-from-home, professional photographer, actress -AND have my whole family (hubby included) around me!  Brian has been so generous and unselfish of his time as we continue to work out a balance of household and parental duties.  He gives me the time I need to work, I just need to figure out when to do it more often and stop trying to be full-time mom.

Ah.... perhaps I've hit on something.  Feeling guilty for not being the full-time mom.  But it's also that when we're all together I just want to enjoy it, so putting myself to work is a challenge.  More discipline will create greater productivity, which will allow quality playtime.  Nice!

Now I think I'm going to grab some paper and make some scheduling ideas, then put them into action.  One day at a time.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Allison & Adam's Wedding


Allison and Adam got married last month at St. Williams Catholic Church in Round Rock, TX.  And I got to be there doing what I love and loving what I do!  Here are some of my favorite shots so far -I've still got the reception to edit and can't wait for you to see those final shots!  It was SUCH a fun and beautiful wedding celebration.


"I Do" on the bottom of the bride's shoes.  How fun is that?!



The groom and his dad.  Such a beautiful moment.



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Oh, hooray, hooray!

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I just love this one.  Love it!

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I'm ALL about this shot!  That just screams, "CELEBRATE!" to me.

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Aaaaaah, I've got to get those candid feet pictures.  Don't you just love how the bouquet was set and the guys accidentally ending up curved around it?

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"Tada!"  The groom's little brother I nicknamed "Handsome."  Oh, the glee in this shot!

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A soft, classic feel.

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This one makes me swoon.  Seriously.  She's so elegant and the love is overflowing here.

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Want to see more?  Visit their custom photo site I made and see what a full wedding edit looks like!


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