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Thursday, June 29, 2006

casey lou

This is what you want to see, to feel, and most of all hear on a day to day basis! Especially if you work together.

Meet Casey Lou. She's been my right hand gal, at our video store for quite a while now and just recently added "personal assistant" to the job resume. Yep, she's my new assistant at Kristin Bednarz Photography. Today was her first day and I called her yesterday to let her know she would be featured on my blog. A face to connect with and approach. She's such a great "people person", I just know everyone will love her!

So, hopefully things will run smoother around here which only means better quality and work flow for you, the client.

Call her Casey Lou.

my godson, and the chocolate donut

I love him to pieces!

He's so much fun. He can do puzzles, and count, and knows his colors. Even white!

Every time I see him he teaches me something new.

And every time I hug him, I feel all good inside.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

hannah brooke

Hannah belongs to Dustin and Amy. I photographed their wedding back in December 2003. Amy's yellow bouquet was one my website in the upper left corner for eons. It is by far one of my favorites. Just such a cool one.

Well, they have a baby and she's absolutely precious! She has her Daddy's eyes and her Mommy's cheeks and such a set of vocal lungs that she uses when she wants. But gosh, such a sweetie too. She love to gabber and crawl everywhere. We had to contain her to the bed in efforts to get a great family shot. I think we all worked together to achieve that. Even Eric Carlye's Hungry Catepiller. The grass outside was getting sparse the longer we sat there and let Hannah pick it. Picking it was fine. But eating it?

year 10 at joyland

My youngest turned 10. Yep, you read that right. 10.

I'm still in my stunned, "I can't believe I'm a mom of a 10 year older phase" (not to mention the "Oh my gosh! My oldest is 12 stage". And I'm not happy to even be blogging about this. But the purpose of this place is to share my life so you have a glimpse of what I am about and then think, "Gee...I'd hire her to photograph my family.

(insert also... my wedding, my baby's birth, my graduation, my amazing wedding that I'm having next month, that lasts an entire week in Paris!)

So, we've always had BIG blowouts at our house where we invite all of our friends, (none being our childn't best friends, of course) and party into the wee hours of the morning and she receives gifts she doesn'treally, nor knew she even wanted, and we are exhausted from it all and wonder the next day why we did it.

I thought for sure she'd want to celebrate her 10th birthday just like that again. I mean we always do that. But still, I aksed her what she wanted to do, just in case. Her reply was, "I just want my best friend from Slaton, Lindsay, to meet my new best friend from Cooper, Hannah."

That was it.

Easy peasy.

Until Lindsay canceled. It really wasn't her fault. Family vacation and the only time Mom could get off work.

So, instead of slumber party, it was JOYLAND!

Even better.

This is Hannah and she still made the slumber part of the party and Summer was so excited to see her! We had a Tri County BB Game to attend to first, but these two didn't care as long as they had each other! (and $2.50 from Kalyn's gym bag to spend at the concession stand.)


Check out the new Crocks from Big sister Kalyn! They happened to match Hannah's perfectly and that was such an added plus. Great gift and a great place to wear them. I snapped this little gym shortly after a wet ride on the log ride. Summer had to dump the water out of her new shoes.

On the Music Express.

Thinking Hannah would rather be anywhere else but here right. In a few minutes, Kalyn would rather the 2 of them not squish the 10 pieces of spinach pizza out of her, she ate at Cici's 30 mintues before getting on this ride. It was a doozy! Just ask Devin. He had to endure my wieght presses against him and not in a fun, sexy kind of way!

Chief and Grandma made it and even rode a few rides. A few. You know they came totoally out of love, cuz they ain't the Joyland kinda ridin' types.

Dalton and Kate came to the party. They are cousins and we wanted them to be a part of this day. Kate had a blast riding the rides with her mom and really enjoying the entire Joyland expeirence. They stamped our hands opon arriving with the word F U N. It was intended to allow admittance back into the park should you so choose to leave. Dalton, would have chose to leave and really didn't need the "let me back in part". The kid just wasn't going to ride a darn thing. Even the train.

At least not until Mom made him, kicking and screaming the entire time. I think even a few undercut, low back punches were given to the kidney area, but Elizabethe handled them like the true heavy-weight mother she is. I love that about her. She's not afraid to make her kid have FUN.

Kate's hands during the ride. A bit nervous in the dark tunnel that hit right after the graveyard.

Dalton's hands.

Gripping Devin's pinky with the death grip of fear as the train rounded the bend! Approaching speeds of I know, almost 10 MPH!

I love this look Kate gave. She totally gets her brother. It's like, I know I'm the baby, but geez...check the dude out compared to me. I'm just so much braver.

You go Kate!

Summer blowing out her candles. Wonder what she wished for?

Sunday, June 25, 2006

laura + joe

I had the pleasure of photographing Laura and Joe's wedding yesterday. ALL day yesterday! I met Laura at the salon around 9 AM and I didn't make it home till almost 1 AM. And when I left, Laura and Joe were still there at the Koko Palace. WHEW! Talk about fun making a person tired.

The had a wonderful day filled with lots of laughter and tears. Joe Ryan summed it up perfect when he told me that Laura was now his number ONE girl. Before his wedding day, his Mom always held that place in his heart. He didn't realize the transition that was taking place until that moment before he walked his mom down the aisle. It was very emotional, for both of them.

the ring bearer, Christian. His mom told me he was the best looking fellow there and I think she was totally right!

This is Jarrod, Laura's brother, seconds before their walk down the aisle. He was having a very difficult time controlling the emotions he was feeling as the Man of their Family, giving the baby away. Pretty intense feelings.

And our comic relief! In the form of Joe's sister. She was so fun and such a great spirit! At one point during the ceremony, I looked over at her and received a classic fish face! Totally cracked me up!

Ceremony: Westwood Evagelism Center
Officiator: Steve Shaw
Wedding Coordinator: Kim Shaw
Reception: Koko Palace
Music: DJ Lopez
Baker: Cake Palace, Tahoka
Food: Frank Perez
Flowers: Mini Garcia

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