Tuesday, August 19, 2014

the state fair & a birthday party {life lately}



 summer is winding down, but not without a few last fun events. we met jeremy's parents at the IL state fair last monday. We enjoyed introducing ruby to the sights and sounds (and an animal here and there) of the fair, and of course she was happy to see grandma and grandpa patch. so much fun!

then on saturday we celebrated little autumn's third birthday. can't believe this peanut is 3! i had the privilege of photographing her birth, and have so loved seeing her grow into a beautiful little person. and how darling is this party? joy made those wonderful birthday hats, including a little crown for my Ruby. snacks, story time, and birthday cake made for the perfect afternoon. and how much do i love that my dear friend ange's little Ada and Autumn are becoming buddies? makes me happy. 

have a lovely week!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

film love. {Contax 645}

 i am in LOVE with this camera. shooting with film takes me back to my roots and when i first fell in love with photography as an art form. as a freshman in college in 1996 (!!) i started from the very beginning; shooting only in manual settings on a 35mm film camera, developing the film in the dark room, and enlarging each photograph with an enlarger, developer, stop bath, and fixer. you old time photographers will get it; there is just nothing quite like the smell of the chemicals, the glow of the red light, and the first glimpses of your image as they appear in the developer. i didn't develop these myself of course, but the beginning was the same. these are the film shots that i mentioned in the post below. i am going to have the opportunity to use this camera again in September when i second shoot with Shelly Goodman Photography. yay! look how gorgeous the light is! {and this couple was ridiculously cute to boot.} am definitely going to have to start saving my pennies!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

vintage picnic {styled shoot}

several months ago jeremy and i hired shelly goodman to shoot some family portraits for our new family of three. we LOVED her work, so i jumped at the chance to style a vintage picnic for {and with} her last month. i may have mentioned this in a previous post, but i have recently started selling some of my vintage prop collection in my etsy shop. so it was such fun to get to put them to good use and i look forward to doing more shoots like this in the future. we also did a shoot the day before the picnic, at Soulard Farmer's market. Shelly let me play with one of her fabulous film cameras for a bit, and i hope to show some of the film that I shot once the negatives have been processed. so check back soon! xo

gina, kiddos, & the pugs. {family shoot}

when gina contacted me to ask if i would shoot some surprise father's day photos for her fiance tony, i was thrilled to do so! gina and i were friends and co-workers at wash u and is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. she's a gem! and the pugs? seriously cute.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

ruby's adoption day! {may 7th, 2014}

one of my most favorite days. 
ruby's adoption was finalized on wednesday, may 7th, which legally made her our daughter; ruby louise patch. 
what a sense of relief, and a wonderful reason to celebrate. both of our parents came in for the day so that they could join us for the hearing at the family courthouse. we brunched on pancakes afterwards, and then prepared for our little celebratory shindig that would take place later that day.
 we invited some of our dear friends over for some pie & ice cream that evening, which was the perfect way to end the day. our friend neil was kind enough to come as well and snapped these first photos of us as a legal family of three :) see the rest here!

sometimes i look at ruby and still can't believe she's ours. God truly answered our prayers above and beyond what we could have imagined. so happy to have been chosen to be her mama & papa. we love our little nugget so much.

happy adoption day once again, ruby!

sneak peek {wedding}

 john & lizzy
april 26, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

loving {lavender}

have a wonderful weekend!