I was one of the chaperones for Mrs. Dixon's class last Friday for the field trip to Bradford Farms. Everyone had a great time! As I was there to help out, I didn't take a whole lot of pictures, but I did take a few. I thought this might be the easiest way to share them.
The other moms and dad on the trip painted pumpkins on the kids' faces.
We had some down time, so the kids played with the parachute. This is where I got the most pics since I wasn't having to help with anything at that moment ha!
Here are the other chaperones from the trip, excluding me and Damien's dad.
There's my little "monster" Ben :)
The joy of being a kid again, right?? :)
Another game we played during some more down time involved holding up a blanket, putting a kid on each side and then having them say the other kid's name as soon as the blanket was lowered. Whomever said the name first got to take their friend with them to their side. I took this opportunity to take pics of groups of kids sitting together.
Finally it was our turn to take the "hay ride" to the pumpkin patch! First we had an informational session about various crops grown on the farm. I grew up on a farm and even I did not know there were so many different kinds of corn!
Ready, set, grab a pumpkin!
Here's my Benny looking very pleased with his pumpkin :)
Here's a trick of the trade on getting your kids to smile for the camera. They get tired of saying cheese. Mix it up. Here we were saying "Pumpkin Seeeeeeeeeds!"
This class has the most adorable kiddos! Thanks for entrusting them to us to take them on this fun and educational field trip! :)
Fall is in full swing! Since Facebook still enjoys reeking havoc on my images, I'm going to try to at least do a collage of my photo shoots so you can get a better idea of what the images actually look like. Here's a collage, with a few photos featured, from a recent photo session. Enjoy!
Back when we were living in Ohio, we used to dream of the day when we could go hunting for wildlife with Uncle Nick and Aunt Jenna (who are both Fisheries and Wildlife Majors from Mizzou). These people seem to find the most amazing creatures wherever they go! I had no idea Missouri even had salamanders until they started posting pictures of their adventures. That may be because I was never outside at night after a cool rain, hunting salamanders with flashlights...I mean, how was I supposed to know that's what you do?
Step one, wait until almost dark...
Step two, it must have just rained and be somewhat wet outside. Step three, grab your flashlights. Step four, assemble your crew! FYI, it helps to have an animal hunting expert on your team. In this case, I am referring to Sydney ;)
Step five, find a salamander!
You may even encounter some other wildlife on your adventure. We saw several deer when we started out (they were too far away and it was too dark to get a decent picture of them). We also saw several snails...
We saw several little frogs the size of my thumb, and we saw this big 'ol toad (Ben's favorite)...
We also saw a wooly worm, an earthworm that was at least a foot long, crickets and beetles.
And if you want super amazing pictures of the wildlife you find, you should have Nicholas March with you. This is the kind of salamander we were finding last night (small mouth salamander)...
And there you have it! How to find a salamander in 5 easy steps :)
I wanted to blog about this shoot for two reasons: 1) An ADORABLE family and 2) A new park/photo location that I LOVE. Meet the H Family!
First of all, these are the people whose home we bought here in Columbia! When we looked at the house, there was a girl's room with Sydney letters on the wall (which is also our daughter's name) and a lot of other details that made it feel like it was supposed to be our new home. Meeting them briefly at the closing, I already knew how adorable they were, so I was so excited when Michelle contacted me to take their family photos this year!
Look at Sydney's little hands in her pockets-ahhhh so cute! Not only were these girls cute, but they were amazing posers and loved the camera-a photographer's dream!
I did not even ask Sydney to put her hand under her chin, she just did it. They are both such naturals!
Hand on the hip, check! Pose, check! Be adorable, check!
Such a beautiful family!
How sweet are mom and dad???
LOVE (my favorite pic of the session)!
How stunning is Michelle?? She looks like a cartoon Disney princess. Gorgeous.
Thank you H family. Thank you for passing your beautiful home along to us. Thanks for letting me know about this awesome park. Thanks for booking me for a session so quickly after settling in here. I hope this is the first of many sessions with your beautiful family!
Several months ago, I got an email from a former high school classmate that he would be getting married in the Fall. He saw that I was moving back to Missouri, and wondered if I would be interested in photographing his wedding. I was especially excited when he told me they were getting married at the winery in Rocheport!
When September 21st finally arrived, we could not have hoped for a more beautiful day! Sunny and in the 70s, the vineyards were green and full of bright purple grapes. A perfect day for a wedding overlooking the bluffs. I first went to meet Bethany in Columbia, where she was getting ready.
What a gorgeous dress!
Her bouquet was simple, elegant and perfect.
The time came for Jeff and Bethany to have their "First Look" at the winery before the ceremony took place. We met up by an old barn next to the vineyards. Love when the groom tears up a bit :)
Bethany was a gorgeous bride!
And Jeff wasn't looking too shabby either ;)
And now it was time for the ceremony, and what a beautiful ceremony it was!
Jeff's daughter, Ryan was just as much part of the ceremony as Jeff and Bethany. She was SO adorable throughout the whole day!
Here comes the bride!
This was the part of the ceremony where Jeff, Bethany and Ryan all poured their own colors of sand into the vase to symbolize their bond as a family-SO sweet!
They did it! :)
Here are my favorites of the wedding party. The first is just a beautiful group of ladies overlooking the bluffs.
This is my favorite of the guys because I went to high school with several of them, and even grade school with one of them. This is how I remember them. I was having serious deja vu. Boys will be boys! :)
The first dance was very sweet and full of love.
Immediately followed by some serious dancing! Woo hoo!
And of course, I'm a sucker for a photo booth at a wedding reception. Love them!
Thank you, Jeff and Bethany, for having me document your special day. It was beautiful!
Passion for all things photography, mother of 6 year old twins, Ben and Sydney, wife, daughter, sister, friend. Lover of old movies, anything chocolate, laughing, traveling, speaking Spanish and French, summer, the beach, camping (if s'mores are involved), and being with my friends and family.