Purple Lemon Photography

Golashes, Lollipops, and Sun(ee) on a Cloudy Day

Monday, January 25, 2010
We knew it was going to rain, but rain it did not.  I thought it would be warm-ish, but rather... it was frigid.  At least it was Sunee!  Well, it was tragically cloudy, but a precious, one-week-shy-of-her-big-second-birthday girl named Sunee was having her pictures taken. In golashes. With a raincoat. And a matching lollipop!  Which... led to a matching tongue. And lips. And teeth.

Following our cold adventure, we came inside for some pretty "princess" pictures in a nice pink dress. Every little girl wants that, right?  Well, not Saturday. She decided that body-slamming and shovels were more up her alley, so we might have to revisit that idea another day.

But what's even better than shovels? PAINT!

After her tongue returned from blue to pink, she was hard at work- tongue and all.

Whitney & Mike

Monday, January 11, 2010
Today was cold. Do you know what is best in the cold?  Cuddling and hot chocolate!  Whitney & Mike braced themselves (literally) for the cold as we had their engagement session.  Though we tried to sick to the sunshine and cozy coffee shop, it was still a perfect opportunity for them to snuggle up and stick close for warmth.

I love the honest expressions I caught from them, gazes of true love.

One of my husband's favorites:
After a lesson on the difference between "angry face" and a compelling "serious face."  They aced my class.
I cannot stop looking at this one.  It makes me want to sigh.
It was an honor, once again, to photograph a couple headed into ministry together.  Seems as though this might be the trend for 2010.

Taking Care of Business

Thursday, January 7, 2010
It's the start of a new year.  I figure it's as good a time as any to do some updating, streamlining, and make some basic changes here at Purple Lemon Photography.  We've our first season as a business under our belt, and after some reflection on the good, the bad, and the pleasantly surprising, we are ready to buckle down for season 2.  I feel like tv show when I say that...

If you have been following our blog for a while, you may have noticed the change in style from pretty good... to, eh... well, I don't like it's current look nearly as much.  Why change to something worse?  Well, in the fall my hubby gave me his ideas for making the blog tons better.  I took the computer world into my own hands, after ripping it quietly from my software developing husband's hands, and here is the result.  A strange looking blog.  Last night after some sketching and brainstorming, I gave it back.  Surrendered my attempts at being cool on the internet and gave the responsibility back to him.  Lessons learned.

It seems to work that way with God sometimes, too.  He's got the ability to make everything amazing, and I try to go at it alone, not adding one more thing to his plate, and WHAM, I fail.  He wins. He is God, you know.

Anyhow, I've also been working on streamlining my marketing pieces, getting brand new, super awesome album samples (which I was happy to find out are half price from one of my vendors!), and making better names for the things I do so people know what I am talking about.  I am also about to get a new lens, which we had agreed I could get if we did well in our first year of business.  Apparently we did good enough, as I got the go-ahead from my hubby (who also does our accounting).  I want to try it out on my engagement session I have Monday.  But it's Thursday afternoon and I have not bought it yet.  Perhaps it'll be ready for the next shoot I have.

And praise the Lord.  January is typically a very quiet month for photographers.  I, surprisingly enough, have several photoshoots scheduled, some consults, and planning sessions in the works, and enough time to enjoy the season, cozy-ing up with the new Bible I bought for that same hubby who does all things difficult and wonderful for me (as stated above), and maybe even playing in the snow that fell last night.

I guess the vacations over, and it's back to work.

(if only my chair were as cozy as my dad's)

As promised

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I said I'd give the one year stats on my fella and here they are.

Weight: 26 lbs. 13 oz./ 93%
Length: 30 inches, at least. He was really wiggly./ 53%
Hat size: still small at 27%
Skills: climbing, standing, jabbering
Walking: not yet
Words: not yet
Wiggliness: through the roof.

Check back in the next few weeks.  I am gearing up for a surprisingly photographic January. 

My Family Portraits

Saturday, January 2, 2010
Though the vacation isn't quite over yet, my husband, son and I got to have an extended Christmas vacation this last two weeks.  We celebrated Eli's birthday, Christmas, New Years, and being together with my family.  My brother and his family are in town from the London area where they do missions work with YoungLife. And we all met in Texas, where my parents moved in April.  We were all so excited to be together again.  Or for the first time- as we've had 2 babies among us since we've all seen each other.

We took some family pictures on a path near my parents home.  I just pulled out a handful of favorites to share.
My nephew.

My parents with my litte guy.
All of us. Together at last!
Thanks to my sister-in-law and mom for clicking the shutter so I could hop in a couple.
Goodness, I'm short...
This one is a heart stopper.  I love this one of my dad with my nephew.  They walked most of the way together, so I have series of them walking from behind that all have this same feel.  But this is by far my favorite!

My sister-in-law wanted a couple shots of my littlest nephew in some of his hats.  So after breakfast one morning, I took some.  I LOVE this picture- even though you can't really tell which hat it is.
And we also took a trip to the park.  This was too funny be left sitting, unseen, on my computer!
Lastly, I just adore the interaction between my two fellas.