Purple Lemon Photography


Thursday, May 20, 2010
I think it is important (as do most photographers) to do some personal photography projects just for the intrinsic joy of it.  Today, I saw some droplets of rain on a leaf and photographed it.  This was shortly after I finished praying about resting, stillness, and observation of the simply delightful things in life and while taking Eli for a walk outside after a day of rain.

Miscellaneous May- too much for one post

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I have intentionally left May as a slow photographic month so I can catch up and regroup before I dive in with full force for my upcoming season.  But that isn't to say things aren't happening!

Some are personal- like the Free Clothing and Food Day I helped to coordinate last week for University City families, and the new chairs I bought today and the new amazing upgrade to my insulin pump that I bought yesterday. And Eli's impluse-decision haircut I did yesterday.  The "Hello, there pretty little lady!" comment we got Sunday got my gears crankin' and I realized he couldn't wait until mid-June for his planned haircut.  It was in his eyes, curly and he's just not a barrette kind of kid.

The following photos are courtesy of my bridesmaid-friend who lives upstairs. I don't know if she wants her name here.  She did a great job!
"Mom, are we done yet?"
I can see why Brian looks so scared when I cut his hair.  I am rather menacing with those scissors!
The attempted faux-hawk...
Sure, it's a little crooked... but he's wiggly.
This is when the clippers came out last year... (oooh, Anna, I'm breaking out the Waaay Back Whensday).

Also on the Eli front, he started going to a Mother's Day Out program (like a daycare, but in my case, better) once a week.  Last week he had his first day of "school" and I got to do mommythings! The lunch was packed, the diaper bag stocked, fancy shoes all laid out, fresh bath, and (long) hair combed (and looked a bit creepy).   Thankfully, he loved it!
On the business side of things, I'm crankin' out some album designs, orders, and updating my systems, making sure they are in well-oiled condition.  I am rethinking my package information, my administration processes, and figuring out the details of having clients in my home.  It's good to be in this mode for a few weeks, and thankfully I still have a bit of time before May is gone to finish up my long list.
Finally, don't forget about the Bikes program we've got going on for the rest of May.  There is about 12 days left to be a part this!  See this post for more information on how you can help provide bikes for missionaries in Asia!  We're at three whole bikes right now.

Jenna & Nick

Monday, May 10, 2010
Almost a year ago, Nick proposed to Jenna on the grounds of the Arch.  We revisited the spot where he proposed for their engagement session.  It was my goal to create non-touristy photographs near the Arch and the pond where they became engaged in a way that reflects their relationship.  As a P.E. teacher, Jenna is quite active, so we had a lot of fun, interactive pictures with them dancing, walking, being playful.  But I must say, some of these more intimate ones were my favorites, as their expressions were just so captivating.

This couple, with amazing smiles, were high school sweethearts.  She cheered for him while he played football- and Jenna had the idea to recreate the feel of their early days.  They even donned their uniforms for a few pictures.  And let me just add... the wind cooperated nicely.

Girl Scouts & Eli

I was never a girl scout. But I am a girl, and I do go location-scouting for clients (both on purpose and by nature)... does that mean I am a girl scout now?  A friend of mine asked recently to go with me to drive around and pray for the city.  What a great idea!  Though these pictures are not super-amazing, they do show a behind-the-scenes look at what a photographer like me does.

We strapped three car seats across the back of her car, loaded up a picnic lunch, a camera, (not enough pants), and a three-year-old ready to find some swings. 
It was an absolutely gorgeous day!  We went from place to place, exploring new areas of our grand metropolis of St. Louis. I discovered this lovely spot just moments from a clients upcoming reception spot.
And it was the first day in almost a month that Eli's hair wasn't super curly.  Noted here:
It took us almost 4 hours to find a park with swings on our adventure, but we did find them!
And as foreshadowed before, Eli ran out of pants.  What a sight he was at our perfect playground adventure!  Baby-muscle-tee, purple diaper, no pants, tall socks, and little brown leather high-top shoes. Hehe.  I couldn't resist showing you.  And did I mention he's now on the move?