Category Archives: Photography

the forest

I have a very lofty goal for 2011…I would like to make more toys for my kids than I buy for them. Totally doable, especially when it involves simple toy crafts like this one!

I was surfing the web the other day, after a friend of mine posted a list of her favorite craft blogs. As I was browsing through these craft blogs I was getting more and more inspired to really make more of the toys/crafts around our house. That was when I got the idea to do the Valentine’s Day Bunting…and I’ll attach one extra photo on here showing the beginnings of the next craft project (think lots of shiny silver and stiff computerized movements!). But back to what I was saying. In my surfing I came across Made by Joel! I love his site…great ideas, including this very simple one!

I went to Home Depot and headed straight for the scrap wood section. I found a piece and asked the sales associate to cut it in half for me. He did, and then proceeded to write “free” on the boards! …So this craft cost me $0.00! (unless you want to get technical and count the gas I used.) Shiloh-Grace and Huck love playing with their forests, but only Huck would take the time out of his busy day to play in front of the camera.

And the next toy starts out looking like these:

foto//friday . Durban

Anyone in Chicago would die to be at the beach right now! The dead of winter seems to have set in, and the sun that poked out this morning is being challenged now by a thick layer of gray. Plus snow is predicted for the next five out of six days. I just love January and February!

So enjoy this picture of the ocean with me.

I won’t mention the fact that the day I was at the beach in Durban, South Africa it was gray and windy and not very beach bum friendly. But we can all pretend it was, right?!

It has been a dream of mine to go to Cape Town, where the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean meet, and someday I will. But until then, Durban is as close as I have been. …Happy Friday everyone!

Maggie Fortson - January 30, 2011 - 9:27 pm

This is AWESOME. The mood and tones . . . incredible.

a photo story: huck and the dinner table

I not a big fan of parents who photograph their children in stages of disobedience, but this episode tonight just had to be documented.

Dinner commences. Stir fry vegetables and rice. Huck is already protesting before he even sits down. The faces he proceeds to make are priceless and quite honestly masterful contortions using face muscles I didn’t know existed. Finally mom shows him just how much he must eat, and started to try the airplane trick. (What were we thinking…dumbest trick in the book!) …But he starts to eat it without giving the gross-out shudder. Two carrots left on the plate and Huck walks away from the table. No sir! Not until you’re done. Finally last carrot makes it into the mouth and Huck is all ready to throw a few high fives!

Success! Veggies consumed!

Maggie Fortson - January 24, 2011 - 9:47 pm

Oh my goodness . . . this is hysterical. Well documented :)

Debbie Saiz - January 25, 2011 - 1:21 am

Too cute!!! Love those faces!!! Great story!!!

natalie - January 25, 2011 - 11:46 pm

This is a great series of photos! It reminds me of my niece and she loves prunes and has a little fit when she has to eat green beans:).

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foto//friday . dads

While I was in Nepal I started to photograph some people who were waiting outside a hospital in the Rukum district and these guys wanted to be photographed with their children. I loved it. They were quickly gathering up their children and then waiting for their photograph to be taken, loving looking at their kids while they waited. I was thousands of miles away from my family, and seeing these dads really made me miss my kids. It was so fun to see the love that these dads had for their kids.

Jonathan Foster - January 12, 2011 - 10:04 am

Bro,

Your stuff is always amazing, but these of the dads and kids just killed me. The one on the left, with the baby looking up at (her?) dad, particularly. Tasha and Ajay are currently in south Louisiana visiting a friend of Tasha’s who is 33 years old and dying of cancer. I’m picking them up Thursday, but the “apartness” is wearing on me.

Thanks for posting these.

Looking forward to seeing you guys this weekend.

Sarah and brian . madison, WI

Photographing Sarah and Brian’s wedding was a true joy. They were married in the beautiful Pres House on the campus of University of Wisconsin, Madison, with the reception at the University Club directly across from the Pres House. After the ceremony we ventured out to the Olbrich Gardens and got some great shots of the couple. We also stopped by Ella’s Deli for a quick ride on the carousel and some photos. I have come to realize (through all of the wedding I have photographed in Madison) Ella’s is a local landmark! How fun would it be to grow up with memories of the carousel and all the fun gadgets inside!?

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Sarah had some great details mixed into the wedding. The wedding signs were handmade by a family member, the favors were handmade jelly (made by Sarah’s grandmother), and it was fantastic! Sarah also included two locket size photos of her grandparents that had passed away on her bouquet. I also loved the table cards! Each table was a city from Wisconsin (where Sarah is from) or California (where Brian is from) that has a special place in their hearts or in their relationship. Along with the name of the city, the guests at that table were able to read an explanation of why that city was important. What a great idea!

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Congrats to Sarah and Brian. You guys are such a great couple! Blessings to you guys!

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