perfectly ordinary

I'm burning the midnight oil trying to catch up on long overdue editing - and in the midst of it (I call it my commercial break - thank you internet) I came across this inspiring little You Tube video. After watching it (more then once) tears welled up in my eyes and I wanted desperately to sneak into my almost THREE year olds room (who is fast asleep -it's 4am!) and breathe him in.  Our 6 month old woke up about an hour ago for a middle of the night feeding and I felt so grateful for the time I was able to spend in the quiet of the night kissing his soft cheeks and brushing mine against his warm, fuzzy head.   What a beautiful and inspiring message and such a reminder to celebrate those perfectly ordinary moments. Or not so ordinary.....moments!

To read more you can find "The Gift of an Ordinary Day" by Katrina Kenison at various booksellers and you can follow her blog here

LUXE MAGAZINE: CHICAGO

It's been a very exciting week here.  Several months ago I was asked to be profiled in Luxe Magazine.  The opportunity took me by surprise and I am eternally grateful and humbled that it came my way.  Not only am I honored to be featured in this luxury magazine it gave me a whole new perspective on what it was like to be on the other side of the camera. Many of you that have met me know that aside from photography I am also very passionate about painting.  I started painting more then a decade ago and in 2004 I set the groundwork for making it a full time career.  In 2005 I left a 10 year career in corporate interior design to focus on a very different aspect of the interior environment.  It was an opportunity to express a much more personal side of my creativity and at the same time be able to listen to and deliver what my clients were looking for.

It was after the birth of our son that I discovered that this photography hobbiest had more to offer.  Over the course of the past (almost) 2 years I've immersed myself in the world of photography, reading, studying, practicing and doing all in tandem with my painting endeavors. Now my camera shares a shelf with my paint brushes.  I can't imagine ever being without either and I am so grateful that the continued support and encouragement from my clients, family and friends have made it possible.  My experiences with both interior design and painting have had a very strong impact and influence on the way I see the world through a lens and ultimately present the captured memories and photos of you and your families.

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Now back to the other side of the camera for me!