25 Randoms

I've gotten this email alot about coming up with 25 random things about me...so here they are!

1. I have run 3 marathons, and I plan to run a full marathon every 5 years until I'm 60

2. I plan to publish a book of pictures one day. (content of that book is a secret!)
3. I think its really weird that I have lived in Alabama for almost 9 years! I think I'd be happy if I was here forever, but am up for moving if something else comes along.
4. Lose my trust and you've lost me.
5. I honestly think its humorous that I get paid to take pictures. I LOVE my job
6. I LOVE kids and wish I had a job that required me to be around them more.
7. Camp Loucon is my happy place. I started going when I was 8 years old and I will send my kids there one day. No matter where I live.
8. I prefer to work out in the morning, cause otherwise I'm antsy all day
9. I hate being the center of attention, but love being surrounded by my favorite people
10. I'm incredibly competitive, even if I act like I'm not
11. I'd rather not talk to you than have a superficial conversation. Lets either get down to whats really going on, or move along.
12. I do laundry at least twice a week, wash my car once a week, and have to have my toenails painted at all times. anal.
13. I started getting migraines about 2 years ago. It doesn't happen too often, but when they do...get me to a quiet, dark room ASAP!
14. I run around like a chicken with my head cut off most of the time...but I DO have an off switch! Sometimes I just have to be reminded to switch it.
15. Next to my faith, my family and friends are the most important thing in my life. You can't take "stuff " with you when you go.
16. Music can 100% change my mood.
17. I am a planner, but things that happen last minute are usually the most fun!
18. I think you have to marry someone who makes you laugh. Life is gonna be tough sometimes. Gotta be able to ultimately laugh about it.
19. I have a an intense disdain for vomit. I'll take care of you if you're sick...UNLESS you're puking. Sorry. Just can't handle it!
20. I'm frustrated about my cowboy boots. I thought they were supposed to "last forever." I've had them for less than a year and they are already on their last leg!
21. Strawberry Slim n Trim from Smoothie King...can't beat it.
22. I'm not a fan of getting up early unless I'm training and trying to beat the heat! I used to feel guilty about sleeping til 8 most mornings, but now I just embrace and enjoy it!
23. I never intended to start a business
24. I may not always say what I'm thinking, but its usually written all over my face
25. I know that tomorrow is not a guarantee, so I try to act as if this was my last day. People don't always remember what you say, but they remember how you treated them.


Step Sing time!

I spent three and a half hours tonight taking pictures of all the groups for the Step Sing program. Not the most fun thing in the world to try and get 60 people to listen to you while you're standing above them. BUT, I do have to admit that as each group was coming in and out, I was thinking about my days of step sing. It was by no means something I counted down the days for, but it wasn't really an option not to do it! I participated for 3 wonderful years, (as a leprechaun, a santa baby, and a girl tryin to make it in NYC) and then decided to bow out after winning it our junior year. I mean really, why not quit while you're ahead??
Above is the group "Dude of Plenty," who has become my favorite group over the last few years. But then of course I had to include what the cute ZTAs look like this year! (below)


SU vs. Wofford

Got some decent shots at the game tonight! The girls made fifteen 3 pointers tonight, which tied a school and SoConn record! Guess they don't need me after all ;)


I've got a Peaceful, Easy Feeling...

Maybe the best concert ever...more details to come..


Fun Friday!

2 fun things about today! Mom called this morning and said she was going to be in Birmingham for about an hour this afternoon on her way to the beach. So fun quick visit from Mom and Mac today!

And THEN...I'm sooooooooooooo excited because this NASTY carpet on the stairs in my house is in the process of being ripped up and I couldn't be happier! It literally would put me in a bad mood when I walked up and down the stairs every day and had to look at it. Having a dog, its close to impossible to keep carpets clean! Its been professionally cleaned 3 times and still looks like that. So, time to handle it! Hardwoods will be finished next week :)


SPRY magazine photoshoot

Did you know that Alabama is currently ranked top three in the nation for having the highest prevalence rate of overweight and obesity, diabetes, and hypertension? One of the many interesting things I learned on my photoshoot yesterday for SPRY magazine!

I rarely shoot for magazines.  And by rarely I mean never! I worked at Health magazine for a year after I got out of school and I think the only thing I shot was deck of cards for the Products section...nothin to brag about!  But, I was the photo intern, so at that point I was pretty excited to be taking pictures of anything if it was published!

One of the former section editors at Health moved to Nashville and has taken over SPRY magazine.  I saw her at the Y in Birmingham a few weeks ago and she asked me if I'd be interested in shooting for her magazine. Of course my answer was yes!

Christy Swaid, a Birmingham resident, is being featured on the cover of the March issue.  I had to adjust my eye a little when taking these portraits of her for the cover.  Knowing that you have to leave room in the frame for the name of the magazine at the top, and different cutlines on the edges of the picture, its not the way I would normally choose to fill the frame of a picture when shooting weddings or other portraits.  As much as I like to do things my way, it was a fun challenge to try to make something new work for a change! 

After taking Christy's picture for the cover, I went over to her house to take some "action shots" of her playing with her kids for the inside of the magazine.  They were awesome!  I ended up staying a few extra minutes to play a round of "scooter robber" with them! (which involved me attempting to ride a skateboard in my cowboy boots I happened to be wearing!)

Listening to Christy talk about her efforts to help decrease the obesity rate in Birmingham, and all around Alabama was impressive and inspiring!  HEAL seems like an incredible organization that would be incredibly rewarding to participate in.  Check out their site if you're bored..


Lola's Here!!

Sweet little Lola is here! Wow...felt like last week that I was taking pregnancy pictures of Amber! And now they have a 3 week old little angel!

Go Dawgs! That one's for you, Daddy!

What a precious family! Thanks for letting me meet Lola! Can't wait to watch her grow!



Katherine and Dan

I spent my day yesterday with Katherine and Dan!  I was a little worried when I woke up to the rain, but luckily it didn't interfere with us too much!

The wedding ceremony was held at the Helena United Methodist Church, followed by the reception at the Magnolia House.

It started to rain a little bit on us while we were out there, but I was determined to get at least a few shots outside! These guys were troopers and didn't seemed phased!  I appreciated their laid back attitude and willing to take one for the team to get some good shots!

We faked it with the girls a little and kept them under this small area outside that was covered!

I LOVED the bagpipes! I've shot a few weddings where the guy (is there a correct term for a person who plays the bagpipe??) walked down the aisle before the attendants and then as the bride was walking in.  That was awesome.  But this time he was just standing outside of the church as the guests were arriving.  Loved it!  What a cool way to set the mood for the day!

This cute little guy was tuckered out after about an hour of pictures.  His sweet grandpa took him out to the car for a little nap...luckily he reemerged because this little boy was precious!

I have grown to prefer when the couples choose to see each other before the wedding. Things seem to go a little smoother and be a little less rushed...but then there are those couples who choose not to...and make me really debate which I will do when I get married one day. Katherine and Dan chose not to see each other before the ceremony, so this was their one moment together before the wedding.  Brought along a few tears from the bride, and what seemed like a quiet peacefulness from the groom.  It was such a sweet moment...seems to be a huge rush of emotion that is fun to capture!

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Jarnigan!!

I meant to ask them what the significance was with the turtle, but I forgot! Never ceased to amaze me the things people can do with a cake!

This was another cool idea I have yet to see! Their favors were little bags of coffee, with the quote "The Perfect Blend" at the bottom.  Dan mentioned to me as they were about to leave that he hoped the guests realized they were gifts, and not what they were supposed to throw at them as they were leaving!

Katherine's dog, Ada (sp?), was also able to be a part of the wedding.  She was impressively well-behaved the entire time, and was rewarded with a dance with her mom and dad at the end of the night!

Luckily the guests did realize that rose petals were the correct way to send the couple off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia!