My favorite day. :)

Just wanted to stick my head in here and wish all my Mom clients, readers, family and friends a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!  Especially to those Mamas who weren't Mamas this time last year, and are celebrating their very first Mother's Day tomorrow.  :)  A huge congrats to y'all!!  Myself, I still find it hard to believe that my sweet Lila wasn't around this time last year either.  Wow.  How much difference a year can make!!  I still remember being pregnant, HOT, uncomfortable, yet blissfully rocking my big tall boy to sleep in the chair outside.  I remember that song, the smell of jasmine (which thankfully is in full bloom again in the backyard), and the little plastic sharks.  :)  I had to laugh when I went back to that post to grab the link... Chris told me this evening that he bought steaks, shrimp, and corn on the cob to grill out tomorrow evening.  Looks like we're unconsciously starting a Mother's Day tradition around here!   Anyhow, I'll be away from the computer all day tomorrow.  I anticipate being knee-deep in bear hugs and "sugars".  And who knows, maybe I'll pull out the Trace Adkins again.  ;)

I'm wishing for... another beautifully-messy homemade card from Parker.   sweet baby kisses from Lila. a nice relaxing lunch with my little family. phone calls to/from both our Moms. warm little arms around my neck. watching a Spiderman episode on tv with my little web-crawler. hearing my littlest one calling, "Mah-MUH!" from the crib when it's wake-up time (and even when it's not!). a quiet dinner with my sweet husband, to whom I'm so grateful today for MAKING ME A MAMA.  :) and most of all?  A NAP.  Seriously... I've got a major sleep deficit creeping up on me!

I hope YOU get all the love you can squeeze out of the day. 

And hey, Mom?  Nancy?  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.  We all love you to bits and pieces, and wish we could be with you both today!  xoxoxoxox

Lila was two days old in the above photos.  :)  

Parker saying goodbye to my mom ("Nammie") after one of their trips here from KY.  And below laughing with Grandma (Chris's mom) in the backyard.  He always gets so sad when his grandparents leave to go back home.  Especially those snuggly Grandmas and Nammies.  :)

This last image is special to me.  Now, looking through my Photographer's Eyes, it's full of technical flaws.  It was very late at night, and the only lighting was the lamp on the nightstand in our room.  Lots of grain, it was underexposed using a high ISO... it's a technical mess, really.  But my Mommy Eyes see nothing but Heaven here.  My babies.  Snuggled up to me in bed.  Lila was 10 days old here, and Parker was just amazed by her.  So proud.  So sweet.  I remember this moment like it was yesterday... cuddled up with MY TWO CHILDREN this time.  Chris stopped in the doorway and smiled at us, and I whispered, "Pleaaaaase go get my camera!!!"  He obliged, and grabbed this shot for me at whatever settings the camera happened to be on last.  AND I LOVE HIM DEARLY FOR THIS!  

I hope y'all have a blessed Mother's Day.  Go hug your kids!!  I'm going to check on mine one last time before turning in.  And steal a kiss or two.  ;)

xoxo, Stacey

 

post-a-palooza

This poor blog.  It's been so neglected lately.  I've had so many sessions recently and so little time to share them with you all!  So today, I am attempting to catch you up somewhat with some recent client sessions, plus a little of my everyday life-stuff.  In no particular order!!  

First up, meet Tyler.  His daddy called me wanting a session that captured WHO Tyler was, not just what he looked like in this sweet little toddler phase.  Ahh, music to my ears.....

We headed to one of my favorite parks to play.  (You'll see this park in a lot of my upcoming posts too... it has been a very popular location request lately!)

One of my favorites... Daddy is learning to play guitar, and he might just have a little protege on his hands!  ;)

A delight.

Meet the fabulous Jill Somers, owner of the equally fabulous Somers Salon and Spa in Clearwater, and her sweet, adorable family.  (You MUST pay her spa a visit, by the way.  Her Stylists and Spa Staff are all incredibly amazing, and you will leave her spa rejuvenated, refreshed, and relaxed, I PROMISE!  I always do!  ;)  Her mantra at the Spa is to bring "Beauty, Style, and Relaxation to the World, One Person at a Time".  And wow, does she ever!  Check out Jill's blog as well, to get salon updates and promotion details, spa information, as well as "hot tips"!) Anyhow, Jill and her family (including their ever-charming terrier Rex!!) are always such a delight to photograph.  (Check out how much little Ella has grown since our session last year!)  A few weeks back, we headed to Phillippe Park again and played in the sand, hiked up the stairs of the Indian Mound (and back down... and back up... and back down), relaxed under the shady trees, and even made friends with a spider.....

Loved the way she was telling Rex to "stop!"  :)  That chubby little hand, oh my goodness.

I just love-love-love the image above.  :)  Totally makes me smile!  

What a gorgeous little girl she is.  Just absolutely precious in every way.  And wouldn't you know it, she has the best hair.  :)  (Thanks, Mom!)   

Shhh, don't tell Daddy....

TOP SECRET STUFF HERE.  :)  If you know Captain Daniel Long of Otherside Charters, then shhhh, don't tell him you saw this post!!!  This session is a sweet surprise for his birthday, from his beautiful wife and two adorable daughters.  I thought it was a fantastic idea!  His wife, Janet, is the owner of Kookie Krums, a yummy coffee shop/boutique in downtown Dunedin.  (Make sure you pop in soon, because I did some commercial work for her this year, and she's ordered a whole slew of my canvases to decorate her boutique!)  Anyhow, back to the surprise.... The gals and I headed up to Honeymoon Island to play.  (All of you with young kids know... that I sometimes call our sessions "playdates" and that I always make a point to play with the kids, make it fun, and let them loose to just RUN at some point in the session (well, some sessions have lots more running than others, I must admit!  Especially with the toddler crowd.  ;))  Well, there was so much to do on this particular playdate.  Like hiding in the sea grapes.... um, do y'all see a little blond-haired girl anywhere?!  Where did she go???  ;)

I must add that I love her nail polish.  LOL!  And after hide-and-seek was over, we made sea-shell castles.  (If any of you have ever been to Honeymoon Island, you'll understand why.  There are more shells on that beach than there are grains of sand!)

 

Then, there were strolls to take and waves to "kick" of course....

How I *adore* my wide-angle lens at the beach.  :)  This next shot is one of my favorites!!

And of course, there is always time for cuddling and snuggling with Mama.  It just wouldn't be a playdate without a little bit of snuggle-time!

I'm in love with this next shot.  Such adoration from Mama, and that sweet soft backlight gets me every time.  So summery and relaxed.

I loved the graininess, and the soft movement of Janet's hair in this one....  and don't tell me that you CAN'T hear the littlest one laughing!  :)  Love that.

Do you think Daddy will be pleased?  :)  Remember, no spoiling the surprise!  

By the way, I refuse to apologize for showing so many images at a time nowadays!  I'm thrilled that my blog finally shows my photographs nice and HUGE, so I get on a roll sometimes and can't stop adding.  LOL!  Have a great night, everyone!!