February 20, 2010

The Snowy Day

A little over a week ago, we had record-breaking snowfall here in North Texas. If I recall correctly, there were 12+ inches recorded in some areas, though I'd say we had somewhere around 8 inches in our yard. Crazy, right?

Naturally, I snapped a bunch of photos since all of the classes I had pulled an all-nighter for were canceled. Yaaay. In my ridiculously sleep deprived state, I reverted to the age of 8 and ran around all day in the snow with my dogs.

Snow

This was one of the very first pictures I took of the snow. That's at roughly 6 AM when I finally opened the blinds after staying up all night and was shocked to see a thick blanket of snow on the ground. Here in Texas, it's crazy to see snow gathering on the concrete. That's just something that doesn't happen. Ice, sure, but snow? Never.

The above was actually shot with my husband's point and shoot. I wanted to make sure I wouldn't bust my butt while carrying my more expensive DSLR, just in case there was indeed a layer of ice under the purty snow.

Snow VDub

A little later, I ventured out with my own camera in tow. The juxtaposition of the *snow* and our Jetta's Texas plates makes me smile. You can tell this was still pretty early on. By the day's end, the whole hood had several inches of snow on top.

Snow

We have way more holly bushes in our yard than we know what to do with. This is the friendliest holly that we have. The rest are the extra-spiny bushes of dooooom that wreak havoc on your feet if you step on their leaves barefoot (and I like to wander around my yard barefoot, thankyouverymuch). They're green and pretty all year long (and don't the berries look superb with a li'l spattering of snow?) but I have a bit of a vendetta against my holly army.

Trajan

As previously mentioned, I spent a vast portion of the day running around outside with my dogs. Our 2 great danes had an absolute blast out in that cold, wet, white stuff. I wish we had it more often for them to enjoy.

Trajan

That's Trajan, in all his floppity-eared goodness, having a good romp. He's a 1.5 year old blue dane. He's named for the Roman Emperor, so no, it's not a misspelling of "Trojan", as the vet's office always seems to the think. ;)

Trajan

*snort* The drooool! Trajan almost never drools, so it totally cracks me up every time I see this shot.

Trajan

The drool strikes again! That facial expression is so ridiculous.

Gus

Here's Gus (short for Augustus), our 10-month-old fawn dane. Despite being younger and far more petite than Trajan, he's definitely the dominate of the two. He has been from day 1.

Gus

I love taking action shots of my pups. They definitely challenge me, with how quickly they gallop about the yard.

Gus

Snow om nom nom nom.

Tracks in the Snow

I forget whether these were early morning rabbit tracks or tracks from my dogs. Hm. The shape makes me think rabbit, but I'm not sure.

Mary & Trajan

I'll close with this shot that my husband took with his camera of Trajan and me at about 1 AM. Yup, despite my all-nighter, I stayed up aaall day to make the most of the snow day. I know folks from places further north get sick of the snow, but it's such a novelty here that I can't help but get all giddy about it!

-Mary

P.S. Here's a video of Trajan & Gus romping around together. Calypso the Kitty makes a brief appearance as well.

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February 15, 2010

Marshall, Paige & Baby Kayla

As previously promised, I have pictures of an incredibly adorable baby for you today. Remember this little cutie pie?

Kayla

She's back! I joined her and her parents Marshall & Paige at their house out near Denton on a particularly cold and dreary day last month. Not wanting to subject little Kayla (not to mention the rest of us) to the icky weather outside, we took photos in their living room and in her nursery instead. Despite the last minute change in plans, I'm so in love with the photos from this shoot.

Kayla

Kayla's bright blue eyes just make me melt.

Kayla Toes

Oh, precious little baby toes!

Marshall & Kayla

The Family

What a handsome family!

Paige & Kayla

Dad tried to get creative with the posing for this next shot.

Kayla & Marshall

It obviously resulted in a Very Sad baby. Their reaction to the Very Sad baby leads me to nominate them for Parents of the Year!

Kayla Crying, Parents Laughing

I don't think Kayla much appreciated their laughing at her misery. :P

Kayla

Tummy time resulted in some very cute shots. I adore the one above. I hear she just rolled over on her own for the first time yesterday!

Kayla with Intense Stare Action

Kayla kept giving me the most intense stares. We're pretty sure she has a future in fashion modeling. She's got haughty down pat.

Kayla & Marshall

Marshall & Kayla

Like Father, like Daughter.

Kayla & Paige

Awwww. Finally caught a wee smile.

Juno

While Kayla went down for a brief nap, I snagged some photos of the other family members. This is Juno. Juno seems so petite compared to my big Great Dane goobers... but I suppose all dogs do, with few exceptions.

Loki

And here's Loki. Loki is one of the best cat names ever. In case you don't know, Loki is something along the lines of the Norse god of mischief and trickery. Does that sound like any cats you know? Maybe all of them?

Kayla

I also got a couple shots of Kayla sleeping in her crib, but my shutter click was coming dangerously close to waking her up, so I decided to leave her be.

Marshall & Paige

It was the perfect opportunity to get some shots of just Mom 'n' Dad. Awwww.

Marshall & Paige

Kayla came back out after her nap for some cute just-woken-up shots, like so:

Kayla

Marshall and Paige, y'all have one of the cutest babies I've ever met. I hear this whole baby thing goes by quickly, so enjoy her now and always. I know you will.

-Mary

February 2, 2010

Kristi's Bridal Portraits

2 weekends ago, Kristi and I met up at the Adriatica in McKinney for her bridal portraits. If you've followed the blog for a little bit, you've seen Kristi before. I shot her engagement portraits last summer.

She gave up on hiding her dress from her husband-to-be a while back, so I have permission to share her portraits with you before her wedding later this month! I'm glad I'm not the only one that failed to follow that tradition; my husband actually helped me get ready for my bridal portraits 6 months before our wedding (He's the one who lent me his airsoft assault rifle and bought me some aviators and a cigar so I could have some crazy gangster bridals. Because I'm ridiculous).

I was ridiculously excited that Kristi decided on the Adriatica for our shoot. For those who don't know, the Adriatica is a recreated Croatian village in McKinney that's still under construction. The homes there cost approximately a bazillion dollars, the tile-roofed shops, bell tower and cobblestone streets are gorgeous, and all-around, I think it's one of the best local venues for bridals. The weather wasn't 100% cooperative that day (though the sun did finally come out and provide a gorgeous sunset at the very end!) but the happy bride more than made up for the grumpy winter storm-clouds.


Kristi

I'm forever scrambling onto things with camera in hand in order to catch a shot I have in mind, like the shot below. In this case, I climbed onto a wall with a 20 foot drop to my left. Whee! (Also, doesn't her bouquet photograph beautifully? From the photos, it's especially hard to believe that those pink & yellow roses are silk!)

Kristi

One of my very favorite bridal fashion trends is colorful shoes. I absolutely love Kristi's purple peep-toe pumps. Say that 5 times fast.

Kristi

Kristi

I think the above shot would look awesome printed large and hung prominently on the wall. I'm in love with the colorful lights and Kristi is totally bringin' the fierceness.

Kristi

Kristi

Kristi

The bad weather brought with it some fortuitous wind. I love all the photos that captured her hair and veil floating in the wind.

Kristi

Kristi

Kristi brought along a friend as well as her mom (though mom wisely stayed warm in the car the whole time), which is something I definitely recommend. Kristi's buddy helpfully doubled as hair stylist, veil fixer, and stuff holder.

Kristi

And then the sun came out! Yaaay. I love this moment I caught between poses as Kristi fixed the gorgeous lace overlay on her gown.

Kristi

The following image requires a brief explanation. Kristi and I both went to the same college. We're "The Comets". Our very.. creative hand sign dealimabob is "the whoosh". Because.. comets.. whoosh. Yes. See below for an example of "the whoosh." It's exciting. :P

Kristi

Kristi

Kristi

Kristi

We finally found a dry spot for Kristi to let down her train. Gorgeous, yes?

Kristi

Yay, wind!

Kristi

Kristi

That evening definitely had one of the prettiest sunsets I've seen all winter. How lucky!

Kristi

Kristi

I have definite envy for Kristi's deep blue eyes.

Kristi

Kristi, I had a great time freezing my butt off with you! I'm so excited for you for your quickly approaching wedding. I know you'll have an amazing wedding day, and an amazing marriage to follow.

-Mary

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