Archive | February, 2011

Hotlanta 2009

28 Feb

My sister is in college in Atlanta, GA so my husband and I like to go visit her every year. We find something new and (hopefully) exciting to do with her, and of course we go to IKEA.

In November of 2009, I was pretty pregnant with Canon and we did a lot of walking. I mean “don’t-care-if-you-are-a-track-star-that-is-a-lot-of-walking” walking. Needless to say, I took a lot of rest breaks. We decided to spend the day at the aquarium and it was AMAZING! Seriously, it was worth the miles and miles that we walked. (An exaggeration?! Not to this soon-to-be-momma!)

The first few pictures are from my sister’s college grounds.


The Georgia Aquarium was wonderful!


A rare moment of me being in front of the camera instead of behind it.  Many thanks to Craig for one of my favorite pictures of the trip with my baby sister!

Have a great day!


Mt. Cheaha 2009

25 Feb

Craig and I love to take trips.  Craig loves to hike and camp.  I had never done anything like that, but I felt it was time to step out of my comfort zone – a little.  We decided to visit Mt. Cheaha, the highest peak in Alabama.  My grandparents have gone there every year for as long as I can remember and always talk about how beautiful and peaceful it is.  It did NOT disappoint.

I had just gotten my Canon 40D, so this trip was a way for me to get to know the camera and practice my shooting.  There were so many picturesque moments that I didn’t know what to do with myself!  I did try to catch the essence of this place, though I came up very short.  My pictures just don’t do it justice!

Here is the pathway leading to our cabin.


The stairs in the tower, which boasts the highest altitude in the state of Alabama.


Along one of the hiking trails…


Down by the small lake…


There was definitely not a shortage of scenery.   From beautiful grasses swaying in the wind…

…to remnants of winter on the small waterfalls…


…to strategically placed chairs that cast a great shadow.  (No, I did not put the chair there for this picture)

Of course, the “rocky outcroppings” were everywhere.  (Sorry, Craig and I make fun of the term “rocky outcroppings” so it had to make it’s way into this post.)


Last but certainly not least, here is my handsome man, sitting on Pulpit Rock.


We are headed back to Mt. Cheaha in just a couple of months and I hope to see the difference in the quality of pictures from 2009 to 2011.  As for the area, we highly recommend it to anyone who loves to relax and enjoy fresh air.


Have a great day!

Memorial Day 2009

24 Feb

As with Labor Day and Thanksgiving, my family and I visit my father-in-law each year for Memorial Day. We always have a wonderful time.

The ride down provided some opportunity to practice shooting light in a dark space.

Naples, FL has some very interesting vegetation.

My father-in-law’s dog, Nicky, proves a good model.

An old firetruck was parked outside the house for a while.

The Naples Pier is a beautiful place.

During this particular visit, we took a boat ride where we encountered many interesting sites.

Labor Day 2009

23 Feb

Every year for the long Labor Day weekend, we visit my father-in-law in Naples, FL. The 10 hour drive is horrible, but we always have a wonderful time once we are there. Although Naples is H-O-T, it is beautiful. There is never a shortage of picturesque moments.




A Weekend Away

17 Feb

Soaking in the smell of the salt water air.  Relaxing in the peace and silence of the beach.  Spending time with family.  Ah, what a weekend.

Our family shared a house on Dauphin Island.  We laughed, we played, we rested.  Isn’t it wonderful to just be?


Apparently, we came across the great hermit crab migration.  I wonder where National Geographic was for this one!


Yes, this would be my dad.  Note the sign and the fact that there was, in fact, no drop off.  The perfect opportunity for a photo op.


Here is the house we rented for the weekend.  It was really lovely.

We also had an impromptu photo shoot with my parents.  They were having a blast!

Comments and criticism are welcome!

The Three C’s

16 Feb

The C’s are such a sweet family.  Little M is a precocious girl with an infectious smile.  The C’s asked me to take some family photos for them so that they could use them as gifts and on their Christmas card.  To say that I was honored would be an understatement.  To say that I was nervous – well, that would be dead on.  I had never had an actual photo shoot with someone who wanted to use those photos in any capacity other than facebook!  However, I agreed, all the while reminding them that I was NOT a professional photographer.

We spent the day at a park in Pensacola relaxing, watching M play and just spending quality time together.  It was so much fun and the pictures reflected that.  I am so pleased with how they turned out and they were too (thankfully).

Any and all comments are greatly appreciated and wanted.