Friday, February 28, 2014

Amanda's Portaits

Amanda was the second absolutely amazing women I photographed this spring!! She kept telling me she didn't know what she was doing, but this beautiful mom looked stunning in every picture I took of her!! Plus she helped me take one of my new favorite pictures of her awesome Chucks!! Maybe next time I will be able to sneak her Hubby and Baby into the pictures ;)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Book Review: Labor Day

So I have really been on the ball this year reading books, if I keep at this pace I will have all 12 books read by summer.

This book I picked off my list of books at random.

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Henry—lonely, friendless, not too good at sports—spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates. For company Henry has his long-divorced mother, Adele—a onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot; his hamster, Joe; and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly's with his estranged father and new stepfamily. As much as he tries, Henry knows that even with his jokes and his "Husband for a Day" coupon, he still can't make his emotionally fragile mother happy. Adele has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart.
But all that changes on the Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life's most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting others—especially those we love—above ourselves. And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting for.
In a manner evoking Ian McEwan's Atonement and Nick Hornby's About a Boy, acclaimed author Joyce Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy—and the man he later becomes—looking back at an unexpected encounter that begins one single long, hot, life-altering weekend.

MY OPINION: I really liked the way this story was written, the book flowed and kept you reading the whole way through. It is a coming of age story so I guess you should know ahead of time that it reads like a memory, and not much action is involved. If you like a story that has you on your toes wondering what will happen next this probably isn't a book for you. The ending of this book was a bit different than I expected it to be. Whether that is a good or bad thing I will leave up to your imagination.

OVERALL: I would rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. I think you would be better off seeing the movie and skipping the book. And I am a huge fan of reading the book before I see the movie...NOT THIS TIME.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Tiffany's Portrait Session

So I have yet to really decide what I enjoy most, (Genre wise) in photography! Some of my favorite pictures are landscape. But I had a chance to do 2 portrait/glamor shoots this month and I have to say that I really liked the way the pictures turned out. And I had a really good time spending time with these fantastic ladies and helping them to feel comfortable and beautiful in their skin!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Creative 52: Week 6 Bubbles

Last week we were out playing with bubbles in the sunshine!! And I was taking pictures of Kyra playing and Dustin blowing them, than when I got up stairs I got really excited to see how cool they had turned out!!

Isn't the reflection awesome?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Kyra's Valentines Pictures

I had this all ready to go and stuff a week ago!! I don't really know what happened I guess I didn't push publish like I had thought I had. Sorry it's so late. But it is still adorable if that counts for anything :D

Friday, February 14, 2014

Creative 52: Week 5 Dance with me

Nothing show the love of a father daughter relationship more than dancing does. I love to see little girls dance with their dads. And brides at their weddings!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Switzerland and Austria 2014 (Lichtenstein too)

So most of the Alps that we saw and drove through were in Austria. Having grown up in the Rocky Mountains, the Alps are such a different looking mountain range. That may be hard to explain to someone who hasn't seen both but they are so stunning in their abruptness. I couldn't get enough pictures of these beautiful mountains!!

I have no idea what that says or means but it was pretty while we were waiting for Dustin to buy the Austria tag we had to have on the car!

Starbucks around the world!

Train in Austria!

Some cool road along the side of the mountain.

Kyra is just like her father!

Once we got to Innsbruck we decided to find the first parking garage we could and take a walk in town to find somewhere good to eat! I really liked some of the buildings in town they were so pretty!

Enjoying lunch break

Austrian Beer

Austrian Wine DELISH!

Enjoying an orange juice while watching the vehicles pass by, occasionally even getting some waves :D

Cute little Cafe in Innsbruck Austria

A little after lunch loving :D

After lunch we drove half way up the mountain so we could take this ski lift to the top of the mountain to enjoy the views!!

Long ways to the top!!

Kyra was so brave and even got to talk to a little Austrian girl only a bit older than her!

Brave people hiking the mountain

Kyra and her new friend!

View from the midway point!

Just Stunning country I could spend my entire life there no doubt!

Waiting for the second ski lift to the peak.

Anyone who can see this and not automatically want to just stay and stare at it all day doesn't know what they are missing!

Kyra running around at the peak, you could go outside but the wind was insane, and the wind chill equally crazy!

People skiing, you had to go all the way to the top of mountains to ski due to the lack of snow!

We loved Austria, and were really excited when the next day included a lot of driving through Austria also to get to Lichtenstein and Switzerland!

I love love love old buildings this one looks like it has been there forever!

The Castle of Vaduz

Dustin said it was a foreign dignitary there that is why there was so many cars in front of their city hall.

Their main square was like all made of this orange brick pretty neat!

Swiss Francs

Grumpy butt

Cute Cafe we ate at in Vaduz

Cable car in front of the restaurant

Lichtenstein is a tiny tiny country and had we not stopped for lunch would have only taken maybe 5 mins to pass through. But it is the richest German speaking country in the world (if you were to look at Gross Per Capita)

Our next stop was Switzerland. I am sad that it was such a quick stop as we had snow on the forecast (never showed up) and didn't wanna get stuck driving in it in the dark. So we headed to the closest city over the border, and than looked into things to see. I was having trouble finding anything to exciting, but saw on the map this strange little road that was all squiggly, so with high hopes we drove to it and were so excited to find it was a road up this little mountain. And gave us some of the greatest views of Switzerland, and it looked just like I had pictured it.
The only scary part was the drive up. The fog was so thick just above town that you could barely see like 5 feet in front of you. And there were points along this mountain road that you weren't really sure if the road was turning or not. But it was totally worth the scary journey!

This pretty building was right at the bottom of the mountain, I don't know what it is but again an old building so I loved it

Dustin thought the fog was fun!

Finally got above the fog, does this not look just like how you would picture Switzerland? Rolling green hill tops?

Mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm Swiss Chocolate!