Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy New Year…Now Scheduling Newborn Sessions

I can't wait to book and photograph my first baby of 2011. I have so many great memories of all each and every tiny little one and their families I met and photograph this year, it was a year of first starting with publishing my first newborn photo calendar and ending with the opening of my Aqua Poppy Photo Studio. I'm excited to see what 2011 will bring!


Now the fun begins sorting through the photos of our snow filled holiday vacation.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

One RAD city!!

NYC was so RAD I can't believe you can walked around for 6 hours and only got a few blocks. We just just loved visiting American Girl, eating real NY style pizza, cupcakes, the ferris wheel in Toys R Us, Rockefeller Plaza and catching up with my dear friend from my college days.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I wanted to be a painter: part 2

Those of you who read me blog I post a while back about how I always wanted to be a painter so I finally dusted off my brushed yesterday. I just fell in loved with this little boy and the photo taken a few weeks ago in my studio during his two year old photo shoot and ever since I could stop thinking about picking up my paint brushes and making a painting out of it. So last night after um… 18 or so years I created this , it might not be a masterpiece but I thought it was worth sharing. I still need to go back for a few more finishing touches but since this is my first attempt I'm excited to have it turn out like it did and don't worry I won't be hanging up my camera any time soon.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Calendars for the holidays!!!!

I've been a busy elf delivering calendars all around town, I was especially happy to drop off hundreds of calendars to several special care facilities as my gift to the residents who might not get much for Christmas. Anyone wanting to share in the holiday spirit all proceeds from the Special Delivery Calendar sales benefit Ronald McDonald House and other local charities. Order online at my store or email me your order my last day for local deliveries is the 19th. Thank you for all your support in making this project a way to give back to the community.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Aqua Poppy Studio Photo Workshop Sunday!

If you are interested in attending the photography workshop this Sunday there is still time to register and a few spots left.  
   The Worshop will starts at 1pm at Aqua Poppy Photo studio in Spanish Fort for anyone interested in learning photoshop and then proceed at 2:30pm with camera settings, lighting, composition, exposure, editing and what ever else we can fit in and we will also be photographing models using natural light in studio and outdoors, digital camera is required to participate. Contact me via email for registration form and information. Thanks

Monday, December 6, 2010

Photo of the week(end)

What a fun shoot chock full of laughter and silliness these high energy boys kept warm with all their running around and we even got in a visit with Santa and a couple of his reindeer to top it off. I'll be posting more after I thaw out from this unseasonalby cold weather we are having lately.

There's still time to order one of my calendars for the holidays here .

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wrapping up holiday photo sessions

our card 2010

I've been really on top of making our card this year we've already handed some out and the rest go in the mail after Thanksgiving, don't worry if you haven't scheduled yours yet there's still 2 weeks left for holiday photo shoots and there's definitely time for those who rather wish everyone a happy new year!

***Special Delivery Calendar available for the holidays place your order here ***

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Stone Family

I had so much fun shooting back to back sessions with this family the kids were great even after 2 hours they were happy and smiley, I ended the sessions on a bit of a sore note though after falling off a wooden fence at the nature park but just a few bruises to show for all our hard work.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Photo of the week

Just a sneak peak of our awesome shoot in Fairhope this afternoon, I'll be posting more pix of this wonderful family tomorrow.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Calendar, cookbooks and novels

I wanted to just say thank you to Barnes & Noble for having me as a guest in the Authors' Corner at Christmas Jubilee this morning to promote and sign my Special Delivery Calendar and I got to meet two other great women forging their way through the literary world Gena Knox who has a wonderful new cookbook out called Southern My Way and Margaret P. Cunningham was signing two of her novels Lily in Bloom and One True Place, be sure to leave room on your holiday shopping list for these available at Barnes & Noble.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Visit me at Christmas Jubilee on Thursday!

Authors' Corner: Here's a great chance to meet your favorite regional authors. Barnes & Noble will sponsor this all-time favorite booth. There will be several Alabama and Auburn football books, various children books, and several local fiction authors. Don't miss the opportunity to meet these authors at various times during the market.   

Please stop be and say hi, I'll be there on Thursday November 11th from 9:00am - 1:00pm signing calendars, all proceeds from the Special Delivery 2010 calendar sales during the event will benefit Ronald McDonald House of Mobile.



Saturday, November 6, 2010

Aqua Poppy Studio Opening Soon

Yes, that's the name of my new studio and what a better way to announce the name than with a sweet photo of Baby S surrounded by one of my favorite colors. I'm busy scheduling sessions for the studio and looking forward to the wonderful opportunity I've been given and chance to capture so many more beautiful and happy memories. Please visit my Aqua Poppy blog to read more details about this shoot and what the studio offers.  

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Congratulations to Brandy C. you are the GRAND PRIZE WINNER! 
Please email me with your contact information so I can send you the details. (the grand prize includes a free full one hour photography session with $75 gift certificate to use towards your print purchase. The grand prize photo package session can be in studio or on location and is not limiting the number of people in the photo session.)

9 OTHER WINNERS who will receive 50% off full hour session in studio and the session is limited to three people per session.*

Lesley P.
JoJo H.
Jenni C.
Emily Mc.
Kerry K.
V. Klein
Dan Mag
Marty G.

All winners please email your contact information to so I can send all the details, if you are unable to claim your prize included it in your email me so I can select another recipient. Thanks to all who gave me a lot of unique names and ideas on naming my studio. I'll post a few of those ideas when I announce the official name Friday.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Now scheduling Holiday Photo Sessions

I've started planning our holiday photo shoot have you? I can't wait to see how it turns out last year's card was such a big hit I'm wondering how I can top it, not that it's an official contest but I will admit I secretively try to send out the greatest holiday photo on earth, well of my kids at least and the last 5 years really are going to b hard to beat. We had the tree farm photo, the kids in a box shot, the hats and antlers  laying in their pj's picture, the Fa La La La card and of course the vintage red chevy with the Harley sticker and bullet hole in the back window photo, but I feel confident this years will live up to all the hype. But it's a secret until December 1st.

**Only 2 days left to comment and enter the Help Name My Studio Giveaway **

Friday, October 29, 2010

Name my new studio and win…

I have contemplated opening a studio for a few years now and every time I thought I had found a location the pieces of the puzzle just never fall into place. This time seems to be different maybe because I've been running in every direction and finally bumped into myself to say it's now or well never. Though the doors aren't open yet I am ready to schedule sessions starting November 6th, I'll be getting the studio ready all next week and I can't for all those fun photo shoots to start.

But in the mean time I need your help in deciding on a name for my studio. I've come up with a few of my own names and logos but I'm not set on any particular one and I'm up for any suggestions. To get a better idea what I'm looking for I'll fill everyone in on a few thoughts to narrow down the ideas and after you click on the post links and read my thoughts below please post a comment and from the comments I will randomly pick 10 names to receive 10 photo package prizes.

Click the links below to see my name and logo ideas:

Studio Thirty-one (31) maybe? it will be located on HWY 31

Things need to consider when thinking about the name: First I love photographing in barns and will someday run my studio out of one, fingers crossed and the new studio has a little barn next to it. Second my last name means royal in italian. Thirdly I will be photographing mostly babies and children but not limited too and rather important I would the name to be open to me possibly renting out the studio space to other artists or clubs for meeting or workshops in the evenings few days a week or birthday party now and again, lastly the new studio location is in Spanish Fort,AL.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: the grand prize includes a free full one hour photography session with $75 gift certificate to use towards your print purchase. The grand prize photo package session can be in studio or on location and is not limiting the number of people in the photo session.*

9 OTHER WINNERS: will receive 50% off full hour session in studio and the session is limited to three people per session.*

All you need to do click the links above in this post and comment on which of my studio names you like better or come up with your own idea for a name and share it. There will be 10 winners in all. If you live out of town I'd still love to hear your ideas so if you post a comment just write out of town on the message and if you are chosen I'll just randomly pick another winner. I am also excepting comment via email and Facebook, thanks.

*Winners must be local or able to come to the studio in Spanish Fort,AL to redeem their prize*

Comments are open until 8pm on Wednesday. If you leave a comment please remember to check back on Wednesday November 3rd after 10pm and email your contact information so I may send details on how to redeem the prize. Winners have 3 months from the winning announcement to claim their prize.

**(I will reselect at random a new winner if any of the original 10 winners do not claim their prize by 10:00pm on Thursday November 4, 2010.) Thanks

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fluffy white cotton fields

Little E was so funny making faces, showing her pirate imitation and being surrounded by fluffy cotton flowers as she calls them. **If anyone is interested in a cotton field photo sessions please get in contact with me soon the fields in BC are starting to get harvested.**

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Be sure to check back bright an early Friday morning on October 29th for a really big announcement and I mean really BIG!

Wonder Wheel at the Wharf

Round and Round and Round it goes…where it stops NOBODY knows ....

It's been over 20 years since I rode on one of these and the first time for the kiddos,  there were a lot of screams and a lot of laughs and we had the ferris wheel all to ourselves.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Baby Mondays: TTATO (tiny toes and the other…things)

This was an idea I had months ago when I was wishing for one of my dozen or so writers friends to have a baby and now that it's done there are several expecting Moms in the newsroom, I'm happy to learn. So many thanks for falling asleep on such an unlikely spot with all your tiny toes and the other things which made this photo great and I have hope that someday all babies will be loved even before they are born just like you. Thanks T and Baby G.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sunflowers fields forever

 I love the pattern of this flower it creates it's own beauty the kind you can only find in nature

 this has to be one of my favorite, I just love the trio of bees gathering nectar and the sun filtering through the field 

and the sun setting behind the lonely sunflower in the field

It's amazing all the different shots of the same subject you can get in one location and under an hour.