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Thank you for taking the time to check out my little photography site. I have been a photographer for years, but now I find myself working in a library. It sounds strange, yes, but what I am doing is helping create digital archives. Makes more sense now. Right? On this site I'll share with you images, and stories about the people, places and memories that go along with these images. I hope you enjoy the time you spend here.


8/31/11 flashback

Have you noticed on Facebook the little reminders of what you were doing on this day in 2010 and 2009? I'm not sure why, but for some reason I am constantly amused by these little status reminders. I guess because it reaffirms how quickly time moves.

For example last year I posted this image.

And not quite one year, later the scene looks something more like this.



8/30 never say never

A few years ago, my cousin called me in a state of almost panic. "Crystal I need to ask a huge favor!" It seems her maid of honor had bowed out at the last minute, leaving her without an attendant just eight days before her wedding. She asked me to be what we call the EMOH (Emergency Maid of Honor.)

No problem I was honored and willing to step up to the task. She even gave me carte blanche with regards to attire, with one tiny request. "Please don't wear your chucks." Now deep in the back of my mind I was thinking "I would never think to wear chucks to formal occasion such as a wedding. What kind of person does she take me for?"

Well never say never.

This past week I traveled to St. Louis for my best friend's wedding. I was scurrying around trying to get ready and pack my gear in the car. That's when it happened. SPLAT! I fell down the stairs at my friend's apartment. And when I fall, I fall with gusto. I lost my footing somewhere in the middle and landed flat on my back at the bottom. Admittedly I was a little stunned by the whole ordeal but I tried to regroup as best I could. I just had one little problem.

Why I was forced to wear Chucks

I had ripped the heel off my one of my dress shoes. We were leaving for the ceremony in minutes, no time for emergency shoe shopping. This left me with two choices, wear my chucks or go barefoot.

formal attire

I opted for the chucks. This pair would not have been my first choice by any means. I probably would've gone for something a little dressier, like my aqua chucks with the flower and butterfly on the side, but that's just me.

Meanwhile I have a bruise the approximate size and shape of Australia on my backside. (I have pictures of it but this is a family show.) And, the makers of extra-strength tylenol are pure genius.


8/20 Embracing Imperfection

Confession time. I did not take this image. My assistant at my most recent wedding did. I love the humor in it. It was just too good not to share.



back [b]log + a teaser | Michelle + TJ |

I know it seems silly to be doing a post of engagement photos just three days after the couple's wedding, but I'm invoking the August Break rules here. Meaning, there are no rules and I can do whatever I want. My apologies to Michelle and TJ for not doing a more formal blog post from their engagement session in a more timely manner.

I thought I'd start with this image because it kind of sums up some of the logistical issues surrounding their photo shoot. Michelle and TJ live in Ohio. I live in Kentucky, about two and half hours away. This wasn't really a big deal in theory because I was traveling to Ohio on three separate weekends in April. (Yes. Yes. These are from April. I've already told you I'm very late. Get over it already.)
After much juggling of schedules we came up with a day when they were both free and I was in the area. One little problem. It rained. Like all day rained. :( Remember all of those crazy storms back in April? This was exactly the time we were trying to work these in.

Knowing full well that no one can control the weather. We rescheduled for the following weekend and guess what? It rained. Luckily we had a small window of time when it looked as if the weather gods were going to cooperate. We seized this opportunity, keeping our eyes on the sky the whole time.

Thankfully, both Michelle and TJ have a go with the flow attitude as well as good senses of humor.

As it turned out it only sprinkled once or twice and we were able to complete our shoot.

Michelle and TJ even brought along a very special guest, Flyer, the newest member of their family.

Let's face it. It was really hard trying not to let this cute little guy steal the show. And as much as I love my little dachshunds, having a puppy on the photo shoot does present some challenges.

But in all seriousness. I had a great time photographing Michelle and TJ (and Flyer.) Lots of laughter was involved, and I got to play with a little puppy. What's not to love about that?!

After spending some time getting to know this couple and seeing how they took everything in stride when dealing with in-climate weather, schedule constraints and the added distraction of a puppy on the photo shoot, I knew they would be the same way on their wedding day. And it was true. Everything went off without a hitch and they were as easing going as can be. Of course Flyer wasn't there. :-)

Here's the wedding teaser image I promised.


Blue and Yellow Beacon

Coming back from my weekend wedding, we were drawn to the blue and yellow beacon of Swedish design.


I {heart} Photojojo and Polaroid

So first of all, I love companies that don't take themselves too seriously. This is why I <3 Photojojo. (Well that, and the fact that there name reminds me of Mojo Jojo from the Powerpuff Girls.)

Don't ask me how I first happened upon them but I am so glad I did. They have just the right mix of cool photo gadgets and quirky photography related novelties. Seriously, I don't think there is a single thing in their store that I don't want.

I recently placed my very first order with them and it finally arrived.


Yes, I ordered Polaroid film. I've been dying to try the new Impossible Project film, and I have a very special project on the horizon that it would be perfect for. (PS If you don't know the Impossible Project story, you must go check out their site. It's wonderful.)

I also ordered these fun Polaroid inspired frames. How cute are they?!


Now, I know you are probably saying to yourself, "Is that a tiny dinosaur?"


Why yes you are correct. I had that same thought when I opened my shipment and there I found this little guy. (I'm thinking of naming him Ralph.) I thought "Surely, this must be an accident. " That is until I looked at my invoice.


So #1 I love that they have the good humor to add in a tiny little toy just for kicks and #2 They actually put it on the packing list. I <3 you Photojojo!!!!!

Hey...Do you like the faux-Polaroid look to the photos. I thought it was nice touch, but then again. I'm a photo nerd! :)



Still catching up from the Kings Island excursion. I'm not as young as I once was. :)

Kings Island 2


Yesterday was summer fun at Kings Island!

Kings Island


I posted this photo yesterday on the personal blog, but I liked it so much I thought I'd post it here too. Why not?

summer field


back [b]log | Henry |

I wanted to share a few more images from Henry's session, but it seemed like the right thing to do to separate these from the color images I showed yesterday. They have an entirely different look and feel. I like them equally as much as the color images, but just for different reasons.

I'm throwing this last one in just for fun. Come on. Who doesn't love chubby little baby feet?

When I took these photos, Henry was just starting to learn how to crawl. Now I have been informed that he is full on walking. Congratulations Henry! Amy had mentioned during our shoot that once he started walking and able to wear real shoes, that she wanted me to take a photo of the all three of them wearing Converse Chuck Taylors.

Um yeah.... I think I can handle that. :) Can't wait!


back[b]log -- Henry and his peeps

So as I previously stated. I have some serious back [b]logging to do.

Do you remember Henry the Happy Baby? He's made a couple of appearances here on the blog, but there were so many images from his session that I wanted to share, but life got a little crazy. (I'll be talking about what's been going on in my life over on my personal blog.)

To begin, I have known Henry's parents, Marty and Amy, for years. Marty and I went to college together. He and Amy have always had a very cool, hip, retro sort of style. And I can tell already that Henry has inherited this sensibility.

For starters, he has one of coolest nurseries I have ever seen...a wonderful mix of modern and mid-century design.
Heck, I want my room to look my like Henry's. (PS I also want this chair.)

Don't you love the hat and super cute onesie. His mom found them on Etsy. We love Etsy!!!

I shared this next image on my facebook page with the caption: "Hi I'm Henry, and deez are my peeps" It still makes me giggle.

Tomorrow I'll be posting a few more images of Henry and his peeps. Stay tuned. :)


I've had a very domestic weekend thus far, spending a good bit of my day running down to the basement working on laundry. A year or so ago, the Little Dog would have accompanied me on these little trips, but after a post-surgery tumble down the stairs she has learned that she can't.

So instead she, waits patiently at the top of the stairs, and as I return upstairs I get this view. It always makes me smile.


It's nice to know that someone is keeping an eye out for you.

a watchful eye


8/5 Instagram Love!!!

Back in March or April, I got an Ipad. (I hate to admit how much I love this little piece of technology, but that is a subject for another post.) One of the first apps I downloaded was Instagram. After seeing all the examples my friends were posting on facebook, I knew I had to have it. Vintage photo borders, cool retro effects, tilt-shift options. Why wouldn't a self-proclaimed photo nerd love this App. Oh! And did I mention the price....FREE!!!! Love that!

So after several months of playing around with the app, I have noticed a strange phenomenon.

Birthday lunch.

My coffee mug says it all today.

Birthday pie!!!

What is it about Instagram that compels me to photograph what I eat and drink?


Veggie sandwich

I mean seriously. Do I think anyone really cares about this? No, but I still do it. And so do lots of other people.

Spinach salad

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It's kind of weird. Harmless but weird. I just don't get it.

Sunday morning coffee on the deck

Dinner on the back porch

Okay maybe food isn't the only thing I share on Instagram.

Little dog looking extra cute this morning



Remember my little buddy Riley? Well, he's two and half now. This face just about says it all. :)


8/1 my favorite tree.

I'm trying really hard to get back into the blogging habit, something I've let slide a bit for the last couple of months. For the month of August I'll be participating in a little project called the August Break. So hopefully you'll be seeing more photos show up here. I have quite the back [b]log built up from sessions I've done over the spring and summer. But, in addition to that I thought I'd share some more personal photos just for the heck of it.

Happy August Everyone!!!

my favorite tree

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