Christmas card pics!

December 14, 2008

The great thing about having a business partner who is also a photographer is that you can get almost-spur-of-the-moment Christmas card photos done on a random Friday morning before school like this here family….



What can I say?

December 14, 2008

I almost scooped them all up and took them home with me.

Here are the littlest ones for picture day….






Seriously – what a joy….

December 13, 2008

Here are some of my favs from the first of two kindergarten classes….







Okay, okay – I gotta stop!  I think I’d post one pic of every kid – I seriously have a “favorite” pic out of each set.  Goodness – beautiful light and great kids = a fantastic day!

My girl’s grade

December 10, 2008

What is it they say about the cobbler’s children?  Well – my kid was an awful picture-taker for school picture day!  LOL.  I got at least four good shots of each of the 22 kids I photographed, with the exception of MY kid.  Haaaaa.

But I got some lovely shots of the other kidlets…


(Haa – just noticed the food stain – this was directly after lunch.  I might need to go back and remove than, hey?!)




Tomorrow and the next day I’ll be hanging with the littler ones – I’m so looking forward to it!  What a wonderful bunch of kids….

School portraits

December 10, 2008

I had the opportunity to do school portraits for my daughter’s school and my, what fun!  I started with the Grade Two/Three and they just seemed so…..old!  I know they are only one and two years older than my girl, but what a difference.

Here are some of my favorite photographs:







Things went quite smoothly and much faster than I thought – even kids who I know well who usually ham it up on overtime when I have my camera out were sweet and genuine.   So much fun!!

Oh it’s that time of year!

November 24, 2008

The holidays are among us – what a way to get in the mood than to photograph these two beautiful girls in their Christmas dresses….




And don’t worry mama – I have some smiley ones too (and cowlick free ones as well! 🙂 – I just loved those ones too much to resist getting them ready for you right away!


Thanks to the lovely girls for getting me in a holiday mood!!!

International Babywearing Week

November 19, 2008

Happy Bambino helped Madison celebrate International Babywearing with a babywearing fashion show this past weekend.

baby hip sitting in an adjustable cotton pouch

baby hip sitting in an adjustable cotton pouch

mama wearing a toddler on her back in a soft structured carrier, and a baby on her front in a stretchy wrap.

mama wearing a toddler on her back in a soft structured carrier, and a baby on her front in a stretchy wrap.


baby being carried on the back in a ring sling

small babe being carried in a woven wrap

small babe being carried in a woven wrap

toddler being carried on her papa's back in a soft structured carrier

toddler being carried on her papa

1yo being carried on her mama's back in a mei tai

1yo being carried on her mama

members of the madison babywearing group who came in as models

members of the madison babywearing group who came in as models

The dark comes early

November 19, 2008

My daughter’s school does a Lantern Walk each fall, as the dusk comes earlier and earlier.

It’s a tricky time of day to take pictures sans a tripod, but I’m there first and foremost as a parent, and so I fore-go the clunky extra equipment and try to keep a steady hand.


A variation on the paper lanterns, the 1st graders did decorated mason jars this year.

The first-graders getting ready to do the play of St. Martine.

The first-graders getting ready to do the play of St. Martine.

N., 1st grade, age 7

N., 1st grade, age 7

Guess I mostly took pictures of the 1st graders!

Loved all the faces on these two.

O., Kindergarten

O., Kindergarten

"Is it lit?"“Is it lit?”

J., 2nd grader

J., 2nd grader

O. leading the way!

O. leading the way!


Some of the big kids waiting for the littler ones to catch up.

Such beautiful colors in the dark.

Such beautiful colors in the dark.

Getting too dark for pictures!

And even when my hand isn't steady enough - the resulting smear of color is beautiful.

Ribbons for playing

November 19, 2008

The current ribbon display at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is mighty fun!  No pics in the actual exhibit, but they did allow pics in the lobby.  Bright colors and beautiful light – be still my heart!






And of course, a kiddo with his own camera is a kid after my own heart:


Thanks you guys – there are so many more beautiful candids of the kids – I can’t wait for you to see them all!

Hiking Parfrey’s

November 17, 2008

Every fall my dear friend Lana has hiked Parfrey’s Glen up near Baraboo – and I mean every fall since she was a youngin’.  My girl and I have been fortunate to be included as a part of the family the last few years and this hike has now become tradition for us as well.

It was a gray and cloudy day – this pic wasn’t converted to b&w:


We saw our first snow at the end of the hike – and what a hike! – with the early summer floods having destroyed the boardwalk.  My almost-7yo just kept saying “now, this is real hiking Mama!”

Since we do it every year at the same time it is a nice chance to get photos of everyone – I believe the first year we took pics in film, I’ll have to scan them at some point….

Here’s Lana, who is nearly impossible to catch looking “real” in a photo – I almost got it here along with Ms. M. who is 4 this year….parfreyssm01

And E, who is 6 like my girl….parfreyssm02

Ms. M with a cheesy grin…parfreyssm05

I hope they are always such good friends….parfreyssm07

My girl, who will soon be 7….parfreyssm08

Ms B. trying not to get her pic taken….parfreyssm09

And the end of the hike, as it was getting dark, and we still had the return hike to do….parfreyssm001

The kids were troopers hopping rocks to get over the stream in the absence of bridges and the boardwalk- Ms. M ended up with a wet foot but she was relatively uncomplaining about it.  We ate our picnic huddled in the car, but it was still a really joyful afternoon.