The preschool age is the one of my favorite ages to photograph. Their expressions are natural, honest, and almost edible. Makes me want to have just *one*more*baby!
Central Park is picture perfect. Everywhere you look there’s beauty: bridges/tunnels, ‘Imagine’ tribute to John Lennon, Bethesda Terrace & Fountain, Statues like: Alice in Wonderland & Bolt, Tavern on the Green…you could literally spend a few days enjoying the park. Spring & Fall have got to be the best times ever in New York City…wait what about the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree? I MUST SEE EVERY SEASON IN NEW YORK CITY. Thank you Joyce for introducing me to this wonderful city!
Yes, we did a bus tour of the city….I highly recommend it for getting a great night view of the city lights. My first taste of the city was breathtaking! We got off of our plane, unloaded our luggage at our hotel & hit the streets. First week in June & it was chilly at night! Here are a few of our adventures from: The Brooklyn Tabernacle Where I sat next to a regular attendee ‘Catherine.’ She reminded me so much of my grandma, Evelyn. We hugged good-bye. The ‘greeter’ at Tiffany’s was TO DIE FOR! His eyes were Tiffany’s blue. Times Square’s ‘Naked Cowoby’ nothankyouverymuch. Scrumptious food from Carmine’s….And much, much more….
The photo of me…sporting my Yankees hat (much love to the Yankees) & my ‘Live with Kelly & Michael’ t-shirt….I’m wearing an adult’s medium…totally looks like a 2T…<oy>
First rule of ‘Fight Club’…..oops!
Establishing an outdoor portrait location is the first thing on my ‘to-do’ list. Typically, the family is thinking ‘What will we wear?!?’ I like to determine the best ‘location’ look for the family based on what interests them. This family knows me & I know them so it’s always easy finding a good fit ‘portrait backdrop wise.’ Monica had a few suggestions too (which I LOVE–I had no idea there’s a South Austin woman who painted her fence with cool Octopi Arms + a spaghetti monster!). The boys loved it!!
My favorite location was the infamous ‘Hi, How are you?’ wall in Austin, TX. I LOVE the fact that Addison assumed the frog position…the imagination of a child is absolutely priceless! I find moments like that when a child feels comfortable to play & pose himself/herself the most rewarding for me!
The trip was amazing: white water rafting (in Jackson Hole), horseback riding in the mountains of Victor, Idaho, a private tour of Yellowstone, coffee in the morning mountain air & fun games with loved ones. If your family hasn’t played Ellen Degeneres’ new game “Head’s Up” you need to. Immediately. Wait….if your family isn’t overly expressive…or doesn’t laugh out loud & come *this close* to an adult accident…don’t play! We had a blast! I wish I had ‘Rick’s’ dancing moment on video….oh my gosh….it will forever live in my mine, but OHHHHHH how I want to share that moment with you right now.
The memories we made will last a life time! There was even a brief snowball fight….bison hair…elk crossing…good times! We did have the extreme joy/thrill of seeing a grizzly bear—the park ranger was present to ensure I didn’t take a step closer…I was drawn to him (gorgeous, fascinating creature—not the park ranger). I was enthralled with its beauty. Don’t get me wrong….we did have bear spray. Don’t go into a bear’s home base without it. You are a visitor in his/her world. Miguel Gaviria was our guide (through Alltrans/Graylin Yellowstone Park Tours) & I can not say enough about him. His knowledge & enthusiasm kept kids (ages 9-17) on the edge of their seats for 10 hours. The stories he told us were amazing…inside stores about bear attacks, the Yellowstone fires & the geysers. My IQ increased by simply knowing Miguel.
Take a look at our pics & let me know what you think….xoxo, Mindy!
Bluebonnets are everywhere this time of year! Austin’s crop is just outstanding. Julia & I discussed many locations & decided on Brushy Creek. We caught some sweet moments between her & her sweet baby Molly. This was a bittersweet meeting…we met before a few years back where Julia & I discussed our ‘Mollys’ while I photographed hers. My sweet Mol went to heaven about a year ago. I’m so happy Julia still has hers to cuddle with. Pets bring so much unconditional love to our lives. The sweet wag of her tail says it all….I’ve missed you, I love you to the moon & back! Much love to you Julia & your sweet Mol!! XOXO
My little darling asked, “Does Santa ever bring puppies for Christmas?” My response, “Good question. All I know is that I never received a puppy from Santa Claus.” All the while knowing that this Christmas Santa would deliver the best gift ever! I was giddy with delight to see my little one’s excited faces to appear down the staircase. The look of complete & utter awe. The squeals of delight…I couldn’t wait! Both kids lost their minds for 5 seconds…then the fighting began, “Let me hold him!” After they each had ample cuddle time & the pup passed out from too much cuddling we all went back to bed. Thank goodness for naps because having a puppy is a lot like having a newborn baby. He was hungry, needed outside to pee, & back to sleep before I knew it. This cycle went on ALL NIGHT LONG. I was Christmas pooped! Too much Christmas fun & excitement. He’s 8 weeks old now & sleeping through the night! We take him on 2 walks a day to make sure he gets his exercise (aka make sure he sleeps through the night). We do not allow him in the neighbor’s yards or dog parks…he’s too young & susceptible to parvo. “Hank-the-Cowdog” is growing to love the little pup.
I asked Santa to send me any photos he had of the sweet boy prior to joining our family here in Austin, TX. He sent a few photos of him from one week old-3weeks old (that’s my story & I’m stickin’ to it!!!). Lola likes to sing Roscoe ‘jingle bells’ & other songs he probably heard while living at the North Pole. Little minds blow me away sometimes! She’s so in love with her little Roscoe! Thanks Santa for the special delivery XOXO