I adore Savannah. So do my little ladies. Savannah does our hair at her adorable studio in Marquette Heights right across from the school.
She got her entire family together for a portrait session and there was no place they could think better than at the cemetery so her brother's stone could be incorporated in the session. I could just tear up thinking about what a beautiful day we had and how everyone was so happy, even though I know having her brother not be able to be IN the portraits must have been so hard.
We had the portrait retouched in a way that you could tell it was a cemetary but didn't have all the background stuff that is there. I LOVE how it came out!
I just love Savannah and her whole family is as sweet as she is! If you need a great stylist with an amazing personality-look her up!
Rosan wanted to have a professional portrait of her entire family so she undertook the daunting task of lining up schedules for her brother, dad, cousin and her dad and grandma and we had a beautiful session at the Pekin Lagoon. Their family is really close and it shows in the portraits. I love getting to work with families like this and pointing out the similarities in looks between family members. Multi-generational portraits are my favorite. I bet these portraits look so great on her wall and remind her of what's so important in life-family.
This family is so sweet! Chelsea won a gift certificate from The Penguin Project fundraiser and we really hit it off. Meeting her in person was great. She is funny, friendly and honest and we laughed a lot. Luke was a ball of energy and we did lots of playing and being silly to get just the right smiles.
She had a hard time selecting her final portraits because Austin and Luke did so great! We ended up also creating a collage with a few of the best ones.
Last week Arianna had Girl Scout camp. It was a day camp Monday and Tuesday and then we dropped her off Wednesday and picked her up Friday.
We took some time those 2 evenings she was gone to spend some quality time with Nola Sue. It was really fun to hang out with just her away from the shadow of big sis. We swam Thursday night and her Aunt and Uncle came over for a bit. After they left, Ryan went in the house to change and get dinner. Nola Sue has had a funny summer with swimming. The day after we filled the pool she was too terrified to swim and it took a lot of coaxing. She forgot she loves to swim! She took swimming lessons this summer and learned a lot, but still refuses to swim without her floatie. I have begged her to try and use the little board and she has refused. I gave up a while ago.
Once it was just her and me in the pool she told me to take off her floaties. I assumed she wanted to go in and she said she wanted to use the board. I was shocked. She had this wild and crazy look in her eyes like something big was going to happen. The kind of look you usually see in people after a few glasses of 'liquid courage'
Shen ended up swimming across the pool unassisted several times as well as using the board and barking at me to let go. She also loved throwing stuff in and diving to the bottom to get them. I am so proud of her! I can't believe she did it. I made Ryan take a video since I was in such shock and I took this picture from the video to share. Not a good photo really, but wanted to remember.
That night I laid in bed and couldn't sleep. What if all of us could dig really deep and find our courage? The courage to do stuff that scares the heck out of us. What amazing rewards would we reap. I am going to try in my own life to be more like Nola Sue was that evening. Lets all throw off the floaties and do something scary! Please let me know if you try this and what happens!