Friday, October 31, 2008

my big little brother's senior pictures

when we were in town in september i did senior pictures for my little brother, who is about a foot taller than me, hence "big little brother". all of my siblings are taller than me actually. that's ok. i don't mind being average... ::sigh::

isn't he cute?! (sorry tony)

we kept finding these stenciled spray painted bunnies everywhere around the park. apparently geneva is so quaint that even their vandalism is cute and fluffy.

ok, i can tell your cheeks are getting tired of smiling. make a funny face, tony.

there we go.

so manly.

did i mention he's got a good sense of humor, ladies?

and here's our aviators ad...

i think this one's my favorite.

this one's for my mom. that's the bi-centennial time capsule behind tony (well i can't remember the exact amount of years, but geneva did it for one of their big city anniversaries). we put stuff in there when i was a kid.

congratulations tiger! we love you!


ok, so it's not like i think my ipod has psychic powers or anything, but i thought this would be fun to see what came up. i got the idea from my sister's friend maddie's note on facebook.

what do people assume when they first look at me?
Song: gone
Artist: toby mac
Comment: "you never know what you got 'til it's gone" or that i'm not mentally present i suppose (which could very well be the case sometimes)

what will be a big challenge in life for me?
song: round here
artist: counting crows
comment: stuff around me? wow, this is like consulting with a psychic.

am i a good boyfriend/girlfriend?
song: 1 2 3 4
artist: feist
comment: i have no idea how that answers the question.

how will i die?
song: cold cold heart
artist: norah jones
comment: better lay off the burgers and cheese fries then.

is someone trying to kill me?
song: how great is our God
artist: chris tomlin
comment: if He is for me, who can be against me?

what should i do instead of this quiz?
song: too much food
artist: jason mraz
comment: go get a snack. great idea! "well if you are what you eat, in my case, i'd be sweet"

what is a bad habit that i should try to stop?
song: i'll do anything
artist: jason mraz
comment: hmmm... sounds like i need to say "no" more. i am quite a busy person. that's probably good advice.

what's for dinner tonight?
song: rescue is coming
artist: david crowder band
comment: we'd better eat out. sounds like i might start the kitchen on fire cooking dinner.

how does the world see me?
song: all creatures of our God and king
artist: david crowder
comment: i am a creature of God! cool!

will i have a happy life?
song: sea of faces
artist: kutless
comment: ??? all of the people in my life make me happy, but that's a stretch.

what do my friends really think of me?
song: the boy's gone
artist: jason mraz
comment: (wow, lots of jason mraz today). hmmm... so they think i'm not much a tomboy? or they think, "wow, jonah sure can run fast?"

do people secretly lust after me?
song: how great
artist: david crowder band
comment: ummm... so if they do that's great?

how can i make myself happy?
song: let it go
artist: tenth avenue north
comment: wow! now that's right on!!! "i've been holding on so tight. look at these knuckles, they've gone white." "you say let it go, you say life is waiting for the ones who lose control" "if i lose my life it's then i'll find my soul"

what should i do with my life?
song: tonight, not again
artist: jason mraz
comment: ??? something different than i'm doing tonight? (going out to dinner with a friend)

why is life full of so much pain?
song: love is looking for you
artist: warren barfield
comment: (i love this song.) i guess if we don't realize that we could find love if we would just open our eyes and accept it, that would make life pretty painful. "all this time, you've been looking for love, love has been looking for you. being still is your next move. close your eyes and see the truth. you know that love is looking for you." "i don't know what you need, but you need Jesus." "will you ever learn, it doesn't matter what you know. the less there is of you the more room there is to grow."

will i ever have children?
song: wisemen
artist: james blunt
comment: so... more than one boy and they'll be wise?

will i die happy?
song: i still believe
artist: jeremy camp
comment: yes! especially since i know where i'm going!

what is some good advice for me?
song: blind frail
artist: jars of clay
comment: no clue what that means.

what is happiness?
song: queen of the slipstream
artist: van morrison
comment: i guess that goes back to letting go. "you will drink of the fountain of innocence"

what is my favorite thing?
song: perfect blue buildings
artist: counting crows
comment: i do love architecture, but i wouldn't say it's my favorite.

how will i be remembered?
song: wonderful remark
artist: van morrison
comment: cool! i'll be remembered for something wonderful that i said. what a blessing!

feel free to play too and add your blog in the comments!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

melanie & jake

golly, how this month has flown by! i just can't believe it's nearly november. well, back on october 4th i had the honor of photographing a wedding reception for my neighbors melanie & jake. the beautiful bride and groom got married in hawaii and then had their reception back here in austin to celebrate with family and friends.

sadly the day did not go quite as planned. when i got a call from melanie at 3 o'clock in the afternoon on the day of the reception telling me they had to take their daughter into the ER neither of us was sure exactly what would happen or what we should do. so i told melanie that i would go to the reception and at least get pictures of the details and their wedding guests. then we'd just plan a separate photo shoot with the three of them, melanie, jake and jenna, once jenna was feeling better. (jenna, btw is great and healthy now, she just had a nasty little bug and was dehydrated).

thankfully melanie and jake ended up able to come right as dinner was about to be served. so i stuck around to get some fun pictures of the cake cutting and their first dance. and we've got their family wedding session rescheduled for this weekend so we can get some pictures of them in their wedding attire with the adorable miss jenna. but i just thought i'd give a little background as to why melanie wasn't in her wedding dress. after the long day they had they understandably just went home, got dressed and ran over.

but after a day like that all i have to say is melanie, you looked gorgeous! i know it was a crazy day, but i'm so glad you and jake were able to come and enjoy your reception. you both look so happy and in love! i'm so happy for you two! and i'm really excited about your reshoot!

i would describe the details of the reception as elegant hawaiian. the flowers by posh posh designs were just gorgeous (vanessa did the napkins too).

cute little flip flop favors

the cake was amazing! so colorful and fun!

kissing cake topper

the head table

melanie and jake were so cute cutting the cake. they had so much fun with it.

so sweet... and no mess.

the aftermath...

the kids were having fun playing with the lights at the dj table.

first dance.

congratulations melanie & jake! you're a gorgeous couple! best wishes for a long and happy marriage!