Shillelagh. Tricky to spell and fun to say, it’s a wonderful Irish word. And it’s my word of the year for 2023. You may know the shillelagh as an Irish walking stick, and so it is. But wait, there’s more! Often seen as a symbol of Ireland, the shillelagh is traditionally made of blackthorn wood, each one a lovely work of art that delights this Irish heart. (Garlock may not sound Irish, but the Kathleen Ann Bridget Lafferty that comes in front of it gives me away every time.) Look beyond the obvious, and you will discover that the shillelagh … Continue reading Shillelagh #wordoftheyear
When I was 10, growing up in Chicago, my sisters were embarrassed to walk to school with me. The fact that I ‘galloped’ all the way on my imaginary horse was more than they could take.I galloped anyway, fueling my cowgirl dreams with visits to the library. I read every horse book they had, especially the Black Stallion book series by Walter Farley. At 45, I finally signed up for a four week series of lessons, learning to saddle, groom and ride. I have a powerful memory of walking to the corral, leading the horse, and feeling like that kid … Continue reading My Little Pony (in real life)
Once upon a time, families had portraits painted of their children when they reached a certain age. The paintings were displayed in their homes (or castles, as the case may be) to celebrate their long lineage. A number of my clients have kept up this tradition, and had me create a special portrait of each child, usually around 5-7 years old. Today I can combine the realism of a photographic portrait with the elegance of a painting. A true likeness, that captures their sweet young faces, before their adult teeth came in and everything changed. A true portrait of childhood. … Continue reading The Four Gracielas
Does the very idea of having a family portrait made freak you out? You know really want an updated portrait. The kids have changed so much, and you haven’t been able to visit family like you usually do. But who … Continue reading Imagine: Stress Free Family Portraits
By now, everyone is back to school, in one way or another, and we know what that means.Holidays are right around the corner. While the traditional family and workplace gatherings will undoubtedly be different this year, we can still send … Continue reading How to Look Great In Photos (no matter who takes them)
Family portraits with style are the most fun. What is your family’s storytelling style? The best portrait sessions start with a conversation: What does your family love to do? And how can we incorporate that into your session? If you know Mike and Jessie, you know they love baseball, and so do the kids. Naturally, that needed to be a part of their latest family session. Last time, we went with classic casual, so this year, we upped the game. You know how you get dressed up for a special occasion and think, “Man, we look good!” Well, I believe … Continue reading Play Ball!!
Imagine that your school has 182 high school seniors who have been looking forward to graduation for, well, four years. Years of study, planning, work and play, and then the rug is pulled out from under everyone. Quarantine!! No gatherings, … Continue reading WHAT A SWELL (GRADUATION) PARTY IT WAS!
Are your children and grandchildren like mine? While I always liked horse as a girl, unicorns are all the rage now. Soft and beautiful, every little girl’s dream pet. Unless they prefer dragons! Or maybe both. From Disney princesses to Dungeons and Dragons, your child’s imagination is boundless. When I saw these wonderful stuffed creatures, I knew they needed a home at the studio. How much would your child love a portrait of themselves with a unicorn or dragon? Now is the chance. For a short while, This Magic Moment Portraits will be available at an introductory price. Imagine one … Continue reading Unicorns or Dragons?
Baby days. I remember them well. Well, as much as I can recall the sleepy weeks after each of our three children arrived. Fragments of the most amazing times… I remember my husband and I staring down at the crib that held tiny Matthew, all snuggled up, astonished at the miracle we had created. Angela was the first girl in my husband’s family in 24 years, and the haze of pink that accompanied her birth was as soft and delightful as she. Joseph’s arrival was especially memorable, since I had knee surgery the next day, but that’s another story. In … Continue reading Baby Days