Thursday, March 25, 2010

Carter Family

What a treat!
  This family was the winner of the Family Christmas Giveaway, But the treat was being able to catch up with an old friend from my Jr High and High School years.  It was so good to shoot someone who knows the old days of being a Hot Dog. (yes that was our mascot).  His family is oh so sweet and his boys..oh my, such handsome cuties(can I put handsome and cute side by side??)

Meet John, Robin, Chris, Zachary, and Korbin Carter.  Robin requested that we go to Happy Hollow, so that was our first stop.  We had to break this day up because of the weather, but we'll be doing some barn and train depot pictures later on.

Thank you Carter Family!  I hope you like what was captured so far...Looking forward to our next session!

Robin...the pic above has the color that may match what you have in your pictures at home...Let me know what you think...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

You have ONE hour!

That is a direct quote of my lovely sister who was my model on Saturday evening.  She hates getting her pictures done!  I just don't get it.  If i was as beautiful as she is, I would have a camera hooked around my neck to get every good angle... (that may be vein, but dang it, some people get all the luck!).  This is my sweet sister Michelle.  She is  intelligent, witty, dedicated, strong-willed and has the ability to sell ketchup popsicles to a woman in white gloves...which that quote came from one of our favorite movies that we like to quote...Any of you know which one??  She also has the ability to kick anybody's butt...seriously, she is freakishly strong...Could be because she works out for 2 hours each morning...
anyway, this is our 1 HOUR session.

FYI...I know that the picture of Casi can be blown up as a poster...(inside joke)!!


This past Sunday, I had the privileged to meet and photograph Mitchell Burkhalter and his mom, Linda.  We almost had to cancel, but the rain let up long enough for us to get some great shots.  
What I am posting here is just a teaser.  I cant wait to show them the best of the best!!!
What a super sweet guy and his mom was great to talk to...Not to mention, a huge Purdue fan...
Congratulations Mitchell and best wishes to you and your future!

 My personal favorite from this bunch!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

My Drug...

 I love my new drug.
My husband loves that I love my new drug!
I do it every day and give myself a break on the weekends.
It makes me sweat and stink, but what a feeling!
If I knew this drug was so good, I would have been doing this a LONG TIME AGO!
Maybe you heard of it?  Its called EXERCISE.

Ok, so that was a little goofy, but it has seriously changed my life.  For the better.
(Me in 1992)
In high school, I was in the best shape I could ever be in.  I worked out every day, and ran.  So after graduation, it all went downhill.  Full time jobs and School took over whatever time and energy I had and basically everything I worked so hard for went down the drain.  I was 135 in HS and presently, no where near that.
That's ok though.  I value what I do now.  Just turning 36 has made me think of my future. I don't want to be 40 and think..I shoulda, coulda, woulda.  I want to know that my 40's will be what my 30's should have been.

So I have had some of my friends ask what I do when I workout.
I used to go to do weights and nautilus and the treadmill, but I have come to really hate doing that.  I don't mind doing some cardio, but my preference since I started last September has been taking some of the classes they offer.  I usually prefer working out by myself.  But I started going and I LOVE IT!  I love that we have fun and enjoy each other, and there's an accountability within the women in the classes.

So I started out with Bodyshop.  Its a mixture of ball, weight and bands with a heavy dose of Abs.  The instructor is so great!  It really does make a difference who is teaching the class.

The week of TGiving, I started Body Pump...LOVE IT.  It works you good.  Within 2 weeks, I noticed my arms, legs and butt changing.  But, I had to back off because I hurt myself.  So, ill be back by April and I cannot wait!

Mid December I started Zumba.  This class is A MA ZING.  First, I love to dance.  In fact, before this class, I was looking for dance classes to take b/e you always hear how much people lose weight when they start moving.  Well, its true.  I hate cardio, so if I have to get my cardio in my dancing,  then I'm all over that!  Oh, and the best part...we dance in the dark with dance lights.  Makes for a dance club kind of feeling.
The chic in the video is a little extreme, but the moves are exactly what we do and seriously, its hard not to really get into it.

The newest class Im going to try is Yoga..Or Inner Peace as they call it at the Y.  Im not sure if I'll like it. I've heard other ladies that take it, just rave about it.  I guess its worth trying once.

I strongly encourage you to try these classes if they offer them at your YMCA.  I also suggest giving it a couple of weeks before you decide if you will like it or not. Let me know if you've tried it and how it went!