Wednesday, August 24, 2016

two for tuesday | august 23

(it's a day late but not short even one single dollar)

1. slow internet.
This may seem like something that is more hate-worthy than anything, but here's the deal - slow internet is there for a reason when you're on vacation.

2. views our your window that you can't get at home.
Along with that slow internet, the views our your vacation house are priceless. In Wisconsin, we don't have the opportunity to see cloud covered mountains, moss-sided ponds and green, lush woods right our our front window. It's a nice change, even if that vista comes with the random black bear strolling down the road.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

POTD 2015 | december 1-15

335. | crying shame.

335. | crying shame.
12.01.2015

Well, so much for that bottle.

What else can we possibly put in our egg nog?...


356. | say hi.

336. | say hi.
12.02.2015

Hey Shadow, say hi to al the people. (woof.)


337. | food groups.
337. | food groups.
12.03.2015

I will not argue with the words on the sign. Chocolate wins.


338. | marcona almonds.

338. | marcona almonds.
12.04.2015

I really have nothing to say today... except that OMG these almonds are SO GOOD.


339. | invisible birthday sushi.

339. | invisible birthday sushi.
12.05.2015

It's my birthday and I chose sushi for dinner. See? Oh, wait. You don't see. Because it's gone.


340. | wrapping paper fail.

340. | wrapping paper fail.
12.06.2015

This is how I'm wrapping gifts these days, apparently. And hey, just because the box says Amazon, doesn't mean it's from Amazon. Oh, forget it. Yes it does. But it literally could be ANYthing.


341. | casual guard dog.
341. | casual guard dog.
12.07.2015

This is Shadow's favorite spot out front. She can watch the birds in the tree. She can watch the cars go by. And most importantly, she can watch for the mail man, the UPS guy and the FedEx woman to arrive so she can greet them with barks of "hello". Rather, from her, barks of "go away".


342. | hanukah candles.

342. | hanukah candles.
12.08.2015

This is the perfect capture of our life in December: David lights this night's Hanukah candles... with our brilliantly lit Christmas tree in the background. Happy Chrismukah!


343. | special delivery.

343. | special delivery.
12.09.2015

I received a special delivery from my favorite bookseller in Nebraska... the new Adriana Trigiani book! I can't wait to read it... and that's what "slow season" is for. And winter. And fireplaces.

Thanks Jen! xoxo


344. | morning show shoot.
344. | morning show shoot.
12.10.2015

We are so lucky this winter - no snow! Not very cold! It's December!

I never would have dreamed we'd be able to have this session outdoors without risking hypothermia and frostbite and whatever else happens when you get too cold.

Instead, we walked around the Third Ward and this image became the new face of KTI Country. Seriously, it's everywhere. #omg #jakeandtanner #hikti


345. | clean and crumpled laundry.

345. | clean and crumpled laundry.
12.11.2015

No lens, no camera no angle could properly capture JUST how much laundry there was in and around the basket, JUST how many articles of clothing were scattered across the basement floor or JUST how empty our drawers were for lack of completed laundry.


346. | folded and piled.
346. | folded and piled.
12.12.2015

Ah. That's better. All the mounds of clean laundry have been converted into neat stacks of folded and organized clothing. Now all someone has to do is put it all away. Ha, "someone".


347. | dvr.

347. | dvr.
12.13.2015

After a season of busy, busy days and nights, it is now officially DVR Season. Cue the Tablo remote, pop the popcorn. I'm diving in!


348. | let's go.

348. | let's go.
12.14.2015

I won a $50 gift card for Leff's tonight. Yahoo! I'm so excited to go use it. Let's go already! I think this thing is burning a hole in my pocket.


349. | brown.

349. | brown.
12.15.2015

Outfit selfie! Once in a while I want to remember what I wore because I liked it and want to wear it again. Today is one of those rare days.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

POTD 2015 | november 16-30

320. | open the door...

320. | open the door...
11.16.2015

Open the door to your future favorite store. Furniture, decor and eye candy all over the place. One of everything, please!


321. | banana note.

321. | banana note.
11.17.2015

When you get notes from your kids...


322. | parking spot.

322. | parking spot.
11.18.2015

Some people have a really good memory for recalling their parking space. Some people make a note in their planner or phone. I take a picture. It'll last longer.


323. | jake and tanner.
323. | jake and tanner.
11.19.2015

These two are the new morning show hosts at KTI Country. This picture says it all - they totally rocked their photo shoot.


324. | busy bear.
324. | busy bear.
11.20.2015

The bear is back. This time he's my model for some sample mini session photos. I think he looks just fabulous with the golden, glittery background!


325. | mini sessions.
325. | mini session love.
11.21.2015

These three sisters know how to work a photo shoot. Every year these girls make my heart melt. This year is no different.


326. | selfie in action.

236. | selfie in action.
11.21.2015

I adore this photo. I wish all selfies were this gorgeous.


327. | apple hospital.

327. | apple hospital.
11.22.2015

My Mac had to go to the Apple Emergency Room. Here, you may not be able to tell, we are in the Recovery. I hope she makes it! Eek.

ETA: She sort of survived. Ultimately, I had to replace the computer - conveniently, during the height of my busiest time of the year. The old model will be cleared out, reset and refurbished.


328. | reading time.

328. | reading time.
11.24.2015

Every night the kids have time to read, chill out and have some quiet time. That goes for Mr. Sleepy, too.


329. | one on each shoulder.

329. | one on each shoulder.
11.25.2015

I had so many ideas for captions of this photo. I was thinking "I'm surrounded".... I was thinking something simple like "kid selfie".

But then I looked closer and realized I had a kid on each shoulder. Devil and angel. And so the real question remains: which one is which?


330. | turkey.
330. | turkey.
11.26.2015

Gobble.

Said no turkey on Thanksgiving Day.


331. | organized mess.
331. | organized mess.
11.27.2015

Busy season mess.
--Client order forms
--wine, pens, highlighters and other office supplies
--new laptop
--ipad playing How I Met Your Mother
--more client orders and other paperwork
--my planner is under there somewhere
--so is my to-do list
--carry-out container for dinner


332. | birthday dessert.

332. | birthday dessert.
11.28.2015

Cake and ice cream. Honestly, it never gets old. We may get old, but chocolate cake and ice cream? Never.


333. | sam and george.

333. | sam and george.
11.29.2015

George is the cat. To be accurate, he's Sam's Cat Cousin, if there's such a thing.

By the way, look at the pure happiness on Sam's face. Gorgeous!


334. | to be filed.
334. | to be filed.
11.30.2015

This giant stack of papers? To be filed.

Where's an assistant when you need one?

Monday, July 25, 2016

POTD 2015 | november 1-15

305. | sushi night.

305. | sushi night.
11.01.2015

I've been trying to think of what food I was obsessed with when I was 12. There were the graham crackers and chocolate frosting. Cheez-Whiz. Twinkies, maybe? At some point I fell in love with fondue. But it was my ONCE-a-year birthday treat.

My daughter has chosen to fall in love with....sushi. SUSHI. She's TWELVE. She would eat it every day if she could. She has no idea what a treat it is - a delicacy, really. (Unless you live in Japan, I suppose.)

I pity the man who ends up feeding her when she grows up. My husband has it easy. Treat me to a chocolate covered graham cracker and I'm a happy girl.


306. | out for a stroll.
306. | out for a stroll.
11.02.2015

Wauwatosa is a beautiful, tree-filled town. My favorite season is fall. It looks like a painter passed through and colored our world with warm hues of gold and bronze. So gorgeous.


307. | blue and gold.
307. | blue and gold.
11.03.2015

The weather has been so perfect lately, I've been trying to take advantage of it and going for runs in the park. I paused for a moment, I happened to look up and the sky took my breath away.


308. | vintage.
308. | vintage.
11.04.2015

My new favorite thing. The ring is genuine vintage - perhaps the only thing I own besides my sore feet that are vintage! But this gorgeous relic came from my grandmother. It's precious to me and I swear, when I wear it, I feel stronger and braver and more confident than ever.


309. | leaf on a windshield.

309. | leaf on a windshield.
11.05.2015

A single leaf flew onto the windshield.

While I was entertained at the view, all I could think about was Depeche Mode's song, "Fly on the Windscreen."

And in other random ramblings...


310. | MKEkids.
310. | MKEkids.
11.06.2015

This birthday party, these girls, this night - it was the absolute best. Who's next? ;)


311. | half full.
311. | half full.
11.07.2015

So is the glass half full of wine or half empty? Or is it just plain FULL?


312. | vodka tonic.
312. | vodka tonic.
11.08.2015

Today, this round of vodka tonics is dedicated to Mom-Mom.


313. | my better half.
313. | my better half.
11.09.2015

If it weren't for my better half, I would be curled up in a dark corner somewhere, uselessly rocking myself. He is my rock, my sanity, my security, my strength. I love him so.


314. | hallway shadow.

314. | hallway shadow.
11.10.2015

The title of the photo makes it sound so dramatic. But no, it's just Shadow the Dog in the hallway of our house. This is a rare "long distance" photo because she always insists on being right by my side. Hmm, just like my SHADOW.


315. | late night editing buddy.

315. | late night editing buddy.
11.11.2015

I can always count on Shadow to be my late night editing buddy. I pay her in popcorn. She keeps me awake by licking my face.


316. | patient puppy.
316. | patient puppy.
11.12.2015

Sam, all cuddled up in a blanket on the couch. She must have looked like a comfortable place to sit. Shadow plopped down right on top of Sam and looked at her with those sweet puppy eyes until she received the proper amount of petting behind the ears.


317. | bear hat.

317. | bear hat.
11.13.2015

This is David's HAT. When he looks down, this is what you see. Not freaky at all. Growl.


318. | moscow mule.
318. | moscow mule.
11.14.2015

The Moscow Mule has successfully made it onto my Top 10 list of favorite drinks. It's one of those drinks that is cool, refreshing and goes down WAY too easy.


319. | free samples!
319. | free samples!
11.15.2015

Sam accompanied me to Coscto today. In order to convince her to go, I simply reminded her of all the free samples.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Air Show | so retro!

There is no air show in Milwaukee this year. However, I never posted my photos from the air show last year. So in my little world, it's lose-win. Hm. Or something like that.

I thought I'd share some of my favorite shots from the show last year. I do not normally photograph airplanes. I am a people photographer. This kind of stuff is totally just for fun. It gives me change to play. To practice. To mess with exposure, composition and light.



This is not Photoshopped. These birds ACTUALLY flew through the airshow in formation. And the crowd went wild.


Watch this next sequence.... and keep in mind that it's an airshow. (eek!)









Guy on the boat: "AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!"

File under: OMG at the airshow.

Look closely -- this is a photo of TWO airplanes.


Sensitive ponytail pilots write love letters in the sky. 

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