Monthly Archives: October 2007

happy anniversary

Happy Anniversary to Bruce and I. Seven years ago today Bruce proposed to me out at St. John’s. We celebrated this day instead of a wedding date…I didn’t want to get married!  A never-ending engagement period was fine with me! I was so happy just living together, and I didn’t want anything to change…(been down that road before!) But life stepped in and we decided we should “just do it.” We did and I have never been happier.

Here is a recent photo of my fabulous and hot husband!  I love you honey!


a few more photos

I had these on a different memory card…these are pretty cute.  What a beautiful mommy!

I zoomed in on A’s eyes…she is so sweet.
Big brother…I think here he looks a lot like his daddy!
This is one of my favorites!  Can’t you just about hear him squealing with delight?

first family portraits

I had my first attempt at a family photo shoot last evening.  A friend/co-worker and his wife had a baby girl on June 9th.  I always wanted to offer to take photos for my “baby gift”, but didn’t have the nerve until a few weeks ago.  I told him that it was hard to offer someone a gift where they are going to be “guinea pigs!”…but that they were.

I went to their fabulous home after work yesterday.  I took quite a few photos…but it seemed to get dark too quickly, my camera didn’t seem to be working properly, the flash didn’t seem to automatically fire which made the pictures a bit too dark and not as sharp as I would have liked or expected.  My old camera never seemed to have this issue.

Their 2 year old son C was a trooper…we went to the park near their home and he wanted to stay and play.  He certainly kept me running.  I am thinking…possibly I should have used a more sedentary subject for my testing phase!

I was so bummed when I opened the initial photos last night…I was really disappointed in the quality and clarity of the images.  I did my tweaking in PSE, but it still didn’t seem to be what I was hoping for.  I am still not certain if it was the poor lighting, camera malfunction, my inability to capture enough good images.  Maybe it was having a “moving target” as a subject, whatever it it, I was truly disappointed with the pictures.  I thought about just telling them that my memory card didn’t record the images and I had nothing.

I talked to my friend Jennifer who was really encouraging as usual, but I got a wonderful “pep talk” email from another friend/co worker/charter member of my fan club, Judy.  She wrote me such a thoughful and inspiring email.  She is always so full of encouragement and praise.  I decided to give it another whirl.

I took another look at the photos when I got home tonight and thinking…well…maybe if they are making a collage for their Christmas card and the photos won’t be enlarged a great deal…maybe I could make something work.

I am a lot happier with these than I was last night.  I think adding the border and logo made them look more professional and thus…maybe a little better!  I decided today that portraiture is probably too stressful for me!  I will stick to landscapes that way no one is counting on me to capture something important!


For slide show above


















Still not exactly what I was hoping for…but not as bad as I feared.  I guess I won’t be listing my camera on ebay!

autumn sunset


Bruce and I went out last evening to take a few more fall leaf photos…most of the trees look past their peak…but we got some wonderful sunset photos.  Slide show – click here .   It was a gorgeous evening…today my mom is going with Lydia and her preschool on a field trip to an orchard!  The weather should be wonderful for them!  I hope mom gets lots of photos with her new camera we got her form her b-day!

quarry park

Bruce and I both took today off work to spend it with my mom and dad.  They had predicted rain, but we lucked out and it didn’t rain until after we got done with our FIELD TRIP!

We went to Quarry Park – I have lived in Central Minnesota for 13 years and have never been to Quarry Park.  It was really fun and very pretty…the purpose of the field trip was for me to take more photos!






After the beautiful walk thru the park, we did a few errands and stopped for lunch.  We got home and within 30 minutes it was DOWNPOURING!!!  We got a lot of rain.  I edited photos …you can see the slideshow from Quarry Park here.  Then we played cards for a while…it was a fun, relaxing day…and I got some more neat photos!