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    My name is Jess.  My hubby is Brett.  We are crazy about each other, our 4 babies, and our art.  Welcome to our world.

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Monthly Archives: July 2008

luke and family {a lifestyle session}

Little Luke is not so little anymore. He turned 1 at the end of June and he is such a cutie!! I can’t believe I have been taking his photos for a year now. Time really goes by so quickly.

He is running (not walking) around everywhere. Like, he sits still for about .02 seconds, and then he is on to something new. So we spent most of the session running around after Luke, and trying to get him to chill for a moment!:)Check out this guy. Is he ALLLL boy or what???

with his mama….

with Daddy…

I love this shot.:)

I love this too!

he was off exploring in the flowers.:)

Then we decided to go over by the water. Luke’s Mama brought some cute rain boots and an umbrella.:)

He wasn’t sure what to think about the water, but two boots were one to many.

Back to dry clothes and heading out with Mama and Daddy.

Bye little Luke!!:)

July 31, 2008 - 6:10 pm

Rachel Brooke - These are so cute…I love that sepia shot of the boy and his dad!

August 2, 2008 - 7:16 pm

Esther - Hello Jess and Brett and family, Isaac gave me your web address when he was looking up your number. I looked through all your archives- you do AWESOME work! We are looking forward to meeeting you/ seeing you all again. Lord willing we’ll talk to you soon or see you next month.

riah is 4. {where does the time go?}

In case you haven’t noticed, July is BIRTHDAY MADNESS around these parts. This week is especially chock full. So my birthday was the 27th, and Brett’s Mama’s was the day before mine, my baby boy was yesterday the 29th, and my baby sister in tomorrow the 31st. Got that? Yeah. That’s just within a week.

Riah is my middle boy. I have 3 boys if you are new to my blog. His name is Yuriah, but he ended up being “Riah” to everyone. He has the coolest initials in the world- XYZ. He is Mr. generous, Mr. charming, Mr. “you want to eat him and let him melt in your mouth”. He is precious. But he is also dramatic. And loud. He woke up yesterday and yelled, “am I FOUR yet?!!?” “YES, Riah you are FOUR!” He was getting a little frustrated having to wait. I mean Gabriel was 1 in June, Adin was 6 at the beginning of July, so he feels like he has waited FOREVER, and a day. But he was finally 4. He chose to go bowling and eat at Skyline Chili for dinner. Here are some shots of him bowling, and he just learned to ride a 2 wheeler, so here he is showing off a little to everyone. He was excited that Baba was taking pictures for the blog!:)(Did I mention he is a ham too?)

Gettin’ his bowling shoes on….

that tongue cracks me up!!:)

didn’t I tell you he was Mr. Charmer??:)I love this boy.

Riah with his Aunt Ashie.:)

Here he is showing his 2 wheelin’ skills!!


Love you my sweet 4 year old BIG boy!:):)

July 31, 2008 - 1:01 am

lucy - happy belated birthday riah! i’m so sorry i missed it. you look especially adorable in you fashionable puke green bowling shoes. I LOVED THEM! i’m so proud of your skills on wheels! happy birthday you adorable little boy!!!

July 31, 2008 - 8:53 am

Lora - Riah – you’re a boy after my own heart – skyline chili and bowling?! I couldn’t think of a better birthday party duo.

August 1, 2008 - 9:13 am

jenny - Oh-My-Gawd he is cute! Four, you know Sophia turned 4 last week and she has been breaking my heart on a daily basis. I don’t know if she is just growing up at light speed now or if I’m just realizing that she’s been doing it all along. I wish I could just sit on her and make her slow down!

August 4, 2008 - 10:21 am

Amber King - I LOVE the picture of Riah and Ashley! He’s a doll baby!

pure joy.

My friend Lucy just recently turned me on to “Dancing Matt.” I can not even tell you how happy this video makes me. It gives me goose bumps and makes my eyes water. Like, “I want to keep this on my desktop so when I am having a bad day I can just sit and watch him dance,” happy. Not to mention I can be caught doing this same dance almost daily (Just ask the kids).:)

14 months in the making, 42 countries, and a cast of thousands.

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

July 31, 2008 - 1:11 am

lucy - i just watched it again for the 20th time and i also still get teary eyed from being happy. and you’re totally right on about his dance moves…i think he stole them from you!

July 31, 2008 - 6:10 pm

Rachel Brooke - haha my husband just showed me this video! It’s crazy!

regina and ed {are married!}

Wow. All I can say. Wow. So, last December we did the wedding of Laura and David (hey guys!) and after the wedding, the Father of the Bride pulls me over and asks what we are doing on July 12th, because he was getting married, and he was really impressed by how “into” this photography thing Brett and I were. I thought that was so cool that he noticed!:)He then went on to tell me about all these SURPRISES he had planned, and I just thought wow, this is going to be different.

Well, it certainly was. And it was soooo much fun! The wedding was held at the beautiful Vinoklet Vineyard on a VERY hot summer day. As in we we were all dripping sweat….and I don’t even sweat! Regina and Ed didn’t care about the heat, they were happy as could be. They were so smiley and in love and that’s about all I can say because I have to keep this a G-rated blog;-)Let’s just say, this was the second time around for these two, and they were so laid back and just wanted to have FUN. And they did.

Ok, a few things I learned about Regina and Ed. They call each other “butter buns” and “sugar tush.” We heard this quite often throughout the day. Ed is crazy about Batman- and I don’t mean a recent phenomenon because of the movie, I mean like “he has been recreating the bat mobile in his garage for a while now” crazy. Regina is nutty about penguins. She LOVES them. All these things were part of their day.

Here is Regina, looking gorgeous.

We had TONS of time for portraits of the two of them which was great. Any couples willing to see each other before the wedding, it really saves time, and sanity!

Here is the basket of kazoos that people received before the ceremony to blow at the end. Also, this was their wedding “iceberg” complete with bride and groom penguins.

At our planning meeting before the wedding, Regina told me about what she planned to do when they said “kiss the bride.” Later she said, “Did you get it?!” YEP.:)

I love this shot!

So, Ed told me months and months ago about his penguin plan. The DJ asked Regina to sit down while someone was bringing in a penguin for her to see. Then walked in Ed. Everyone was laughing, and as soon as Regina saw him, she was smitten. He bought this suit and had been planning his “penguin dance” for a while now. After this dance, everyone jumped in and wanted a dance with the penguin too.:)After dancing, and the congo line, Ed finally emerged and was DRIPPING sweat from the heat of that suit!

They announced at the beginning that they would have a 20 minute ceremony and 4 hours of dancing…and they sure did. These ladies could dance it up!!!

Ed was full of surprises. He went next door and borrowed the violinist to come play the wedding song from “The Godfather” which is a favorite of Regina’s.

Ahhh….They took a break form the reception to get a few more shots together.

Back to the PARTY. This gentlemen was singing a great rendition of John Mellencamp’s song, “Hurts So Good” and I thought WOW. Pretty cool. Later Regina said, “Oh, that was John Mellencamp’s brother!”

Did I mention they like to dance?? Ummm…yes. Can you say Y-M-C-A?

And they danced, and they danced.:)

Thanks Regina and Ed! We had a blast at your wedding. You guys really know how to be stress-free and just have fun.:)Thanks so much for having us. We wish you two all the happiness in the world!

jess + brett

July 28, 2008 - 8:18 pm

lucy - they are an adorable couple! so fun! the pictures are great. the color and scenery is fantastic. love the ring pics…very cool!

July 29, 2008 - 12:02 am

Laura Arnold/Turner - The pictures look great–David and I are so happy you and Brett were there to capture their special day! I’m going to have to show the pictures to my work friends, they thought when I mentioned my dad in a “penguin suit” I mean a tuxedo.

I had to explain, no, a real penguin suit. like a mascot. with a bill. and orange footies.

They are already in love with our wedding photos (I have them on my desktop) and I’m sure they will love these. Take care, you’re super-awesome!

July 29, 2008 - 6:28 pm

Ed Turner - Regina and I just looked at the pictures. Its now offical, her hand on my rear is now on the world wide web. She really liked that idea. As to the pictures they looked great and we are looking forward to seeing the rest. I saw the creativity you guys had at Laura’s wedding and our search for a photographer was over. Several persons have come up to me and said it was the funnest wedding they had ever been too, that was my objective, a 20 minute wedding and a four hour celebration. Thanks again for capturing memories of one of the most important days of my life