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Monthly Archives: March 2011

spring painting

Spring weather and warm breezes tend to make mamas delusional.  At least this one. Having been so long since feeling the warmth of the sun, they start doing wacky things…..like sitting in the driveway with cushions to lay on with book in hand, letting the kids participate outdoors in the arts, physical ed, etc. part of schooling and put the more traditional schooling on hold for a feeeew minutes (ok, hours) to explore and play….pulling out nice watercolors, brushes, and paper for 3 year olds to go to town on.  Granted, his brothers and sister were riding bikes in the street which he is not allowed to do. Painting made his day and also made the tears go away!

He had to make sure to check on everybody’s bid-ness playing in the street.

Ahhh…nothing like the age when the kid starts doing the super cheesy awkward face when asked to smile.  Don’t lose that innocent, unaware smile Gavi! 

March 23, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Natalia - Ever since Jason shared the link of your blog I like to take a look every once in a while… and every single time i think exactly the same: What a lovely family and these kids must be the most adorable kids n the USA!
Your photos are amazing, I love the ones I’ve seen and how you manage to capture a whole story ;)
Specially liking this one! I would hang up that painting n my wall!
Greetings from Mexico!

March 26, 2011 - 8:04 pm

Maya Laurent - He is so precious! Love the serious painter face with the hip hat.

Michael {head shots}

I grew up going to a very small High School that had a graduating class of about 30.  Most of us had been there from Elementary School, some from Preschool. We grew up together with a unique bond that more resembled sisters and brothers.  We had a lot of fun.  One of my good friends from there, Michael, recently contacted me to have head shots taken.  I hadn’t seen Mike in years, so it was a blast to hang out for a couple hours and talk about life.  Our class is also in the midst of planning our 15 year reunion (YIKES, we’re old!), so I am extra sentimental…..I’ve also been extra scanner happy these days!  Below are a couple shots of me, Mike, and some good friends.

Michael has recently pursued acting.  I loved hearing his story about literally just picking up one day and giving acting a try.  It has been one of his mini-dreams, and he is just taking off!  He has already been in a few movies, and even had a role in the recent “Ides of March,” that was filming in Cincinnati.  Go Mike!!

I really think these shots represent him well, and his many sides, from goofy to serious.

Mike, so proud of you for taking this step!!! You’re going to do so well!

March 21, 2011 - 9:20 am

Gail - OOOH — LOVE these Jess! And I admire anybody who just picks up their life to make it in Hollywood! So cool!

March 21, 2011 - 11:05 am

Becky - Love the pics! Can’t wait to see all the places you go, Mike.

March 21, 2011 - 11:17 am

Mike Olbinski - Awesome job…shots like this make me wish I could shave my head and look studly like that :)

March 21, 2011 - 9:29 pm

Dave - Looks great

March 22, 2011 - 5:07 am

Emilie - Great photos!! I love the b&w ones.

birthday pie

It was my Uncle J’s birthday. I was sitting with Baba, enjoying my blackberry pie with my yummy coconut milk ice cream, when all of the sudden Uncle J swooped in and tried to steal some from me! I screamed and shoved him…..then Baba got in my face too, and I was smooshed. I just wanted to eat!

Then I realized that if I kissed them, they would leave me alone. So I did.

And I finished my pie. It was good.


March 16, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Cassie - So sweet. Is March 5th Uncle J’s birthday? If so, it’s mine as well. And a lovely day for a birthday.

March 16, 2011 - 8:23 pm

Gail - Ahhh…I always think these “Uncle J” posts are so incredibly sweet. ALmost as sweet as that little Gabe man of yours ;) Great shots!

PS – Who drew the cartoon on the blackboard? I like him ;)

March 16, 2011 - 8:42 pm

becca~capturingsimplejoys - such a cute triumphant face at the end ~ and it is GOOD ice cream so he had reason to want it all :)

March 16, 2011 - 11:31 pm

brenda - mmm pie! ha! your child is so cute! as cute as my kitten, who is VERY cute! a table with a map and a chalk board behind it, very cool! now i want pie and ice cream.

March 17, 2011 - 6:58 am

meredith - You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Luna and Larry’s coconut milk ice cream. Try it. Love it. Then we’ll talk.

March 17, 2011 - 9:21 am

Tina - Your kids are TOO CUTE! Love these shots:)

March 17, 2011 - 11:56 am
March 18, 2011 - 12:41 am

Clary - Oh Gabe you are just the cutest!

Red Rock Canyon

While in Vegas a few weeks back for WPPI, we escaped to Red Rock Canyon for a couple hours (a couple times).  It is incredibly beautiful, and I wish we would have had DAYS to go around and explore.  A couple hours is just not enough in a place like that, but now I know what I’ll be doing if/when we go back for WPPI.

We invited our new friend Gabe to go with us our last evening in Vegas, and while out there he asked if he could take a couple photos of us just before the sunset.  Being a fan of Gabe’s work for years, we were all, “Um YEAH!”  Go HERE to see his lovely photos.:)

March 14, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Tina - Love these shots! They would look awesome in print:)

March 14, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Lainey - Oh, I love Red Rock Canyon. Such a magical place. Beautiful shots. And loved the pictures of the two of you together!

March 14, 2011 - 1:37 pm

Betsy - I love the way you see beauty in nature that I would never see.

March 14, 2011 - 9:21 pm

Char - Looong time follower…..first time commenter! I know, my bad! I am always, always inspired by your work and take on life. I LOVE the rawness, realness, and beauty you capture. It’s perfect!

March 15, 2011 - 5:29 pm

Gabe - these are beautiful guys. you both have such amazing “eyes” i love seeing these after seeing you take them.

March 15, 2011 - 8:35 pm

becca~capturingsimplejoys - what an amazing place! love the pics he took!

March 27, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Rachel Celeste - these are wonderful! I just moved to Las Vegas in January and I definitely need to get out to Red Rock to take some photographs!