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February 27, 2008

Barack Obama In Columbus, Ohio

Filed under: News — chantal @ 10:03 pm

With the Ohio primary just days away, it’s no surprise to find the candidates making their rounds all across the state. Which is why I was so excited to bring my kids to see Barack Obama speak at St. John’s Arena on the OSU campus. We arrived early with hopes of getting good seats. I had some preferred seating tickets, but after standing in the freezing cold (and I seriously mean FREEZING!) for over an hour, we decided against the preferred viewing area where we would have been standing, and grabbed some seats in the stands. With such a huge crowd, Chanel wouldn’t have been able to see anything anyway. We entered the arena just before 9am and Obama arrived shortly after 11. The anticipation was tremendous and the crowd was totally amped!

I’m not going to review the event or give my political assessment. I’m a bit of a CNN junkie, but I’ll leave the pontificating to the political analysts. What I will say is that the atmosphere inside the arena was absolutely ELECTRIC. Obviously it was a friendly crowd, in this giant venue filled with Obama supporters, but even the biggest skeptic and cynic would be hard-pressed to leave the event without feeling inspired.

We’ve all heard him speak. By now we’re familiar with his speeches and his message of hope and change. And it’s all good. But to see Obama live, to hear him when he is just feet away, is simply indescribable. However charismatic you may think he is on TV, multiply it by 10 to get an idea of how he is in person. I’m so excited about this election, and I’m so happy that my children were able to witness history by seeing our next President live and in person.

Here are a few photos from the event:


Mayor Michael Coleman was one of three speakers before Obama came out. He gave a great 5-10 minute speech endorsing him.


The crowd went nuts when Barack Obama came out…


His speech was nothing less than inspiring and amazing!



Afterwards, he went into the crowd to shake hands and sign autographs, and he was totally swarmed with people. I wonder what that guy in the red sweatshirt was saying to him…


My prayer is that this will be something my children will never forget…and I’m confident that they won’t.

Here is a video of Obama in Columbus on Saturday, at OSU Medical Center.

This video is an excerpt from today’s speech…Obama’s response to John McCain’s comments about Tuesday night’s debate.


Obama in Columbus

Filed under: News,Personal — chantal @ 2:33 pm

This morning Barack Obama spoke at the OSU campus in Columbus, OH.  I brought two of my kids with me to see him.  It was an amazing event, history in the making, and I’m so glad I was able to bring my kids to see it.

More thoughts and photos to come later tonight…


February 26, 2008

Mid-Week Round-Up vol.3…with pics!

Filed under: Personal,Photography — chantal @ 10:46 am

Ok, so I think I am finally back to my (somewhat) regularly scheduled posting. When I thought I was fully recovered from the flu–or whatever it was–apparently I wasn’t. In fact, I am STILL coughing, but much less now and I feel great. My kids are feeling well now too, which is awesome. So today is my day to catch up on all the things I have fallen behind on, including posting a few photos that I managed to snap over the past week or so. Here we go:

1) I can’t believe I forgot all about this! I think it’s so important for people who work from home to find a little network of people who do the same thing. We don’t have the day to day interaction that most people have from going to work in an office or where ever. So LAST MONTH(!) I thought it would be a great idea for a bunch of photographers to get together for lunch. We talked shop, shared stories, networked with each other, and had an awesome time! We seriously need to do this again SOON, because as much as I love Spaghettios with my 5 yr old daughter everyday, sometimes mama needs some adult company :). Here we are….don’t look at me because my face is doing something insane, but next to me are Kevin Lynn, Alison Grogan, Karen Evans, and Heather Claypool.


The funniest part was when we asked the waiter to take this photo of us. I brought my son’s point & shoot, which I had never used before, and NONE of us could figure out how to operate the thing. The waiter had to do it for us. And yes, we’re all professionals 😉

***If you’re a Central Ohio photographer (or somewhat nearby) and you want to join us for the next lunch, let me know!! We’d love to meet you!!***


2) This is only slightly late… did you catch the eclipse last week? We had an awesome view from our house, so we didn’t have to stand outside in the cold. I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to see it because it had snowed earlier in the day and the sky was so gray and cloudy, but just when it got dark, the sky cleared up and the moon lit the sky. I snapped these from my bedroom window. Believe it or not, the 2nd shot was a 1.5 second exposure—handheld!! Nikon VR lenses are AMAZING!


3) The worst part about being sick these last couple of weeks was that we had a a lot of snow— which meant SNOW DAYS for my kids. There were a few days were they either had delays or no school at all, but on each of those days ONE of us was near death so we never were able to go out and enjoy the winter weather. As a kid, playing in the snow was one of my favorite things to do! But there’s a big difference between the 6 inches we may get here in Central Ohio and the 6 FEET we used to get back in NW Connecticut. I remember having an entire week off of school because of a snowstorm. Those were the days! Here is Cherie trying to catch a snowflake in her mouth:


Isn’t she the cutest??


4) This past weekend my other daughter, Chanel, had her first dance competition of the season in Dayton. She competed with her dance studio against about 10 (give or take) studios. Her studio did an AMAZING job and took home several Gold medals, including Chanel….she and her groups received 2 Golds and 2 High-Silver medals. Here she is with one of her classes rehearsing in the hallway just before a performance:


Next month we’ll be going to Louisville, KY for another competition…and then to Disney World in July for a performance!


5) Tomorrow, my kids are skipping school and we’re all going to see Barack Obama speak at St. John’s Arena on OSU campus. I’m so excited! He’s such an inspirational leader and I’m confident he will make the BEST President. I’m so proud of my kids for taking such an interest in this election process. We have tickets for preferred seating so hopefully I will be able to get some great photos. I’ll be sure to post those soon!


This is an incredible video…..take a moment to watch!

February 20, 2008

Recovered (almost)!

Filed under: Personal — chantal @ 9:11 am

Wow! So I am finally feeling like myself again after being sick for over a week. About two weeks ago my son was sick with the flu, and as soon as he began to feel better, my health quickly declined…pretty typical. It hit me almost instantly, I woke up feeling fine, but by the end of the day I felt like death-warmed-over. It started off with general weakness, fever, a slight cough, but mostly just feeling way too tired. Then the chest congestion kicked in, followed by the worst cough ever. EVER. In fact, I’m still coughing. It’s like this 3-pack-a-day-emphysema type cough. A few days ago I was coughing so hard my back hurt. It was exhausting. Now it’s just an annoying cough that won’t stop, but at least I feel better.

One thing is for certain. Last year I was also very sick for about 7-10 days with the worst flu ever. So this fall, at the onset of the new cold & flu season, I will definitely be getting my flu shot. And I’m the biggest baby ever. EVER. So I’ll be dragging myself kicking and screaming, and I’ll probably cry at some point, but I WILL GET THE FLU SHOT.

Anyway, I have some work and emails I seriously need to catch up on. But I wanted to share something I received in email. I normally don’t bother to read forwards and such, but this came from my husband, he knew I’d find it interesting….maybe you will too. (I’d love to give credit to the source, but I have no idea where it came from. My apologies.)

In the 1500’s…

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water
temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to
be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

These are interesting…

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in
May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to
smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.. Hence the
custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the
house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and
men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then
the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the
saying, Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water..

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood
underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other
small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became
slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.
Hence the saying . It’s raining cats and dogs.

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.. This
posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up
your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over
the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get
slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help
keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when
you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood
was placed in the entrance way. Hence the saying a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren’t you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that
always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the
pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the
stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and
then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been
there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas
porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old..

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.
When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.. It was
a sign of wealth that a man could bring home the bacon. They would cut
off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat..

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content
caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning
death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years
or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of
the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would
sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking
along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were
laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would
gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.
Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of
places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to
a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of
25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized
they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the
wrist of the corpse, thread it through the coffin and up through the ground
and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all
night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be
saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that’s the truth…Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

February 13, 2008

Babies, and Toddlers, and Dogs, Oh My!

Filed under: Photography,Portraits — chantal @ 10:16 pm

Actually, just one of each…but first a pop quiz:

How would you describe the perfect Sunday morning?

a) coffee, bagels, & Meet The Press
b) at church, gospel music infusing the air
c) pancake breakfast with hubby & kids
d) photo shoot with an amazing family
e) All of the above

If you answered “E” then you’re right, but this past Sunday, I spent my day doing “D”, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the morning.

Meet Miss Buckeye, the proud owner of two fabulous parents, a gorgeous (almost) 2 year old named Grace, and a beautiful baby boy who just joined the family, Tommy:


Miss Buckeye greeted me with a wagging tail and lots of love…and it only got better once I got to know the rest of the family. Since Tommy is the newest member of the family, his parents decided to update their family photos, and they invited me to spend their Sunday morning with them. I had such a blast playing with Gracie and snuggling with Tommy…and of course getting lots of love from Miss Buckeye. Here are just a few (and by a ‘few’ I mean a ‘lot’) of my favorites from the morning’s shoot:

Mom, Dad, & Tommy…


Tommy, fast asleep…


Big sister, Gracie…


Gracie & Miss Buckeye seemed preoccupied with something outside…



I love when newborn babies open their eyes, exploring their safe little worlds for the first time…



Tommy was quite content after Mom fed him, so we had a little fun…



Gracie had fun showing off her big girl room, even though her expression here says otherwise…don’t you just love the ever-changing moods of toddlers? 🙂


Then it was bath time…she LOVED that…


A-MAZING eyes…


A final look at Miss Buckeye….she was a very gracious hostess!!


Wedding & Portrait Session Offers!

Filed under: Offers,Photography — chantal @ 10:12 am

Has anyone else been besieged with a cold/flu this season yet? My son was sick last week and I’m just beginning to crawl out from under after two days of flu-like torture. And my 5 yr old is sick now too! Something is certainly going around so be sure to get lots of rest, vitamin C, and bundle up!

Since I am slowly beginning to feel like myself again (and still a little loopy from the meds), I feel like its good time for a great offer… two offers actually, see below.


Book my GOLD Wedding Package with the following coverage:

  • Full engagement photo shoot with a 60 day online proofing gallery
  • One high-resolution digital negative for wedding/newspaper announcement
  • 5×5 brag-book with 24 images from E-session
  • All day coverage of your Wedding day
  • 90 day online proofing gallery
  • low-resolution Proof CD
  • 8×8 or 8×10 flush mount Wedding Album

This package is normally $2500. I am offering this complete package for $1999! This offer is only valid until February 29th so contact me to see if I have your Wedding date available.


Portrait sessions include the following:

  • 2 hour on-location photo session
  • online proofing for 90 days
  • unlimited outfit changes (as time allows)
  • indoor/outdoor (weather permitting)
  • up to 5 people (addt’l people +$20 per person)
  • pets allowed!

This portrait session is normally $125. Book now for only $99! Perfect for families, children, & babies! Offer valid until March 7th. Contact me soon, availability is limited through April.

(Senior portraits not applicable)

If you are interested in taking advantage of either of these offers, call me at 614-657-5486, or email me at Please indicate that you are inquiring into my “blog offer”.


Since I’ve been under the weather for the past 2 days, I’m about 2 days behind on some projects I’m working on. Stay tuned for some ADORABLE baby photos from a really great photo session I shot over the weekend. I’ll post those later today or tonight!

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