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May 11, 2008

Baby Tribbie: 18 weeks (Mother’s Day edition!)

Filed under: maternity project '08,Photography — chantal @ 10:35 am

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the fabulous Mom’s out there…and especially to all of the Moms-to-be, including one of my favorite Moms-to-be, Jennifer Tribbie!!

As a mother of three, today is such a special day, even though, really, EVERY day is Mother’s Day, and it should be. Being a Mother is the hardest, most challenging, most stressful job that is also equally the BEST, most rewarding, most satisfying job in the world…I couldn’t imagine my life without Sharif, Chanel, and Cherie in it…they totally make me who I am today!

I’m a little late with posting this, but as of LAST week, Jennifer was 18 weeks along. Her baby is about 8 inches long now, and weighs about 7 ounces. And at this point, Baby Tribbie’s tiny fingerprints are forming! So cute!

Yesterday I also had the privilege of spending a few hours with both Jennifer and Tim for a relaxed photo session, stay tuned for some of those pictures coming soon!

See Jennifer’s baby grow:
Baby Tribbie – 10 weeks
Baby Tribbie – 14 weeks

Happy Mother’s Mom!

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May 8, 2008

SoFoBoMo: A Day At The Beach

Filed under: Personal,Photography,SoFoBoMo — chantal @ 1:03 pm

One of the things we did while in Georgia last month visiting my husband’s family, was go to Tybee Island. It was just me and the kids and their little cousin for the afternoon. We only had a little while because the clouds were darkening, and after about 90 minutes or so, it began to rain, but the kids had a great time. Shamon was back in Savannah with his cousin, but there was no way I could be that close to the ocean and not see it.

Below is Cherie with her cousin, Aaliyah. The water was freezing but that didn’t stop anyone (besides me) from getting in it. And it was a treat for the kids to come back to cold Ohio and tell their friends about their day at the beach.

**Note: I’ve been such a bad blogger lately!  I really wanted to try to post every day for the month of May, but I had a few days that just got the better of me.  Let’s see if I can get a good 30-day post stretch going starting now!  Believe me it’s not been for lack of material…if anything I’m almost overwhelmed with all that I want to share!  So with a little discipline and a more regular sleep pattern, hopefully, I can be better about the posts.  I’ve had some incredible photo sessions over the last couple weeks, and two more scheduled for this weekend that I’m super excited for!  Plus I will be posting my finished SOFOBOMO book very soon!  Stay tuned!

May 3, 2008

Erin & Rick: Engagement

Filed under: Photography,Portraits,Weddings & Engagements — chantal @ 11:18 pm

(Whew! I’m getting this post in just in time…I really want to post every day this month!)

I love to shoot engagement sessions. They are so much fun and serve two very important purposes: 1) They provide the opportunity for me and my clients to get to know one another, and for them to learn to relax in front of my camera and become accustomed to my shooting style. This way, they’re totally natural and relaxed on their Wedding day, which is most important; and 2) the couple gets a bunch of awesome, relaxed photos of themselves that they will enjoy for a lifetime! It’s win-win!

But this engagement session with Erin & Rick served a 3rd purpose: it allowed my husband (my assistant for the day) and I to hang out with our good friend Rick, and to finally meet and get to know his beautiful fiancee, Erin! Rick is a member of our church and we’ve known him for a few years, and we’re so excited to welcome Erin into our extended church family…they are a truly wonderful and blessed couple!

Our photo session was a couple of weeks ago, and it was a typical cool and rainy April afternoon in Central Ohio. We shot a little bit indoors, but then thankfully it stopped raining long enough to shoot outside for just a little while. Indoors or out, rain or shine, it was impossible to take bad photos of this couple! The love they have for each other is so evident! And it just illuminates each and every photo. Take a look at a few of my favs:

Erin and Rick were not shy about kissing and being affectionate, but Rick’s son, who came along for the shoot, wasn’t very happy about it. I love this little sequence:

The Loving family:

A natural model (who LOVED the camera!):

To Erin & Rick:

Shamon and I had so much fun you both! Thank you so much for allowing us to spend some quality time with you all, I can’t wait for your Wedding in just a few weeks!!

~Chantal xoxo

May 2, 2008

14 Years!

Filed under: Personal,Photography,Portraits — chantal @ 10:14 am

Today is my 14th Wedding anniversary! 14 years ago I married the man of my dreams, my Prince Charming. I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed! I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun. I can’t imagine what my life would have been without Shamon in it. He has made all of my dreams come true, and as quick as I can dream up new ones, he’s right there to make them happen!

I’m happy today, knowing that the man I have spent my entire adult life with is also be the man who will be pushing me in a wheel chair when I’m an old lady (or vice versa if he keeps playing basketball on that bad knee!!). But I’m sad that I can’t be with him today. At least I have a lifetime of memories to fill my heart, and three beautiful children who represent the best of him and I together.

Happy Anniversary Shamon, I LOVE YOU!! xoxoxooxoxoxoox

Below is a photo of Shamon playing his saxophone. He began playing saxophone when he was just a kid, and played all through high school. Once he graduated, he put his sax down, but his love and passion for music only grew stronger. I always knew he was meant to be a musician, and I was so happy that he decided to pick up his old sax again and relearn his first love. But he didn’t play like someone who hadn’t touched the instrument in nearly 17 years…he’s SO GOOD! The melodies that came from that horn after only hours of playing for the first time in nearly two decades were astonishing. And after a year of practicing while in Iraq, I expect a full serenade when he comes home again, days before our 15th anniversary 🙂

May 1, 2008

SoFoBoMo: The Editing Process

Filed under: Personal,Photography,Process/Learning,SoFoBoMo — chantal @ 11:01 am

Now that my 30-day shooting period has ended, I’m in the process of editing all of my images, and deciding which ones to put together in the book. There are two directions I’m considering: letting the book have a family-album feel, or more of a documentary feel. I suppose once I choose the 35+ images for the final book, they will dictate the outcome. Just the process of sifting through the several hundred pictures I took during the month of April is a journey unto itself.

The official SoFoBoMo website is now up and running, and once I finish my book, it will be posted there for viewing. See what other participants have completed so far!: SoFoBoMo.org

Below is from our trip to Georgia. We stopped several times along the way, and here we are having a roadside picnic…

April 30, 2008

The Long Year Begins

Filed under: News,Personal,Photography,SoFoBoMo — chantal @ 6:53 am

Today my husband departs for his year long tour; first a period of training followed by nearly a year serving with the Ohio National Guard in Iraq. We’ve been preparing for this deployment (his 2nd in 3 yrs) for several months now, and now that it’s begun, we can look forward to it ending.

For the last 3 weeks, my husband was on vacation, spending time at home with me and our three kids. And since I’ve been so focused on being with him, with the exception of a few incredible photo shoots, I haven’t really been working. Now that he’s gone, it’s time to dive in head first, and keep myself busy with work & kids, to help make the time go faster. And I have about 85 million images to edit and process to help pass the time!

So for the next month, I will try to post to this blog every day… I definitely have enough material! For the next month you can expect to see:

  • some fabulous couples striking a pose for their Engagement photo shoots
  • an incredible Wedding
  • a fun family photo session
  • a spectacular Senior session
  • photos of my kids (from dance recitals & track meets)

and of course…

  • images from my SOFOBOMO project, including the final book

Now it’s time for coffee before I get busy!

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