Archive for March, 2009

April is Autism Awareness month. Autism  that has struck us pretty close to home, our son Anakin was diagnosed with it when he was two.  It’s been a struggle and a blessing. He’s 7 and still non-verbal, but he’s learning new signs all the time.  He has some wonderful teachers who work very closely with him and whom I feel genuinely care about him.  As hard as it has been watching Anakin struggle with communicating, he is a bright little boy with an infectious laugh & a wonderful sense of humor.  I love seeing how my daughter acts with him, she’s so caring and loving. I think our family is stronger because of everything we’ve gone through.

If you’ve never met any one with Autism, odds are that you will soon, about 1 in 150 American children are diagnosed with it every year.

“Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.” (From the Autism Society of America Website)

“Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms
  • (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects “

(From the Autism Society of America Website)

More information on autism

To help the cause for every wedding package booked in April I’m donating $150 to the Autism Society of America.

I’m also giving away 5 free portrait sessions to Quad-City area children with autism. The winners will receive a 1 hour portrait session in a location (in the Quad-City area) the child is comfortable in, a disk with High resolution digital files from the session and a free 8×10. To enter just send an e-mail to with the following.

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail address
  • Age of the child

A drawing will be held May 14th to select the winners. If you have any questions e-mail them to

If you would like to make a personal donation to the ASA you can do so here.

These are some other helpful links if you want to learn more about Autism or know someone with autism and are looking for help.

Quad-cities Support groups
QC yahoo group –
Iowa Services –
Illinois Services –

Gluten-Free Casein-Free Diet information
Recipes, menu planning & info –

Wedding books

March 29, 2009

I’m so excited, I finally got my sample wedding book in, and it is fabulous!  These are beautifully hand made and very well put together. The pages are printed on gorgeous high-quality photographic paper. The color reproduction on the pages is very accurate. It’s cover is Genuine Italian leather & it feels wonderful. Oh & they come with these cute stylish fabric bags. I think I’m in love!

They come in 7 fun colors

Voluptuous Black
Smoldering Brown
Sultry Blue
Forbidden Green
Redlight Red
Virgin white
Passion Pink

Voluptuous Black Smoldering Brown Sultry Blue Forbidden Green Redlight Red Virgin white Passion Pink

They finally released Passion Pink this year, so I had to pick up one, I think it matches my logo perfectly.

Check out the thick pages, love it!

Just a brief update, before I head out for girls day. You might have noticed things look a bit different around here. I’ve been working on changing the site for a few months now, unfortunately I’m really not a web designer, so it took a bit longer that I had hoped. I wanted to combine my blog & my website so you didn’t have to look in two places for information & I could always keep fresh content on my site. That’s it for now, I have a longer post coming soon & some super cute baby pictures as well. Happy weekend!

What a crazy weekend, on Saturday I got to tag along with Teresa of Wiz of Oz Photography for a wedding, we had a blast. The most entertaining part was chasing down a particularly adorable camera shy flower girl. 🙂 Great time.

Then today was such gorgeous day! I’m so happy that spring is finally showing it’s face. I was so sick of being stuck indoors. Cory & I got a chance to shoot the fabulous Melissa today for her senior pictures. It was great getting outside for a shoot, and it doesn’t hurt having someone as fun & pretty as Melissa to shoot. Afterwords Cory’s parent’s took us out for dinner for Cory’s birthday, which is coming up Tuesday (yep St. Patricks day). So a pretty great day.

Here are some of my favorite shots from today’s session. 🙂

Look at those gorgeous eyes.

Her parents made us put her behind bars, lol.

Cory took this one, I love it.