Daily Archives: May 13, 2015

admiring: family portraits at central library


If you’ve been reading here for awhile then you might remember that we found a family photographer that we loved. We did a fall photo shoot with Yvonne Niemann almost three years ago, and the photos we chose are here. Unfortunately (for us), she moved to Athens, GA last year, but luckily she still occasionally comes back to visit (and book sessions), so she emailed me a few months ago to see if we were interested in a spring session.

We were, and we started to talk about locations. Since our last photos were taken in the fall, in nearby Lafayette Square Park, we decided we’d do this session with a little more architecture in the background. She suggested Central Library downtown, and that seemed like a perfect fit.

The session was so easy, and the weather was perfect for it. It only took an hour, and it was about as stress free as possible – and this is coming from someone that gets stressed out about photos. I don’t enjoy picking out clothing, getting ready, keeping kids in line and smiling and wrinkle-free, and I really don’t like being in front of the camera. Yvonne makes everything seem easy. She’s completely organized and professional and everything she does behind the scenes seems flawless – her correspondence, website, process. In person she’s the same way, but there’s also this really natural warmth about her that makes the entire experience (you know, the real experience – straightening hair, sucking in your stomach, smiling big enough but not too big, bribing / threatening / cajoling your kid non-stop while also staring most affectionately at them) impossibly calm. She works magic, plain and simple.

I’ve said this before, but I really mean it now. Take more pictures of your family. Hand the camera over to someone else. It doesn’t have to be once a year, or even once every few years. It can be just once. Pick a special place, put on something clean, do something that reminds you of what you love most about your family at this moment, skip a few dinners out and invest in a few photos that you will love now, but will absolutely treasure later. The only hard part of the process is choosing the best ones.

Here’s a link to the slideshow of our photo shoot that Yvonne graciously let me post here. She comes back in town occasionally, so contact her and get on her list. Or if you are lucky enough to live even remotely close to Athens, GA, then give her a call. 

P.S. Yes, E is almost as tall as me. The next time we get photos made I expect to be the shortest one in them.

P.P.S. The mouse made an appearance. As did The Secret Garden. And Wonder, sans book jacket.

wednesday morning in the garden


I’m not going to lie. This week (and next) are a madhouse, and last night I had a meeting / work session that lasted past eleven, and it was almost midnight before I was asleep. I really, really wanted to push the snooze button this morning and skip the garden. But the sun was already beaming into the bedroom, and I convinced myself that an extra thirty minutes of shuteye wasn’t really going to make much of a dent in my exhaustion. I kicked into high gear, and got everything packed up and out the door.

I’m always glad when I do.

The lantern festival preparations are in full gear – we’ve been at the garden twice weekly, and I’m still amazed at how much more they’ve completed each time we’re there.



I love the color combinations in the area below, near the boxwood maze, plus the sun coming up between the trees beyond was just gorgeous. Today is my mom’s birthday – I hope the weather is as lovely at her house as it is here!





I hope you have a great Wednesday – I’ll pop back in soon with a slideshow of our family portraits (later today), and some of the artwork I need to create sometime between now and too soon! Fingers crossed I can pull off my to-do list this week – and hopefully catch a bit of sleep along the way.