Thursday, November 29, 2007

Awesome Realtors

I met with wonderful Realtors a couple of days ago at the Cistern downtown. They needed new shots for business cards and their websites. Ashley Bowers-Jones was one of my beautiful brides awhile back and she is a realtor with Exit Realty. Check out her site here

This is Kay Vitali. She is a sales associate in the Exit Group. It was great meeting her!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

SECF Conference at the Homestead

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with the Southeast Council of Foundations at their annual meeting. This was my forth year traveling with this amazing group and this year's meeting was held at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. I can't say enough about this wonderful organization. Everyone is so unbelievably nice and their united mission of giving and serving is one that we not only benefit from, but one we can all act on in some small way. I have learned so much about the world of philanthropy and all the ways these generous foundations reach out to their communities and the nation.


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

We've Been ELFED!!

Thanks to my sister Alexis who found this site. We had a good time this morning making "elves of ourselves." Check it out!
Elf Yourself!
You can do it too!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I Can Post!

Well, this is day four for me here at The Homestead. I am having a wonderful time with all my SECF friends. My friend Dana met me on Monday and stayed the night which was great fun. We hiked, shopped, talked and she even got the opportunity to meet some of the people I work for and with while I am here.

Below are the Jefferson Pools. For over 200 years people have been relaxing in these therapeutic waters.
You should take a few minutes to click on the Jefferson Pools link and read about them. I have gone twice now and I hope to go again before I leave here. There are truly no words to describe how wonderful this experience is.

A huge thank you to my wonderful husband who fedexed me the things I needed to upload my pix. I love you and I miss all of you

I will be home Saturday afternoon for all of you who have been trying to reach me. I will get back with you just as soon as I can.

Monday, November 12, 2007

At the Homestead

Well, I arrived here at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. It is gorgeous here and I wish I could show you photos but I can't. I seem to have misplaced my card reader so all my photos will have to stay on my cards until I get home. I also have no cell phone connection here. It looks like I am out of commission until I get home on Saturday.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Meet Reece

Well, it certainly has been awhile since I posted! I have been busy with my PTA duties as President (yes I am NUTS!) and have been diligently working on orders and albums as I am about to leave again in about a half an hour for The Homestead.

Yesterday I had the joy of meeting Reece Foti. She is the most adorable baby. Jimmy, Carolyn and the dogs joined in at the end for a quick family photo for Christmas cards!

We are going to be taking pictures of Reece at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and then on her one year birthday as I launch my "Baby's First Year" sessions. I will be creating a beautiful custom album for them when we are finished!!

I am off to see my friends ~ The Southeast Council of Foundations at the Homestead to document this year's annual meeting!!!
I will be back next Sunday.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Amy's Bridal Portrait Session

On Saturday afternoon I met Amy and her lovely mother downtown to take photos of Amy in her gown. We had planned to meet at Charleston Place where she could change but unfortunately it was WAY TOO BUSY for that! With her "make a way" attitude, she got dressed in another hotel's meeting room and we were off! I wish I could show you her photos but I can't; at least not until after her December 16th wedding!

If you know her password you can see them

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Rochelle and Barry!

Thank you guys for being so patient and waiting on these photos! Rochelle and Barry were married last Saturday night at the Confederate Home on Broad Street and had their reception at the Francis Marion Hotel. I had to leave for NC early the following morning so I had to wait until I got back to work on them!

If you have never seen or been to the Confederate Home you are in for a real treat. This red door is all you see from the outside, but inside it is magical! The house was originally built to be home to the wives of fallen soldiers. Today, you can live there if you are a single female. There are some artist's studios there as well.

Their ceremony was lovely and Rochelle's dress was gorgeous. Barry is an air force pilot and he was all decked out in his blues.

Please take a look at their slide show here
Don't forget to leave a comment!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Stephanie and Joe ~ An Afternoon in D.C.

I had such a blast spending half the day with Stephanie and Joe! They live in Alexandria, Virginia and are getting married here in Charleston next year. Stephanie is from the area and Joe grew up in the mid-west.
We started out at the Marina on their boat. It was the perfect day, not too hot and not too cold! I wish there were more leaves turning but it was still awesome to be in the D.C. area taking photos.

Even though Joe rolled his eyes a few times (sorry Joe!) at "playing around" in the willow tree, he did get into it!!! Don't you think he looks like a young William Hurt? I do.

After leaving Alexandria, we went downtown to the Mall (no, not the SHOPPING mall!) and got some great shots by the monuments and then topped the day off with a drink at The Willard. Joe told me this is where the first Mint Julep was made...of course, what do you think I HAD to drink?!

There is so much more to see on their slideshow!
Check it out here
and dont forget to comment!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Home Again

I just returned home from my travels to NC and points north! What a nice visit I had with my good friends, the Davis's. I was able to help Marina out by handing out candy so she could trick-or-treat with Helene. I also had a chance to spend a lot of time with Stephanie and Joe, running all over Alexandria and DC taking photos for their getting to know you session. I hope to have their photos online tomorrow!
Cameron with his cookie.

Here is Jameson!

This is Helene, my godchild. She calls me her fairy godmother so I think that must make her my fairy godchild!

This is Snuggles, their 16 year old cat! He really got into Cameron and Jameson's Civil War game!