some may call it obsessed. i stand firm of the opinion that i just know a good thing when i see it.
the university of notre dame is a good thing.
growing up in south bend i was raised an irish fan. i remember being a little, little girl watching football games with my dad. by watching, i mean i was playing on my kitchen set while dad paced around the living room because he couldn't sit still. it was at this young age that something was instilled in me that notre dame, the irish, they're something special. in middle school, after my grandad's passing, my mom and gramma and i took an (ill-fated) trip to jacksonville, fl to watch the irish play in the gator bowl. the love-affair with the irish is a family thing, and my gramma knew how badly i wanted to see autrey denson's last game. while we may not have won the game...i may have inadvertently wound up with four broken toes after the loss...we may have been stranded for four days because there was a blizzard in south bend...and i may have missed my 13th birthday at school (big deal!), my love for all things notre dame football never faltered.
it occurred to me this past week, saturday around 11:30 to be exact, that this season is a bit of welcomed, good karma for all irish fans. you see, i wobbled around on crutches in three feet of snow after an irish loss in 1999. after that, it was a rough decade+. we, as fans, have learned there are few things more painful than faked field goals, last minute field goals, Bush-pushes, and worst-seasons-in-the-history-of-ever. i lived outside of michigan stadium for four years of my life; being an irish fan isn't always easy. but this year? this year has made up for it all.
this year i watched every home game at notre dame stadium.
this year we saw manti te'o lead his team to 12-0.
this year the university of notre dame will play for a national championship ON MY BIRTHDAY.
i cannot put into words how excited and still dumbfounded i am that i'm witnessing this season. i've always heard of the famed lore of winning seasons and championships past from my dad, but now i get to experience it. so, this is what winning feels like? i'll take it.
the following are a few images i captured from senior day against wake forest. i hope you enjoy them as much as i enjoyed being there to see manti take the field at home one last time. oh, and one last thing:
**images are for my personal collection only and are not for sale due to NCAA compliance rules.**
this time last year, when the leaves were vibrant reds and oranges, i was taking family pictures of the Gerbers. this year, they have a new addition. meet Nina, a real Gerber baby!
deron and jenny, nina is beautiful. and, we know she liked me too because she was SO relaxed around me ;]
thank you so much for giving me the privilege of capturing nina's first days. i hope you love these images now, and cherish them as nina grows bigger. my personal favorite? the little toes. nothing more s
you see the dimples on this little one? makes me melt.
i was honored when the swanks asked me to photograph their family because they're not just clients, they're also my coworkers.
kristin & larry, thank you so much for allowing me to snap some shots of your adorable taylor! she's such a doll, and i can't wait til the next time she visits the office and mean mugs me :]
i first met Jelena years ago at her cousin Andrea's bridal shower. you may remember Dre from here (they've come quite a long way since then!). Jelena, this svelte, leggy beauty, was, unbeknown to me at the time, very taken by a gentleman named Trevor. flash forward two years, and Trevor had popped the question, and i was set to capture their wedding day!
Jelena and Trevor, thank you so much for letting me capture some of the most exciting moments of your life, thus far. you let me into your family that night, and while being Polish is pretty awesome, it made me want to be Bosnian for the night. i loved that while i may not have understood the words being spoken all the time, the love in the air was felt by all and the sentiment was known.
i'm so excited to share these images with you, and even MORE excited to announce that the Soots are now pregnant with their first child, a son!
are you serious with the baby blues on these gorgeous carnes kids?!
i'll be the first to admit, i'm a sucker for some sparkly eyes, and these four children have been blessed with some magnificently pretty peepers. more than that, they've also been blessed with two extremely loving parents. randy and meredithe are so attentive to brenna, caitlyn, RJ and levi. the second i met them i could tell their children are their world.
brenna, the eldest, reminds me of myself in her big sister role. i remember having two little siblings running around when i was her age. she's sweet, kind, caring, and shares a striking resemblance to her mama.
cait and rj are twins, but have such different personalities. caitlyn is a little diva. she saw the camera and immediately started striking a pose. rj, on the other hand, is such a little man. he's going to be a looker when he grows up!
levi, the baby of the family, is ALL BOY. he was like a little tornado running around, but those are my favorite memories to capture - real life.
meredithe and randy, thank you for letting me make memories for your family. i hope you enjoy your images!