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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Driscoll Family

Krisha and I used to work together and I still remember turning around in my chair one day and saying to her "Hey i'm thinking about getting in to family/children's photography! You have a family! Let me take your pictures!" At that time it was just Mark and I. No kids(one on the way though). I didn't have anyone to experiment on so I convinced Krisha it would be worth braving the July heat to let me photograph her and her family! Well I must have done a few things right cause they've come back a couple times since then and their kids, who I adore, just keep getting cuter and cuter! :)  They gave me hugs when we were done.....enough said!!! :)

I LOVE when we capture the truly real, genuine moments between families or in this case siblings! :) This age is a great one to photograph! 

Kisses! Ewwww! <3

Dear God, I want a daughter. That is all. :) 

Anyone looking for child models?? We have the best looking clients. :) 

Thanks Driscolls for such a fun morning! Looking forward to next time. :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

**Handmade Image Disc Cases**

In an effort to keep me from posting all of the photos I LOVE prematurely from the two family sessions we did yesterday, I thought i'd take a few minutes to share with your our new product offering! I am really proud to say that your image disc will no longer be presented to you in just a white sleeve with your label on it. Mark and I are big DIY-ers so when I was looking for a much more appealing way to present/display our image discs I knew this was something I could create myself!! Each disc case is unique and i've tried to match them with the style of the session. I've started  making them from fabric and other materials I have on hand but i'm sure soon i'll have to make a trip to the craft store and pick up some more. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I know there are so many photographers out there to choose from and I hope this really unique way to store and display your image discs will be just another reason why you choose ThunderClap Photography!! 

Happy Monday!! 
It's gonna be a beautiful week! 

<3 Leigh

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Personal Photo Tuesday: 2 Weeks in Review

Well I knew I had to get back to posting some personal photos but I kept missing Monday! I couldn't choose just one since it has been a few weeks so I thought i'd go ahead and do a recap of the past two weeks or so!!

It rained a lot a few weeks ago which kept little A and I inside most of the day. He loves looking out the window at the rain and we spent a lot of hours each day doing just that.

After the rain cleared we jumped in the car and headed to Green Meadows Petting Farm! If you haven't been here you need to go! I went when I was little and couldn't wait to take our son. :) Is that not the funniest picture of an ostrich???? Makes me smile every time!

Atticus got some new kicks from Mark's cousin! I experimented with a little flower photography and designed a new cd holder for our image discs! Expect to see one of these with your next session! :)

 Atticus and I hit up the park with Uncle Ken and Isaac! The swings are always a good time. :) 

We remembered Mark's Grandmother with "Cheese Surprises" and Creme Horns, some of her favorite things! We also decorated her spot with flowers. The cemetery was incredibly beautiful that day!

 We also celebrated  Mark's Mother's Birthday with lots of outdoor time, kabobs, and banana splits! The boys put on their birthday suits too in honor of the occasion! :) Nakey time! I was jealous! ;) And TODAY Atticus discovered markers for the first time! Praise God for washable!! :) 

Happy Tuesday!! xoxo

                             <3 Leigh

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jodi's Senior Session

Is that top picture not fierce?!?!?! I know i'm channeling Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model when I say that but that just happens to be the first word that comes to mind! :)  I admit I watch that show on occasion but as a photographer i'm allowed! Never the less this session rocked my socks off! Not only did we have a gorgeous model but the location we shot at was INCREDIBLE! We've shot here before but didn't explore it much that time. This time we got brave and it was sooo worth it! Jodi was such a trooper and did every crazy thing we asked. For being one of those "I hate getting my picture taken people" she totally worked it! Unfortunately for any modeling agencies out there she has her heart set on a soccer career!

We started at her house which I love to do if the situation arises! It really helps to break the ice and get everyone comfortable before we really get into the session. Fortunately they had some really beautiful brick! I <3 brick and take every opportunity to shoot with it as possible! 

Had to get a shot with the ol ' War Eagle! Of course these photos were close to Mark and I's heart because Astronaut High is our Alma Mater. I cannot believe it's been 8 years already! I feel old saying that!

Jodi thank you for such a fun morning! You are an incredibly fun and gorgeous girl! So much luck to you in the remaining few weeks of high school and your many adventures ahead in the "Real World"! :) 

                                       <3 Leigh

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Still Life....goes on.....

I did this Still Life photo to commemorate my Grandma Gower and her passing a year ago.  It made me so happy to walk around the house and collect the dusty knickknacks and other pieces that I have collected from her throughout my life.  It was a no-brainer to me to express my memoriam photographically, and I wanted to share it with everyone!

Many of the items are simple:  She, or rather others, collected roosters for her, she was from Maine before living in Florida, she loved to garden, and the "Damn I'm Good" coffee mug always hung in her house and when I read it now I can hear her singing the Maxwell House jingle while she made her and my grandfather's morning coffee.  The piece of coal seems a little out of place I know, but it's perfectly rectified.  She brought it home to me when I was young and it came from one of the many Coal Mines in Maine.  The "Old Toenails" jar was something I picked up while going on one of many garage sales with her.  Last but not least, the Smucker's Jar.  She had a special nickname for me, one that I will never forget and can hear her say it as I type it...ready???...Smicky-Smuckers!  Where did it come from, I don't know, but it's mine and nobody else's!

They say a photo's worth a million words, this one's worth a lifetime!  Thanks Grandma!
--MARK "Smicky-Smuckers"