Monday, May 30, 2011

Lindsay, the musical

So yesterday was my sister Lindsay's 30th birthday. Shocker. It's weird that we are old enough to be having 30th birthdays. It totally seems like yesterday that we were fighting over the front seat and what Saturday morning cartoon to watch.

Anyways, since I wasn't able to join the family in Florida for the festivities, I took a new approach to celebrating Lindz's big bday in style.

I put together a short musical in her honor showcasing all the musicals we use to watch together as kids. (I blew up her voice-mail too by creating 10 different characters including Ethel the old lady, bonita Juanita from Mexico, and Mimi the mime that called her almost incessantly and left birthday messages... which to my chagrin, she has already posted to Facebook. :))

Anyways, so in the theme of my humiliation for the sake of my sister's birthday, here is the short musical I made. I can't believe I'm putting this on the internet. Hope you know how much I love ya Lindz!

Oh and ps... I promise my real singing voice is better than my broadway one! Ha!

(stop music player at bottom before watching)

Happy 30th Birthday Lindz

Saturday, May 28, 2011


I've been told that admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery and I most certainly have a problem, but I'm not exactly sure I want to recover.

I am officially and without a doubt addicted to Chipotle.
If you've never been to Chipotle, shame on you! Or maybe that's a good thing... more for me! Chipotle is the most delicious mexican grill out there that not only tastes fabulous, but is all about serving food with integrity. This means using fresh, organic ingredients, healthy, farm-raised animals products, and local producers.

I know being addicted to Chipotle is not the worst thing in the world, but seriously... what do they put in the barbacoa?! It is the most glorious and delicious meat ever served at a mexican restaurant. Maybe at any restaurant for that matter. And I crave it. Every blasted day. And I feel like I could eat it. Every blasted day. And on top of scrumptious food, they serve Coke Zero, our most favorite soda beverage.
My euphoric joy cannot be contained.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) we have a Chipotle close to our house so it's always our "go-to" quick bite when we don't have time to whip something up at home. I always do a salad, Z does a bowl, and Allie likes the tacos. There's something delectable for everyone!

You know your "addiction" is bad when the people behind the counter recognize you and remember how many times you've been there that week, but no amount of embarrassment can keep me from that barbacoa. Nothing can keep me from the barbacoa!

And I like it that way.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Oh Snap

If it's not obvious by my style of blogging, I simply love photography. I love telling stories through photos and capturing a memory in a single frame. It's beautiful, inspiring, challenging, and something I really want to get better and better at.

There are a few photographers that really inspire me and I wanted to share them today and their breath-taking work. Some are people I know or have worked with. Others are American icons and international entrepreneurs. It's a random assortment I know, but I love them each for completely different reasons.

Here are my favorite four fabulous photographers in no particular order...

1. Richard Avedon
The New York Times put it best when they said both Avedon's fashion photography and portraits "defined America's image of style, beauty, and culture for the last half century." I saw a huge collection of his work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art back in 2009 and it was simply incredible. His portraits capture so much detail and emotion that they don't even need captions. I particularly love his "In the American West" collection which showcases ordinary, everyday Americans in various ways of life.

Zach finds some of the images alarming and ugly, but I find them to be intriguing and captivating.

He's photographed pretty much anyone who is anyone in American culture including all American presidents during his career and a ton of other famous people from Marilyn Monroe, to the Beatles, to Andy Worhl, and so on and so on. Avedon also did a crap ton of fashion photography which is actually what began his career and what sparked his initial notoriety.

If you ever have a chance to see his work in person, take it because it is seriously larger than life and overwhelmingly dramatic.

2. Ciril Jazbec
I'm not 100% sure how you pronounce his name, but I love this young Slovene photographer. Although most of his work is commercial photography, his personal portfolios are by far my favorite. The way he captures life through color, clarity, and expression is truly inspiring to me.

3. Rebekah Hood of Kallima Photography
Even though Rebekah and I both grew up in the same small Floridian town, our paths first crossed at FSU back in 2001. I have seen her photography evolve, grow, and flourish over the past few years and it is truly stunning. I used her back in 2009 for a personal shoot in Atanta, but her wedding coverage is STUPID BEAUTIFUL. I love the emotion she captures and how every wedding, big or small, looks like it belongs in a magazine. I can barely pick out my favorite shots of her work (because pretty much everything is gorgeous), but here are a few I love.

Love you Rebekah and all you do. Your images not only make me feel like I attended all these glamorous weddings, but you encourage me as an amateur photographer. If any of you out there are engaged and looking for a wedding photographer, don't miss the chance to book Rebekah.

4. Ally Powell of Ravyn Art
I've only known Ally for about a year now, but her photography has impacted me greatly. She did some shots of Z and I in Florida last fall (like the one with our bio at the top of this page) and she is seriously one of the most creative, talented photographers out there. Her unique perspective and amazing detail and texture make her images so powerful while maintaining a delicate quality. Here are a few shots I love due to their incredible creativity and texture.

This is paint :)

Ally is passionate about fashion photography and also does great product photography and beautiful weddings. Please contact her for any of your photography needs. You won't regret it.

I am hoping she can do a really creative family shoot for us this summer that is unlike any family photography out there. Stay tuned. :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Washed by the Water

Last Sunday night was an exciting night at Advance (the student ministry at FHC) because 13 students were baptized! Wahoo!

If you're not sure what I am talking about, baptism is a pubic profession of faith in Jesus. It's a chosen act by any Christ-follower that means you've accepted Jesus as Lord in your life and believe He died to cover all your sin and end your separation from God. (See John 3:16 and Romans 6:4)

For those of you reading this who haven't been baptized or don't profess Jesus as Lord, the act of baptism probably seems super weird. Ha! People dunk other people in water while a bunch of other people watch to symbolize being "born again" with a new, clean, forgiven life because Jesus paid the debt for sin? Yep, that's pretty much it and it's pretty awesome and exciting if you really think about it. :)

Anyways, I was asked to do some photos so here are a few of my favs. It didn't occur to me until later though how incredibly special it is to capture this moment, really the second most important moment in these 13 lives after accepting Jesus into their heart as Lord and Savior. I wish I had a photo of me getting baptized 20 years ago!

Zach took an aerial shot Instagram style of all the excitement around the pool. I love the water sloshing out over the edge!
The outdoor pool
Professing faith

Washed by the water

Baptism is just the beginning of an incredible journey. We are so excited for these students and how they will share the love of Jesus with the world.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Baby Brunch

On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending Amanda G's baby shower hosted by three of the most lovely ladies- Ashley, Bethany, and Lori. Gosh these girls know how to put on a good party! :) I was flattered both Amanda and the hosts wanted me to take some photos of the special event and I loved being able to capture all the details! Here are some of my favorite shots from the back porch baby shower brunch...

Place cards of the guest of honor and shower hosts
Table decor and gifts

Delicious brunch and punch!

A few little games with a lot of laughter

Opening gifts

Blanket made by her grandmother
Will's first neck tie. This. Is. Awesome.
 Favorite childhood books from her Advance lifegroup. Such a cute idea!

Prayer. This is totally my favorite pic.
 Amanda with the lovely hosts!
 And the two baby bumps!
Group shot

I also did a few maternity shots of Amanda with her husband Andrew. Aren't they SO cute?
We love you Amanda and Andrew and cannot wait to meet Will!