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Happy Halloween!

My childhood days of tick-or-treating were filled with many wet and cold nights. We’d start off with a hot and hearty bowl of soup, crafted by my mom (still the best chef I know). We’d also go out in our “troll masks” and stick our heads out the window. Those who’ve been friends with the Vlcek’s (my family) for years know about our tradition but sorry, not spilling too many secrets today. Then we’d go out and get candy in our best costumes. I can remember being cat-woman, Jasmine from Aladdin, JFK (yes, I did really dress up as him), I was a cheerleader and so many other non-morbid characters.

I’m excited to pass out candy tonight! Our little man is not old enough to go out and trick-or-treat, but it’s his first halloween so we’re going to start some traditions. For his first Halloween, Michael is a dragon! We actually thought it was a t-rex costume when Elaine (my mother-in-law) helped me pick it out. But dinosaur or not, it’s a non-morbid and cute costume for a 3-month-old. Let’s be honest, at this age this costumes are for mommy and daddy and for posting on Facebook.

I think the best part about photographing an infant, especially your own, is you only have a few minutes of them being “content” before havoc breaks out. Here are a few pictures that Michael allowed me to take of him.

I hope everyone has a safe, dry and happy Halloween!

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Those of you who don’t know me on a personal-level probably may not realize that my husband just returned from a 7.5-month-deployment just last week. He met his 3-month-old son for the first time and has instantly jumped into fatherhood. He’s just amazing! And, our little guy started doing an army crawl this week. Ironically, my husband is not army, he’s navy…but somehow a “sailor crawl” or a “squid swim” just doesn’t do it justice.

Here are a few action shots I captured of him today…

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There’s nothing I love more than finding a new place to shoot photos! Tasha, the mom, had done some research and found this adorable park with old farm equipment, lots of historic buildings and for the most part…completely to ourselves! So, I’m sorry I’m not going to announce it’s location as I’m keeping this place in my back pocket. I think it would be fabulous for senior portraits too.

I feel so lucky to do their family portraits again this year, and I’m also really impressed with Tasha’s ability to coordinate the clothing for a large family. Families: take note from her styling…everyone has their own unique outfit but they all go together harmoniously! Stripes and patterns are okay as long as they don’t distract. Tasha, a job well done for you!

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Thank you for checking out my new website and blog! Many of you who have been my long-time clients know my old website was fine but a little….”meh.” I’ve always wanted to blog but never had the “time” to create a new website, nor know how to do it. So, I took the plunge and taught myself how to do this.

Please note: If you notice any glitches or something that doesn’t seem right, please let me know so I can work on it. After a month of pulling photos for my portfolios, I realize I downloaded them in files that are way too large, so please be patient with the load times. I now have to go back through all the albums and re-download them, and that’s quite a tedious process so please bear with me.

I’m also thinking of fun things to add to this blog, including “foodie favorites” and yummy cafes where I want to do some food reviews (and photos too). I’d also like to feature some of my favorite wedding vendors on here so you can get to know them. And, if you have any fun ideas of things you’d like to see, please let me know! I’m looking forward to making this as interactive as possible!

A lot has changed in my life. I have a baby! We have a precious son, Michael. Matt has been deployed for nearly 8 months and comes home before the end of the month (hallelujah!). I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the many blessings and gifts God has given me and I thought that I’d start “new” with this brand new site.

Thank you for letting me share this with you. I look forward to the next chapter that life brings, and sharing it with all of you.

xoxo,
     Sonja

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