Jackie’s Fall Photosession!



“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
[Indian Summer]”
― William Cullen Bryant

Here are some photos of Jackie’s & Sam’s fall photosession! The weather was beautiful and I really enjoyed spending time with this little family. We managed to get a few photos by the lake and fence, and then right as we were wrapping up, we spotted a red wall with a flowery vine that worked as a gorgeous backdrop especially since the girls had pretty flower hairbands!  I love the curiosity of children in nature and how they gleefully gaze at ducks on the lake (this was Trinity – the toddler – in this session!). Trinity had her eyes fixed on the lake and ducks so I climbed over a fence so I could capture her expressions and natural admiration of the world around her!

Baby Milan was sweet and smiley throughout and Jackie’s mother came to assist with making the little ones smile and managed to persuade her to get a few photos of herself as well!


love candids, especially chic ones like these!IMG_0541-5IMG_0574-2

“I think my mom put it best. She said, ‘Little girls soften their daddy’s hearts.'” – Paul Walker

Here Trinity was crying about something and her father Sam was consoling her!
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Duck gazing!
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Precious baby!IMG_0797-2 IMG_0798-2 IMG_0835-2 IMG_0837-2

Flames of Fall


Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot


Fall for me is collecting leaves any chance I can get, pressing them in big books, and opening up books later to get unexpected little treasure of leaves perfectly flattened, preserved, and bookmark ready!

In the meantime, spotted these on a tree and plucked a few even that were almost ready to fall!IMG_1271-2 IMG_1272-2 IMG_1277-2 IMG_1280-3


“Not a leaf falls but that He knows it.” – Quran 6:59

The Shape of Stories


“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
Annie Proulx

When I first started this blog, it was wonderful to have a place to post photos and document life.

Life has gotten naturally busier.

I photograph not only my family, but others when I get the  chance.

I write not only here, but am writing behind the scenes. I am trying to chip through a cold block of icy-writers-block with gentle taps, warm words, and determination.

Trying to get through writers block, I silence the podcasts while I attempt a sink of dishes. I’m trying to freshen my mind and silence the sounds.

Trying to get through writers block, I move my laptop near the window and admire the dancing trees which are still dressed in green. I make doodly mental lists of the benefits of a cloudy sky — there are many, by the way, the top one being how the white light slices through the window victoriously as if it were much better than golden, which it very much may be.

So if I don’t post as much on here, it’s because I’m writing in a different window, on a Microsoft Word document, in size 16 font (makes me feel like I’m making progress), and trying to get lost in characters! I am seeing the shape of a story and I have to commit time and energy to make the shape come to life.

In the meantime, a smattering of snaps below…


sight words on a slightly crumbly floor

IMG_9270kitchen mats that entice toddlers to slide down them!
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A new family for a doll house!

photo 3 (1)enjoying a sky that changes colors!photo 2 (1)enjoying fresh tomatoes with pasta!photo 1

and a golden Atlanta skyline!

Zina’s Family Fall Photoshoot


I enjoyed photographing this family of 4. Isis just turned 2 and Josiah was an adorable baby! I loved this family’s stylish clothes and we enjoyed our mini session. Managed to get these before 2 year old Isis wanted her crackers! Photoshoots with toddlers are often much quicker paced than photoshoots with a newborn baby, yet both have their own appeal!IMG_9947-2 IMG_9930-2 IMG_9925-2 IMG_9916-3 IMG_9909-2 IMG_9876-2 IMG_9870-2 IMG_9868-2 IMG_9843-4 IMG_9835-2 “A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give.” – Laurel AthertonIMG_9812-2 “…and she loved a little boy very, very much — even more than she loved herself.” – Shel Silverstein, “The Giving Tree”IMG_9800-2 IMG_9759-2 IMG_0044-2 IMG_0007-2

Ethan’s Newborn Photos


“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”- Eda J. Le Shan

Below are a few photos of newborn Ethan! I loved that we got to do Ethan’s photos outside so for most of the photos he was in a peaceful state of wonder where he gazed at the sky and nature around him. He did have a couple of fussy moments, but his parents Kaili and Deric were calm and collected first-time-parents!

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Rosy Warmth


I’ve been reading lots of chapter books lately. Classics and New books and books on book lists and books full of imagination, books that are nonfiction, books that have awarded Newberry Medals and more. When I haven’t read a good book in a while, I start to get fidgety. Books ground me and I love sitting on my table with a good book.

I would love to do chapter book reviews, but there are just so many other things capturing my time. Books that I have really enjoyed lately are Sarah Plain and Tall as well as its sequels. Did you know there were sequels? (Skylark , Caleb’s Story) I just learned they were.

The books are quick reads. I can eat a bowl of oatmeal while I finish a few chapters and am whisked to another world.

In a recent beautiful book I read, I lived on Butterfly Hilla poignant tale about an immigrant girl – I related deeply — the character writes about how her grandmother doesn’t turn on the lights from afternoon all the way until it gets dark. That way she gets to truly enjoy the sun setting outside her window.

Have you tried that? If you don’t turn on the lights until it gets truly dark, you will notice how the colors of your home will change. The walls will get a rosy warmth. The kitchen will get darker, then brighter, then dark again. The bonus if you have little children is that I feel they are ready for bed sooner because they have witnessed the sky settle in for the night.

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Love the transformation of pink to blue!IMG_9366

Microwave a sweet potato for 2 minute intervals 2 times and you have a quick and nutritious snack! I didn’t edit these pictures – notice how the sky made everything pink around them…



Have they not looked at the sky above them – how We structured it and adorned it and [how] it has no rifts?

(Quran 50:6)