Authentic You Photography Blog

November 26, 2010


Filed under: Just Because — Char @ 3:44 pm

How did this happen?


One minute I was cradling a baby…next minute I am looking into the eyes of my big little five year old boy.

Adler is a boy through and through. Independent. Determined to get his way. Is quite good at making ‘I am mad’ faces. Never willing to miss out on anything. Loves lizards, dinosaurs, and sharks. And yet oh so sensitive. Loves to snuggle up close. Will find me and curl up on my lap. Always pulls me into a hug and plants a big kiss on my lips each night. Finds great pride in ‘keeping mommy safe’.

Tiny little man who’s world consists of legos and matchbox cars with chocolate chip cookies mixed in between.

Wonder who he will be when he is a full grown man…

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I love extended weekends! Wishing you a weekend filled with sunshine, good coffee, and smiles. =)

November 23, 2010

Ryan & Jen

Filed under: Wedding, engagement — Char @ 10:55 am

romance and sweetness…

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This shoot was planned and organized by Nicola Herring and Kelly Lapp and it was so fun.

Ryan and Jen are indeed married and in love. Jen is a total sweetheart and was wonderful in front of the camera!

Styled shoots are a favorite of mine…



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November 20, 2010

My men…

Filed under: Just Because — Char @ 12:50 pm

I am crazy about these guys…


As a mother, I want to protect, nurture, and snuggle with my boys. Andrew thinks the world of his boys, but will show it in different ways. He will push, challenge, encourage, take them backpacking, wrestle, and make them into basketball players if at all possible….and has way more patience than I do with their little boy craziness.  =)

My goal for this photo was to capture and represent Andrew as a proud, strong Dad leading the way for his boys.

Poor Corde has his little face all scrunched…was not to happy about being disturbed from his nap.

It was taken on a warm October afternoon when Corde was less than one week old and I think I will always love it.

November 15, 2010


Filed under: senior — Char @ 2:13 pm

Hello Monday!


Don’t you love red hair? I do.

Danette seems super motivated, outgoing, passionate, and lively.  She is involved is many things….Model UN, German and French club, marching/concert band, chorus big star little star, National Honor Society, girls soccer, and tutoring other students. Whew…a lot! Danette loves school and just being involved with student life. So what makes her happy?!! Friends, music, shopping, and….cookies. Milano to be exact! Time or National Geopgraphic is her magazine of choice. If she had the money, she would fly to Africa. Danette has never been to Europe, but you can be sure she will some day. Danette says, “Most people would call me a nerd, but a pretty cool one!” =)

After graduation, Danette is planning to attend a four year liberal art college. Following that, a stint in the Peace Corp. Following that, she is hoping to attend a grad school and finally end up working for a Global Humanitarian organization or the United Nations. Again, whew! Danette’s dream job would be secretary-general of the United Nations. =)




I love seeing such motivation, determination, and hope for the future. I know she will put her all into going for it!


November 10, 2010

Ryan & Heather

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 2:47 pm

I had several engagements this past September that I have yet to post. Ryan and Heather is one of them. I love engagement shoots. Love the dynamic of working with two people. Love how I can have them focus on each other instead of me. Love how two people interact with each other as I shoot allowing real expressions and actions.

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Heather and Ryan met on a spring day when he took her for a motorcycle ride! =) Down to earth, laid back, love to joke around and have a good time..this is them. Heather describes herself as a girlie girl and Ryan as a working country boy! Heather loves how Ryan treats her with utmost respect and always knows how to make her laugh. Ryan loves Heather’s vivacious, upbeat personality. Looking forward to their wedding planned for next year!

Stop here to see their slide show.

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Pretty Heather!

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Loved Heather’s attention to detail with her shoes and great accessories…

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November 8, 2010

What I am loving these days…

Filed under: Just Because — Char @ 11:06 am

1. Baby toes. Really…could they be any more perfect? I will never tire of admiring his tiny features…

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2. Friends. “IT IS BETTER TO EAT TWINKIES WITH FRIENDS THAN CELERY ALONE.” =) I am reminded again the value of dear friends. Somebody on my team. Cheering me on. Caring. Giving. Understanding. Allowing me to talk things through and process. We were created to need others.


3. JCrew. Always and again. I love their stuff.  Baby Corde may keep me from shoppig these days, but I can put together outfits and feel all inspired by flipping through a JCrew magazine.= )

4.  Salad. With LOTS of goodies on top. I go in spurts. But if I am in a salad spurt, I will eat salad because my chocolate cake spurt will hit soon.

5. Rework. A an easy read all about business. Given as a gift. =) I LOVE reading books that explain business and how to make it work. It has been perfect to pick up and read a few pages in between ‘baby’ care.

November 4, 2010


Filed under: senior — Char @ 4:50 pm

Taking a break from ‘baby, dear’ this afternoon to post a few of Ciera. =) Baby pics soon!


Such a sweetheart. Seriously. Loved her. She wanted photos in the city…because she is a city girl at heart.

Ciera loves people, life, fashion, city life, coffee shops with friends, and being her own person. She is a swimmer and the Katie Couric on the morning news at school!





I am loving this purple top…so cute and fun!




I love this last image because it seems so Ciera…like this is what she would be doing even if she was not posing for the camera.


November 1, 2010

He’s here…

Filed under: Just Because — Char @ 2:17 pm

So this is where I have been lately….


The first week is gone. Already. I felt like I was hanging onto each day….not wanting it to end. There is something about the first week when babies are so new and so tiny that I want to bottle up and remember. Things that I don’t want to forget… The softness of his fuzzy hair. The sweet smell of his skin. How he snuggles on my chest. His tiny toes that he stretches out so it appears almost comical. His baby yawns and stretches. His satisfied sighs after eating when he lazily falls asleep on my shoulder. Family and friends who are being so generous and bringing food and gifts. Big brothers concern/almost panic when he cries. =) And although it sounds cliche…. the miracle of it all.

He arrived on October 23rd and weighed in at 7 pounds 10 ounces. We named him Corde Andrew. Corde is pronounced Cord with the ‘e’ silent. We liked the simple solidness of this name. Andrew is after Dad. This photo was taken when he was one day old. One of these days I will pull out the big camera and get some good shots. Right now, feeding and burping and diapering has taken all my time. And letting him sleep on my shoulder is what I’d rather do. =)

I have lots of adorable seniors from September I am looking forward to posting. Sometime soon. =)

October 21, 2010


Filed under: senior — Char @ 9:27 am

“I sing. All the time. 24/7. No matter where I am at. No matter what mood…there is always a song that I can sing or hum. “


I loved Jessica. You would to. You can’t help yourself. She is just one of those girls. You know you would have a good time shopping with her or grabbing lunch or doing really nothing at all.


One of the first things she told me as we emailed back and forth planning the shoot, is that she loves meeting people. So she can’t wait to meet me and learn all about me.=)

“People are so fun. I love being around people and learning about them. You never know who you will meet next. And I love to laugh. I think if you can’t laugh at yourself and your imperfections you can’t live life to the fullest. I am spontaneous, forgetful, and not always put together. =) I love shopping, but am all about deals and thrift. Goodwill and the clearance, perfect. I am all about the vintage flower and country flannel look. When it comes to music, country is where my heart is at. I can relate to it because I have lived or am living the lyrics on lots of the songs. But really, anything with a good grove and clever lyrics is good with me. I wanna see the world and visit new places. If I had a $1000 I would jump on a plane and fly to Paris.”

Jessica is currently in cosmetology school and is actively pursuing singing. She just released her demo CD. Whooo!

“Where ever the wind blows is where I will go!”

Jessica, dear…







October 18, 2010


Filed under: senior — Char @ 1:53 pm

Today is Monday, McDonald coffee was perfect this morning, and I have adorable Katie’s photos to share…


I love this girl. Katie has such a distinct “Katie” style and is as sweet as can be. Here is Katie…

“I am insane. In a good way. =) I am a dreamer…my head is always up in the clouds. I am always thinking and always questioning. I look at everything in many perspectives to get the whole picture…life is my greatest puzzle. I love art and could spend all day in an art museum. I love to read. I am a huge nerd when it comes to literature. Other times I will be writing. I am creative, artsy, and adore my friends. Soccer is my favorite sport. When I am feeling daring I will ski down a mountain backwards or try out a double diamond slope. It is hard for me to hold grudges, but I will always say what is on my mind. Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 make me happy. I kinda have an extreme obsession with Cheez-its. I surround myself with music…my Ipod goes with me everywhere! Someday I will travel to Europe. And I love life! “

“I have big dreams…I want to pursue a double major in French and English. Then hopefully go on to graduate school for a M.F.A. in creative writing.  My dream career is to be a well known and respected author.”

Katie, you have what it takes…go for your dreams…you will fly! =)


This photo was one of Katie’s favorites and I love it to….it just fits Katie.



Feeling a little pensive…





These make me smile…


Gorgeous eyes.


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