Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Long Live Harold Lee Miller Photography!


When I was pregnant with Anna over five year ago now, I wanted a professional picture of me and my pregnant belly. And lucky me, I was (and still am) friends with a commercial photographer who was willing to take some photographs. Flash forward, it is now the Summer of 2010 and I want an accompanying photo of the dear girl that once was a baby in that handy dandy uterus of mine. I'd also like to capture the two of our kids together, if that is humanly possible.

Enter Harold Lee Miller. I can't say enough about the man. He is an artist first and foremost. But one word is not enough. He is a story teller, a visionary, an entrepreneur, a fabulous cook, a gentle man, a funny guy, a patient husband, a loving father and an amazing photographer. He's a got a wife, too, who I love to pieces and is one of the few people who I can name as a true friend. She gets me and I'm okay with it. Quite a combo. These two people are a power house of creativity. Sometimes, I just bask in it. Other times, I covet it. But I never get tired of it.

So we're in Indiana for a Summer visit. Now that we officially live nine hours away from my closest and dearest peeps it is impossible to see them all in a five day period. And, I'll tell you what, it makes me grumpy. But that is another post. This is about the photo shoot we squeezed in while partaking in the annual Hoosier-palooza (advance tickets on sale now for next year...get your time with Kelly reserved a year in advance...ugh.).

Harold's studio is in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. You can't help but feel hip or tragically inferior (take your pick) when stepping into his space. He designed the building himself and then set out to become an interior designer as well. The studio has some fabulous mid-century pieces that fit the space perfectly making you feel like you truly are in a place reserved for creative pursuits.

When we arrived the kids immediately went running to Sam to play. Meanwhile Grace assisted Harold with getting the lighting set up. And then the photo shoot began. I have to say, I'm biased, I think Anna is beautiful. But, Harold can make a fence post look beautiful. So I'm calling this Anna's first photo shoot.

Here's collage of a few of the shots Harold captured of Anna Mae.
anna mosaic

And somehow,Harold, managed to get our two kids to stand next to each other and look like they might actually like each other, just a little bit, for a minute.
Gavin & Anna Mosaic

If you want to see some of these photos individually check out my Flickr account. And while you're at it head over to Facebook and become a fan of Harold Lee Miller Photography. Thank you Harold for capturing the essence of our kids so beautifully!
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Day of School 2010

What's a mother to do?
I mean, really, she isn't supposed to be this old yet.
I took the day off just so I could freely think about her all day and, per chance, forget something that she absolutely needed to get through the day so I would have to go back to school to drop it off. Really, it happened.
Okay, so here they are in all their first day glory.

My heart aches when I look at this picture. She's growing up too quick.

And this guy...well, I'll tell you a secret, shhhh...he still likes to snuggle. I haven't lost him yet.

So here's the photo documentary of us surrendering our children to the public school system once again.

Daddy walking Anna to her classroom. Ten bucks to the best "thought bubble" for Anna.

Anna waiting in the hallway outside her classroom.

Here's our big 4th grader doing his best to ignore us...I guess we'll get used to it eventually, right?

Okay, just one last peek before we leave!

When Gavin and Anna got home from school, I excitedly asked Anna what her favorite thing about kindergarten was. Answer: "Napping". Now this is a girl who has her priorities straight!

So tell me, how's the beginning of the school year for you?
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

The House on Maple - Before...

I wanted to get all fancy and do a "before" video. Let's suffice it to say the learning curve for me and my perfectionism were getting in the way of getting any thing posted before we actually moved into Maple Street. So I'm giving you a pictorial account of the house before renovations and what not begin. So let's start shall we?

This is the old Magnolia tree in our front yard. Magnolia trees are great for climbing!

This is the living room

Me and the professor in front of the fireplace in the Living Room on the day we closed.

View of the Living room from the mudroom/laundry room

Dining Room -before
Dining Room

butler's pantry - before
moving into the butler's pantry

kitchen - before
The kitchen circa 1932

original sink
The original sink...should it stay or go?

jenn air store circa 1974
Jenn Air Stove...circa 1974...ugh.

kitchen floor - before
LSD trip or 1974 linoleum kitchen floor...you decide.

master suite 2 - before
Master Bedroom "suite" (aka den and sun room combined with 2 bathrooms -one a handicapped accessible one and the other bathroom...untouchable)

master suite 3 -before
Fireplace in Master bedroom

master suite 1 - before
Sunroom half of master "suite"

master bath 2d-before
The "untouchable" bathroom...none will enter until it's sparkling new.

master bath  2c-before
All it needs is a little "bon ami" am I right?

master bath 2a - before
Oooh, I feel the need to take a shower just lookin' at the picture!

master bath 1c - before
Let's move onto the handicap bathroom...it's usable.

master bath 1b-before
Shower big enough for a family of four...

master bath 1a -before
Are you jealous of our corner toilet?

hallway -before
Scary long dark hallway...

Anna's room 1 -before
Anna's room after the professor painted it a blissful white

Anna's door -before
The entire room used to be this color, pepto pink from the 1930's. Gotta love that lead paint!

j/j bath 3 -before
Jack and Jill bathroom between Anna and Gavin's room. How to tone down the pink for a boy? Any suggestions?

j/j bath 4 -before
Isn't she lovely? Isn't she wonderful?

Gavin's room 2-before
Gavin in Gavin's room - painted blissfully white by the professor. Before it was a mustard yellow floor to ceiling...yeah.

Front of house
The porch is all repaired and repainted...the overgrown bushes gone.
Come say, "Hello" to the House on Maple.

More to come...of course.

God help us.
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