Monthly Archives: November 2013

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Daniel, Charlie, Michael…a session deconstructed

Aren’t these boys sweet? So angelic, so loving, so effortless.


This is where I admit to you their mom wished she had a glass of wine about two clicks into their session.

That I bribed each of them with a dollar if they would just. look. at. me.

(and then they did)


Of course, it’s important to have breaks for silly…


And we would *almost* have it…(please stop hiding your brother’s head)


2 out of 3 isn’t bad…except for the part where I died inside because LOOK AT HOW SWEET YOUR BROTHERS ARE BEING


But then we snagged the image at the top, and this one, and a slew of others that I have high hopes for in the ‘make mom cry’ category.


Sigh. I love my job.


Emma + Avery v.2012

Because I never fail to feel humbled (and guilty) every time I hear “When will you update your blog? I still check it all the time…”, and because Emma and Avery have THE cutest mom (who asked when I will update the blog because she checks it all the time), I bring you Emma and Avery, version 2013…not to be confused with v.2008, v.2010, and v.2011.

You’ll want to click on those links, just trust me. It’s pretty fabulous watching kiddos grow and change in front of my lens.

This year MAY just be my favorite (minus chubby baby Emma from 2008, when Avery jumped off his bed with his arm in a cast (which was, interestingly enough, ALSO the session where we experienced our first mid-session-pet-death. RIP, hermit crab.). We go big or go home here at Sugar.

This year it was just the kids, an afternoon glowing with gorgeous light, and a nice walk through my neighborhood. Yes, we found this house and jumped on it because it is so great for sessions.

Priorities, and stuff. But seriously…I pinch myself daily that this is RIGHT. HERE.

And these two? When did chubby baby Emma become this:

Oh, Avery…

So, Emma and Avery’s mom…this post is for you. ENJOY! (and keep checking!)



The number of times I have pulled up this blog only to close it again without writing is immense.

Why? I do not know.

I blogged sporadically in early 2012, if at all, and after posting the ‘Best in Big D’ pleading to vote I took a hiatus.

From blogging.

From putting myself out there.

From vulnerability.

I won that 2012 competition, but didn’t celebrate it here. 2011′s nomination and subsequent (and surprising!) win was a blessing. What better way for a newly single mom of 3 to support her family while still being available to drive carpool and be available at the drop of a hat (ie, that dreaded call from the school nurse).

2011 carried me through my last few months as a single mom, and the 2012 nomination (and, again, surprising win) swept me into my first year as a newlywed mom and stepmom.

2013′s nomination led to less fanfare, as I worked to find my balance in this new role as a mom to not just my three, but stepmom to his three, with four schools between them and cooking and cleaning and laundry (OH! The laundry. There are no words.).

2013 blessed another local photographer with the honor, and I was able to hunker down and work on perfecting my crockpot skills while navigating four schools worth of conferences, days off, holidays, and (of course) sick calls from the nurse.

2013 also led to an opportunity by way of kismet and good luck, where a design company in Chicago asked for a proposal to shoot magazine covers on assignment, and then ACCEPTED my bid.

Pinch me.

So while I have been on hiatus from this blog, I have certainly NOT given my camera much of a rest. Now, once or twice a month I fly wherever I am told, photograph a family with an incredible story, stay in a hotel (WITH ROOM SERVICE AND NO KIDS AND SOMETIMES THE CURTAINS BLOCK ALL OF THE LIGHT), and say thanks to the road that got me to here.

Our children: Healthy.
Our relationship: I need to hit ‘publish’ really soon, for a very good reason…no need for 3am editing sessions to keep me company
Myself: Adept at crockpots, schedules, matching socks and juggling. Plus, way more organized than I ever thought (with so much more organization still needed)

In other words, Sugar is back.


Ava v.2013

There have been so many sessions over the past year and a half where I thought “This one. THIS is the one I’m going to blog and break my hiatus.”. You can guess how well that went.

I’m knee-deep in holiday sessions and work for the design company I signed with last month, but something about sending this session’s sneak peeks through email just didn’t seem right. Yes, I still do sneak peeks for my families, but they have become more intimate…emailed instead of posted publicly, the only response that of the family itself. And, it worked. I could play with a few images before settling down in my chair to edit the entire thing, and it let the families know that yes, we did get *something*.

Trying to find just a few to share with this family conjured the desire to blog instead of email, to share more than one or two…to open the door once again.

This is Ava. She is in Kindergarten, is missing a few teeth (as you can see), and I had the great pleasure of working with her darling family again this year. Small side note: Her mom works at the same company as my husband, and apparently he noticed images on her office walls and recognized them as mine. He’s got a good eye ;)

So Ava and her family were able to work themselves into my crazy fall schedule, and we had THE most perfect weather/light/everything.

They are gorgeous, the day was beautiful, and I was just lucky enough to point my camera in the right direction.

So here’s to blog post #1 in a year and a half…be kind and I’ll keep it up ;)