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Cat bombed. The shot was set up, the lighting was great, the moment was right and then, bam. Along comes the feline felon that invades our photograph. But then how can you resist the reaction afterwards? Priceless. And the two of them have a connection that is unmatched in our household. Kitty always comes to greet her when she comes home from school. So I guess it’s only natural for him to get in the picture with her too.

Catch up on the images from the rest of my fuji crew here: www.fujixcrew.com.

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It’s hard for me to believe that this cutie pie is five years old. He has brought us much joy and taken our parenting skills to a new level. However, he and his big sister get along so well that you would not see them as siblings but friends. He loves his big sister and she adores him. Don’t get me wrong – they have their moments of chaos, competition and selfish desires. But more often than not they just get along. He was our last chance for his sister to not be an only child after the loss of our dear Sophie. The hope and struggle of this pregnancy ran deep. It appeared that we would face another round of complications with early dilation and contractions. But in the end he was “full term” and we welcomed him joyfully to our family.

I see a fierce spirit in him. Whatever he does, it is with his entire being. His eyes are magnetic but also have a sparkle to them. When he smiles, they almost literally light up. It is pretty amazing.

Happy Birthday, my sweet son.

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One of the ongoing goals for my family is to eat healthier. It’s a never-ending process (or if I’m being honest, “battle”) and one that I find myself needing to restart at various points throughout the year. The winter months seem to be the most challenging time to maintain this goal. Food selections seem to be sparse and activity level is decreased with the cold weather.

My friend Jayme Franklin suggested the book The Sprouted Kitchen as a source for healthier, whole food recipes. She came up with the idea to form a group of us to not only choose recipes to try out for our families but to also photograph them along the way. I loved the idea because not only will I learn to prepare healthier meals but I also get to photograph new and interesting foods. I will not have to bribe my subjects for a photo shoot. :)

Here is our first installment. I chose to make “Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges” from page 88. They were quite tasty and not too difficult to make. The dipping sauce was colorful, fresh and light. I will definitely be making these again. You can see some more tantalizing food images from the group by starting here with Allison Jacobs and her flatbread pizza.
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syracuse food photography
syracuse food photography
syracuse food photography
syracuse food photography
syracuse food photography

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wish you were here | week 7

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We decided to stroll in downtown Syracuse for Week 7 of Wish You Were Here. The Winterfest of Syracuse is in full swing and we took advantage of the sunny and somewhat mild (or less bitter) day. The kids were able to get their faces painted from a talented local painter. Here you see our son chose Flash Gordon or has he says “just Flash”. The wind had picked up some so our Flash need a little assistance. :) Please visit the other amazing images from this week’s post here.

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wish you were here | week 6

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My entry for Week 6 of Wish You Were Here captures my daughter doing what she loves at the moment – gymnastics. I loved the light and shadows of the hallway the illuminated her perfectly. Our home has turned into a practice mat for tumbling, balance and strength. She has taken on a practice routine all her own at home and has advanced her skills to incredible measures in such a short time. I am very proud of her. The work of my talented colleagues can be found here.

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wish you were here | week 5

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Week 5 entry for Wish You Were Here comes during a time of some heavy snow fall. It seems that the winter we chose to return to Syracuse has decided to show us its full potential. The snowbanks are high which make for some awesome caves. Be sure to visit the other images from this week’s post here.

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wish you were here | week 4

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Week 4 entry for Wish You Were Here is homework time in our household in the late day sun which can be a rare occurrence during the winter in Syracuse. A full explanation of this project can be found in my blog post here. Please visit the other amazing images from this week’s post here.

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Sending many birthday wishes to our sweet, intelligent, caring and beautiful daughter. She’s an amazing little thing (though not so little anymore) and took our move back to Syracuse like a champ. New school, new friends, and, oh yeah, new weather. A year ago we would be celebrating this day in 65 degree temps in Austin. And today? Well, today school was cancelled and the driveway was cleared two times with about 10-12 inches of snow each time. I refused to do anymore until tomorrow morning. Thank you very much, Syracuse. We attempted this birthday photograph to not only illustrate her birthday but the winter wonderland as well. Happy Birthday, my sweet.

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January 30th marked an exciting day in Syracuse. It was the first birthday celebration of the organization called Believe in Syracuse, an organization that was formed to promote the growth and a positive outlook of Syracuse, New York.

My husband and I moved our family back to Syracuse to be close to family in June 2013 and it was a refreshing sight to see a group of people committed to the promotion of Central New York. We were moving from one of the hottest cities in the US for jobs and real estate – Austin TX. So, I’ll admit that we were a bit sheepish in admitting our decision to move back to Syracuse. But it’s all been good. Family was first and foremost on our list and that has been very rewarding. Our children have re-connected with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. We have enjoyed making new friends and networking with other professionals in the area.

The first birthday celebration for Believe in Syracuse was held at Small Plates and brought in over 140 people for cake, live music and great company.

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wish you were here | week 3

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Week 3 entry for Wish You Were Here is an image of a love for crafts and pirate ships.

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