Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A little more Conversation...

Recently, I have been reminded of just how much I adore a good conversation. With the way that my life is currently arranged, it's easy to fall into a computer-induced coma, never to converse again...

I adore my family, but chatter with a 2 year old just doesn't cut it in the conversation category.

And although Austen is a completely brilliant 5 year old, discussing his most recent Lego contraption isn't quite the verbal fare that I would most enjoy.

Nathan and I relegate ourselves to different portions of the house, otherwise, he would never get anything done, as I would prefer to chitchat his life away! So... I sit and look at the computer, and wonder how to keep my brain from going completely comatose...

The solution to my dilemma is simple! I have countless options for daily communication. I can speak, virtually, to many of my friends, all over the country! Not sure how people survived prior to the joys of the instant message.

So this is a call out to all of my friends... anyone interested in verbal sparring, of any sort... shoot me an email at, or AIM me at holritamintn.

Please, please...bring on the conversation!

(In the meantime, I'm going to go bug my husband... for another kind of communication :) )

(And thank you, by the way, to those of you who have kept me verbally satiated in recent days!)

Friday, January 26, 2007

Congratulations Kathleen and Paul!!!!!

A little while back Nathan had the awesome opportunity of hanging out with Kathleen and Paul at their Chattanooga wedding reception!

They started off by doing a few quick portraits at the Stone Fort Inn. Kathleen and Paul are super cute together. You can tell that they are totally in love!

Then they moved over to the Bessie Smith Hall to party! As you can tell, the atmosphere was incredibly fun!

Kathleen and Paul...

Smiles on everyone's faces!

Congratulations!!!! We hope you enjoy your slideshow!

Baby Bailey!

Today, I had the priviledge of hanging out with Baby Bailey, and her amazing family! Bailey is 10 weeks old, and has the best hair ever! I couldn't look at her without smiling! Her little features are absolutely perfect.

Also joining us for the day was Bailey's big brother, Taylor. Taylor is 4, and has completely killer eyes!

It was an incredibly fun session, with loads of giggles and squirms. Jesi and John are obviously in love with each other AND with their little family. It was awesome just being around them!

There were plenty of quiet moments, too.

Taylor managed to grab just a minute of trampoline time...

And Bailey went down for a nap!

Jesi and John, Thanks so much for spending your morning with me! I look forward to spending time with your family again in the future! You guys are awesome!

Enjoy your slideshow!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

What a privilege to be a part of a company that is a leader in the industry with photographers that are leaders in the industry! Wow! Thanks Pictage!

Happy Birthday Baby Lily!

Saturday, Nathan had the awesome opportunity to hang out with Baby Lily at her first birthday party!

Lily's super cool parents started off this birthday bash with a fun Build-a-Bear morning!

Check out Lily's totally adorable Great-Grandfather... He goes by the title "Great"... So cute!

Then the rest of the party commenced. Lily completely demolished her cake...

And was just all-around cute! You just can't go wrong with a face like this to photograph!

Happy Birthday Lily! Enjoy your slideshow!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Fun Wedding with Ernie!

Ernie Brown needed a second shooter this past weekend... His wife Linda, who regularly shoots with him, was unable to shoot this weekend, and since I had the weekend free, I was happy to help him out!

We had a great time with Natasha and Brian!

Natasha had amazing eyes!

Cute kids were EVERYWHERE!

The bride and groom were SO happy to see each other!

And this is a purely unposed moment just after the ceremony! It was refreshing to be around them and see their joy at being husband and wife!

And of course, I must post one of Ernie in action!

Thanks Ernie, for letting me hang out!!!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Coming Home

A quick video, coming home from the Imaging conference in Texas....

(Click here to view the video if the player doesn't work!)

Love my family!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Senior Pictures for Nathan

Just wanted to share a few pictures from a senior portrait session that I did last night!

We don't normally do senior portraits, but things change when a friend asks! We've know Nathan for a while, and he's one of the nicest people you'll meet! He was nervous as we got ready to photograph last night, but he did an incredible job, and here are some fun pictures from the shoot!

Imaging 2006!!!

Just got back from San Antonio, TX on Thursday (after being stuck there for an extra day due to weather) from Imaging USA, the Professional Photographer's Association's national convention!

It was great getting to see so many friends, including a bunch from Pictage! I had the opportunity to represent Pictage at their booth, and Amber and I will continue to do so at WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) in March and Photoplus in New York in the fall!

Our friends (and clients) Becca and Keith were the stars of a slideshow of images that I played at the booth!

The beautiful Liana Lehman:

Our good friend Garrett Nudd, who was representing Graphistudio at their booth:

Me with John and Lindsey Bamber, photographer friends from Dayton, TN:

More friends (left to right, Robin Knight, Chris, Connie Irwin, me, and John and Lindsey Bamber):

Got to know Bob and Don Davis on this trip, and they're incredible people with the same kind of passion for their kids that we have! It was great meeting and talking with them, and we ended up on the same flight leaving San Antonio!

My Pictage friends: