Our Evening with the Grays!

Jason and Taya Gray and their 3 handsome boys had dinner with us Kaysers on Wednesday night. Jason is a very talented Christian music singer/songwriter who was recently signed to a record label last fall. His music can now be heard on Christian radio all across the country! Here in the twin cities the station is KTIS FM 98.5. His latest record is "All the Lovely Losers" featuring the hit track "Blessed Be." Check out his music! You will find his writing to be refreshingly clever and he really ROCKS on his acoustic guitar. Sometimes, you might think you're listening to Lyle Lovett or Tom Petty.

First, we did a family photo session just a couple of blocks away. Then we had a wonderful salmon dinner that Tom made. YUMMY! We enjoyed hearing hilarious stories of experiences on the road and staying with host families. Such an enjoyable time we had before they hit the road again now through December! Safe travels, Grays! Catch them in your town if you get the chance - you won't be sorry!



My Kids Art camp just started today, and we had a blast! I have quite a range in age and wanted to see where each student was in their skill level - a wide range. Tomorrow, we will be painting on canvas - self portraits! What I love about teaching children is their inhibition to dive in and try things and the honesty in their work. Learning to paint is so much about knowing color, learning to mix and produce new colors, and putting it on canvas. These kids dove in with both feet! I'm so proud of them!
Day 1

Christopher's Self Portrait

Anna's Self Portrait

Mimi's Self Portrait

Emily's Self Portrait

Clare's Self Portrait

Sam's Self Portrait

This image of Mimi shows her newly missing tooth! Yes, while I was knelt down instructing her with something in her painting, she held out her hand, and said, "Oh, I just lost my tooth!" She had pushed it out with her tongue - no blood or anything! I think it was ready to come out! Hope the tooth fairy was good to you, Mimi!

This was our last day (day 3), and everyone had finished their self portraits, and we moved on to animal themes. Everyone at least started, and I gave them each some tips to continue on their own.

Thanks, Christopher, Anna, Mimi, Emily, Clare and Sam for a great camp! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!



Today is our 12th year anniversary!!!

Tom and I got married 12 years ago today! It was a blazing hot day in Athens, AL (95, humid and sunny). The northerners who attended really suffered, but the day was lovely otherwise with our 4:00 ceremony and reception to follow. It was fun, but I remember not ever even making it into the room with the food at the reception. :( Our honeymoon was an awesome trip to Lugano, Switzerland, Munchengladbach (spelling wrong, I'm sure) Germany, and then on to Amsterdam. Very romantic! Carole took the picture below after our ceremony in the beautiful courtyard of our church. This sits on my nightstand... ;)

Driscoll Shoot

Last Thursday, the weather here in St. Paul was very unstable with sustained 30 mph winds all day with a forecast of possible tornadoes later in the afternoon/evening. So, we shot earlier rather than later. It was very sunny at 10:30, and other than the wind, the day turned out to be fine. Anyway, enough weather talk - it was a joy shooting these 3 out and about in St. Paul. We shot in front of so many great textures and colors just within a 3 block area of my studio. St. Paul is so rich in wonderful architecture and lush landscapes. Thanks, Driscolls!


Just Some Recent Work!

I've been so blessed with so many great client photo sessions lately. I just wanted to share some of my favorite images of late.

3 Handsome brothers...

from a senior shoot...

Precious 2 yr.-old at her home!

Fun little one who was sipping water off the day lilies after the rain. So funny!

Mom and her new son! Gorgeous!