Montag, März 24, 2008

Verena

Verena .... a gorgeous 7-year-old ... She so much enjoyed taking pics that she totally forgot that it was freaking cold outside :-)



She's quite the poser ...


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Fun inside

When it's cold outside ... you can have fun inside a store too :-)


They parked their Harleys ... in front of the store

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My little boy

I think only a mother can love these pics .... knowing that time flies way too fast ... Nicolas reading a neat bedtime story to Mommy :-) Isn't it always amazing how much fantasy they've got - love their stories! They are for sure better than mine!


There's nothing cuter than little kids' feet!


In 10 years I'll be in big trouble for this shot ... :-)

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Happy late Easter

I hope everyone had a sunny, warm, happy and healthy Easter! Speaking of ourselves, at least we had one of them ... When I saw the happy faces of my kids discovering their Easter goodies, I almost forgot all about my flu ...



Lil' Miss Happy!


Waiting for spring .... here's a little evidence that spring is just around the corner ...

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Freitag, März 21, 2008

From Holland with Love

Look what made my (WDSD)day today ... I just got this wonderful collage from the amazing photographer Tineke, aka Spaghetti Photography, (she's got such a unique style which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!) who actually lives in Holland and knows all about the beauty of this country .... as we do too. I guess everybody who is blessed with a child with the something extra knows what I am talking about ... :-)

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Donnerstag, März 20, 2008

World Down Syndrome Day 2008

Tomorrow is World Down Syndrome Day 2008. March 21 has officially earmarked as World Down Syndrome Day to signify the uniqueness of Down Syndrome in the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome.

This year's theme for WDSD is AIM HIGH ENOUGH to continue creating awareness about Down Syndrome and promote acceptance of diversity.

Juliana always aims high enough. But unlike her two beautiful girlfriends Karla and Stella, her aiming is sometimes not so mainstream, but kinda more to the side (like on this goofy picture). Yeap, she just takes her time with things - which is not really a bad thing at all, isn't it? Ok, when it comes to eating ice cream - she's always the "winner", the first one in the ice cream finish line. :) I guess we all have our priorities with things. But whatever she does, she does it with LOVE ... and that's the secret about everything! Love what you do - and do what you love .... ok, I drastically switched over to another important theme, haha.



BTW, the German Down Syndrome InfoCenter is running a great campaign this year for WDSD. One of my favorite models - Marina - is printed on a million bakery bags this week. So, keep your eyes open when you buy your croissants tomorrow morning, hehe.

Last but not least I wanna quote Kim McMillan - an amazing photographer and very beautiful person I met in San Francisco .... On our drive back to downtown Kim was sitting/laying in the back of the car totally feeling sick (when you know the streets of SF, you know why, haha), not saying a word. When I told the girls that Juliana has an extra chromosome she chimed in for a second with just once sentence that says it all: "If we would have more of these people, our world would be a better place." So true!

Have a great World Down Syndrome Day tomorrow, everybody!

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Donnerstag, März 13, 2008

Baby Beatles

My good friend Rhonda just sent me this to lift me up a little bit - and yeap, it certainly did. :-) Check out this little four-year-old Korean cutie who's an extreme fanatic of the Beatles.

Hey Jude

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Mittwoch, März 12, 2008

FDKF meeting & workshop

I just got back from our FDKF-workshop (FDKF is a clique of German Kids' Photographers), and it was just great and so much fun to see my girls again. This time we met in Frankfurt .... I already miss them!

In our awesome hotel ... Sweetheart Jesse checking her happy mails :-)


My awesome roomie: the uber talented and highly sought-after Marlén! Ok, she's probably killing me for this shot, haha (although there's nothing to be killed about!!! ;-)


A good day has to start with a good Starbucks treat (BTW, they don't pay me for saying that!). Here's beautiful Barbara enjoying her delicious bagel (in case you live in Augsburg, near Augsburg or elsewhere in Germany ;-) ... you wanna have your baby photographed by her!!!!)


Marlén outside the Starbucks - enjoying the good news from her agent ...


Isn't she just the cutest!!! Darling Jesse ....


She's ALWAYS in a good mood: our très jolie Birgit ....


.... very OFTEN misused by us as a super-model. She IS!


Haha, Jesse playing around with my 24-70 @24mm and this close. Yeap, you don't wanna do that taking portraits. I somehow LOVE this goofy shot of myself, I guess it so much reflects my goofy personality :-) Check out Kerstin in the back, I wonder what she's thinking, hehe.


Gorgeous Kerstin - not at all goofy-looking. Her blog just got launched - don't miss it: www.kindermomente.de/blog


What the heck was I looking at in this picture ;-) Photo credit goes to Kerstin!


Kerstin (also playing around with my 24-70, here @70mm) deserves all the wonderful photo credit for this beautiful shot of Barbara.


We all fell immediately in love with Kika, our 5-month-old workshop-model :-)

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Sonntag, März 09, 2008

Cheryl Muhr

One of the most amazing photographers out there: Cheryl Muhr! She's so talented, so much fun to be around, so beautiful inside and out ... but what I love the most about her is her attitude - absolutely worth catching!



Her little, four-year-old Nikon Girl ...... And if you ever wondered how my camera strap looks like ... you'll find it in the left corner at the bottom :-)


She loooooves modeling ...




If somebody invented multitasking - it was her! Cheryl shooting with her 7-month-old girl on the hip ...


Another shot of her little baby girl who just fell asleep after the shooting


Thank you, ALEX, for mailing this one!!! It's now in my keepsake folder ...

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Samstag, März 08, 2008

Here's to all the women ....

Who make this world a better place! Like the little ladies in this picture ... also known as the three little butterflies :-)



Today is International Women's Day! I got this sweet e-mail from Sabine ... You might already know it, since it goes around and around, but it's definitely worth to read it a second time:

SISTERS:
A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her Mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter 'Don't forget your Sisters,' she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. 'They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.'

'Remember that 'Sisters' means ALL the women ... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. 'You'll need other women. Women always do.' What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her Mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her Mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life. After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:

THIS SAYS IT ALL:
Time passes.
Life happens.
Distance separates.
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Hearts break.
Parents die.
Colleagues forget favours.
Careers end.

BUT.........

Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach. When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.
Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you ... Or come in and carry you out. Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family, all bless our life!

The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I.
When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other. Every day, we need each other still. This is to all the women who help make our life meaningful.

Hehe, I had to post this really old picture when I still looked young and just got my first baby and my first digital point-and-shoot-camera. Little did I know about shutterspeeds and apertures at that time ... ;-) Also. little did I know how to make a great storyboard, this was my first one ... six years ago ... kinda embarrassing :-)



I just LOVE being in "partner look" with my daughter. And I always am (well, no problem being 5'3 haha). BTW, if you ever happen to be in Portland or in San Francisco (my two favorite cities in the world - as if you already didn't know ;-) - go to the Girlfriends Boutique, you'll love it!!! And go with your girlfriend!

Have a great day!!!

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Donnerstag, März 06, 2008

Alexandra Frankel

She is such a super cutie! So much fun, very outgoing and just up for everything: the adorable Alexandra Frankel - I miss her already!





The classic shot ...


She should be in FRONT of the camera, and not behind :-)




Alex just e-mailed me this picture (THAAAANK YOU!!) ... boy, you can tell my sleep depriviation, hehe.

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A little sightseeing

Everybody remembers the six beautiful Victorian Houses - also called "Painted Ladies" - from the series "Full House" with the Olsen Twins? Yeap, we did a little sightseeing, and these were on our schedule ...



Ooops, that's really a poor shot, totally blown out, but remember: it's always the emotion ... and I had such a great time hanging out with the fabulous Alexandra Frankel (sounds so German :-) - more of her to come in my next post!) and the amazing Dana Pugh ...


Dana capturing our silly we're-so-happy-we're-in-San-Francisco-jumps :-)


I am not really good in shooting from the car .... but the "golden" light was awesome


On our way back downtown we passed Eddy Street .... made me thinking of Eddy ... this one's for you, little sweetheart!


BTW speaking of Eddy .... On our drive back downtown I happened to mention that my daughter has an extra chromosome (it always cracks me up when I hand out my business cards that show a picture of Juliana in the front and on the back .... and people - who don't know me - ask me "Is she Japanese?"). The first thing Dana said was: "These kids are kissed by God!" Can you imagine that I got goosebumps? And yes, I totally agree!

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Mittwoch, März 05, 2008

Michelle Williams

Oregonians, attention please! If you need an awesome kids photographer in your area - this will be the one to go to: the amazing Michelle Williams of MiWi Photography!!!



Michelle is so much fun to be with! Here she's flirting with the SFDP-guys ;-)


What a coincidence: the two of us had lived in Portland at the exact same time - oh my, why haven't I met her earlier!!!


Don't forget to check out her awesome portfolio at www.miwiphotography.com!
Yeap, I stole all her cards, hehe. Such a fan!!!

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Jinky

I was so thrilled to meet one of the best children's photographers (if not THE best!) last weekend in San Francisco: Jinky Art (aka Barb Uil). If you haven't seen her images yet, you HAVE to check them out! You'll be falling in love immediately, that's for sure! www.jinkyart.com.au



Jinky is not only an amazing photographer and artist, she's also so much fun to be with. And so very humble!


Wonderful Kathy McCloy just e-mailed me this picture with Jinky (Thank you!!! You just made my day! :-) Boy, don't I look funny!!!!



And another one from the very talented Pam Biasotti ..... (here you can so tell my jet-lag - eek!)

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