Whew…it’s been busy!

Wow, the past few months have flown and we’re already in the middle of May! I’m going to post a smattering of what’s been going on in an effort to catch you up…

Back in February, bride-to-be Kendra, had her bridal shower at the Saucy Bistro in Westlake, Ohio.  Her mom, Susan, did a wonderful job hosting a lovely and fun afternoon for all the ladies.

The Saucy Bistro, Westlake, Ohio

One of the two too-cute flower girls

The always hilarious toilet-paper wedding dress contest!

Stay tuned for Kendra and James’ wedding, coming up later this May!

March Madness

March is usually one of my favorite times of the year because of the NCAA basketball tournament, but this year my team didn’t make it to the tournament and I thought I was going to be spared from the madness.  Sadly, no.  I let myself root for Butler, and while it was a fantastic game, I had tournament hangover because they lost.  No drinking involved, mind you.  Just total fan let-down.  Anyway, I digress.  My church had it’s own March Madness for it’s high school youth group.  Here’s some of the madness:

My buddy, Mike, who I always want to call Matt...

Team spirit costumes...good times, good times...

Inspired, no?

April Flowers

I’m always so happy when winter is over.  Here are some cheery April flowers:

Pink Dogwood

In April,  I covered Parkside’s Easter service.  At both Christmas and Easter, volunteers from the congregation form a choir and perform amazing concerts which are free and open to the public.  Feel free to check out their website during those holiday times to get more details.  Just a warning, the auditorium gets packed so plan to get there early to get a good seat!  No joke.  So, here’s what the Easter concert looked like:

Some of you might remember my amazing friend, Gwen.  She’s the one who singlehandedly took on her local school board to try to get some healthier food options included on the school lunch menus.  Remember, Super Donut?  Well, Gwen is quite a go-getter and she has followed her healthy eating crusade by getting her kids’ elementary school to plant an orchard!  I was so happy to help Gwen by capturing the planting of the apple trees and the grape vines.  I believe raspberry bushes are coming soon.  Stay tuned for the dedication ceremony!

Much mulch, donated by Davey Tree

Neighbor to the orchard and defacto critter police

Gwen, left in the red shirt, surveying all she has helped to plant

John Lang, head of the Urban Forestry Department at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, OH

The local high school, Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio, has an urban forestry department where students learn about landscaping and a whole host of other plant-related things.  Gwen worked it out so that the kids in that program, along with John and another teacher from the program, came to help do proper planting.

Grow little grapevine, grow!

May? Already?

More photos of fabulous baked goods from Angela Jolliffe of Lick The Spoon Cupcakery.  She’ll be providing some of the treats at an upcoming ladies’ tea that I’ll be covering tomorrow.  We took some quick photos of her family, too…Way too cute…

Just sweetness

Okay, now let's get to work

I love the little hand sneaking one!

One of my very favorites

Lovely packaging

In May, I was also hired to shoot marketing photos for a local fishing and game club down in Canton.  Since I almost worked for Outdoor Life magazine at one point in my life, I thought it sounded like fun!  I don’t really fish, and definitely don’t hunt (well, I guess I kind of do with my camera, but not with ammunition), but I like the outdoors and I’ve always wanted to learn how to shoot at targets.  I met a great group of people who were so much fun!  Thanks to everyone who modeled for me, you all did a great job!  And as a disclaimer, I’m going to refer to things in my captions below, but I have no idea if I’m using the correct terminology.  Please forgive any faux pas! 🙂

The fishing lake

The pistol and rifle range

My friend, Jenn, learning how to shoot a rifle...wait 'til you see her target!

Woohoo, amazing pattern!

The Archery Range

Susan shooting trap

The machines that throw the clays

I love this portrait

Psst...you better run!

Finally, I was covering a three-day conference this week and will have photos from that soon.  Wedding season starts next weekend for me, so check back soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

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2 thoughts on “Whew…it’s been busy!

  1. Kristal says:

    My mom linked me to your shots from the Parkside Tea and so I hopped over here to see more. You are certainly a talented photographer. I am slowly working towards that – but with four children, it is slow!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Kristal,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and look around! I’m so very encouraged by your kind words. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, too! Keep clicking that shutter button! Your family will be so grateful that you did!

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