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Saturday, December 24, 2011

From My Home To Yours







I won't be a blubbery, teary mess this year. : ) But please know with all my heart how much I love & am thankful for you all. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas & a 2012 & many many years of good health, happiness, success & miracles. xoxo

Monday, November 28, 2011

From Ballet To Babies








This beautiful, tiny newborn has no idea that many many years ago her mommy & I spent years of dance classes & sleepovers together. As we grew into high school I got to know the funny guy that would years later become my friends husband & this tiny girls daddy. Our life roads took different directions after graduation and we lost touch for many years, but what a special little gift from above to help reconnect us. This past week having had a play date with another couple girls we grew up dancing with...it amazes my heart to think how we use to sit & stretch before class & talk about the boys we had crushes on & for some of us we were lucky enough for those crushes to turn into our husbands & now we can sit & talk about our baby loves. I hope our babies will be blessed with such special friendships in life as well.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Camo Cuteness







This is my 1st camo shot & I must say Alex is looking darn cute in his 6 month portrait. You know when you were a lil girl & you play with your dolls & dress them up in different outfits all afternoon. That's the kind of fun this session was. I felt like I was playing with Sandy's baby doll & having SO much fun & taking handsome lil pictures in the process. Thank you Alex for letting your mommy & I torture you. We love you!! : ) {{Hugs}}

Saturday, November 5, 2011

New Star Alert








Congratulations to the lovely P family who have added another beautiful addition to their family with tiny Miss Alexis Cate! And giving Miss Sofia the grand title of Big Sister! I must say I have been spoiled the past couple months with super model babies who never fussed or needed a break the whole session! Even with 3 of my own I've never had such luck! I had yet another fun time & was honored to meet their new baby girl. I'm so happy for you guys! Thank you!! {{{Hugs}}}

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Me & My Pops








Yesterday was the 1 year mark of my Daddy's passing & a year ago the day before that was when I learned I was pregnant with my 3rd baby. One of the biggest pains in my heartache has been knowing that Gavin would never get to know how amazing & selfless his Pops was & that I would never have any pictures of the 2 of them together. ...well, never say never. I thought of this upon trying to fall asleep last night & then couldn't fall asleep because I couldn't wait to do it the next day. It's very hard to photoshop when your eyes are filled with tears. Every time I hug my baby I remember that half of him came from me which came from my dad & I try to feel like when I'm hugging Gavin that I'm hugging my Daddy too. Also, the cars in the pic were my dads. Gavin really seemed to like them

Monday, October 24, 2011

Catching Up With Cooper











Why do I llove shooting the "K" Family?? Umm...because when I walk in I'm always greeted with a big hug from Cooper who says, "Hey, Crystal come with me!" haha!!! I don't know who she is, but I like the name. I even got a hug from Delaney who I haven't seen since she was a newborn. It's just crazy how time flies! Cooper jumped to being 4 years old already, Delaney is 2 & big sis Micayla will be driving soon!! Yes, of course they grow more beautiful each year...but this also means I'm getting older too. : / I had so much fun with them again & was honored to capture more memories for them & see how fabulously they have grown. Thank you!!! {{Hugs}}

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

For Sammy...




Meet 2 dear friends of mine & their 2 sweet furry babies. Sammy & Toby are sisters who were in need of some memories captured. This was such a sweet, special & sad session...I'm even having a hard time writing the blog. Miss Sammy, the more furry of the pups does not have much time left with her beloved family. Sammy & Toby were lovingly adopted back when they were 7 or 8 years old & are now about 15 and have been spoiled much by their parents. : ) I know they will treasure their time with Sammy always & I thank them for allowing me to freeze a few of those loving moments in time for them. {{{HUGS}}}

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fox 8 Hot List



Thank you! It's just in good fun, but the votes I receive always humble my heart.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"Fall"ing In Love








As you can see, I'm back to work! Yay! It's truly wonderful to be excited about & happy to get up & go to work. I started back with a very special session. Kim & Tim were my very 1st E-Session ( Engagement Session ) when I started out. Since then I have captured many more happy times with their family & they recently grew another client, baby Liam. I can't even begin to tell you how amazingly wonderful they are. I've heard the horror story from other photographer friends...of a corrupted memory card! We had a glorious day of weather & amazing shots AND Liam is the first baby that never fussed once the entire session or even need a break. I couldn't wait to go home & start working on them. ....The Halloween Horror story for any photographer that you never want to star in; "The Corrupted Memory Card!!!" Oh how I just stared at my computer in desperation & after many different types of recovery scans & I was just sick, sick, sick & I had to tell Kim & implore her mercy. This is when Kim saved the movie with a happy ending saying, "No worries, it gives us a chance to see you again!" WOW! So the movie ended with me kissing their feet another glorious shoot & Liam ( only 4 months old! ) once again not only being a happy boy the entire time, but also looking at the camera on cue. My kids don't even do that & they live with a camera in front of their face most days! Thank you Thank you Thank you Kim, Tim & Liam for being SO understanding & fabulous as always. You were a truly special & wonderful way to start my being back to work after maternity leave. I am very blessed to know you! {{ BIG Hugs!!}}

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds!!!











Happy happy birthday to my favorite diamond!!! My Lucy Carolena turns 3 years old today!!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

My New Star





Please meet my baby boy Gavin Xavier. We welcomed him into our world this past Friday, June 24th at 6:14. 6 lbs 6 oz & 19 in. I had been worried about having a baby boy being that I'm use to my 2 beautiful girls full of sparkles & tutus. But my heart is just bursting & I can't stop kissing him...when I'm not taking pictures of him. I just don't want him to grow up. It's been a rough year. Between my dad being sick & passing & a rough pregnancy I will be taking the Summer to enjoy my last baby & time with my 1st baby before she starts Kindergarten this Fall. My husband felt that since we had a rough year & our family is officially complete he surprised us with our 1st family vacation ever & to the Outer Banks in September & since his family lives down there we will visit them before heading back to Ohio & it's also Lucy's 3rd birthday in September as well. So...I will be back in October refreshed & anew at your service. I miss you all & thank you for your warm words & patronage especially this past year. Lily & Lucy are over the moon for their baby brother &...( here come the tears! haha!! ) I know I've always been blessed, but I feel like the sun is shining a little brighter than it has in awhile & I am just feeling extra thankful. {{BIG HUGS!!!}} Please feel free to check out Gavin's album on Star Portraits Facebook page in the next day or so. Just learning to juggle 3 lil ones & working on his pictures has been good practice, but they will be up in the next day or so. xoxox http://www.facebook.com/pages/Star-Portraits/61920242138

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sweet Sofia is 2!!








Watching these lil stars grow up never gets old. Our 1st session almost a year ago Sofia was not in the mood for pictures & even though she started out our 2nd session putting her lil hand up & saying, "No pictures." She really worked my camera & melted my lens. Her smile & personality were shining much brighter than the hot sun was this day. It was hard to pick an image for the blog, but I used this because I lloved her moms idea inspired by how Sofia likes to help her make pancakes & it was just too much fun! I was honored to come back for another session with their very photogenic family & simply awed to see what a polite & sweet tiny lady Sofia has grown into. Thank you to Sofia & her parents for a fun & special session before I start my maternity leave here soon. {{Hugs}}

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Wishes





From my family to yours, wishing everyone a happy & blessed Easter weekend. : ) {{hugs}}

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Lily Lucinta!!!!!


Can't believe my oldest baby is 5 today & will be starting kindergarten this fall. Time truly does fly when you're having fun. Happy Birthday my Lily bean! xoxox

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring is getting closer!


Allow yourself to be lucky everyday! : )

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Yoga Warrior







Meet this fabulous red head who had this brilliant idea of doing a yoga session...in the snow! I can officially say I've worn snow boots on the beach. Who knew how sinking the sand is in the winter & hats off to her for trying to do poses on what seemed like quick sand. Definitely different then a normal dry beach. Who knew? Of course, you know this is Cleveland where the weather can go from one extreme to the next instantly. I truly didn't think we were going to have the setting she envisioned as the snow has been gone for nearly a week & it's been rainy & mucky. I knew we were suppose to get a few flurries today, but was I surprised to wake up to a little over 2 inches of snow! I think God loves yoga sessions just as much as I do. He always seems to make sure the settings are just perfect. Come meet Carissa Moon for some amazing yoga classes at One Tree Yoga & Awaken Yoga in Euclid in the Shore Cultural Center. Thanks much again to Carissa. It was a freezzzing, but definitely fun shoot. And thank you again to my dear friend Lisa Fleming for this great referral. I did my 1st yoga portrait session with Lisa earlier this Summer at the beach & it was another amazing shoot & completely opened my eyes to the beauty & skill of yoga. Lisa is the owner of One Tree Yoga. Please feel free to check out her ethereal studio. http://onetreeyoga.org/index.htm

Monday, February 28, 2011

Tina's Tiny Ballerina's


I was beyond honored & blessed to meet & photograph my dear friend Tina's preemie, newborn, identical twins Mia & Ava. They were SO beautiful & SO tiny I can't even imagine that they were smaller than this when they were born. They were simply stunning & breathtaking & beyond lovely just like their mommy. I adore both their parents & am crazy happy for them & that these lil girls have continued to grow & thrive. They melted my camera lens all morning & continue to melt my monitor as I edit the session & melt my heart as I can't stop thinking about the special morning I had with all 3 amazing girls.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Gavin Xavier Holt




It's a boy! Terribly bummed that the only photos we were given was of this. : ( Ben said it is the most important shot of course. Lily told the ultrasound dr. she wanted a brother. Soon as he turned on the monitor he said, "It's a boy." We said, "How do you know already??" He said, "It's VERY obvious." To which Lily proudly replied, "I told you it was a boy." The girls are very excited & we got to stop at Target on the way home. If you could only see though! He looks nothing like his sisters, but he is gosh darn cute. : ) A lil hottie rock prince like his daddy. His due date is still an early firework of July 3rd, but I am always induced early. He appears to be healthy & we are feeling incredibly grateful & blessed. xoxoxo

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Make A Wish


xoxo Happy Birthday to my Mom! xoxo

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Congratulations!




Congratulations to one of my oldest & dearest friends, Tina & her husband Mate who welcomed identical twin girls, Mia Sophia & Ava Gabriella a couple months early. They have been spending much needed time in the NICU, but have continued to progress beautifully & I am very very much looking forward to doing a "newbie"/newborn session for them....& kissing their tiny tiny faces off. BIG love to this new & beautiful family. You have such a special place in our hearts.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Believe In 20eleven


Wishing us all a happy, healthy & amazing 2011!!