Sunday, May 31, 2009

Teasers - Kim and Brandon!!

I went to a farm today!!! Kim and Brandon gave me the grand tour of the place before we got started. They had horses and steer and CHICKENS! City girls like me aren't used to such things. I had a lot to work with and of course two gorgeous people to photograph!








Saturday, May 30, 2009

Teasers - Christy and Steven!

I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful wedding today! Christy and Steven were a pleasure to work with and absolute dolls! They are adorable. It's really the perfect way to describe them. Here is some sneak peaks! More to come soon!







I even got a photo with the happy couple! (Thank you, Lauren!)


Friday, May 29, 2009


Took some shots of Theresie the other day! What do ya'll think?






Thursday, May 28, 2009

Teasers - Lee Family Photos

Today I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful family. We spent the morning at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, VA. Here's a Sneaky Peaky:






More to come soon!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

This Is What Your Deposit Paid For

If you booked a wedding in the last few weeks and sent me your deposit, I regret to inform you, I spent it on Walmart porch furniture.

I know what you're thinking, jeez, Dani, you could have bought much better furniture with the money I sent you. I know, I know, but I am step-Jewish, and thus, frugal, at least with my patio furniture.

I have wanted porch furniture since we moved in. But there was no point in getting porch furniture until recently because the likelihood of any of us sitting ouside in the cold was slim. But now, since the weather is gorgeous again, I needed it. I have been craving it. In Frederick, we had these lounge chairs we thought were comfy but you had to really be ready to lounge and not get up for awhile. They are not for people with ADD like me.

This set, while not brightly colored and not very attractive, is perfect. And was inexpensive for all that was included, at least I think so. We have had it for a little more than a week and already have sat on it every single day since it was put together.

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Roomie's chair is the one on he left. He calls it his thinking chair. It helps him with his daily crossword. The other one gets too much sunlight during the day so we let guests sit there. Or Barley (see below)...We're nice that way.

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Personally, I prefer the bench. But that's just me.

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I need some pretty flowers, I know. I have empty pots. And a wind chime that is laying on the ground. It's a work in progress. For now, I am happy just sitting outside, getting some fresh air.

And I'm only kidding about your deposit. So, chillax. I spent it on drugs. Ha, just kidding again. It's in the bank. So I can buy your prints. Duh.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

This One Will Surely Surprise Mom

This quilt look familiar, Mom?


It's on my bed.

I needed a change.

And Sushi cat is a douche bag (hmm...maybe I shouldn't say that on this website) and is finally retaliating for us getting a dog and peed on the comforter. COME ON, SUSH! THAT WAS NOVEMBER! (Honestly, I have no idea what animal did it, but it smelled like a cat, and Barley cat can do no wrong in my eyes, so it must be Sushi) Anyway, I am welcoming the change, especially with the warmer weather, it's lighter and made with love.


My mom used to make quilts. I say USED to because now she is a knitting freak (I can hear her now, that's not very nice Dan. Ok fine, you are faithfully dedicated to knitting only, better?). In fact, she just completed her February Ladies Sweater (don't ask and yes, you're right, it's May) and upon me trying it on and saying well, it's a little big for me, she immediately says "Well, I am not making you one anyway." Fine, Mom, I will just make fun of you on my blog. :-) Now she is working on a piece called "Shawl That Jazz..." Oh my goodness...

I aquired this quilt from my grandmother on my father's side. My mom made it for her a long time ago. But now it's mine. :-) And on my bed. Finally getting some use. Maybe I will wear this one out to the point where she has to start quilting again so I can get a new one. She is going to have to start up again because future Mini Dani's are going to want a baby quilt like I had. In fact, the reason why I started taking pictures of this quilt yesterday is because I saw fabric in it that was used in my baby blanket. Like the yellow and red patches in this shot below.


I secretly wish I could make quilts, but I lack patience and all of those stitches, oh my goodness, shoot me now. So, instead, I just admire my Mommy's hard work. Thanks, Mom!


Monday, May 25, 2009



Who knew he could model?

To see the rest:

Happy Memorial Day

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~Joseph Campbell


Thursday, May 21, 2009

My Brother, Brett, Graduated from WVU!

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings



This weekend I had the pleasure of attending my younger brother's college graduation. It was the first time I had been on the WVU campus as I have been a busy girl these last 4 years (and Brett has always been pretty private about what goes on at school, even though we all know). As Brett, showed me around his, huge, expansive campus, I couldn't help but think about how different our college experiences must have been.

Four years ago today, I graduated from Hood College in Frederick, MD. Hood sits on a few city blocks right outside of historic Frederick. It's cute, quaint and was the perfect place for me.

I remember when I first started looking at colleges, I usually would immediately throw away the items that came from Hood, mostly because at the time, it was an all girls school, at least residentially. And then my mom starting throwing them away for me, without me getting to even look at them and I guess that is where I drew the line and starting taking them out of the trash, even asking her, why would you throw this out? Maybe I want to go to this event at Hood (in regards to an invite for an overnight stay and interview).

I guess the rest is history. I went on that silly overnight visit, where I met now some of my best friends, and graduated from Hood not once but twice. And even while I was touring around this huge school with Brett this past weekend, thinking how awesome it would have been to go to home football and basketball games on the weekends with my friends and fellow comrads all cheering for a common outcome, and thinking how cool it would have been to take the PRT to class in the morning, or live off campus for a year, or those awesome keg parties WVU had, I cannot help but think that I couldn't have made a decision for myself. Hood is where I belonged. And I am happy that Brett found something like that for himself and I hope for his sake, that it was a place he will look back on fondly much as I do my own Hood days.

Any advice for the new college grad??

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Love Story by Taylor Swift Meets Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Maybe it's just because I am overly emotional today but this video is amazing. Please watch the whole thing, especially when the pianist starts talking about his daughter. Where in the world would we be without music?

Thanks so much to for posting this today.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mommy's Day!!

This is my Mommy. I think I am lucky to have those genes. :-)


Things Our Mothers Taught Us

We owe our mothers.
Our mothers taught us to appreciate a job well done - “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”
Our mothers taught us religion - “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
Our mothers taught us logic - “Because I said so, that’s why.”
And they taught us more logic -”If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
Our mothers taught us foresight - “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
And they taught us irony - “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
They taught us the science of osmosis - “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”
And they taught us about contortionism - “Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”
Our mothers taught us about stamina - “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
And about the weather - “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”
They taught us about hypocrisy - “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate.”
As well as genetics - “You’re just like your father.”
They taught us medical science - “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”
They even taught us about ESP - “Put your sweater on, don’t you think I know when you’re cold?”
Our mothers taught us humor - “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
They taught us about our roots - “Shut that door behind you, do you think you were born in a barn?”
Our mothers taught us how to become an adult - ”If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”
And they taught us wisdom - “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
Our mothers taught us about justice - “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.”
And our mothers taught us about envy - “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”