Monday, February 21, 2011

Country Girls

With all this sunshine over the last week- I've been running like crazy (and fighting a gnarly cold) so I'm trying to play catch up. (hence why I'm behind in sharing this set)... 

I was so fun to see my girl Bobbi last week when she was in town.  She's an Idaho County girl like me.  And she is the embodiment of simple, un-fussed with beauty.  Amazing hair, flawless skin, Jade green eyes, freckles (I heart freckles) and the sweetest smile..... the girl has got it goin' on!

Every woman should have beautiful photos of herself... mark these times in your life- don't wait to have  a photo-journal of who you are.  Embrace all that is perfect and unique about you......Your family will thank you....

xoxo Didi V.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Boudoir Beauty

I know I've said this before- but I just love shooting boudoir sessions! 

There is something so darned fun about playing grown-up dress up- and helping to channel someone's inner siren.  I have women who come to me wanting to look a certain way- but really unsure of how to achieve that look..... and after we're done- they just walk different- taller- with more confidence- all because I've been able to show them- on camera- what the rest of the world sees- and it's absolutely gorgeous!!!

This beauty chooses to remain anonymous... so I can only share a peek... but be assured- the rest are stunning! 

Thanks for choosing me- and for driving  such a long distance to come and play with me Miss Thing- you are simply gorgeous!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Birthday Baby

This has been a whirl-wind year already- and I can't believe that it's also birthday time for my youngest! 

Nine years ago today, I was up at 4 am doing my hair and make-up and getting ready for my scheduled C-section.  It was finally here- the end of the longest 9 months of trouble and anxiety ridden pregnancy and time of my life and the beginning of life with a newborn and a toddler.... and about to be some of the longest days of my existence.

 I was up that early because this time around- I wanted my first photos with baby to not look quite so horrible as I did when Onika finally came into this world...  I wanted to look alive- and perky... (of course after surgery and massive weight gain.... there was no pretty- or perky- just saying...)

Gabrielle came into this world with some pulling and prodding and a few surprises. She was supposed to be small- a low birth weight baby due to what all ultrasounds had said was a two vessel cord baby... there were also the partial placental abruptions and then low amniotic fluid.  We had been hanging by a thread for months of bed rest- praying that she would be ok.  The final scan had placed her at 6 pounds- with there being the possibility of a pound in either direction... small- but do-able.

After a not so pleasant 5 attempts to get my spinal going (thanks Everett General @ Providence).... we were finally down to business.. only she wouldn't fit through the incision..  all I heard was, "uhm... need a little help here...."  and of course I panic (in between puking every few minutes... anesthesia- not very nice to me).  Turns out she was not small, low birth weight- or a 2 vessel cord baby... she was an 8 lb 4 oz, 21.5 inch cruise missile who came out screaming loud and proud!  Our prayers had been answered- she was not only fine- she was perfect!  And so began life with Gabrielle.... our youngest has been determined to survive from the very get go- and that tenacity- is the very core of her personality!

She is not only one sharp cookie- but one of the naturally most gifted athletes we've seen.   She had figured out how to scale the kitchen cabinets before she could walk independently- and was single handedly the reason that our homes had to be baby proofed with locking cabinets and chimes on the doors. (Oni- never pushed that envelope- Gabbi- every danged day).  In fact we called her Houdini for the longest time- clothes, socks, shoes, hair pretties, strollers, crib,car seats... you name it- she could escape it!

So it's a really good thing she was graced with those huge copper colored eyes, and a smile and dimples that go to the moon and back- it's the only thing that has saved her some days!

We are so proud of the person she is- inside and out!  Happy Birthday to our "Hula-Hula" girl!  xoxo

Friday, February 4, 2011

Brayden's back!

oh!  Just look at those eyes!!!  My little buddy Brayden and his pretty momma come by for his Valentine's/ 7mo sitting on Tuesday.  I can't believe how much he's changed in the last 6 weeks!!!  He's all big boy- crawling and sitting up by himself... and personality.... oh!  I just love him!    Love me some baby snuggles!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Slow Burn.....

I absolutely love helping women find their own brand of beautiful!   And every women deserves photos that make her look and feel like a million bucks!

Gwen has said that she was always told she was "cute" or "sweet".. but what she was looking for was "smokin' hot!".... well honey.... I believe we have found your inner siren.... enjoy! {cause girl- you are smoldering and a  slow burn!!!!!}

Your Husband won't even know what hit him for Valentine's day! xoxo Didi V.