We’re home!

23 02 2010

As some of you know, my husband and I were recently in Africa. In June of 2008, I was given the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia and meet and photograph the children of two Kingdom Vision International orphanages. Although my husband and I had always considered adoption as a way of  growing our family, it wasn’t until that trip that we knew for sure that we were called to adopt a child from Ethiopia.  So, after a lengthy homestudy, mountains of paperwork and lots of learning, growing, praying and waiting, on January 11th, 2010, we finally met our daughter, Sara Zubeida Schultz!

We have been home for about a month now, and although the transition to becoming a family of five has had its share of new challenges, overall it has gone beautifully.

Speaking of beautiful… here is my daughter!

Sara and her brothers:

Before I post these next photos, I just want to say that the photos below are not just images to me, they are my passion. There is nothing in my work that gives me more life than taking and editing photos like these. This is why I do what I do.

Okay, on to the photos.

Here are some of the beautiful people we encountered on our trip…

And you may remember this photo from 2008:

This is the same boy a year and a half later…

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The Queen’s Birthday

15 09 2009

Happy Birthday to Queen of the Castle magazine! I appreciate all that they do for the women of the Chippewa Valley, and the opportunities I have had to work with them over the years. I had the privilege of shooting the cover of their latest issue, and had a blast doing it. So if you get a chance, pick up a copy and check it out!

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We got the call!

2 06 2009

First of all, sorry it has been a while since I have posted anything on here. Luckily I have a good reason! Some of you know that we are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. I am pleased to announce that we have been matched with a beautiful little girl!!! I am not allowed to post photos of her online until we have a successful court date in Ethiopia, but as soon as I can, I will. Meanwhile, we are super excited and super busy getting ready for our girl!!! (Feel free to email me if you want more details.)

Anyway, I can’t write without posting SOMETHING, so here are some summer photos of my boys. They are so excited for their baby sister to come home!

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[Above] Cy wearing goggles at the beach.

[Below] Ian wearing Dad’s motorcycle goggles.

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[Below] This is just a cute recent one of Cy–who is still my baby for a couple more months!

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Girls!

24 03 2009

I am so sorry about the delay in posts here on the blog. This winter has been so different than others; I have kind of put my business on the back burner, as we have been preparing our home study and paperwork for our adoption! If you haven’t already heard, yes, it is official, my husband Grant and I are adopting a little girl from Ethiopia!!! Some of you may remember that I traveled to Ethiopia last summer with a couple of women, one of whom started an organization called Kingdom Vision International, which currently has two orphanages in Ethiopia. Click here for some photos from the trip.

Well, it is no surprise that my heart was broken for these kids, and Grant and I immediately started the process when I returned. We are hoping to be matched with a little girl some time soon, and once everything is official, we will be going to Ethiopia to bring her home! It has always been a longing in my heart to have a daughter, and now the time has finally come!

So in my excitement for our daughter, it was extra fun to do this photo shoot last week. I even had the chance to practice my braiding, and I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I did a great job for not having braided hair in about 10 years (although you can’t really see my “braid-work” in the photos). : ) I absolutely LOVE getting the opportunity to photograph these beautiful girls. Not only are they sweet, well-behaved and super fun, but they have a mom who has the most artistic sense of style that I know of. The dresses they are wearing were hand-made by their mom, and the sweater too (you may be able to buy similar items from her on Etsy.com). Pretty inspiring!

So here are the girls:

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Feeling warmer already.

21 01 2009

I ‘m just cold. And in my winter depression, I have decided to take a look back to summer of 2008. Believe it or not, it is really helping!! All of the warm colors, the sunshine, the memories of grass and ice cream and sweat…Wow, I am done with winter, and ready for spring!!

Every year we spend some time at my husband’s family cabin. Last year we had the whole family there for about a week. It was a blast. The kids had so much fun swimming, fishing, and chasing each other around, and the adults took turns resting.  Here are some photos of a couple of my nephews from the week. ( I will post some of my boys later…) Hope these warm you up on this dreary winter day!

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Okay, I have a question for anyone who knows about computers, blogs, resolution, etc:

When I upload my images, they are really sharp and look great, but when I view them online after they are posted, they are a bit blurry. Is this a blog quality issue, or do I need to OVER-sharpen before I post on the web, or is this caused by something else? I would love any possible response. Thanks!





All I want for Christmas is…

29 11 2008

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My son Ian (5 1/2 years old) just lost his first teeth! And as weird as it sounds, I have been waiting for this day for such a long time. The tooth fairy was is big deal to me! See, when I was a kid, I don’t remember finding out the truth about Santa, I remember finding out the truth about Constantina (that was my personal tooth-fairy’s name.) She would leave quarters (of course) but she would also leave me notes with little tiny handwriting about her journeys and her fairy life. It was so magical. But alas, one day I remember exploring my mom’s sock drawer, only to find a very small container full of tiny teeth. When I confronted my mom about this discovery, she said, “Constantina was having a hard time carrying all of your teeth, so she asked me if I would keep them for her.” And I remember wanting so badly to believe her, but well… I was growing up….

So Grant and I have continued the tradition. Constantina is still alive (fairies don’t age like humans, probably because they don’t eat sugar or caffeine, right Karen Hurd?) and she has a brother, Constantony! Grant has been writing the notes, with a bit of input from me. Reading these notes makes me love my guys so much. Grant is hilariously creative in his story-telling, and so sweet to even decorate the notes with tiny stars and moons. Here are the notes that Ian has gotten so far (please don’t miss the part about the three-tooth pick-up for Jorge in Costa Rica):
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People often say…

21 10 2008

“Wow, how cool that you are a photographer. You must just have millions of gorgeous photos of your boys!”

And my answer is: Well, yes and no. Because I am a photographer, I have my camera out a lot….so my kids hate it for the most part. But, because I am their mom, I get to catch them at their best (and worst) moments like no one else could. So on my mission to get a good photo of both boys for our Christmas card, I experimented to see if there was some kind of formula, like maybe:

Photographer + two sons + cute outfits = great photos

Let’s see if it worked…

Attempt #1: This happened to be a day that I decided to try and get a cute “fall-ish” photo of the boys.

Attempt #2…on our way to a wedding reception: Cute, but a little bit forced…

Attempt #3 with Cy: just happened to be in a good mood and just happened to be a beautiful day. These are the moments that I LOVE!!

Attempt #4: Scrapped the cute outfit idea, thinking that may have thrown us off. Well, I’m pretty sure this one speaks for itself….

And last of all, attempt #5: after lots of sugar…

So there you have it, folks. After 5 attempts, I am not sure I have even ONE photo that is suitable for the Christmas card! But Halloween, YES…(see attempt #4).