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solitude and photos

by Shawni

Yesterday I sat my kids down and told them why I’d be gone today. I told them they better help their Dad while I was gone since he was being so nice to let me be all by myself for a day so I could get caught up with my life. After a minute Elle looked up at me incredulously and said, “Wait, you want to do that?” I smiled and told her, yep, that’s all I wanted for Christmas.

So here I sit, all by myself nestled all comfy and cozy here at Dave’s office. I have a bazillion things to get done and I know this time will only put a dent in it but I’m so thankful for a chance to get my thoughts straight and get some outlines done for family photo books I’ve wanted to do for the last few years. Man, for a person who doesn’t consider herself too organized, it’s amazing what a rush it gives me to get my pictures all in order.

I’m also finishing some editing so here are some recent shoots:

Lately I keep having these IWAN days. (That’s my new code word for “I Want A Newborn.”) Hmmm. I wonder why…

This is the cute new little family who won the sepphotography photoshoot in the NieNie Recovery Fund silent auction last Fall.

It was so fun to get to know them and their sweet new baby boy.

For a newborn I loved his little rolls.

This is my favorite:

Oh, and this one too:

Yep, IWAN.

And I got to take pictures of this cute family again:

This little girl was being the cutest little pistol I’ve ever seen (besides Lu of course since she always takes the cake in my book) and didn’t want anything to do with posing for pictures…

I loved these out-takes of trying to get her in there…

But for being such a pistol in the group shots boy oh boy she sure as heck didn’t have any trouble with the individual ones…I couldn’t decide between b&w and color for this one…And is this curl not the cutest thing ever?These boys have to hang tight like Dave and Max do in our family:

And this big sister was about as sweet as they come (next to Elle of course).

I love when you can just feel the thickness of how much siblings love each other. These girls were SO cute together.

Ok, now on to my photo books…I’m still trying to figure out this blurb thing…I’ll report back on what I figure out…


Sarah February 7, 2009 - 6:20 pm

Oh, please do! I went on blurb for two minutes, and then someone needed me…it looks promising.
And IWAN…that’s about the cutest baby I ever did see.

Tricia February 7, 2009 - 6:28 pm


GREAT pictures, as always!

Enjoy your precious solitude & time to catch-up on life! Sounds simply marvelous!


HELLO my name is Jill February 7, 2009 - 6:36 pm

amazing photos. that is one scrumptious little baby.

Kara Jayne February 7, 2009 - 7:25 pm

Oh yes…let us know how it goes. I am so happy for your fun day. Isn’t it funny what sound ‘fun’ when you grow up. It sounds like a dream day to me. Good luck!

Eyrealm February 7, 2009 - 8:40 pm

Wow, I hate to interrupt your reverie but I’m so happy for you and so happy to see these pics. Shawni, you’re getting better every shoot! My fav is the out-take of those sweet kids rushing to comfort that little pickle! That’s what families are all about! LOVE the colors (and the black and whites, the composition and the love oozing out of all these great photographs!

Alysa February 8, 2009 - 12:52 am

Shawni: Have a blast on your day! My husband gave me the same gift. I’m telling you, that’s the greatest gift ever! Enjoy yours as I’m craving, craving mine but my husband is still not well enough for me to take mine. I’m sure I’ll be totally overly ready by that time. Also, I saw a cute blog called, meandmyinsanity (or something like that) — you might even know her — and she did the word of the year idea like you do. I love that idea. You share so many great ideas. Thank you! I hope to get my act together and get blogging soon. Anyhoo, enjoy your time. So much to do, so little time 🙂

Susie February 8, 2009 - 2:49 am

I love all your photography, BUT I’m especially partial to this little baby, since he is my FIRST grandson!! I was so thrilled to see how you captured the LOVE between him and his parents!! Beautiful, beautiful photos – thank you!!!!

Lisa February 8, 2009 - 4:54 am

Great work Shawni! What’s the update on Lucy? Have the docs found anything yet? We hope and pray it will all be alright. You are such a cute family! You are the perfect mother for her!

Lisa February 8, 2009 - 4:56 am

oh how do you get your pictures to be so big on blogger? If it isn’t to hard to explain, could you email me? thanx

ellen February 8, 2009 - 3:07 pm

So glad you had a day to yourself…Precious time!

I got an email from blurb last week saying they are able to slurp blogs again, but you need to download new software. Have you done that?

Hope you accomplish a ton!

Jessie February 8, 2009 - 7:11 pm

Your favorite of that little nugget that looks like he is smiling is my favorite too.
Just caught up on your blog. Your so good at always posting!
So glad to hear Lucy is doing so good…and I laughed so hard about the jeans and the Christmas story! Just picturing it!!
Yes we are in Ashburn…where are your friends moving to? It’s awesome here!


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