Baby C is just 5 days old in these pictures. He is such a fuzzy, chubby cheeked, adorable little guy. And that hair! So fine and wild and so much of it. What a little sweetheart. Thanks Cammi for letting me photograph your little guy.

It really is fun having a daughter. She's ready at any moment to dress up and get her picture taken.

And when you find an outfit as cute as this, how can you resist a mini shoot?

I saw the skirt first but then these boots! Oh, they sealed the deal!

They're great to run in...

Or sit in...

Or perhaps do some mischief in...

She certainly does keep me on my toes.

It's my littlest sister.

She doesn't offer smiles to the camera very easily.

But occasionally I can get a tiny one out of her.

Well, after lots of packing and a cross country move, we made it safe and sound. Now I can get back into taking and posting photographs. And now that I'm near plenty of family again, I'm hoping to get plenty of practice in. Hurray!

Know what? I use to hate cherries. I remember trying one when I was about 12. It tasted terribly sour and I was thereafter convinced that cherries were an awful fruit that no one ever ought to eat. Now, in spite of that, over the years I have had two or three cherry desserts. Desserts I partook of simply to be polite. Desserts that while sweet (unlike my first experience with a cherry) were texturally nauseating. Literally painful for me to chew. However, I am a person who has vowed to keep trying the disliked foods of my past, just in case my taste buds mature. Plus, the thought occurred to me, that perhaps I had only ever eaten canned cherry dishes. So when I saw these beautiful sweet cherries on sale yesterday I had to buy some.

And what better dish to make when trying a fresh baked cherry for the first time than a simple pie? Plus I'd been wanting to make pie for weeks. There is just something wonderful about pie. Making and perfecting the crust and filling is very therapeutic for me. It's my favorite dessert to make. I put a favorite, Buttermilk Pie, on hold for this cherry pie but I'm sure I'll get around to that one all too soon.

For the crust I added a sugary milk wash and sprinkled sliced almonds over the top. And just look at that flakiness. I use the simplest of pie crust recipes but it never fails me and is wonderfully buttery.

Flaky Buttery Pie Crust

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chilled, unsalted butter
3-4 Tbsp. ice water

*Whisk the flour and salt together in a bowl. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle ice water over the flour mixture and toss with a fork to moisten. Gently gather the dough together and roll out on a floured surface. Double this recipe to make a top crust.

And so, when it comes to cherries, I've discovered that sweet ones are actually very good raw. I've also discovered that while canned, baked cherries make me want to puke, fresh baked cherries have a lovely flavor and texture. Here's to more cherry pies to come over the years.
Imagine my delight when I received a phone call from someone I'd never met, who found my website and wanted me to take their family pictures. I still feel like quite the amateur so I was very flattered and thrilled to be able to get some more practice in. As you can see it was a beautiful day at Sherwood Gardens where we did the shoot and this family is beautiful too!

A friend of mine recently had a baby girl and she wanted me to get some photos of her in her blessing dress.

Here are some photos we took in another cute outfit when she was still awake.