air

It’s my Photographer Blog Circle time again!! This month’s theme is “air” and while it started out being a tricky one for me, it ended up being SO.much.fun. I had thoughts of the kids swinging on swings, jumping up and down, being thrown up in the air, etc, etc…

Then, something dawned on me – my JoJo (the cutest, smartest, funniest little 2 year old ever who just happens to be my nephew) loves to point at airplanes when he hears them way up in the sky. How perfect would it be to play airplanes with him?!?! I placed a quick order for an old school wooden model airplane, brought it with me to JoJo’s 2 year session, and let him play with it during my very favorite part of day – glowy twilight.

Check out how much fun we had :)

Seriously, I love this little guy so much. And I love how this blog circle is forcing me to think outside the box, apply my art in new fun ways, and take planned pictures of the people I love most. Can’t wait for next month!

Now, click HERE  to check out the amazing Jennifer Johnson from Painting with Sunlight Photography and see how she interpreted the air theme, and please – leave a little note to let us know what you think!

 

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Robin Hansen - May 17, 2013 - 9:04 am

Steph, you captured JoJo’s love for airplanes perfectly. Beautiful light and airy images. Your sister will cherish these playful images forever. Great job, friend!

Kim - May 17, 2013 - 9:06 am

LOVE. These photos are wonderful! Looks like such a peaceful afternoon playing!

Kate - May 17, 2013 - 9:07 am

Aww cute! I like when he’s flying the plane himself. Nice.

Jennifer - May 17, 2013 - 9:31 am

These are wonderful Stephanie! I feel as if I’m right there with him. Gorgeous light by the way!

robin s - May 17, 2013 - 10:02 am

i LOVE these! what an amazing session! i would hang these on my wall as art and i don’t even know your nephew lol. beautifully done!

Erin Nisi - May 17, 2013 - 11:11 am

Beautiful job, Stephanie! The light is amazing! I love the wooden plane!

brit Jonaitis - May 17, 2013 - 10:25 pm

Beautiful images! Gorgeous light and what an adorable nephew you have! ;)

life

Wowsa, has it been a long time since I’ve updated the blog. Here it is April and my new year’s resolution of weekly updates has faded into a distant memory. So, when I was asked to join a Blog Circle with a group of some great photographers, I was thrilled – this was exactly the motivation and push I needed to keep up with blogging! What is a Blog Circle? Basically, each month we are all presented with a theme, and it is up to us to interpret that theme in our way, with our own ideas, thoughts and of course – our own pictures! Then, at the end of each blog post, we post the link to the next photographer in the circle. It’s a great way to step out of our comfort zone, push ourselves to try new things and challenge ourselves as photographers. I’m so excited!

Of course, it’s also more work to do, and I’m sure all of you can relate to just feeling utterly overwhelmed at times – you all know I feel that way most of the time! So,while the theme for March was “green” – my favorite color – and I took the cutest pictures of my girls, the deadline came and went with no blog post from me. I just couldn’t seem to find the time -I had too many pictures to edit, too many emails to respond to, sessions to shoot, backpacks to pack, homework to work on, stories to read, etc, etc, etc…

Now, here we are – mere hours before the deadline for the April blog and I have to be honest – I was so super close to not getting this one done as well. The theme for this month is “life” and when I first read it, my initial thought was, “How on earth can I photograph pure and utter chaos?!” Because, if we’re talking about my life, that’s what would need to be represented. If we’re being honest. I had ideas of taking shots of my of piles of laundry, dishes in the sink, barbies and animal figures strewn all over the floor – we can all relate to that interpretation of “life,” right?

Then, early this week, the word “life” was brought into glaring perspective for me and so many others throughout the world. And I thought, not only do I have to do this blog, but it has now taken on a whole new meaning. Yes, my life is crazy. Most days, I wake up with thoughts of when my head will hit the pillow again that night, as there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done, let alone get enough sleep! There is the laundry, the dishes, the toys, the mess, the noise. Everyday I forget at least one thing I was supposed to do, most days I forget more than one. Honestly, I rarely feel like I’ve got this whole thing under control!

But then the horrific tragedy in Boston happened and all of that stuff didn’t seem to matter so much anymore. It was just another all too frequent reminder that what really matters are the little things, and most of all, the little people.

So, my “life” blog circle post has just one image, but it’s a special one for me and one that represents one of the most important little people in my life. Everyday for his nap, I let my little guy fall asleep in my bed. I know it’s not the “right” thing to do, but since my desk is currently set up in my room and I always work during nap, it’s a way he gets to sleep close to mama. And I love having him there. Everyday it’s the same. He acts out very elaborate stories with his “guys” and everyday I tell him I’m going to take them away if he keeps playing with them, but both of us know I never will. After about fifteen to twenty minutes, the voices of his guys start to get quieter and their battles become calmer. His eyes start to get heavy, his breathing starts to steady, and other than the occasional shift, his body gets still. Then, he sleeps. And everyday, I walk over and kiss his sweet cheeks, smooth his hair and wonder how I got so lucky to be his mommy. Some days, I even climb in and snuggle with him for a few minutes and just hold my baby.

This is what my life is really all about.

 

Next month, I hope to do lots more with the pictures for the blog circle, but baby steps, right? :) Now, the next photographer in the circle is my dear friend Robin Hansen from Picsy Photography – to see how she interpreted the “life” theme, click HERE!

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Brit Jonaitis - April 19, 2013 - 9:23 am

Love this! Reminds me so much of my life! ;)

Robin - April 19, 2013 - 9:24 am

Steph, this is such a powerful life post. You words are touching, and I’m sure hit close to home for so many readers. I love every little detail of Eli sleeping on his tummy with his guys close by.

Jennifer - April 19, 2013 - 9:59 am

Stephanie, you literally brought me to tears. I’m sure lack of sleep has something to do with it, but your post is so honest and heartfelt. I loved it!

Kerri Fronczak - April 19, 2013 - 10:32 am

The picture of E is beautiful but the post is amazing. Thanks Steph.

Tami - April 19, 2013 - 10:45 am

From the heart – so true – life just goes so quick. Amazing how much our kids are the center of our world!!

robin s - April 19, 2013 - 10:52 am

this is such a beautiful image of your son! and the lighting oh so dreamy!

Gina - April 19, 2013 - 11:46 am

Wow! What a cool blog, I just used up my plan period reading through the entire “blog circle” of life. Thanks for posting, definitely helped my procrastination skills too! :)

Erin Nisi - April 19, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Stunning, Stephanie. Such a beautiful image of such an important part of your life!

Stacy Gilmore - April 19, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Such a precious moment captured!

Erin Lato - April 19, 2013 - 10:27 pm

so very sweet

Megan - April 23, 2013 - 10:56 am

Steph, this post made me cry! You nailed it… how precious your time with your little man is. Gotta go give my babies kisses now!

Kim - April 25, 2013 - 8:49 am

So Precious!

Giveaway Winner

 

Wow. I am overwhelmed. When I first had the idea to do this fundraiser/giveaway combo, I was hoping we’d raise a fair amount of money for the National MS Society. This is a cause very near and dear to the hearts of my husband’s family, and I was very excited to show his cousin that we’d collected a few hundred dollars in donations. I had no idea it would go this well. After a late donation came through this morning, we raised a total of $805. You read that right – we raised almost $1,000. That’s unbelievable. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Of course, this was also a giveaway, which means I now get to announce the winner of the FREE full session! Here are the details:

-We had 129 entries – every $5 donation counted as one entry, with a maximum of 5 entries per person.

-I used random.org to generate a randomized, numbered list. Then, I also used random.org to select a number between 1 and 129.

-The winner of the FREE full session is #109 – Rebecca Menigat!! Yay Rebecca – congrats!! Thank you so much for your donation and I look forward to meeting your family!

-Here are screen shots of the list and winning #

Thank you all so much again. I have always believed that people are truly, inherently good and when given the opportunity, will always do things to help others. You all proved that this past week, and I am just so thrilled with the success of this giveaway and fundraiser. I will definitely do something like this again, and maybe we’ll just keep raising money for different causes. I am not going to close down my participant center, so if you are still interested in making a donation, you can access it HERE. Thank you all and have a wonderful spring!

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Rebecca Menigat - March 20, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Ahhhh!!!! Yeahhhh!!! I am SOOO excited!!! What is my next step?! I am in tears, I’ve never one anything! :)

admin - March 20, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Yay!! Congratulations! SO excited for you :) Send me an email – stephanie@lemonadestandphotography.com – we’ll get all the details worked out!

2000 fan giveaway

 

Woohoo!!!! We reached 2,000 fans and I am just SO excited. This is all still a dream and I just want to pinch myself! Plus, you know what that means – it’s time for a giveaway! This time, I decided to try something a little different. Instead of just doing a straight up giveaway, I would also like to actually “give” to a worthy cause. So, we are doing a combo giveaway/fundraiser for MS (Multiple Sclerosis) to help fund research and local programs. And, in return for donating to this great cause, I will be giving away a free FULL photo session!

Why MS? Well, in 2004 my family walked in our very first MS Walk in honor of my husband’s cousin, Mike, who had recently been diagnosed with MS. The family walks every year to help promote awareness and raise money to fund research, and I would love to be able to say that we raised a huge chunk of change for him as well! Mike is now married and has two precious daughters – Frannie and Charlie :) Last summer, I was lucky enough to hang out with Miss Frannie for a little bit for her two year pictures (Charlie was still cooking away in the belly) and she is just the cutest, funniest little thing – that’s her in the picture up there. There are more than 2 million people suffering from MS worldwide, and I just happen to know one of the coolest. Want to make a difference AND have a chance at winning a free session? Here’s what you have to do:

  1. “Like” the Lemonade Stand Photography FB page if you haven’t already! You can do that by clicking HERE!
  2. Share this blog post link on your FB wall. Make sure it’s this link here:  http://www.lemonadestandphotography.com/2013/03/12/2000-fan-giveaway/
  3. Here’s the important one. You must go to my Lemonade Stand participant center for the MS walk and make a minimum of a $5 donation. For every $5 you donate, you will get one entry into the giveaway, with a maximum of 5 entries. Click HERE to access my participant center.
  4. Come back here to the blog and comment that you have done ALL of the steps listed above. This will count as your official entry!
The giveaway will run from Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 until Monday, March 18th at midnight! I will use an online random generator to select the winners, which I will announce the morning of Wednesday, March 19th!

I am so excited about this chance to raise money for a good cause and also give back to my amazing fans! You have made it possible for me to have my dream job, now let’s go do something that will make a big difference! Can’t wait to see how much money we raise! Thank you ALL!!

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

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Whitney - March 12, 2013 - 9:38 am

Congratulations on 2,000 fans! All steps complete :)

Becky - March 12, 2013 - 10:42 am

What a great accomplishment! You deserve it, for sure! I shared, and donated. Good luck with the walk. ~Cassidy Family

Brenna - March 12, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Congrats on 2,000 fans & what a great cause! All steps completed :)

Andrea - March 13, 2013 - 7:33 am

Congratulations on your 2000 fans and all of your success!!! Keep up the great work!!!
*All steps have been completed.

Gina Tyson - March 13, 2013 - 8:00 am

I LOVE this idea! All steps complete, and I can’t wait for Maya’s session this weekend! :)

Nicole Bauer - March 13, 2013 - 10:06 am

Congratulations on 2,000 fans! What a great way to celebrate.
*all steps have been completed*

Kathy T. - March 13, 2013 - 11:57 am

So thankful for the opportunity to support this worthy cause! Congrats on your accomplishment and LOVE the idea of the giveaway AND support of the MS Walk!

Kathy T. - March 13, 2013 - 11:58 am

All steps completed. :)

Marissa Thomas - March 13, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Congratulations on 2,000 fans!! Crossing my fingers and toes that I am a winner!! :)

Emily - March 13, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Way to Stephanie!! I hope to win…we are looking forward to seeing you next month, and Tyler’s newborn pictures! This was an awesome idea–glad to help!

Kristen L. - March 13, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Congrats on 2,000 fans Stephanie! Just finished donating to a great cause :) Crossing my fingers…….

Kathy P - March 13, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Congrats on 2000 fans Steph and thanks for doing this fund raiser. It is for such a great cause! All steps completed!!

Jennifer Wagrowski - March 13, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Stephanie and Lindsay!

We entered, shared the blog and donated!! While we are excited to enter this raffle, I am more excited to be able to help so many others. That is truly what it is all about.

Thanks,

The Wagrowski’s

Jennifer Wagrowski - March 13, 2013 - 9:56 pm

Guess I should have said all steps complete. Congrats Again!

Jennifer

Lenaye - March 13, 2013 - 11:15 pm

Congratulations on 2000 and many more! All steps done! Thanks for helping others !

Kristin Dean - March 14, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Thank you for supporting this wonderful cause while celebrating your much-deserved success! What a great idea! I’m in :)

Misty Louthan - March 14, 2013 - 11:43 pm

Congrats! All steps completed.

Katherine Przyszlak - March 15, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Congratulations! All steps completed!

Lauren Westermann - March 17, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Congrats on reaching 2000 fans! :) I did all of the above steps.

Debbie Wyckoff - March 17, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Just completed the above!! Good luck with your fundraising, Steph. I could spend hours on this page looking at all your photos. You amaze me!!! Love YOU!

Cathy - March 17, 2013 - 10:48 pm

Congrats, Steph! So glad that you’re business is booming! Just donated, and I hope you raise LOTS of money for a wonderful cause. I just completed all the steps. Crossing my fingers!

Cathy - March 17, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Congrats, Steph! 2000 fans! Glad your business is booming! I just completed all of the steps. Crossing my fingers!

Samantha louras - March 18, 2013 - 3:47 pm

Oops! Forgot this step! I donated and shared! Even if I don’t win, I am happy to support a good cause! Thank you!

Sabrina - March 18, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Congrats on 2,000 fans! All steps complete! What an awesome way to raise $ for a great cause!!

Nancy Polancich - March 18, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Done & Done! All steps for free giveaway entry complete! Congrats on your new nephew, he is the cutest thing ever! XXOO Nancy P.

Corrie - March 18, 2013 - 10:37 pm

Completed all the steps. Congrats on 2000 fans, and great idea to help raise money for a good cause!

Nicole Dietrich - March 19, 2013 - 9:08 am

Donation made, all steps complete!

Jen - March 19, 2013 - 9:13 am

Thanks for the extension :) All steps complete :)!!!

Kristy - March 19, 2013 - 9:37 am

Congratulations Stephanie! Such a great way to give back! Look forward to more sessions with you! :)

Kim - March 19, 2013 - 10:02 am

All steps completed!! Keep up the good work on your collections.

Rebecca - March 19, 2013 - 10:24 am

I tried to complete all the steps but I seem to be having trouble with the donation part! It keeps saying “there was a problem with your transaction, see below” but doesn’t show me where the error is. Any advice? I would love to donate!! :)

Amber Fornaciari - March 19, 2013 - 10:34 am

What a creative giveaway idea! All three steps are complete for me and I hope you reach above your goal for the fundraiser!

admin - March 19, 2013 - 10:39 am

Rebecca, I don’t know what’s going on? Maybe clear out and try again – double check your address/zip code/etc. Let me know if you keep having problems!

Gosia Idle - March 19, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Love, love this idea for a giveaway! All steps completed :)

Joanne Walsh - March 19, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Congratulations! All steps complete. :)

Tiffany Rich - March 19, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Done. A perfect way to do a giveaway!

Karla Jalowiecki - March 19, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Great cause! We completed the steps!

Erin Nisi - March 19, 2013 - 8:34 pm

Congrats, Stephanie on over 2000 fans! That is such an accomplishment. Best of luck with the walk! I am more than happy to support such a wonderful cause!

Carrie Eggers - March 19, 2013 - 8:39 pm

Great idea for a giveaway! Completed all the steps.

Jamie Eisfelder - March 19, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Congrats on such a huge accomplishment, Stephanie! All steps completed. Win or lose, I am happy to donate to such a worthy cause!

Rebecca - March 19, 2013 - 10:21 pm

Yeah!! After trying all day, I finally got it to work (it wouldn’t work from my iphone)! All steps completed, and congrats on the 2,000 likes!! :)

Carrie Spigarelli - March 19, 2013 - 10:22 pm

Congrats on 2000 fans, completed all of the steps. Thanks!

Charlene Morfoot - March 19, 2013 - 10:47 pm

All steps complete! Thank you!

Siovhan - March 19, 2013 - 11:33 pm

2000 way to go!!! Such an amazing way to celebrate too!! All steps completed….always happy to donate to such great causes!

Kristin - March 19, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Congratulations! All steps complete! Thank you!

our lindsay

 

I am obsessed with babies. This is no secret. I love newborns, chubby 6 month olds, sweet curious 9 month olds, and even babies still growing inside big beautiful bellies. I love them all. I like to think my baby love started way back when in 1983, when one of the most amazing people in the whole world was just a wee little bean growing away inside her mama’s belly. You see, that gorgeous belly held my sister, our very own Lindsay, assistant extraordinaire and organizational master behind LSP.  All that time ago, before we ran this business together, before we were best friends and business partners, before we were aunts to each other’s children, before we were both moms in this big, crazy world, we were simply sisters. Me big and her little and I loved her from the start.

Now, our Lindsay is having her own baby – her second! I might be a bit biased, but Lindsay and her husband make some beautiful little ones. I can’t wait to meet the new peanut, find out if he/she is a boy or a girl, and just sit and snuggle and smell and kiss and love on that precious baby. And, now that we have this great big business of taking pictures and freezing moments in time to be remembered and treasured forever, I couldn’t wait for her maternity session! I have had this blog post brewing inside my head ever since she announced her pregnancy and I spent countless hours browsing through Pinterest getting ideas. The only teeny tiny little glitch was that Linds herself wasn’t too keen on the idea. She’s got this crazy notion that she’s not stunning and glowing and simply breathtaking and beautiful. I think it must be her pregnancy brain, because she looks ahhhh-mazing. Anyway, I kind of forced her to do it and I am so excited to show her off. Being that she’s my sister and such a huge part of LSP, I even convinced her to do it in two parts! We braved the frigid cold temps for some outdoor shots and then had fun inside with the big brother-to- be.

Check out our beautiful Lindsay :)

 

Glowing, right? Stunning and gorgeous and beautiful??! That’s what I think too. And I don’t even have any words for my excitement about that new baby in there. I just can’t wait! So, next time you send an email, tell Linds she’s amazing. No matter how many times I say it, it won’t be enough! Now we just all have to keep our fingers crossed that I can make it through her maternity leave on my own! Eeeeeek!

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Brenna Stewart - February 8, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Gorgeous pictures! What a beautiful family!

Karen Strobl - March 5, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Lindsay…you’re big sister is right…listen to her! YES…Glowing!!
Very Sweet Baby Bump…and a really cute little guy too!

Baby Photography London - March 14, 2013 - 9:01 am

Wonderful pictures! I love the mood you captured.
Congratulations on the great artwork!