~ James and Amanda ~

Fun Fact : James and Amanda are both from my hometown, Granite City, and I've know both of them since I was a kid.Fun Fact: Amanda and I did a figure skating "duet" in 5th grade to Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel"Fun Fact: This awesome vintage purse belonged to Amandas mom in the 70's
Fun Fact : Jim works for the power company and his proposal to Amanda involved one of those big white "cherry picker" buckets

Not-so-Fun Fact : Amanda's Dad passed away just 2 weeks before her wedding and the strength and grace her and her mother carried throughout the day was
nothing short of amazing.

Fun Fact : This is my B/F/F Julie, she is Jim's sister. She was the maid of honor at my wedding and has been my best friend for 17 years. She is the closest thing I have to a sister.
Fun Fact : These are Julie & Jim's parents, some of my favorite people in the world, and a strong guiding voice through my journey to salvation.
Fun Fact : Jim has another sister, Mary Beth, her and her husband Dave were my first ever, ever, EVER "Birthstory" they were the guinea pig experiment that lead to my other company, Bellies and Babies. I am eternally grateful that they let me in their delivery room back when it was un-heard of.

Fun Fact : Jim is a dancin' machine....he gets it from his parents ;)
Fun Fact: My second shooter Erika Rankin was awesome! Thanks girl~

~ Have a good weekend, from Libby Lu ~

Yeah, my kid is a genuis...at just 10 weeks old she smiles, she "coo's", she even sings the "Filet of Fish" song :) Just kidding, it's actually a rather boring video, but she's mine, she's cute, and it's only a minute long so watch it and it will put you in a good mood for the weekend!

~ Have I ever told you that I don't get nervous? ~

I really should thank God more often for this gift I have to feel comfortable in almost any situation. I can count on one hand the times in my life I've actually gotten "nervous", I can tell you one for sure was the night before I shot my very first wedding, another was the night before a big surgery, and maybe on my wedding day, but really that's it.

I love being on stage, public speaking in front of large crowds, all that stuff normal people hate. So imagine my shock last Sunday night as my tiny 5 year old baby, took the ice in front of 17,000 people at the Scott Trade Center, I found myself so unbelievably nervous at one point I thought I might just barf.
I couldn't even pinpoint what I was nervous about...I mean he is 5, it's not like anything was "expected" of him. His only job was to go out there and play Hockey for 3 minutes. I just wanted him to have a great experience, and I wanted so badly for him to be proud of himself, and have fun. Let me just say....he rocked, they all rocked! It was so much fun and I was so proud of every single one of them. It's amazing how fear-less kids are and how "not a big deal" it was. If someone could bottle that up sweet, innocent, confidence and sell it they'd make a fortune.
After their game we got to go up in the stands and enjoy the rest of the game
with his Hockey Buddies.

and if you just can't get enough Hockey cute-ness click here for a slideshow and keep your eye on Number 16!

~ More Bellies and Babies Fun ~

Meet sweet Baby Maelyn, another Bellies and Babies client.
I love, love LOVE this photo...
Daddy was absolutley SMITTEN with this baby, it was adorable to watch, I love this photo too, I love her little eyes locking with his, and her little foot kicked up in excitement....Squeal!

~ Bellies and Babies Featured ~

For those of you who don't know, I own and operate a second photography business called "Bellies and Babies" photography. This company is dedicated solely to maternity/birth/newborn photography. I contemplated starting a second blog to showcase some of the work we're doing, but I think it would be best to just feature some of the work here from time to time.

So please enjoy this maternity session shot by one of my girls "Chantel" she did a wonderful job with Chelsies maternity session and I wanted to show off a couple of shots :)

If you know someone expecting a little one please send them the website www.BelliesandBabies.com

Thank You!

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