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November 23, 2011


Holiday Mini’s

November 12, 2011

The holidays are already among us. This year seems to have gone  by so fast. It has been one interesting year for me. I hope it has been great for you all as well. But it’s not over yet. Don’t let one more day go by without scheduling your holiday session. The postman is waiting for your cards. I am sure there is a place on your wall just waiting for a new professional image of your beautiful family. I would love to have the honor of capturing that work of art for you! In the spirit of the season along with my launch from the amazing SOAR Scholarship this year I am offer HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS for a limited time only. This is a great way to experience working with a professional photographer  on a smaller scale, yet maximize the quality of your family’s treasured images.

I Heart Faces “Black” Challenge

November 7, 2011

I haven’t entered any challenges in a while, but I happened to have this image from a session I did not to long ago and decided to enter this week. Here is my image of this beautiful college freshman who is making her entry into the adult world. She is full of style, confidence and character. And if that’s not enough, she is extremely intelligent as well! More images from this session to come. I am working diligently to catch up on my blogging! I really do have so much to share.

It was so much fun caturing Ms. S.! We had so much fun finding cool & interesting locations around the Delaware riverfront. She is quite the fashionista who I am sure is going to take the world on by storm!

Jump into Life

October 26, 2011

I know this is going to age me quite a bit, but one of my favorite movies of all times is Forest Gump. I must admit, I am terrible about remembering lines from movies but I will never forget. ” Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.” -Forest Gump.  I have always believed that I am flexible and laid back in such away that I could always flow with whatever was happening around me. In fact, that’s pretty much how I have lived my life since becoming an adult. However, there has always been more of an adventurous side to me that I allowed to be supressed  in order to be an adult and make sure that I would be here for my children. In plain English, I began to avoid anything that involved risk. Over the years I played it safer and safer until one day…yesterday in fact…I could no longer avoid the voice in my head that said “it is time.”  Time for what…well to Skydive of course! There is another line in that same movie where Forest’s mother tells him to “run Forest run.” I can’t tell you where he was running to or from but I am pretty sure he ran.

When I woke up yesterday, some things just did not seem right. Overall I am a very mellow person who loves to laugh and have fun, but yesterday I just could not shake it. After talking to my sister (we’ve adopted one another for life) I realized that I needed to do something different. In an instant, I knew that it would be to make that dive that I have wanted to do for years but avoided for the safe route. After realizing that I have just as much chance dying in a car on one of my millions of trips to and fro, this risk did not seem to be much greater, but the pull to do it was. Jump Charisse Jump. That is what I heard in my head. Not a jump for a death wish, but in fact, the jump was for life. It was a jump into living life more fully, more alive and more complete than I had done in years. There would be no sacrifice this time. After seeking God on the matter, I knew whatever happened was within HIS will and that was fine with me. I know this post is a bit personal, but i just had to share some of my favorite moments from the jump. It is amazing, when you really open your eyes and your mind, what you can see inside of you as well as in front of you. Of course I purchased the dvd too. I really thought about putting it on here, but then decided to spare you. Please let me know in the comments if any is interested in seeing it and I will put it in another post.

The bottom line is;  You only get one life. It is short and it will be what you make it. Life yours to the fullest possible while honoring God in the process. If you do, you will surely prosper.

Time marches on.

October 19, 2011

This week has been a celebration of my boy. It’s quite interesting to watch someone you love experience life and go through many of the same stages you remember at that age. As parents, we often find ourselves wanting to keep them in our perpetual kangaroo pouch and protect them from the world forever. However, part of our responsibility as parents is to know when to move, shift and flow with our children. The role becomes less about parenting and more about education combine with teaching them the tools they need to move forward into adulthood. Many days this past week I have found my arms aching for the infant child I once had , while my heart is excited to help him through the next steps to become the man that God has intended him to be. With all of our perceptions of what is right and wrong, what we think our children’s future paths should be, and what they themselves think they want, this is no easy task. All in all, I find I try to remind myself that I can’t predict the futures of my children, or mine for that matter. My job is to seek God and his will for their lives. Trust the path he has put us on and ENJOY the ride. When this guy came, I would never have thought that so much love could flow from me for one little person. He has provided me with the biggest gift I have ever known and that is my discovery of my true capacity to love. Yes, we love our parents, spouses and  friends. However, there is no greater love than the one created by the bond of childbirth. Although this guy often gets tired of life in front of my lens, the other day he blessed me with some images. We were being very silly and having a good time. It was great.

Who me?


I love his silliness.

And I love…love… love that smile.

It’s been such an honor loving and mothering this guy for the last decade. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for his life!

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