Monday, November 29, 2010

Pittner Family | Family Photography

I love when I can combine a trip home to visit my parents with a photo session....especially when it's with the Pittner family. I have photographed them several times before, and I think the boys just get cuter and cuter each time. Last time I took photos of them, Benjamin was just a little baby - but this time he was toddling around and ready to go!

THANKS Pittner family for taking time out of your busy Saturday to meet me for photos. It's always so fun to take pictures of your family and see your cute boys again!

Fleming Family | Van Wert Photography

OH - IO!!
In October I met the Fleming family - all decked out in scarlet and grey - for family photos. I couldn't have asked for better weather....or a better family to photograph. THANKS Fleming family for asking me to photograph your family!!

I loved the kids take on the OHIO pose - perfect!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Metzger Family

On Halloween weekend I photographed the Metzger family. They live in Cincinnati, and we had scheduled a photo session for that weekend with hopes of a sunny, fall day. Unfortunately, the weather was not real cooperative and we ended up with a cold, windy morning for a photo session. It took a little while for Adelyn and Renee to get comfortable with me....but once they did they were all smiles and bright eyes! I know they had some cute outfits on under their coats, hats, and mittens that I never got to see...but I really loved the how the photos of them all bundled up turned out!

THANKS Metzger family for coming to Van Wert and braving the weather for your photos. Next time we'll have to schedule a summer session!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bolton Family

Meet the Bolton Family! I took photos of Shay and Riley last year on a very cold and dreary day. This year was much warmer and sunnier when we met up for family photos. We started with a few photos of the four of them together, and then focused on the kids. Riley wasn't too sure he wanted his photo taken...but he ended up doing a great job. Shay is truly a photographer's dream. She is all about pictures and posing and is so easy to work with.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Full Moon Celebration

For the past year I have worked with three ESL (english as a second language) students at my school. Two are Chinese and the other is Hispanic. I love working with them and as a result have become very close to them, especially the 2 Chinese students - Andy and Amy. Over the past year I have also gotten to know their families very well through the process of tutoring and helping with homework (I also tutor an older cousin of one of the students). I have helped their families by teaching them English and helping them translate mail, etc. , but I think the part I love the most is everything they have taught me. While I still do not know much Chinese, I have learned so much about their culture and traditions.

In September, Dan Jin (Amy's mother) had a baby boy. I was able to take Amy and her sister to the hospital for the first time to see their baby brother and make sure I peek at him each time I bring Amy home from tutoring. At the end of October, they invited my family to join them for the "full moon celebration" for their baby boy, William.

I learned that the first month after childbirth, the mother is not to leave her home. Many of the things I read even said she is not supposed to leave her room (each time I visited, Dan Jin was in her room). In addition, she has certain foods she is supposed to eat. She also is not supposed to touch water during this month. Amy told me that her mom can not drink water, wash her hair, brush her teeth, or take a bath. You can read more about the post-childbirth tradition here.

When the baby turns one month old, the family has a "full moon celebration", which is essentially a "coming out" party for both the baby and the mother (they believe baby showers before the baby is born are bad luck). Amy's family held this celebration at the restaurant. Jacob, Jenna and I all went and soaked up the culture of our friends. The amount of food they prepared and served was at least double what a traditional Thanksgiving meal is for my family. I went to the party ready to try new foods, but quickly changed my mind! The menu consisted of:
quail, pork/potates, soup w/dumplings and boiled eggs, scallops, crab & lobster (neither one prepared as we would), whole fish, beef stomach, tofu, sweet sticky rice, another soup with noodles - mushrooms - crab claws - and balls of fish meat, and coconut milk to drink. Later for dessert we had a sweet milk mixture with some type of berries (it tasted similar to warm tapioca pudding). They quickly gave the American guest forks instead of chopsticks and water instead of coconut milk. I tried the quail, pork/potatoes, noodles, soup, sticky rice and the dessert.

Baby William - one month old :

The table we sat at during the party. I tried to label each of the foods (more food was brought to the table after I took this photo):

Jenna trying to use the chopsticks to eat noodles from the soup (she wouldn't touch the soup - only the noodles!):

Amy eating the "dessert"
Jenna and Amy....

I am so thankful to be working with these families and to learn more about their culture. It has been an amazing experience for both me and my family!!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Kuhlman Family

The Kuhlman family met me on a gorgeous fall day in Pandora to take photos of their family. They were such a fun family and so easy to work with. Melissa has been best friends with my cousin for as long as I can remember and it was fun to see her again and meet her family.

THANKS Kuhlman family!!