• May 21, 2010

Our illness hit it’s apex Tuesday night with seven people coughing desperately, racing to the bathroom or lying on the floor moaning. Only Ben dodged the varied symptoms and looked around the house stating, “It’s like living in a war zone.”

But now, that we’re left with only lingering aches and coughs, the carpet cleaner has sanitized our hallways (only $60!) and the washing machine is back in order (it thought it would be funny to break down) I’m putting the final touches on my hush-hush projects.

Last fall, I discovered these little pano accordion books from Miller’s Lab and had the crazy idea to make one for all the graduating seniors in my Young Women’s class. A petite three inches square, these book feature 6 photos on the front and four on the back. It’s an ingenious way to showcase a lot of photos for a little bit of money ($5 each).



Yes, I’ve made eight different books. It’s been an obsessive/compulsive/crazy/perfectionist project. and I’ve loved every minute of it.


In addition, I’ve been photographing for a children’s catalog/website Little Skye. I loved shooting for them last fall (you can see Mary and friends all over the website) and couldn’t resist taking on the challenge this Spring.

Catalog shoots are tricky because I photograph Spring clothes in Fall and vice versa, so I’m constantly searching for seasonally neutral sites. And my little models require lots of bribes– cupcakes, Slurpees, donuts, Barbie movies…

Because my primary payment is a clothing discount this gig is much like an alcoholic working in a liquor store.

Trust me, I’ve been getting a little drunk on the merchandise.










May 24, 2010



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    k hansen

    May 21, 2010

    the books are so cute! well done.

    those clothes are to die for, what fun projects!

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    May 21, 2010

    Mercy me – those books are amazing.

    I am glad you are on the mend.

    ..and oh yes, I will take one of each of those baby/big sister sets.

    Have a great weekend, my friend.

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    Tifani says...

    May 22, 2010

    So glad your health is looking up.

    Your books are as lovely as everything else you make. I love that you inspire me.

    And the Jottum? I have two words… poor and house. That is all.

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    May 22, 2010

    Oh, I am so glad you’re all recovering!

    You are one talented lady. Can’t wait to see your shots of the boyos =)

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    May 22, 2010

    The photos of all the kids are aDORable, but for some reason I am just loving the photo of all the tiny books stacked up by the pot of flowers. What a FUN gift idea! So much love put into them. Thanks for showing us.

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    Jan Russell

    May 23, 2010

    Ohhhh your pint sized models are SO BEAUTIFUL! And so are all the pretties they are dressed up in – L.O.V.E!!!

    And your little albums are darling! Their mothers are going to want to steal them!

    Hope eveyrone at home is 100%, soon!

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    May 23, 2010

    I’m SO Sorry you’ve had the gomboo at your house! (our family word for the flu). Glad to hear you’re all perking up.

    Loved the photos. Mary in purple – my favorite. And the little one with a drip of drool on her chin. So darling.

    As for those books for your Young Women – what a treasured gift! They are beautiful. Something they will keep always. Very tender.

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    May 24, 2010

    Sorry you’ve all been so sick and glad to hear you’re on the mend.

    I LOVE the little books. My DIL gave me one of my granddaughter recently. Really cool.