January 2nd, 2011 by Sharalee | 2 Comments »
to ring in 2011 (that feels so weird to write!), i figured i would unveil my personal favorite family picture from our cross-canada/u.s. adventure. i just love children. we’re sitting in front of freaking NIAGARA FALLS…one of the natural wonders of the world/top honeymoon destination/something most people don’t get to see in their lifetime…and my kids are chasing pigeons. and whining. and playing with the stroller buckles. and refusing, no outright rebelling against even looking at the water.
and so, we embrace our fate. and while cliff and i have our little romantic moment under the double rainbow, our children can do whatever they please…including playing dead. because we are at niagara falls, for goodness sake.
December 29th, 2010 by Sharalee | No Comments »
when this family asked me to come on boxing day morning, i thought “wow. sacrificing all those great post-christmas deals to honor mom’s request for a family picture and come together in love and unity”. can i get a collective “awwwww”? turns out it was the only time over the whole christmas break where they could all fit an hour in between work, birthday parties and other family gatherings. but what an hour they picked! what was supposed to be a soggy sunday morning turned out to be a very overcast sunday morning and we were gifted with about a half an hour of clear before it started to pour! which gave us just enough time to get these:
December 27th, 2010 by Sharalee | 1 Comment »
now, normally i would never do a shoot on christmas day. but a girl only has one first birthday. and just how do you propose i say no to this face?
December 25th, 2010 by Sharalee | 6 Comments »
at this time of year, everyone is posting a picture of their kids with santa. especially the babies. we too got swept up in this phenomenon as new parents. and once you do it the first time and it goes well, you kind of think, “well hey. this can be our christmas tradition!” and for me, once i pick a tradition, i do my darndest to stick with it. because if i don’t, it becomes something like the advent calendar i intended on making with the kids this year. it was december 1st and then 2nd…and then 5th and i was still swearing it was going to happen…and here it is december 24th. advent calendar is safely tucked away in its original box.
i thought it might be fun to let you in on the evolution of our santa pictures because…well, just because.
the first year: josiah, 8 months old. you may think he looks angry, but don’t worry he’s not. that’s just his relaxed face. and yes, he is busting out of his clothes because he was ginormous. this was probably my favorite santa. he looks the part, was pretty jolly and he actually leaned in – the rest of em just sat stiff as a board.
December 24th, 2010 by Sharalee | 1 Comment »
some of you are still wondering…why ohio? in december? well, here’s why.
saturday day. trip across the border into kentucky to see newport and mainstrasse village in covington. check out my facebook album to see the amazing mural we found!
saturday night. 15th(?) annual homecoming show. taft theatre. hundreds of people. more of their new album (this video is from that night…we were in the fifth row) and a few christmas songs. there was a buzz in the air. and we made some new friends!
sunday afternoon: “soiree”. the closing of over the rhine’s year. belgian waffles (like nothing i’ve ever tasted before), freshly made vanilla lattes, wine, cheese, pitas and hummus, old cathedral, relaxed atmosphere, more oldies, chatting, dancing…so warm and unique.
did i mention we spent a lot of time in airports? four airports on the way there and three on the way back – including a missed flight, a canceled flight and lost baggage. and so i implore you…never fly delta airlines!!
in spite of all this, it was such a lovely weekend. the “once in a lifetime” kind of lovely. one i won’t soon forget. got three dates out with my husband, had three reasons to dress up nice, read a great book from cover to cover, slept through an entire night for the first time in over a year…merry christmas to me! and to you. but don’t worry, i’m not signing off for this year quite yet. i’ve still got a coupe doozey family pictures waiting for you faithful readers!
December 11th, 2010 by Sharalee | No Comments »
some of you have asked about the name change. i recently updated my blog header and for all you super astute people out there, you noticed that it now says “sharalee prang photography” instead of “images of life”.
when i first started out, i wanted to come up with a name for my business that really reflected what i did. and i believe images of life was just that. there’s so much summed up in those three words…pictures, love, creation, memories, nature…it’s all about what i love to do – to capture people in their most comfortable place, a place that’s fun and filled with people they love and exudes LIFE. to draw out real emotions and create art out of them.
as i have evolved and grown and looked to build over the last few years, i’ve come to a place where i realize it’s more than what i do that matters, it’s who i am. for some of you that may sound like a silly/cheesy/late bloomer type revelation, but that’s okay. i want to be someone who is authentic, who people trust and who actually has my
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November 23rd, 2010 by Sharalee | 19 Comments »
happy 100th blog post everyone!!
i know for people that have been blogging since the beginning of time, this is not a very significant milestone. but it is for me. i’ve never been a very faithful journaller, so actually churning out 100 posts is a pretty big accomplishment. it’s also an indication that i have been working, which is so great! i love what i do, i love my clients and i love being able to share these lovely people with all of you. i also love giving you a glimpse into the family that i adore, though i need to assure you that if you have been lead to believe that our life together is a glamorous one i am sorry. it is not. but it’s real!
to celebrate this momentous occasion, i’m giving things away!!! this will include free albums for new sessions booked, gifts exclusively for past clients and future ones as well as a contribution from some of my super amazingly talented friends who have agreed to partner with me. so check back daily to see what the new offer is!
i’m going to kick it off with this post…i will be doing a random draw of all the comments left on this post for 50% off an hour session in 2011. that’s $100 in savings! so tell your friends. and neighbors. and people you pass on the street. if you want to gain an extra entry, leave a comment, then go and join my facebook group, then come back leaving another comment telling me you did that!
and i changed my header…because i’m shaking things up around here, people! get ready.
no post is truly complete without a picture, so here you are. my two day old nephew. beautiful as beautiful can be. he’s coming over for a full session later this week, so stay tuned for more pictures!
July 27th, 2010 by Sharalee | 1 Comment »
miss alexa’s mom contacted me about doing 6 month pictures for her. apparently we picked a good day because after a 3 hour nap, she was a happy little camper!