Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation – The Art of Fine Wine

A few weeks ago I had the honor of photographing the annual wine tasting for the Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation. The event is celebrating it’s second year in Chicago and was hosted by the Foundation’s founding families (say that 3 times fast); the Bottorff’s and Harmon’s. Titled “The Art of Fine Wine”, the event is focused on exploring wines from different areas around the globe. This year the focus was on wines from France.

The event was held at the always gorgeous River East Art Center downtown.  Kristie did a great job planning the event and all the delicious food was provided by the wonderful folks at Blue Plate. (Of course I sampled some of it…or all of it. I was especially excited about the Crepe station!)

There we so many wonderful pictures from the day I put them together in a gallery for quick viewing. (If you click on a thumbnail you can see them full sized.) Enjoy!

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Nicole – A Photo Shoot

I finally got the guts to go out and buy myself a new lens that I am pretty sure my friends are sick of hearing about. Well, it finally arrived on my birthday and my friend Nicole was kind enough to test it out with me last weekend. Nicole just finished Law School and passed the bar this summer. Congrats Nicole and thanks for being my model for the day!

One of my favorites right here!

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Ice Skates and Chili

Part two of my Christmas holiday with mother’s family was a cousin skating party at the Rocky River arena. I haven’t been on skates in years but just like riding a bike, I got on the ice and was zipping around in no time. Before I knew it I had spent almost 3 hours on the ice! I definitely need to go again this year, maybe in Millenium Park. Who wants to go?

Here are the girlies in their skating outfits. There were so many people there that we didn’t even need jackets (or long sleeves)!

Doesn’t she look like the female Waldo? These are the awesome 3-D glasses her dad got when he saw Avatar. I’m pretty sure she didn’t take them off for 2 days. It definitely made her easy to spot on the ice.

After the skating was over we headed over to my cousin’s house for a chili dinner. Her basement is a kid’s dream play room complete with chalkboard wall, stage and costumes! I took full advantage of all the kids goofing around.

This little guy was really excited that everywhere you turned there were cookies and candy canes within his reach. Pretty sure he is polishing off a candy cane in this picture.

I think that the mammoth men call this “jowling”, I’m not sure why but it’s hilarious!

My sister, looking gorgeous as usual.

All he needs is the hat and we’ve got a little Waldo!

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A Wonderful Christmas Time

This year for Christmas my family traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to spend the holiday with my mom’s family. It’s a rare year that a large group is able to make it in for the holiday (mom is 1 of 9) so it was definitely a special occasion year. I had so much fun hanging out with all my cousins and meeting the newest member of our family! Here are some of the pictures from Christmas Eve.

Uncle (grandpa) John reading The Night Before Christmas while we wait for Santa…

Santa’s helpers imported from Austin, Texas

The newest member of our family takes a turn on Santa’s lap

The Boston contingency

The young girls of the family. They were inseparable during our visit.

All the cousins, spouses and the next generation

The group in our natural state…

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Wedding Workshop

That’s right, I got to spend my Sunday playing in a professional photo studio with models dressed up for a wedding! I learned a lot and can’t wait to go back for my next class in studio lighting. Here are some of my favorites from the day. (Side note: these two are actually engaged in real life!)

I really love his shoes, they definitely brought some attitude to the outfit.

The bride had some great tattoos

These last two are my favorites from the day

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Gratuitous Grace

That’s right, this post is all about gratuitous photos of my sister (ok, Gus made the cut too). We decided to play with my new camera on high ISO when I was home for Thanksgiving. This is what happened. Enjoy!

This is Gus, the lab/terrier (read: most adorable terror on four paws). He decided he wanted in on the action.

The last two are my favorites…

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Puerto Vallarta – Part 2

As promised, here are the rest of the pictures from my trip south of the border. I’ve been back for a week and they still make me smile.

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These next two make me start singing, “I’ve got my toes in the water…” by the Zac Brown Band

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Self pic – (black and white to hide my pink color which has faded into a very nice tan)

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Such cool lighting…I’m in love

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How would you like your Margarita? Blue please…

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Fresh guacamole? Put it in your mouth!

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Yes, that is my fajita cooked with a little dash of tequila.

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And finally, my absolute favorite from the trip…

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