life lately

When friends are in town it makes me see my city with fresh eyes.  And Houston has been quite hospitable… especially to two New Englanders!  We had a wonderful week of eating way too much, seeing the sights, and catching up on some much-needed face to face time.  And now here we are on the steps of the last week in February.  Twenty Fourteen — you sure are interesting so far!

Life Lately in February

weekend scene

Apparently eating is my Olympic event!  This weekend was fast and furious.  I’ve been working on Fridays, and I tell ya, that is for the birds!  (But just a few more weekends — thankfully!)  This past Saturday though was one of the first in a long time that we slept in as late as we wanted (or that my bladder could stand it) and then decided to make waffles (pecan waffles for the hubs).  I hate the feeling of living out this 80s song, but there is something special about Saturdays.  The world moves a little slower.  The neighbors are a little nicer.  There is no pressure and it feels great.  It’s also full of project potential.  This weekend’s tasks: laundry, purging the filing cabinet, finishing another ikea hack, and regrouting the shower.  (Each of which is mostly done.)

Sunday brought an unexpected surprise of a friend calling on us for a quick breakfast & chat over coffee. We felt like “real” city folk as we walked through the damp, foggy morning to a neighborhood eatery and had a leisurely stroll home.

It’s going to be a big week for my day job this week, so I’m not totally looking forward to it; but, that does mean that I’m coming up on next weekend when I’ll have a visitor!  Can’t wait!

Weekend Scene Feb 8-9

a snowy start

What a way to start the year — freezing with a smile on my face!  I had not been back to the Mitten since Jan 2012 and that year, we had no snow until our last day and mostly balmy weather.  Well, this trip couldn’t have been more different.  It was the perfect weather for cross-country skiing, eating P-I-E, drinking hot tea, playing cards, and opening presents.  A great way to start the year indeed!

Michigan Vacation

picture perfect

A few weekends ago I had the privilege of shooting some family friends for their daughter’s annual birthday documentation and upcoming holiday card.  They make it too easy!  Seriously — of my first 10 frames I think 8 of them were ready to be hung on the wall.  They give a whole new meaning to the phrase “point & shoot.”

Loupe Family 2013

LOUPE FAMILY New House 2013

LL #4

And I can’t believe that little nugget is 4!  See last year’s right here.

brooklyn wedding

Well since I’m in the business of sharing good news, I thought I would finally share some of the Brooklyn wedding we attended just two weeks ago (really, ‘cuz it’s feeling more like a year ago!).  We had a wonderful rehersal lunch at Lodge.  Brad was pumped that he could order breakfast at 3 in the afternoon and I was glad they had an ice cream brownie!  Seriously though, the food was delicious and the place was full of panache.  The wedding itself was at a very unique venue called reBar.  There was a bridal suite with plenty of room to chill before the ceremony; the food was delish, and it quickly converted into a great dance space.  All three are important priorities.

Right after the ceremony we walked a few blocks to snap some photos under the Manhattan Bridge and then onto a little park with the best view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.  You might not know it from the photos but we were FREEZING.  It was a beautiful, sunny 48 degrees!!! But yeowzer, my little dress did NOT provide any warmth…. but I sure like it.  That little pink number is a dress that B picked out for me all by himself whilst traveling across Europe last summer!  He’s the best…

Brooklyn Wedding


One of my besties is getting married in a few short weeks and I finally pulled the trigger on tickets.  (Thanks JetBlue.)  Lucky for us she has chosen Brooklyn for her wedding destination.  Needless to say, we are pumped for our trip to hipster heaven.  Now, anyone know of any cheap hotels?!

Brooklyn Moey Hoque

Beautiful photo by Moey Hoque

P.S. I have scoured air bnb and all I have to say is that folks have LOST THEIR MINDS if they think that $100 bucks a night is a reasonable rate to sleep on their sofa/extra bed in a junky untidy, cluttered apartment.  Staging 101 people… look into it!

weekend scene

We enjoyed our last weekend of freedom as B heads back for his final semester today. It was also another rainy, balmy, then freezing weird-weather kind of weekend. Saturday’s errands were spent in sandals while Sunday morning was the total opposite. On our way downtown at 6:30am the wind was blowing at 20mph, the temp was 40 degrees and it was raining buckets…all the while we were passing marathoners! I cannot imagine having to run in those conditions. I’m not sure what would have been worse: the temp, the wet, or the wall of wind! I am such a fair weather (or at least not cold weather) runner/jogger/walker.

My energy was clearly not spent doing the aforementioned activity; however, we did entertain a guest on Saturday and then met up with new friends for a delightful brunch on Sunday. It was actually an entire weekend of unexpected (and lovely) surprises, especially since B got a call for an interview (his first!) this week.

2013, you are starting out well indeed!

Jan Wknd

family of three

I had the pleasure of shooting some family friends last weekend.  Their little one turned 3 on Saturday and we wanted to continue the tradition of snapping her annual birthday photo.  That little lady is just too cute.  And what a gem of a family to work with.  I kid you not, the entire photoshoot took 15 minutes.  My friends were completely professional and family-photo-taking veterans.  I never had to direct and try to make them look relaxed but still find their light (Tyra style).  Because we had so much time after shooting at our original location(s), I suggested that we take some pics on their freshly poured slab.  I’m so glad I did because we got this year’s chicken dinner of a christmas card!  (But I’m saving that one for them to reveal!)

 home sweet home

{this is what I made when she turned 1}

turning two

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting this little bundle of cuteness.  My friend asked me to capture the birthday girl in her Hungry Caterpillar birthday suit (custom made).  I had an absolute ball and was glad that the little one wasn’t terrified of me.  We were both a little stiff at first, but by the time we got to the 100th frame we were cruising along.  But I had to quickly adapt and remember that I can’t “direct” a two-year old the same way I would, say, The Hubs.  So it was no wonder when I said, “Hey, maybe we could get a shot of you other there” that a mouth-gaping, non-response would follow.  Her mother was a life-saver and really got her to smile big and “……now look at the camera!!!”  It was also my first time shooting something like this with my 50mm — I really like that piece of glass.

(I can’t believe she’s gotten so big.)