Photo Walk :: Good Tidings

Spending the holiday season with my family in Texas.   There's nothing like being at my Mom's house during this time of year.  I'm surrounded by Christmas decor from many years past alongside those things that have been added to her collection after I left home so many years ago.     There's alot of nostalgia there for me...stories and memories that fill each room of the house.   I decided to take a little "photo walk" around the house...












May the PEACE of this season be with you!!

On Location :: Holiday CHEER!!

The holidays are upon us....all the decorations, the chill in the air, hot cocoa and candy canes. And, of course, precious children in cute holiday outfits! Can you even resist?


I had a joyful time photographing this family amongst the fun Christmas decor. I love photographing anything against the lights of a Christmas tree and super cute children are no exception.



Of course, I was slightly distracted by the little man's big gooey cheeks.  

Wishing you a merry, happy, gooey Christmas!


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Design Services :: Ho, Ho, Ho

Tis the season to be jolly when you get your own Christmas postcard designed by AFH.






This is actually an adoption announcement - but still an AFH design!

The "Forever Ours" phrase was given to me by the Mom of these children - can't take credit for that, but I sure love it!



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On Location :: Nature Calls

Meet a family that appreciates nature!  Forget props and fake backgrounds, these guys wanted to climb rocks and hike paths.   With a $1400 lens on my camera, I went as far as I could down that extra mile, but I think the shots still came out great!



This little guy was every photographers dream....he would sit for an hour with a sweet little smile on his face if I asked him to!   To make it slightly more interesting, I had little man recite all the Presidents of the US for me.   And he did....

Modern Home Design by Chen + Suchart Studio

Situated on the outskirts of downtown Tempe, home emit aesthetics industry. This is a modern home design called Sosnowski designed by Chen + Suchart Studio in Tempe, Arizona. A pronounced steel frame is built from the I-beam is a framework for volume up, which sits on the foundation of concrete blocks. The fa├žade of the upper level consists of a serious window of the issued and natural weathering corrugated steel panels. Interior concrete floor mate, open ductwork, and light industry to create an atmosphere like an attic.


While pretending to industry, Residence Sosnowski remain habitable and inviting thanks to the main meeting room on the ground floor that combines living, dining and kitchen areas into one space that is fully open to the surrounding city and desert.

On Location :: jump, Jump, JUMP!

Had a great time photographing this family recently.    They were looking for the traditional family and kid shots like these:





But wouldn't let me leave until I got shots like this:



or this:


How about that?   When I take pictures, I'm in "the mode"....but I found myself laughing away as these guys entertained me with their jumping and silly faces.    I'm actually contemplating the addition of a "silly face" package to my photography menu of services.     I'll let you know when it's available...

Minimalist House Design For Young Couples



This is a minimalist home design choice for newly married young couples, because it does not require a large space for both. Minimalist is a pattern of thinking, working, and way of life. This is a new perspective in viewing design as a reflection of urban life is simple really practical, lightweight, efficient, and management. I thought it would seem useful to you young couples who want to create family harmony.

But keep in mind because it is too minimalist would be boring. For that we need a few tricks to design a minimalist home to keep your room look warm. Furniture selection model should also be considered, you must be able to choose the right furniture and of course accessories for your minimalist house with elements of practical and functional which is the basic key in designing a minimalist home.

plant design in the house

Entrance to the garage minimalist home

Multifunctional space design-Living room

Some tips for designing a minimalist home is not easily bored:
  1. Selecting the right material to thicken the minimalist concept will be presented. For example, glass furniture combined with aluminum or wrought iron can you attach it in the room. This is a simple form and can make your room look chic.
  2. The selection of minimalist furniture curtain capable of supporting the impression you want to display in your room. You can try to choose a light novel blind and able to give the impression of dynamic in a minimalist room.
  3. Furniture design company with a precision which is also characteristic of minimalist architecture and furnishings. Therefore, select a table or chair is simple and without ornament. With minimal ornament, we can simplify maintenance and the room will feel more spacious.
  4. Color Selection of minimalist design and stylish furniture should be cautious, the pattern of flowers or colors that are too crowded or less suitable when combined in a minimalist home. Keep the color tone each time to add or replace furniture and furniture accessories in one room.
  5. Whether all the accessories and furniture carefully, but make sure that the room did not impress too full because it can confirm the impression of a minimalist who wants to create. For example you can set the photo frame is bigger, but in small amounts to accent the room.
Kitchen design minimalist home

Staircase design minimalist home

Living room design

Minimalist can also be combined with colored wood furnishings such as furniture dark brown or reddish brown.

On Location :: Buckle Up!

Ladies and gentlemen, at this time we ask that you please fasten your seatbelts and secure all baggage underneath your seat or in the overhead compartments. We also ask that your seats and table trays are in the upright position for take-off.

Meet Jett:






He is all boy, dapper, precious, sweet, curious and on the go!

Meet Marc & Jennifer:


They are the parents of said dapper, precious, sweet and curious boy.  

"We are currently cruising at an altitude of 33, 000 feet at an airspeed of 400 miles per hour. The cabin crew will soon be coming around to offer you a light snack and beverage.   The inflight movie will begin shortly..."

We had fun running around in the leaves...actually, it was more like Jett running around and me and my camera trying to keep up with him.   I was so excited when slowed down enough to let me hold his hand as we walked to the next location.    Sigh...so sweet!


My favorite moment came when Jett spent some time dancing.   I mean, real Michael Jackson style stuff....the kid has skills.   Very impressive.

"Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the fasten seat belt sign. We are now crossing a zone of turbulence. Please return your seats and keep your seat belts fastened. Thank you"


I enjoyed my time with Jett and his family...we finished up the shoot just in time to avoid the rain drops that started falling.    Of course the rain drops did not stop Jett from enjoying his lolly pop treat courtesy of his new photographer buddy.

"On behalf of the crew, I’d like to thank you for flying Jett Airlines. We are looking forward to seeing you on board again in the near future. Have a nice stay at your final destination!”

On Location :: Heart Nappers

Are you ready to have your heart stolen?


These two precious children stole MY heart recently during a photo shoot I did for their family.    And even though I didn't speak their language, they had no problems whatsoever posing for my camera.   They recently came to the US from the Ukraine through a wonderful journey of adoption.   I've had the privilege of following the story of how their Mama and Papa prayed for, prepared for and anticipated their arrival into the family.    It was so incredible to follow them each day after arriving to Ukraine and seeing how God led them to their children!!   So, it was an incredible honor to be the first to officially photograph them!!   Thank you Jeff & Sheila for that....and please thank the kids for being so great during the "ochen" (many) pictures.


For more shots of these sweet kiddos, please click here.


proud papachka
mamachka and her sweet girl

Japanese Minimalist Design Unique House


This is a minimalist modern home design. big house with a minimalist interior design.

Japanese House with Minimalist Interior Design

Japanese design is simple and unique House, with multifunctional and effective home to find all these aspects of contemporary and ultra modern. The house is named C 1 house. It was conceived by innovative architect Gwenael Nicolas of Curiosity, and Tomoyuki Ustumi of milligrams Studio. House C1 is essentially a glass box, natural wood floors and details adding an organic warmth to the room expressed purely by way of zig-zag. [Via]

Queens Park House in Sydney with Garden Design

Home designs Queens Park House in Sydney:
Dominating with white, white house looks very clean and luxurious. MCK architect has completed the project to remodel Queens Park House in Sydney, Australia.
The main concept of this white house is a room connected to the park. This concept is derived from the idea of openness and the elimination of divisions and barriers. The most important is the interior will extend into and become part of the park, such as going to the garden will be part of the interior. Early vision in the conceptual stage is one of the sitting room which is situated between lush plants and trees with a garden wall as a wall of the room.
By the time the garden will grow thicker and taller and contribute to the urban scale and provide an oasis for the owners. This house is very friendly environment with good solar access and lots of ventilation.
Home design interior





Visit the website MCK Architects - here.