Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Grand Rapids Photographer | Patricia Anderson Photography | Heat

It's been an abnormally hot summer here in the mid-west... I grew up in an old home that was heated with radiators, so air conditioning was something that I just never had, nor needed... It's funny how children seem to not notice the heat as much as we adults do.

While our new home has a few window AC units, this week it's finally cooled down to the high 80's - low 90's and we've been able to keep {relatively} cool with fans and open windows. 

A few photos from today's warm summer afternoon... Lucy grows more and more with each photo I capture.  Her personality and spunk developed 10 fold every day, and I'm so blessed to be able to capture all the beginning days of her long journey through life :)

Next, head on over to check out Jennifer Capozzola, http://jencphotos.com/photojournal/?p=822

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Grand Rapids Photographer | Grand Rapid Newborn Photographer | Patricia Anderson Photography | Blue

Blue Eyes....

That is the first thing that I think of when I think of my Poppop, with a warm smile as a close second.  My Poppop was a man who loved his family, and took me as I was through every outrageous phase of my adolescence.  I loved him as deeply as I loved my own parents.  He and my Mommom were the heart of my mother's side of the family... every summer it was expected to meet at their home in the beautiful suburbs of Philadelphia for family get togethers, BBQ's, and many, many laughs.  He was a man of integrity and pride, but above all else, he was a protector and provider to his family.  His hugs were always a welcome sign that I was home.

It's hard to believe that he's been gone for almost a decade... My heart still aches when I think about all the things I wish he had lived to see, because I know he would have been so happy to see me turn into the woman I am today.  He would have loved my husband, and even more so, he would have absolutely adored my daughter... not just because they are wonderful people, but because they are part of me.

My mother inherited his bright Blue eyes, and from her, I inherited a duller pair of baby blues.  There is a comfort I see when I look into the eyes of my mom, because I see him shining through her.  Shortly after he passed, I remember having a dream about him.  There he was, sitting by his "Pond" (The pool at my grandparents house)... As with most dreams, things were vague and whimsical... He was so bright and almost blinding... the only thing I could really identify were his beautiful blue eyes; I knew it was him.  He told me that he couldn't stay long but that he needed me to tell my mom that everything was alright, and that he was OK now. He asked me to look after her since she was feeling so alone,  which I assured him I would.  With that he told me he loved me, and would always be with me... as I began to cry and beg for him to stay, I woke up...unable to catch my breath and tears burning my cheeks.  I've never been one to believe in people who can communicate with those who have passed, but I know deep in my heart, that he wanted to make sure that his little girl (my mom) was OK, because that's just the kind of man he was.

I took this picture of my daughter this afternoon.... her eyes are hazel, grey, and every once in a very great while, in the right light, they have a sparkle of blue in them.  Every time I see that hint of blue shine through, I think of my Poppop and know that he's here with me.  He lives through me, my family, and now my daughter.

I miss you dearly, Poppop...

Love always,

next, please visit Karen Porter, Austin TX Photographer - http://www.karenporterphotography.com/index.php/blue-52-wednesdays-29/

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Grand Rapids Photographer | Grand Rapid Newborn Photographer | Patricia Anderson Photography | Art

It's been a few weeks since I've been able to work on our 52 week project, and I apologize!

My family and I just moved to Grand Rapids, MI last month and needless to say, I've been overwhelmed with exploring a new city!  The art and culture here in Grand Rapids is just breathtaking. The economy here is thriving; there are new shops, pubs, and boutiques going up on every corner and it seems like I've stepped back into a simpler time.  Coming from Chicago, the pace of life has decreased tremendously and small town businesses have a strong hold on the economy here.

One of the houses we were thinking about buying is located just 4 houses down from a Frank Lloyd Wright home, which I was thrilled to go check out.  My daughter Lucy and I stopped over on our way to an appointment this afternoon.  We weren't able to go in since they were closing down for the day, which was a total bummer since my entry today was going to be shots of the inside of the home.  I snapped a few quick shots as we were walking around the home, and headed on our way, disappointed about the lack of exciting photos I'd have to contribute this week. Here are a couple shots of the Meyer May House here in historical neighborhood of Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, MI :

I thought long and hard about what I could throw in last minute... what bit of art could I find before the sun went down today...hmmm....

And then I looked into my bedroom, and saw Lucy, giggling on my bed and trying to get my attention. The way the light in our bedroom lit up the room, and her blinding smile made it all too clear...

She is my greatest work of Art.

From her uneven dimples to her blond, out-of-control hair... no matter how many pictures I take in my lifetime, she is my gift of art to this world.  Every part of her body is unique and she is the most beautiful piece of artwork that my body can create.  My love for her grows with every moment I spend with her, in a way that pictures cannot capture.  A mother's love encompasses an intensity that not even the greatest artist can concoct...

I love you, Nunu...


Next on up... head on over to Laurie Schultz's Blog - Cincinnati, OH http://schultzeegirl.blogspot.com/2012/07/project-52-wk28.html

Monday, July 16, 2012

Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer | Grand Rapids Baby Photographer | Newborn Triplets Photography | Patricia Anderson Photography

I booked my first newborn session here in Grand Rapids, and was thrilled!  Not just because I got to go back to my DREAM job, but because it was not one, not two, but THREE newborns!  Triplets!! 

I was lucky to have a few photographer friends who were willing to tag along and help me with the babies during the shoot!  Getting 3 newborns to all sleep at the same time was a little more challenging than we had anticipated, but it was such an awesome experience!  These little gals were born at 34 weeks, and all were under 5 lbs!  Talk about an amazing opportunity! 

I'm still on the hunt for a photography studio here in Grand Rapids, but I've found a few great options so far! I should hopefully have a lease signed by the end of the week, and then I can start planning the layout for my new "country chic" newborn photography studio!