Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Home

I've got a new home:

Update your bookmarks and readers! :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Six Days New | Mishawaka Newborn Photographer | Traci Shupert Photography

This sweet little guy is one week old as of today. We had a fun time hanging out in his jungle nursery - Lions, and tigers and bear, oh my! It is really truly amazing to think that only one week ago, he was in his mommy's belly. Never experiencing pregnancy and birth myself, I can only imagine how incredible and indescribable it is. Many blessings as your little man continues to grow! (Click here to see his parent's maternity session.)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Photo Book | Traci Shupert Photography

Every client this year will receive a custom designed photo book with each image from the online gallery after their session. Here's an example, from a recent maternity session (Click here to view that session). Their little bundle of joy arrived last week, and I got to spend this afternoon with him. His sneak peek is coming up very soon! :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hopping | What to Read | Traci Shupert Photography

My brain is swimming with all kinds of ideas and thoughts on reading today. One of my coworkers let me borrow her Educational Leadership magazine, and it just so happened to be all about reading. Reading a few of the articles reignited my passion for what I believe about reading and the teaching of reading. When I came home, I fired up Google Reader (which if you don't have, you must get), and was greeted by a blog post from one of my friends on reading. Please go check it out before continuing because it will build your background knowledge (or as I like to call it - schema) for what will be coming next. Here's the link:
Make sure you read Part 1 and Part 2.

Did you read it?
You really should because you might not understand what is coming next.
OK, so here it goes...I'm completely intrigued by the book Angie talked about - Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt. I've decided to buy one for myself and another for one of you. If you'd like a chance at winning this sweet book, here's what you need to do:

*Become a fan of Traci Shupert Photography on Facebook and and then tell your friends..{Come be a fan of Traci Shupert Photography, and you might just win a sweet book!}

*If you're already a fan, post about the giveaway and a link to this blog post in your status...

*Post on your blog or spread the word about the giveaway on your favorite forums...just paste the link...

Then come back here and leave a comment telling me what you've done to enter the giveaway (feel free to leave any other kind words too!) by Friday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. (EST). Happy Reading!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Young Love | Michiana Engagement Photographer | Traci Shupert Photography

Love came to me later in life (some may have even considered me an "Old Maid"). But not for these two. Love knocked on their doors in high school. They've officially been together for 3 years, but they've know each other many more years than that. Now in college, they are both looking forward to working towards degrees in the medical field (and getting married of course!). They were back in the area this week for Spring Break, so we got together to play in the snow and take some photos, too. Many blessings for you as you prepare to spend the rest of your lives together!

P.S. Unfortunately, this does not mean I am a wedding photographer. Right now, the plans are to stick with portraits of newbies, kiddos, families, seniors, and the engaged.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

All That | Goshen Newborn Photographer | Traci Shupert Photography

Look at all that hair! I didn't have that much hair until I was 2 years old. She is one lucky little girl (in more ways than just her hair)! She's the first little one these proud parents have had, and they are just so happy that she's here. They were kind enough to let me try out some of my goodies, and sweet baby D was the perfect model. Congratulations!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mon Petites Fleurs |Traci Shupert Photography

Oh what joy to be greeted by a splendid little package this afternoon when I came home! You'll be seeing this sweet little flowers in action soon. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Under the Weather | Traci Shupert Photography

I thought I might just make it all winter without getting sick, and well...I almost did. So, my plans for an amazing post for What to Read Wednesday have been spoiled by the bug that has over taken me today. Here's a photo of a sweet little guy that I didn't post from his earlier sneak peek.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Window | Traci Shupert Photography

I've been wanting to display some of my photos in a non-traditional inexpensive way. I picked up this old window at Old Creamery Antiques in Middlebury. (If you haven't been there, you should go. There are so many treasures to be found. It's located just north of Middlebury on SR 13).

Ingredients for Photo Window:
-Design Aglow's Beautiful Mats and Deco Chic Borders
-Favorite Photos of family and friends
-Designer paper from Stampin' Up

Choose 8 of your favorite photos of family and friends. Choose your Beautiful Mat or Deco Chic Border to use with each photo. Save each photo and print it with your favorite photo developer. Choose your favorite designer papers to add to the top and bottom of the photo in order to attach it behind each pane of glass in the window. Lean against the wall of your choosing, step back, and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Owl Moon | What to Read Wednesday | Traci Shupert Photography

Today was a different sort of a was canceled due to snow. So, I got to catch up on a few things around the house. Mainly cleaning and organizing. Now let's just hope I can keep it up!

I had a feeling that I wasn't going to be at school today, so before I left on Tuesday, I grabbed the book I wanted to highlight on the blog today - Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Written in Jane's poetic voice, this books is about a father who takes his child owling on a cold, winter night. This book has won many awards, and has been translated into 9 different languages. Grab some hot chocolate, a blanket, and curl up with your child for a memorable winter's read. Happy reading!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

And So It Came | Traci Shupert Photography

And so it came...the snow. We dismissed school early today due to the arrival of the snow and wind, so I had some bonus time to spend with my camera when I got home. I think my neighbors might believe I'm that crazy lady who is always bringing random things outside, laying on the ground, and taking pictures. I guess that's what happens when you don't have any children to take outside for photo ops. Winter is not my favorite season, but I would have to concede that it sure is beautiful as those crystal flakes shimmer down to earth.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

For I Know the Plans | Personal

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD.
--Jeremiah 29: 11-14

Saturday I had the privilege of attending my dear friend's wedding to a wonderful man. My friend had a journey through the valley of the shadow, but she allowed her faith in God to be her guiding light through that dark valley. Many people grow bitter and jaded after experiencing what she experienced, but she ran to God and made the choice to grow and be refined by the fire. Walking beside my friend during the valley and journey back out has served as another reason why I believe in God and his plans for our lives.

I enjoy capturing the detail shots, and I helped myself to a few during the wedding. Her flowers were gorgeous!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Brave | Mishawaka Maternity Photographer | Traci Shupert Photography

Sunday I got to spend the afternoon with this super fun couple who will soon be first time parents. They willingly braved the cold temperatures of Indiana's winter. Thankfully, the sun was there to remind us that this cold will pass in due time. She is a teacher and he is the manager of one of my fav-or-ite stores (here's a hint: bullseye). I always enjoy getting together with teachers from other schools. I enjoy hearing different perspectives on education. If my husband and I ever decide to be brave and start our family, I want to look as cute as this momma-to-be. Best wishes as you begin the next chapter in your lives together!

This photo doesn't really scream, "We're expecting!" BUT look at her eyes. Gorgeous!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sunshine | Goshen Child Photographer | Traci Shupert Photography

My next of the woods was blessed with some gorgeous light this weekend. We definitely deserve it after all the gray days we endure during the winter. Saturday morning I got to catch up with this fun family. You may recognize them from this past summer. These boys are blessed with some gorgeous eyes and eyelashes. I wonder if they would donate some of their eyelashes to me. We could be the first eyelash transplant patients. :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Crazy Silly | Goshen Child Photographer | Traci Shupert Photography

This cutie is the brother of that sweet little baby from a few days ago, and he just happens to be my nephew. Full of expression and spunk, he enjoys playing with his matchbox cars, trucks, and planes. Lucky for us, he was willing to take a break from the fun in order for me to get a few photos. He's a crazy silly little guy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Walk On | What to Read Wednesday | Traci Shupert Photography

I was in a local toy store this weekend, and ran across the book, Walk On by Marla Frazee. Several years ago, I was at a workshop about teaching reading, and the presenter read this gem of a book to us. To borrow the words of Publisher's Weekly, "It's a pep talk for those ready to leave crawling behind (and for those who may need a refresher). " I love the simplicity of this book. Whenever we face obstacles and challenges, it really is about putting one foot in front of the other no matter our age.

Have you heard about Reading Rockets? It's a great website for nearly everything reading under the sun. I ran across several interviews with author Marla Frazee on their website. In this interview, she talks about her long road into the publishing industry. She had to do a lot of walking before she made it!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

In the Midst of the Fog | Goshen Child Photographer | Traci Shupert Photography

We got to spend this weekend with my husband's sister and her family. They have the cutest boys, and are always a lot of fun to hang out with. We thought it would be fun to take the 3 year old to Shipshewana to ride the carousel at one of the indoor shopping areas. Unfortunately, we picked the day that it was closed for maintenance. What a bummer! (I even checked the website the night before to make sure everything was OK. I guess I'll call next time.) But we found a toy store, and it was all good! In the midst of the thick clouds and fog of today, we found a spot to take some photos of these growing boys. First up is the youngest. You saw him here on the blog back in July. I'm completely biased, but he is so very yummy!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Kinda Sorta What to Read | Traci Shupert Photography

I'm taking a stretch here on What to Read Wednesday, but I could not stand waiting any longer to share something I think is pretty cool. So, I'm calling this blog post my recommended reading for the week. (Shameless, I know!) :)

Let me take you on a journey back to my childhood. My parents had these friends they would get together with nearly every weekend to play cards. On one particular Sunday when I was probably around the age of 8, I was playing a game by myself in an adjacent room to where the adults were playing cards. My parents and their friends were unaware of my close proximity. I don't recall exactly what was said, but the words that entered my ears and mind were completely inappropriate for someone of my age to be hearing. 99.9% of the time as I child, I was a rule follower (and still am today). I knew that my parents should be alerted to my presence in the next room, and that I had heard every word. With my eight year old indignant voice, I said, "THERE'S KIDS IN HERE!" The words are now infamous, and will often come up in conversation when we're reflecting on my childhood.

What is the point of this little story? It's serves as background knowledge into my extraordinary ability to overhear conversations.

Fall 2009. I'm waiting in line at the post office which had recently been remodeled, but somehow is still unable to hold more than 10 people at a time. That bothers me. I digress. Back to the story. I've reached the front of the line, when I hear a conversation begin several people behind me. My radar ears immediately picked up on it. Here's how it went:

"You've got a lot of things you're mailing."
"Yes, I knit hats for newborns to sell."

Ding, ding, ding! I have got to talk to this lady, but it is now my turn to present myself to the postal worker to send my package on it's merry way. The postal worker asks the standard questions, "Is there anything hazardous, yada, yada, yada, in this package." But I'm not really paying attention because I'd much rather talk to the lady who knits hats for babies. As I'm paying for my postage, I gather up some boldness, turn around, and begin speaking to the knitter (I think I may have made up that name, but is there a technical name for people who knit? Let me know if you know.)

"I take photos of newborns and babies. Do you have a store in the area or a website I could go to?"

And that's the story of how I met Debi of Debi's Creations. This weekend I had the opportunity to take photos of her adorable work. She has a shop on Etsy (love that place!). Head on over and check it out.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Patience | Middlebury Newborn Photographer | Traci Shupert Photography

Patience definitely pays off. Mom and I worked with Little Miss A for quite awhile to get her into a nice, deep sleep. She was a major trooper throughout the afternoon as she experienced many costume changes. This sweet baby's mom and I go way back - we're talking all the way back to high school. So, it was fun to catch up as we waited for her little girl to enter the world of dreams. Her oldest child was a super helper too! She did everything from running to get the pacifier to holding the blanket so I could get the shot. Thanks for a fun afternoon! :)

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