April 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Rumor has it that there may be a light coating of snow on the ground when we wake up in the morning.

I don’t want to talk about that though.  I really do not want to talk about that.  (I’m rooting heavily for the “may not” option that always accompanies a “may” possibility.)

Instead, I am going to look ahead to the future.  To viable spring planting.  To a seventy degree day that doesn’t have a blizzard following on its heels.  Yup.  Keeping my eyes trained on that beautiful golden horizon.

It looks a little something like this.

I brought these beauties home a couple weeks ago, my mind’s eye filled with visions of fresh dirt, , empty planting containers, and a splash of color gracing our front steps.  After a long winter, it is quite the tantalizing thought…and so it is that I am fixated on that goal.  I.will.plant.again.

You have probably noticed that Spring (or is it Winter? Personally, I’d prefer to blame Winter) has decided to teach us a lesson in patience this year. “Untimely,” “inconvenient,” and “unwanted” are three words that immediately come to mind, but I have nonetheless resigned myself to the fact that I won’t be planting tomorrow. Or probably the next day, or even the day after that. That splash of color gracing the front steps will just have to wait for another day. Being a “look to the future” kind of gal, I find myself often eagerly planning what’s around the next corner, whether it’s a project for our home, for the business, for the kids etc. Perhaps this is a not-so-subtle lesson in remembering to take note of the good things of today … our home, my business, my children…and the incredible bouquets of color that I have gracing my dining room…

Patiently waiting for Spring.

If they can do it, so can I.

(Just please don’t mention a word to me about snow ;)



April 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

What attitude.

Bookworm. {book of the week}

April 14, 2011 § 6 Comments

Jade has gone M-I-A.

Yes, it’s true.  My beautiful, sweet, innocent little girl is now Madly Into Allthetimereading.

Fortunately, her reading skills surpass my ability to create clever acronyms.

Today, she is not sitting on our front porch.  Today, she is with Kirsten and Marta, on their new American adventure.

There is no distracting her.

Reflecting on how I too read these very same books myself when I was a child, I really can’t blame her.  (Just be careful with the pages dear.  What you hold in your hands now is practically vintage.)

So it probably comes as no surprise that the American Girl series, specifically our favorite Kirsten, is the Fun on Friday book-of-the-week selection.  Er, well, books.  Lots and lots and lots of books ….

Something tells me that Jade is not going to be available for awhile ;o)

Happy Reading!

– 04.17.2011 –

p.s. I’ve decided to link up with Simple As That’s simple things Sunday again!  (Did you see that she selected the last post to be showcased on her blog? SO cool!  Thanks for reading!  xo, Kelsea

Sunday and Simple.

April 10, 2011 § 14 Comments

Today I am linking up to the delightful Rebecca Cooper’s blog, Simple As That, for her weekly Simple Things photo challenge.  The arrival of spring has been highly anticipated in our house, and despite his limited years of experience, my youngest is no exception.  Could it really be finally here? :)


Enjoy your simple things on this Sunday!


April 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

There have been a lot of thoughts tumbling about in my head lately, many of which concern this blog, and which direction I want to take it in.  So I’ve poured myself into researching what a good blog ought to be, and I have found:  1) a good professional blog is not a personal blog and 2) a good professional blog is stronger if it includes posts of a personal nature.

If you’re frowning at that line, you’re not alone.  This is some seriously heavy stuff.

So I’ve taken a step back from it, to give myself pause and review.  It’s amazing how a little distance can give you the right (or at least your own) perspective.  And that is exactly the “ah ha!” moment that I had — this blog is my own.  It is my own to enjoy, my own to design, and my own to make it the best blog that it can possibly be in order to share with my incredibly wonderful readers a little  reprieve and enjoyment during our busy days.  When I asked myself what I want this blog to be I came to these realizations:

Above all else, this blog is about photography. My passion, my work, yes, but even more importantly, your photos.  In my eyes, a blog goes beyond business.  These are images of lives that you may or may not know, but feel a connection to simply because they too are living the same wonderment of life as you are.  The twinkle in a child’s eye, the shyness in their smile, the exuberance in their laughter, a quiet moment in the arms of their mother, the sweetness of a newborn … tiny moments experienced by all, but are still uniquely their own.  It is a treasure that we all share together here.

Family time together. How many of us have longed for the simpler days?  Our lives are becoming incredibly busy, and family time, which has no looming and imminent deadline staring us in the eye, can easily be pushed off until tomorrow.  It is for this reason that I would like to keep the Fun on Friday series alive (and hopefully well.)  The idea of families coming together to check out the book of the week, craft of the week, or whatever “together” project that has caught my eye just warms my heart.  It is my wish to not only provide a source of fun and inspiration, but to also keep myself focused on that same goal as well.  Because as unbelievable as it might seem to me now, there is a looming deadline on time with family — children grow and grow and eventually grow up.  Deadline.  And as much as I love photography, as much as I cherish every client I work with and every image that crosses this desk, I don’t want that deadline sneaking up on me.  I too want to stay focused.

Me. My life, the people that are in it, the funny things they say, they crazy outfits they insist on wearing.  I want this to be more than just another photography blog with the disillusion of perfection on the computer screen — I want there to be life behind the lens.  Spilled milk, scraped knees, and toys in the living room that I’m just starting to write off as being part of the decor.  Because to me, without life there cannot be photography.  To me, they are one and the same, and it is my desire to have this blog incorporate that.

You. The readers.  Your thoughts.  Your reactions.  The memory that a certain image reminds you of.  Whether you’re local or from halfway across the globe, I would love to hear it.

So thank you.  Thank you for being patient and for giving me the time I need to think.  To plan.  To prepare.  Thank you for coming back here to share this adventure with me post after post after post.  You rock.  There will be a new blog.  There will be a new name, a new layout, new colors.  But it will still be the same me.  Except maybe perhaps a more certain one :)  It is my fervent dream that you will continue to join me during this journey — I truly love having you here, and hearing your feedback.  Cheers to a fresh beginning!

xoxo, Kelsea

My youngest and his Elephant, enjoying (at last!) some spring weather.

A Smile like Sunshine

April 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

I’ll admit, my blogging has been very lackluster has of late.  Ok, ok, it’s been downright nonexistent :(  Once May comes around all that will change though…and while the details are still a secret (seriously, I have told NO ONE, save for a few special select who have been sworn to secrecy) everything new and exciting will be coming to light soon.  Of course, all this “behind the curtains” action makes me all the more excited to share it with you when everything is ready!  (Click over to the previous post “Big News” to sneak a peek at a mini session event I have coming up!)

In the meantime, I have a treat for you.  A smile so darling, that you are sure to forgive all the missed blog posts of past (and that are still likely to come…)

Baby M, now six months!

What love she has for her parents!  Her sweet face looking up at them tells it all :)

Photographing this sweet smile is always a time that I treasure … one can’t help but smile in return.  I look forward to seeing you again little one! :)

Big News

March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Sessions are limited — Contact me for more info!  (info at jayandkayphotography dot com)  OR reach me at kelsea.fehlen@gmail.com (kelsea dot fehlen at gmail dot com) as my new business will be launching in May! :)