Coffee Talk Monday #50

Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope that your Christmas was filled with the love of Jesus, family and friends. We’re back in Wisconsin visiting with my family and enjoying the cold (well maybe not the latter!). Today was the day that we celebrated with the whole fam: my parents, my 5 brothers and sisters, their spouses, and my 12 nieces and nephews. I LOVE when we all get together. It’s always a beautiful mixture of food, rambunctious kiddos, and great memories both old and new. The house smells of my mom’s famous eggs ‘benny’ and sticky buns….DELISH! I’m sure I’ve gain 5 pounds today. But then again, I probably burned a lot of calories from all the laughing I did today. So let’s just say that it all balanced out ;).

This year, my group of friends challenged one another to partake in a Christmas Random Act of Kindness. The rules were simple; think of a way to bless someone randomly, record it and share it with one another. Joe + I decided to go to the gas station on Christmas Eve and pay for someone’s gas. Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous and may have chickened out one, two…or maybe five times before actually approaching someone but finally I mustered up the courage! I got out of the car and made my way over to the random lady, explained that I wanted to bless her by paying for her gas…..and she said no LOL. As if I wasn’t already nervous enough! But I didn’t let it get me down, rather I approached the next family that pulled up and it turned out great. The guy was so taken aback by our request to bless him. It was AWESOME. Just thought I would share this with you, and encourage you all to take part of a random act of kindness as well. You won’t regret it!

My cutie nieces and nephews. They’re all growing up so fast!

THIS is how you know it’s been a good party ;)


Merry Christmas + Happy Monday! xoxo


  • December 26, 2011 - 8:04 pm

    Jen - Oh, poor Mom! What a great hostess!

  • December 27, 2011 - 10:56 am

    Kris - Love the last pic & comment that goes with it! So funny: )

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What REALLY happens :: 2011 Behind the Scences/Bloopers

Want to know see what really happens at an SKP session/wedding? Having a second shooter means that there’s ALWAYS a camera around to catch my weirdness. Good. Bad. And Awesome. It’s all here! I can’t promise that the captions hold any truth, but nonetheless<——- (I like that word). Without further ado…here are the best ‘what happens when we’re not looking’ moments of 2011.

Was I teaching them the moves to “Whip My Hair” or taking their picture?!

Warning: if you are cuddling with your sweetie I may intrude by getting uncomfortably close to you!

See? There I go again!

 No big deal honey….just stand RIGHT behind them while I’m shooting ;)

 For the record hubby, standing directly in FRONT of the couple while I’m shooting them is no better ;).

We like to keep it classy. You know, standing on furniture and such.

 Yes. This is very typical of Joe.

You might be able to play the air guitar, but can you air ‘first dance’? Joe’s the real deal when it comes to air dancing!

Joe likes to practice sprints in between shooting.

 ‘Lean like a photog’. It’s the remix.

 With paparazzi all around, sometimes I need to hide from the camera. You can never be too careful.

No, no. I’m not the girl that sits behind you in your 4th grade class. Don’t let my outfit or size fool you.

 The newest spread for Where’s Waldo: SKP edition

If you’re lucky, I WON’T make this face at you. Or anyone. EVER again.

Enter my signature move: the finger point. Here it looks like it’s being used to intimidate ;)

 Here I’m using it to try to play ‘made you look’. He didn’t fall for it.

Here I’m using it to try to catch a rooster. Update: I did not catch said rooster.

When all else fails, you just need to channel your inner pterodactyl. Just sayin’

Thanks for taking the time to view some of our silliness. I really am so blessed and grateful to be able to call this my job. Thanks to all my amazing 2011 clients. Love you all! xoxo

  • December 22, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    Jessica King - This cracked me up, I love the ‘lean like a photographer’, someone needs to make that a song, haha :)

  • April 23, 2012 - 10:28 pm

    Kristin Hayward - I lol’ed many times reading this post…thanks for keeping’ it real! :) :)

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Laurie:: 2012 Senior:: Tempe Senior Portrait Session

Laurie is my girl! We first met when I was working at the fitness center of the Mirabel Club as her trainer. She always said that she was going to use me for her senior portraits one day and I am SO excited that the day finally came. She is a natural in front of the camera and such a fashionista! I loved how she incorporated sprinkles cupcakes, decorated with the logos of the three colleges that she applied to. SO fun! Way to work it Laurie :) xoxo

  • December 20, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    Faria Munmun - These are super cute ! I kind of want my senior session done now after _ _ years :)

  • December 21, 2011 - 9:20 am

    Eden - Lovely work Stacy. Bet she’ll treasure these :)

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