Chase + Sarah Get Married

Friday, December 31, 2010

There are not many things that will convince my cranky, preggo self to hop on the highway and drive to St. Louis in the waning days before Christmas - except for the promise of a glamorous, intimate wedding such as the one between Sarah and Chase. The ceremony took place in a 200 year old stone chapel Sarah had fallen in love with as child, and the reception was an elegant affair at the Chase Park Plaza, a hotel that was a favorite of the Rat Pack back in the day.

I couldn't imagine a lovelier event as my last wedding of 2010, and it was an absolute honor to capture the day.

Congratulations, Chase and Sarah!

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Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 26, 2010

This is the face of Christmas morning.

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The poor thing spent most of Christmas Eve sacked out on the couch, feverish, coughing, and generally miserable.

She finally fell asleep, the combo of not being able to breathe and the fear of some strange man coming into our apartment in the dead of night largely responsible for her resistance. By the way, have you really listened to the lyrics of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"? Try singing "he knows if you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake" to a three year old who spends each night cataloging the shadows on the wall and watch what happens when people ask her if she's excited about Santa.

It's a Christmas miracle she actually slept in her own bed.

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She was still so feverish and spent that she didn't even want to open her presents, instead pointing the one she wanted and having us do the work for her. But when she saw all that Santa had brought - the books, the still in the vault Disney movies, the tinkerbell magic wand that deserves its own post, she slowly came around. Because she was still so sick, we didn't want to subject the extended family to her viral awesomeness at my parents' house, and we settled in for a long winter's leftovers.

That quickly changed after we shared a lousy frozen mini pizza for Christmas lunch. We packed up the kid and drove out to mom and dad's for turkey and sweet potato casserole and a blessed change of scenery. Her cousins were already working on their own viral funpack, so I didn't feel so bad.

A very special thank you to Santa for bringing Harlow her new favorite pink loungy chair and the awesome puppet theater.

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Sarah + Chase: Sneak Peek

Friday, December 24, 2010

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A favorite from yesterday's simple and simply stunning winter wedding in St. Louis.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

I do actually own and use a camera besides the one on my phone.

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But when I'm in charge of kiddo wrangling and lugging the future kiddo that is starting to feel like 65 pounds pulling directly on my spine, an additional camera around the neck typically loses out to a jaunty, stripey scarf.

At least somebody should be feeling jaunty. It's Christmas, dammit.

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We ventured out to the Zoo tonight to check out the lights, the ice skating, and quite honestly, a pretty decent chicken sandwich at the Cathouse Cafe.

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The lights were indeed festive, and unexpectedly, Harlow LOVED the giant sabertooth slide. She was practically quivering from the adrenaline coursing through her body after she shot down the rather grown-up looking slide, and she was so proud to have done it herself that she did it twice. For some reason it cost $2 each time she did it (really Zoo?), but her joy kinda justified it.

The ice skating rink is clearly a huge hit. Long lines to get in, teens and families hurling themselves across the ice, requisite 80s music on rotation. When Doves Cry blasted through the speakers, and for just a moment, I had the urge to ignore the weeble wobble that it is my body and strap on some skates to Prince. But I think I'll confine the risky business to eating soft cheeses and Caesar salads. For now.

Pummelvision

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I just learned about Pummelvision today, a nifty free service that makes slideshows out of your Flickr, Facebook or other online photo storage accounts. It took them all day to put something together out of my Flickr, but I think it turned out pretty cool - especially since the first images are of the very first wedding I shot. I think I can safely safe I will never shoot anything more unique.

Thanks for the memories, Pummelvision!

My Pummelvision from Melissa Anderson Sweazy on Vimeo.

House of Mouse

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We came, we saw, we picked up some stomach bugs and a case of Fifth disease and freezing temps, but that didn't deter us from having a wonderful inaugural visit to Disneyworld. The 5 days were divvied up between the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and a bonus day to catch up on what we may have missed. Unfortunately that last day had us all missing being at home in our beds as Florida in the 30s along with some sick folks made it pretty miserable.

But in the end, it was kinda magical to watch my own child and her cousins light up in the presence of Disney magic.

Hopefully next time they won't be so terrified that we can get through a single ride without one of them screaming in terror.

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And the stockings were hung by the chimney with pushpins

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Stockings

The plan was to be in by Christmas.

We sold the house, crammed most of what we owned into a Pod, and made the trek downtown for what we figured would be a 6-8 month adventure in South Bluffs, tops.

The year marker passed, probably as Caleb was tiling our future home's bathroom floor or sanding...something. Somehow the plan to be in by Christmas became the Obsession. You know Richard Dreyfus in Close Encounters? My husband. Except, instead of a mashed potato mountain, we will actually have a house in the end.

I just hope I have a husband. He's been working 14 hour days, building, moving, installing and staining the hardwood floors by hand with some eco-friendly, low voc oil that still makes his head - not to mention his central nervous system- all wonky. When he staggered in last night, his face still lined from the ventilation mask, his hair covered in dust, he walked right past Harlow's and my declaration.

Our stockings were hung by our crudely drawn chimney with care. So what if we're not in by Christmas. We'd much rather have a sane, healthy daddy to celebrate with us. I figure Santa will know where to find us.

Today he told me he is thinking of making our tree out of cardboard boxes. (We're not allowed to have a real tree in our apartment, fire hazards and all). My impulse was to say why? And build something else?

But I'm not going to take away his Christmas spirit.

** Tomorrow my extended family descends on the Happiest Place on Earth for some much needed relaxation. Posting will likely be light until next week...

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I can't look away from this site.

It's Beginning to Look (and smell) a lot like Christmas

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Of the gifts I have been given, arranging, growing, or doing anything remotely associated with flowers, plants, and greenery is not among them. Fortunately, I have places like the Garden District where I can visit to get my fix. The store is an artfully arranged explosion of poinsettias, hydrangea, pine cones, ornaments, wreaths, and a totally rad bunny made out of shrubbery. If you're needing some holiday spirit, stop in...and inhale....


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My newest prenatal workout

Monday, December 6, 2010

Seducedence, y'all.

My Girl

Sunday, December 5, 2010

camera shy

So much of my world lately has been reduced down to shoot, edit, blog it, oh yeah the fetus and did I make my word count today? that the most important thing in my life hasn't gotten much face time around here.

And I mean, what a face, right?

Kiddo and I got to spend some much needed quality time this weekend, from a super fun (at least for her) Rock N Romp with the Luv Clowns, the downtown Christmas parade, her Chuck E Cheese debut and a yuletide Victorian tea at the Fontaine Mansion. And the consistent thread throughout all of these events?

People in costumes and clown makeup scare the shit out of her.

But when she's not running away screaming from, say, a necklace-bearing Boll Weevil at the parade, she's really awesome to be around. I know I'm biased, but I'm also extremely sarcastic and jaded and have slowly learned that it's all just bluster in the face of this truly amazing kid. Her memory recall terrifies me. She lives for Lady Gaga and chocolate. She LOVES babies, toddlers, and will go out of her way to be kind to just about anyone. She appointed herself cheerleader for the kids hogging the bowling and basketball games at Chuck E Cheese, clapping and jumping up and down while they stared at her, I guess trying to figure her angle.

But she doesn't have one.

It is truly humbling to be in the presence of someone so genuinely...genuine. Without the cymbalta to keep my emotions ratcheted down, and the fact that my body is a raging hormone factory, just thinking about how sweet she is - and how lucky I am for her to be mine -is enough to make me break down and weep. Again. And I'm still drinking too much soda to just let the dehydration run rampant.

So I'm gonna stop here. But not before I just tell the entire blogosphere that sometimes I get sad at the thought of the new addition to the family, because it won't just be her anymore. And if anyone deserves the spotlight, it's my girl.

The new kid's got a tough act to follow.

Entertainment Weekly debut!

This week I made my Entertainment Weekly debut, the Entertainers of the Year issue.

So what if it was only in the Letters to the Editor section. It's a start, people.

the closest I will prob ever get to Zooey Deschanel

Holiday card

Friday, December 3, 2010

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I am thrilled by how this card turned out for a recent client. She showed me a favorite card of hers, and we aimed for a Crewcuts-inspired shoot to achieve a similar look.

Design by the fabulous Kennia of Deidamiah.

Mary sneak peek

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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I love those moments in between the shots, when the setting up for the next moment yields those happy accidents like this one. I just like how she looks like she is being born from some sweet vintage flower.

the work in Progress

...now with 100% more progress!

And feast your eyes on that $27 chandelier!

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