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4 1/2 | Atlanta Child Photographer

My four year old (wait correct that – 4 1/2 year old as she often reminds me) is one of the sassiest little girls on planet earth, she is also one of the funniest too.  While she does have her divalicious moments that turn my hair gray much sooner than it should be, she is a sweet caring and snuggly girl.  She loves pink & purple, kitty cats and shoes.  She would wear nothing but dresses that “spin” if she had her way.  She brings such a smile to my face each and every day, I’m truly blessed to be her Mommy.  (Now don’t think I’m leaving out my son, he is getting his own blog post next week!)

Recently I worked with a clothing designer to help her with her new Spring/Summer catalog.  She had several photographers photograph their daughters in her clothing.  When she has the catalog ready I will be sure to share the link, her designs are really cute and fun!  So I thought I would share a few of the photos of Morgan.  I think that by looking at these you can get a good idea of how sassy she is.  I’m quite certain that I could open up the dictionary and see her photo right next to the word sassy.  If you want to know what I looked like as a child, just take a look at her, she’s my carbon copy.  Of course she’s also been mistaken for Suri Cruise a few times (one time at Disneyland when we still lived in Los Angeles, the person thought I was the nanny and Morgan was Suri).  My collage software did a little hand and feet chopping on these, so just ignore that, no feet or hands were harmed in the creation of this collage ;) .

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oneshotbeyond - April 7, 2009 - 8:09 am

she is a beauty! I love her hair (the bangs). The cheery outfits are amazingly beautiful too. What collage program do you use? I haven’t found one to use yet. Would love to find a good one for my senior sessions coming up.

Cindy - April 7, 2009 - 8:56 am

She is SO adorable!! She not only looks like you, but I think we all know where she got her personality. :D :D

Terrilyn - April 7, 2009 - 10:14 am

Just perfect Angela! I love that outfit!! She is positively adorable. So much spunk!

Dena Robles - April 7, 2009 - 10:40 am

You are not kidding about the sassy part are you? Those adorable outfits, your color and her sassy grin and poses are all a perfect marriage!

Joyce - April 7, 2009 - 10:41 am

These are gorgeous!! Signed, mom of a sassy 4 1/2 year old too. :)

Angela - April 7, 2009 - 10:42 am

she is getting so big! Beautiful images!!!!

Kristie Chadwick - April 7, 2009 - 11:40 am

I just loe the colors in this one, AWESOME! Such a cute girl.

Kimberly Hill - April 7, 2009 - 11:52 am

PER*SON*AL*I*TY!! Yep, AngelaMiniMe to the hilt! I just love that sassy girl, and her mama too. (P.S. Mia was 4-and-a-half-and-three-quarters) LOL!

meggan - April 7, 2009 - 12:28 pm

You are the color queen! I bow to you! Morgan is the color princess – she’s so cute and sassy – big kisses and hugs to her!

Jen Rinaldi Photography - April 7, 2009 - 1:04 pm

What a sweetheart! I can tell from the photos she is full of personality and charm. Great collection – she showed off the clothing wonderfully!

ruth williams - April 7, 2009 - 1:14 pm

oh my goodness she has gotten SOOOOOO BIG! Beautiful :)

Lisa Kelly - April 7, 2009 - 1:48 pm

She is just so gorgeous and the colours here are to die for. Gorgeous outfit. I can see why she gets mistaken for Suri. I think I remember you sharing some photos of Morgan at Disneyland and I thought there was a resemblance then. These images are just yummy.

PamN - April 7, 2009 - 2:48 pm

Look at the way she works the camera!!! Move to Hollywood NOW!

Velia - April 7, 2009 - 6:42 pm

OH My these are way to cute!!!I love her outfit and she is def rockin it.

jennifer - April 7, 2009 - 7:53 pm

awww she is so cute and sassy, I love her hair too and her outfit is so cute too. Love the bright colors and locations!

ally - April 8, 2009 - 4:56 am

wow! love all of these ~ the color, location and the spice! just beautiful.

Mandy - April 8, 2009 - 5:02 am

These are so fresh and fun! WOW…I love them all. What awesome and colorful clothes.

marie - April 8, 2009 - 6:54 am

What an awesome session. love the colour and location. The outfit is so freaking cute too.

SherriW - April 8, 2009 - 7:17 am

Those are BEAUTIFUL and the color is so you!! Great work! I’m sure the clothing company is quite pleased!

Jennifer gagliardi - April 8, 2009 - 1:43 pm

Beautiful! She is a Suri look alike!

Pammy - April 8, 2009 - 4:13 pm

She might look like Suri Cruise, but Morgan has more spunk and attitude and it shows in the photos! Adorable!

sara - April 8, 2009 - 7:06 pm

She’s super cute. Can’t wait to hear where the outfit is from. Sooo adorable!

Holli - April 8, 2009 - 9:20 pm

Oh these are super cute Angela! Hope she got to keep some of the outfits. My daughters would not want to give them back!

Sharon - April 9, 2009 - 5:28 pm

I love the picture of Morgan at the table.She is so much like you were.We can’t wait to see Spencer’s blog.
Love to you all,Sharon

Cari Long - April 16, 2009 - 2:13 pm

She is a doll! I love all of the vibrant colors in these images. They are so much fun!

Cari Long - April 16, 2009 - 2:14 pm

She is a doll! I just love the vibrant colors in these images – it seems to match her personality!

ashley mcnamara - April 20, 2009 - 8:42 am

She really is the cutest thing ever! Love those outfits!

Ashley - April 22, 2009 - 9:36 pm

She is adorable!! BIG Personality for sure. I have seen the blue door in another picture…. where is that at?

Angela Smith - January 2, 2010 - 3:02 pm

Oh my gosh, what WONDERFUL color! Spectacular shots! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

Life imitating Art

Korean photographer Yeondoo Jung created a brilliant set of photographs called Wonderland back in 2005.  The photographs are inspired by drawings from Kindergartners in Seoul Korea.  He recruited high school students to help him recreate the drawings in to photographic form.  They are creative, beautiful, amazing and inspiring.  Be sure to click on his name above and check them out.

My friend Keet is a fantastic children’s artist and I asked her to create a new piece of work for my kids.  She just finished the one for my daughter Morgan, and I just had to share it with you.  Morgan is in love with Disney Princesses (as most little girls her age) and cats.  I asked Keet to create something that combined Snow White and cats.  She came up with this super cute combination of Snow White & The Seven Cats.  Of course Snow White is my daughter, who also happens to resemble Snow White so it’s a perfect fit.  When I showed Morgan she said “I want to do that”, so outside we went with her seven cats and her Snow White costume.   Now she’s a feisty one and was already done with the idea within 30 seconds of going outside, so we didn’t really get to recreate the image, but oh well it was fun for the minute that she was willing to participate (hey wasn’t this her idea anyway).

Here’s what Keet created for Morgan:

My shot is not quite as wonderful as Yeondoo’s work, but a mini tribute to him, here is my semi co-operative Morgan aka Snow White with her seven “kitties”.

Hope you are all having a great Labor Day! Don’t forget if you know someone having a baby today email me to win a complimentary portrait session & 11×14 photograph.

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Melissa M - September 1, 2008 - 5:29 pm

Now how cool is that!!

Keet - September 1, 2008 - 5:53 pm

How totally wonderful that she wanted (for a fleeting moment, at least) to re-create the scene! I am honored. Thanks as always for the very kind compliments, too.

jen wilson - September 1, 2008 - 6:35 pm

That is an amazing piece of art – so so cute! You always find the best stuff :) Morgan looks adorable with her kitties = I hope y’all are loving your new home…

jen :)

lroah - September 1, 2008 - 11:57 pm

That is absolutely adorable.

Lisa Kelly - September 2, 2008 - 12:58 am

Wow Angela, that is so an amazing resemblance of your daughter. Your friend is so talented. Does she hire our her services to other’s or is this just a hobby? I’d be interested in hearing more if she does.

abbey - September 2, 2008 - 6:43 am

that is too cool!!!!!

Daveen - September 2, 2008 - 6:54 am

Wow! What an amazing piece of artwork. It’s unique and so funky and fun. Kudos to both you, Angela, and the artist, for creating such a cool piece!

Susan Braswell - September 2, 2008 - 6:17 pm

How sweet!! Her kitties would be the equivalent to my daughter and her horse & pony stuffed collection.

meggan - September 2, 2008 - 9:32 pm

Adorable! :)

Carol - September 3, 2008 - 10:46 am

beautiful photo !!!
i love this….

Joyce - September 3, 2008 - 5:09 pm

Love love love! I have always loved Keet’s work. Perfect.

kathy wolfe - September 4, 2008 - 9:48 am

how cool is this????!!!!! love love love it!!!!!!!

Carrie Steffe - September 4, 2008 - 4:06 pm

oh my word…she is soooo cute!!! My girls would LOVE that replica of themselves!

Danna Bowes - September 5, 2008 - 6:46 am

this is so so sweet…..Love the artwork and your daughter is so cute.

CarmenM - September 6, 2008 - 12:58 pm

That is tooo cute! Wonderful art she did and your photo is adorable as well.

Looks like we made it…

This post is long overdue, however we just had our internet service connected today. We arrived on Sunday night so it took us exactly three days to travel from LA to Atlanta. Phew! We had plans to get out and do things and make more stops, but let me tell you, when it’s 125 in Phoenix and 108 in Texas, we just stayed in the car with the a/c cranking! I’m happy to report Little Miss was wonderful, however her brother, oh boy, he was a little challenging, which surprised us because he’s normally the easier of the two.

One night we tried to find a hotel room in Oklahoma and I swear the entire state was booked, we must have stopped at least 12 different times in different cities and there was nothing.

Our stuff doesn’t arrive until Saturday, so this week we’ve been sitting and sleeping on the floor. OUCH my poor back is not a happy camper! This afternoon a storm was rolling through and the power went out, when it came back on the security system went nuts and we couldn’t figure out how to turn it off so we had a visit from some wonderful police officers who came to check up on us. I’m sure the neighbors are already thinking there goes the neighborhood with those crazy California people setting off alarms and causing problems only after a few short days here. I promise we are nice! ;-)

Texans are friendly drivers according to their welcome sign… (Oh and I know I am supposed to show a Georgia sign but it was super late when we arrived and I had a severe case of driver’s foot cramp, so I’ll have to take a picture of the Georgia sign some other day!)

It’s true, everything *is* really big in Texas. We saw the 2nd largest cross in the Western Hemisphere. It was HUGE and was right off the interstate.
Interstate 40 follows along historic Route 66

And my regular blog readers know, I love using the fisheye. Spencer & Morgan outside our new home…

and the friendly police officers who came out today when the security system went nuts
(a la point and shoot camera ;-) )

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Shawna Allen - August 7, 2008 - 6:37 pm

Congrats on making it to Atlanta and your new home! Oklahoma is crazy, it was the same way when I moved out to NC from CA – there were no hotels anywhere.

Jennie - August 7, 2008 - 7:21 pm

Glad you made it safely! Your new home is beautiful and isn’t it nice to know that Georgia’s Bravest will show up if there’s trouble? :)

Julia - August 7, 2008 - 7:33 pm

You are a COP MAGNET!!! BTW, thanks to your blog title I now have “Looks like we made it” stuck in my head. Oh well, it’s better than “Copacabana”

Connie - August 7, 2008 - 7:48 pm

Welcome home! The new pad looks gorgeous and roomy.
I love that you had the welcome wagon there already. Trying to get to know the fellas by name, are ya?

Jennifer - August 7, 2008 - 8:19 pm

wow lots of great things you got to see on your trip to your new home. Congrats on your new beautiful home, glad you made it safely there!

Heather - August 7, 2008 - 9:35 pm

Your new house is gorgeous! I hope you enjoy your new home!!

Pammy - August 7, 2008 - 9:38 pm

I miss you already! Look at those blue blue blue skies…smoggy LA never had those blue skies except after a rain! Love your new home…enjoy your new life in Atlanta. You deserve to live a quality life.

Marci - August 7, 2008 - 10:17 pm

YEAH!!! You made it. I can’t belive you are stirring up problems with the local law inforcement already!!! AND that you thought to take pictures of them while they were there! HA! I can’t wait till lil miss morg gets her Gawwgia accent going and we can hear stories of that!

Tanasa - August 8, 2008 - 12:03 am

Wow Angela! I’m glad you made it safely. The new house is beautiful and the pictures are great as usual. My favorite is the cross. It gave me the chills,it is stunning. Congratulations on everything! Happy Unpacking!:0)

Lisa - August 8, 2008 - 3:08 am

Welcome home!! Nice digs.

SherriW - August 8, 2008 - 4:14 am

oh you make me miss home seeing that BIG cross… is it Grooms TX or something like that. Sigh…I need to go home and visit.

GLAD YOU MADE IT SAFELY and what a beautiful home Angela!

Sharma - August 8, 2008 - 4:52 am

Welcome to Georgia Angela… glad to see you made it safely into the south…. Where in Atlanta did you guys settle into?

Kimberly Hill - August 8, 2008 - 7:45 am

I’m so glad you’re HOME safe and sound!

Monica Sullivan - August 8, 2008 - 7:50 am

Whoo Hoo! You are home! It’s funny how you leave California and there’s an earthquake. Then you get to Atlanta, and there’s a thunderstorm! Take it all in stride…….keep us posted.

Debbie - August 8, 2008 - 11:25 am

Wow. That was one FAST trip!!
My kids are looking over my shoulder as I look at your blog, so their comment is “WOW! That’s a HUGE house!”
Enjoy it!!

Tonya - August 8, 2008 - 11:34 am

Glad you made it! I love how you document all of the details.
Enjoy your new state.

Lisa Zuniga - August 8, 2008 - 1:41 pm

Glad you all made it home safely. The home is beautiful and the kids fit right in with the house. Take care.

Karen Pillow - August 9, 2008 - 6:14 am

Hi! Glad you made it! Let me know if you have any questions about the area- and when you are ready for a break for some coffee:) Karen

Marmalade - August 9, 2008 - 6:38 am

welcome home!! :) there’s a humongo cross like that at alton (I think) illinois so that whenever we drive to the destin area we see it. it’s like HUGE. i always wanted to pull over & grab a pic of it…your image is delicious.

congrats on the big move. that last image looks like S is getting hauled off for some reason, like being a superhero or something. :)

ashley mcnamara - August 9, 2008 - 7:41 am

Glad you made it safe girl!!!

Xtina Solis - August 9, 2008 - 1:32 pm

Glad you made it to your new mansion! Happy unpacking, when you have a chance please email me your mailing address!


Marie - August 10, 2008 - 7:18 am

so glad the move went well for you!!!

Leslie du Mont - August 10, 2008 - 8:24 am

Angela, I’m so glad you made it safely, girl! And your house looks SO nice!! How exciting!

jen wilson - August 10, 2008 - 8:41 am

so glad you made it to your new fabulous home!! sounds like you kept your sense of humor intact throughout that long hot drive – now THAT is an amazing feat!!

jen :)

Jodie Otte - August 14, 2008 - 4:45 am

Congrats on your move, Angela!!!!! Your new house is BEAUTIFUL, do you absolutely positive love it???!!!!

I know, the humidity is terrible all up and down this side…. right now we are getting a wonderful unseasonably cool week in August, but we’re heading down to NC here shortly…

Yes, you will seriously have to learn how to manage your hair in the humidity again! lolol! I HATE HUMIDITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

M. I. C… you real soon!

Tonight I will be unplugging for a while, we are going on vacation and will be on the Disney Cruise for a week.  How in the world will I survive without the internet for a week?  My husband thinks I’ll break down and use Disney’s internet at some point to check my email (he totally is on to me!).  We are so excited for this vacation, YAY!

This morning I photographed the most BEAUTIFUL children.  Oh my goodness, their Mom sent me a photo of them prior to meeting them, but when they stepped out of their car they were even more stunning in person.  Thank you to the D family for being so sweet and wonderful, it was awesome to spend the morning with you.  I hope the carnival was fun and that you found some good seafood!

See what I mean when I say these kids were gorgeous, good grief how cute are they?

I am in love with K’s hair!

Now you will have to indulge me here for a minute as I share my own two little ones.  They wanted to try on their pirate costumes yesterday.  One of the nights on the cruise they have a pirate costume party and everyone on board dresses up and they have fireworks in the middle of the ocean.  My little one is beyond my mini me, my husband says she is my clone!

I’m cracking up at how my son’s ears are in this shot, he kept taking his hat off and putting it back on so his ears ended up getting a little squished!

Ok all of you out there in blog land be good and I will see you next week!

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Kim - July 5, 2008 - 3:51 pm

Angela what absolutely stunning pictures, I am amazed , the colors, everything!!! What BEAUTIFUL children, they photograph stunningly!! Yours as well!!!! Your children’s eyes are awesome!! Oh it makes me so sad we will miss you dearly!!!!!!!!!
Atlanta has a huge talent heading their way!!

Debbie - July 5, 2008 - 5:38 pm

Wow – beautiful is an understatement. Her eyes are absolutely striking – they just draw me in. And I love your two little pirates. Good luck going “unplugged”. Is there some place where we can place bets as to how long you’ll last? :)

Sherri W - July 5, 2008 - 6:14 pm

Oh wow, those are gorgeous but #3 has me melting! Beautiful, beautiful! (that goes for your children as well)

Terrilyn - July 6, 2008 - 5:03 am

Oh these are seriously beautiful Angela!! Gorgeous, mind blowing color!

Kimberly Hill - July 6, 2008 - 7:07 am

The color toning in those client images is incredible! Mom sure knows how to dress them to highlight their looks. I bet they were fabulous to photograph!

I want to see YOUR pirate costume, Miss A.

Kelly - July 6, 2008 - 8:36 pm

ooooh, LOVE these, Angela!

PamN - July 7, 2008 - 4:42 am

Fantastic color as always, and those children should seriously be models!

ritz rivera - July 7, 2008 - 7:08 am

B e a u t i f u l! These are AMAZING! I’ll start by saying these children are beautiful, each and everyone one of them. Woderful work, your color rocks!! Have fun on your cruise, I am sure you will have a BLAST!

Michelle Walker - July 7, 2008 - 3:37 pm

These are soooo fun! And the black and white made me gasp…stunning! Have fun on vacation :) !

Connie - July 7, 2008 - 6:24 pm

Whoa! Beautiful kids! Theirs, yours, all gorgeous! I love the colors in the first set and I adore the attitude of your little pirates! have a fantastic vacation!

Diana - July 8, 2008 - 8:40 am

Oh wow. Those kids are adorable! Hope you are having fun in Disney Land!!

Heather/One Shot Bey - July 8, 2008 - 3:18 pm

Fun looking kids! We’ll miss you, but ENJOY it!

Jennifer - July 8, 2008 - 8:39 pm

ahh, these are absolutely gorgeous, beautiful work and those locations and colors are so awesome!

jen wilson - July 8, 2008 - 10:26 pm

Wow! These are so awesome! Absolutly beautiful…. Your little people are so adorable – I hope you are having a wonderful time right now!!

jen :) - July 8, 2008 - 10:33 pm

OMG, pic #3 (B&W), those eyes are … STUNNING!!!

PhotoSmith - July 9, 2008 - 9:40 am

what fabulous photos! your little ones are too cute! have a fabulous vacation!!!

Michelle - July 9, 2008 - 11:18 am

WOW girl….I’ve always loved your color but you’ve outdone yourself on these. What gorgeous kids! And I love your little pirates. Enjoy your trip!

kathy wolfe - July 9, 2008 - 7:30 pm

wow! that girl is stunnning… holy cow.- beautiful work!!! And love the little pirates! have a great time!

Jenifer Samaha - July 10, 2008 - 8:56 am

Wow, all the children in this post are beautiful!

ashley mcnamara - July 10, 2008 - 9:49 am

You rocked this shoot! As always.. :)

Have fun on your disney cruise!

alpana - July 10, 2008 - 9:11 pm

Gorgeous photos! I love how you have matched the background with the clothes. Your kids are so adorable- I commented on the awesome costumes on Flickr too!

Fara Smith - July 14, 2008 - 11:24 am

Angela, these are priceless, all of them. You are amazing! I have been stalking your blog for quite some time now and you always put a smile on my face and challenge me to shoot better. Nice job! Love, love, love it!

Megan - July 14, 2008 - 12:53 pm

Your children are adorable! You take beautiful photos.

Anna-Karin - July 17, 2008 - 11:01 pm

Wow beautiful children!
I love how their outfits match the backgrounds. Great planning on yours and theirs end!

Your little pirates are adorable as well.

San Diego Photographer - July 27, 2008 - 11:06 pm

Ok, the pirate photo with the wood fence…’re absolutely out of your mind if you don’t print that on metallic paper!!

You shouldn’t do drugs …guy…

My kids love pancakes, in fact they would eat breakfast for dinner every night if they could. So sometimes we will go to have pancakes on Thursday nights (because well kids get free pancakes on Thursday night, score!). We always seem to go around the same time and it’s the same waitress who serves us so I guess my kids are the regulars.

There is always a man who is there washing the windows. He’s an Australian man (as he has told my son many times before) and he always has on his little portable old school radio with giant headphones. While he is cleaning the windows outside he will have his radio on and he always has a cigarette hanging from his mouth. Every time we see him my 6 year old son tells me that cigarettes are not good for you and they can ruin your life and it kills your lungs. They learned about saying no to cigarettes and drugs at school and my father passed away a few years ago – he had emphysema from smoking since he was a teenager, so when my son asks about him we tell him that it’s not a good thing to do.

My daughter copies her brother in everything he says and does and today, oh boy she decided to go big. The window washer came inside and he said hello to the kids like he always does and my little one decided it was time to inform him how bad his smoking habit was. She put down her fork and looked up at him with her big blue eyes and said:


She was very matter of fact in her own almost four year old way. The gentleman being ever so polite and kind responded to her and said that she was right and that it’s a very bad habit and that he hopes she will never ever smoke. When he was done speaking she looked at him and said, you should have a lollipop instead and she handed him her tootsie roll pop that she got from the delivery from my photo lab today. (they always put one in the box with every order that I get)

This little sassy girl of mine, while overly outspoken is already wise beyond her years and I am proud to be her mom.

So remember….as my almost four year old says…. You shouldn’t do drugs…guy.

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Pam - June 12, 2008 - 10:48 pm

Beautiful thoughts coming from that sharp little mouth. Such an old soul she is.

Kimberly Hill - June 13, 2008 - 4:34 am

I could eat her up! Smart cookie, that Miss M.

June - June 13, 2008 - 4:40 am

What a special little lady. I adore that sweet little red dress with her little red shoes!

Danielle - June 13, 2008 - 5:53 am

What an adorable little girl you have. That story is just too cute!! And the fact that she gave up her lolli pop!! She meant business!

Kimberly Kaye - June 13, 2008 - 5:54 am

Where did you get the toy camera. My 4 year old would LOVe that!

jen wilson - June 13, 2008 - 10:46 am

Awwww – how sweet is she? I’m glad he was polite and took his *reprimand* well! Kids are so funny! (those photos are adorable!)

jen :)

Nina Pomeroy - June 13, 2008 - 5:12 pm

What a sweetie she is!

Jennifer - June 14, 2008 - 8:28 am

that is awesome, I would be a proud mom too, she is too cute and I can see why you are so proud of her! You tell her way to go!

Anna-Karin - June 16, 2008 - 10:42 pm

She is to cute!
Love that outfit on her.

Jenny - June 18, 2008 - 8:35 am

OMG – this is fall-off-your-chair funny. Thanks for the chuckle. Your daughter is a cutie-pie! Thanks for sharing.

lisa - June 19, 2008 - 11:16 pm

oh my gosh…i read this two days ago…and now everytime i see someone smoking, i think: you shouldn’t do drugs, GUY! this one will stick with me! ohhhh your little miss is such a doll!


Jen Lane - June 20, 2008 - 8:38 pm

Awwwww! YOU GO MORGAN!!!
She is so smart! And Spencer should be proud for teaching her so well. :D
AND she shared a lolli!!!
I love her well worn sparkly shoes. :D

lilia - June 28, 2008 - 12:01 pm

Oh, I SO adore these shots — the red is just divoon!!!

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