Picture This

I have a very special guest for Friday’s Spotlight this week. 

Ya, I don’t care if it’s not Friday.  I’m just not good with schedules.  Don’t ever let me keep your appointment calendar.  I mixed up my babies so badly that they never knew if it was time to eat, sleep, or poop. 

Anyway, I get to introduce you to my amazing sister-in-law, Kelly.  She’s not only a talented photographer, but she makes the best sugar cookies and pizza this side of Texas.  She fixes her coffee with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup creamer.  She’s even colored my hair.  Thankfully she did a better job on my hair than she did on my mom’s. 

You’ll have to ask her about that.


I just stole this picture from her blog.  Aren’t my nieces adorable?  My brother is one lucky man!


How long have you been blogging and what or who motivated you to launch your site? 

I started blogging Tuesday, September 2, 2008 because I was just starting my photography business and didn’t have a website just yet.  I needed a place to post some pictures and have everyone get to know me at the same time.  Nothing better than a blog.


When you were a child what did you dream of becoming when you ‘grew up’?

Oh, there were many things I was dreaming to be… the earliest I can remember is a veterinarian… then a famous world renowned flute player… then a dancer travelling with Lord of the Dance… then a famous tennis player… then an artist on the streets of France… then back to the Lord of the Dance.  I’m sure there were more, I just can’t remember all of them.


Tell us what you are passionate about…what makes your blood boil, your hackles rise, your heart soar?

 I’m passionate about this photography biz!  It consumes me.  I breathe it in and out all day long.  When I take the kids for a walk I see pictures.  I see angles.  I see light.  It’s truly incredible this whole new magical world I’ve been introduced to.  I’m truly in love. 

My blood boil?  My hackles rise?  Probably the same things that get most people… waiting an hour+ at the doctors when you have an appointment, insurance companies that don’t get your claim right and argue with you until you prove you are right (sigh…very stressful), drivers that cut you off and don’t care, my DVR not recording the Dancing With The Stars Results Show – when you were DYING to know who was kicked off…all your basic injustices of the world.

My hear soar?  This may sound crazy BUT, the smell of my children.  I smell them.  On the head.  I LOVE their smell – not sure what it is about them… can’t get enough of them.  AND… A Starbucks white chocolate mocha.  With my Alissa.  Sitting at Starbucks having breakfast.  Just the 2 of us.  Pure Heaven.


 What aspect of photography do you most enjoy?

Babies.  Babies.  Babies.  I love the maternity shoots.  I love the kids shoots.  I love the family shoots.  But really, I’m just CRAZY about the newborns.  LOVE that teeny tiny little bean. 



What would the FringeBanker (my brother) say is your quirkiest behavior?

 Oh, please, let’s not ask FringeBanker any questions about me.   He would probably say something along the lines of the ritual I have for doing my hair.  There is a little system I have to create the perfect curly mass on top of my head.  I won’t go into the details.  But he always snickers when he sees me creating and fluffing.   He’s just jealous because he’s bald.  And I tell him this.  Then he says to me…What if I come home with a huge curly wig on?  And I just laugh at the thought.  He does make me laugh.


If your car could speak, it would say…?

You are a Grandma.  I drive a Ford Taurus.  And then it would say – Hey Grandma?  Clean me. NOW.  Mainly, because of all of the goldfish, teddy grahams, raisins, animal crackers, and sand sprinkled throughout the entire backseat.


What latest trend simply baffles you?

I would have to say the texting.  Kids text SO FAST – ohmygosh.  Or I should say omg.  I’m just amazed how fast everyone but me texts.  I can’t keep up.  I do text, mind you.  I’m just so stinkin slow.  2 slow 4 u


What is the grossest thing you’ve ever done in public?

Well, I’m sure I’ve done grosser… but this one thing comes to mind.  Ever since I  had kids, whenever I sneeze twice in a row, or cough twice in a row…. you guessed it… a little tinkle in my pants.  Yes, it’s true.  And usually I can control it by just squeezing the life out of my bottom end at the second sneeze.  No big deal.  But I was sick 2 weeks ago.  I’d been coughing like a crazy person and yes, ended up doing extra laundry that week.  Well, I was feeling better and took the kids to the park and then to Chick-fil-A for lunch with a friend.  We left and I was holding Avery in one arm, holding Alissa’s hand in the other hand… and they both had ice cream cones.  While we are walking across traffic, Avery’s ice cream lands on my neck and gets stuck.  I can’t let go of Alissa because of an oncoming car and THEN…. I had to cough.  Twice!  Yep.  You guessed it.  Tinkle in the pants.  Ice cream on the neck.  My friend and I just laughed so hard – I couldn’t help it.  It felt pretty gross driving home.


If we could peek into your closet, what store would be most represented?

You would see American Eagle and Express.  I’ve just been in love with Express lately.  Oh man.  Now I really want to go shopping.  If you looked throughout my HOUSE, you would see Target everywhere.   I LOVE my Target.  Can’t get enough of it.  Ooooo…now I really want to go shop!


Please leave us with one brief thought.

I will tell you, Tricia, you are the most fabulous sister-in-law I could ever ask for.  In fact, you are more sister to me than “in-law”.  I miss you TONS and so wish you lived here again.  And all your readers are lucky to have you for a blogger.  Really. 

(I paid her to say that!)

 Thanks for stopping by to check it all out!!!


To read about FringeBanker, click HERE.

Go visit Kelly and let her know how much you enjoyed her pictures. Click HERE.


18 thoughts on “Picture This

  1. robinaltman

    I smiled throughout that interview! It was so happy and sweet. The pictures are awesome, and Kelly is adorable.

  2. portugalbound

    Thanks Kelly!

    I feel like you need to put an invoice in the mail to me….for all that advice!!

    Seriously…thank you!

    Nina in Portugal

  3. Carin

    Great blog interview today. I have had Kelly’s site bookmarked for a long time, I didn’t realize you were SIL’s. How great and even greater that you get along so fabulously!

  4. Kelly

    Thanks guys for all of the love 🙂 And thanks for reading my interview! I love to hear what everyone thinks of my pictures – photography is such a personal thing. It’s easy for me to love them, but when others love them…. that is truly a blessing to me.

    portugalbound – wow! 5 kids? THAT is a challenge 😉 My advice would be to get them to do something silly all together at first. Like… make a pyramid? Or…squeeze each other in a big bear hug? Or…sit on the ground in a big circle with their feet up in the air all touching toes? Something they can all participate in and it’s fun. THEN, don’t make them say cheese or smile… just snap away girl! Take as many shots as your finger/camera will let you. And get down to their level so the angle is at their height. After that… I would try to get individual ones by saying things that make them laugh, or singing a silly song or something. Anything that gets them to smile naturally – or at least look natural 🙂 I hope that helps?

    Janna – I’m so glad you can relate with me 🙂 Isn’t it just a fabulous thing? LOL

  5. Janna Qualman

    This was a wonderful Spotlight! Gorgeous family, gorgeous pictures.

    And the coughing/sneezing twice thing? SO know all about that. And I’m glad it’s not just me. 🙂

  6. portugalbound

    Doesn’t it rock to have a cool sister-in-law!?!

    You guys are too cute!!

    And she’s an amazing photographer! I need to know how to capture those blue eyes like she does….

    “Hey, Kelly….look me up and give me some advice. I have 5 adorable subjects in my house that are begging to be “captured”. I need help!”

  7. Debbie York

    I love this interview. It was fresh and made me feel happy reading it. I also went over and took a look at her work…OMGosh, is your whole family just walking talent or what? Her photos are amazing. Not all stiff and posed, but an ease and beauty of the person captured for all time. She is very talented and looks through the lens with her heart!


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