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I am a down to earth kinda gal with a camera! I love to shoot anything and everyone, not something you can typically say about your job. I am from a small beach town near Jacksonville, Florida, and wouldn't have had it any other way. The beach is my second home--my retreat and inspiration. I have been called charismatic yet laid back---its a wonderful blend! My style includes bold colors, and fresh black and whites--classic meets contemporary with a twist of that beach lifestyle~

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Happy Birthday To You!!!! Erin Colleen Photography, Event Photographer Newport News, VA

on April 23, 2006 Jacob Lucas was born into this world. Now, 3 years later we were celebrating his birthday again! It was a fabulous day (actually celebrated two days later) with a bounce house from Jump Start Your Fun, lots of yummy food, and the best friends ever!

Jake will surely remember this birthday not only because of the fun he had but because he received a special present from his "Uncle" Matt. Yesterday he received his very first pet. Jake is now the owner of "Fishy" the Beta Fish. All morning he has been sitting near the table talking to Fishy and telling him things!

I still cant believe my little man is 3 years old. He's so smart and handsome! I know that all parents believe this about their children and thats okay. I am just so proud of him and thankful to have him. Happy Birthday my little man! I love you.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mikey and Cecilia by Erin Colleen Photography, Newport News VA child photographer

Mikey and Cecilia LOVE to pose for pictures, however they dont really do well when you put them together! Katie (mom) definately has her hands full in the future when these two start dating! I was so happy to finally get out for a chance to properly photograph them! Even though naps were needed all around and our session was cut short, we still ended up with some gorgeous shots!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Rockin Weight Loss Post

So as some of you know I recently under went bariatric banding surgery. I have decided to create another blog to help keep people updated with my progress as well as provide a way for others considering the surgery themselves to see what its been like for me. Anyway, here's a not so quick update from my end to let all of you know whats been happening with me this week! Please make sure to check out my Rockin' Weight Loss Blog for more updates!

I had the surgery on Wed. April 8th. I went in at 5:15am and my surgery took place around 7:30. EVERYONE I encountered at Careplex Hospital was amazing. They were so nice and helpful. The hospital itself was easy to get around in, organized, and clean. I was VERY impressed with my care there and would have no problems going back again for another procedure.

Okay moving on. Everything went like clockwork until it was time for me to have my upper GI before discharge. They were a bit backed up so it prolonged my stay by about an hour. Honestly though, I didnt mind. I kept falling back to sleep so it wasnt a huge deal to me :D :D :D
The wheeled me down where a valet driver brought our car around for us and helped me in. I came home and stayed awake for an hour or so then layed down and slept it off most of that day. I was up around 7pm until about 11pm. I wasnt in a lot of pain, although movement was very slow. I had a hard time taking in any liquids also. They gave me 4 medicine cups (2 tbs each) and said to try and drink one every 15 minutes. That didnt happen! I think I got 2 or 3 cups over about 2-3 hours.

The next day I felt considerably better. I was able to drink a whole lot more than I could the night before. I was able to go to Walmart and walk around for about an hour and only took 1 pain pill. I was pretty happy. Toward the evening though is when I started to really get hungry. Liquids can only fill you up so much---which isnt very much at all to be honest. No matter how much protein shake I drank, jello I ate, or flavored water I was still hungry. It wa strange though. I can tell where the band is because when I drink something it feels full. I mean I can tell where the "constriction area" is even though the band is empty right now. So part of me feels full while the bottom part of my tummy is growling in extreme hunger. Its not a very good feeling :(
2nd day post op I decided to go to Busch Gardens for the day. I didn't get to ride anything and I certainly wasnt in a position to walk. I rented one of the motorized wheel chairs and motored around while Greg and my friend went on all the rides. Thankfully I took a book with me :) I was able to drink my shakes and pudding while there so that was good.

When we went by the Smokehouse though I thought I was going to DIE! My stomach started growling and rumbling like mad. The smell was enough to completely overwhelm me. Of course thats where everyone decided they wanted to eat so I had to sit there and smell it for about 45 minutes. It was enough to make me regret the surgery for about a split second. I mean how could I have done this when I would have to give up eating such yummy smelling foods??? Then I thought about the fact that this is only temporary and eventually I WILL be able to eat them again although not HUGE mammoth sized portions. It was sucky and hard, but I just sat there keeping that little nugget of information in my head and the pain/hunger did pass.

Last night was no different. My friend made yummy stir fry and it was enough to send my sensors into overdrive again. Anyone that says your sense or smell has nothing to do with appetite or eating is a moron! I could have killed to actually chew something and feel it settled in my stomach. I'll admit I broke down and took a bite of their dinner and chewed it into oblivion before spitting it out into a napkin. I couldnt bring myself to swallow it because I knew there was a chance it would cause the band to slip, or make me sick, or even cause worse damage inside me. It just wasnt worth it to swallow it, but it was TOTALLY worth it to chew it!

My body has been progressively getting better. I can sleep on my side again which was a major thing for me. I can sit up now without assistance and its getting easier and easier to stand up from a chair or couch. I took my dressings off yesterday and actually took a shower today by myself. I could have taken them off Friday but didnt want to push it while otu and about and worry about them starting to bleed again on my clothes. Thankfully that hasnt happened at all.

I think so far the only thing causing any major trouble for me aside from the hunger have been the gas/air pains. This was something that wasn't mentioned and will be brought up to the surgeon at my post op appointment. I didnt realize with this surgery they have to inflate your abdomen with air/gas so they can do their stuff. After the surgery is over its up to you to expel the excess air from your body. I have been burping and pooting up a storm which is very embarassing let me tell you! It is also causing quite a bit of pain in my neck and shoulder area, which I have been told now from other people who have had the surgery is to be expected.
All in all I am heeling quickly and am happy with the progress so far. I refuse to get on a scale until my post op appointment but Im hoping for about 10lbs lost by then. Keep your fingers crossed for me :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

No, I didn't get to meet President Obama, but....

I did get to see his house!!! Heather and I spent an amazing 9 hours in our nation's capital yesterday playing tourist. Well, not really playing, but you get my drift. Not only did we master using the Metro, we must have walked close to 20 miles seeing everything and making sure to keep a running list of things we wanted to get to see again next time we visited. Between the sudden DROP in temperature and the spotty rain showers all day, it made for an interesting visit. Thankfully I had an umbrella hidden in the depths of my car, but that didn't take into account my shorts and t-shirt I was wearing with no jacket. I think I may have bypassed pneumonia, but I did develop a scratchy throat!

It was amazing to see so many of our national monuments in person. They are so much larger and mesmerizing when you are standing there facing them. I was in awe while standing looking at the Lincoln Memorial, and completely breathless while standing in front of the World War II Wall Memorial. Recognizing the weight of decisions made on the steps of Capital Hill along with the importance of the support we provide to our Commander in Chief despite a difference of beliefs. It was enough to really make me stop and reflect on all of the obstacles our country has overcome, as well as the ones that we will face in the coming years. Words cannot explain what an immense feeling it was for me. I fully intend on visiting these landmarks again, sooner rather than later. I can only hope that others visiting these same monuments do so with the same reverence, amazement, and pride for their country that I felt yesterday.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Punk Rock Grunge--Hampton Roads Photographer

What happens when punk rock meets grunge meets princess? You have a fabulous mixture of color, texture and FUN! This mini session rocked my socks off for obvious reasons! Not only did I have a gorgeous model to work with, I was able to scout some great new locations and work a bit out of my element with funk cool colors and textures. Who says you have to live life in black and white? LIVE LIFE IN COLOR!!!!