Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Family pictures

Here are some family photos I took for some friends recently. Click here to see more

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wedding photos

Just posted a few pictures from the wedding I photographed recentlyclick here to view more. 

I was able to spend the entire weekend with my husband's family in California (away from the bitter cold), and the wedding was great. Win, win, win! 

Oh, and I bought a coat the other dayyou know the kind that are actually warm? It was life. changing. The little spring jacket may have looked cute in the dead of winter but, let's be honest, the Rudolf nose...not so much. Me in the past: "Wow, this is so cuteyou know, I've been needing a good winter coat." My husband: "Winter coat? There is only one layer of cotton fabric." Boy do I love that mansuch a logical thinker. And for all of you pseudo-coat-wearers out there, make the change. Seriously.         

Monday, October 24, 2011

sneak peek {bridal photos}

Sneak peek of some bridal photos I took last week. This strawberry blonde beauty and I studied in the same ballet class for a while. She is such a lovely person. Go to my facebook page if you would like to see more. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Here's looking at you, kid

My husband is gone; my friends have all abandoned me for the weekend. Pinterest—it looks like it is just me and you. Let's see what DIY damage can be done in one night. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sister photo shoot

 My husband likes this next one, because he thinks we look like zombies. 

Memories with my sister, in no particular order.  

My sister and I played baseball with the neighborhood boys every summer, all summer. We rooted for the underdogs, the Red Sox, faithfully. We found out later that the “red sox hat” she wore devotedly was really a white sox hat—minor details. 

We would mow the lawn, make milk smoothies, and sit in the patio swing watching our dog and cat run around the yard chasing squirrels and each other.

The only real fights we had were for good reasons, mandarin oranges mainly.

We made a film series about a criminal and a hero. I was the criminal—she was the hero. We didn’t have a way to edit the scenes together, so they had to be filmed in order the first time. One particular “movie” was about a bandit, me, climbing a tree to rob a house (our house of course). My sister, the hero, was running in from the alleyway, diving over the fence, and running across the yard to stop me. The camera man, well, there was no camera man. She would film me in the tree, and then I would climb down from the tree and film her running, then she would film me in the tree once again, and so on—you get the point.

We would climb the roof, try to count the stars, get tired, and climb down before we fell asleep. 

We slept most summer nights in the greenhouse my dad made for us. It had shelves that were perfect-little-girl-sized bunk beads. The smell of tomato plants and freshly laid bark filled the air. We would tell “best-case-scenario” stories, but to be honest we couldn’t imagine life getting much better than it already was. 

When times were tough financially, we decided to shovel snow and sell chocolates to get the fabric to make stockings and buy small Christmas presents for each family member. One of my best memories was walking to the corner store in a blizzard, money in pocket, to find sparkly Christmas lights to put on the tree. We were so excited we couldn’t possibly wait for the blizzard to stop. The snow was pelting us in the face, so we would take turns closing our eyes, having the other person make sure not to let us trip or run into anything.

When we were younger, we lived on a small farm in the country. It was our job to milk the goats every morning before dawn and feed the animals—we were always late for the bus, and always had straw in our hair.

We spoke pig latin fluently to each other, and had multiple forts. You could usually find us by small trails of dried ramen noodle crumbs—that is, if the sound of us crunching on them wasn’t enough

We cried the first time we were apart for longer then a day.

When we moved to town we started dancing ballet again. We danced in the dance studio and in the kitchen.

We helped our dad and brothers renovate a few of our houses. They were the demo crew—we were the cleanup crew. Our favorite part was taking all of the old house materials, loading them in the trailer, and dropping them off at the landfill. We would pull the trailer right to the edge of the pile and play baseball with small 2x4s and little scraps of wood, “Baaaattter up!”

We rode our bikes down “beaver bank”, and always stopped to get a free piece of delicious bread at Great harvest on the way.

We climbed the Grand Teton with my dad and brothers. When we reached the top we were so exhausted we fell asleep on the rocks.

We loved all things funny, hilarious, colorful, or that had to do with fruit snacks, dance, church, baseball, Bob Hope, art, Mexico, swings, the Beatles, or the outdoors.

Every birthday we would write our name and previous age on a balloon and watch it float away. It would remind us how fast times flies—when you are having fun. 

How did I get so lucky? I couldn't hope for a better sister.    

Happy birthday Crystallynn! Love you! 

P.S. These are some photos from a sister shoot we did this summer in Germany. The photos were taken by Rex Ames, a really great fashion photographer, and edited by me. Oh, and we are wearing our "friendship shoes" we got in Italy!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


These are some photos of the as always smokin’ Farrah Fawcett, I mean mom and my extremely handsome father. Dad, I am really glad mom didn't actually take you out with the trash. It would have been so sad to not have you around—or me for that matter. I love these pics so much, so I thought I would share them.

We were supposed to go visit these two great people this weekend, but it just didn't work out (insert extremely sad face). What can I say? I love them a lot.  

Thursday, September 29, 2011

mother and baby photos

How tender, am I right? These are some photos I took of my beautiful sister-in-law and her handsome little son while we were in California. I took her maternity pictures too, remember?

Sorry I am late on announcing the giveaway winner! Pleeease forgive me. This semester has been a little crazy, and I just found out the other day that I need two more credits to graduate. But it is alllll good. I will still walk in December—the walk of shame that is... (graduated minus 2 credits) and then take an online class, wherever we are, next semester.  

Anyway, the giveaway winner is V, who said: "Beautiful necklace!" Just email me when you get a chance and I will send your necklace!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

DIY {Vintage Teacup Candles}

I think the little tea party yesterday got me thinking. I found this DIY on the blog, Hey Gorgeous. How cute are these? I want to make one! Or, ten. Here is the tutorial. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tea for the Tillerman

Just got back from a splendid afternoon tea party hosted by this beautiful girlMy favorite part was when a friend started to say something and then stopped suddenly, “Oh, I can’t mention that at a tea party”, and then continued sipping her tea while all of us sat in wonder imagining something, I am sure, far worse than she was going to say in the first place. Tea party banter can go anywhere from Scottish biscuits (delicious by the way) to “Octomom” and back.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Giveaway closed {crystal quartz charm necklace}

In celebration of having 1,000, I mean 100 followers (what’s a zero anyway?) I am giving away the crystal quartz charm”ing” necklace!

How to enter {closed}:

Become a follower of this blog and leave a comment on this post.

For an additional entries:
1. like Truly Sarah on facebook (click here)
2. blog this giveaway
3. facebook this giveaway

Please leave a comment for each entry (up to four entries)

This giveaway will be opened until September 26th, when a winner will be chosen at random. Limited to U.S. readers only. Have a wonderful day!

Winner announced:
The giveaway winner is V, who said: "Beautiful necklace!" Just email me your address when you get a chance and I will send your necklace!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Family photos

Here is a preview of the family photos I took for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. They are such a cute family! Click here to see the rest.

So, it isn’t even fall yet (or is it?) and I am fah-reeeezing. I am wearing socks, slippers, jeans, two shirts, a jacket and a scarf, and I may or may not have just done laundry so I could pile the warm-fresh-out-of-the-dryer clothes on my lap. Uh, no, I have no idea why the clothes are so wrinkled.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Gone Fishin'

Like my Dad says, "Your worst day fishing is better than your best day at work." Very true. Unless fishing is your job, and then, well, I am not sure. I am just glad that living off the land isn’t a necessary part of life anymore, because my husband’s one meager fish just might not have cut it, “Let’s see, you take the little bit of meat on the left and the fins, and I’ll take the little bit on the right and the tail—and well, for the rest of you, there is still a perfectly good can of power bait, I mean marshmallows.”

Thanks to my mom and dad for taking us fishing, to my husband for putting the worm on the hook for me (true love I tell you), and to my dream last night where I caught not zero, but 5 fish.

The Great Fisherwoman

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Four Leaf Clovers

A few pictures I really loved from this shoot that I never got around to posting. When I was little, I loved collecting four leaf clovers. I would literally think about it on the entire bus ride home from school, and, as you can imagine, my life was pretty much shattered when I would come home to a freshly cut lawn—“What?! Who DARED mow this lawn?! Didn’t they know that there were unlimited amounts of luck waiting to be discovered and hundreds of clover blossoms just begging to be turned and twisted into fabulous flower crowns?”

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sunny Fields

We spent our anniversary riding bikes, eating delicious treats, and browsing through shops in the adorable town in California called, Solvang. (Solvang: Danish for sunny fields. See, my title wasn't as random as you thought it was.) Oh yeah, and taking pictures—lots of pictures. Sometimes I think I spend more time looking through a camera lens then I do without. Speaking of, have you ever seen this clip? It really cracks me up. You want to know what else cracks me up? While we were walking down the street in Solvang we past by a little leather shop and overheard a mother telling her daughter, “How can you like the smell of leather?! You are a vegetarian!” She has a point.