Happy Thanksgiving!

insanely hectic would describe the past three weeks for me... here's a taste of what I've been up to... during the day I teach, then coach the dance team, come up with choreography in my spare time, then tutor Tuesdays and Thursdays... in the pm and weekends my time is spent shooting or editing pictures... posting blogs... and running a business...not to mention organizing my Help-Portrait project... oh yes! and somehow planning a major life changing event... my wedding!! (which is 95 days away, but who's counting?)

so..... I'm taking a much needed holiday... this will be my last post until next week... this week I get to meet my newborn niece... tickle and play with my three nephews... enjoy my family's company... and see some old friends whom I haven't seen in 10 years... needless to say, I am extremely excited!!

I leave you with some teasers of what I'm currently working on... I can't wait to share the rest! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and some well spent time with your loved ones.... enjoy!

baby in slumber...

Jack and Susan say I do...

siblings and cousins...


and more of these =)


finally, a better look at the pros-n-joes event that we covered last week...thank you to my sweet team of photographers that helped me to be in multiple places at once... and thank you to all the pros and joes riders for the amazing wakeboarding and wakeskating skills that left the audience and myself in awe.... the official gallery will be up soon, so bear with me =) enjoy!!

here are some of the incredible pros...

and the fellas with Jimmy, the president of SFWA...

Lauren, Mike, & Cameron =)

Lauren and I work together at school (my day job =), Mike is Lauren's husband, and Cameron is their little boy that will steal your heart... I had the pleasure of taking their family portraits at downtown West Palm Beach... they are the sweetest, little family... it was such a delight to just follow Cameron around as he ran, laughed, and made ridiculously cute faces... here are the previews from their session... enjoy!

one of my favorites!

this is soooo cute!!

love, love this one!

ridiculously cute!! right?!

Pros-N-Joes Teasers

When I'm editing images... I'm like a kid on Christmas day... I get really, overly excited... and I just cannot wait to unwrap it! and I'm the same way when waiting for people to unwrap their present from me... it's actually my favorite part...sooo, I couldn't wait... here's a few teasers from my coverage at Pros-N-Joes wakeboarding/wakeskating competition... many more to come... enjoy!

a-m-a-z-ing!! right??! these guys were beyond awesome!


I'm proud to be a member of Help-Portrait... a member of something big... something beyond ourselves...centered around giving... "Help Portrait is a movement of photographers who are using their time, equipment and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate this holiday season."

If you would like to be a part of the movement, please email me: jt.creativetouch@gmail.com... If you're a photographer, a make-up artist, a hair stylist, or simply someone who wants to help... I need all the help I can get =) The videos below give you an idea of what this is all about... a very moving, inspirational video that nudged me to join... it totally left me teary eyed...With that... I'll leave you with a simple quote that's quite fitting...

"Be the change you want to see in the world..." ~ Gandhi

Diwali: Part 1

I've been so extremely busy that I haven't found the time to post more pictures from my Michigan trip =/ (sorry family!) I completely forgot to post pictures from our Diwali celebration... so here's part 1, preparing for Diwali =)

James & Isaiah in jammies... Vansh ready for Diwali...

Yaya... knowing very well how cute he looks...

the boys all cleaned and dressed...fighting over who gets to put their arm around little brother...


my mom... her turn to watch the kids =)

Usha, my sister's mother in law... love this picture!

preparing for puja...

Vansh about to bite Farida's cheek =)

Vansh sorry for biting her cheek =) awwww...

Pros and Joes!!

I'm so excited to be a sponsor and the official photographer for the Pros and Joes event this coming Saturday!! If you're into wakeboarding, wakeskating, or into having fun--- you need to come out and join us! Aside from taking pictures, my company is going to have a booth where you can sign up for our raffle, get free stuff, and order some prints and posters of the days coverage. The image below is of Jimmy Beno, the president of the SFWA (South Florida Wakeboarding Association) and the creator of this awesome event! Beneath his image is the detailed information about the event. Please come!!! I really want to see you! Even if you're not into water sports, it's so much fun to watch. Plus, you can come to win free stuff =) Hope to see you there!!

South Florida Wakeboarding Association

“Pros and Joes” Wake Contest

Event Overview

Saturday, November 14th , 2009

The South Florida Wakeboarding Association (SFWA) is excited to announce the third annual “Pros and Joes” wakeboarding/wakeskating contest to be held on November 14th, 2009 at Okeeheelee Park, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33413.

The event is designed to give amateur riders in South Florida the opportunity to not only meet pro-level wakeboarders and wakeskaters but to ride with them as well. The event is in its third year and is still committed to making Palm Beach County relevant in wake related sports. The SFWA is dedicated to this purpose and our intention is to make this a family event that will attract both hard-core wake enthusiasts and the casual observers. It will be an all-day event starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and lasting until roughly 6 p.m later that day. The event will be marketed aggressively and we expect a large crowd throughout the day. Last year’s crowd approached approximately 1,500 people.

The event is a unique concept in the world of competitive wakeboarding. For each pro rider, there will be three local amateurs. There will be twenty-one (21) local riders plus seven (7) professional riders giving a total of twenty-eight (28) riders. At approximately 9 a.m. on Saturday, the pro riders will select three amateur riders at random to join the pro riders “team.” The teams will compete behind the boats against each other throughout the event. Each rider will be judged against their own skill level thereby giving the new rider and the pro level rider the same opportunity to compete. Again, this event will give amateur riders the opportunity to do something they may never get another chance to do: ride with the sport’s top professionals.

Obviously, a whole day can not be made from just the water activities; there must be “land” events also to keep the event going during the down times of the wake-related activities. As for the dry land portion of the event, the park will be host to a number of events. Most importantly it will be a showcase for the many events sponsors. It will be host to vendor products and will give the event participates the opportunity to get a hands-on look at some of the newest and most interesting products on the market. There will be food vendors and activities such as bounce houses and rock climbing walls. There will be giveaways, raffles and other events (autograph booths, etc.) for those not riding behind or enjoying the pro demos. In addition, there will be a DJ throughout the day.

To sign up and for more information on the event please visit www.sfwake.com

Isaiah's Birthday Dinner

last Friday the family celebrated Isaiah's 6th birthday with a home cooked meal by Dave's dad... here are some family pictures from the fun evening we had at our house...

Isaiah's "Pop-Pop" cooked us a delicious veal marsala dinner... yum!

I baked Isaiah a ghoulish cake since his birthday is around Halloween =)

Dave's sister Lisa =)

Isaiah with his mom and dad, Krysten and Melvin...

being silly =)

playing thumb war with his grandma...

then his uncle Dave challenged him to some arm wrestling...

he's so darn cute!!

ha! ti-ti Lisa and uncle Dave having some fun with Isaiah =)

hilarious! all in good fun =)

he liked it =) doesn't this picture make you wanna laugh?