Arnold

Last weekend was the Arnold Classic.  I’ve actually never attended but it gives me a good excuse to share these awesome fitness photos.

Look at her muscle tone.   She’s amazing…  And, she’s a personal trainer.  Need one?  Let me know and I’ll get you in touch with her.

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Rachel and Andy’s wedding

A wedding in quaint Ohio Village?  Yes, please…  And it brought about one of my more entertaining wedding stories.

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It was here…  at this moment…

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where the story began.  That bookshelf behind the dress isn’t really a bookshelf.  It’s a door.  We closed it so the dress photo would look better.  Little did we know it was locked and we couldn’t open it again.  Then, we realized the other door was also locked.  Myself and three bridesmaids were locked in.  Worse…  the bride and maid of honor were locked out.

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Thankfully, the windows opened.   And our lovely bride was agile in climbing in.

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Eventually, all doors were unlocked and we could proceed as normal but…  it’s now part of wedding legend.  :)

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How gorgeous is the detail on her dress?

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LOVE this one!!!  What do you think?

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Rachel had some great details.

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A few night photos and we were off to the reception.

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What a great night!

Not just a photographer

Typically, I’m sharing photos and stories of how or when those photos were taken on here.  But, it’s the “slow” season.  People are hunkered down in their homes dreaming of warm weather days and buttery, sun-shiney photos.  Which leaves me in my house with my editing work and the day to day life that seems so non-existent in the blogosphere.  At the risk of stating the obvious, I’m not just a photographer.  I’m a wife, a mom, a daughter, a friend and a dork.  I do household chores.  I dust.  I vacuum.  I don’t do laundry; the mister has that covered but I do other things and one of those roles is cooking….  It’s my responsibility to make dinner every day for the 6 of us.  We’re one of those families that tries to sit down and eat together.  Unfortunately, that means eating like the rich and famous at 8:00 at night sometimes but…  at least we have dinner together more often than not….  And while I like cooking, the day to day of it, the existential question of “What’s for dinner?” makes me feel a LOT like Billy Murray in the movie Groundhog Day.

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It drives me nuts…  If only I could adopt Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.  I’d never go hungry again and I’d eat REALLY well.  But, she’s in Oklahoma and I’m in Ohio.  I probably need to solve this problem myself.  And while, I often peruse Ree’s recipes as well as Pinterest, let’s be honest, that’s a solo operation and after having been cooped up in the house for 5 days because of snow and temperatures in negative numbers, I need something a little more social.  It’s also fun to see what my friends are cooking.  So, I came up with an idea.  Why don’t you all share with me one of your “go to” weeknight meals?  Here’s what I ask….

1.  Pick a favorite recipe

2.  Make it.

3.  Take 2 or 3 photos while making it.  (No judgment of photos.  We just want to see the decliciousness.)

4.  Send the recipe, the photos and a selfie to me dk {at} dkphotographic {dot} com

Then, I’ll pick a few and share them on this blog and we’ll all have more additions to the daily cooking repertoire!  Sound good?

 

 

 

 

On a bitterly cold night…

A week ago, on a bitterly cold Friday night, Ben and Ellen were headed for a night out.  They were headed to the Old Bag of Nails at Creekside in Gahanna.

“Let’s walk around”, he says.  She agrees…

They walk along the path, past the waterfall and head toward the bridge only…  there’s a crowd of people on the bridge.  ”Let’s turn around”.  He turns, stops and turns her toward him.  For a split second, she seemed confused…  until he dropped to one knee.

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Then her hands covered her face as I’m sure she said “Oh my God!”  Then…  she said “yes”.  They hugged and that crowd of people headed toward them….

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Ben planned it well.  Their family and friends were the crowd of people on the bridge.  Ellen had no idea.  They all got to witness his proposal and her acceptance.    I feel so very blessed to have been able to witness it!!

Now, I don’t know about all of you but I’m not sure I love anyone enough to go for a walk when it’s 5 degrees outside.  Christmas lights are pretty and all but….  cold is cold.  Come to think of it, though….  I did go to the zoo lights thinking Andy would propose there.   The things we do for love.  :)

It was too cold to torture them with a lot of portraits so a quick photo or two of them (looking VERY happy)

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 and I sent them on their way to celebrate with family and friends.

That was AWESOME!

Brrr….

A good chunk of the country is dealing with record low temps.  Here at Casa Keidel, we are hunkered down with Netflix movies, hot chocolate and several blankies.   Thank goodness for laptops…. and power that stayed on….  and the spring thaw…  and pretty pictures…

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Stay warm, my friends!

A walk…

I took a walk today.  Peaceful and quiet.

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I hope your new year is full of peace, prosperity and happiness.

Happy Holidays

I made it through the busiest time of year.   Not without a few hiccups, though…

3 days before the holiday and the Santa bomb was dropped.  I knew my time was short but you always hope to squeak out one last holiday….  3 days.  THREE little days and I’d have been home free.  Here’s the funny part.  No one cried more than I did.

I know…  it’s silly but my babies aren’t babies anymore.  *tear…  and that has been one of the greatest joys in life.  I’m sad that it’s on to a new phase.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll find the fun in the new.  It’s what I do but…  sometimes letting go is sad.

At any rate, I wanted to share with all of you our holiday card.  It’s perfect for our family…  Rotten humor.

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Happy holidays!  With good behavior, I should be out in a few…

Abby, Matt and little P…

It’s funny how life introduces you to people.  My job has brought so many wonderful people into my life and I could not be more grateful for that.  One of those wonderful people is Abby.  She was a fabulous bridesmaid in Ashley and Nick’s wedding.  It’s so awesome that I got to photograph her beautiful family this fall.  Loved it.  :)

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So honored and grateful to photograph this family.   :)

Liz and Christian’s family photos

It’s one of those things….

Liz and Christian were getting married but someone else beat them to the wedding photographer punch.  I was already booked and couldn’t photograph their wedding.  Thankfully, I still get to see them and photograph their family…  as it grows!!  I couldn’t ask for more than a gorgeous day to photograph this awesome family.

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Look at THIS face!!!

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I love this one!!

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I enjoyed our time together so much.  Can’t wait to meet the next baby!!!