You just never know what Nicknames your kids will get… what other kids will call them.  I was always Alison.  Only my dad and brothers call me Ali.  I like it that way.  Joe was never Joey.  I knew I wanted Dallon’s to be Dally when we picked that name.  After all, it is Matt Dillon’s name in The Outsiders… my favorite movie through my teenage years.  And so Dallon is Dally.  Tucker always hated when I called him Tuck… well at least when he was mad.  I am sure I call him Tuck sometimes and he never says a thing… but if he is mad, watch out. 

Tucker got an invitation to a friend’s birthday party and it was addressed to Taco.  I knew one kid called Tucker, Taco because he calls Dallon, "taco jr.".  So I asked Tucker what the deal was and he said so matter of factly…"taco is what everyone calls me".  I think that is so cute!  I would have never predicted Taco out of Tucker and he really seems to like it.  It just struck me funny that he has a nickname… and I had nothing to do with it:P  I think it’s great that his friends have given him a nickname.

Linda - Sunday | October 23rd | 2005

How cute is that?!! My son would love a cool nickname like “taco!”

Kristina - Monday | October 24th | 2005

When River played t-ball a million years ago, there was a little hispanic boy named Paco on his team. River could never get the name right and always called him Taco instead. I thought it was hilarious, especially since the boy was hispanic plus the fact that neither one of them knew the difference. I wonder if I would think it funny if a hispanic kid called River Burger unintentionally?! Probably…

melissa - Monday | November 7th | 2005

Cute story! :) i especially like the Taco Jr part.

aren’t you impressed that i found your blog without asking you for a link! :)


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cute girls

I have been wanting to photograph my friend Allison’s (neighbor Allison… I know a lot of Alison/Allison’s) twin girls for a long time and she has been wanting to as well.  Today was the day and about an hour later it started to pour rain.  I love the shots we got.  They did three different changes and which is fun for different looks in one shoot.  They were so cute and funny.  Here is a little collage of a few.Collage_sm 

Yesterday, I did family photos for my friend Marsi.  We have been friends since we were like 11 or maybe it was 13… A long time.  I haven’t seen her kids in a long time either and they are all so different from how I remember.  Her oldest is taller than her husband!  They are all such cute kids.  I had fun doing the photograph.  These are my favorite family shots but there are many of the family in all different groupings that I love.  I totally forgot to get a picture of all the kids together.  We were dodging the rain and I was more concerned with the lack of light and imminent rain to remember everything!  Next time Marsi:)Collage_sm_4

Then last Friday, I finished the shoot with Teanna and her darling baby.  I found this idea on another photographer’s website who is actually here in town… her name is Carrie and I can’t find her website to credit it her.  This idea is totally hers but I thought it was just beautiful.  I forgot to look out how I angled Teanna when I took the first one and I posed her sideways the on the second one.  Next time I will remember.  I love these anyway:)Teanna_collage_sm

debi - Tuesday | October 18th | 2005

Absolutely GORGEOUS! All of ’em, Allison! Man, you are good! Next time I’m down your way, I just might be calling to arrange a shoot! :)

Kristina - Tuesday | October 18th | 2005

Is her babies name Cain? Zane was going to be Cain but we chickened out. You probably told me this name but of course I forgot. I need to pick your brain on how you set these shots up. Are you using your actions on these images? I am going to order Photoshop CS2 this week…I am dying for a new lens th 70-200mm 2.8, but it is like $1600! I am probably going to rent it for a thing I’m going to do next weekend that I am freaking out about. I will talk to you more about it in person.

Marsi Walker - Tuesday | October 18th | 2005

Love them, Ali! Even McKay with his backwards shirt!! Thanks again…love ya, Marsi

Trina Jaynes - Tuesday | October 18th | 2005

Beautiful photos, Alison! Love the shots of the family on the beach. I have a special place in my heart for beach photos!

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anything can distract me

Including this totally fun time waster:)  But i think I will call it an inspiration starter.  I have doodled on every picture at least twice.  I wish there was a way to save them though.  Choose one of the images on the right side of the pad of paper.  Then doodle over it.  Check out the gallery to see other people’s ideas. Some are very clever… enjoy!

Kristina - Wednesday | October 12th | 2005


Alison check out this guy’s blown glass – he is pretty legendary and lives in Tacoma, Washington. He of course is a local celebrity and a few of the bars we used to hang out in are just loaded with all of his glass, and if you were super cool you knew him, but I only knew people who knew him! So that makes me only cool I guess;) There is an office building in La Jolla that displays his work. If I ever got into collecting art I would definitley get one of his pieces. I found him on your Veer doodle website. The doodling didn’t work out so great for me, because of my mouse maybe?

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so cute

I was expecting to show "last few weeks of pregnany pictures" of Teanna right about now but she went ahead of schedule and had her baby… in the ambulance!  She and her husband were on a weekend getaway in the mountains nearby and mid vacation, she went into labor.  The nearest hospital wasn’t near enough. And to top it off, Teanna was the only one in the ambulance familiar with giving birth!  Mom, Dad, sister and baby are doing great.

This little guy is so cute.  So sweet.  He is only five days old and I got to take pictures of him.  I have only attempted newborn pics once before and that was a year ago when my friend Pam had her baby conveniently a few days before I was to arrive in Chicago:)  So everything was running smoothly until my battery died… the one I had just charged.  I am pretty sure that was the end of the battery’s life.  I told Teanna and Josh that I was very thankful it was them and not one of my upcoming shoots of people I don’t know:P 

So we will attempt some more pictures next week but I was so happy with the few I did get.  And just recently I figured out ‘actions’ in photoshop.  I shouldn’t say "figured out"…it’s more on the lines of scratching the surface but oh what a difference it makes.  LOVE them.  I thought these pictures looked really cute in a sepia tone.  So here is a collage of my favorites.

I put up a photo album of a few more baby pics and more pregnancy pics HERE


Trina Jaynes - Saturday | October 8th | 2005

Beautiful photos, Alison!!! What a sweet little guy…must’ve made a great subject!

So what is that “actions” stuff all about? How do you use it and what difference does it make in your photos? I’m still pretty illiterate when it comes to all that Photoshop can do. Which version do you use? I am currently working with CS2, but don’t really do much more than scratch the surface of it’s power.

Melissa C - Tuesday | October 11th | 2005

Sweet baby and great photos Alison.

Shelley R. - Thursday | October 13th | 2005

Alison these are just great. What a sweet baby and you did a great job capturing him. Love the one of his hands up over his face as if to say “get away lady”! Ha!

Hope your well. And get out and get your front yard done will ya! 😉

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