Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Dave & Joey

I love this time of year! The leaves are so beautiful and the temps are perfect (for me anyway). Yesterday evening we got together with Dave & Joey to photograph their engagement portraits. I didn't tell my boys what we were doing because I knew it wouldn't take too long and we were going to the park where they can play and run around. They ended up catching this crawfish! It was huge!

Thanks Dave for being such a good sport and posing on playground equipment! Joey, you have a keeper! Sorry Trevor, that your crawfish wasn't so lucky!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Happy Halloween!

What a blast! Last night we took 2nd place at Church St. in Amherst! Move over Blue we come!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Fox 8 Contest

Thank you for your nomination Gail!!!

I wanted to let everyone know that I was nominated in a best wedding photographer contest. Please click on the link below to vote or post comments.

Thanks for your support!
Becky :-)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Furry Friend Fotos

Do you love your furry friend? Here is the perfect opportunity to have he or she professionally photographed while helping out one of your local animal rescues, Love-A-Stray!
Feel free to visit their website at:

Friday, September 07, 2007

Seabrook Island

These are a few images from Seabrook Island. The best part was crabbing. Trevor is checking out the catch of the day!

Thursday, September 06, 2007


I've just realized that this post will show up before the last (see previous blog for explanation).

Since my boys are very meal deprived...I am holding my first contest. I am not...and I mean NOT going to win the "mother of the year" award. I need a lot of help:

The 1st person to e-mail me a dinner recipe with 5 ingredients or less will receive a complimentary family portrait (in the fall, in the leaves and tons of fun!) w/ a framed 11x14!

You can e-mail the recipe @

Taylor, Trevor and their mom thank you ;-)


The good 'ol days...

Just this afternoon my mom was over looking through the family photo files. I'm sure she was looking for the last family vacation pictures...Seabrook Island...the long lost know the ones exactly 1 month ago. They try not to harp on me about seeing them (I'm sure they don't realize that I have 6 weddings to post and 7 albums to assemble). When I got home this evening, this was the picture on my computer.
Since this picture was taken (last june) Taylor has grown as tall as me and Trevor's hair is as long as mine...yada,yada,yada. I'll post the last "VACA PIX" tomorrow...I promise.
In the meantime, I didn't realize that as the boys are growing, so is their appetite! They let me know that am not cooking enough meals for them (as I brought them McDonalds at 9 p.m.)
As a result I am holding my 1st contest....drum roll please...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

1st day of school!

Yea!!! School has started. Taylor and Trevor switched back to the public school and I am very excited. Not only can they ride their bikes but they are home for an extra 2 hours everyday.

Trevor said that he really didn't feel like the "new kid" since he already new about 30 kids in the 3rd grade.

I'm very excited about working out again with my friend Barb. I took the summer off and have a lot of catching up to do. She is an animal!

I've never posted images from our vacation (which was unbelievable). There are too many to pix. I will post them soon with rental information on Seabrook.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Vacation Time!

This is how I feel about not working for almost 2 weeks!! I love photography...just need to recharge :-)
Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be gone Thursday August 2nd until Tuesday August 14th. I'm so excited! 4 generations of my family will be staying just south of Charleston in a beautiful home at Seabrook Island. I am so thankful to the family ( I've had the wonderful opportunity to photograph both daughters' weddings ) for extending this invitation to us.

If you need to reach me, you can leave a message @ 440-366-5189 and I will call you back on the 14th or if it's urgent, feel free to call my cell @ 216-973-0156. You can also e-mail me @

I'll be posting vacation pix when we return :-)


Monday, July 30, 2007

Is this Costa Rica or Elyria??

I am completely freaked out!! This spider was found by my son Trevor and his friends Alex and Hunter in our basement. I will be moving tomorrow...

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Little League North Champs!!

Congratulations, Trevor and Team!!!

You are all AWESOME!!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

more pix

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Senior Special

Check out Jacqueline's session from yesterday! She was so much fun!

Believe it or not, the time is now. If you are going to be a senior next year, now is the time to have your senior portraits taken. I agree that it seems early, but once you start back to school scheduling is next to impossible. Between sports, work and school your year will fly by.

Every year I have seniors calling to have their pictures taken in April or May before graduation. While it can be done, it adds way to much stress to you and your parents. That is why I am offering a senior special for the month of July.

Session fee for the month of July= $30 & bring a friend for free!!! (2 seniors for less than the price of 1)

Call today to schedule your session! 440-366-5189

Sunday, April 29, 2007

I love weddings!

This weekend I had the opportunity to photograph the wedding of Heather and Tom. They were a great couple! It's so exciting to be back into the swing of things. This was the start of a big season that I'm really looking forward to.

I have to mention that if anyone tried to e-mail me yesterday...I didn't get it. Sorry. Somehow all my e-mails are GONE!! Please retry...

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Pig Pen...

Help! I need help!! Everyday my son, Trevor, comes home with more colors on his shirt than a box of Crayola crayons. I thought sending them to a school that required uniforms was a great idea...WRONG!! I had visions of military school students with their polished black shoes, shirt tucked in with a nice black belt.

I want to know...where did I go wrong?!?!?

If there's ANY advice out there...I need it.

Friday, April 13, 2007


I've been to Vegas at least 10 times (our photography seminars are always there). This was not only the first time I've actually seen the "Welcome to Vegas" sign but it's also the first time that I've had the opportunity to photograph a session there. Sarah and James (my 07-07-07 wedding) happen to live there. Sorry to all the other four hundred and thirty seven brides that called for that date!

I had a great time photographing them. The session took about an hour but we only shot for a total of 10 minutes. The other 50 minutes we spent in their SUV driving 2.4 miles...LOL! Anyone that's ever been to Vegas understands just how true that is!

Sarah and James, I'm looking forward to spending your whole wedding day with you! I'll try to keep us out of trouble with the law!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Back in O-high-O!

Heather are George are flying high in sunny Ohio!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

New Business Card's finally time to breathe! I love this time of year...very little photography going on (except those brides and grooms that wait, years to order). I'm not complaining! I love staying moderately busy. I am in the process of shooting an ariel soon as the weather cooperates. If anyone needs ariel photography, give me a call. Joe Schmidt is a great pilot with a cool little helicopter!

I'm definately staying busy with marketing, networking and seminars. My mom is in Utah visiting my sister and her family. I wanted to post these new business cards, since she's the first person I would show, but she's not here.

Bill and I just got back from the SENIOR PORTRAIT ARTIST seminar in Texas. It was awesome. There were so many amazing portrait photographers there. I am very excited about everything we learned and if anyone knows of any high school juniors in need of senior's not too early to contact me. I have wonderful pre-season sign up bonuses!

Well, I have to run...I mean skate (roller skating with the boys' school tonight)!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

VanValkenburg Grandkids

This is for you, Mom! I love you!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Happy New Year

I just wanted to share the 1st family portrait of 2007 with you. It is my sister and her family. It was so nice having them here for 2 weeks. The highlight of their trip was the night we spent at Kalahari in Sandusky. It was awesome! I highly recommend Kalahari for a quick little family trip. Sammy was so good! He loved the water and just like his Aunt Susan, he likes to people watch.

Like many of you, I have made quite a list of New Year's resolutions. My clients will be happy to know that one of them is quicker turn-around time for your orders. I have made a few changes in production that should speed up the process this year. If you are still waiting for orders that you didn't need for Christmas, I am hoping to have them all done by the time I go to Texas for the Senior Portrait Artist Seminar January 16th. If you are wondering...please don't hesitate to call or e-mail me.

I will also be posting special promotionals soon...keep checking back for more info!

I want to send out a very special Birthday wish to my Grandma! Happy Birthday, Grandma Van! We love you!