Thursday, December 24, 2009

To our oh-so-lovely family and friends:

Well, our year has been far from ordinary, to say the least. After traveling down to the blazing heat of Oklahoma for beginning of the year; we've already ventured back! In mid-February, we were both offered jobs at a church in Tulsa, OK; Patrick as a media guru and Katy as the children's ministry/office administrator. We were very excited about the adventure and were pleasantly surprised with the change.

Then came August, when we were met with unfortunate news that Patrick's position at the church was eliminated. It came as quite a surprise and after much deliberation, we decided it best for our family to return to Grand Rapids. It was a very hard decision, as we had grown to love our church and friends in Tulsa. Although the transition was bittersweet, we're very happy to call Michigan home again. Plus, we even brought back a new member of the family, our very dapper pup, Horace H. Wimp. (We tend to just call him Horace, although the "Wimp" part ended up suiting him quite well.)

The last few months have been spent getting settled once again. Our dearest friends, Eric and Teresa Johnson, shared their apartment with us while they completely remodeled a beautiful duplex on the NE side of Grand Rapids. We moved in during the beginning of the month, and are so lucky to call them our upstair-neighbors. We're very excited to venture to the farmer's market and all the amazing shops and restaurants over here! While there's plenty of decorating and the like to be done, we're quite happy to be home. Our new address is 715 Atwood St NE Apt 1 Grand Rapids, Mi 49503.

Patrick will be starting school this spring in pursuit of his degree in graphic design. While he enjoyed the video work, he found his great love for design while we were in OK and has decided it's a good venture for him. His beard has come in quite nicely, and his dance moves have never been better. Patrick is currently employed at Celebration Cinema, where we enjoy a bountiful amount of free movies and treats!

Katy is back at Red Lobster on the weekends, and spends the weekdays watching two adorable twin boys! She's still pursuing photography whenever she gets the chance (and a camera to borrow). Next up is starting school again for some night classes--we're thinking a nursing degree is a viable goal. (Her dance moves are shaping up quite nicely, as well.)

It's been quite the year, but we wouldn't have traded it for anything. As wonderfully naive as we were, we are now more than grateful for all that we have learned over this passed year and for
how it has grown us as a couple. God's grace is a beautiful thing.

And we certainly wouldn't have made it without all the great love and support from all of you! We wish you the very merriest Christmas and a new year filled with peace!

All our love,

Patrick and Katy O'Dell

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Baby Chase

Meet Chase! I've known this little guy from day 1--he even came to my wedding! (We just didn't know he was there yet.) I've been dying to get a few photos of him, so it finally worked out to just go hang out while he played with some toys. Man, does this kid make my job easy; he was nothing but adorable!

Thanks Kelsey for letting me hang out and play with Chase- you know I just love him!

Doesn't he just melt your heart?

Oh the faces!

Once he figured out what I had, he wanted it! I had plenty of photos with this nice little grabbing motion.
Nothing like finishing up with some tickles from mommy!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Montaninos :: Christmas Edition!

The Montaninos!

Brook and Aaron are a couple of our nearest and dearest! And you can only imagine how excited we were when they welcomed their new addition to the fam, the stunning baby Gavin! He is one of my favorites in life and I love that I get to be a part of his.

Brook has had this very lovely idea for a Christmas card for ages now. Pj's, Christmas decorations, all cozied up in's just like Christmas morning! So I, being one of her biggest supporters and all, decided join up with the idea and make it happen! I think it turned out just wonderfully!

I'll start you out with one of my favorites:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I've got sunshine...

Oh, God bless Michigan! It is a beaut out there today! I had my first ever Christmas shoot with my dear friends and their new little one and I've been just hoping for some nice lighting- and bam! We got it!

Keep a look out for the newest pics of the Montaninos. It was the perfect Christmas morning set up.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Newborn :: Ruby Lynn Julie

This is my newest niece Ruby, born on October 20th to my lovely brother and sister-in-law, Carly and Luke. Plus, this is my very first newborn photo shoot. It is was definitely a challenge. Aren't newborns supposed to sleep all the time? Ruby decided to wake up when I came over this time (the price I pay for being her favorite.) But there's no way I could be mad, I mean, look at that face!

I may be slightly partial, but I loves these! I hope you enjoy them, too!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Schneider Family

This is my dear friend Shannon's family. Shannon and I met at Red Lobster when I was in high school and I cherish that we have remained close throughout the years.

I've been taking her kid's school photos for quite a few years now and have felt so honored to see them growing so much over the years!

This year was especially exciting as I was able to meet the newest Schneider: baby Owen! He is a doll and don't even get me started on his cheeks!

Thank you Shannon and Travis for letting me be part of this!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Photos with the O'Dells!

So, I have to admit, the majority of my photos thus far are with my niece and nephews- but oh how I love it! These are Dana and Keri's babies. Well, there not so much babies any more- but I still like to think of them as so.

You can definitely see their personalities in these photos. Aidan will be 7 soon, and more than ever, I'm realizing he is quite the realist. He is so sweet natured, too. He's becoming so grown up. Elizabeth is almost 5 and her personality is bigger than ever. Although we're not blood-related, I know she is family. She cracks me up more than anything. And those big, beautiful eyes! We will definitely have to fend the boys away when she gets older. And then there's Grayson. Oh, Grayson. His latest obsession is Yo! Gabba Gabba! Half the shoot he was singing and dancing. He is definitely his own person.

Anyway, I love them and I hope you do too! Enjoy!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tulsa, Tulsa, Tulsa

I'm definitely missing having a nice camera at my finger tips. But here are some shots from my nice little point-and-shoot.