I used the idea of a book for my header since this challenge is going to be a journal of my life over the years.
I hope you enjoy viewing these pages of my life as they unfold. I know I will...

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Jeremy and Heather Hall

I met Jeremy a couple years ago through Photography. I then met his wife and children when I did their family pictures year before last. What an amazing family this is. His wife Heather is everything I wish I could be as a person and a mother. I consider both of them my friends. I would do anything for them, including shooting their family pictures again. What an honor it continues to be that I get to be a part of this family's memories. Here it is, love in it's truest form. They've definitely got it.

Friday, April 29, 2011


I am no stranger to hard drive failures. I had a lap top fail on me six years ago and I lost my 7 year old daughter's pictures from the first year of her life. Shortly after I got into photography I had my computer crash and I lost everything on it but luckily had it all backed up.

Last Thursday was my third time. Three strikes and I'm out. At least I really feel like quitting now. I had 3 hard drives in this computer and they were supposed to be backing each other up in case one failed. Instead, the computer was splitting up all the data onto the three equally so when one of them failed it made the data on the other two unreadable so it's all gone.

I had all but one of my client photos backed up but I've lost all my own personal photos. All my family vacation pictures, easter, all the every day adorable things I love about my kids - gone. As if that isn't bad enough, all my Lightroom presets are gone, all of my Photoshop actions and textures, all of my documents.

I may be able to recover everything but it will cost a minimum of $1,000. The irony of this all - I just spent $1,000 on a new Drobo system to back up all of my stuff and I just got it in the mail the day before my computer crashed. In fact, I was turning it on so I could hook up my new Drobo.

I am so angry and frustrated and haven't slept well for days. This kind of thing is devastating to happen once but three times now?

*I was so upset about my computer crashing I didn't take a picture and am just putting this as my post for the day. I thought of some pics I could take that would be appropriate but I just didn't feel like taking it. For the first time, I have no picture to post. Oh well, life and my 365 challenge will go on.*

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Made In China

Abby is obsessed with reading labels. She reads all the ingredients in her cereal every morning when she eats and tells me how many calories there are. She reads all the labels on blankets, toys, and clothes. One day she noticed a pattern in most of the labels she read and said,

"Why is everything made in China?
Why don't we make anything here in America where we live?"

Smart little thing huh?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ikea& Impossible

I took two completely different pics today and decided to post both.

First, I want this light from Ikea.

Having no front teeth does have it's limits.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone. So happy we got some blooms just in time.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Was trying to come up with something for today but nothing seemed right. I was walking by my messy table and saw how the pretty the sun setting through this soda bottle looked so that's my pic. Blah.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sick Lu

Now my Lu is sick. It's not pneumonia, but I think it's the flu. She has a temperature of 103 and I think I'm at my limit. Ryan is trying to help but he is still really sick and weak so I've got all the weight on my shoulders. I need to get back to work. I need a break. At least I'm not getting sick myself.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Abby finally lost her other front tooth (remember when daddy knocked out the other one right before family pics last year?) She just pulled it out and was so proud of herself I just had to have it be the pic for today. For the first time I only took one picture and here it is. I'm thinking of making this a challenge for part of my 365 for a month. I only get to take one picture, only one chance to get it right and that's it. Maybe it will make me think things through better so I don't take so many.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Who would have thought that an electronics company that named itself after a fruit would be so successful? Thanks to my hubby, I now have a complete set.

I've had a hard week with him being sick so he gave me my mother's day present early. I love it when he gives me presents that are just as much for him as they are for me! I'm getting him a new lens for father's day ;) Kidding! I love it.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


After a trip to the ER we found out my hubby has pneumonia. He's been quarantined downstairs in the guest bedroom since Sunday so no one else gets sick. So far, it's worked.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Abby ran outside then quickly ran inside and yelled, "Mommy, it's still tinkling outside!!"

At least it's not snow so I'll take it :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011


I know Spring is finally here when we see Jeremiah come out of hibernation. He lives somewhere in my flower bed and every night he's sitting out on our walkway looking for bugs to eat. He looks so skinny right now but by the end of summer he is huge! Yes, we love him. He's the only pet we've got, sort of.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Families Are Forever

I grew up with this family. Some of my best memories from high school were spent at their house. They are amazing people and I was blessed to be a part of their lives. So great to see them all again today!

Friday, April 15, 2011

What's in a Name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

How did I come up with the name - Lookie Loo Photography?

When I first started taking pictures my daughter, Louisa, whom we call Lu or LuLu for short, was about 15 months old and did not want to have anything to do with the camera. I tried everything and found myself saying, "Lookie Lu!!!" quite a lot. It kind of stuck so I thought it would be a fun, memorable name for my photography.

I am struggling right now with a huge decision. When I first came up with my photography name I had no intention of ever doing weddings. Now, I do quite a bit and I am worried my name is too juvenile sounding. What do you think? Be brutally honest please. I am asking for it. I need to know if I should change my name. Not quite sure what I should change it to yet, but I do own the url for "Suzanne Renee' Photography". I will still do families, children, and seniors but I love doing weddings and plan on doing many more.

My new license plate. Isn't it cute??? I am getting a personalized cover to go over it too.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Still having a horrible Sprinter here in Utah. I decided it's officially my least favorite season of the year and my pictures are totally reflecting that. It used to be that throughout the day I would think about what I wanted my picture of the day to be and try to come up with something creative. Now, I just do whatever to get by. Tonight, I just took a picture of the raindrops on my window. I really need to get out of this slump I am in!!

Thank You Scott M.

Had a good photographer friend, Scott Myler, come and give me some tips on my new studio lighting. He helped me so much. Thank you Scott! The bad news is I have to spend more money.

I got this one of my son and decided not to edit out all his pimples that have erupted all over his face in the last month. He even has a little mustache! I left it just to represent this new time in his life. He is growing so fast.

Monday, April 11, 2011

It's Late

Driving home late at night is so hard. I just want to fall asleep so I'll take pictures to keep me awake instead :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011


The weather has been so crummy lately that we had to reschedule this shoot 3 times! So happy mother nature decided to give us some gorgeous weather today. This is a photographer friend of mine and I love her tons. It always means so much to me when other photogs ask me to do their pictures.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Little Feet

I love children's feet. They are so expressive, especially when they are working on something important on my laptop.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Puppet Show

Today as I jogged on the treadmill, this cute little thing put on a puppet show for me. All the puppets were so in love and kept kissing each other :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Old Frienemy

I've been telling myself every day that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. Then I eat a Cadbury cream egg. At least I've started walk/jogging on this old friend of mine that I've been neglecting.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

High School Sweetheart

Went to High School with this gorgeous lady. She ended up marrying her high school sweetheart. I always dreamed of having that kind of a love story. Turns out my hubby would have been a sophomore when I was a senior so I probably wouldn't have given him the time of day anyway!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wedding Rings

Shot a wedding today of a friend that grew up across the street from me in Cali. What a small world we both ended up her in Utah and I'm shooting her wedding!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Seasons Collide

Woke up to a winter wonderland this morning. Spring in Utah is crazy. I'm now going to call it Sprinter.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I Love This Air

We walked outside today and the weather was perfect. It was so warm and there was a slight breeze. Abby put her hands out and said, "I love this air!!"

Friday, April 1, 2011


Today I was surrounded by babies. I love doing newborn hospital shoots. LOVE.