Yearly Archives: 2010

Kai: a year with my little man

My monkey boy is 1 today.  How we got here so quickly I’ll never know, since it still feels like only yesterday that the doctor placed him in my arms and I knew that our family was complete.   We’ve coined him “the gentleman” because if you spend any amount of time with him you’ll soon see that he’s anything but!  Mischievous, but ever so disarming– what a dangerous combo 🙂

Happy Birthday my little man~ mommy loves you.

December 18, 2010 - 10:16 am

Kristen Kos Happy Birthday Kia guy! *<:-D

December 18, 2010 - 11:09 am

Lori He is sooooo adorable!!! Great photos as usual. Happy Birthday Kai!!!

December 18, 2010 - 12:05 pm

Jasmine Happy birthday Kiki Kai! Such a cutie pie I love that you made this collage!

December 18, 2010 - 2:37 pm

kelsy Honestly, he is just cutest little guy ever!

December 18, 2010 - 2:59 pm

Miranda Happy Birthday to your lil man Kat! May his coming year be as great as his last and better yet! You have the cutest fam ever!!

December 18, 2010 - 7:53 pm

Ronna Gloria Happy birthday Kai – with many gentle wishes from the Gloria brothers – hahaha – and Ronna and Sjön. xo

December 18, 2010 - 9:36 pm

Sandy Awww, adorable! And it’s awesome you complied all those cute shots!! Happy birthday!


Sometimes all it takes to inspire a photo shoot is the right accessory.  In this case, me and my sis-in-law were shopping and came across these super cute headbands and just had to have them for our girls.  As of late, they’ve been dubbed “The 3 Amigas” and looking through these shots, I think they really embody their title 😉  These were taken in Jaiya & Lehla’s ultra girly bedroom.

Kai made his appearance too ~although he declined the headband and opted for this spiffy little hat instead 😉

Then at home, Aaliyah was still in a camera-happy kind of mood so I took full advantage (hey, these moods are pretty few and far between lately, can you blame me??)

Hope you’re all enjoying the start of the holiday season!  I’m officially “on holidays” and enjoying some much-needed family time for the rest of this month.  Check back soon as I’ll surely be posting more snippets from Christmas Time at the Gill Household!

Stay warm,

December 7, 2010 - 1:51 pm

kelsy soooooo cute!

December 7, 2010 - 3:28 pm

Lori Kat, your family breeds stylish and damn good looking kids! So stinkin cute!

December 7, 2010 - 3:56 pm

saveena ok…i want to steal all of those kids!! so so so cute! You are one lucky mom and auntie!! Have a merry christmas!

December 7, 2010 - 9:54 pm

sharon Awww…Aaliyah is so beautiful, grown up and cute! Love all her solo ones at home! And Kai, my goodness has he grown?!? And the headbands? I totally agree with you, sometimes it’s the accessories that inspire the whole shoot. Love that pop of colors from the headbands. The three girls are sensational, they are really lucky to be all so close in age, and have each other as companions.

December 8, 2010 - 2:16 am

Shaila Pillai Beautiful girls and what a handsome munchkin!!! I’m glad I checked it out today, they make me so happy. Great work Kat !!! Happy Holidays!!!
Best Wishes!!!

December 8, 2010 - 8:23 am

christa What beautiful pictures!! Those are some damn cute kids!!
I have to ask: Where did you get those lovely headbands??

December 8, 2010 - 10:16 pm

Kat Thanks so much everyone! Christa- the headbands are from GapKids 🙂

drumroll please: contest winner

I thought I’d leave it up to my son Kai to make the big announcement (doing my best not to give him “Second Child Syndrome”! haha) But before we get to his moment of glory, Cheryl and I just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the overwhelming response to our contest.  We were blown away by the number of entries, and then sooo touched by the unexpected bonus of being able to read such amazing feedback about our work.  Seriously people, if we’re ever feeling down or insecure we can guarantee we’ll be pulling up all your sweet comments to make us feel so loved and so inspired!!! 🙂  Thank you thank you thank you.

(now passing over the mic to Kai) And the winner is… Sarah N. (yay!!) Can’t wait to find out what kind of shoot we’ll be doing with you!!

At the risk of sounding redundant, thanks again to each and every one of you for taking the time to enter this contest and for the outpouring of love & support.  This will definitely not be the last contest or promotion we have so we hope you’ll visit us often either here, or at our boudoir blog or at our facebook fan page to stay in the loop!


November 30, 2010 - 9:31 am

Erik Hornung Congrats to the winner!

tung family

If there’s one thing I know, it’s how to handle a 1 year old boy and make him laugh for photos.  Through Dax, my 1 year old son, I’ve learned that boys are pretty simple – they’re amused by just about anything – animal noises, peek-a-boo, goofy expressions (actually, my experience with my husband confirms that this is probably true of boys of any age!).

So of course, I was super excited to photograph 1 year old Matthew.   He was just as chill and good-natured as his parents… but a tougher audience to crack than I expected- ha!  My best peek-a-boo brought limited returns so I had to quickly pick up my performance.  Luckily, Matthew’s mom brought along a toy pumpkin which he couldn’t take his eyes off of and could make him smile better than my awkward monkey noises 🙂  Needless to say, Matthew now knows me as the crazy monkey lady who balances a toy pumpkin on her head (what??! I needed both hands to shoot of course!). Anyways, these photos made it SO worth it!

What a gorgeous family!!  And so glad we got in some fall leaves before they all turned to mush!

His beautiful mama Katherine really lit up each picture with her genuine smile.

Thanks Katherine, Ryan & Matthew for the fun evening and for being so darn cute!

November 22, 2010 - 11:56 am

Anita This family is soooo cute! The little boy AND the parents. Love love love it! These pictures are so beautiful Cheryl!

November 22, 2010 - 7:27 pm

Katherine The photos are amazing, Cheryl!!! I love them!!! Thanks so much for making the session so enjoyable!! 😀

November 23, 2010 - 7:58 am

Natasha What gorgeous photos!

November 23, 2010 - 9:44 am

Sena Awesome pictures Cheryl! You really captured the Autumn colours!

November 23, 2010 - 10:39 am

Yendi Beautiful pictures, every shot made me smile.

November 23, 2010 - 10:50 am

yuko amazing photos! I love katherine’s smile. So pretty!

November 23, 2010 - 2:55 pm

Yong-Jae Kim All the pics are amazing but I especially love the one with the tree! Breath-taking.

November 23, 2010 - 8:29 pm

Agnes Beautiful photos!!

November 24, 2010 - 12:02 am

Brian L Gorgeous photos capturing nothing but pure happiness!

November 24, 2010 - 1:40 am

Joe Love these photos. Katherine, Ryan & Matthew you guys look fantastic! Great job Cheryl!

November 24, 2010 - 5:00 pm

Carmen Fantastic pics Ryan and Kat! My favourite is the first one where Matthew has this look on his face like he knows his parents are making out behind him ha ha!

November 25, 2010 - 6:48 am

Nick Great pics, Matthew looks so happy in them. He’s so much bigger now also!

November 25, 2010 - 5:52 pm

Andrea What a happy family. Great photos! Matthew is so cute 🙂

November 25, 2010 - 6:03 pm

Bernard Nice!

November 26, 2010 - 7:40 am

Iris Yeung Nice pictures Kat & Ryan! Little Matthew is very cute!

November 26, 2010 - 9:29 pm

Evelyn Deixler wow… really professional looking pictures, thought they were from a magazine.

November 26, 2010 - 9:29 pm

Victoria So beautiful and sweet!!!

November 27, 2010 - 12:34 am

Cecilia Awwwe you guys are the cutest ^^

November 27, 2010 - 11:53 am

Steven Awesome photos! Such a happy family.

November 28, 2010 - 8:47 pm

Donald What a lovely grandson I’ve got! The photographs really capture the happiness he has brought to his parents.

December 1, 2010 - 9:07 pm

Abby Beautiful artistic family photos. I love them so much~

December 14, 2010 - 1:48 pm

Michele Beautiful pictures!! Great shots of Matthew!

December 14, 2010 - 1:48 pm

Michele Beautiful pictures! Great shots of Matthew!

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