Baby, hit or miss.

Hi.  Thanks for stopping by the Love Machine’s blog.

I welcome you with a smile, a hug & a heart of love.  I’d offer you a warm beverage, if possible, and (if it wasn’t too creepy) I’d ask you to sit on my couch & tell me a story about your life or simply the day’s adventures/misadventures.  I like to listen.  I love to hear people’s stories.  I also love snapping photos.  That’s what the Love Machine is about…  Capturing moments of love—celebrating who you are.

Through this blog, I really want you to get to know me & my clan.  Like, what makes this heart tick & boom.

Here is my husband.  We’ve been together for a little over 6 years, married for about 1 year.  We’re full-time lovers (and buddies).  Loyalty & friendship: Our love for one another is deeply rooted in each.  We live in Colorado & enjoy it’s sunshine, visual feasts of mountain scenery & flora.

Being in love.

Being ourselves.

That’s what we’re about.

We have a family of rescued furry creatures.  Some may call it “too many” animals, but we see it as warm laps during the winter & slobbery kisses throughout the year.

If you’ve got a furry buddy you’d like to have photographed for the holidays, shoot me an email at to set up a date.  It’ll pretty much be the coolest thing ever.  Scouts’ honor!  Heck, I’ll bring a Santa hat for your bud. (:


stay warm, friends.

Happy weekend! I hope you’ve taken some time to enjoy a cup o’ joe (or tea!), by now. Keep yourself warm with good company & take delight in the simple things.

hamsters: a true story.

It was a 3rd grader’s worst nightmare.

I, Julie, had held the coveted role of bringing home the class pet for the whole weekend.  It was supposed to be an honorable thing, awarded for “good” behavior and earnestly sought after by other kids throughout the school year…
Marshmallow and Snow were two of the whitest, softest (and completely adorable) hamsters.

I brought them home on a Friday afternoon and LOST them the next day.  I had no idea where they had disappeared to!  My deductive skills led me to believe that Marshmallow removed the bobby-pins that I had used to secure their cage door.  MacGyver had nothin’ on this hamster.  I returned to school that Monday, empty-handed.  I was supposed to bring back Marshmallow and Snow.  I remember bursting into tears during the Pledge of Allegiance that day.  I had let down the entire class.  I lost our beloved hamsters.

After a few days, I heard an odd clinking noise in the dishwasher at home.  Lo’ and behold: I found Marshmallow and Snow!  They were alive and well, but drenched.  To this day, I have no idea what adventures they had endured (and survived).  I was proud to bring them back to school in a paper sack.  Needless to say, I was never allowed to bring home classroom pets again.  Oh well.

Anyways, you must be wondering why hamsters are of any importance at this moment.  Well, Brittany and Jason have a hamster, a dog and a cat!  I love animals, so when they mentioned their pet hamster, you can only imagine the intense emotions that burst forth.  (Don’t worry, I played it cool.)  I had the absolute pleasure of photographing 3/5 of this beautiful family.  Love is what it’s all about, people, and I tell ya: the Schneiders have got IT.

From Me to You: Presidential Facts.

Back in the day, the queen of the Netherlands stayed at the White House for an important gathering between the world’s leaders.  She said she heard a knock on her bedroom door.  When she opened the door, Abraham Lincoln was standing there!

…it was his ghost.

If you were expecting something highly intelligent, sorry.  Don’t freak, though, because it’s true.  Happy Monday!