Eyes up, heart open

Carla Ten Eyck

georgie and the sunflowers

….AKA Carla is in heaven

I look forward to visiting the Buttonwood Farm in Griswold CT every year now for their amazing display of sunflowers, like SO much. I even have it as a repeat event in my ical. Nerdy, I’ll give you that. But soooooo worth the nerd factor to not miss this simply breathtaking event!!

This year was almost a bust for me, and I was a sad mamma-jamma. The week the fields were supposed to be in their height was when I was away in Virginia….. however, I decided to give it a go anyway and am I glad I did! After spending the last part of my vacation with my inlaws at the beach, Georgie and I took a trip over on a weird, foggy day.

Now, fog is my FAVORITE weather, if it even counts as weather. Fay-vor-ite! Like my favorite. Not sure if I am clear on that one. I love it. Like, ALOT.

The Rock movie

So while it was foggy at the beach what would the odds be that it would be foggy at the fields? Right?


I said ‘please’ AND ‘thank you’


Just when you think that it’s not humanly possible to love another human being more, you’re like- SERIOUSLY? And my heart feels like it’s going to explode. Look at that little face!

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Billy Jack dvdrip

Deck the Halls movie

and then she’s like ‘mama this is me being a sunflower’

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Still being a cutie little sunflower


Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure video

If you know me? You can hear the noises I am making!!

A Passage to India trailer


Am I serious? Why yes I am!!


If I could shrink myself, this is who I want to be. Just keep the short jokes coming, I know


Second name film

I can admit that I am living vicariously through my kids- they are so much cuter than I could ever have dreamt of being!


pure bliss


Being able to spend a late afternoon with my daughter, doing something that I love SO much, in a setting like this was the equivalent to one of my favorite days ever in my life.

What else can I say about that???



  • Oh my gosh…. absolutely amazingly beautiful carla…. You have such an amazing talent and you captured some amazing pictures of your stunningly beautiful daughter!!!

  • she is so stinkin’ cute! I can’t stand it!!! that shot of her walking down the road with the tree in the background, stunning…and needs to be a huge canvas print on your wall STAT!!

  • ok, these seriously brought tears to my eyes. Georgie is too cute for words and these images are A-mazing. What a good lil model!

  • Susannah McGlamery

    WOW!!! I love these!!! I think these go down in history of my favorite pictures EVER. Georgie is going to be famous…she is ridiculous, holy smokes. Great work!

  • EFFFFFFIN-A! These are fantastic! I think Georgie looks like a mini-Carla in the sunglasses photo.

  • Love them! I took Christian there last week right before peak bloom.( wish he would allow me to take pics of him)Thanks for telling us about it. We had a nice time ourselves!

  • These ARE truly beautiful. And just so you know; you actually WERE that cute when you were little:-) I love you, sis.

  • OMG she’s a mini Carla to the T!!!! You are so incredibly blessed with that family of yours – gorgeous, just gorgeous!!

  • ok—the one of georgie walking in the road is the cutest picture ever! better than the cute kid picture that are all fuzzy around the edges that they put on greeting cards. did she choose the dress?

  • Amy Hammond

    Carla- these are soooo beautiful. Georgie is such a doll!

  • Just stunning I have a client I promised to take to sunflower fields this year guess I’d better do it soon… just breathtaking.. what a sweet little princess Georgie is.. such a darling.. really wonderful and I bet a really really great mom and daughter day too =)

  • robert norman

    that shot of her walking away—on the road—Ahhhhhh!!!! beautiful!

  • #6 is truly a work of art! One of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen. And what a wonderful memory for you and your daughter to be cherished forever!! I can’t stop looking at it!

  • Belinda

    Crazy beautiful. Like everyone else, I am loving pic #6. Far & away the best picture I’ve seen in a long time – maybe ever. Awesomesauce 🙂

  • Tracey

    These are fantastic pictures. I never knew about the sunflowers. Georgie looks fantastic. She is sooooo cute!!!

  • Holy freaking crap!! First of all: these are making me sooo excited for when Evie is Georgie’s age. Second: the shot of her walking away through the flowers?!? Holy. Freaking. CRAP!!!!

  • OMG, I love it! Gorgeous post. I’ve been obsessing about getting here for weeks and today I am finally going up with a former bride. I’m busting inside because I’m so excited. Georgie is such a lucky girl!

  • Madeline Sebastian-Tolson

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful and perfect…beautifully perfect!!! Just like your daughter!


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