Monthly Archives: April 2012
What is so great about being a photographer is anyone could be a potential client, even months or years later. I met this mother about 18 months ago when we were both pregnant. She was due about a week before me. I ended up beating her to the punch by a few days and we met again at this milestone for both of our babies. He was a sober little guy, but we stole a few precious grins out of him.
The biggest secret that I ever kept was when I knew I was having a baby girl, but my husband did not know the gender! He thought I was horrible at keeping secrets until I kept this one. I had everything planned, from her name to her furniture and bedding. I was so excited to have my third baby girl! She has been such a blessing to me over the past year. Today is her birthday and when I was thinking of all of her favorite things here is what came to mind. She loves her mama (I gotta put that in there), the phone and pretending to call dada, dancing, playing with balls, whispering “hi” to everyone, and she loves Cheerios! So, I thought this would be the perfect set up for her birthday session! What do you think? I’m bias, but isn’t she adorable!
I saw the monogram wrapped with twine on Pinterest. I thought it was so cute, but didn’t know what to do with it. So, I picked up this old window pane and paired them together. It is hung in the living room at our cottage and I think it looks great. Side note, these wrapped letters are much easier to do with letters that are open and not closed (B is much harder than S).
This is a headboard that I made for our cottage. I actually made two and have made several others besides these. The reason, they are SO easy and SO inexpensive compared to the hundreds of dollars that Pottery Barn charges for theirs. Start with a piece of plywood and spray glue on foam from JoAnn Fabrics. After that, pull your fabric around it and staple it in the back. That’s it! Project time of probably an hour max!
Today I’m reflecting on the past year and I am feeling extremely blessed! So, I thought I’d share a little bit about my family. The first photo in the storyboard below is me one year ago today! I was obviously about to pop and actually just three days from delivering my third baby girl. The next photo is of my sweet baby, Paisley, right after she was born. The middle shot is us before we went home from the hospital and the last two photos were taken just this week as we approach her first birthday this Saturday! I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by. You only understand how much I love this child if you are a parent yourself. Love you so much Paisley Claire!! I’m sure I’ll have more birthday pics to share next week!
Taking 14 people, with half of them children, and trying to get them all to look at you at the same time can be challenging. It was a brisk spring morning and I loved the location we decided on. One thing I did not plan on however, was the huge digger working on the subdivision behind the location. So, we had to pull out a little bit of crazy to get the kiddos looking our way, but all in all, I think that grandma will be pleased with this gift her children have given her with the family photo session.
If you know my style at all, you’ll know that I do NOT like plain, boring, straight line shots. I’d rather mix it up with different angles and positions such as sitting down, laying down, snuggling, laughing and close faces. Here are a few examples of arrangements that make a plain photo look great!
I love the first year of a baby’s life and watching how they grow. It is especially fun to watch twins grow up together and see their differences as well. These two are so different, not only their gender, but size and development too. Even though the little girl is much smaller, she will probably be walking and running around much before her brother. They were perfect during this session. I suggested this swing pose because I used to put my two girls both in one swing like that, even though they are 21 months apart. They just make those swings way too big, but it does provide me with this cute pose!
So, you may notice that I am a little obsessed with Pinterest. Some of the ideas are great, some don’t really work, and some just need a little adjustment. This is a pin that I tweaked and LOVED the results. I took this adorable photo of two of my girls laughing and squishing faces. I burned a high res copy to a disc and brought it to Office Max. They charge $3.90 for a 24×36 B&W print (color is around $25). Now on Pinterest they recommended buying foam board and gluing it on yourself for a project total of around $15. Well, I would much rather pay Office Max an additional $21 to put it on foam board for me. They actually got a wrinkle the first time they ran it through their machine and had to redo it (so glad I didn’t try that myself!). So, for a total of around $26, this is adorable and the quality is surprisingly great! I would NOT recommend this with a low quality original photo. The larger you get it, the worse it may look. What do you think? Do you love it? I actually made a different one too and they are both in the girl’s room at our cottage.