Where the Green Grass Grows

July 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Studio life is pretty great.  Controllable natural light (well, at least reasonably so — I have yet to figure out how to cast rainbows from the palm of my hand, which is a feat that would undoubtedly come in handy sometimes) temperature controlled climate, mountains of props at our disposal …. it’s definitely not a bad way to go.  However, as with all things, sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.  This time, it really was.  (Literally — there isn’t much grass inside the studio to compete with.)

You may remember the lovely sibling trio from my last blog entry …. photos were largely from the white backdrop we have in studio.  That was only half of the story — the ‘happily ever after’ took place on location at the river landing in Osceola, the town in which the studio is located.  Here it was heaven …. not only could the kids run around and play with bubbles, balloons, and beach, but the mature and majestic trees served as excellent modifiers of that terribly harsh mid-day light.

Happy kids….happy photographers….it was time for some fun!  (And fun we had …. along with a record breaking number of photos!  Here are just a few of my favorites at the moment….)


Snakes and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

July 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today’s “To Do” List includes editing a recent photo session of an adorable young family, with two strapping boys and a fair maiden squeezed in between them.  Not only was the session itself a (busy) delight, but fortunately the fun continues into the editing room — moments, expressions, and simple silliness that may have been brief in passing are now forever recorded in their history…these are the images which leap out at me from my computer screen.  Sorting through the wide array of giggles, pouts and heart tuggingly big puppy brown eyes (seriously– how is a mom supposed to resist those??) I couldn’t help but think of the nursery school rhyme “What are little girls/boys made of?”  This, of course, made me chuckle — for while we may not have had any actual snakes, snails, or puppy dog tails on set, we had plenty of sugar and spice and everything nice.

So, what are little boys made of?

Nope, none of those sneaky snails here.

Hmm…..I never did check their pockets though….

A little sugar…..a little spice….

A sweet and cherished moment that is oh so nice.

Thanks again to this wonderful family who shared their morning with me.  Whatever it is that these little ones are made of, it sure is spectacular!

Little and lovely …. Lyla.

July 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

After becoming a mother, I became a big fan of babies.  Little toes….fat rolls….I just gobble them up.  However, never have I encountered a little one, let alone a newborn, with such an amazing head of hair.  Then again, I shouldn’t be surprised …. she’s a beauty just like her mama!

Congratulations Kari and Jeremy, on the birth of your little miracle!

What’s in a Name?

July 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

The word “name,” in it’s adjective form, is defined as “a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known.”  Simple enough….until you’re suddenly the one responsible for giving it.  The name a parent chooses for their child will be a lifelong factor in that child’s story — a first impression, an identity, or potentially a source of material for playground malice.   Yikes….Suddenly 9 months doesn’t seem that long, does it?  Whatever the name, and whatever the reason for selecting it, new parents are extremely proud of their choice — as they should be.  This excitement inspired my “alphabet block style” series….which I offer to clients as a part of their session package.  It’s my little way of not only taking note of a sweet newborn face, but also of the distinction that has been lovingly chosen for them. 

“I’m here”

July 20, 2010 § 2 Comments

The bond between a father and son is a very endearing one.  From his first steps, a son wants nothing more than to fill his father’s shoes….literally clopping around in them whenever the opportunity presents itself.  When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, a little boy will proudly declare that he wants to be a superhero just like his daddy.  Yet there is something in that very first meeting between father and newborn son that surpasses all other moments — an instinctive and immediate trust that is overwhelmingly visible with just the simple grasp of one small hand.  It is as if to say “I’m here, Daddy.  I’m here, and this is where I’m going to stay.”


July 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

The word “blog” has always seemed strange to me. “Blah” and “log” …. what a funny phonetic combination.  (Yes, I realize that “blog” is short for “web log”….but still — it’s a funny sounding word.)  Furthermore, when one is active in blogging, they are referred to as a “blogger,” which really sounds more like something you would call someone when you’re extremely upset.  “You…you…you…BLOGGER!”  I do realize that this topic has nothing to do with photographing children…or photography for that matter…but still a notable topic nonetheless.  Perhaps this is just a sign of how times have changed since my early days of “photography club” — you know, when cameras still had film in them.

No photo taking today to speak of — today is a day for the digital darkroom (ie editing on the computer.)  A day for adjusting the slider slightly to the left, then slightly to the right….then again to the left, criticizing which hair’s breath of difference earns the stamp of perfection.  Today I am editing a recent newborn session ….( well, not quite newborn, little Jacob was nearly 6 weeks) …. See what a handsome fella he is?

Have a wonderful weekend, I look forward to sharing more photos with you soon!

Just for me….

July 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Welcome to my own little “corner!”  This blog will be a space for me to share the adventures I have while working with my most favorite subject groups — newborns, babies, kids….families!  Here we will “ooh” and “aahh” over adorable faces, chuckle at children’s wily antics, and plain old enjoy the art of photography combined with the business of parenting.  Bear with me while I piece this blog together (you would not believe the insane number of options there are!!)

This morning my charming daughter asked me if I would photograph her and her two brothers if they dressed up in costumes.  Naturally, I was thrilled to comply.  Before starting the ‘shoot’ Jade added “And Mom?  Make them look professional.”   Well missy, I will do my best!  It was a wonderful morning –we had about as much fun that could be had on a backdrop!

That is all the time I have for now….there are some more time sensitive photos that require my attention.  See you back here soon!

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