Little Man

January 31, 2011 § 2 Comments

In many ways, photographing children is full of trickery.  Silly jokes/faces/voices/songs/you name it — all with the grand scheme of breaking the ice and unearthing a child’s gorgeous smile.  There was no immediately fooling this little one though.  He definitely knew we were up to something, and he was determined to find out just what the something was.

He studied everything very carefully, with many looks over to his parents to verify that this was, in fact, an ok deal.  No doubt wondering what this big ol’ black thing was that I kept sticking in front of my face.  But wait — Peek a boo?  Hmm….well….maybe….

There he is!

Aren’t adoring parents simply wonderful?  You could just feel that first-born wonderment in the air :)

(Something tells me that he noticed it too :)

He looked beautiful in blue, as sweet little boys often do.

Then, nestled in daddy’s arms, he eventually grew sleepy.  (Which sweet little boys often do :)

Every detail so sweet and treasured…

As sweet parents often do.

Congratulations on a perfect little miracle :)


The Art of Doing {book of the week}

January 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

I am feeling squirmy.

The kids and husband are feeling squirmy.

The dog even has a squirm-like appearance.

All blame goes to cabin fever.

To counteract all this restlessness, this week’s Fun on Friday posting is focusing a bit more on doing, and slightly less on reading.  Cue I Can Draw Animals by Usborne Playtime Books.

The jist of this book is fairly clear cut — it shows children how to draw a line-up of animals, in an easy to follow step by step format.  Reading …. following directions … and cute artwork to bring fresh color to your home?  It’s a definite winner.

Coloring won’t last forever though, and at some point creative fingers are going to crave a little more excitement.  Usually this happens in our house when our craft stock is at record lows, but construction paper is a staple that always seems to be in endless supply.  Not sure where to get started?  I Can Cut and Stick by Usborne Playtime Books is sure to get the ball rolling!

Like the other Usborne Book, this how-to is written in easy to follow step by step format as well, with brilliant illustrations and colorful ideas.  Add embellishments to your creations for even more fun and pizazz!

For you moms (and dads too!) I have a special treat :)  There has been a spike in new interest in dSLR purchases, and a desire to learn how to better use your new equipment.  I’m excited to share with you that the photography forum have launched a new seasonal publication, Click Magazine. (see below)  From tips to seeking out desirable light to how your manual settings make a difference, this fun little read will provide insight and inspiration to all photogs, whether new or seasoned :)


Happy Reading!

No Joke.

January 26, 2011 § 1 Comment

Time to go to the local library for Story Time!

It’s themed as a Snake Story Time, where we will hear stories about snakes, and probably sing a song or two about them.  Maybe even get up a dance a little.

Did I mention that there will be actual snakes there as well?

I didn’t?

Silly me.

More photos coming “ssssss”oon :)

A Biased Opinion {book of the week}

January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

This has been a fantastic day.  It started with a beautiful newborn session, and ends with ordered-in pizza and a circle of friends.  FANTASTIC.  To keep the fantastical ball rolling, we’ll probably end the day with my Morgan’s favorite book Who Says Moo? by Ruth Young.  This book was chosen not because of it’s brilliant prose, or is ingenuous concept (seriously, how many other picture books out there teach that a cow says moo?  It’s a fact that by now has reached every corner of this dear earth) but this story was chosen because it is my quiet little Morgan’s book of choice.  It is a book, that for whatever reason, captures his attention and stimulates his tongue, and hearing him repeat word after word in this book is wonderful.  More than wonderful really …

It makes my heart smile. Who Says Moo? (9780545001168): Ruth Young, Lisa Campbell Ernst: Books.

After all, even the simplest books can become the greatest ones in the eyes of a child …. and isn’t that what this is all about? :)

Happy Reading!

That’s My Plastic.

January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

I happened upon this photo today…..

An oldie but a goodie, dug out from beneath the depths of my computer.  Ok, so that’s slightly dramatic perhaps — it’s a photo that was just taken at the tail end of this past summer.  Some of you faithful readers might recognize this photo from a post long ago though, and while this photo still has me chuckling as much as the day I snapped it, it’s also left me wondering:  Why the suspicious sidelong glance, as though someone were waiting in the shadows, ready to pounce on his plastic fisher price cuisine at any given moment?  Is this a by product of being the youngest of three?  Is nothing ever truly safe in the hands of my littlest red-headed boy?

That’s when I came across this photo, taken just days earlier, at his birthday party….

And laughed.

Isn’t everything always because of a girl? ;)

Three-Quarters Half-Grown

January 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

I pay no attention to rumors.  Nor should anyone, for that matter.  However, I have heard talk circulating which suggests that all children grow up too quickly. This is just talk of course, right?  Nothing but the chitter chatter of those with too much time on their hands.

Except the thing is…. I think they might be right.

I had two awesome little boys come to visit me in-studio recently, and by “little boys” I mean one who will legally be permitted to drive a motorized vehicle much sooner than any of us so called “older folk” would care to admit.  Do include myself in that category of disbelief, for I remember when my husband and I had our first dance at their parents’ wedding, and that memory is much too clear in my mind to have happened years ago.  More like it happened yesterday, right?


Evidently not.

It would seem that the rumors are, in fact, true:

All children do grow up too quickly.

Which, admittedly, is pretty darn cool if you’re the one who’s a kid.

Correction:  If you’re a cool kid.

(Which I think is pretty obvious that these two are.)

I’m also fairly certain that if you look up the definition for “brothers” in the all knowing Webster dictionary, you’ll find this little series of images prominently displayed…

Or if it’s not, then it should be :)

Because even better than being a cool kid is being a cool brother …

A concept that these two have undoubtedly gotten the hang of :)

Thanks again to this wonderful family for the fun filled morning of laughs and Laffy Taffy Jokes … and Mom & Dad?  You better keep a close watch on those car keys of yours ;o)

Piling Up {book of the week}

January 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

So.  This is what life is like in a snow globe.

If you’re a reader from the MN/WI (etc.) area then you know exactly what I’m talking about — snow, snow, snow, with a little extra snow on the side, and more snow on the way.  It’s an indefinite winter wonderland, delivered right to your front door  (odds are it will drift there too) and no picture book sums it up better than Let It Snow by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. Let It Snow (9780545208802): Maryann Cocca-Leffler: Books.

This little charmer is written perfectly for beginner readers at the preschool level — brilliant images combine with clever rhyme in this simply told story of winter, and oddly enough leaves no stone unturned.  From highlights such as ice skating …

…to winter’s less “award-winning” moments.

Alas, such is the season — an undeniable rollercoaster of fun and frostbite, but always with a happy (*spoiler alert*) spring ending.  Until then though… it might be a good idea to keep a pair of snowshoes handy :)

Happy Reading!

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