Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sweet Baby

 
I don't get baby fever very often anymore. With a 15 year old and a 9 year old, focus has shifted to school, sports and friends. It's a whole new stage.
 
However, there is something about a 2 week old baby. The simple needs, soft skin, and sweet innocence that brings the baby craving out.
 
This sweet girl has two big brothers to look out for her.

 

 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Let's Get Studious

 
 
I've showed pictures of my office space before. You know it's not a pretty space. It won't be getting "pinned" any time soon. Unless it's on a what to avoid board.

Ken and I have been discussing doing an overhaul on how we use our downstairs space. It started off with us joking and then the ideas started flowing. Our house is a split-level and the bedrooms, kitchen, living room are all upstairs. Honestly we hardly ever go downstairs unless we're doing laundry (read digging through the dryer for clean pants). 

My office is downstairs and tends to collect clutter. Not sure where something should go.  "Put it in your mom's office" is a regular refrain.

 
The playroom also underwent some re-organizing last summer. Anique occasionally goes down if she has her cousin over, but it's mostly lonely and unused as well.

Playroom Before

With all that said, we are looking into converting the playroom space into a larger office/studio space for me and Ken would like to use the the smaller room as a "man cave". 

Right now I'm stocking up on inspiration on Pinterest

If the TV moves downstairs that opens up some design opportunities for the living room too. Maybe making it a cozy reading area? Hmmm...I love a good re-decorating project. On a budget, of course. 

Do you have any inspiration to share for a studio/office space?

Friday, December 6, 2013

It's All About the Hamster

Anique really, really wants a hamster. Like really, really, really wants one.

It started off with her normal asking for one. Assurances that she would take care of it. Then the Ipad came out. She started reading articles about hamsters, then came videos about hamster care, checking school books out about hamsters...

Yesterday, after school she locked herself in her bedroom all afternoon and night while she worked on her "thing". Came out briefly for dinner and went back in. Couldn't even lure her out with Home Alone.

Finally just before 9pm she emerged with her project.


She presented the board. In a calm, completely professional way she told me all about the different types of hamsters, the best ones for children, the pros and cons of owning a hamster, what they need to be comfortable and taken care of, the best product brands for hamster toys, why hamsters need a wheel, etc....No begging or pleading just a sweet presentation of the facts.

If this was a school project, I totally would have given her an "A+". 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sing Me a Song, My Love...

 
I had so much fun with this couple. J had lots of ideas for props and was really focused on showing getting their love story on film.G plays and signs for her often so the guitar was a must.
 
They were super easy to photograph and so at ease being themselves. A dream come true!
 
I heard fun stories from their first dates, learned a bit about them as a couple and individuals and, of course, we took lots of pictures. 
 
 
 



 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Leaving the Nest


There's always something a little bittersweet about doing senior portraits. It's an exciting time. So many changes and plans to be excited for. A fresh new future just waiting to be explored. But the mom in me sympathizes with the realization that the child is becoming an adult and they are moving on. Not leaving you behind, because you know they'll come back for food and laundry, but exploring the boundaries and opportunities they choose.

Z. is blessed with an older sister who has helped to forge the path. He wants to study Physics (Wow!). I was so impressed with his confidence and ability with just being himself. He was relaxed, friendly and polite. It was wonderful to see the relationship between him and his mom. I'm sure there are big things waiting ahead for him. 










Friday, November 29, 2013

Apple pie in a Jar




For our family, we traditionally celebrate at my grandmas house. This year I offered to bring an apple dessert. Originally, I thought about making baked apples. I know I saw a recipe for them somewhere recently. 

Ultimately, after determing my peeler was not going to cooperate I decided to create an apple pie in a jar. Why a jar? Because I didn't have enough ramekins of course.  

Ingredients: 

Oil spray 
5 apples (peeled, cored, cut into medium pieces)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp brandy
Puff pastry
10 mason jars

Directions:

•Put apple pieces in a medium sized bowl. Coat very lightly with oil. (I used this pampered chef sprayer. )
•Mix in brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until all pieces are coated. 
Drizzle brandy in and stir again to coat. 
•Distribute apples evenly among jars.
•Use small pieces of puff pastry to cover the tops of the apples. 
•Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 min. 



Notes: This recipe only filled the jar halfway. We then topped it with a scoop of ice cream. I had planned on topping that with a light caramel drizzle. Due to an unplanned visit to the urgent care clinic, it didn't all come together just right. 

If you preferred more pie you could double it. 

My grandma, baker extraordinaire, actually wants the recipe! Kinda embarrassed that it's so easy! 

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving (if you are in the US). Everywhere else, a great weekend! 


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Little Princess

 
Last weekend I also got to take pictures of this sweet girl. It was a fussy type of day for her but so worth it when we captured her sweet smiles.
 
She's already a beauty and I can tell she and Mom are going to have lots of fun with dress-up in the coming years.

 


Monday, November 25, 2013

Full Hearts

 

A child fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty-Author Unknown

This little boy is 6 months old and so, so loved. Not only by his mom and dad but by his uncle too. His is obviously the center of the household (although the dog is still vying for attention!)

It's always fun to see first time parents embracing their new role as parents and seeing families come together to celebrate a new addition. And he was such a happy baby. And best of all, he was fascinated by the click of the camera so getting him to look at the camera was easy peasy.

Plus, who doesn't love itty, bitty baby feet?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Power of Pretty Plates


Treats always taste better when they are displayed on a pretty plate, or a tier of plates.

When planning a tea party shoot I wanted a pretty centerpiece to decorate the table. Something with a bit of height to add visual interest.

I found these pretty plates at Fred Meyer in the clearance section. The clearance shelf had an assortment of individual plates in different colors and patterns. The plates were sold by themselves and there weren't enough of any one pattern to create a complete set but they were perfect for a tower of plates.

I chose a large blue plate for the base and then two smaller plates with different patterns but the coordinating color.

I had seen Pinterest posts with cake stands made with wine glasses or candlesticks. I couldn't find candlesticks in my price range (didn't have time to make an extra trip to Dollar Tree).

I found a couple of small clear tea light votives. Perfect!

I gathered up my E-6000 industrial glue and went to work.

Supplies:

1 large plate
2 small plates
2 small votives
Industrial strength glue

Instructions:

Clean your surfaces, remove any labels or glue

Apply glue to the bottom of each votive.

Glue one to the bottom of each small plate (centered)

Let dry completely.

Once dry, apply glue to the rim of each votive.

Stack plates to complete the tier and allow to dry completely before using or moving.

Perfect for your holiday party or a tea party in the woods.







Wednesday, November 20, 2013

True Love


 
 I had so much fun with this couple.  They shared about how they met and their wedding plans. She has a vision and the brains and beauty to pull it off. She designed her own wedding dress! How cool is that?!

He completely adores her. You can see how he looks at her. I'm so happy for them both.

They were both such good sports and went along with my crazy prop idea. They sipped their pretend tea (while freezing their buns off) in the woods and he climbed a tree for one shot. In all fairness, she was willing but heels and tree climbing just didn't go together. So, we only got one lovebird sitting in a tree...

Don't you just want to sigh a little bit looking at them? Such a beautiful couple.
 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Texture Tuesday - Fall Leaf

 
It's been awhile since I last participated in Texture Tuesday but I just couldn't resist this leaf. We get lots of brown leaves but every so often you find one that just radiates color.
 
I textured this photo with Kim Klassen's Edith.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blessed in the Northwest


 
 
This was a busy weekend with three photo shoots. I shot a lovely couple at the Arboretum, a happy little 6 month old boy and a beautiful little 3 month old.
 
Above are a few shots I took while waiting for the first session. Oh my goodness, it's such a good reminder of how blessed I am to live in the Northwest. The leaves have mostly changed but there is always green to be found.
 
Sometimes I wish for a warmer climate but really it is gorgeous here. All the wetness pays off in a lush, green surroundings. 
  
 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Social Media



There are so many different social media sites out there. I started my social media journey with MySpace. It was the coolest new thing.

I slowly transitioned over to Facebook leaving MySpace behind. Now I have accounts with Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Google +. And, of course, I blog. 

It seems more and more people are closing their Facebook accounts and moving to Instagram as their primary sharing venue. They don't want to read the random commentaries and over-sharing some people are prone to. 

I like Instagram but I feel it is geared for phone photos. A good quick option for sharing on the fly. As a camera lover, I do like the ability to post albums on Facebook for sharing a set of photos. I'm not ready to walk away from it yet. 

What are your thoughts on social media? Do you have a preference? What do you use most? Please let me know. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Golden Moments


   
 
I met with this sweet family last weekend. They are new to the Northwest and to the abundance of Fall leaves. They found me through my Groupon deal. I'm so very glad they did.

This session was truly a joy to shoot. What I observed was a couple still very much in love and who enjoy each other. Four darling, well behaved, beautiful little girls. Each with their own personality. I hope they had as much fun during that hour as I did. 

Here are a few more of the photos we captured.