Every PRINCESS needs…
Heaps of comfy pillows:
DADDY’S magic touch:
A nice little lounge in the warm shade:
And last, but not least…
Every princess MUST have a big, fancy purse!!!
Does snow make you happy??? Sure does us… we waited and waited and waited… finally we have enough to get serious about some snow play!
Oh! the snow, the beautiful snow, Filling the sky and earth below, Over the housetops,
over the street, Over the heads of the people you meet. Dancing, Flirting, Skimming along.
Arts & Crafts: Beardbuster (shaving cream) Snow People, Snow Painting and Felt Snowman Game
Learning Fun: Count the Snowballs (egg carton + pompoms) and Stamp & Count Snowguys
Fun with Food: Whipcream Snow Smash and Taste, Snowman Buffet Featuring; PB&Js, Snowman Soup, Snowman Sippies and Mini-marshmellow Snowfolks
Just for Kicks: Inside Snow Play and Tiny Snowfamily
Books: The Snowy Day (Ezra Jack Keats), The Snowman (Raymond Briggs), Dream Snow (Eric Carle) and Jan’s Bretts Snowy Treasury
Okay and perhaps the real reason for our theme this week (more like two weeks, three?)— I had an excuse to dress Blaise up as a snow-baby:
If you have snow I hope you are enjoying every single second of it!
If you don’t— come visit– we have plenty to spare.
Happy Snowy Days to you!
I got mine today.
What a thrill to hold such a fresh miracle from God.
Isn’t he a divine work of art?
…we joyfully welcomed this little man into our world.
He has filled our hearts with a rainbow of delight,
and colored our days with kisses, giggles and wonder.
“We find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Okay, after that last post I need a PRETTY post.Â I love that little dried leaf on top of his head.
For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in
Jesus Christ, so that we can do
the good things
he planned for us long ago.
I thought about titling this post
‘bear with me’
‘he’s no grizzly’
‘I love you beary much’
Then I stopped myself from such ridiculous cheese.Â Come on.Â I’m almost 38 years old.Â According to the dictionary a cheesy person is, “marked by an obvious lack of style or good taste.”
So here I am.Â And here is my little cuddly grizzly bear.Â Cheese and all.
And yes, I will freely admit that oneÂ year I sent out a Christmas card with a huge cut-out bear that said, “Beary Christmas!”Â I know. I know.
HERE is a Valentine’s Day card with Mason in the same outfit.
Once a cheese, always a cheese.
A few of my favorite things.
I love photographing newborns. There is something so sacred about capturing a tiny human so fresh from God.
10 tips to capturing your little miracle:
1. My all time FAVORITE thing to do with newborns is to put them IN and ON things. Look around your house for bowls, baskets, plates. Get creative! If you can’t find anything you love in your home check out Ikea, Target, antique shops & yard sales for some inexpensive magic makers.
2. Before your wee one is born, hit a local fabric store stock up on variety of fabrics and blankets. Find at least one of each—- high dimension texture (above), silk, fake fur, loopy/bumpy and velvety. You may also like to have several basic solids on hand; black, antique white and your favorite baby shade. Think about using vibrant and bold prints and heirloom quilts (below) for lovely memories too. Fabrics are essential for backdrops if you have lots of clutter around. Also use blankies to make a tasty baby burrito or put your fabric over a bean bag, pillow or boppy for an instant “baby poser.”
3. Click with your heart. Don’t worry if your photographs aren’t technically perfect. Some of my finest work is highly flawed… as long as you love an image, it is a treasure. Photograph baby with something you cherish and/or something that represents you; vintage baseball glove, cowboy hat, wedding rings, mommy’s wedding dress… the ideas are endless.
4. Turn off your flash. Let God’s light do all the work for you. I have lots of expensive & fancy lighting equipment— never used it on a baby, not once. Find a spot in your house that has soft, subtle light. Notice the way the light changes in each room through out the day. You may find exceptional light in the nursery during the morning and then the dining room in the afternoon. Trust me when I say your house has perfect light— it’s just a matter of finding it!
5. Don’t be afraid to be ridiculously cheesy and silly. Costumes aren’t just for Halloween!! I love to accessorize fully clothed and nakie babes in hats, scarves, booties and big beautiful bows.
6. Go black and white. Nothing beats a timeless and classic black & white photograph. Often fresh newborn skin can be bit blotchy and/or red— black and whites will help hide that! The baby angel (below) had flawless skin, yet black and white just worked perfectly here. Let each photograph speak to you– I usually know within the first second if it should be B&W or color… if in doubt print both and pick your favorite.
7. Take the one shot you can’t live without. For me, every session includes the quintessential hand shot (below). I love how this pose highlights the smallness of the baby against dad’s big hand. Search your favorite magazines and blogs to find YOUR SHOT. Do what it takes to capture it!
8. Print your photographs regularly. This sounds simple enough, but in this age of digital greatness it’s easy to forget about REAL PRINTS. Please don’t use your local pharmacy or home printer for photographs you actually care about. Skip Target and Walmart. Find a local professional camera shop and see if they do in house printing. If they don’t they will recommend one to you.
9. Show some skin. Go for the birthday suit. Tushie shots are a must have. You can easily cover up privates with a blankie. Their skin never again be so velvety, soft and gorgeous.
10. Pee. Poop. Patience. Photographing newborns is a hard, messy job! Take your time and take lots and lots and lots of photos. It’s okay to take 100 shots and only get ONE that really makes your heart sing.
Okay, this was only supposed to be 10 tips… I can’t stop myself, just TWO more!
11. Sleepy heads. Who isn’t a sucker for sleeping newborn? You’ll find babes to be most easily movable and flexible within the FIRST TEN DAYS of life. Keep a sleeping baby warm and wrapped until you are ready to begin your session. I always ask my clients to turn the heat way up (parents should be sweating by the end of session) to keep baby content. You can also use a hot water bottle or heating pad to warm babies spot in advance. Some photographers like to use white noise machines or soothing sounds to relax mom and baby!
12. Get Close. Move in as close as your camera will allow. Capture tiny toes, drool, wrinkly skin, belly buttons… and capture it close. Always remember this— when you think you are close enough, go a tad closer! How can anyone resist those sweet kissable wrinkles (below)!??
13. Plan Ahead! Make a Checklist! Organize and have everything ready to go before your start shooting. Make a habit of having your lens clean and your battery charged. This post, “THE CHECKLIST: Ten items to have on hand for yoru baby’s photoshoot” may be helpful!
Now go get clickin will ya! Can’t wait to see all your beautiful babes!