Archive for December, 2007

:Scooter Girl:

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Peach (nickname for K — I might just stick with that from now on on the blog) is super energetic.  She loves to ride her bike, trike or scooter all the time.  Just a typical afternoon.  :)

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Tomorrow starts the first {Kid Book Review} on the blog and boy, do we have a good one to tell you about!  You’ll even get some reading action shots with K and J. 

Hope your holiday shopping is going well.  We’re up to our ears in toys (of the hidden variety) over here (I always go waaaaay overboard) and haven’t wrapped one gift yet.  I see some late nights in my future…grrrreat.     ~m

*Old Shtuff*

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

I’m currently working on a little project (might, just MIGHT be related to Christmas  :) ) and ran across a bunch of fun & interesting pics.  Here are a couple that stood out to me for the month of April.  Yipes…that’s 8 months ago! 

Our little J was definitely upset about something.  I love his facial expression even though I can’t clearly see his eyes.  His scrunched up face (check out that line between his eyes!) and upset little mouth sure convey some major emotion!  Not a typical pic for this happy guy.

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Not a very typical pic for K either because it’s hard for this little lady to sit this still.  I love how I can read her face — I see a very relaxed, confident two-year-old who is loving taking in the outdoors.  Pretty much sums her up. 

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**Real emotion can be hard to capture, especially if you have a kiddo that shies away from the camera.  **

Photog Tip #2:  Some ways that have helped me coerce kids to cooperate while showing emotion are having the child:  explore his or her surroundings, sing a song, tell a funny story,  tell jokes, tell a secret to a sibling, tell the child NOT to smile in a fun way, give the kiddo a lollipop :) , and have the child perform fun physical activities (soccer, run a lap, go down a slide, etc).   

If any of you out there in Blogland have something that works like a charm, let me know please!! 

I had a photo shoot a while back where the mom brought a balloon and had dad release the air for the kiddos.  They all thought it was hilarious and I got some fun shots of all three kiddos with genuine smiles and laughter.  It is always a challenge — that’s why I like doing this! 

 Have a great day.  ~m  

[be back tomorrow]

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Late night out — sang at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and had dinner with choir.  Fun, but I need my bed.  :)     ~m

.: Zebra Light :.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

It’s 1am.  Little guy  just woke up and is chillin’ on my lap as I type with my free hand.  Guess I’m pretty used to this — typing one-handed, that is.  Sorry in advance for any typos!  :)

About the pic…the two kiddos were playing yesterday morning and I just happened to catch J as he pondered something.   Those moments are rare because he now spends all his free time going around and around and around our house on his two legs.  We have a 99% walker over here! 

I love how the light looks like zebra stripes on and around J.  Color was nice, but the conversion to black and white really made it a more dramatic image.  If you look closely, you can see his eyelashes curling upward.  What a cutie.

 Have a great day.  ~m

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Gingerbread Goodness

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Gum drops + sweet tarts + more colorful sweet goodies +

frosting +gingerbread =

Recipe for FUN for a three year old, her mom & grandma

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It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas…

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

…especially at Mimi and Papa’s house.  My mom goes all out for the holidays.  It’s an AMAZING all out though.  Every corner of her house has something Christmassy.  Rules: all of her decorations have to be red, green, silver or gold (except for the VERY special tree you’ll see below) and almost all of them are antique! 

She collects blown glass reindeer, millinery fruit (for her fruit tree), holiday postcards from long ago, and just antique ornaments in general.  It’s fun to see her decor change through the years (she finds ornaments all year) and it’s also wonderful to see our favorite things each year. 

It’s interesting how my Christmas tree looks a lot like hers…my vision of what Christmas looks like, in tree form, has been shaped by my upbringing.  Hope you enjoy, mom!  I know you were excited to see pics of your wonderful collection. 

Storyboard below:  The 9′ living room tree.  Vintage Merry Christmas ornament.  Sussex cottage dollhouse (all decked out for the holidays).  

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Storyboard below:  Genie ornament.  Rare blown glass stork.   Assortment of ornaments, including an eskimo (one of mom’s favs).  The 4′ den tree.  Underneath the den tree — vintage feather tree fence, assortment of antique beads & ornaments.

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Saving the best for last………isn’t this the coolest?????   

Storyboard below:  The Kitchen Tree or the Fruit Tree.  This is a feather tree and the fruit ornaments used to be placed on hats for decoration.  Mom’s own cool creation.  I love the color! 

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I’m not used to taking pics of anything but people, so this was fun for me.  :)   Took me out of my comfort zone a bit, but that’s good.  I’m always up for a good challenge.  Hope you’ve enjoyed!~m

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas…

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

…especially at Mimi and Papa’s house.  My mom goes all out for the holidays.  It’s an AMAZING all out though.  Every corner of her house has something Christmassy.  Rules: all of her decorations have to be red, green, silver or gold (except for the VERY special tree you’ll see below) and almost all of them are antique! 

She collects blown glass reindeer, millinery fruit (for her fruit tree), holiday postcards from long ago, and just antique ornaments in general.  It’s fun to see her decor change through the years (she finds ornaments all year) and it’s also wonderful to see our favorite things each year. 

It’s interesting how my Christmas tree looks a lot like hers…my vision of what Christmas looks like, in tree form, has been shaped by my upbringing.  Hope you enjoy, mom!  I know you were excited to see pics of your wonderful collection. 

Storyboard below:  The 9′ living room tree.  Vintage Merry Christmas ornament.  Sussex cottage dollhouse (all decked out for the holidays).  

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Storyboard below:  Genie ornament.  Rare blown glass stork.   Assortment of ornaments, including an eskimo (one of mom’s favs).  The 4′ den tree.  Underneath the den tree — vintage feather tree fence, assortment of antique beads & ornaments.

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Saving the best for last………isn’t this the coolest?????   

Storyboard below:  The Kitchen Tree or the Fruit Tree.  This is a feather tree and the fruit ornaments used to be placed on hats for decoration.  Mom’s own cool creation.  I love the color! 

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I’m not used to taking pics of anything but people, so this was fun for me.  :)   Took me out of my comfort zone a bit, but that’s good.  I’m always up for a good challenge.  Hope you’ve enjoyed!~m

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas…

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

…especially at Mimi and Papa’s house.  My mom goes all out for the holidays.  It’s an AMAZING all out though.  Every corner of her house has something Christmassy.  Rules: all of her decorations have to be red, green, silver or gold (except for the VERY special tree you’ll see below) and almost all of them are antique! 

She collects blown glass reindeer, millinery fruit (for her fruit tree), holiday postcards from long ago, and just antique ornaments in general.  It’s fun to see her decor change through the years (she finds ornaments all year) and it’s also wonderful to see our favorite things each year. 

It’s interesting how my Christmas tree looks a lot like hers…my vision of what Christmas looks like, in tree form, has been shaped by my upbringing.  Hope you enjoy, mom!  I know you were excited to see pics of your wonderful collection. 

Storyboard below:  The 9′ living room tree.  Vintage Merry Christmas ornament.  Sussex cottage dollhouse (all decked out for the holidays).  

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Storyboard below:  Genie ornament.  Rare blown glass stork.   Assortment of ornaments, including an eskimo (one of mom’s favs).  The 4′ den tree.  Underneath the den tree — vintage feather tree fence, assortment of antique beads & ornaments.

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Saving the best for last………isn’t this the coolest?????   

Storyboard below:  The Kitchen Tree or the Fruit Tree.  This is a feather tree and the fruit ornaments used to be placed on hats for decoration.  Mom’s own cool creation.  I love the color! 

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I’m not used to taking pics of anything but people, so this was fun for me.  :)   Took me out of my comfort zone a bit, but that’s good.  I’m always up for a good challenge.  Hope you’ve enjoyed!~m

Latest and Greatest

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

K:  Mommy, will you be my bestest friend (while riding around the kitchen island on her “super bike”)?

Me: Sure

K: Are we going to get married?  (oh grrrreat.  here goes this talk again)  :)

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 .:K is a very happy-go-lucky girly girl who loves to dress up and play animal babies.  She loves to help others (especially in the kitchen) and shows tremendous love to her friends and family. 

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.:J is talking (up, ma-ma, da-da, book, dog, eat, kate,  please, juice, nigh-night, bye-bye, shoe, water, banana, Mimi, Papa–those are all I can think of this very moment) and walking all over the place.  He still squeals if he’s going a long way.  He loves to drive cars on all sorts of different surfaces (including my head).  He gives some pretty sloppy kisses and is starting to yell if he wants something and we don’t know what.  :)

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Stay tuned for a spectacular Christmas photo shoot at Mimi and Papa’s house.  Mimi’s Christmas decorations are magazine-worthy!   3 different trees, antique ornaments, the whole shabang…     ~m

:::Kid Soup:::

Friday, December 14th, 2007

A fun bath time for the kidlets.  Storyboard.  I’m loving these! 

Taken at nighttime, no flash, high ISO.  I did run an action that made it grainy (on top of being grainy with a high ISO), but my camera seemed to pull through for me. 

Photog Tip#1:  For those of you that use flash all the time indoors– it’s fun to just turn it off (be brave!), adjust your camera (read that manual about ISOs!), and see what you can do.  Put your kiddos near a window where there’s enough natural light so that you don’t have to use a flash indoors.  Try various poses and watch how the window light casts shadows and varying shades of light on your subject.

Natural light creates drama.  Flash really washes subjects out, taking depth out of your pictures.  I’m not a big fan of flash…if you want to try no flash indoors and want a little feedback (just do it!!!) send your image to maggiejmcd@msn.com  I’ll let you know what I think and coach you through it (to the best of my ability!).  Make sure to tell me a little background info on your pic.  Where, when, ISO, etc.  Why not just try it?–I’m sure it would help me, too!

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***On a different note…do any of you blog readers out there (I know people read this thing!) know a good place for me to take some desert pics? 

 We’re talking saguaro cacti, big rocks and all that with nothing else around.  I’m gearing up for a funky desert photo shoot and need some locations!  There have got to be some hikers/explorers out there that can help out!!!***