Archive for February, 2008

[crazy hair + hoodie = cuuute]

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

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love (today)

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

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Siblings.  Really playing together now and showing affection.  I LOVE this part! 

A little CHeekY

Monday, February 18th, 2008

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He. Just. Makes. His. Momma. (me) Melt. :)    Booooy do I love this kid. 

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The BLOGgerrific contest winner was SHERRY!  Yeah!  What a nice little [1 day late] present for your bday, too, girl! 

The rest of you:  don’t fret!  There will be many more contests coming up!    I just LOVED what you all wrote about being prego.  Answers were really honest and adorable.  Thanks.  :)    ~m

one adorable belly shot

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

What a perfectly perfect round belly.  [I keep finding more and more favorites as I edit the bunch.] 

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The little lady camping out inside here should be making an appearance any day now.  :)   Can’t wait to meet her. 

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Fun little BLOGgity contest…If you tell me 3 things that you liked most about being prego (or if you’ve never been prego, 3 things you think would be fun about being pregnant) you might just be the lucky winner of a coolio pocket guide from My Fun Camera.  This handy dandy little paper guide gives you helpful hints and settings to use for your camera in different situations.  Great for those curious about how their camera works AND for those more experienced, it helps reinforce what you already know.  I’ll send one out to a randomly chosen blogger (have to answer the question though!) on Tues.  Make sure you respond by 7pm on Sunday [AZ time], so we can pull your comment number out of a hat!  Gooooooooooooood luck! 

I’ll start…

When I was prego I loved:

Little kicks to remind me that he/she was there.

Ultrasounds — an amazing sneak peek inside.

Haagen Dazs Ice Cream =-> Caramel Cone, to be exact!

Hang THIS puppy up!

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

On a whim, I decided to get a gallery wrapped canvas a month or so ago as a sample for clients (and artwork for me!).  Although I LOVE pictures and fine things, it was truly difficult for me to spend such money to buy something for my wall.  Let me tell you — SO worth every penny.  I’m planning on purchasing a bunch more now…  Everyone that enters my house comments on the canvas.  It is just stunning and something I’ll treasure for a very long time.

Love this image of Peach and Fella. 

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So, what in the world is it???

Gallery wrapped canvas is:  your chosen image printed on canvas and then stretched over a custom wood frame.  This work of art comes ready to be hung — no frame needed at all!  Not only can you order one large image for your home, you can also combine images and get a series of canvases.  (2 or 3 10×10 or 20×20 canvases).  

I just LOVE this look so much.  Classy, chic, modern, trendy (have you seen the canvases on the walls in the new Pottery Barn Kids catalogue?) and quite a conversation piece. 

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^ Close up so you can see the edge of the canvas.  You can choose to have a border around your canvas (like the black one I chose here) or wrap your entire picture around it (no border, just image on the sides).  

The size of this particular canvas is a 16×20.  Although that seems large, since even an 8 x 10 seems big sometimes,  in my house it actually looks SMALL!  I really wish I would have ordered a 20×24!  Maybe next time!

If you’re interested, gallery wrapped canvas starts at $200.   They are all UV coated, which adds durability, longevity and colorfastness.    One amazing factoid is that black and white images tend to last 100-150 years, and color, roughly 60 years.   These will be around for a loooong time.  :)

Have a great day.  :)     ~m

Cherry Red Wagon

Friday, February 15th, 2008

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Outside playdate.  Their two little perfect heads met up and ”CLICK” I caught the image.  Wahoooo!  I furiously flipped my camera to the LCD screen and made sure I captured what I thought I did.  Yup.  Two cuties in each other’s way, grabbing for something at the bottom of a cherry red wagon.  Perfect-o! 

{These two are 5 months apart and every time they’re together they show more evidence of growing up [too quickly!]– bittersweet for us mommas, for sure.  Our little babies, who have seen eachother countless days since birth, are becoming full-fledged toddlers.  No way!!!}

Happy V Day!

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

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~parky park~

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Had fun today with the kiddos…lovin’ the weather lately.  :)   For all of you far away cats, it’s supposed to be 75 tomorrow!!!  I can understand why all those Snow Birds come to AZ in the winter.  Definitely not looking forward to the approaching summer though. 

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 My little man — I love that this is mid-walk.  He’s getting SUUuuper quick these days.

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Love the profile with his chubby cheeks and that one spike of hair in the back.  He’s really holding on for dear life!!!

These images below are a little funk-a-fied.  Not my typical post processing, but I had fun playing around!

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^ self portrait :)  ^

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Doin’ their own thing(s)

Until tomorrow (suuuuuuuuper late night because of choir!),

M

Oh, and Steph, if you’re reading…any day now!  Hope all is well. 

{in the s.t.u.d.i.o}

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

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Today was cool.  Got to learn about studio lighting from fellow photographer Carolyn Wells.   We set eeeeeverything up (there’s a TON) and she told me the jist of all of it and then turned me loose! 

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Super hard, actually.  It took some time to get used to, but by the end I worked most of the kinks out.  It was especially difficult (but expected) with my wiggle worm subject (Peach, of course!).  

I’ve just gotta say, with photography, there’s nothing like the good ol’ hands-on approach.   I search the internet constantly, ready to soak up any new information I can find, but actually DOING it and being in the moment was really awesome.  Thank you, Carolyn for being so patient.  I SO appreciate you!

[I get to shoot her maternity session in a couple days, so be on the lookout!  :) ]

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Oh, and I just want to say…I still LOVE natural light photography (no lights/flash).  This studio light learning session was to help broaden my knowledge base in case it’s something I choose to offer someday.  I think being versatile and knowledgeable is key, especially in this ever-changing field! 

FYI to photogs out there –> these images are straight out of the camera…no editing, color correction, nada.  I was worried about studio lights affecting my style, but I think I was still able to achieve what I wanted.  I got Peach doing her own thing.  Not stiff or posed…more relaxed and wiggly.  Love that about kids, actually.  :)    ~m

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^ the image above cracks me up!  she looks so much older than 3 1/2!!! 

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This.  Is.  Her.   :)       ~m

The Custom Route

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Got an email from my pal in Colorado.  Remember the baby session I did there in December?  Well, she’s interested in checking out some storyboards, so I got right to work.  Decided to post them here because it’s not like I can meet with her anytime soon.  :(   Sooooo far away… 

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Storyboards are so fun to design.  They come in various sizes, usually a long rectangle (10×30 is common) of 2-5 images OR a square (20×20 or 12×12) that has 2-4 images.  These images are all surrounded by white and when sent to the professional lab, they are sprayed with a protective coating and mounted on 2mm styrene board for longevity.  These mounted images look incredibly professional and modern.  They can be placed in a frame OR the coolest thing lately is putting them up on your wall with Velcro!  

I am THRILLED to say that my office is going to be covered with mounted prints and storyboards (with Velcro on the back).  That way, I can arrange them collage-like.  I’ve already started ordering a favorite image from each session I’ve done, so if you’ve had a photo session with me, you’ll make a debut on “the wall.” 

 I promise I’ll show pics as I start…that means I’ll have to clean the office though, which will probably take a couple months (hah!). 

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Quote says “Sometimes it’s the smallish things that take up the most room in our heart”

~A.A. Milne

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Most of these images were a special request from my pal in CO (some I threw in that I thought looked great).    You can choose to further personalize storyboards with wording (name, age, date, favorite quote or poem, etc.) OR leave them completely blank.  After C sees these, we might switch a picture or two out (or switch the position of one).     There are so many possibilities and I’m always open for creative ideas

 Thanks for reading and I hope you like, C!    ~m