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Summer Photography Challenge!

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Are you ready for the SUMMER? Whether you have an action packed summer planned with the family or a quieter, relaxing break around the home, make sure you have your camera close at hand to capture moments that you will come back to over the years! Continue reading “Summer Photography Challenge!”

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Creative Ways To Photograph Kids In The Snow

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Seeing a child’s joy and curiosity over the soft powdery white flakes and the crunch underfoot brings back our own childhood memories of catching snowflakes on the tongue, snowball fights and building snowmen! (Or in my case, it was a beautifully engineered igloo that my dad had us work on together!)

Memphis doesn’t get a lot of snow, however and even when it does snow it’s really more of a dusting! So you can imagine that even the mention of snow gets children buzzing! Snow day! Continue reading “Creative Ways To Photograph Kids In The Snow”

Capturing The First Year

capturing the first year {nine months}

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Phew! I’m not gonna lie, the past month has been k-razy! Somewhere along the road we thought it would be a good idea to move house ;-)

Thinking ahead, I made sure I didn’t pack my camera, but I DID pack my imac and didn’t have a work station for a short while as well as I cannot stand to work in chaos! Tidy house = tidy mind.  I’m continuing to desperately catch up with life after being somewhat off the grid for a while.

As much as I would like to have the nursery perfectly set up and decorated to shoot in, this is not going to happen any time soon so a little improvisation is needed. Packing boxes are our life right now and an experience in Mattheus’ first year to remember. Continue reading “capturing the first year {nine months}”

Our Life In Pictures

Family Trip To The Red River

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Gotta love boys. We have three of them. Three.

As in The Three Amigos, The Three Musketeers, The Three Wise Men, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Stooges. Good things come in three! Let me break it down even further for you; that’s one more than the number of hands I have. Two (hundred) more than the number of coffees I should have,  0.6 more than the (previous) average number of children in a family, three more boys than I thought I’d have (I pictured myself as a mother of girls) and a gazillion number of lost hours of sleep :-)

I wouldn’t change any of it for the world!

A few times a year, we take ourselves off to a little cabin on the Red River in Heber Springs, AR.  In the summer months a heavy mist hovers over the river in the early hours of the morning. This particular trip however, was mid March when Spring had already made an appearance, yet the air and water were still crisp and clear.

I wanted to document this trip; to tell the story, capturing their excitement, curiosity, joy and adventurous spirits. This included the occasional mishap, too: an impalement from tree climbing and disappointment due to the unexpected arrival of snow which held us captive in the cabin! All part of the moments I will treasure.

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Late Fall Inspired Family Session

Meet David, Julie, Piper and Mochi!

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Though I’ve taken a step back from my portrait business, I do enjoy the occasional session for fun and to keep practicing! So, for this chilly impromptu fall session we opted for somewhere local and low-key, a little off the beaten track. Continue reading “Late Fall Inspired Family Session”

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The Heart of the Picture; Photographing Children With Special Needs

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Meet Asher, my gorgeous little nephew! Asher has had a very different first couple of years of life than most two years olds. I’d like to share these excerpts written by his mama. Continue reading “The Heart of the Picture; Photographing Children With Special Needs”

Capturing The First Year

Capturing The First Year {Newborn}

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I was crazily excited to photograph my own sleeping newborn! Though I loved each and every newborn session I was able to do with the families I worked with during the time of my business,  there was something about it being my own that would take the pressure off a little! I’d have endless time and no interruptions, if I missed a moment I could just go ahead and redo it the next day, right?! All of my previous newborn sessions had taken place in the studio where the variation of lighting and change in focal points was limited. This left me longing to use natural light, making the most of my prime lens.
Continue reading “Capturing The First Year {Newborn}”

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How To Enjoy Photographing Active Children Part 2

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THE CHALLENGE

If you missed part 1, you can catch up here!

Personality wise, our boys are quite different. (The word ‘different’ is a bit of an understatement!) Even though they are both very active, getting portraits of my firstborn has always been more challenging, mainly due to his ability to stay still for more than a second! I never really assumed this characteristic came from me…I was the quaint, sweet natured English girl who liked to have tea parties!! However I’m recently reminded that my own dad has referred to me on more than one occasion as a ‘little Mexican jumping bean’and I’ll admit myself that I know I am slightly fidgety! Continue reading “How To Enjoy Photographing Active Children Part 2”

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How to enjoy photographing active children Part 1

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Nowadays, I get so much joy out of taking pictures of my own children, but admittedly it hasn’t always been this way! I wanted to capture all those little quirks and the little things they do, documenting the precious years. But it always felt like more of a test of patience than anything, often resulting in tears (and that was just me!) Addressing this has helped tremendously in knowing how to relate to other parents who were frustrated or embarrassed that their little ones were not striking that perfect pose at the right moment or who couldn’t sit still for very long, more than anything it taught me to respect the child’s feelings and have a little fun in the process! Particularly in regards to my own boys, to not put perfection above enjoying a moment. Creating a safe environment and an enjoyable experience will go a lot further than you may think. My aim in this post is not to give endless tips and tricks on how to photograph active children, but rather for us to focus on how to enjoy it. Continue reading “How to enjoy photographing active children Part 1”