Eggceptional M, back again!

Yesterday, I shared M’s Happy Day photos and today begins our Easter celebration! After a quick, Belgian wardrobe change, M began the second half of her photo shoot with renewed energy. She loved the sequin eggs and little flowers and of course, Daddy!

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This was one dedicated daddy. As we prepared for the shoot, M’s mommy decided to make the entire day about her and these parents did not skip a beat. M is one treasured little girl and that’s a gift worth more than anything in the world.

The communal parc was gorgeous Saturday and the gorgeous pond was the perfect place to showcase the beauty and personality of Little M. Thank you so much for letting us celebrate with you!

Happy Day and Hot Dog, M is 2!

This weekend, I got to work with a gorgeous little family in celebration not only of Easter (so more coming soon) but the big TWO for little M! The camera scared M a few times but that didn’t stop her from yelling Happy Day while we were playing in the park. She got us to sing Happy Birthday quite a few times and even got Daddy to sing Hot Dog for her!

The best part of photography, for me, is meeting families and seeing the way they love and interact with each other. Usually Mommy does the song and dance for laughs but this time Daddy didn’t hesitate to join in and go a step further! It was such a treat to spend time with this gorgeous little family.

I can’t wait to share my first Easter session with you guys next time, stay tuned for more photos of gorgeous little M!

You’ve got to crack a few eggs…

As Easter hops its way onto the horizon and photographers everywhere scramble to get their sessions and edited, I wanted to go back to talking about my journey as a photographer.

The last time we spoke about my journey, I talked about J.’s first milestone session at one month (linkylink). I struggled at the time with lighting and the bed we were using and low shutter speed with my Canon Powershot. By Easter, I was warming my husband to the idea of a DSLR so I was still using my Canon Powershot.

At the time, Pinterest bombarded me with cute photos of babies and damnit I wanted cute Easter photos of Mess Maker J.! So to work we went. This time we draped a blanket over the back of our loveseat and used better lighting from the window in our living room. The lighting wasn’t that much better…

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EXIF: F3.2, ISO 1600, SS 1/160

 

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EXIF: F3.2 (which would mean good bookeh if the background were actually far away and not a part of what was propping Little Mister up), ISO 1250 (which means lots of noise), SS 1/160 (which means his hand is mostly not blurry).

So the biggest problem with these is that they’re soooo grainy and so the focus is soft. The focal point is definitely not on Mess Maker J. in the top photo, the bottom is much better but I think the focal plane is still a little skewed.

What will I do differently this year? Mostly have a 14 month old vs. a 2 month old! Haha. So bigger mess.

Get more light via reflectors. Some white sheets can reflect a decent amount of light, foil over cardboard, etc. Get that good light back in there!

The shutter speed is still too low as there is a touch of motion blur on his hand.

And lastly, that stupid blanket is all wrinkly and I still hadn’t learned my lesson about pulling it tight… so PULL THE BLANKETS TIGHT! Seriously.

That’s it for now, I’m getting pumped for my Easter minis! I can’t wait to see what everyone puts out there!

Keep making messes and taking pictures!

Baby Model, King, Mess Maker

I wanted to share these photos of Mess Maker J, my professional model, part-time king. My mother started calling him King J. as soon as we shared his name when he was just a little squirmy alien baby. My camera made him a model. I brought him up to test out my Easter sessions and he immediately climbed in the chair and started posing. Mr. Mess Maker popped his crown on.

I have such an easy time getting photos of my mess maker that sometimes I get nervous about getting a nice variety of my littlest models. Mess Maker J. just jumps right in doing what I need him to. He’s got a pretty short attention span (so does his daddy as an assistant) and a lot of times he runs off the set and Mr. Mess Maker brings him back over.

This week’s 15 minutes of posing yielded 24 photos while sometimes 30 minutes with a bitty client doesn’t yield a high variety. I think this is normal as I need to continue building my way of working with kids just like I did when I was teaching. We all have our own unique ways of interacting with the world, photography is the same. A one size fits all method won’t work for every photographer or every model. That’s the nature of… life.

I like to reset myself with a shoot with Mess Maker J. because he’s my best and easiest model and his mom is just the best client! It helps refresh my mind and remind me of my goal–to produce the same photos for other moms that I so cherish of my own son.

Miss Isa with the Sass

For Miss Isa’s big 3, we went with simple and she supplied the shine!

We encountered so many issues trying to find the right things for miss Isa’s set and the photos I love the most are the ones where there is not much there except for her.

She was slow to warm up but we got some gorgeous smiles out of her after mommy promised pie and lollipops! She even gave us a few poses! She loved the books Mess Maker J. had in his room, especially the Wizard of Oz book! She finally took a shine to me after I pulled the cool books out.

One of my favorites is the sassy look below. I got quite a few of those today.

Thanks so much for coming out little one and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

 

Fierce Little L

I had my last St. Patrick’s Day shoot and as sad as I am to tear the set down for the last time, I’m so excited about how much I’ve learned and how many gorgeous photos I got to share with everyone.

My last customer bedecked in green is fierce L. He takes time to warm up to anyone new and it’s been a while since we all got to hang out. He’s about 6 months older than Mess Maker J. and while Mess Maker J. loves trying to play with him, L is always hesitant. Unfortunately, we have a cold running through the house so the boys weren’t able to play but I was able to, after a few tears and and mommy cuddles, get some great photos of L laughing.

This little man sure loves his mama and giving the stink eye, but I think we captured some beautiful moments! Thank you for making a mess with us L!

Sweet Mr. W

Mr. W’s mama contacted me to get some photos of this sweet little man for his upcoming birthday. He’s turning the big ONE! Mama spend the whole night before shopping for the perfect outfit when in the end, she stripped him down to his birthday suit! So, let that be a lesson to you, naked babies toddlers are the best kind of toddlers! I had such a great time taking photos of this sweet little man who, though started out serious, gave us a ton of gorgeous smiles!

Thank you Mr. W for your A+ participation. Mama and I both agree, you look as gorgeous as a doll. But in a manly way!

I can’t wait to celebrate at this little man’s party! It’s such a joy to celebrate that first crazy, hectic, stressful, terrifying, and ultimately rewarding year of life! Congrats W and family, you made it. Only a lifetime left!

And for that Miss A, you get a chocolate!

It’s time to showcase Little M‘s older sister, Miss A, who performed incredibly once I brought out Mess Maker J’s favorite treat, chocolate chips! Sometimes you have to bribe a toddler and you know what? It’s worth it!

I think the chocolate was a great incentive to get Miss A to smile for me but I think it also helped her get a little more comfortable with me because who wouldn’t like someone giving them chocolate just for smiling?!

Here are the gorgeous photos I got of Miss A and one of the gorgeous girls together!

 

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I also wanted to share this awesome tutorial from PHLearn about how to fix some issues in with the backgrounds should they, for example, be a horribly wrinkled sheet and you desperately need to fix them! This has definitely helped me yell at my computer less.

I’ve still got two sessions to share from my St. Patrick’s Day minis so stay tuned for more green goodness!

Pretty Little M

Little M, whose big sister will make a debut tomorrow, joined me in the studio for a laugh filled session. It was a huge treat for me to work with a baby again as Mess Maker J is officially a toddler and babies are just so cute. I love getting to see Little M around and I loved taking her picture even more!

Little M’s mommy got tons of gorgeous, gummy smiles which I have so missed in Mess Maker J (despite how cute his little teeth are!).

I’m sad that our St. Patrick’s Day photos are coming to an end, only three little models left! I’ve had such a great time working on this set and honing my craft and so thankful to the mommies and daddies who worked so hard getting their messes to smile, laugh, and pose!

Have a messy night!

 

 

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