Lifestyle – Pizza Party in Greece

Mess Maker J

The less glamorous side of vacationing with a toddler is spending a lot of time inside the hotel room–or in our case apartment. They need naps and some don’t take them on the go and they need to be in bed. So some nights when we’ve run around all day, we come back for dinner in–this night was pizza–and I love to capture images of my son in the room (this is just one set, of course) because these are just as important in the grand scheme of things as the moments at the Parthenon.

When I get my camera out at times like this, I just let J play and see what comes out. He love, love, loves playing with windows and doors and so it was fun to get to see his silly side come out and to enjoy our evening in. And it allowed me to capture gorgeous images and document who he is now when our home life is so hectic I sometimes forget.

See more of my journey with J here: Lifestyle – Athens National GardensAncient World Wonder: The ParthenonJ does Brit Fete, Dream BigHappy Father’s DayLifestyle – Looking through the WindowLifestyle – J & Co. Sensory Play.

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Lifestyle – At the Mediterranean Sea

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After playing at the playground, we headed over to the beach to cool down and cool down we did–the water was way too cold to really get in but it was refreshing. J wanted to play but the beach wasn’t really safe enough to let his wobbly little toddler legs to explore so I took the chance to grab a few photos before we headed back to some shade so he could nap.

I hate to keep fighting with the harsh sunlight and fortunately the beach sand wasn’t too too bright but it was a struggle to keep from over exposing the image and not having all features drowning in shadow but I think I captured some really sweet moments and my husband did too.

It’s important to be patient and not try to force poses when on vacation with a toddler and surly husband–capture what you can. Look for ways to frame the subject with the harsh light rather than trying to make them do anything. It’s better to get images of your family with harsh shadows then to get pictures of the toddler crying and the husband giving the person behind the camera looks that could kill.

Keep in mind that your family doesn’t want you to spend the entire time taking photographs. So after you get some good images that capture the moment, put the camera away and live. You may miss a super cute moment with the camera but you can’t live the moments and capture them too.

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Lifestyle – Athenian Playground

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Baby J is back again, this time in a classic lifestyle session, albiet in a glamorous location. I wanted to share this because this is the type of momtography we should all be working towards not because of quality but because of life.

We take our kids to the playgrounds so often that we forget how important it is to document their play. It doesn’t matter if the sun is super harsh (seriously could the shadows be any sharper?! No!), find a touch of shade or just embrace it because–the moment is more important. Remember that. The moment is paramount. You can create gorgeous portraits in perfect settings, sure, but you can’t capture these memories without embracing the imperfections of light and color casts.

So take pictures at the playground! Capture these moments, they don’t last forever!

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Lifestyle – Athens National Gardens

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I’m sharing a part of my journey–more from our family vacation to Greece.

I usually take a step back when we’re traveling to take photos and then I put my camera away. I’m sure that it sounds foreign that a photographer would just put her camera away but I want to live. I want to experience our vacation with my husband and son more than I want to document it. I still capture the essence of our day, like when we visited The Parthenon, but then we move on to enjoying the world we’re in. It’s hard sometimes with the toddler wanting to get down and explore when we’re walking on the street or in a museum so we always look for places to take him that he can be free–this time it was the National Gardens in Athens.

We walked through the gardens, I made sure to let him lead and capture the beauty that is a toddler in a park. He has no idea we are in a completely different country and that it matters at all; he just wants to play with a stick.

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Photo Feature: Red White and Blue

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This week one of my images was the favorite in the Facebook group Photography: Support, Learn & Inspire with Cozy Clicks. I was then featured along with other photographers at the Cozy Clicks blog which is such an exciting honor as the group is filled with a great many professional and hobbyist photographers with a lot of skill and talent.

The image is one I took of my husband and son to celebrate my husband’s service and our relationship with it.

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As the holiday is upon us, let us celebrate together all that makes our nation great and continue to strive every year to be better.

Happy Fourth of July!

J does Brit Fete

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I posted last time about my Brit Fete mini sessions that I had a blast with and I love posting images of my little mess maker because he’s my inspiration and the model I have in mind when I come up with my individual sessions. I love watching him interact with the world but I also love grabbing unique images of him in sets.

So, below are the images I took to let the world know we’d be at Brit Fete. I set my backdrop up and started laying down the wood floor which J immediately started playing on. He usually helps me set it up when we work in his room so he was ready.

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And these took a lot of work. My husband was behind me sticking his tongue out and we were making crazy noises and all J (and my husband) wanted to do was go eat dinner. But I needed the shots and I didn’t want to have to worry about his clothes getting dirty. SO it was now.

SOOOO I got out the chocolate chips. Yes. I admit it. I bribe my child.

 

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It didn’t really work that well. But. Well, he is quite handsome anyway!

You can see more of my son’s modelling career here: Baby Model, King, Mess MakerSplish SplashLifestyle – J & Co. Sensory PlayLifestyle – Looking through the WindowHappy Father’s DayDream Big

 

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“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” -Vincent Van Gogh

This is one little artist that dreams of painting.

See more of my mess maker here: Baby Model, King, Mess MakerSplish SplashLifestyle – J & Co. Sensory PlayLifestyle – Looking through the Window, & Happy Father’s Day

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Coming soon to Minot ND

Happy Father’s Day

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One of the reason’s I got into photography was because I wanted the chance to capture my son as he grows. He’s grown up so fast and I so love how much he’s changing and learning but I still miss my little baby. If you haven’t taken a photo of your little one(s) today, do it! You won’t regret it.

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there, I hope you’re having a great one!

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See more of my mess maker here: Baby Model, King, Mess MakerSplish SplashLifestyle – J & Co. Sensory Play, & Lifestyle – Looking through the Window.

Coming to a Minot near you to deliver unique opportunities for gorgeous photos!

Lifestyle – Looking through the Window

Mess Maker J

Tomorrow, my family and I are leaving for Athens, Greece! I’m so very excited to take some much needed time off and chill with J and my husband and of course to see Athens! With our move coming up we’re trying to see as much as we possibly can and Greece has been a must-see for me since I was a kid. This duty station has, hands down, has been a whirlwind of adventure and I’m so sad our adventures in Europe are coming to an end but I’m so thankful we’ve gotten to see things that some people only dream about.

That said, we’ll be a little slower the next few days but I promise to keep the updates coming when I can!

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See more of my little man here: Baby Model, King, Mess MakerSplish SplashLifestyle – J & Co. Sensory Play!

Lifestyle – J & Co. Sensory Play

Mess Maker J

J got a sand table for Easter from his grandparents but J likes to eat sand so I filled it with Rice Krispies! He loves top lay with the rice krispies and his best friends like to clean it up as he goes.

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See more of my little mess maker here: Baby Model, King, Mess Maker & Splish Splash