Wild Child M does Easter

Sessions

The last time we saw this wild child, he was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with us! We ran around the park, threw rocks into the pond, and played our hearts out! My first few clients were friends, but M’s family became friends after their first session. They’ve invited the Mess Maker family into their homes for a giant Easter Eggstravaganza this weekend and when you’re an ocean away from family, all you want for the holidays are open arms and good food. Thank you so much to this wild family not only for coming out for photos but for opening their home to us in celebration of Easter!

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Two Cute Bunnies!

Sessions

Today I bring you not just one cute little one for Easter, but two. I got to work with a big sister and her little brother for Easter sessions and we had a blast. Big Sister A was a good egg who loved to pose for the camera and Little Brother B (who was not so little, he weighs as much as Mess Maker J!) was a smiley little man. We got some great shots and I am excited to share them with you!

This was my first chance to work with a little baby and toddler and I had a blast. It was so fun to see the littles interact with each other and to have little A model for me (she was so well behaved and listened so well to Papa!). Thank you for joining me for Easter!

Serious E, serious no more!

Sessions

The last time we got to see Miss E she was serious as can be but for Easter, we took her outside in the sunshine to chase the ducks and blow bubbles and she opened right up. She gave us her best CHEESE! face this time around and blew some fantastic bubbles where her mommy and I failed!

 

I couldn’t believe how many smiles we got from Little E and how much fun she had blowing bubbles. She’s a picky toddler (poor mama!) and didn’t want anything to do with our Easter props, but we still got some gorgeous spring photos!

Thanks for coming out and blowing bubbles with me Little E! I had a blast.

The Angry Little Easter Bunny

Sessions

This week, I got to work with a little girl who, for some reason, just stole my heart. She’s always very serious but I love watching her crawl around and Mess Maker J enjoys giving her hugs when they play together.

We went out to the park on a sunny afternoon and mom brought the cutest hat for little A to wear in her Easter photos. I’m just so in love with these photos and they turned out so gorgeously, I am very proud of myself! Haha. I am really happy with how well they turned out, technically, and composition wise.

 

And my favorite, the exact last shot of the day…

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That’s the wall art photo for me! Need that one larger than life!

Thanks little A for bringing the attitude to my sweet little sessions!

Eggceptional M, back again!

Sessions

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!

You’ve got to crack a few eggs…

Journey, Learning, Mess Maker J

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!