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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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

Splish Splash

Journey, Learning, Mess Maker J

SplishSplash Collage.pngI’ve been working on my lifestyle images and it’s tough! It’s hard to capture something that doesn’t say “Snapshot” instead of “Professional Image.” It takes work and thought and trying a million different things. But finally, I got a set that make me think, “That, that is lifestyle.”

Splish Splash Taking a Bath, featuring Mess Maker J!

***My husband was standing just out of the shot while I was working because taking pictures is distracting and my son was in a bathtub of water. Do not take pictures of your young child alone while they bathe for safety purposes.***

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For this first image, I bent upside down, hair dangling in the water, my husband sighing in the background. This was my favorite of the images I got that way of him playing. I really wanted that angle and I’m so going to try it again!

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This was “dangerously close to the splashing baby” with my husband sighing again in the background. I was almost touching him the entire time I shot from this angle.

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Mess Maker J is super into Peek-a-Boo lately. So when it’s bathtime with mommy, we always get a few in and he loves it! This time I brought my camera along for the ride! It was hard to pop up and down and get my focus in time!

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When we play Peek-a-Boo, J always has to search me out. Those cute little hands! I love them!

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I have a cheesy child. He makes this face often and I love it! He always makes me laugh and I cheese right back.

Baby Model, King, Mess Maker

Mess Maker J, Sessions

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.