Alice, 7 months old

I love photographing babies around 6-7 months old, they are really starting to show so much personality!  They are mastering sitting up and maybe even moving around the floor a little and are pros at tummy time.  This certainly explained my photoshoot with Alice. She was such a doll to photograph – so photogenic for me and had lots of poses and expressions!  And look at how adorable her hair is in these shots!  Feminine yet edgy, it makes me smile when I look at it 🙂

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Love her connection with me!

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So happy and playful

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Detail shots aren’t just for newborns!

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She is a natural 🙂

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Big girl sitting in the chair

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Elise

Looking back I realized that I haven’t shared many photos of Elise since her newborn photoshoot, so it’s definitely overdue. 🙂  Here are some of my favorite photos of her through her first 11 months.  Most of the photos are actually more recent since babies show so much more personality starting around 6+ months and they are so much fun to photograph.  I’m so excited for her next photoshoot in about a month, her birthday cake smash!

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Hello Instagram!

I’ve joined Instagram and started a photo project today.  I’ve considered doing 365 photo projects before but never can get my act together on January 1 after the holidays.  Let’s see how I do starting mid-year 😉  I’m hoping for this to be a fast, low key way for me to be creative in my everyday.  Most photos will likely be of my children since that’s what I see most every day, especially my 2 youngest since they aren’t in school or various other places my teenager is at any given point 🙂  I’m not limiting myself to just iPhone photos but I’m guessing that’s what they almost always will be taken with to keep it fun and easy.  Wish me luck!

Follow me on Instagram: Day 1

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Breckyn, 6 months old

Oh blog, has it really been that long since I posted?  I’ve been meaning to update but it’s been a busy go over here… lots going on and some exciting things and changes to post about in the near future so stay tuned!  Oh and of course life is never dull with 3 kids.  After tomorrow my big girl’s next day of school will be in High School!  Knox turned 3 and started his first sport, soccer.  Elise took her first official steps today, just over 9 months old and she is trying so hard to keep up with her brother and sister.

I got to spend some time with one of my VIP little dudes, okay well he isn’t so little at 96% height and 99% weight for his age!  6 month old Breckyn came to the studio for a visit to capture how much he has changed and all he can do now!  He is getting to be quite the pro at our photoshoots, this was his third session after all 🙂  I have a soft spot for this guy since I was there to capture his birth.  We lived out of state when his big brother was his age, but his Momma has shared photos and Breckyn is sure looking like his big brother did!

Breckyn was so funny, the second we would put him on his tummy he would roll right over to his back. He gave me one single shot on his tummy and I was thrilled it turned out so adorable!  Check it out below.

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Hello there Mr. Adorable!

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Very proud and gentle big bro

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The one and only tummy shot!

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So attentive and interested in what was going on

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Aww, cuddly little bear

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4 weeks old

Adorable Haddi was older than I recommend for newborn photos at 4 weeks old but we were able to capture photos that still show off all her newborn features.  With some patience we were able to get some shots of her sleeping and Daddy was even able to get a little smile out of Haddi!  She was very alert and intrigued by all of the studio lighting, I love how curious babies are 🙂

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A favorite revisited

I have seen this idea before and wanted to try it with my own children.  I’m so happy with how this turned out, I don’t think there is anything that I would do differently next time.  Speaking of next time, I hope this is the first of many that we are able to recreate as the children grow 🙂  With this type of photo project it was important to me that the original photo be simple with a clean, classic look to be able to have each photo be one that not only can be compared back to the original but also be a photo that by itself is one that I love.  I guess I’ll have to see how I feel in 15 years when they are 29, 17, and 15 if it still is something that I like on its own 😉  I’m excited to try this with other families!  How gorgeous will these images be hanging up next to each other on canvas?!

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I love technology

I don’t always feel like carrying around my big camera especially when I’m out with my 3 kids, let’s be honest, we already have to bring along enough to survive for days it seems.  I received a super utility tote for Christmas – well it’s possible that I felt guilty for splurging on myself during holiday shopping so I may have known about a few “gifts” for myself ahead of time 😉

Anyway, that bag is giant but I always seem to be able to fill it up when we leave the house.  Who fills up something with the name of “super utility tote” for a quick couple of errands with a few kids?   Oh yeah, that’s me.

Since I can’t always find the room or motivation to have my fav camera on hand, I’m thrilled that technology has allowed for me to still be creative when the inspiration strikes or to capture moments with my family.

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Love the convenient iPhone camera on the go

Disclaimer: I have no association with link above nor do I receive any kickback for said link, I just wanted to show my fancy, giant, awesome newish diaper-purse-food-camera tote to you all 🙂

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