Mommy Monday: 9 months later

When I was pregnant, 9 months seemed like FOR.EVER. But while shooting my baby Wild Thing’s 9 month pictures, all I could think was, “where did that time go?!” The time just slips by you …one diaper at a time.

Motherhood: the Dichotomy of Agony and Ecstasy

The moment I knew I was going to be a mother, my life changed. Things that I never thought twice about before suddenly became real, sometimes terrifying – a stranger walking quickly towards your babes . And small things that would make me smile suddenly filled my heart with delight – their first trip to Disneyland. Other things that had become mundane and simple were suddenly morphed into challenging and complex – going to the grocery store with two small children in tow.

As mothers, our lives are forever changed. I’m not the same person I was before them or even before the last one. They quickly grow up and grow us along with them. And for that, I thank my children – thank you Lord for my blessings.

May the days your babies completely fill your heart & soul with joy be more than the ones where they completely drain you!

Happy Mother’s Day

Photog Friday: The Power of Peekaboo!

Again, a day late … somehow Fridays seem to slip by me! Mostly, because I spend much of my week wondering “what’s today? Tuesday? wait, Thurday?!”

Anyway, since its the weekend, let’s talk about something fun for Photog Friday – Peekaboo!

Babies & kids of most ages love it! And with a little practice, you’ll get the timing down and capture some great smiles! If you’re at the park, trees work great for this. At home you can use a door, a shower door, a blanket – get creative!

All you have to do announce, “Let’s play a game!” with my older boy I have to make it more of a challenge. I tell him to hide behind the door (or whatever) and I’ll try to capture you with my picture. It’s more of a catch-me-if-you-can with him so I’ve learned to be quick. I take a shot before we start so I know where my settings need to be and then use the first couple of peekaboos to get my focus & composition down. Then it’s all a matter of shooting at the right moment and getting them to enjoy the game. Usually, big smiles from me are mimicked by them and if you aren’t getting any giggles – make sure to squeal like they scared you or slap your forehead a few times!

Here are some of my favorite Peekaboo shots, have fun with it!!

Mommy Monday: Wild Thing 2

Well, its about time. You’ve seen plenty of posts about the first Wild Thing so it’s time for a post of the second.

So, far he’s held his own when it comes to his brother. He seems to have some strong opinions already.  And I bet you’ll notice he’s a “thinker”, an “observer”, and seems to see right through you.

He’s roly … he’s poly … he’s got cheeks you’ll want to just nibble on … here is Wild Thing 2.

 

 

Baby Session on Capistrano Beach {OC Child Photographer}

I can’t wait until this little guy comes back out for pictures this summer! We had so much fun shooting this session. He marched right out into the water like he was right at home. We chased him around the beach until we were freezing but it didn’t seem to bother him one bit.

And it always amazes me how fast they grow, seems like yesterday we did his Newborn Session …

Time flies – capture the moments!

Photog Friday: Too Grainy?

Happy Friday!

If you’ve been practicing shooting in the house, you may have noticed there are rooms with horrible lighting or distracting backgrounds. In these shots below, the lighting was decent enough to turn off my flash but that meant I needed to up my ISO. And whenever you’re shooting in low light and have to raise your ISO, you might notice that the shots look “grainy”. So, now I find myself with grainy shots with a distracting background … what can you do?

Convert them to black & white my friends! Then add a little contrast and you’re done. A grainy shot that you didn’t like in color, now looks timeless.

The black & white also embraces the emotion.

Here are some shots of my beautiful little niece at 5 months old …

You can find more posts on indoor lighting HERE and HERE. And feel free to email/comment with any questions, I don’t have all the answers but I know people who do!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mommy Monday: My Wild Thing

I came across these shots as I was going through my pictures for today’s post. Even though they’re only 6 months old, I see a difference in his face, a look at might have been just a phase because I haven’t seen it since, and a stolen shot of a goofy little dance that is RARELY seen in public. I see a smile that warms my heart, eyes that remind me to be a better person, a face that brings me joy. He has a spirit that tests me everyday and a character created for BIG things.

He restored a large portion of my faith, mended what I’ve let get eaten away, and is a constant reminder that I am blessed.

I’ll set the example for him on when to say ‘thank you’, how to brush his teeth, and how to add 1 + 1 but he sets the example for me on how to trust deeply, how to love faithfully, and how to dance joyfully – all things I’ve lost along my way. Seems his job is much more important and I’m not sure how I’d ever thank him other than respecting that he was sent from God.

… just goes to show you, there’s a lot you can get out of just 3 pictures that you had completely forgotten about.