Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Logan

The last time we saw Logan he was still a bump. It's been a long three months since then and he has grown so much!  I've been patiently waiting for his mom to call and let me know when it was okay to come over and take pictures.  Finally she called and I didn't waste any time setting up a session. This little guy is so adorable!  At just over nine pounds, he's practically the same size Hayden was at birth.  Holding Logan, I could barely remember Hayden ever being that small.  It goes by so quickly.  Before you know it they are walking, talking, and deleting your blog posts. :)
Brittany and Chris have fallen into the role of mom and dad quite nicely.  It's amazing to see the transformation of first time parents.   Watching their eyes light up as they interacted with Logan was pure joy!

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This was the first photo I took of him. I can't get over his expression!

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This moment with daddy makes me melt.

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The smile on Brittany's face and the way Logan is just taking it all in is so sweet!

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Looks like I got his attention.

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He's completely adorable!

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What a sweet family!




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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Complete cuteness with a little bit of chaos!

Guess what happens when you take a 5-year-old, an almost two-year-old, and a five-month-old to the park to take pictures.  Yep, cute chaos!  I guess my title gave it away. :)

I work with the mommy of these three, and I have more respect for her after spending just an hour with all three of them.  They are sweet, adorable, and FULL of energy! I'm not sure how their mommy manages to keep up.  I can barely handle Hayden!

We had a serious amount of fun! Sadly I wasn't able to capture all three of them together at the same time without one looking the wrong way, crying, or a tiny one that thought it was a good time to use her legs to push off of whoever was holding her.  We will try again and I will be victorious!  The end result was still some massive amounts of make-you-go-awww!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

In the begining..

Armed with my father-in-law's old SLR Minolta, a handful of lenses, and no idea what I was getting myself into I enrolled in my first photography class in the fall of 2000.  It was a basic black and white photography class full to the brim with young creative minds.  It was there that I learned about aperture, ISO, and shutter speed.  Up until that point I'd had an interest in photography, but knew nothing beyond pointing the camera and clicking the shutter.  I also learned all about the dark room, developing film, dodging, burning, and enlarging prints.  It was a whole new world of photography exploration.
 Our professor was young and cool. She showed us shocking and graphic images just to get our attention.  There was a mix of thoughts, ideas, and beliefs among the students and I was always amazed to see that mix come through in our film.
For our final we mounted our 10 best photos and displayed them on the lawn.  I can't even tell you how much I dreaded that final and how badly I thought my photos stunk. In the end, she gave us our grade on a yellow post-it note stuck to one of the images.  Mine was an A+ and this little note "Sandra, you've got a great eye for composition. Keep up the good work!".  It was enough validation for me to keep trying.

It's been ten years and I still feel like I have so much to learn, but I feel like I've come a very long way too. 

The following are images I took while in that class or rather scans of the negatives, since the class was well before DSLR's became affordable.

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David was my reluctant model. It was either him or the cats and they didn't cooperate nearly as well.

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 This image and the following two were done for our "depth of filed" lesson.  I think every student in the class came back with similar images from around the campus.

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Just looking at these makes me miss my Minolta and the process of using a film camera.
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Kids, hats, & cuteness oh my!

I first saw one of Kimberly's hats when I worked at JC Penny. Her sister-in-law came to the portrait studio with her adorable son who was wearing one of Cotton Blossoms too cute pumpkin hats. It was love at first site.
We've been planning a photo sessions for months, but with busy schedules and less than desirable weather it took us this long to finally connect. It was well worth the wait. Kimberly's daughters are adorable and her hats are so incredibly cute!

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This is one of my absolute favorites from the day!

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She was cold and tired of modeling, but she did a fantastic job!

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This is my second favorite!

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Aren't those adorable? I can't wait to work with Kimberly again. We've both got so many fun ideas!

If you've got a little one who happens to have a head you'll want one of Kimberly's creations!  Go check em out!
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wendy & Greg: The maternity session.

What do you get when you take a perfect day in April, a girl who thinks of her camera as an extension of her own arm, and a happy couple about to leap into all things baby?  These photos!  Wendy was a trooper.  She's swollen and in pain, but she managed to pose and smile as if there was nothing wrong.  Their house is full of all things pink and baby.  Their daughter, Kiera, is waiting expectantly to play the role of big sister.  And I was just happy to be a part of such a special time in their lives.
Congratulations Wendy,  Greg, & Kiera.  I can't wait to meet Madyson!

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I love this one!
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This one makes me laugh every time I look at it!  Wendy, you are so funny!

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Who has the bigger belly??
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Erin and Kiera rock'n it like the models they are! 

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Just look at those adorable shoes!!
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Thursday, April 1, 2010

It all started when

I took Wendy and Greg's engagement photos last summer.  As they posed for pictures we joked about me taking photos of their children if they ever had any.  Of course we had to get through their Virginia Beach wedding first, but soon after Wendy and Greg announced their pregnancy.  I'm sure the whole reason they got pregnant was because they couldn't wait to see the awesome baby portraits I would take.  Right Wendy?  Wendy and I have been long time friends and I couldn't be more excited for her.  Her baby shower was so beautiful and she was surrounded with so many people who love and care for her and are excited to meet Madyson.

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This has to be one of my favorite photos from the day! It's so Wendy!

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Isn't this the cutest?  It's a little bucket filled with paper Wendy can quickly write down important milestones and memories to scrapbook later.  I absolutely loved the idea!

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Who needs a card when you have a postit?

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