Dreamy newborn

Those first few hours to days in the hospital after giving birth to your baby are a magical blur.  The excitement of finally meeting that little baby who’s been growing inside you is indescribable.   Once you combine pure hormonal flurry with pain-numbing meds you end up loosing track of time & forgetting the perfect little details of those fleeting & magical moments.

I had the pleasure of documenting this special time for my friend & her family as they welcomed the most perfect little baby girl into the world.  Baby Tennyson was only hours old but already had her big brother wrapped around her fingers :)  He was the proudest big brother I’ve ever seen.  Capturing these precious moments for my friend was truly a joy & I know she will always treasure these memories.  

Horse country

Ok… so, I grew up in NW Georgia… in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  Despite my full-on country raisen’ (insert banjo music here);  my formative years were lacking of any meaningful horse exposure.  Now, as an adult, I find myself in southern LA horse country… with polo ponies and all.  The beauty and grace of this area of the country and it’s inhabitants is immediately apparent, even to an outsider.  Recently, I was lucky enough to get an insider’s view of the Folsom horse country thanks to Jennifer Rice of www.jenniferrice.net.   Here are just a few of the beautiful shots I was lucky enough to snap that afternoon :)

Making snow globes

Creating Christmas crafts with the kiddos is a great way to spend time together this holiday season.  My kids and I made these little Christmas tree snow globes I found on pinterest, and I absolutely love how they turned out.  We used two jars I bought at Hobby Lobby & one dollar store pickle jar, several little bottle brush Christmas trees, mardi gras beads, faux snow, white glitter, and miniature deer & lamb figures.  First, I hot-glued Mardi Gras beads to the trees to make little ornaments (I live in NOLA, but you could sub little craft beads if you don’t have Mardi Gras beads lying around).  Next, we needed to get everything all glittery by painting the tree and figurines with mod-podge and sprinkling with glitter.

After everything was super-glittery, we hot-glued the tree and animal figurines to the lids, filled the jars with the faux snow and glitter.

Last, we screwed the lids onto the jar filled with snow and glitter & turned upside down… & voila!  Snowy magic!!!

These little beauties are proudly displayed on my mantle & I’m just as proud as the kids are about how good they turned out :)  Simple.  Beautiful.  Love it!

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Make your own snow globes with these supplies:

jars: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/3-3/4-glass-jar-with-iron-lid-991901/

trees:  http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/miniature-seasonal-trees-740837/

 

What is lifestyle photography anyway?

Maybe you’ve seen the description “lifestyle” photographer, but never really knew what that meant.  Don’t worry you’re not alone.  I’ve found that most people, including many photographers, don’t truly grasp the concept.  So what is lifestyle photography anyway?  Well, simply put, it is a style of photography that documents everyday real-life events… you know, the good stuff!  I think of it as the photojournalism equivalent of family portraits or the photo documentary of a person’s life in that moment in time.

Even if you didn’t know what to call it, you have seen lifestyle photography.  Like the image above…  it is one of my all-time favorite images of my daughter in the playroom being her goofy self playing in her dolls’ pack-n-play.  It tells the story of our everyday life… messy playroom and all.

This image of my daughter reading a book to her Rapunzel doll – it was a spontaneous moment that I was lucky enough to capture while playing on a Saturday morning.  This is her life right now.  In a few years when she’s more interested in music & her friends and less into playing with dolls, we will look back on this picture and remember this sweet moment of her reading to her favorite doll in her own bedroom <3  <3 <3  We will remember how little and cute she was (well, I am her Mom after all) & remember all the special things in her room & instantly be taken back to that time in our lives.

Are lifestyle photographs all spontaneous & real – well, sometimes :)  The best lifestyle photographs highlight the beauty in your everyday lives, but sometimes I have to recreate moments for one reason or another… like, I didn’t have my camera with me the first time, or I needed to move a plant out of the way, or I had to pry the juice box out of my daughter’s hand (you know, Mom stuff.)

The image below is an example of what I call “semi-spontaneous”.  I knew that I wanted to take a picture of Sarah with her new obsession “li-stick” & I love how the morning light really fills my bedroom, so I decided to snap some pics of her & her lipstick on my bed one Sunday morning.  We had a great time & there is absolutely nothing staged about that little laugh.

Have you ever noticed that your favorite pictures aren’t the ones you planned?  It usually isn’t the group shot where everyone is smiling and looking right into the camera that you end up loving.  It’s that image from your family portrait session that happened accidentally in between planned shots.  It’s the shot that captured that millisecond smirk between Mom & Dad – that tells the story of your life.  I love images draw you in & make you feel something – images that tell a story.  And what could be more important than telling the story of you and your family?

 

This is where lifestyle photography comes in.  This type of photography focuses on capturing life and all it’s beautiful details, so you won’t find any elaborate set-ups or styrofoam easter egg props.  Just crisp vivid images of you and your most prized possessions, your family <3  This is the approach I take with all of my sessions.  I have a few planned shots, but I never stop snapping pics in between poses because I know that it’s the unplanned moments, when you let your guard down, when the magic really happens.

In the next few weeks, I will be posting more information about my new lifestyle packages, which will be offered starting in Jan. 2013, so stay tuned!!!