Project 365 – Day 6


Last night, Liam decided he wanted to start playing with the Lincoln Logs he got for Christmas. We had put them away for awhile because he didn’t know exactly how to build with them since he was so used to playing with Legos. I was a little skeptical last night that I was going to end up building everything for him (and I did end up building a lot), but there was just something that clicked for him and he ended up building a couple houses. He even asked if we could play with them again this morning.

There are times that Liam just amazes me with his creativity. Today was definitely one of those days. He started by making a small house (pictured below). And then he turned it into this huge farm. All the little logs that you see standing up are different kinds of animals. He was so proud of himself and even asked me to take a picture of it. I can’t wait to see what else he’ll create with this “new” toy.


Project 365 – Day 5

day5-1I promise that one day I will take a photo of something other than Liam for my photo of the day. But for now he’s my muse. Portraits are my main focus right now anyway so it makes sense that I would photograph what I know. I plan to have a few monthly challenges for myself so that I step out of my comfort zone. However for now, I’ll keep taking pictures of Liam for as long as he’ll let me.


Project 365 – Day 4

day4-1 This morning we ventured over to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens to check out some of the flowers that were in bloom. To my surprise they actually had the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit going already. We spent the morning exploring the gardens and checking out some beautiful butterflies. One even landed on Liam’s head but was gone before I could snap a photo. Here are a few other photos from our morning.day4-2day4-3day4-4day4-5 day4-6 day4-7

Project 365 – Day 3

day3-1I’m going to be honest today. This is not my favortie picture, but it was the best of what I had from this morning. I like it because it’s a nice playful moment between my husband and son while we were at the mall this morning. I guess photographing on a sunny day is something that I’m just going to have to work on 😉

Project 365 – Day 2

day2-3After breakfast this morning, we went over to Nana’s house for a bit to look and see if the eggs in her bird house had hatched yet. While we were there, Liam decided he wanted to play in the rain some. So nice to see him enjoying the rain for once.

Here’s Liam looking at the bird nest: day2-1

Pumpkin Carving Time

Whoa! Two posts in two days! What is the world coming to?

Sorry, now that I have that off my chest. Here’s a few photos from our pumpkin carving yesterday. Liam decided that he would rather paint his, which of course was perfectly fine. He even painted a recognizable face on it. And then he painted over it. Oh well, he’s three.pumpkincarving-1 pumpkincarving-2 pumpkincarving-3 pumpkincarving-4 pumpkincarving-5 pumpkincarving-6 pumpkincarving-7

5 Simple Tips to Better Photos of Your Kids

When my son was born, I wanted to capture every minute that I could. And I will be the first to admit that some (okay, a lot) of those photos didn’t turn out the best that they could. Over the last few years I’ve learned a couple things from my mistakes and I think that my images are better because of it. I am by no means an expert and I certainly am still learning new techiniques every day. But I think it’s always fun to develop and share some tips that I know have helped me. That being said, here are a few tips that will hopefully help you in your quest for better photos of your children.


Use natural light. I know this may seem like common sense. This means turning off the random lamp or overhead light that you have on in your room. Whenever possible, try to turn off all the lights in your house. When the lights are on, it makes your subject look yellow and you don’t want that. It will feel dark and you’ll be wondering how in the world this is going to work. But it will, trust me. Try to place your subject as close as you can to your best natural light source. Whether that’s a window or large glass door. Be sure to pull up the blinds on your windows as well. Even if the slats are open, you will still get more natural light if you pull the blinds up completely.


Try to face your subject towards the light source. There’s a term called shark eyes. Basically what it means is that when you look at your subject’s eyes, they will look black. Lifeless. Take a moment to really pay attention to some of your favorite photographs or even television shows and look at the eyes of the subject. Do you see that little catch of light in their eyes? Getting that catch light breathes life into your subject. It’s a small thing, but it makes a huge difference between a good image and a great one. Use it whenever possible and it will brighten up your images.


If using an external flash, bounce it toward your light source. This one seems a little counterintuitive. Most people will tend to have their flash directed right at their subject. The problem with this is that it creates horrible shadows and usually leaves your subject washed out. The solution is to have your flash directed towards your light source. This helps to fill in the natural light when there may not be enough (ie a cloudy day).


Be mindful of cropping. I will admit that this is a difficult one for me some days. I’m so focused on capturing the moment that I don’t take the time to really look through my camera’s viewfinder to see what I’m actually doing. This most often leads to hands, arms, feet or legs being chopped off (figuratively of course).


Step back. This is the hardest thing for me to do. Like most parents, I want to get images of my child smiling and looking right at the camera, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Some of my favorite photos are ones where I took a step back and really took in what was going on. You can hide behind a door frame or sneak a few shots in while your kid is playing quietly by themselves. This captures an image that is more raw and unstaged. Sometimes it’s not about shooting the “perfect” image but about the moment.

These are just a few best practices that I like to employ when photographing my son. I’m sure that I’ve missed some and I would love to hear from you. What are some of your tips or tricks for capturing great photos of your children?

Snowy Morning

IMG_3197 This morning we woke up to a wonderful surprise. SNOW! The one thing Munchkin consistently asked Santa for for Christmas. He was so excited to see the white flakes falling. Although, he was less than excited to walk around in it. Either way we still went out and he enjoyed “shoveling” the snow with his spatula – I mean shovel. But now the sun is out and the grass is back to its greener shade. It sure would be nice if it would snow and stick around for awhile. I never thought that I would ever say that before.  IMG_3200IMG_3195IMG_3206

Preparing for Disney – And Playing with Cars

In just a few weeks, we’ll be leaving for Disney World. It’s still hard to believe that it’s so close. When we first started planning, it felt like a lifetime away. Now, it’s mere weeks. We’ve been preparing Munchkin by watching all things Mickey Mouse and reading stories about Winnie the Pooh at bedtime (we’ll be having breakfast with Pooh and friends). He’s very excited to see both Mickey and Goofy. Although truthfully, I think he’s more excited to see Goofy.

In my own attempt to prepare for Florida, I’ve broken out my old Canon Powershot G10. The photos that I’m about to post are not great. To say that I am unhappy with them is an understatement. But in an attempt to learn from them, I’m going to post the photos anyway. I know that I would get better photographs if I would take my DSLR down to Disney, but I really don’t want to carry it around the parks all day long. Plus, most of the photos I’ll be taking will be taken outside and will most likely be in sunny conditions. While the ones I took with Munchkin the other day, were all inside and therefore required a higher ISO. I tried to eliminated as much grain as possible, but there’s only so much that can be done before the picture starts to look unrealistic.

Either way, here they are. A good starting point. Who knew that shooting a less complicated camera would be so challenging.IMG_1996 IMG_1998 IMG_1997


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