Capturing The First Year {eleven months}

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As we approached the end of the first twelve months I gave myself a little exercise and started thinking through qualities, traits and words that describe our third boy. He’s snuggly, gentle, inquisitive, wondrous, contemplative (and a little clumsy!) Yet he has a charismatic, loud feisty side to him that I know will come in highly useful over the years as the youngest of three brothers!  I imagine most go through the emotions of moving out of the first year, it’s an unnerving feeling to start to let go a little as we begin to realize there is no stopping this natural process called ‘growing up.’  Yet, stepping back and seeing our littles gain a sense of independence and pride is highly rewarding.

You could even say that there is a slight parallel in this months theme; stepping into The Great Outdoors ;-) Continue reading

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capturing the first year {ten months}

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My present situation as I put together this blog post; to my left is a (rather large) slice of freshly-baked-and-still-warm pumpkin bread and to my right is a steeping cup of Harvest Apple Spice tea and I have the windows wide open letting in the crisp air. Autumn in Memphis, you have taken too long to get here!

There is something about Autumn that wells up childhood magic, joy and anticipation and I can quite literally smell the change in the air. I wish I could make my excitement accessible to download but something tells me that you feel the same way :-)

Capturing the first year has been about learning to appreciate the small things; what I see everyday as my baby grows, the seemingly monotonous moments. But, with such a love for all things Autumn, how could I not include this seasonal change in this year long project? My intention is NOT to produce a holiday card, however the goal is to bring a little seasonal twist in a mini series of shots in keeping with the tone of Capturing The First Year. Continue reading

capturing the first year {nine months}

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Phew! I’m not gonna lie, the past month has been k-razy! Somewhere along the road we thought it would be a good idea to move house ;-)

Thinking ahead, I made sure I didn’t pack my camera, but I DID pack my imac and didn’t have a work station for a short while as well as I cannot stand to work in chaos! Tidy house = tidy mind.  I’m continuing to desperately catch up with life after being somewhat off the grid for a while.

As much as I would like to have the nursery perfectly set up and decorated to shoot in, this is not going to happen any time soon so a little improvisation is needed. Packing boxes are our life right now and an experience in Mattheus’ first year to remember. Continue reading

Capturing The First Year {eight months}

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A few months in to Capturing The First Year, quite honestly I remember questioning what I’d gotten myself committed to! I worried that I wouldn’t find the time to complete the challenge or that I would start to lack the inspiration and even motivation to continue these monthly check-ins! Raise your hand if you find you start things but rarely finish them! And I am not taking about a glass of wine here :-)

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Family Trip To The Red River

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Gotta love boys. We have three of them. Three.

As in The Three Amigos, The Three Musketeers, The Three Wise Men, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Stooges. Good things come in three! Let me break it down even further for you; that’s one more than the number of hands I have. Two (hundred) more than the number of coffees I should have,  0.6 more than the (previous) average number of children in a family, three more boys than I thought I’d have (I pictured myself as a mother of girls) and a gazillion number of lost hours of sleep :-)

I wouldn’t change any of it for the world!

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Capturing The First Year {seven months}

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As a mother, it’s important for me to be able to capture emotive detail and moments on camera. As an artist, it’s essential I integrate the creative use of light, composition and the surrounding environment. But, until recently, I’m not sure I have ever been as aware of these two elements being as deeply intertwined as I am today. One devoid of the other would only bring half of the beauty.  Continue reading

Capturing The First Year {Six Months}

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During the first year of your infant’s life, there will be many firsts that you hope to capture on camera to preserve those sweet memories. Capturing the first year is not only geared to inspire you at the typical three month – six month – one year milestones but it’s also about learning to photograph the small changes and details to help you savor what you see everyday.  Continue reading

Shooting In Manual {Baby’s Playtime}

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Did you invest in a high end camera only to find that you’re stuck on automode; confused by the harsh flash light that pops up, yellow or green tinted images or blurry movement?

This post has been put together with the parent in mind, looking to take better pictures of their baby. With a focus on photographing your baby during their playtime, I’ll guide you through some tips on how to use your dslr and the standard kit lens (I promise my beloved prime lens will stay in the bag!)  Continue reading

Newborn Session

Welcome sweet baby Rumyana (Rumi) to this wonderful family! Including Mila, the dog who has been promoted to big sister ;-)

I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Kyle & Petya for a short while now. However,  being invited into their home to photograph such intimate moments in these early days was incredibly special to me. Thank you! xox

Admittedly I couldn’t help be a little distracted by the incredible array of artwork, books, records and open views of downtown Memphis!

 

 

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