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

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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 :-)

Surprisingly two things have happened…. Continue reading

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

Capturing The First Year {five months}

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Nearing six months you’ll definitely not want to miss all that your infant is able to do right now. Showing off his new found skills and doing them repeatedly as you shoot away! Admittedly I have a million and one images taken on my phone over these five months of my three boys but once a month I plan a mini styled session with the baby to really home in on the changes and hope to capture him in his everyday environment with shots that are also wall-display worthy! Continue reading

Capturing The First Year {Four Months}

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Chances are you’re in a pretty steady routine with your four month old and apart from perhaps a sneaky sleep regression, you’re feeling a little more human again as the parent! However, as we ease into our routine, I’ve realized it becomes more of a challenge to notice the subtle developments that take place from month to month and sometimes from day to day. Setting time aside to intentionally photograph these moments has become a way I can savor these changes and I look forward to looking over the first year of our little one’s life. Continue reading

Capturing The first Year {Three Months}

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Oh three months, where have you gone?!

What seems like over-night, my tiny nugget has doubled his weight and somehow it happened right in front of my eyes! Perhaps a little sad to say goodbye to any resemblance of a newborn, this is a stage that in fact I have been looking forward to after having enjoyed watching our older sons grow. By three months, so much of their personality shines through. Quirky smiles, gurgles and hands-in-mouth mark this milestone! Continue reading

Capturing The First Year {Two Months}

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If you have ever done a search for tips on how to photograph a two month old, you have probably come up empty! Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be too much inspiration out there for this age. They are definitely out of the sleepy newborn stage, yet unable to sit, tummy time is a short lived affair and they will most definitely not be happy being squeezed up into different positions. So you’re pretty much left with laid-on-back with arms and legs rigorously moving at the speed of light! Not incredibly flattering if truth be told. On the plus side, they are not quite at the three month (cute) blob stage ;-)

Okay, okay Dr Skeptismo has left the building! I’d like to offer some starting tips that will help you creatively photograph your two month old. Continue reading

Capturing The First Year {One Month}

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Preparation

As I prepared for our third child’s arrival, I never questioned if I’d love him as much as my other two. But, I did wonder with him being the third, if I’d ever have those overwhelmingly beautiful moments that I experienced with my first. Especially seeing as the novelty of pregnancy was long gone! (Been there, done that, got the t-shirt!) Continue reading