Brandi

Rock Star

February 25, 2010

In celebration of turning six years old, Madeleine got to wear her “rock star” outfit for her session! Complete with the sassy, black, knee high boots!

Madeleine is at the stage where everything is a dramatic pose! With every click of the camera she was twisting her body, tilting her head, squinting her eyes…doing everything she thinks makes a great photo. This results in a great challenge for me. I have to keep her talking, moving, relaxing and out of those extreme poses.

Of course, in line with her rock star outfit, I even let her have some fun with posing, and boy was she striking them right and left. But in the end, I ended up with the best ones…the ones that show her beauty, her uniqueness and Maddie as a six year old!

Not So Sure

February 24, 2010

Emily was a little tentative about her session. The last time I saw her, she was a tiny newborn. So, as far as she was concerned, I was a stranger. When Mommy started undressing her, shortly after arriving, I’m sure she had flashbacks to her one year checkup at the doctors. Not exactly what I want to be compared to!

Then there was the tutu. I don’t know if it threw off her balance, or felt weird, but she just wasn’t into that tutu. Even though she’s a stander and a walker, it took everything to get her to stand on her own in the tutu, and walking…not happening! Of course, at the end of the session, when Mommy took it off, it was like Emily became a different person!

The birthday hat was a complete no-no! As soon as the hat went on, the water works turned on. She wanted nothing to do with the hat. She did find a fun activity involving the hat. We thought we would put it on the bench next to her, just to get it in a few images. Emily thought picking it up and throwing it was a great idea! She cracked herself up, every time!

Despite the uneasiness, with some crazy actions from Mommy and me, we captured some adorable expressions…big eyes and all!

A New Website!

February 24, 2010

Drum roll, please!

I am excited to announce that we have launched a new website!

It has been a long time coming, but www.photographybybrandi.com 3.0 has officially been launched!

Fresh, updated images, brand new content, sleek behind the scenes technology…all in all an awesome outcome! I could not be happier with the final product. It is exactly what I had in mind.

A huge thanks to my fantastic hubby! He spent hours and hours creating a beautiful website, while at the same time handling my absurd and crazy requests like the pro that he is!

Mister Fix It

February 23, 2010

At the age of four, Carter’s true loves are his drum set and his bike. Although what he really wants is a blue and white, big, loud, super fast motorcycle, but for now, I think he’ll have to settle with his black and red super fast bike!

Mommy brought these favorite items with her to Carter’s session, which of course Carter was very excited about. I got to see his drummer skills and his bike moves! He was very excited to “play”. Even asking me if I could babysit him after the session while his mom went shopping.

We had a great time, laughing and playing, but my favorite part is his fixing drive. He would be in the middle of drumming, and say “Wait, I have to fix this”. He would put his sticks down and fiddle with a knob on his drum set, and then fiddle with another knob. Then he was back to playing, and not a minute later he was fixing something else. He even did it on his bike, “Wait, I have to fix this”. We took lots of breaks while he fixed things! I think he might be one of those guys who is curious how things work. As he gets older, I can definitely see him taking things apart to figure out how they work and to fix them. It will be fun to hear the stories!

Made of Glass

February 22, 2010

It was quite chilly, and the wind blew right through me, as I stood outside trying to capture these images, but I just couldn’t resist. With the beautiful blue sky in the background, the sun shining bright and the ice covering the trees, everything was just shimmering! It looked like the world around me was made of glass and just so fragile.

There have been so many sluggish, grey, cold days this winter. You have to grab hold of the beautiful ones and remember them well!

Introducing….

February 22, 2010

Baby Brendan!

Big Man!

February 22, 2010

Brendan deserves the title big man for many reasons!

First, he was born weighing in at 9 lbs and 1 ounce with a short length of just 19 inches. I guess you know where that means all the weight goes…that’s right…in the thighs! They’re great thighs…rolls and all!!

Second, he’s only seven days old and he’s already holding his head up. I know, I know, crazy talk, but really! I put him on his belly and up popped that head, strong neck and everything. Yes, it was only for five or six seconds, but he had total control over it for the whole time. He was so proud of himself that he just kept doing it over and over. Totally un-newborn like!

Third, he rolled over! Okay, so not a completely flat on the back flip over to belly, but I definitely had him on his tummy and, just like that, he was on his back. It freaked me out a few times, because I was sure he was going to roll right off the bean bag. Someone needs to tell Brendan that it is okay to be a baby for a while!

Last, but not least, he was very laid back and relaxed for the entire LONG session! He only fussed for a minute or two twice, and even those fusses were minor. He just went with the flow! He did try to stay awake for the entire session, but he learned his lesson…I always win!

San Francisco

February 18, 2010

Pete and I, along with my family, took a long weekend trip to San Francisco this past weekend! We could not have been more lucky with the weather and travel. Flying West meant we avoided all the crazy storms on the East and South coasts, and we got away from all of the arctic blasts in the Midwest! We were told more than once, that mid to high sixty degree temps, and the early burn off of the fog, were unusual for this time of year. We definitely picked perfect days to travel and sight see!

We started the weekend with a trip to the Petrified forest.

Followed by a stop inspired by The Bachelor! For all you Bachelor fans this season, you should recognize this Castle Winery!

We spent many hours along the National Seashore, taking in the beautiful ocean, sea salt breezes and warm sun. We walked down 308 steps to the lighthouse, only to walk back up the 308 steps!

A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without a Napa Valley tour. We toured and tasted wines at five different wineries! Although our timing was not great for perfect landscape photos, I still enjoyed capturing the off season scenes. In mid-February there is nothing growing on the vines, but the mustard seeds planted in between the rows, to help add nutrients to the soil, are just starting to bloom, adding a nice splash of color to the valley.

All in all, it was a fun, relaxing get away! If only we did not have to return to the arctic tundra of KC! A whopping 17 degrees!

Happy Heart Day!

February 14, 2010

Joey and Pebbles wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! They are sending out lots of licks!

(And they wanted to show off their snazzy new track suits!)

Happy Birthday, Joey!

February 12, 2010

My little man turns nine today! Where does the time go?!?

He’s such a good boy! He actually sat there, with the tempting treat in front of him, and posed for me before attacking the cake! Luckily it’s a hard cake. If it was squishy, like the cakes I buy for my one year olds, he would have had it all over himself! The beard was bad enough!

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