Brandi

The Whole World

September 30, 2010

Gaby is in love with her little sister, Dani. Just spend a little time with them and you can see how Gaby is always right there, helping, soothing, tickling…or at least she’s trying her best!

When you ask Gaby how much she loves Dani, the answer is “The whole world times two!” That’s a lot of love! Let’s hope that, as Dani grows up and starts to take and play with some of Gaby’s things, that Gaby still loves her just as much!

Non Stop Eating

September 28, 2010

At just four days old, you would think that Anna would have slept right through her newborn session. Unfortunately, she had a different plan! She wanted to eat right through her newborn session. Born at 8 pounds 10 ounces, she’s not afraid of food, and those chubby cheeks show it!

We were able to get her topped off just long enough to capture some images of those adorable cheeks and chunky arms and legs.

Yellow

September 27, 2010

Christgen was cracking me up at his three year session. Everything was yellow! His favorite thing to eat…Cheetos, and did you know they’re yellow? His horse, Jack, is yellow. (Though if you ask Mommy about the horse…they don’t own a horse.) My nose…definitely yellow. His favorite sucker color…yellow. It really didn’t matter what I asked, the answer was yellow!

It got to the point where I could pretty much guess the answer to any question I was about to ask! Too bad he wasn’t wearing yellow, that would have been perfect for this session. (Of course, Mommy said he’d been requesting purple flip flops. Who knows? Tomorrow it might be a blue day!)

Steppin’ Up!

September 26, 2010

I first have to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us at the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk this past Saturday! For our second year of hosting our own team, I could not be more proud! We had a cool two dozen walk participations…that’s right, 24 awesome folks walked with the Photography by Brandi team to help us promote awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome.

Not only that, but as a team, between registration and donations, we raised $2,030…you rock team!

The day could not have started out more perfect! Blue skies, no wind, nice temperatures! Though, the clouds to the West seemed ominous, and everyone wondered if rain was on it’s way, we stayed nice and dry. The sun was in and out a little bit, but the wind stayed mild, with just a nice breeze to keep us cool.

There was ice cream to be eaten. Popsicles to be devoured. Hamburgers, brats, fruit and chips to fill up bellies! Rock walls were climbed. Bouncers were conquered. Success was seen at the bean bag toss, when it wasn’t being used as a lounger!?! Fun, smiles and laughing were in abundance!

Yes, that’s me with my Starbucks. Thank you Tracy!! That definitely helped with the 5 AM wake up…to be out the door by o’dark thirty!

During the one mile stroll around Arrowhead, Tanner kept our team moving! He held onto our banner and marched us straight ahead. Setting a great pace that kept even the adults moving!

Of course, about half way through, Tanner felt that he had successfully led his team to victory and it was time for a victory nap!

Lily made it the entire mile with only her two little feet and lots of adult encouragement!

Riah got to ride on Daddy’s shoulders more than once!

Baby Liam even joined in the walk! Though I think he had the best deal. He successfully slept through all the noise and excitement of the walk, while being carried by Mommy!

I could not have asked for a better day, a better group of people surrounding me or a better organization to be supporting! Thank you to everyone!!

Photographing Adults

September 24, 2010

Yes, my first love is photographing babies and kids, but that does not stop me from photographing other willing subjects! Every once in a while, I have the opportunity to photograph a “grown-up”. It’s a fun change of pace, though a much different experience.

One of the most popular reasons for adults to have their portrait taken is for business purposes. Photographs work very well on marketing materials, including websites, business cards, flyers and lots of other great communication pieces.

Yes, it’s true, most of us adults do not put having our photograph taken at the top of our favorite things to do list. But, when it comes to one-on-one business relationships, that personal touch can make just the right difference. Not only is it a chance to promote your business, i.e. your jewelry, your skin care products, even your magic, but it’s a great way for potential new clients to see who you are. They can get an insight into who they will be working with and build a bond with you before you’ve even met.





Whoops!

September 22, 2010

It took a while to get Julia settled into a relaxed sleep, but once she was there, we were good to go. She let me twist and turn her, roll her and reposition her every which way and she never flinched once!

Big brother, Isaac, who is just smitten with her, couldn’t wait for his turn to pose with her. He just wanted to love on her and smother her with kisses.

I should have known that everything was going too smoothly! Julia’s newborn session ended with a bang, when, thanks to Daddy, Julia’s rather explosive bowel movement ended up all over me! Between me needing to change my clothes and Julia’s unhappiness at the disruption, it was the perfect time to end the session. No worries, though, we captured tons of images for Mommy to choose from!

Holding Still

September 21, 2010

That is something Gillian is completely incapable of doing! She is a mover, and has to be moving constantly. If her body is holding still, then her hands are moving, or her foot is tapping. Something has to be moving at all times, or else it just wouldn’t be Gillian!

Of course, trying to photograph a moving target is always a fun challenge, but I was up for it, just waiting for that slight pause in her movement!

At the end of the session, we decided to do a test, to see how still Gillian could actually sit. Sitting on the floor, leaning on the couch, we said “Go” and I started to count. The first time, I made it to 14 seconds before she flicked her foot. She insisted on trying a second time, and I reached 14 seconds again before she moved her hand. She repositioned, laying down on the floor in a sleeping pose and this time I made it all the way to 25 seconds before her entire torso was shaking in laughter.

A Whirlwind

September 21, 2010

It’s funny how some sessions can seem to last forever, and other sessions seem like they are over in the blink of the eye. Luke and Lanee’s session was one of those blink and it’s over sessions, yet we accomplished quite a bit!

Knowing that two and a half year old Luke and seven month old Lanee were only going to have a short time frame of happiness, cooperation and attention, we were on a mission. We started off with the goal of getting images of the two kiddos together. Of course, just seconds into it, Lanee spits up all over her shirt. Thank goodness, Mommy had a backup!

During this time, Luke is running around the studio like all two year olds do! I start working with him, with the plan to get some individual images of him. It took a little bit of two year old finesse, but we pulled it off.

Now Lanee’s ready to go again! With some fun and games, we successfully captured images of the two of them together. Then we moved to naked baby time with Lanee, and even pulled off some tutu images of Lanee as well!

That’s about the time the meltdowns started. We had reached our limit! They both gave us their all and then they were done.

Sugar Coma

September 17, 2010

Let’s just say, it’s a good thing we did Ava in her fancy outfit before the cake! She was all smiles and grins, talking to us, showing off her numerous teeth…just making us laugh!

Then we brought out the cake. At first she was interested in it. She checked it out, squished some frosting in her hands, got some on her feet, tried a bite and even smiled a bit. But then, she completely zoned out on us! It was like she had slipped into a sugar coma. She’d give us a serious stare, every once in a while responding to our shenanigans, but for the most part she had checked out.

We’re pretty sure the stare was caused from the fact that she didn’t like the mess she had made. Having the frosting all over her legs was not something she was enjoying! However, she loved taking a bath in the kitchen sink and getting all clean again! Just like that, the smiles returned!

The Poser

September 17, 2010

It doesn’t matter how old Kennedy gets, the one thing that has remained the same is her love of posing for the camera. The hand on the hip, hip popped out, with a little bit of attitude, has always been her favorite pose…and it still is. I don’t even have to coach her, she just stands in front of me and strikes the pose! Now, getting her to relax and not be so posey, that’s the real challenge! Luckily, she likes to talk. Once I get her talking, I can get her laughing, making her relax in to a more natural expression and pose.

Oh, and I just heard that Kennedy has lost her first tooth, quickly followed by her second tooth. So that means this will officially be her last session with teeny, tiny baby teeth!

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