One Happy Kid

November 1, 2013

Robert is one energetic little man! Although he can be rolling around on the floor, talking your ear off, hearing trains, and flying like an airplane all in the span of one minute…he does it all with a smile and giggle!

As is the case with all boys, I know he has his moments of uncooperativeness and frustration, but any time I see him, he has a gigantic smile plastered across his face. It actually takes more work to get the serious expressions from him, then it does the smiles!

He’s just a happy little dude!

Trains & Race Cars

January 9, 2013

Are three year old Robert’s current obsessions! Pretty much any question you ask, you can be guaranteed to receive an answer including a race car or a train…and frequently the noises that it makes are included!

What did you get for your birthday? “A race car! Vroom, vroom!”

What did you ask Santa for? “A freight train. Chug, chug, choo, choo!”

What’s under the Christmas tree? “A train. It goes round and round in a circle. The top of the cars are black and the windows are yellow.”

It’s fun to watch Robert’s eyes light up as he describes the Christmas train or the race car that he got for his birthday. I can only imagine the excitement he would have displayed if a train had gone by during his session. Of course, the one time I actually wish a train would come chugging by, during the hour of his session, not one peep of a chug-a-chug!

Just a Bit Cold!

October 30, 2012

Ugh, Kansas weather, one day it can be 80 degrees and sunny, the next 60 degrees and cloudy! Unfortunately for us, Adele & Robert’s session was scheduled for the day the temperatures decided to drop 20 degrees…not to mention they dropped an additional 10 degrees just while we were doing the session!

Luckily Robert and Adele were born in Minnesota and spent many winters braving the Minnesota cold! So, although they were a bit cold and did some shivering, overall they braved the cold and the wind and turned on the charm!

By the end, there were quite a few red noses and I know I couldn’t feel my fingers! Thank you October for bringing us 50 degree temperatures! For all of you who complained about the hot summer…I’m blaming this on you!

Monkey See, Monkey Do

December 22, 2011

When working with siblings, it’s helpful when you have an older sibling who listens fairly well, and a younger sibling who copies whatever the older sibling is doing. In the case of Adele and Robert, this is exactly what I had…I also like to refer to it as the “Monkey See, Monkey Do!”

Of course, when everyone is following my instructions perfectly, this works out to my advantage. When older sister, Adele, starts to get squirrely, then I end up with a couple of squirrels on my hands!

Luckily, we had just enough listening and cooperating to offset the goofy and silly!

Storing Your Portraits

December 30, 2010

How do you store your portraits? I know we wish we could have all of our 5x7s and 8x10s out on display forever. But, as our children get older, and the number of portraits we have grows, the small frames can become more like clutter and less like art.

How many of you are guilty of placing the new photo in the front of the frame, and leaving the old one in the frame behind the new one? You may not be willing to admit it, but I know there are many of you out there that do just that! You may not realize it, but this is the worst thing you can do to store your portraits. If any humidity or moisture gets into the frame, or underneath the glass, there is a very good chance that all of the photos in that frame can end up sticking together, and therefore ruining them all.

With the crazy humidity we have Kansas City, you would not believe how easily this can happen. One of my clients had an 8×10 from every session we had ever done in one frame. Still, to this day, we have no idea what happened, but somehow moisture got in the frame. The first photo stuck to the glass, and every photo behind that one stuck to the one in front of it. As you can imagine, they were quite distraught. Just like that, the record of their child’s first months and years were gone. Fortunately, we were able to replace each photograph, and now they are all properly displayed in one of our Keepsake Albums!

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Mobile!

December 9, 2010

Robert learned how to walk way before his first birthday, so, at his first birthday session, he was cruising! Mobile does not even begin to describe him. Speed demon would be more appropriate. We chased him all over the studio! Being asked to hold still was not something he was fond of at all.

There were only two times where we found him holding still. One was when I brought out my big blue chair…he liked sitting in it! Though he’d frequently slouch down like a couch potato, and we’d have to prop him back up, but at least he held still for a little bit. The second time was in front of the birthday cake! He spent quite some time checking it out, tasting it, destroying it and even eating a little bit!

Two Sides

July 4, 2010

At Robert’s six month session, I got to see two sides of him! While driving to the studio, he had a nice nap. After waking up, having a quick snack and getting naked, he was ready to perform! He was full of smiles and content to just sit there and charm us!

Then, out of the blue, Robert scrunched up his face and flipped a switch. Nothing would make him happy! We tried the bottle, toys, Mommy’s singing, my peek-a-boo. He either stared at us like we were from a different planet, or scrunched up his face and cried. With some loving Mommy breaks, some puffs and some patience, we were able to get some pretty good serious expressions out of Robert, but definitely no more smiles!

The Year of Newborns

December 21, 2009

I was working on organizing some of my favorite images of the year when it occurred to me that I photographed quite a few new little ones this year. So, we looked it up – I photographed 14 newborns this year!

Though you have to have a vast amount of patience and time to photograph newborns, it is one of my most favorite ages. They are just so tiny, precious and moldable!

Each one of my little ones is amazing and unique. Some have hair, even very dark hair, and some have no hair. Some arrive all chunky and pudgy, while others are skinny and scrawny. Some are obsessed with having their hands by their faces, while others are more relaxed and sprawled out.

Of course, almost every one of them “marks their territory” in my studio! (Usually in more ways than one!)

In the end, we end up with adorable images of these teeny, tiny creatures.

I can’t wait to watch and capture all of them as they grow and change! I have the best “job” in the entire world!

Minnesota Rolls

December 6, 2009

Robert must have known that he was being born into the Minnesota winter cold, because he packed on the pounds both before arrival and immediately after! I love his little round face, his cubby cheeks and his chunky thighs!

It took a bottle, some rocking and bouncing from Daddy, and being wrapped up warm and cozy, but he drifted right off to sleep and stayed that way for quite a while!

Baby Number II

October 20, 2009

My good friends, Cheri and Brian, are expecting baby number two! With both kiddos, they have found out during the pregnancy if it’s a boy or a girl, but they haven’t revealed the name. This means some sort of nickname has to be created. With the first baby, it was Baby M. This time, it’s Baby M II. I think it’s a good thing that they’re not planning on having a lot of babies, because I’m not sure I would know enough Roman numerals to figure out which number we’re on!

We know they’re having a boy this time. The perfect addition to their family, since Baby M was an adorable baby girl, Miss Adele!

With Daddy’s crazy tall height, and the fact that Mommy looks like she has a basketball in her tummy, I’ve determined that they’re going to be giving birth to the next famous basketball player! (I know Mommy just loves me making fun of her belly!)

I can’t wait to meet the little man!!

Brandi