ProjectTEN: February

ProjectTen: Ten women. 
Ten photos.
On day ten.

Round Two of ProjectTEN.  I am loving having accountability when it comes to taking pictures of my children.  Every day I photograph them with my cell phone because it is so accessible but I really need to be more diligent when it comes to picking up my big girl camera.  Having a little push/reminder really does enable me to capture those precious moments that would have been stuck on my cell phone without the project.  I am thankful for the other lovely ladies in this project that are nudging each other along. Every once in a while I get the urge to go back to basics and do things the hard way.  I attempted to make pizza dough from scratch one Friday night.  All of the recipes I see online make it seem so easy.  Thankfully I had little hands to help.  It turned out ok but I definitely need some practice.

Whenever my mom goes away for the weekend, we make sure to have my father over for dinner since he is basically useless in the kitchen (sorry dad…you are great is so many other areas though.).  It is nice because it allows some one on one time with the grandkids without grand mom around.  My son is always so excited to play memory with him.  The background in the top photo below bothers me because of where the doorframe is coming in but I love the look on my son’s face as he talks to his grand pop.

He is also very excited when he is winning.

So much of my time home is spent in one corner of the kitchen.  Many nights, my daughter likes to keep me company by taking out all pots and pans.  Thankfully I had my camera on hand when Paul Simon came on the radio.  Jam on little one.

Camden, New Jersey’s Adventure Aquarium is now running a great exhibit called Dinosaurs of the Deep.  My son is dinosaur obsessed so I made sure to bring him to this exhibit soon after it opened.  We went on a Friday afternoon and were so lucky because the whole place was practically empty.  This allowed us to access everything so easily.  We even got to go into the shark tunnel without anybody else in it.

I attempted to get myself into one shot for this series.  My kids love when they ride on my legs and can do it for hours if I let them.  I try to count it as part of my exercise regime…does it count?

The east coast was supposed to get hit by a massive blizzard a few weeks ago but only the Boston area seemed to truly get hit with said blizzard.  My kids were upset that there wasn’t much snow but we made the most of it by playing in what snow was left.

My husband was working from home and was even able to pry himself away from his computer for a few minutes.  He is much  better at sledding with them and the kids had a blast.

There are so many talented ladies participating in this project,  please take the time to check out their pages as well:

katie hall (newark, delaware)- http://katiehallcreative.com/|https://www.facebook.com/katiehallcreative

paula richwine (newark, delaware) - http://richestwinephotography.com/https://www.facebook.com/richestwinephoto

lisa o’brien - (wrentham, massachusetts) - https://www.facebook.com/lisaobrienphoto

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Kids Were Here: February 2015

December bled into January with Christmas decorations.  Towards the end of Christmas break, I needed to take out some unused Christmas crafts for entertainment.  They were both excited to paint their own ornaments but I think that the skill level was for older kids…still cute to me.

Their new craft table is used regularly.  Our crayon collection has grown immensely, as does the amount of dinosaur drawings around the house.
I was blessed with being able to attend my son’s gingerbread house making event in his kindergarten class.  We had a blast decorating this together.
A combination of activity from both kids…my 2 year old loves her blocks and stickers…my son is obsessed with the dinosaurs.
We started using these great pastel crayons…they draw with a great hand.  Unfortunately, they can do a number to your furniture.
Long live the dinosaurs…my son has taken to drawing all sorts of dinosaurs and placing them around the house in scenes.
My favorite was the pterodactyl hanging from the microwave.
This one combines both the dinosaur cut outs with the sweetest present I have ever received from my son…my very own crown.  This boy does treat me like a queen and I am so thankful for his love.
This year’s supposed blizzard turned out to be a bust but the kids were still excited for what snow did come so we made the best of it.  Here are their little footsteps in freshly fallen snow.
Later Daddy came out for a little sledding that they both enjoyed.
I am grateful to be a part of this Kids Were Here group.   Please hop on the blog to see the work from the other amazing photographers.

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Growing Family of Four {Philadelphia Family Photographer – Ridley Creek State Park}

About four years ago, I photographed a very close friend’s sister and her family down at the Jersey Shore.  To this day, it is still one of my favorite sessions.  The early morning light was amazing and you really can’t get any cuter than their 6 month old son.  Here is the original blog post if you would like to see the rest of the cuteness.

Fast forward 3 years and that family of three has expanded to a soon to be family of 5.  Now they have two little boys so the cuteness has doubled plus they are expecting a new addition in just a few short months.  We were blessed to get another day of beautiful weather, this time at sunset.  Watching babies grow is a joy and honor.  Seeing them change from an only child to a big brother is so heart warming.  These two were adorable together.  Mom even told me that big brother asked if he could put a picture of his little brother from the session in his bedroom.  How sweet!!!! In addition to watching the kids grow, I love seeing parents go from new parents trying to figure it all out to experienced, confident parents that has this parenting thing covered.

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From Belly to Baby with one cute pup.

Last spring I met an adorable couple expecting their first child with one seriously cute dog.  It took some restraint to not try to take this dog  home with me.  Here is there beautiful maternity session in full.

Fast forward a few months and that adorable pup became a big sister to one sweet boy.

As you can see here, these two are not easily separated.

Family of four…

One of my favorite parts of newborn photography, aside from the insanely cute squishy babies, is seeing the nursery.  So many parents impress me with their nurseries.  This mom made the super cute watercolor animal prints herself.  This room is so bright, cheery, and just plain happy.  So much attention to detailed and paired down to perfection.  Plus it touches my heart that the mobile was once Daddy’s when he was little.

Sometimes when baby is approaching nap time, a little fresh air is all that is needed.

See..a little fresh air brought smiles to his face.  Mommy and baby nose to nose just kills me.

And then it was naptime…how sweet that he is holding his mother’s necklace.

Now rejuvenated and ready to smile and laugh with mommy again.  How can you resist that face and those feet?

A wonderful way to end a  session…snuggles with mom in bed.

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The Joy of Working with a Fellow Photographer {Delaware Family Photographer}

Sometimes you meet a family and immediately find out you have so much in common.  Mom is a fellow photographer that also shoots with a Nikon D700 and adores backlighting was our instant connection.  Fellow mom of two, split level home owner, plus lover of mid century modern and Ikea are a few others.  Top that all with a gorgeous family with awesome bow ties and union jack socks and you have one happy photographer.

We had an awesome concert to attend in the living room with the cutest music stand.

All too often, mom and dad do not have a photo of them together since their wedding.  During every session, I like to get a few couples shots, especially since I know now that kids are in the picture, this is a rarity.  When the parents are this gorgeous, it makes my job very easy.

It was a brisk but sunny December day so we decided to brave the temperatures for a quick trip to Bellevue State Park.  They are taking down this super cool building with these wonderful green textured walls.  Don’t they understand that photographers can use this building?

Can you tell that the bitter cold wind was blowing in their face?

The downfall of being the photographer in the family is that you are never in the family photos.  Over time it adds up and becomes a real problem.  How will your children get to appreciate the special times you spent together if they never see you in them.  I was honored to capture those special moments with mom and her two boys, knowing that she has so many beautiful photos of her husband with the boys.  The boys were so adorable with mom.  

And doesn’t every mother need a picture of them eskimo kissing with their child?  My answer is yes.  They are the cutest.

 

 

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