A Friend Indeed.

I am counting down the days until I deliver my third child.

This is not my first rodeo, or first time around the block, or whatever cliche you’d like to attribute to the experience.  I have done all of this before.  But this time, I want something a little different.

I have decided to hire a birth photographer.  If you’ve been to my blog once or twice, you’ve noticed how much time and energy I like to put into photography.  Even if it’s only my iPhone pictures… they matter.  I want things documented.  I have exactly one picture of me in labor with Ronan, and around seven photos of Ruby’s birth.  I consider all of the pictures pricless, and I’m thankful for what I have.

I want more.

I have had several people recommend a local birth photographer to me.  Her name is Lora Denton, and her pictures are so good, they will give you chills.  On a whim, I sent her an email to see if she had any spots open in November – she only does 2 births a month, so it felt like a long shot!  I was lucky, and she had space, so we set up a meeting.  Since I’m having a homebirth, I invited her over to my house.  She wanted to get to see the space we would be birthing in, and that sounded like a great idea.  She also asked if it was okay for her to bring her 3.5 year old, and seeing as I’ve got one too, I said absolutely!

We decided to meet Friday at 11.  She showed up perfectly on time, and we both chuckled as our sons were wearing matching Superman t-shirts.  I invited her in, showed her around my house, and we became best friends.

You think I’m joking.  I’m not joking.

Seriously, Lora stayed and chatted with me for nearly 3 hours.  We found out that we have SO MUCH in common.  And she was such an amazing pleasure to talk to.  Not only do I love her photography, but I’m seriously thrilled that she’s going to be at my birth – it really means something to be surrounded by special women.

Ronan and her little boy played for 3 hours straight.  They had a BLAST.  They were a perfect match for each other.  And you’d think, both of us loving photography the way we do, one of us would have snapped a picture.  HA!  Not so.  There WILL be play-dates in our future.

Anyways.  There are 10 weeks left until my official due date.  And I am so excited for it.  I actually feel ready for it.  And I can’t wait to share this experience with all of you.

It’s going to be really, really great.  You’ll see.

Family Portraits

After taking portraits for other families, it made me realize that I haven’t gotten any pictures of MY family.  Since… well, since Ruby was born.

So I dressed up my family, packed up the car, and we went to the pumpkin patch.  My darling mother-in-law came with and wielded the camera so I could be in a few shots too!  I’d love to share a few of my favorites with you.

Do not underestimate the difficulty of getting two children to look at the camera at the same time.

My sweet cherub.

He’s so much fun!

I probably couldn’t be happier with this picture.

Me and my sweet girl!

Every one looks great!… except… oh, Ruby.  Hahahahaha.

Oh… I die.

My favorite shot of the day.

Thanks for looking. <3.

Sneak a Peek of Piper

I had my first newborn photoshoot today.

My model was 3 day old(!) Piper.  She participated so well… only pooped twice, and let me pose her over and over again.

But… damn, I have a lot to learn.  Newborn photography is NOT easy.  Dealing with changing lighting conditions is NOT easy.  Trying to compensate for mistakes you made while shooting in post-production is NOT easy.

I’m pretty happy with how some of the shots turned out.  Heck, for my first try, it’s not too bad!

Thank you SO much Becca, for letting me learn on your gorgeous little girl.  I feel incredibly lucky.

 

Summer Smiles.

Trying to keep up with getting pictures off of my camera.  That is all.

Bed head, crummy face, bug bites and all… I just love this guy.

Baby Led Weaning!  BANANA FACE!!

The post-bath silly smiles. She is stunning in blue.

I love the softness of this.  I think it accurately conveys his sweet nature.  I want to kiss him!

World’s Best Hug.  That is happiness right there.

She is this happy!  All the time!  We are so lucky.

Little man.  Little man pants.  Suddenly so grown up.  Potty training at 2.5 years old.

Ruby is 6 months old, bouncing her way to crawling.  Ronan is 2 years and 6 months.

I Learned.

Just for fun, I’m participating in a link up about how much we’ve learned since we took our cameras to manual mode.

I have learned:

  • I suddenly pay a lot of attention to the light.
  • Sometimes I’d rather adjust the aperture than the shutter speed – especially when chasing!
  • I set my auto focus point to the center of the frame, and then focus on eyes… then I keep my button half pressed and frame my shot – that way, no matter how I frame my shot, the eyes are always in focus.
  • Don’t pass up good lighting!
  • Sometimes a high ISO is better than a blurry shot.
  • I keep my camera on multi-shot. I rarely use it… but sometimes, something so wonderful happens that 3-4 of the same shot turns out the one perfect one I may have missed as I stopped to check the replay of the shots.
I took this picture just over a year ago, when I purchased my camera. It was the second day I had it, and I wanted to start out in manual mode. I played with the shutter speed, aperture and ISO for hours before trying it out on Ronan. When I captured this, I couldn’t BELIEVE how good a picture it was. I just kept on improving from there.

And this is one of the pictures I took recently of Ruby. I can probably say it’s the best picture I’ve taken yet. I naturally start to frame pictures in my mind, and can imagine how the finished product might look. It’s a process!

…and I hope to keep on learning!

Click it Up a Notch

Four Months Old

Today, Ruby is four months old.

The last four months have flown by in a heart beat, and I can’t believe how much of a little person she is already.  She has the most amazing personality.  She is funny.  The pretends to be upset and then giggles.  She loves to pull things towards her face and stare at them.  She knows what she wants, and she gets it.

She is beyond precious, and I am so thankful for her.

I did a photoshoot of her yesterday.  For all of 5 minutes.  I couldn’t be happier with how the pictures turned out.

Incidentally, I’d like to start taking portraits for people – not much different than the ones I take of my own children.  I’m thinking of charging a small fee for a 1 hour portrait session, and then all the digital negatives would belong to the customer.  I would love to have the exposure, many different subjects, pictures to add to my portfolio, and also help people have inexpensive, good quality pictures.  They will by NO MEANS be professional, but the very best I can do – as I learn and improve so will the quality of my portraits.  What do you think?

Just A Bunch of Pictures

I have been taking lots and sharing few.

Also, I got a new lens for my camera.  I have a few pictures from before I started using my 50mm f/1.8 (which I LOVE) and a few from after.

First, a terrible picture of Ruby… but an amazing hand-knit sweater from my Grandma Fran.  Simply Amazing.

So lovely.

Chillin’.  Sometimes, when Ruby is fussy, she does really well if you just lay her down… she wants a little alone time.

This is my best attempt at a brother-sister shot so far.  Not working out so well.

I think she’s gonna be a pretty blue-eyes like her big brother.

Pictures from here on out are with my new lens!

The focus is wrong, but I love the picture anyways!  Ronan’s favorite hang-out.

Playin’ wild with Dad!

I love to watch them.  Oh so very much.

<3.

Sweet Ruby face!

And even though I just took this picture a few minutes ago, it’s my new favorite.

I still have a lot to learn – about photography, lighting, my new lens… but I’m having a lot of fun.  And catching some great memories while I’m at it.