I take pictures.
I take pictures of kids.
Lots of kids.
However, one of my New Year’s resolutions is the following: take more pictures of kids.
Confused? It might be because I omitted one very important pronoun in that sentence: my.
Let’s try that again: take more pictures of my kids.
You see, my favorite four kids in the universe get shamefully neglected in this area. Mommy goes and shoots for a number hours on a Saturday, Mommy comes back exhausted, Mommy puts camera in closet, camera stays in closet. If we go on a family outing, I want to concentrate on the kids and not work which is why the camera still stays in the closet.
But when I looked over my pictures for 2011, I couldn’t help but feel that something was out of balance. I have thousands of photos of other people’s kids and just a handful of my own. Thus the resolution.
The camera has found it’s way out of the closet and onto a perch on my bookshelf. When my son was engrossed in Lego world, I grabbed the camera. When baby was reading her own little Picture Bible, camera. You get the point.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting some photos of my kids. Today I’ll start with some photos snapped this week of my baby girl. Enjoy!
Contest Time!! Woo-Hoo!!
Before we get to the finalist in the annual Favorite’s Contest. Here is some of the basic info…
This year voting will take place on my Facebook business page. The way to vote is to simply “like” your favorite photo. Every “like” counts as one vote. And you are welcome to do this to as many of the contest photos as you want. While comments are fun and you’re welcome to leave them, the votes are only cast by “liking” the photo. At the bottom of this post you will find link to the Facebook contest album. Please note that if you haven’t already, you will have to “like” my page to be able to participate in the contest. So head over there and vote!
The prize for this year is bigger and better than ever! The winner of the contest will receive a handmade leather album filled with twenty 5×7′s from the session during which the winning photograph was taken.
And now for our finalists!
Two’s company, three’s a crowd, eleven’s one very full photo.
I had SUCH fun with the K family. Despite our differences in college football teams (me: Michigan/K family: OSU *yikes*), we got along great, and managed to get a few photos in the meantime.
A big thank you to the fabulous Janelle Bradshaw who takes pictures every year that actually include me. We joke that it will be the only proof that I was around for their childhood. This year I asked specifically for photos of myself with every child since such a thing is hardly to be found at our house.
So here is a sampling of this year’s family photos. From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas that is full of joy because of the Son sent to earth to rescue us who had gone astray.
What fun to arrive at Avery’s home one year after doing her newborn shoot and find an adorable, spunky, chubby little person! Full of personality, Avery especially lit up for two things: books and her big brother. So enjoy the photos from my morning “play-date” with this little cutie-pie.
Sometimes getting to shoot a past client again feels like seeing an old friend. I know that sounds sappy, but it really does. Two years ago, I did Paul and Nicolette’s engagement photos. And from the beginning of that shoot, there was something about them. We connected in the first 10 minutes. Maybe it was the unexpected fun snowfall or maybe it was their stellar personalities. So you can imagine how I squealed with delight when they contacted me about doing their maternity photos. And the shoot didn’t disappoint. This couple is as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. And Nicolette’s gorgeousness in her third trimester would tempt any woman to jealousy!