Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Little Man

This little guy was just the most agreeable kid. We started the session and he just planted himself on my little red chair and smiled and said "cheese!" But I wanted to get some natural smiles out of him, too, so we had a little fun playing around the town green.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Fun Project: Grassheads

For a fun spring project, why not try a homemade grasshead?

You'll need:
an empty yogurt container (or similar recyclable)
a knee-high stocking or regular stocking cut to knee-high length
grass seed
soil (we used a mix of sand, clay dirt, and potting soil)

1. Line the inside of the yogurt container with the stocking.
2. Add the grass seed to the bottom, inside the stocking.
3. Add half of the soil on top of grass seed.
4. Carefully pull stocking out of the container.
5. Continue to fill the stocking with soil.
6. Tie the stocking closed.
7. Decorate the face using non-water-soluble glue.
8. Fill the container with water,
9. Place the head on top, using part of the stocking above the knot as a wick to draw up water to the head.
10. Sprinkle the head with water and wait about a week for the bald head to grow "hair".

Thanks to my daughter's science teacher for showing us this fun and easy project!

Announcing Session Availability in PA

I will be taking appointments for special sessions in the Reading, PA area for the week of June 16-20. Sessions can be either outdoors or I will bring my studio equipment for any newborns or babies. I only have a few openings, so please contact me through the contact form on my website if you are interested!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dandilion Wishes

I'm beginning to really love photographing families with more kids. Its so fun to see all the different personalities, and how they all interact. My family today had 2 brothers and 2 sisters. The littlest was such a great sport, and it was great to see how wonderful the older kids were with him.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Just look at those eyes!

This evening I had the chance to do a mini-session with this adorable little neighbor of mine. She is such a photogenic kid, and I love taking her photos. We stopped by the town green for our session, and enjoyed a little of the beautiful weather and spring flowers.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Modeling in the Gardens

We had some special dresses to photograph so I decided that we'd take the girls down to the local botanical gardens for a photoshoot. The tulips are in full bloom and are absolutely stunning.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Her Little Flower--a Painting

I just enjoyed this little girl's portraits so much I had to try painting her. So here she is, showing off her little flower :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

She's a Natural!

We did a little modeling for Boutique NRF New York last week. Every outfit we receive from her is fabulous and unique. This particular set comes with the matching bracelet and clippie and is for sale here.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Little Doll

I got to spend this morning with a very energetic little gal. But what a doll! At a little over one, she's already running, and wanted to explore all of the wonders at the botanical gardens. It was a beautiful morning and we got to see frogs, ducks, geese, cherry blossoms, and lots of beautiful flowers. Here is just a little preview of our session. Click on the images to see a larger version.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Announcing Painted Glow!

For the past several months I've been taking a course on painting using Corel Painter. I'm excited to soon be able to offer my clients digitally hand painted versions of their photographic portraits. They will be available printed on art paper or canvas. I will call this new line "Painted Glow", since I think the painting allows you to add a little depth and texture and pull out the natural highlights. Here's just a sneak peak of one I've been working on. It just needs a few finishing touches.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Untraditional Family Portraits

Earlier this year, my daughter's wonderful teacher asked me if we could do some fun family portraits to give her husband as a birthday gift. The session had to be bumped back a few times due to weather. But today the session was just meant to be, because the weather held out (despite the 90% chance of rain!) and we were able to go and have a little fun making that happen. It was hard picking just a few previews!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Her Place in History

I was very honored last winter to be asked by a very special woman to take her portrait for a woman's history book she going to be included in. She was being honored for her years of contributions to the community as a nurse, educator, innovator, and mother. Now the book has been published and looks great. Congratulations, Mom!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Easter Baby

This big sister got a special surprise in her Easter basket this year, a baby brother! And what a lucky little girl she is to have such a sweet brother. You may have seen their maternity images earlier on the blog. I was so excited to be able to work with them again so soon.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Showers and April Flowers

Just a few more practice shots with my new macro lens. If you look really closely in the first image, you can see my front window reflected in the raindrop. The second image is a pansy petal.