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Trying for Family Pictures

So, this time I gave up on getting a good family picture.  This will be the first spring that I haven’t gotten one of all of us.  My tradition had been to get a group photo every spring and fall to see how we have all changed.  This time, it was hard to get the kids to cooperate at all, being that everyone was recovering from a cold, but we were able to make it a little fun.

After getting a couple pictures of R for her birthday, we decided to be crazy and let the kids play with paint for the pictures.  It was non-toxic, washable kid’s paint, so what is the worst that could happen?


I am happy to say that the paint was well contained by the sheets and everyone had a good time.  J also got a very smeary piece of artwork to put in his office.  This picture was taken right before L decided to put his paint covered hands on his face.  Of course, R copied him about 5 seconds later.  Bath time for everyone!

Canon 7D

As an early anniversary present I got we got a new camera and I am so very excited about it!  I chose the Canon 7D as a good balance between the features I wanted/needed and the features that I have no idea how to use. I have heard the 7D called a pro-sumer camera and I think that describes it pretty dang well. 


I also got a 50mm/f1.4 lense to go with it, because of course I need a new lense for taking pics of the kids. Duh!

Now that I have been playing around with it for a few weeks, I am starting to get the hang of what it can do. We have a rock wall in the backyard that makes the perfect background for pictures… if I can get the kids to stand still in front of it. They usually don’t, so outtakes are the name of the game here.

I am very happy with how the camera is doing in low light sittuations as well (aka, any picture I take inside the house). It is almost fast enough for the shots I want on Auto, but not quite. Luckily, the kids are willing to run around and help me practice.

I am just so excited to take our family pictures this fall! Now I just have to figure out how to get myself into the picture as well.

Editing 11 months

Now that I am having fun with my new tablet, and I have upgraded to Photoshop CC (previously using elements), I can have a little more control and fun with the monthly pictures of R.  Take this month’s picture for example.  I was not able to get her to lay on the quilt for the life of me, so I decided to turn the quilt into a backdrop by draping part of it over a table.


As you can see, the table wasn’t quite big enough to backdrop the entire view. (I have already done my basic color tweaks to brighten this picture). So, I decided to try a background clone stamp to see if I could cover those holes, and I think I did pretty alright.


The left side came out better than the right, with the quilting stitching being closer to matching, but I think it is ok for a first effort. This month I wanted to do a pink circle for the month, but I was having trouble getting it to multiply onto the onesie without any blue reflections coming through and making parts of it look purple. So, after an hour of fiddling with it, I decided to just leave it like this and call it done.  Not my best effort, but I was getting hangry and frustrated.

12 weeks01My sweet little girl is 12 weeks old already!  I am so enjoying this time home with her and not looking forward to going back to work soon.  I will miss her so much!


Even though I already talked about R being 6 weeks old, I wanted to share my weekly/monthly/whenever-I-can picture of her.  I am following the style of Young House Love and taking a pic of R in a white onesie and photshopping her age on it.  Instead of using fun fabric, I am using quilts that my grandma has made for us.  I can't wait to see all the funny expressions and poses she does for the future pictures!

Newborn Pictures

It has been a hectic month full of toddler tanturms and sleep deprivation since R got here.  We are finally starting to get a little bit of a handle on our new life with 2 kids (getting a handle on the housework is yet to come) so I am hoping that I can get back into my blogging habit.

Now that the birth announcements have gone out, I can post the newborn pictures that we had taken when R was 1 week old.  We asked Lisa Robinson Photography to take the pictures for us since we were so happy with the maternity pictures that she did for us.  Here are a few favorites of the many beautiful pictures that she took of our sweet little girl.  Now I just have to decide which one(s) I want to get printed and framed…


Maternity Pictures

A couple of weeks ago we had maternity/family pictures taken by Lisa Robinson.  We are so happy with how they turned out!  Lisa and her husband, Alec, were so great with L  and kept him entertained while pictures were taken.  L was his usual non-cooperative self for pictures, but we got some good shots regardless.