Archive for 2011

{Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow} – Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

December 16th, 2011

One thing about living in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t get a lot of snow precipitation during the year unless you go up to the mountains (we get cold, and we get rain – just rarely together at the same time).  Usually when it does snow, everything shuts down and we get to stare outside […]

 

One thing about living in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t get a lot of snow precipitation during the year unless you go up to the mountains (we get cold, and we get rain – just rarely together at the same time).  Usually when it does snow, everything shuts down and we get to stare outside at all the pretty pretty flakes. One of my favorite things about being a parent is having family traditions. I love looking back on my childhood and remembering the special things my parents did to make the holidays special, and most of them involved a lot of time with my parents and very little money. One of my favorite traditions now with my boys is making snowflakes to help decorate our home. We have made ours out of paper, and for the younger kiddo, we do popsicle snowflakes as well. It’s really fun, it’s a way to bond with my boys, and I hope when they’re adults, they’ll be making paper snowflakes with their own families as well.

 

These are really simple to make, but the 3D effect makes them stunning. Here’s a link to a step by step tutorial. I made mine with six instead of eight pieces.

 

Here’s a good step by step tutorial on how to fold a six sided snowflake. This is what you end up with after the folding.

 

I made designs for my six year old, and just had him cut out the dark parts of the snowflake

Little kid scissors weren’t heavy enough to cut through the layers of paper, so we opted for adult scissors

And here’s our snowflake gallery! We put them on our slider door so we could admire them and pretend it was snowing outside.

Why yes, that is a Darth Vader snowflake

We glued big and little popsicle sticks together for the painting snowflake craft

Who says snowflakes need to be white?

No craft at my house is complete without glitter.

Waiting to dry! We ended up putting these snowflakes on the penguin footprint picture we made (yes those are my feet in the picture)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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{Santa at the Space Needle} – Seattle Area Child Photographer

December 10th, 2011

I was at Starbucks the other day and saw that they had a “Rocket to the Top of the Space Needle” coupon. You buy one adult Space Needle ticket, and you get one adult ticket OR two youth tickets FREE. Adults tickets are $18, youth tickets (ages 4-12) are $11, and 3 and under are […]

 

I was at Starbucks the other day and saw that they had a “Rocket to the Top of the Space Needle” coupon. You buy one adult Space Needle ticket, and you get one adult ticket OR two youth tickets FREE. Adults tickets are $18, youth tickets (ages 4-12) are $11, and 3 and under are free so the buy one, get one free was a great deal. In addition, Santa Claus would be up there in his rocket ship as well. Here is the blurb from the website:

Seattle’s Coolest Santa and his Out-of-this-World Workship

December 10-11 & 17-24: 11am – 5pm* 
*Santa will only be here until 4pm on December 11
The coolest, hippest Santa Seattle has ever seen will be chillin’ out with a couple of his elves at the top of the Space Needle this holiday season. Eager to show off his super-sleek WorkShip, Jolly St. Nick will be on the Observation Deck to meet and greet guests and take pictures in his shiny ride.

After telling Santa what is on their wish list, kids are invited to visit the arts and crafts station on the Observation Deck to make and take home a complimentary holiday keepsake.

My boys have never been a huge fan of Santa Claus. They love the abstract idea of Santa, but when faced with the real life Man in Red, it’s another story. I’m pretty sure I have the only kids who have cried and ran away from Santa, who dared to wave at them from 20 feet away. Last year, when my oldest was five, he surprised us by actually asking to go visit Santa and having his picture taken with the Man in Red. My younger son, who was two at the time, was not a big fan. This year, he’s six, and been all over the whole Santa thing. My youngest…still not so much interested. But, they both love space, and rockets.  Plus, my husband had not been up to the top of the Space Needle since he was a child, so we planned a family outing to the Space Needle. It was one of the rare, sunny, and clear days in the Seattle winter, and we had a gorgeous view on top. It was also super windy and cold, so we did not spend a lot of time on the observation deck. Rocket Santa was as awesome as he promised to be, and my oldest son was enchanted by his visit with Santa in the rocket. My younger son…not so much. In fact, he outright refused to make eye contact with Santa, or take the candy cane from Santa’s elf helper. Oh well, maybe another year.

In all, if you are looking for a different Santa experience, I would suggest going up to the Space Needle!

 

At the observation deck on top of the Space Needle. Please note that two out of three photo participants were cold and grumpy. 

Waiting in line for Santa Claus

Someone was a wee bit excited

They were really nice and gave parents photo opportunities as well. I’m a little sad my oldest is out of focus but he was way more interested in getting back to talk with Santa rather than look up for pictures.

My youngest wouldn’t even get in line with us.

He was much more vested in checking out the view from the telescopes

Older brother wanted a turn as well

As a bonus, we found an actual mound of actual SNOW in the Seattle Center. King of the Mountain!

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{Penguin Footprints} – Seattle Area Child Photographer

December 8th, 2011

Back before I had kids, I use to waste my time online looking at celebrity gossip sites and entertainment news sites. Nowadays, I get sucked into crafting sites such as Pinterest and Craftgawker. I particularly love Pinterest because I’m able to organize everything I find online into great boards such as “kid crafts”, “photography”, or […]

 

Back before I had kids, I use to waste my time online looking at celebrity gossip sites and entertainment news sites. Nowadays, I get sucked into crafting sites such as Pinterest and Craftgawker. I particularly love Pinterest because I’m able to organize everything I find online into great boards such as “kid crafts”, “photography”, or just simple “things I like”. I found this great tutorial on making a penguin footprint picture. It was so fantastically simple, I had to try it out with my boys!

 

First, you take some children. I have these two on hand all the time. 

Then, you strip them down to their toesies. I actually had the boys do this in their underwear and had my husband directly deposit them in bath afterwards, to make clean up easier.

Then, you paint their feet black.  I did it using it a paint brush on their feet.  I used acrylic paint, as we were going to be stepping onto canvas instead of just paper. For easier clean up, I highly recommend using washable tempara paint

Then I had them step onto the canvas. My canvas was sized 11″x14″. I did it one foot at a time, having them hold onto a chair. I then pressed their toes and feet down to get a good impression. Then have it dry overnight.

Once dry, paint on black wings, a white belly, an orange beak, and some googly eyes for fun. Aren’t they adorable? For more fun, you can also paint their toes orange to make orange feet, but we were not that ambitious.

 

Here’s our finished product! The snowflakes were popsicle stick snowflakes we had made earlier this week which I thought made a nice background. The ones on your left are my youngest son’s footprints. The ones on the right (with the bigger googly eyes) are made by my older son, who is the one doing the hammy smile in the background.

 

I hope you guys can make penguin footprint art with your kids too! Happy crafting!

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{Book inspired crafts} – Seattle Area Lifestyle photographer

December 7th, 2011

I’m grateful that we live in an area with a fabulous library system, with some awesome childrens’ programs. We go to the library weekly and get new books, and my kids love choosing and picking their own books for reading at home. We also love going to story time and listening to the great childrens’ […]

 

I’m grateful that we live in an area with a fabulous library system, with some awesome childrens’ programs. We go to the library weekly and get new books, and my kids love choosing and picking their own books for reading at home. We also love going to story time and listening to the great childrens’ librarians read, sing songs, and tell great stories. I get inspired by both the storytelling and the repeated reading of of the boys’ favorite books, to do interactive crafts with them. It helps promote literacy, pre-reading skills, and also is very hands on and fun. Sometimes when the boys are being super wiggly and can’t sit still for a story, they’ll still listen to it if they can follow along with their own crafts.

Here’s one of our favorites, and a must have book for any house. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

 

I got the idea from The Crafting Chicks for this craft. Toilet paper tubes, some green paper, and foam stickers I had plenty of in stock! The boys loved finding the different alphabet letters as we read the book, then putting them up to climb on the “tree”.

My youngest took finding space for all the letters quite seriously

I covered the toilet paper tubes in brown paper to make it more tree like.

Chicka chicka boom boom!

 

Here’s another book we love in this house. My Heart Is Like A Zoo

In this book, each letter in the alphabet is represented by an animal. And all the animals, are made up entirely of hearts. So here are some of our animals made of heart drawings. We have a heart frog, and a heart lion.

Then, we cut out a bunch of different sized hearts out of scrapbook paper.

And we glued them together to make animals. Here is my younger son’s bunny (he had some help with the glueing and pasting)

And here is my older son’s blue heron. He did this one all by himself.

 

And another fun book to turn into a craft.  Dog’s Colorful Day.

 

 

For this craft, I just cut the dog out of paper, then gave them colored markers. As we read along in the story, they put colored dots on their dog. Later, I cut the dots and dog out of fleece to make this fun read along craft we could do over and over again. Here is my youngest son’s colorful dog rendition

And my older son. Please forgive the awesome face he is making for the picture. 🙂

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{Thumbprint Snowmen} – Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

December 2nd, 2011

Tiny handprints are a sweet and easy way to remember just how little your child was once upon a time. There are a ton of different handprint and fingerprint craft ideas on Pinterest and around the web. Last year my kids and I did thumb print snowmen and had a blast making them. We used […]

 

Tiny handprints are a sweet and easy way to remember just how little your child was once upon a time. There are a ton of different handprint and fingerprint craft ideas on Pinterest and around the web. Last year my kids and I did thumb print snowmen and had a blast making them. We used them as gift tags, and note cards as well. This was a pretty easy and fun craft! I even let my older son cut out the edges with pretty scissors and he was so excited to be able to make the tags.

 

We precut all the tags and then I let the kids go to town

My son was a machine! He lined them up and whipped them out assembly line style

I love how my sons accessorized the snowmen. Scarves, check. Hats, check. Purse, check!

We even made thumbprint Christmas trees next to some of the snowmen

And of course, a thumb print snowman was the perfect card to leave for Santa’s cookies

 

 

 

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{Santa Beard Props} – Redmond/Eastside Lifestyle Photographer

December 2nd, 2011

We live in the Pacific Northwest and spend a lot of time outdoors. My husband is also an avid commuter cyclist, so we also spend a lot of time at REI.  Last weekend we were at Redmond Town Center (which is kind of an outdoor mall) so he could gear up for winter cycling. Since I’d rather […]

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We live in the Pacific Northwest and spend a lot of time outdoors. My husband is also an avid commuter cyclist, so we also spend a lot of time at REI.  Last weekend we were at Redmond Town Center (which is kind of an outdoor mall) so he could gear up for winter cycling. Since I’d rather chew my arm off than deal with two rambunctious kids inside such an interesting store as REI, the boys and I hung around outside and played while he got to do some shopping. I had made some simple Santa beard props (white paper glued onto a popsicle stick), and had some fun having the boys pose with them while we played outside.

Santa beard! This smile just cracks me up because you can see he’s missing some front teeth.

This was about as cooperative as my youngest got with his Santa beard prop

One of my children was very cooperative in posing and smiling for mommy. One of my children was way more interested in waving his prop around and hamming it up for the camera. Can you guess which child was which?

They have a great little music park at Redmond Town Center. I love the green fence behind my oldest contrasting here with his red hat.

My youngest was more interested in the bread I was using as a bribe, than smiling at mommy.

 

 

At the end of the day however, his true personality comes out. I call this the Joey Tribbiani pose, with a “Hey, how YOU doing mommy” look in his eyes

Peek a Boo! I see sheer joy in a child’s face.

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{Fall Crafts} – Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

December 1st, 2011

It’s been a long time since my last blog post, but I figured that I should dust off the old blog and share what’s going on in my life lately. I’ve been taking a break from the business side of photography for the past year for various reasons. In taking this break, I’ve reconnected to […]

 

It’s been a long time since my last blog post, but I figured that I should dust off the old blog and share what’s going on in my life lately. I’ve been taking a break from the business side of photography for the past year for various reasons. In taking this break, I’ve reconnected to what drew me into photography in the first place, which was my love of capturing the joy and wonder every time my kids learn something new. Lately, we’ve been enjoying our gorgeous dry, fall weather.  One good thing to come out of the obnoxiously bad Seattle summer was that we’ve been having a lovely, lovely fall. The leaves around here have been turning GORGEOUS colors. At every park, and every walk, the boys and I pick some leaves off the ground, take them home to press, and then I had a bunch of pretty leaves for pretty art crafts and projects.

Leaf Fight!

Dried, pressed leaves ready for crafting. I love the assortment of colors.

I used this leaf lantern tutorial to help make these lanterns with the boys. They used them as flashlights for our nightly walks.

Then we took up mask making.

First we painted on some glue

Then we added glitter. Lots and lots of glitter.

Lots and lots and LOTS of glitter.

And after drying overnight, voila! Who is that masked child? I think he looks a little bit like an owl.

My youngest was very very serious behind his leaf mask.

And even mom and dad got to join in on the leaf mask fun as well

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{Pacific Science Center Party} – Seattle Area Child and Lifestyle photographer

December 1st, 2011

I haven’t been to the Pacific Science Center very much, even now that I’m a parent.  We were invited to go with some good friends to celebrate their son’s birthday.  It was quite a treat!  I think the most fun was had in the butterfly exhibit.  Both my boys had butterflies land on their shirts, […]

 

I haven’t been to the Pacific Science Center very much, even now that I’m a parent.  We were invited to go with some good friends to celebrate their son’s birthday.  It was quite a treat!  I think the most fun was had in the butterfly exhibit.  Both my boys had butterflies land on their shirts, and they walked around very proudly displaying their little friends.  The birthday boy even had one land on his head!  He sported quite the fun butterfly mohawk along with a smile that stretched from ear to ear.  So if you are local, totally go, and take your kids!  They will have a blast.

The boys had a blast (literally!) playing with the outside water exhibits

The kids really enjoyed the caterpiller statue life

Samuel and the birthday boy!

Albert thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits as well

Giving me their best “blue steele” faces

Look!  A  butterfly landed on Albert.

He was so proud of his new little friend.

Samuel was very impressed by the brave little butterfly

Hey, at least one kid was smiling.

Samuel was so glad to have his own butterfly friend

Butterfly mohawk!