Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

{Apples in Autumn} Seattle/Eastside Lifestyle Photographer

October 20th, 2016

We’re very lucky to have quite a few apple trees in our backyard. Every year when we have a harvest, I take a few dozen apples and do a mini-photo session with my boys. It’s been fun looking back on past pictures, seeing how little they once were (we started when my youngest was a […]

 

We’re very lucky to have quite a few apple trees in our backyard. Every year when we have a harvest, I take a few dozen apples and do a mini-photo session with my boys. It’s been fun looking back on past pictures, seeing how little they once were (we started when my youngest was a wee baby at a month old!), and also, how far I’ve come in my photography. As my boys have grown older, it’s also made me get much more creative in capturing their true personalities on the camera. My oldest was born to be in front of an audience, and shines for any sort of spotlight. My youngest son is much trickier to try to coax a real smile, and not a cheesy, stiff smile, out of his little face. And then, there is the age old struggle of getting them to not to team up in brother solidarity and give me the two brother smirk of death. 🙂 I think every parent knows the struggle of trying to get a good sibling photo, without any tears from mom or children, at the end of the day. Overall, it’s a pretty fun time, and I know that we’ll all appreciate these memories. I hope that I have a lot more apples in autumn pictures in the upcoming years.

 

Apples, boys, and this year, our dog!

applessb1wm

 

They can be pretty cute, and they know it.

20160928_049pswm

 

Such handsome fellows, but goodness, STOP GROWING UP BOYS!

applessb4wm

 

Most of my photos of them look like this. I admit, I enjoy the laughter photos the best.

20160928_042pswm

 

Not exactly what I had in mind when I asked them to pose together…

applessb3wm

 

Double smirk mode, on!
20160928_013pswm

 

My youngest son is definitely a character. I could fill an entire album with all his fun, facial expressions.

applessb2wm

 

Why yes mom? You said to look at you. You didn’t say anything about smiling.

20160928_530pswm

 

An apple a day keeps the mom photographer at bay.

20160928_062pswm

 

Love these two. <3

20160928_399pswm

 

breaker

{Fall Activity Tree} Seattle Area Childrens Photographer

September 5th, 2012

We did this last year and it was such a hit, the boys asked to do it again. Around here, autumn begins with long rainy days starting in October and doesn’t really end until June. With school holidays, snow days, days off from school due to power outages, the “activity tree” is a great way […]

 

We did this last year and it was such a hit, the boys asked to do it again. Around here, autumn begins with long rainy days starting in October and doesn’t really end until June. With school holidays, snow days, days off from school due to power outages, the “activity tree” is a great way for a frazzled parent to have some things on hand for the kids to do, or look forward to doing as a weeknight or weekend treat.

I got the original marbled leaves idea from Little Wonder Days’ blog. First, I cut out different leaf shapes (I googled “leaf shapes”  and found a bunch of great leaf outlines to print).  Definitely use cardstock or a heavier paper (I used old file folders). Regular paper will soak up too much paint and you won’t get the marblized effect. Also, I would recommend just putting the leaves on top and then lifting them, instead of dragging the leaves across. Dragging mixes the colors, and while it’s fun, you get more brownish leaves instead of the marbled leaves.

 

Shaving cream with acrylic paint on top. I let the boys swirl with a chopstick.

 

What your leaves will look like. So pretty!

 

Be sure to have some sort of water on hand, for fun mixing when you’re done with the leaf crafting.

 

If your kids are like mine, eventually after all the leaves are marblelized, they’ll start to play with the paint and shaving cream mixture themselves

 

Then you might have some kid clean up to do as well. 🙂

 

After we made all the leaves, the boys and I made a list of what type of activities we wanted to do during the fall and winter. Then we wrote one activity onto the back of each leaf.

 

Using paper grocery bags, I made a paper bag tree with branches to hang all our leaves. I used thumb tacks to secure the leaves to the wall. Last year, after we picked our activity, the boys would have the leaf “fall” to the ground. They were pretty excited about the bare tree at the end of winter!

 

Here is our list for our 2012-2013 Autumn Activity List:

  • make a spaghetti and marshmallow building
  • have a sleep-over in the tree house
  • go bowling
  • make a train city and take over the house
  • have an unbirthday party
  • have a rain party (I’m not quite sure what this entails, but my youngest came up with this so we wrote it down)
  • make s’mores for dinner
  • go camping (with the tent) in the family room
  • kids get to be the parents for a morning, while the parents get to be the kids (big hit last year, requested again this year)
  • make cookies
  • go on a scavenger hunt
  • write and mail letters to family
  • make our own movie
  • visit a farm
  • have an egg hunt
  • put on a puppet show
  • go on a hike
  • do Dad’s electric train set
  • do a leaf nature book
  • shadow puppet show
  • make a blanket fort
  • family board game night
  • pretend to be pirates for a day, even when we leave the house
  • make a time capsule
  • have a dress up parade

 

Have fun and ENJOY! The more input your children get, the more excitement you’ll see them generate, and the more creativity they’ll get flowing. Plus, there are just bonus points if it’s something you can direct them to do and it lets you have a few more moments of peace and stillness during the long winter’s day. 🙂

Lasso the Moon

breaker

{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

breaker

{Baby L – 25 days old} Seattle/Eastside Newborn Photographer

October 19th, 2009

I was able to photograph Miss L this past weekend.  Her mom is also a fabulous photographer, but everyone knows that it’s hardest to photograph your own children!  She was gracious enough to let me come up and play with her adorable baby.  In addition, we got to take advantage of the gorgeous autumnal colors […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in: 2009, newborn
Expand Close
| No Comments | See Full Post
 

I was able to photograph Miss L this past weekend.  Her mom is also a fabulous photographer, but everyone knows that it’s hardest to photograph your own children!  She was gracious enough to let me come up and play with her adorable baby.  In addition, we got to take advantage of the gorgeous autumnal colors we’ve been experiencing this fall.  They had a beautiful maple tree in their front yard which made for a splendid backdrop.  And it barely rained, it was a fantastic day for a photo session.  Here’s a peek at the results!

Meet {Miss L.}

DSC_0091webWM

I loved all the squishy faces she made

DSC_0081webWM

Dad was a great help in positioning {Miss L} to achieve these foliage shots

DSC_0084webWM

Look at the little hand!

DSC_0083webWM

Mommy and {Miss L.}

DSC_0076webBWWM

Sleepy baby

DSC_0070webWM

Hey, what’s up?

DSC_0073webBWWM

And last but not least, baby in a hat!

DSC_0072webWM

 

I