I found a great space to shoot newborn pictures since it is not always perfect weather to do them outside... I have several different places that I could eventually put a studio in our house but they all require a remodel and time... and being that we finally finished our kitchen remodel... (I will post about that sometime soon.) we are just not ready to jump into another big project quite yet. In the mean time, I have had several babies waiting to get their milestone pictures taken... and no where to take them because it has been so cold lately. Then one day my parents suggested I use their house! At first I wasn't so sure, but then I decided to try the space out. They live in a large Victorian house in town and they had a spare bedroom, that was too small to really be a bedroom, but it had an awesome big window in it. I had never thought to use it before because I thought anywhere I went I would have to have space for my big studio lights. It just so happens that window light is even better! I wanted to try out the space before I had an actual customer in it so I did a facebook contest and chose two winners at random! This beautiful little baby girl and there was the first one to make it into the new space. The space is a bit small, but it does the job, and for now that is all I need for now.
She was a bit fussy throughout the shoot, and I told her Mama she was probably having a 3 week growth spurt. And then we started talking about breastfeeding and she sadly said that she was having a few issues. I told her I just happened to have a Mom downstairs that has been a La Leche League leader (a support group for breastfeeding and expectant moms who would like more information on breastfeeding) for over 30 years... I asked her if she wanted my Mom to come up and see if she could help in any way, and she said yes! SO... I went downstairs and got my Mom who was helping my Dad watch the kids downstairs... (another great benefit of having the studio there! Built in babysitting for my kids! :))
We worked together and made some suggestions to as what may help her particular situation. Soon she was breastfeeding like a pro and had a lot more confidence! It made me so happy that we could help her out.
She was so comfortable she even asked me if I would take some pictures of her nursing her baby... So sweet... She looks like she could be on a breastfeeding magazine cover, don't you think?!
The baby seemed to be pretty happy about it too! Just look at that sleepy smile!
We finally got her into a deep enough sleep to get some fun pics... Can you believe her Grandma made that hat? So cute! I may have to hit her up for some in the future.
I'd say the studio session and impromptu La Leche League mini meeting were a success! Happy baby, happy Mama!
The ipad/netflix battle in this house is real people... They would seriously play it all day if they could. I am trying so hard to control the amount of screen time they have. It makes me a little sad when that is all they want to do.
I find the after school hours to be the hardest for me. I'm tired, the older ones are tired from school and the younger ones get frustrated because they have to share everything with the older ones. It is so easy just to throw them in front of the t.v. until supper.
So the other day I decided to start planning afternoon activities and crafts for them. I had seen this idea on pinterest before and knew they would love it... especially Ethan who LOVES to build things.
Ethan helped me put some marshmallows in the mason jars and dumped out the toothpicks on the table and I let them have at it. It kept them so busy I was able to do a lot of things around the house without interruption and I would take pictures every now and then and praise them on their creations. Nora built hers but soon decided to eat the marshmallows instead...
I made them a veggie tray snack later to balance out the sugar overload of marshmallows that they consumed...
Kien had fun for a little while but got frustrated... So he left to find what else he could play with...
He came back with this box and Ethan helped him climb inside and he pretended to be Baymax from the movie Big Hero 6 (Awesome movie by the way, if you haven't seen it you really should!) I believe it is playing at the discount theater in Wichita right now.
I loved that he was using his imagination... and thinking out of the box... or inside the box... ;)
Ethan went back to creating...
Kaia was getting a bit frustrated with hers because it wasn't 3-dimensional at first but Ethan came and showed her how and she was so excited!
They worked together and came up with this! I love it!
It amazes me and makes my heart happy to see what can happen when you turn off the t.v. and watch their imaginations soar! Now I am off to go pin some more kids crafts on my pinterest page! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
We took advantage of this nice spring weather we have been having this winter and took Miss Baylor's pictures outside! It turned out to be a bit windy but we worked with it and caught some cute smiles!
She was most happy when her Mommy was holding her so we went with it... Something Baylor will treasure for sure someday! I love it when parents are willing to get in the picture too!
Her Daddy did a pretty good job of making her smile even though it was a tad bit chilly.
He even got in a few pictures too! I love it!
Baylor is on the watch me grow plan... If you are interested in the plan, just message me and I'd be happy to share the details! It has been so fun to see her change each time I take her pictures. Before we know it, there may be a cake smash picture of her on the blog... Sorry Mama, but it's true! They grow so fast!