Friday, February 24, 2012

My Little Munchkin

The other day, my youngest nephew came over to hang out at my parents house. We decided to do an impromptu photoshoot. Sometimes I know my nephews don't like being in front of the camera, but Gavin put up with me long enough to showcase some fun faces and smiles.

his attempt at winking...
And I am excited to have added a fun item to my camera bag. I have been looking online for a trick to get little ones to look into the camera, and am so happy to have found an Etsy shop owner who makes "lens bling" like this one that I bought:

photo courtesy of Esty shop: Happy Acres Farms
I can't wait to use it for the first time. For years I have made monkey noises, so finding a monkey to accompany the sounds is even more perfect than I could have thought.

I was in West Virginia this past week visiting one of my best friends. I had such a fun time seeing all the sights, and will be sharing soon about my trip.

Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend!!
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Do you think you are good at blowing bubbles? Do you know you can use a shoelace, a keyring, a hula hoop, and a headband to make bubbles? CAN!!  I went with my nephews to see Bubblemania, a spectacular performance sponsored by the PTA at their elementary school.

And Seth - the bubble expert - put on this funny, entertaining, and eye-catching show for 'kids' of all ages. I hadn't brought my camera with me, but when I realized I might be able to get some good shots, I grabbed the keys from my brother-in-law and drove the mile down the road to grab my camera. I made it back in time to see his last act -- making a human-sized bubble and having a young boy stand inside.

Seth, the bubble expert 

It was his 8th birthday, so instead of a 'high-five,' he got a 'high-eight'!

the bubble wand

the special bubble formula

a demonstration before the young boy stepped inside

showing him what to not to do

Seth told him to lick the bubble 

the finale

his farewell
The show was unlike anything I had ever seen. And what a simple concept it was. It always helps when your host has blue hair, red suspenders, and makes jokes to have the kids laughing. Job well done, Seth.
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Monday, February 6, 2012

Caden Jonathan Cardinal

A few days ago, I posted a sneak peek of little Caden...and just had to put up some more pictures of this precious little baby.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Caden -- sneak peek

If someone were to ask what I did today, my answer would sound something like this: "Well, I photographed a newborn, but not just any newborn. This little peanut was so tiny and cute..." Weighing only 4lbs. 15oz. at birth, Caden Jonathan Cardinal is one of the tiniest I've ever seen. I don't advertise myself as a newborn photographer, but my dear friends Trin and Michael asked me to take some I said, Of course! But it was only after I realized how tiny he would really be at 7 days old (happy one week birthday, Caden!) did the nerves kick in and I wondered if I could really do it.

And while Caden was awake for most of our photo session, he finally took a snooze toward the end, so I could get a few pictures like THIS:

I can't wait to post more, but as soon as I got home, I knew I wanted to post one of the basket shots. Trin and Michael, thanks for letting me come and take some photos of your precious family. He surely is a blessing from the Lord.

Here is proud older brother Jackson...he did such a good job smiling and looking at the camera, especially when I became a monkey, noises and all!!

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