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We met on an unusually warm day at the beach in Chesterton. I had expected a rather empty beach, but instead found that many were out and about enjoying the sweet sunshine and mild air. Jill, a senior at LaCrosse, has to have one of the pretties smiles I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. Right off the bat I could tell she’s one of those happy-go-lucky girls. A delight to work with! The subtle colors of sunset appeared over the glasslike water, and set the mood for the session. It was a day to rejoice in one last hurrah before winters blanket decended. I think that’s one good reason to spin about, don’t you?


 

It’s been such a fast year, and look how big he’s gotten! Here’s a sneak peek of Asher’s last Grow With Me Session, as he is now 1! Check back for the full session!

I had several pre-session detail shots from this recent session that I thought deserved a separate post. I also thought I would share how I made some of the items for the session for those other crafty people out there that are like myself.

My session theme was based on color and location, and I instantly thought of lemons and berries when I saw what the children were wearing. I didn’t want to do the typical lemonade stand so I made a fun yellow and white cotton canopy (idea from here), and set up a small table and tree stumps for chairs. I included some other props in the scene that could help occupy little hands such as lemon crisps, lemons, berries, and a yellow parasol.

The most time consuming project was the canopy, but it was definitely worth it. I cut 3.5″ strips of yellow and white cotton about three yards in length and sewed each strip together, alternating colors. I hemmed the top,  bottom, and raw sides but gave a larger pocket at the top to allow for different things to fit. Think of curtain panels. I ended up just using a bent wire clothes hanger for the top, but you could also use an embroidery hoop. I then used safety pins on several inner sides to tie a thin rope to, and then tie it to the tree branch. You could also use matching ribbon to make it more decorative.  I knew I wouldn’t have the whole canopy in most shots, so I didn’t see it as necessary. It happened to be a very breezy day, because of this, we used the safety pins again, only this time on the inner bottom to tie the looped rope to attach the canopy to tent stakes. I’m thinking I might use the canopy another time in the future for an outdoors newborn session. If you have questions, just let me know.

I also made paper fans and hot glued them to small dowl rods to incorporate the kids names into the session.

The lemon crisps were from this recipe and they were tasty! And easy too!

I really liked the feel of this session… sweet, bright, and sunny.

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Just had to share some sibling love from this evening. More to come!

I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to photograph grandparents day at a local private school. While studio lit formal portraiture is not something I regularly do, I enjoyed it. I wanted to play it safe with the background color, BUT also incorporate a bit of my style. The backdrop idea is originally from this pin, however she must have changed her link, and it seems to have disappeared all together. These simple paper fans are made from inexpensive white paper towels, around 50 sheets of them. It seems like the cheaper the paper towel is, the better, since softness isn’t something you want for this project. This is an extremely budget friendly backdrop at a cost of around $4.00 for the paper towels and glue sticks for the hot glue gun. We had everything else. I simply made various sized paper fans and pinned them all over the white fabric I use on our backdrop frame. While this project was a tad bit labor intensive, I think it’s still worth it, and if your well organized, you can carefully stack and store the paper fans in boxes for the next use. You can also make them with colorful scrapbook paper and insert popsicle sticks where the two pieces of paper meet, this will allow them to fold up and store more easily – like traditional paper fans. I used the paper fans again for the testing session below with Sarah. If they happen to be used again sometime, I’m thinking of spray painting some for a touch of color. For more details, just check out the last image – an animated gif. Most images were photographed with our Canon 5d mii and the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass.

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