My Baby Girl!

Oh my goodness is she ever full of so much personality!  My sweet baby girl Joyanna is just… well… she’s just…. I don’t even have the words to describe her!  In the last few weeks she has become so vocal, so animated, so a part of her world that I am just in awe!  I thought I’d share a little bath time fun.  Pictures fail to capture the true action as she just LOVES to splash and kick and splash some more.  All while squealing with utter delight.  She is the picture of happiness.  Her name suits her perfectly as there has been nothing but Joy in this household since the day she was born.  That’s a sentence I bet I’ll type many times over on this blog during the course of her life.

The Joy of a Family Session!

Family photo sessions are some of the craziest yet most fulfilling sessions I shoot.  Why do you ask?  Well, because children are involved of course!  Children are the funniest little beings.  They are God’s special gift from heaven to every person on earth.  They come to us in order to teach us right from wrong, patience, kindness, acceptance, and to remind us how really magnificent this world really is.  Some people claim they aren’t “kid people.”  Whatever that means.  I guess what they are trying to say is they don’t enjoy children.  Or some people tell me that they raised their kids and now their done and no longer have the tolerance for little ones.  I think that’s sad.  Children bring so much to the world that those who choose not to notice are really missing out on some greatness life has to offer.

When I sign on to shoot a family I know I’ve signed on for a great adventure and a challenge.  Little ones have their own agenda.  They have their own ideas.  They have their own attitudes (both positive and negative).  I promise you, at least ONCE during ANY shoot involving children that their agenda will be different from mine.  But it is in those moments, if I am calm and sit back, that I often find my best photos.  During shoots with children, the children are the true artists.  Not me.

I recently had the opportunity to shoot a very fun loving family.  These two little ones, N & G were so full of personality!  Each of them brought one of their personal loves into the shoot (Thomas and Pooh).  I LOVE that!  It adds so much to photo about who the children are!  These two little ones absolutely adore one another.  So much so in fact that they sometimes pretend that they don’t.  But in the end they both shined before the camera.  I do hope I get a chance to shoot them again sometime.  Thanks mom for the chance to do it!

Homeschool Day at the Museum!

Three weeks later and we’re still homeschooling! No I haven’t been driven crazy, nor have I run screaming from my home while pulling my hair out in chunks.  Oh I’m just kidding.  In all seriousness we’ve had a fantastic start to the new school year.  We all have our favorite parts of the day.  I enjoy snuggling on the couch with my crew while reading a classic children’s book.  So far we’ve done short studies on China and France.  Noah truly enjoys the art lessons.  He has learned new drawing techniques and explored new art mediums.  Ezra loves the computer most of all and asks for it immediately after breakfast every day.  I think everyone is thriving on the structure and routine.  They get pretty mad when I refuse to break out the books on Sundays.  Too much!

Tuesday was homeschool day at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford.  We are blessed to have a membership so we go fairly often.  It is a favorite hangout for my small crew.  Ezra enjoys the flight simulator, Noah enjoys… well… I’d say just about everything.  This week the museum hosted a day just for homeschoolers.  Families could register ahead of time for various classes that were offered by some very knowledgeable and skilled instructors.  It was a fantastic day of learning and mingling with other homeschool families.

The highlight of the day must have been the bobcat.  It is ALL Noah has talked about since.  Other than that the big deal was his class on bugs.  Mommy wasn’t aware that parents weren’t allowed to stay in the room during class.  This isn’t a common practice for homeschool classes.  After all, homeschool parents are homeschooling their children for a reason.   But apparently past parents made too much of a ruckus so they aren’t invited any more.  Noah is the kind of kid who likes to know what is going to happen and isn’t fond of surprises.  Well, Mommy leaving was a surprise.  I played it off as really cool and what a big boy and I hit the road… err… the hallway – where I waited for most of the 45 minutes.  He later told me that he was really sad I had to leave but he decided to be brave.  He had his friend Ella for company so I’m sure that helped.  In the end, he was totally proud of himself and so was I!

It really was a great day!  Next week we’ll be heading to an apple orchard!  I’m sure there will be plenty of photos to share!

A Note of Thanks!

Hey everyone!  I thought I’d share a Thank You card I recently created for family and friends that attended a recent event for our baby girl.  I hope everyone enjoys it!  They should be arriving in mailboxes today or tomorrow.

On another note!  I’ll be offering Portrait Mini Sessions on October 24th.  I’m offering this as a fun, economical way to get a great photo for your family Christmas Card and perhaps a few prints in the process.  Look for details later this week!

Have a good one!

HOT! HOT! HOT!

I’m moaning!  I’m groaning!  I’m grumbling and I’m mumbling!  Why do you ask?  Because it is HOT! HOT! HOT!  Record breaking heat here in the northeast and I’m not liking it one tiny bit!  Truth be told, I do love warm weather.  High 80′s or even low 90′s sounds perfectly delightful to me.  That kind of weather is warm enough to make a relaxing dip in the pool feel wonderful yet cool enough to not cause health alerts!  I’d prefer not to risk my life walking to the end of the driveway to deliver my garbage cans to curb thank you very much!

CT, Connecticut, Photographer, boy, hot, Extreme heat calls for EXTREME measures!  We have two perfectly working air conditioners but even they seem to be melting away under the beating sun!  We just have one problem… we as a family are CHEAP! Penny pinchers to the max! No purchase ever goes fully unanalyzed!  This time it bit us in the butt.

Let me take you the scene.  There we were, standing at our local Walmart!  A store that makes me start to twitch when I just THINK about driving into the parking lot.  Both boys were wrangled oh so strategically in a double seated carriage with the baby chilling in her infant seat in the basket.  There we stand facing mostly empty shelves where the AC’s used to live.  Meanwhile our children cause utter chaos as they attempt to entertain themselves by smashing each other’s fingers in the shopping cart’s foldaway seat!  Quiet turns to shrieks not only from the children but from my husband who is absorbing the sticker shock of the few AC’s remaining on the shelf.

Convinced we could find something cheaper we did not buy one of the four staring us in the face and instead headed our crew off to Home Depot. I’ll cut the chase and let you know… 20 minutes later we were BACK at Wally World only to discover those 4 machines were all purchased in our absence!  AHH!!! Sometimes you’ve just got to strike while the iron is hot!

We still had a dilemma.  We feared we would have a baked Ezra come morning if we allowed him to sleep in his oven of a room.  So, what to do?

Ah Ha!  Let’s move his bed into Noah’s room!  How brilliant!  Everyone will be cool and comfy!

 

 

And up half the NIGHT!  But the boys sure did enjoy their little slumber party!  So… when is this heat supposed to break?

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