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Our friends kids call me “aunt” and I absolutely love it.  I had never been a real aunt though, until a couple of months ago and I must say, it is very good.  My brother/sister-in-law had their first child, the most beautiful Paterson of them all to date (I’m hoping mine will at least be equal or greater on the “perfect” scale – sorry Jodi!).   And, arriving in perfect style, my neice was born on St. Patty’s day – our family’s namesake. 

Patty & Jodi gave me the amazing privilege of doing their family’s first photo shoot.  With such gorgeous subjects it’s hard to get a “bad” shot, but I thought I’d go through some of what I did to get the pictures I wanted.  Lighting was my top priority.  I love the look of natural light, so I wandered around the house looking for the window that would give my “subjects” the most attractive look.  Since I was shooting a one month old, I grabbed my husband and used him as my test subject to make sure I knew the exact location I wanted to use before trying to move the family around.

Once I found my location, I thought through the pictures I wanted and took as many as possible in one place.  Babies are great to work with, but you need to make sure you are quick at what you’re doing so that they don’t get worn out.

Taking a couple pics of the same shot was also important to me.  Since babies move suddenly and quickly, Mom and Dad may look perfect, but baby might have moved or visa versa.

The last small thing was to not be afraid to direct the shoot.  When you have a small baby, you want to make sure that they are held in a way that both the parents and the baby are close together.  The most natural way to sit together as a family doesn’t always translate well in a picture (ie people’s heads are too far apart, baby is too low in the picture, etc).  Don’t be afraid to move people around until you’ve got the look you are trying to achieve.

These tips are basic but incorporating them can help your next shoot be less stressful and produce the look you are going for.  Hope it helps!



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Friends make life wonderful.  Friends that live on different contenants than you make life, uh, lonely.  After college all of my best friends ended up moving to Europe.  I’ve been blessed to be able to visit them a couple of times, the beginning of this year being one of them.  My amazing husband found a way to send me for a visit, and for two weeks I got to hang out in some of my favorite places with some of my favorite people.

Ah, Paris.  Some have said it’s dirty and over rated.  Not this girl.  How can a city that is over a thousand years old, dripping with history and art, not draw you in?  My best friend and I stayed within 5 min of the Effiel Tower.  So this lovely view greeted us each morning and night.

Breakfast was my favorite meal.  Art, manifesting itself in pastries, is the best way to begin your day.  The open air market of Rue Cler was the haven of our relaxed start.  It is here that the Parisians in the district come to buy their daily bread, cheese, wine and flowers.  I would have never left if it were up to me.

Napoleon may not have been able to enjoy the Arch he commisioned to be built, but I sure did.  I loved how leaving the shutter open for a few seconds gave that awesome blur from the cars.  The Tower in the background is pretty fun too.


Notre Dame was most diffeniatly on our stop.  I had just finished Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame  and could barely wait to feast my eyes on the building that had been in my thoughts for so long.  The below picture is from the front of the church, looking at the Mary in Rose window.  Needless to say, my appetite was not disappointed.





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I’m old school.  Putting my thoughts up for anyone to read just feels, well, weird.  As long as I’ve put it off, I’ve realized it’s time to finally make the plunge.  You can only sit on the bench so long before you want to be put in.  So, here I am to say, “put me in coach!”.  You might think my grammar is poor, you could think my thoughts are shallow, but I guess I can be ok with that.

So why the plunge?  Here’s the short of it.  I’ve recently found myself in a job transition.  Photography has been a side hobby, but I’d like it to take center stage.  So, here goes nothin’…

To start I thought I’d put up a couple of my favorite pics from a recent shoot.  I’ve had the opportunity to photograph some brand new babies, and this little gem is just seven days old.  She was a doll for the shoot, as if she had been born a model.  Her parents did a dang good job as well!



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