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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What To Wear Wednesday: Baby Gear on Etsy AND A CONTEST!!!!!

Have you been on Etsy yet?  I love this sight, and if you like crafts, handmade, and/or supporting small businesses, this is the place for you!  (Or not- because it is a vortex of colorful, beautiful, handmade goodness that can eat up an hour of your time in the blink of an eye). 

I have decided to announce a new contest for a FREE BABY SESSION!!!  "Baby" is defined as 1 year or younger at the time of this contest, so your 14-year-old "baby" doesn't count : )  I have recently purchased some super-cute accessories, and I want to use them!  To enter:
  1. Become a follower of this blog.
  2. Tell us, in 50 words or less, why you want this session.  This doesn't have to be poetic or anything.  Just be honest.  (Hint: Creativity and humor can help).  Leave it in the comments section, facebook me, or email me (oh so many options!).
  3. Submit by May 3, 2011
  4. Wait with anticipation!!!
*only valid in Minnesota and Wisconsin, or if you're willing to come here : ) *

This week I have decided to highlight some of the ADORABLE baby accessories available on Etsy.  I triple sparkle heart baby sessions (I've even got a couple coming your way!), and I love a well-dressed babe.  You would be shocked not only by the variety of affordably priced items available, but by how much one hat or headband or pair of legwarmers can jazz up your baby's photos.

Although I do keep a couple of baby-related items on hand for photo shoots, I strongly encourage parents to consider what they already have or what they might buy for a photo shoot.  I strongly dislike using the same props on multiple babies, and I cannot make sure every prop will fit or compliment every baby.  Photo-wear tip of the week:  Take control of the cuteness-factor of your baby or newborn photo session by providing some of your own props and accessories.  They don't have to be expensive, but this way you can guarantee the uniqueness of your photos. 

With that in mind, take a look at these cute options!:
This adorable little hat hails from jeabmade.

Bklynbaby created this little beauty!

I love this set from Lilycrochet:

Seriously, there are no words to describe the cuteness that is this hat from amberneecrochet.  There are tons of these animal-style hats if you just do a little looking around Etsy.

Sometimes cute and original boy stuff can be hard to find, but this onesy from WeChooseJoy is perfect for your baby boy!

These ballet baby shoes from LippyLouShoes are absolutely swoon-worthy!:

Precious sunshine-y mary janes from sunflowerexpress:

Your baby doesn't have to wear it for it to make an impact- 1000 Words loves cute toys!

Call me traditional if you must, but I love this sock monkey from heidibg:

Diaper covers, like this one from grandmagift11, are so much cuter than regular disposable diapers:

Another option is to use a cloth diaper, like this one from SwaddleinCloth:

Obviously, there are a ton of cute things available on Etsy, and this is just the beginning.  Which item listed here is your favorite?  Where do you get your favorite baby gear?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Snowfall Engagement * Superior, WI Engagement Photographer

After putting this shoot off for a few weekends due to weather, God gave us the PERFECT day for Harmoni and Vytas to have an engagement session.  This couple was the first to book a 2011 wedding with us, and I knew right then it was going to be a terrific season.  They are sweet and fun and so in love.  I totally appreciated their genuineness- they were down to earth and friendly and just REAL...totally the kind of couple anyone would want to be friends with.

They also really understand that photography is about more than just snapping what's going on in front of your face- it's about discovering and creating memories.  It's about capturing the true essence and emotion of people and relationships.  They were even willing to drive a couple of hours out of the way to visit this amazing location I'd been wanting to shoot at.  How cool is that?  Pretty much a photographer's dream...

And, we had a beautiful, gentle snowfall on top of that.  I don't think we could have asked for more!

Don't forget that if Harmoni and Vytas get 25 comments in 25 hours on this post, they get a free 11x14 print!  So, please help them out and tell them which shot is your favorite!

This is only the first of two posts from Harmoni and Vytas' engagement shoot, so check back tomorrow morning for more shots of this beautiful couple!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What To Wear Wednesday: Old Navy for Families

One of the trickiest photo sessions to dress for is a family session.  I always recommend that families try to coordinate, without matching.  That can be easier said than done, and adding more people to the mix just increases the difficulty.  Combine that with the fact that kids grow like weeds and are constantly needing new clothes, and outfitting a family in coordinating outfits can seem like more hassle than its worth. 

That's why we're here to help : )

Now, if you have money to burn on expensive outfits, this might not be much of an issue for you.  However, if you are like most people, the economy and its effect on your budget is a concern.  Never fear, there are tons of great options out there.  When looking for coordinating outfits, I recommend starting with what you already have, and filling in whatever holes you find in your collective family wardrobe.  Check out department store clearance, the internet, discount stores, consignment and secondhand stores, or even garage sales.  Especially when considering kids clothing, DO NOT pay more then you have to.  They will quickly grow out of their outfits, so keep that in mind when choosing how much to invest.

This week we are highlighting clothing options from Old Navy, Gap's budget-friendly sister store.  They are a terrific option when searching for coordinating outfits, as they carry a lot of similar colors throughout their lines for men, women, and children.  They also carry a wide variety of sizes, which is helpful when you are trying to clothe many people.  Additionally, they have a great selection online and often offer free shipping with a certain amount of purchase.

Photographable clothing tip of the week:  Keep writing on clothing to a minimum.  Fabric often bends and folds with movement, which can hide certain letters or entire words.  Additionally, words can destract from the overall feeling of the photos. 

Little girls looks on the left, little boys on the right:
Looks for Mom on the left, and Dad on the right:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Harmoni & Vytas Engagement Sneak Peek * Minnesota Engagement Photographer

Aren't they adorable?  Check back next Thursday for the first post of their engagement shoot- you won't be disappointed!

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