DIY Photography Props

Newborn Photography Prop Boa Basket Filler

So, I’m on this whole DIY kick.  You can blame my beautiful and incredibly talented photographer friend Heather over at Heather Lynn Photography for this recent obsession, because honestly, she started it.

You see, last week she was asking me for help trying to buy some new photography props for her wee little newborn clients, so we were flipping through Etsy.  Now, being the person that I am, I’d just as soon make something myself than pay someone else to make it for me.  There are of course exceptions to that, but they are far and few between.

In any event, I came across a few pretty awesome newborn basket filler boas that I decided I wanted to replicate and sure enough, I did.  I should mention that after getting my second ball of yarn in a knot, it took me twice as long as it should have and eventually I got so frustrated that I just snapped the end off the yarn and let a dead dog lie.

Then, wouldn’t you know it I got a bee in my bonnet about blankets.  As many of you might know, my husband and I are expecting our third child at the end of next month so I am pretty confident that I’ve entered into some kind of odd nesting phase that will soon involve actually buying stock in Joann and Michaels or simply setting up camp there.

DIY Photography Prop Blanket Basket Filler

The yarn for this beautiful piece (which was hand crocheted – nothing fancy) was picked out by our oldest, who despite being quite the tomboy seems to enjoy our outings to the craft store.

Looking at this blanket makes me want to take a nap in it.  Then again, that could be the fatigue from this whole baby cooking thing.  This blanket is soooooo soft and warm and snugly that I picked up a truckload of yarn this past weekend because you’d better believe I am going to be making more of them.  If you’re into the whole photography thing and are looking for some great props, I highly recommend trying your hand at crochet.

You might surprise yourself.  I know I did!

DIY Photography Prop Blanket Basket Filler Closeup




Portland Oregon Photography


Sometimes, pictures make me sad.  I realize that this picture of our oldest daughter should not make me sad but the fact of the matter is that it does.  Why, you ask?  Well, she is officially 8 years old and it is hard to imagine that she has grown up so quickly.

Last night, I sent this picture to my family and my father replied with a journal entry that he had written about her when she was about 18 months old, after my sister and I had taken her with us on a trip to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico.  It reads as follows:

“My dear little one you are growing fast.  You just came back from Mexico.  Your mom and your aunt took you.  They tell us that you were not really interested in the water.  It was only on the last day or so that you decided to go with your aunt and brave those waves.  While down there you held a monkey.  The monkey also took your chip.  There are pictures of that.

The other night you brought over a bucket of popcorn and started talking to me.  I knew that you wanted me to pick you up but your grandma understood that you also wanted me to open the popcorn.  So I picked you up and open the popcorn bucket.  You took out a piece of popcorn and put it in my mouth.  I then took a piece of popcorn and put it in your mouth.  This went on for about 10 minutes.  You did not allow anyone else to interfere in this event.

Everyone adores you.  Your uncles want to just hold you and dance with you.  Your aunt is very special.  She teaches you lots of things and she really treats you like a person.  Your grandma is your favorite.  You two get along great.  You and your mom are showing typical mother and daughter trends:  love and discipline.  As for me, I just let you be Hanna.  You are pretty special.  You have a great heart. ”

And there you have it.  In 7 years, nothing has changed.  She is still amazing and wonderful in all of the ways that a parent hopes their child will be.  Her father and I (and her siblings) are so, so blessed to have her, so today I will smile.

Today I will not be sad because she is a gift and I am so lucky to be able to watch her grow up.

{New Vendor} Monkeyrama!

The power of the connections we make with other people continues to leave me awestruck on a very regular basis!  Seeing as it had been 5 years since we had a child in diapers in our house, I felt the need to join an online community of Moms who were due around the same time as I am with our third.  I got to talking with one Mom who not only ended up being only a few hours away from me but also had an incredible talent with a crochet hook!  She made this adorable little hat for me, which I might just keep for myself now instead of using it as a photography prop!

Knobby Noggin Newborn Hat


Sometimes, I get really, really excited about little things.   This tiny little newborn cap just happens to be one of them.  My amazing friend Monique at Monkeyrama made this adorable Knobby Noggin Newsboy Cap for me as a photography prop, but there’s a 110% chance I am going to have to order a new one because I’ve decided that our newest addition will be leaving the hospital in this one!

While I didn’t have a newborn in close proximity to model this cute cap, our youngest daughter very graciously offered up one of her “babies” to be my model.

Newborn Knobby Noggin On A Doll

If you’d like your own custom designed Knobby Noggin hat, head on over to the Monkeyrama page.  Keep your eyes peeled for a newborn session featuring this cozy little number, too!

The Tree

Hanna Falls Down


This is actually the after picture.  Do you want to see the one that I took of her just seconds before?

Putting Up Christmas Lights


Luckily, no one was injured (except for maybe her pride), but we managed to get our Christmas 2012 Tree up without further incident.

Of all of our annual traditions, I am convinced that this is the one that the kids enjoy the most.  The whole experience of heading out to the country, picking out the perfect tree, bringing it home and trimming it is just so exciting to them.  Remember when Christmas was that exciting?

Pretty Tree Lights


This is how our youngest trims the tree.  She’s more like her Mom.  She likes to “supervise”.

And eat the candy canes.