Archive for August, 2010

Meet Alex. This little guy was 364 days old when I got to shoot him and his family. Alex is well loved… his parents were always smooching him. Later some extended family came for an extended family portrait, and their joy in seeing him was just tangible.  He was so smilie and so happy-go-lucky.   Happy Birthday Alex!  Thank you for a fun evening L family!

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34/52 And He’s Off!

August 30, 2010

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It doesn’t seem like it was too long ago that this little guy… was well… little.  And, oh boy… he was mine, all mine.  These last 5 and a half years, he’s been my buddy, my rascal, my tester of patience and wills.  But he was all mine.  I tried my best in teaching him right from wrong.  That “To Have a Friend, You Need To Be a Friend.”  To listen and obey.  I hope he’s ready.

Because, he’s not “all mine” anymore.  Now his teacher, Mrs. H will have him for 35 hours or so a week.

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My first baby started Kindergarten.  Amidst my tears, he climbed that bus, and he had a great day.  Seth is growing up, and I hope and pray that he’s ready for this world.

Hello, my name is Andrea and I love color.

There I said it. I’m obsessed with color. I like color and lots of it.

So I decided to try something new.  So I present to you:  A session preview done entirely in black and whites.

Crazy, I know.

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Okay, okay, I know this last one is in color – sorry I couldn’t help it! Look at that creamy newborn skin. She is so perfect and I had to show you her perfect little coloring..

As a side note, the above family is the Blair family, of Blair Blanks Photography based in Baltimore.  She had just had her third child and wanted some help capturing all three of her kids together, and then of herself and her new daughter.  It was such an honor to help her, and so much fun!

33/52 The Fair…

August 20, 2010

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It’s that time of year… where summer is winding down, and in our case, very first backpacks are being bought.  It’s also the annual tradition of heading to the county fair for the afternoon and evening.  Lucas was so excited.. he was finally big enough to ride rides this year!  All by himself on a few of them too!  I love the colorful light in the background of this… I also love that look on Lucky’s face.  He’s biting his lip, trying to suppress a smile.

Happy last few days of summer!

Our Piece of Heaven….

August 19, 2010

Warning… Photo Overload!  Like I mentioned before… I took over 400 photos, so how do you narrow it down to just a few for the blog?!?!  I’ll try my best….

We had an AWESOME time in Avon, which is near Hatteras Lighthouse. Very laid back and relaxing…. here are some of my snaps and seascapes (taken with a rented Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8)

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“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Genesis 1:2

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please be respectful and don’t take my unwatermarked photos… my children do bite.

32/52 What We Love the Most

August 16, 2010

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sun, sand, surf, and each other.  This is just one snap out of the 410 I took last week.  Be certain this will be printed HUGE on canvas somewhere in my house.  I’m totally in love with it.  More to come….

Beach Bound

August 8, 2010

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The Burns family will be out of town and away from the internet until Monday the 16th. I’ll be playing catch up with email and blogging when I return to Maryland next week.  Those of you who have emailed about holiday sessions – thank you!!! I’ll be getting in touch with you with scheduling options soon - promise!  :)   Love, me

I recently saw on facebook, a photographer friend post some fun photos of her son in rainboots and a cape. I just *had* to get Lucas in a similar getup.

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we both had fun with this, lol!

I often have clients ask me… “what should we wear?”  My answer is always, “something coordinated, but not too matchy-matchy.”  In an effort to help you, as a client, and  as a reader, I’d like to share some tips in how to dress for your Custom Portrait Session.  I’ll be using my own clothes, that I have purchased for portrait purposes to help illustrate my advice.

I often tell clients and friends to find a nice bright patterned piece of clothing and put that on one person in the group.  Then you pull the colors from that pattern and dress everyone else around it.  I, personally, like a blend of brights and neutrals.   The following two photos represent two family-type outfits with a boy and a girl.  Now, I’m also *that mom* who matches her two boys.  So I have no problem with doubling up on the boy’s outfit, or possibly in your case, the girl’s outfit.

This top collection is perfect for a more natural-type setting of tall grass.  The colors are what you might find in nature.   The second collection is more suited for an urban-type setting.  I know for a fact that there will be some All Star Converse shoes with that collection.  ;)

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One pattern, the colors pulled from it for everyone else.  Please feel free to get funky with accessories and shoes.

The next two photos show just samples of sibling session possibilities.  The first is more winter, the second more summer.  The first would be great with a third child in chocolate brown.  The second, I think that a third child can match and duplicate the polo or dress again.

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Now I’m going to show you the above principles/ tips in practice with my own family photos from last year.  One pattern, the colors pulled from it for everyone else, a blend of brights and neutrals.

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Coordinated, but not too matchy-matchy.

Now where do I find these clothes?  Everywhere, I shop around.  But I have the best luck at Gap, Old Navy, Gymboree, CrewCuts, and Anthropologie.

Hopefully this helps you.  I’d love to hear if it does.  :)

The last 5 days we had my sister-in-law and her family here. My kids LOVE their cousins and vice-versa.  We did a lot of the DC-touristy type things, like the National Mall and the zoo.  There were also a few competitive Yahtzee games.  ;)  Obviously this photo doesn’t need much explaining… but I will say I was in the water with them, a first for me & my camera, lol.

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You’ll be seeing my beautiful nieces and nephew again, very soon, in a more portrait-type setting.