And We’re Back!

Holy cannoli. These past few weeks have been a blur. Ever since I wrecked my car (see here), things have gotten cray.

I finally purchased my new car, new to me anyway, and have since moved!

Between that and working 2 jobs and taking care of Tinselman, its been a little hectic – to say the least.

But worry not my friends and family. I have been sure to keep my camera accessible and on little man. We have some catching up to do!

So for now, I will start with my baby’s first Easter photos…

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I can’t honestly believe that he is 7 months old already. It feels like just yesterday he was a teeny tiny newborn. I am so grateful for each day that goes by that I get to see him learn and grow and love. I love you bean!

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Easter is Right Around the Corner

Easter is April 5th. April. 5th. That’s like, two weeks away! Can you believe it? This year is almost 25% over…I digress.

All in favor of dressing up your kid, wrestling them into the car seat, driving to the packed mall, hoping your kid doesn’t puke/poo/pee/snot all over their outfit, then pay 1000% over cost for photos of your kid screaming and crying with a terrified bunny-man behind them, raise your hand!!!

*cricks*

Just as I suspected.

Easter photos don’t have to involve that nonsense. And if you are too far away to visit me at my home studio (click here for info), then here is a DIY for taking your own Easter photos.

1. The Backdrop. This is the most difficult part of the project, but don’t worry! It’s mostly just a little time consuming 🙂

Visit your local hardware store or crafts store. You need to purchase two thin sheets of plywood. I bought 3/8ths inch Baltic plywood from my local hardware shop. Then I bought a little can of wood stain and a few cheap paint samples. This is where the “hard” part starts. Sand down any rough spots on your plywood. Stain one of the boards with a stain of you choice. Then paint the other board with you paint choice. Voila! Backdrop.

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2. Get some cute props. I used plastic eggs, bunny ears, paper circles, a metal bunny, and a Happy Easter sign.

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3. Decorate! Woo hoo! Set up your area the way you’d like.

4. Now, find a room in your house that has a decent amount of natural light and set up shop. I set up in front of my dining room windows. This allows for ample natural light.

5. Camera settings. I always shoot in manual, which some people agree with and some don’t, but it works for me. What can I say, I like to have control. For these shots you will need a low-light or prime lens. I used a 50mm f1.8 lens. This is a wide aperture lens that will allow in a ton of light. And they are pretty affordable (bonus!). I shot with my aperture at f1.8, shutter speed at 1/100, and my ISO at 320. The higher the ISO, the brighter the photo, however the more grain it will have. I use a Nikon D600, which has amazing low-light capabilities. Other DSLRs are better, others aren’t as good. These were shot on a fairly cloudy day as well, so your results will vary depending on the amount of natural light. I did a tiny bit of editing and voila! Easter photos!

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No terrifying bunny-man. No screaming, crying children. No outfit changes in the middle of the crowded mall. And you can take as many shots as you want without paying an arm and a leg!

If you are in the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia), and don’t feel like setting this all up, check out my Easter Mini Sessions currently being offered at Brittany Marie Photography.

Come on in! We are trying avocado!

We have attempted a few different grown up foods with Little Mark. We tried rice cereal…not a fan…we tried oatmeal…even more disdain…we tried grape juice, eh…and we tried green beans (DEFINITELY not a fan).

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I was starting to get worried that the hospital had switched up my kid! I love oatmeal and green beans, how can he not love his veggies?! But tonight, we had a mini break through and a reassurance that there was a chance he was still indeed my son.

He is most definitely a fan of avocado.

I also took a new approach. Instead of attempting to spoon feed him first, I mashed up the avocado and put a dollop on his tray.

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“What the…what do you expect me to do with THIS?!”

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Once he got some in his mouth he was hooked!

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And the results were in! He loves him some avocado.

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Even going so far as to cry when it was all gone.

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Stay tuned for more food reviews from Little Mark himself 😉