It’s real life…only prettier.
WHO: Mom and their kids. Just in time for mother’s day!
WHAT: Casual/Intimate/Relaxed/Fun portraits of you playing with your kids on a soft white bed. Hello~I’m talking about wearing pajama pants for portraits~WHY didn’t I think of this sooner. In fact, I think I will wear MY pajama pants while photographing you, just so we’re on the same page.
WHERE: My natural light studio in Buffalo, Minnesota.
WHEN: Limited Edition~these sessions will be photographed weekdays between 10am and 3pm during the months of April and May.
WHY: Mom’s are typically behind the camera~this is the perfect opportunity to get some fun-loving images of you with your kids…we don’t do this nearly enough.
PRICE: The session fee is specially priced at only $75~and as a ‘mother’s day’ gift~you will receive 10% off your entire portrait order. I envision everyone ordering the ‘white album‘ with these sessions, I think it would be such an awesome keepsake!
NEXT STEP: Email me with the subject line ‘mommy and me’ (my email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can call me (612-325-5088). We can discuss any questions you might have (wardrobe, fear of being in front of the camera, crazy children, etc. etc.!), and we’ll figure out a day that works best for you to come into the studio!
~What should I wear? As far as clothing goes…It’s all about comfort! Although, I wouldn’t do anything ‘too’ baggy, as that isn’t very flattering. I’m thinking soft/neutral tones: light pinks/blues/grey’s/creams, etc. And either jeans or pajama bottoms (like a subtle plaid or stripe would be cute on the bottoms
~What if I’m not a ‘skinny mom’? Preach it, sister! I’m not either, and I avoid getting in front of the camera on a regular basis. A few things to keep in mind. 1. Your kids don’t care what you look like~they love you, unconditionally. In fact, they probably like the extra padding for a great snuggle! 2. There are several important reasons why we have children, and one of them is so that they can ‘hide’ us when we have our picture taken. My kids know before I even say anything that they have to be standing/sitting/sprawling in front of me when the camera is on us! 3. Don’t tell anyone, but ALL mom’s get a little photoshop ‘diet’ when they come to see me…a little painless ‘nip/tuck’ never hurt anyone 4. If you are feeling at all insecure, you do not have to have your photos posted online…they are your memories, and you don’t have to share if you don’t want to!
~What ages should the kids be for these types of sessions? Anywhere from babies (at least 3 or 4 months) through grade school age. Any bigger, and we lose space on the bed! However, just email me with the number and ages of your kids, and we can discuss it further.
~Can my husband come too? Ummmm, does he have too? We’d have more fun without him…just sayin.
~What do you mean ‘limited edition’? It sounds kind of fancy, I know! But the bed is only staying in the studio through May~after that, I need more space for all the beautiful high school seniors that are coming in!
Okay ladies (and gents, if you dare)…this is the last call for my Camera Mom Workshop for 2013. It’s being held at my studio in Buffalo, MN next Saturday (apr 13th) from 10am-2pm. I have 3 spots open…so email me (email@example.com) if you’d like to get in! Sign up with your mom/friend/sister…it’s even more fun when you have a buddy! The next one doesn’t roll around till Feb 2014! The last 2 classes were such a blast~I enjoyed getting to know everyone…and I honest to goodness believe that they all walked away with a better understanding of their camera’s: I’ve seen evidence of it in their improved facebook pictures they’ve been posting! Plus I overheard a lot of ‘It’s starting to click‘ type comments, which is always encouraging!
Here’s a look at some of the images from the past few classes…
Me, doing a quick ‘mini’ session to show how I interact with kids…notice the dolls and stuffed animals in the corner? Those are what we practice on before we get to ‘shoot the live ones’!
My crazy son helping us learn shutter speed by jumping so we could ‘freeze’ the action.
We lucked out with a beautiful day last month and were able to take the last half hour of class outside!
This next picture is hysterical…not only is it SUPER flattering of me…but you can just SEE my wheels turning, “shiiiiiiit…I don’t know the answer to that question…maybe if tell them to all stare really hard at the back of their camera’s, the answer will appear?“
And a couple shots of our cutie-pie models
Apparently, I need to make a retraction (is that the right term?)…I don’t want to actually ‘apologize’…as that would admit wrong-doing. If you read THIS BLOG post, you can see that I might have just over-exagerated a smidge. Perhaps it was a mild case of transference…and I was really talking about my dad more than my husband! Whatever the case, I’m sorry that I made my husband sound like a raving lunatic at the grill. There, all better.
But he IS a little cra-cra…Last night, the kids asked for candy for their dessert. Since the easter bunny brings them each a GIANT chocolate bunny, we usually cut it up into chunks so they don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting (I would be a size 6 if I had someone working portion control on my own candy consumption, but I digress). I asked Korey to cut it up while I cleared the table…I walked over to the counter and saw this happening. Who does that? What parent is so concerned that his three children get an even amount that he uses a scale to weigh each chocolate chunk? He tried to explain that sometimes the face portion of the bunny might look smaller to the kids, but in reality, there is more chocolate on the face than on the tummy. By weighing each portion, there would be no room for the kids to fight. I see your point, sir….but I still think you are nuts. Imagine what he’s like when he helps me hang pictures on the wall!
I don’t think Miss ‘L’ made it on the blog last year…these images were taken exactly 1 yr ago…and I got to see her again yesterday, so obviously, my quest to update my blog regularly is an on-going struggle. I need more ‘tweens’ out to the studio…we have so much fun. She is super confident in front of the camera, it’s awesome to see!
Here’s a shot I took of her yesterday (exactly 1 yr older…she just get’s cuter, doesn’t she?).
Pet peeve # 47: No matter what I cook…chicken…noodles…taco’s…without even taking a bite~ my husband will dump large amounts of hot sauce or pepper flakes over my entire creation. I’m no Julia Childs, but no matter how many times I shriek, “It’s good, I seasoned the crap out of it’, ‘put the bottle down’, ‘how will you even taste what I cooked?!!” He gives me a little smile, and continues his ‘shake shake shake’ masking the beautiful flavors of my masterpiece.
Now…when it’s HIS turn to cook…well, that’s another story. Because he is the master chef, and you better prepare yourself to bow down before your paper plate of grilled beef perfection. Please don’t attempt to ‘dip’ his creation into any sort of condiment…the paper plate has a special self-detination feature that will explode upon the first dribble of ketchup (other triggers include bbq sauce, mustard, and ranch). A minimum of three compliments (such as: OMG this is the best meat I’ve ever put in my mouth…this steak is so good I feel like weeping…I would trade our first born if you could cook like this every night) are required during the meal…and while long, drawn out “mmmmmmmmm’s” are nice (read: expected), they do not count towards you compliment tally.
Oh my goodness…it’s been almost a month since I last blogged…I missed you guys! I’ve been busy behind the scenes…I swear I’m not laying on the couch watching soaps…hopefully I’ll get back on the blogging train now that I’ve written something (some call it writers block, but it’s more likely just laziness).
I don’t think I ever showed pictures from last years Spring Mini Sessions…and since I have this year’s spring mini sessions coming up on Saturday, I thought I’d show you what we did last year! BTW, I have 2 spots available if you want in~shoot me an email and we’ll get you on the books! firstname.lastname@example.org
Randomness for your sleep deprived Monday…dang time change.
* The world’s most giant woodpecker (I think he was over 2 ft tall) was sitting in a tree outside my window this morning. Despite my sneaky, camera-wielding-ninja-attack moves…he flew away before I even got close to clicking the shutter. Typical pecker…camera shy. I don’t know why I said that, but I’m laughing, so maybe someone else will find it funny. My husband won’t…he only finds me funny after 3 beers.
* There should be a law against selling gift certificates unless you’ve been in business for no less than 5 years…or if you go under, you better start cutting checks.
* My super awesome husband painted the main level of our house while I was out of town last month. I came home and was horrified to see that the color I chose was a dainty lilac tone, and NOT the rich grey I had envisioned (who wants a purple kitchen?). After pretending to like it for a few days, I told him the truth. I couldn’t hang any pictures or decorate until it was repainted (I know what you’re thinking, get out your damn roller and start doing it yourself, girl)…well, we all have our roles in this family…and one of Korey’s key roles is ‘painter’. It says so on our marriage license. Needless to say, I am happy to report that he has since re-painted, and the pictures are hung lovingly on the wall. Thanks honey, I owe ya!
* I just joined ‘linked in’. I am so lost…social media is my downfall (that and painting). Facebook, sure. Blog, yes. Twitter, linked in, instagram, google+…no idea. All I know is I am ‘connecting’ with a crap ton of people, many of which I don’t even know. Is this just for finding a job? What if someone randomly offers me a job, do I take it?
* I’m pretty sure last year at this time I could wear a t-shirt outside and be comfortable. This year is ridiculous…we are still covered in giant piles of snow. When questioned about why we live here, all good Minnesotan’s will say something like, “I just love having all 4 seasons”. Well, I don’t. I think living here is a big mistake. Maybe I need one of those sun lamps that are supposed to cheer people up when they don’t go outside or see the sun for long periods of time. Nevermind, I’d probably abuse that lamp…end up looking like ‘tan mom’.
* My son Riley (7yrs) is becoming quite the little sleep walker. He keeps wandering downstairs about an hour after we put him to bed. He comes and sits down on the couch next to us, and just stares straight ahead. It’s creepy and funny at the same time. He never remembers it in the morning….I hope this is the extent of his wanderings…otherwise, I better install some sort of alarm over the doors and windows.
Sharing a family session today…these guys were awesome, I enjoyed working with them~plus, their adorable daughter is going to be one of my senior models this year~Yay!!
model material? Me thinks so!
These 2 are adorable!
I know you’re out there…tucking in your crazy thinking nobody will notice. Perhaps it’s time to ‘let the crazy out’! Maybe that was a little reckless…let’s revise: After maturing to your mid-30′s feel free to ‘let the crazy out’. Any time you let your crazy out in your teens or 20′s, it’s going to end in drama. Not the good Shakespeare drama…oh no…nothing so beautiful as that…more like ‘mascarastreakingdownyourfacewakeupwithaheadacheandaphonefullofmessagesfromyourdrunktextingspree’ kind of drama. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
But once you get a little older…it can be liberating. Yesterday I was at the grocery store and I paused mid cereal aisle to run and use the facility…the lady in the stall next to me was really making herself at home (ifyouknowwhatImean), and I caught her walking out of the bathroom minus the important hand washing ritual. Without thinking (when do I ever), I shouted, “that’s NASTY” at her retreating back. I don’t know if I’m making the world a better place with my crazy outbursts…but I know it feels good to let the crazy out.
I was at a kitchen store this weekend with my mom…we were checking out (I bought a plastic ‘onion saver’ jar that is supposed to eliminate all onion odor from your fridge + keep it fresh longer…I’ll keep you posted on that front), anyways, I noticed that on the edge of their counter, sandwiched in between ‘the world’s best cheese cutter’ and ‘the perfect pancake shooter’ was a display of ‘the ped egg FOOT file‘…yes, you read that right, it’s a tool that you use to scrape the dead skin off your stank feet and *bonus* it holds your scraped off treasures inside the egg…I’m assuming they are marketing to the same crowd that saves toe-nail clippings in a jar. So I told the checkout lady, “I think it’s kind of gross to keep this foot display near food items”. She just chuckled politely and moved on to the next customer.
Well, at least I got it off my chest. And maybe I’m not really ‘showing my crazy’…maybe I’m just telling people that they’re gross. In which case, I should probably revisit the title of this blog post…”Kelly thinks you’re nasty”.
Okay, speaking of nasty…it’s snowing again. In March. We are supposed to get 9 inches today…boohoo. I am going to think ahead to warmer days…I’m sharing a cute session with an adorable little family…their son is SUCH a character…love him! He’s going to be a big brother soon…can’t wait to see how he reacts to that!
We have a few things happening at the studio…so here is a rundown of events, try and keep up! Wow, that made it sound like you were an idiot, I’m sorry. I just wrote that because I was sitting here for 5 minutes trying to use the words ‘lest and abreast’ in the same sentence…it wasn’t working. Apparently, I get snarky when my words get stuck.
First up: Spring Mini Sessions. These are 20 minute sessions in the studio…they are for 1,2 or 3 children only. You will get 10 high res images retouched and uploaded via YouSendIt right to your computer (about 2 weeks after the session). I have a few late morning spots, and some afternoon times left, so email me ASAP to get your time slot! Please email me: email@example.com and I’ll get you signed up!
Oops, date on there is wrong, it’s Sat, Apr 6th!!
NEXT UP: A few seats are still available for the camera mom workshop! I have ONE seat left for the March 23rd class…and 5 seats left for the April 13th class. You can get all of the details HERE. Email me to reserve your seat: firstname.lastname@example.org Here are a few shots I grabbed from last month’s workshop…
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: This is a total last minute addition…I sure hope you can make it! To ‘rsvp’, just comment on this FB invite.
I’m having a party! Which means it will be very classy and formal…you should probably wear heels…and pearls. Just kidding, you can roll on in wearing crocs, if that’s what you feel comfy in! Come hang out at the studio, and browse through racks of SUPER cute Matilda Jane clothes. They are a small company who specializes in unique, ‘girly’ clothes for young girls/tweens and even ladies! I’ll have snacks (little weenie’s, anyone?) and cocktails (is Coors light a cocktail)? Maybe even a few giveaways!
These outfits would be PERFECT for portraits (hint, hint), Easter, party’s, rolling around in the dirt…wait, no. Maybe just check out their clothing here: http://www.matildajaneclothing.com