Back before the morning sickness and pregnancy migranes hit, I was thinking a mile a minute about all these different shoots I wanted to do. You’ve seen a lot of them already- like, the maternity clothesline, desert shoots, picnic with stuffed animals, and baby chicks. Well, this was one of those ideas too. My thought was: two little kids who have a crush on each other. I came up with this phrase “Donut you know I love you” because I knew I wanted there to be a donuts and milk party. My vision became a reality back in early April when I shot this. When I had people apply for the casting call I had these two twins submitted. EVEN BETTER! I love the idea of sibling/twin love over a posed/pretend crush. These two are darling and I had a lot of fun taking these and thinking it all up. I hope you like them!
This cute little guy brought his bow & wanted some pictures with it, so of course we had to (:
The donut print was hand drawn by me, I scanned it and added color to it in photoshop. I was pretty proud of it. I don’t do illustrations a lot, but I do enjoy it from time to time! I’m selling it in my ETSY shop along with other fine art prints.
Two things inspired this shoot idea: the aztec sweater trend and cacti. I realized I really have never shot in the wild desert- most of my locations are in parks or groves. So, I was itching to take some in the desert surrounded by cacti and desert plants. I wanted to do these around dusk to get beautiful sun flare, so these turned out EXACTLY how I had hoped. The only downside were the BUGS!!! We were literally surrounded by flying bugs the entire time and it really made us want to get out of there. My wonderful model, Krystal, did an excellent job ignoring them (even though we were unsure if they were biting us or not!) I asked Krystal months back to do this for me because she is one of the most stylish girls I know. I told her what I had in mind and she delivered big time!
I had this idea to do a shoot with a little girl and her stuffed animals, her “babies”. I thought it would be cute to have them have a picnic- and I decided to make felt fruit and cakes for it. I had never done that before but I love the turnout! The focus of this was to make a video but of course I had to take pictures too. I hope you like these! If you haven’t already seen the video from my facebook, take a look! You will see the video in higher quality if you click on the links at the bottom!
This is the first part of a shoot I did with Krystal. Technically we shot two different days. The first night we went out, we were attacked by bugs like you wouldn’t believe so we decided to finish up the next day. I love this location. I’m really wanting to utilize our desert instead of trying to make every shoot look like it’s somewhere else, somewhere incredibly green. Thanks Krystal for helping me out with yet another one of my visions. I love how they turned out and I love the next set too! Stay tuned for those.
Every once in a while I get an idea for a photo shoot and I just have to see it through. This idea came to me in 2010 when I was pregnant with my second child. So… three years ago! I was living in Oklahoma at the time and everywhere I looked were beautiful fields and cute homes in the middle of them. I’d often see old rusty clotheslines and think: photo shoot. My vision was an old farm house with a clothes line and white sheets. Then there would be me, dressed in white, with white sheets surrounding me. But back in the spring 2010 my husband was working 12 hour days- and the days he did have off, we wanted to spend as a family. So, that pregnancy came and went and my photo shoot didn’t happen. When I got pregnant with my third baby I was DETERMINED to do this shoot. We weren’t in Oklahoma any more- this time we were in Nashville, Tennessee. I’d think: “that’ll work, the south is darling… now who wants to loan me their yard?* That might’ve been a small hiccup.. well besides my husband working 12 hour days and… well, I didn’t want these to be tripod shots. When I got back to Arizona right before I had my baby I was so busy house hunting I just never had the time. I was *this close* to asking a friend to take them for me with my camera but being the middle of July in Arizona, and largely pregnant, the thought of setting it all up didn’t appeal to me too much. So that pregnancy came and went.
I decided, in the end, these weren’t pictures I wanted of ME anymore but pictures I just wanted to take! I just needed a subject. So I enlisted the adorable Mele Larson and we set it up. Looking at these pictures you wouldn’t believe she was about to go into labor. She’s tiny! But sure enough, the very next day she had her baby! I’m so glad she was able to model for me, she did the perfect job! These were exactly what I wanted. No, we didn’t have an old rusty clothesline (I had to create one) and we didn’t have an old Oklahoma farm house, but I am still so happy with the outcome!
Thanks Mele + kids for being wonderful models, and Whitney for loaning us her amazing yard. I love that we included her kiddos in these because I had planned on having mine them, if I were to do this idea for myself. Gah! I just love these… and I’m glad I could try out my vision. FINALLY!
A little over a month ago I decided on a whim to take a few shots of my baby girl in our backyard. Our backyard was COVERED with these flowers (weeds) and I figured it would make cute pictures. All the green in our yard is now gone so I’m glad I took advantage when I did. She was more interested in picking/eating the flowers but I still like these.
On to other news, I have so many shoots to share that I’m really excited about- as well as a little video. Thanks for sticking around and checking back!