Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Our Family Christmas

So, for those of you that know, my hubby is a pilot.  As such, he is gone during many holidays. I have to take pictures and video so that daddy can feel like he was a part of it (a bit) as well.  So, daddy, here was our last 3 days!!!!

On Dec. 23rd, we had our annual cookie-making at my sister's house. The glorious difference this year was that the Seahawks were playing. So, we all put on our Seahawks jerseys and shirts and started screaming at the TV in true Seahawk-fan fashion.  There may have been some high-fives, jumping on couches, and chest bumps as well. It may as well have been our Super Bowl.  It was such a fabulous time!  As you now probably know, they kicked the 49ers!!!!

Miss Izzy was all about hands on hips today!

See?  Hands on hips again...and Miss A with no pants, 'cause she is  potty-training

Our Seahawks cookie...hehe

On the 24th, we had an amazing Christmas Eve.  I took some pictures of my friend and the sun was coming in so amazingly through her window. So, I decided to snap a few of my Isabella while we were there.  I just love this little girl to pieces :)

My Sweet Angel

Then, on Christmas, we opened stockings at my parent's house and then headed down to my sister's house to open presents, eat dinner, and play Mexican Train for a couple hours.  We had to stop 5 rounds short since the kids were starting to shut down FAST and the great-grandparents had to drive home in the dark.  So pickin' excited that they came down to spend Christmas with us and love that our kids love them so much.

Bella checking out all the great stuff in her stocking

Her favorite was the candy - she asked if she could go "potty" literally right after this, so she could eat one as a prize

This little peach needs her pics taken more (as the 2nd child), so I played a little peek-a-boo with her for this smile!

Mexican Train Begins

Oh, dad.... 
Love these guys!
She is always in such concentration!  Especially when snacks are involved :)

Another Smile!

This is one of the best men in the world!  He has such a servant's heart....

My spoiled child's Princess Castle and Princesses

This is what we'll be playing with for weeks to come!

And, some of my favorite ornaments!!

Family pic in the background...


Favorite Photos of 2012

I got this idea from another fab photographer in my area. I have had such a fantastic year.  I haven't been too busy, so I've done a lot of playing around, searching for my "style" and buying new equipment. I've learned SO much.  I love to photograph people, but I can honestly say that extended exposure and learning off-camera flash have been my favorite things to do so far.  I love learning new things and these were some of my best memories of 2012:

My 1st niece finally got teeth!  She is such a doll and we love that she is talking so much now, too.

This was my first time trying to capture lighting and it was a challenge, but a blast!

If I could live in a NICU and just photograph babies, I think I would

This family was a blast and I knew they would be up for a little photoshop fun

This puppy was a challenge, but finally sat in the midst of the train tracks where we wanted him!

My co-teacher and his family are a blast. I just adore them.
Niece #2 turned one, so we did a little cake smash and shoot for her. She has the best eyes ever!!  These are not enhanced at all
OFF CAMERA FLASH!  Loved learning this new technique on this shoot...

Extended exposure with my brother and his girlfriend.  Another fun night of breaking out the camera for something new. This was our first try and it ended up being the best!

If I could have a studio, I probably would. In the meantime, I do mini-shoots in my front living room and these kids were adorable and willing to try anything with props

From my first wedding of the summer - a touching moment

I actually climbed INTO THE POOL to get a couple of these pictures and my cousins (the owners of the pool) said I was completely crazy to be taking my equipment in there.  But, I'm a little crazy, and I'm always up for a challenge! 
I love details.  If I could make my living being a 2nd shooter at weddings, I think I would. The plants in the corner at this small garden wedding were just a part of this setting (not the actual wedding flowers), but the purple caught my eye, so I decided to pounce.