Weekly Comparison: Baby 1 (Elle) and Baby 2

Here’s as good of a side-by-side as I am going to get today while I have had the time to work on this.

Baby 1: 32 Weeks, 2 days

Baby 1: 32 Weeks, 2 days

Week 32

Week 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby 1: 34 Weeks, 3 days

Baby 1: 34 Weeks, 3 days

Week 35

Week 35

Baby 1: 36 Weeks

Baby 1: 36 Weeks

Week by Week Pregnancy: In Case You Needed Proof

I have taken photos every week throughout this pregnancy – I didn’t even do that for Elle.

In case you needed proof, here you go…All 35+ weeks in all their glory.

 

 

Week 7

Week 7

 

Week 8

Week 8

Week 9

Week 9

 

Week 10

Week 10

 

Week 11

Week 11

 

Week 12

Week 12

 

Week 13

Week 13

 

Week 14

Week 14

 

Week 15

Week 15

 

Week 16

Week 16

 

Week 17

Week 17

 

Week 18

Week 18

 

Week 19

Week 19

 

Week 20

Week 20

 

Week 21

Week 21

 

Week 22

Week 22

 

Week 23

Week 23

 

Week 24

Week 24

 

Week 25

Week 25

 

Week 26

Week 26

 

Week 27

Week 27

 

Week 29

Week 29

 

Week 30

Week 30

 

Week 31

Week 31

 

Week 32

Week 32

 

Week 33

Week 33

 

Week 35

Week 35

Sweet Boy: Photos with Nolan

I spent some time with Molly and Nolan yesterday and we snapped these sweet photos. These are my favorites from the day. Certainly still learning – anyone with ANY insight into how to get better, I’m all for it.

But, with such a cute boy it was a fun shoot and the suspenders and his belly just make me laugh!

The 50 mm 1.8 Lens

I bought myself a new lens for my Nikon D5000 kit camera.

My parents got me the camera last year for Christmas and I LOVE it. I’ve always fancied myself a photographer. And I met Amie Akers when she took infant photos of Elle in early November. Between that visit and our new friendship on Facebook (why not?!) she recommended I get this new lens.

It’s aNikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens for Nikon digital SLR cameras and I got it from amazon.com.

 

Well, my before and after photos should speak for themselves. I’m still trying to figure out quite how to use it to its best use…but I LOVE some of the photos I captured already with it, that were featured on this year’s Christmas card!!

For your viewing pleasure, here are the ones I used:

…and here were some runners up that still make me smile!!

As I’ve started to look around for great sources for learning how to take great photos of Elle and the folks I love, here are some sites worth sharing:

MomTog

Digital Photography School

Clickin Moms

 

 

Nolan – Day Four

At it again, I was photographing Nolan, Molly’s new baby boy. He is so sweet and laid back like his Mom and Dad!!

This was definitely a quick shoot and it’s not as easy to move around my big old pregnant body, but I was happy with some of the shots we did get. Can’t wait to practice shooting him again – hopefully this week!!

In the meantime, constructive criticism, feedback and comments on anything I can do to take better photos next time, I’m all ears!

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Andrea’s Family Photos – September 2011

Took photos of Andrea’s family on September 23 – but haven’t fooled around with the pics much and didn’t feel very good about my abilities after this first family photo shoot in my repertoire. However, I’m sharing the photos here…I’m feeling a bit better about how some of the editing came out and am all for any feedback/suggestions/constructive criticism.

Shooting a family of four – and their dog – is definitely more of a challenge than professionals make it seem!

Enjoy!!

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The Successful, Beautiful Shower!

Yesterday’s shower was absolutely a hit! Jen and her mom, Janet, worked their tushes off to put the whole thing together and pull it off…all while, I swear, Jen had the worst-luck-week-ever. But, you never would have known it. The house and yard were beautiful and it was so great to have our first shower under the belt.

The generosity and thoughtfulness were incredible. From the cute, handmade bibs and burp cloths from Jon’s cousin, Laurie, to the car seat from Jon’s parents and the Little Orphan Annie framed poem that my Mom gifted…and on and on and on. It was all so special. You’ll see in the pictures in the gallery below. I tried to add in the captions so you can get some of the gist of the day that way. I have left out the pictures of the play by play…but we have filled up half a closet and about a quarter of a rather large dresser. We have the infant car seat and bases, a matching crib sheet, lots of cute, girly outfits, the bouncy seat (brown and pink butterflies, the one pink thing I’ve allowed myself to put on the list that’s a house-staple).

Anywho – here are some photos of a great day with Jon’s family at Jen and Rick’s house!

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Molly’s Maternity Session: Baby G

As we all know, most of my girlfriends are pregnant, too! Molly is due Sept. 20 and today was the day to make sure that we got a solid maternity photo shoot in. I feel like I’m much more ‘advanced’ in my skills than the first go-round with Andrea. So, I also spent some time getting to know the editing tools within my camera — and here’s the result. Most of these I edited, so you’re not seeing original, originals, but they’re really good if I do say so, for my amateur shooting self.

Enjoy, feedback (on the photo composition, not the subject who practically doesn’t even LOOK pregnant) is welcome!

So excited to meet Baby G in EXACTLY one month!!

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31 Weeks, 2 Days: Self-Portraits

Ok, I wanted to take some legitimate photos. I had about 2.3 seconds to get a couple in and I was just mainly playing around with light, camera position and my body angles and positions. Learned some things, which is good. Here are a few of my faves from this morning’s self-portrait session!

Please keep in mind that the focus-ing issues have more to do with the fact that I was using the self-timer, which runs all of 10 seconds, and running around the dining room to get into position, positioning myself, and trying to determine serious vs. smile all within that 10 second range. I don’t feel like my self-timed, self-potraits are all bad. Would get a lot easier with another set of hands to push the dumb camera button (Jon’s still in bed!).

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The Girls: A Better Glimpse

Not gonna lie, even looking back through these pictures it occurs to me: that wasn’t easy. Three girls across the spectrum of ages — a pre-teen, a toddler and an almost three-month old infant. Learned a lot from shooting them, though. Everyone needs to have a snack or at least a full tummy and coordinating outfits/planning ahead DOES make good sense. If given the chance, I’d definitely do a lot of things differently on my end. Thankfully the kids are cute — so that made the event not suck in the end.

Enjoy!

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