I entered Hayden into a blog Christmas photo contest. [Edited to add: He didn’t get enough votes to win but I still think he’s cute! This is the photo I entered of him:
First off, today is Hunter’s 2nd birthday!! (Nov 6th) My sweet boy has made me his “mama” for 2 years. He’s growing so much verbally – can pretty much repeat anything we ask him to and is starting to string 2 word sentences together! This is big news for Hunter since he’s been speech delayed up until now. Go Hunter! This year we laid low and didn’t throw him a birthday party. Mostly because my weekends are now full of sessions and editing and well, one more thing to add to the mix would be too much for me. Next year I’ll make it up to him with a big ol’ birthday bash. He did get a bike and 30 cupcakes (Sams!) and a big elmo face balloon (the thing was ten bucks!). Not too shabby. He’s also getting presents from family and friends as we see them.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of doing a swap photo session for another Austin photographer. That was fun! They live in the Hill Country and own a 20 acre ranch. Their little 22 month old cowboy was super cute and energetic! Here’s a sneak peek!
I’m sooooo excited! I got a new camera!!!!!! A Canon 5D!!!!!!! (Yep, I made the switch from Nikon to Canon!) I have been WANTING this camera for at least a year and now that it’s sitting here on the table next to me, I have to pinch myself every so often because it’s seriously a dream come true for me! I played around with it today and wow, the full frame sensor is incredible! I can see, I can see! I’m trying to memorize where all the buttons are, menu options, and don’t even ask me how to use my new Canon 430EX speedlight flash – OMG that thing confuses me! (My old Nikon SB400 had an on/off button – that’s it!) My new 430EX flash has all sorts of buttons and when you put it in M mode, you get mucho over exposure! Maybe I’ll finally embrace natural light photography after all. I also got a spiffy new lens for my new camera – a 50mm 1.4 USM lens! With all this new technology at my fingertips – I have got a lot to relearn in a short amount of time (my next session is tomorrow, Sunday at 4pm!!)
This image is soft because I had my new 50mm lens almost all the way open but will you LOOK at Hayden’s eyes…
I big puffy heart my new camera! Puffy puffy hearts everywhere.
Well, it looks like the winner of the Portrait Party contest is Baby Flower & Bee by a landslide! Thanks to everyone who voted for our contestants!! I hope everyone scored lots of candy tonight! It’s 12:30am and I’m about to go to bed but wanted to post one more storyboard of Hayden and his blue monster costume before I pack it away forever…
Today is the sneak peek day for our first Costume Portrait party! We had some major cuties come to our house to get photographed – I’m sure you’ll agree! With 2 sets of twins and a 1-1/2 year old (plus my two boys) – our house was hopping! Kudos to Daddy who helped greet our guests and watched the boys while Mommy was busy photographing these sweeties…
It’s time to vote!
Please vote for your favorite today! Contest ends tonight (10/31/2008 at midnight)! Be sure to invite your friends & family to vote too! Updated prize: The winner will win 5 hi-res images from their paid session! Good luck!
Enjoy your sneak peeks! Your galleries will be ready by early next week!
2.5 months old – (Miss Z & Miss B) – “Baby Flower & Bee”
18 Month old – (Miss L) – “Adorable Pumpkin”
7 month old Twins – (Miss G & Miss L)- “Thing 1 & Thing 2 from Dr. Suess”