Monday, November 17, 2014

Holiday Photo Tips For Photos With Toddlers

This weekend I had many holiday photo sessions and many of those included at least one toddler. As we all know toddlers are unpredictable and not always the best listeners which can make photo sessions very stressful. I have compiled a few tips for helping the session go a bit smoother, albeit not perfect but any little bit helps in trying to get that perfect shot.

1 - Don't Over Plan. 
I have had parents come to me with laundry lists of poses and shots that wanted for their toddler and all this does is cause extra stress for the parents, the children and the photographer. While it is good to have a few ideas, parents need to realize their child might just want to run and not sit with his or her back against a tree. If we are so consumed with trying to make those photos happen we miss out on getting the carefree candids that were happening while your child was joyfully playing.

2 - Happiness Is A State Of Mind.
They smell your fear. If you are stressed and yelling and and freaking out over everything, they will feed off that and are less likely to cooperate. Try to keep it light and silly at least on the outside. If they see you are having fun, they will eventually want to join in the fun.

3 - Snacks (Okay Bribes) Are Good.
Do I believe in regularly bribing your child? No. But in some instances it can help. Many of the children I photographed today smiled when they were reminded they were being taken for icecream or lunch afterwards. If your child needs instant gratification, bring their favorite snack. Every time they sit or pose where they are supposed to they get some of their snack. This works wonders a lot of the time.

4 - Don't Be Afraid To Get Silly.
I had parents playing peek-a-boo behind me, others were singing their kid's favorite song, others dancing around like crazy and a lot of these tactics led to smiles.

5 - Go With It.
Photo sessions with toddlers are hard work and as I mentioned above, highly unpredictable so the best thing you can do is roll with the punches and do the best with that day's scenario. And I get it, that is easier said than done if your toddler is screaming his or her head off but what can you do?! You can get some crazy screaming photos and make a hilarious Christmas card. I swear the greatest Christmas card I ever got was two children screaming with a clever caption. Was it ideal for the parents? Probably not but I am sure they have a good laugh over it now.

I know there is no science to getting great photographs with your toddler but I am hoping these tips make things a little less stressful on your big photo day. Best of luck for getting great holiday photos this season!! xoxo

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Selfie Confessions

Selfies: Gorgeous photos one takes of themselves. Okay so maybe only like 1 in 50 is presentable at least for me. That is my confession: for every fabulous photo one sees of me there are at least 20 awful or goofy ones. My phone is chocked full of selfies and almost all of them look horrific, kind of like these gems below.

My other selfie confession is that every time my hair and makeup is actually done I find the need to take a selfie. It doesn't happen too often so I need to document that it even happened. So if you don't see any photos of me for a while you know I am just chilling in my PJS with thrown up hair and with blotchy makeupless face for days on end. Rock on! xoxo

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monster On The Way

Okay, don't get excited, the monster on the way isn't mine. I'm going to be an Auntie again come January and I am so excited. This past weekend we had a monster themed shower for my sister and I was thrilled with the outcome. As soon as we decided we were doing a monster theme, I picked up monster things whenever I came across them. It also helped that it was right after Halloween so monster stuff was available in plentitude. Here are some photos to check out the monster goodness my mother and I put together.

She was actually surprised!!
The onsie design station
Favor buckets!
Mike Wazowski wreath I made!
The adorable cake which was delicious!!
The diaper monster my hubby created!
The beautiful guest of honor!
The day was a bit chaotic but I believe a good time was had by all and I am happy that all the planning stress was well worth it. xoxo

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

DIY: Cute Monster Wreath

Time for a fun do it yourself project! This monster wreath is easy and can put a smile on anybody's face.

The supplies: a foam wreath, tulle, googly eyes and colored foam.

Cut tulle in approx. 12" strips in all colors desired.

Get a good amount all cut up.

Start double knotting strips around wreath and push "poof" downward into circle as shown above,

Do above step about half way around wreath.

Wrap one of the colors of tulle tightly around bottom half of wreath.

Cut some teeth out of white foam and hot glue them on back of wreath.

Cut a round piece of black foam and glue to back of wreath.

Add googly eyes to black foam.

I decided my wreath needed a little something more so I added pigtails. I bunched together tulle and used foam to hep me glue it down. I then tied bows around the two bunches of tulle.

My cute monster wreath!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Best Dad Ever, A Treasure Troll & Red Hair Reveal

My daughter has been talking about being Ariel for Halloween for weeks. This past weekend the family had a Halloween party and everyone got dressed up. My husband decided all on his own to be King Triton so he could be Ariel's dad. How cute!! Best part is that he constructed the costume all by himself, no bag costume here and it was a hit. Check out Ariel and her daddy!

So my husband wasn't the only one with a fabulous costume idea. My sister in law decided to be a treasure troll and I think she definitely won for originality. How can you not giggle when you see her costume.

What was I, you may ask? Nothing as cool as those two but I was a gypsy and got to rock my new red hair, which I love!! What do you think?! xoxo

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

And Then This Happened...

So I've had an extremely stressful few weeks, drowning in tutu orders while trying to entertain Liv, just biting off more than I can chew, as usual. But I am down to my last two Halloween orders and it feels fabulous to be almost caught up. Although it's time to get my shops in holiday mode. Ahhh!! Never ending but busy is good, right?!

My lack of sleep and stress levels have certainly had me at my wits end but the extreme kindness of some radio celebrities certainly renewed my energy and drive. I had sent the ladies of the Z100 morning show some of my pink crystal boho wraps to match their "Hello Lady" shirts for breast cancer and they were kind enough to give me some Insta shout outs. Ahhhh!! Check 'em out! Am I dreaming?!

Anyways if you are interested the gorgeous pink crystal boho wrap featured, I am donating 25% of the money made from that design towards breast cancer research. You can order it here. xoxo

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Decorating Tradition

I believe tradition is important. It gives you those little things to look forward to, little things you know that take place every year. One of our family's newer traditions is getting together to carve and decorate pumpkins. This year was fun as always and just a little more chaotic as the kids get a bit older. Here's a few photos from the afternoon and our glorious pieces of art.

Olivia hard at work
They mean business
Luke loves pumpkin fun!
Painting my pumpkin!
Group photo displaying our eclectic group of masterpieces!
So what about you, does your family get together to decorate pumpkins? And what did you create this year? xoxo