These two little brown-eyed siblings stole my heart as we all walked down the tree covered lane.  She talked about her dolls that love vanilla ice cream topped with sprinkles…and he, he simply sucked on his thumb.Ooo, I just love thumb suckers.

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…it’s Friday.  Here is a little something to make you laugh.

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While it’s a little rainy today, a beautiful beach weekend is on it’s way. So grab your camera and have fun snapping pictures of your little ones using some of my tips for successful beach photography.

The Most Flattering Time of Day

You may have heard other photographers say the words “golden hours.”  What are they talking about?  The “golden hours”  are a couple of hours surrounding sunrise and sunset when the light is soft and not creating those harsh shadows that happen closer to noon. So most photographers photograph more towards the beginning and end of the day if possible. But that doesn’t mean it is impossible to photograph in the middle of the day… just a little more challenging because the beach doesn’t have any trees to provide shade and soften the strong rays.  All you need to do is be more aware of the sun’s location (keep reading..I will tell you more) :)

Personally , I like to photograph as close to sunset as possible.  The light is soft, very flattering and because the sun isn’t as harsh I know I won’t “blow out”- lose detail in the background

Spot Metering

But let’s say you are photographing at high noon.  What should you do?

Turn your camera setting to spot metering.  When you point your camera at your child, your camera will now tell you if you are under or overexposed based on the light needed for a correct exposure of their face.  So you can still take beautiful portraits…you just may not capture all of the detail behind them.  But in mu opinion the memory of them eating their first handful of sand is more important than the colors of the sea.

Place the Sun Behind

If it is closer to noon when the sun is harsh here is another tip.  Place the sun behind your subject and a little off to the side.  Go ahead and spot meter off of their face and take a beautiful portrait!  With the sun behind you won’t have to worry about harsh shadows on their face and noone will be squinting from looking into the sun.

P.S. Many times you can simply adjust your position rather than move your subject who may be busy at work on their sandcastle.

Sun Flare

Personally, I love me some sun flare-when the sun peaks it’s way into the frame of my camera and creates little splashes of light or even a small rainbow on the image.  It may take a little practice, but all you have to do is place the sun behind your subject and off to one side and then allow just a peak of the sun to enter into the frame of your camera.  Have fun…it’s unpredictably beautiful.

Details

Everyone loves a smiley picture, but don’t forget the details.  Like their toes in the sand, the little ringlets that form on their neck from the heat of the day, or their work of art-their sandcastle.

Step Back

Once you have those details, take a step back to capture the whole story- your little one, the beach, the sky, etc.

Overcast is Your Friend

We all love the beautiful cloudless beach days, but in terms of photographing overcast is your friend.  Why? Because the clouds soften the light meaning their are no harsh shadows.  You don’t have to worry about losing detail and can easily photograph throughout the entire cloud covered day.

Let Them Be

Don’t forget to capture the story- your child kicking in the waves or snuggling into daddy’s arms all wrapped in a towel.  These are special moments that you will want to remember alongside the smiles.  So let them be. In my opinion…don’t interrupt what is already special by asking them to say cheese.

 

 

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I remember laying in bed with severe morning sickness praying to God for strength to just get on and off the airplane.  Just days before, I remember calling my mom in tears.  My symptoms were getting worse and I didn’t think I was going to make it. She prayed with me and Matt held me when he got home, but to be honest I didn’t have much hope.

On the day we were to fly out we decided to at least attempt the journey and I am so glad I did…because God gave me strength and put my stomach at rest. And I made it to Florida!

No, I didn’t make it to the Disney parks…but I didn’t need Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, or a trip to Harry Potter World.  I just wanted to be with family.

I brought my camera, but it stayed in my bag most days while I rested poolside.  I did happen to catch just a few of my niece and one of my nephew playing in the pool. Their smiles and playfulness brought long overdue smiles to my face. O0o I just love my family and am so thankful for the time we had :)

P.S. For those who may be wondering, the morning sickness has left  since our trip back in March and I am now in my third trimester, as of today!

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This summer my husband and I have 4 summer weddings..two of which I will be rockin’ an 8 month baby bump!  After hours upon hours of online shopping at every maternity store from here to Japan to the UK, I finally found some stylish options.  There are some great classic options at gap and motherhood, but if you are looking for something a little out of the box…looky at what I found :)

1. Floral Blazer- Ruche  2.  Pink Fitted Dress- Motherhood  3. Coral Ring- Ruche  (ooo and go ahead and add a necklace or maybe a gold belt above your bump)

4.Pink Frosting Bangles- Ruche  5. Luminous Night Necklace- Ruche  ( as you can see I am loving the Ruche jewelry) 6. The Dinner Party Dress- Hatch (be prepared (you and your wallet) to fall in love with the entire Hatch collection)

7. Gold leaf dangly earrings- Target  8.  gold necklace- anywhere  9.  Magenta Swing Cami- ASOS (not a maternity dress…but don’t worry their is plenty of expansion room)

10. Polka Dot Dress- ASOS Maternity  11. Yellow Purse- Ruche  12.  Your favorite black heels

13. Coral Necklace- Ruche  14.  Coral Ring- Ruche  15. Black Jumper- Hatch (in love with this jumper)

 

Overall my two favorite maternity stores are:

ASOS Maternity– cute stylish affordable maternity clothing

Hatch– more expensive…and I am in love with just about everything

and for the must needed accessories…

Ruche

or Forever 21 and Target have some great costume jewelry

 

P.S. You can also shop at your favorite store for a flowy maxi dress

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