All Girls & A Struggle

June 11, 2009

Today was a day of ALL girls, and even with all that estrogen in my house, everything was relatively calm. :)   It was supposed to be a swim party day, but due to the crazy thunderstorms, it ended up being an inside-the-house-playing-with-toys day.  And it was FUN!!!!  The Moms got to talk quite a bit, and the kids just played and played.  Kasen did really well sharing all of her toys . . . . well, at least what I saw. LOL  Of course, that could have been a whole different story when I was in a different room!!  Let’s just hope that she behaved herself when I didn’t have a watchful eye on her. ;)

After several hours, I decided to see if I could take some shots of the girls in my studio.  I have really been struggling with this aspect of my life.  Since our new baby boy is almost here – due in less than TWO weeks – YIKES! – we have run out of room.  The guest bedroom/play room is now our little boy’s room.  Everything in that room had to go somewhere and the only logical place is my in-home photography studio.  It is one of the biggest rooms since it’s our front living room.  So, what that means is that my studio will be coming down. :(   That room will now be our guest bedroom/play room.  We’ll be putting the studio equipment away somewhere.  Brad tells me that I can pull it out whenever I want, but if you’re a Mom of a baby/toddler/young child, you all know what that means.  It just won’t happen.  It IS a lot of stuff.  In my last ditch effort to utilize my studio equipment, I took shots of the girls today.  I didn’t get shots of all of them, but there’s still time, before the equipment is lost in some dark hole somewhere.  I can’t even tell you how much I’ll miss having that easily accessible.  Maybe someday we’ll have enough room to take full advantage of  it once again.  I sure hope so, it’s definitely my passion.  It’s nice to have a hobby/business that totally makes you happy.  *sigh*   someday . . . someday . . .

Well, just look at these two cuties and then you’ll see why photography warms my heart.

Here’s adorable Helen – we had a lot of fun in the studio, just the two of us.  I don’t get to spend a lot of time with Helen because she plays by herself so well and she seems SO quiet . . to me.  Well, it was great to talk and laugh with her, and she took direction incredibly well.  She was cracking up, but I happened to catch this tender moment and I have to say it’s my very favorite of the bunch. :)

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Next is  Sofia – what a sweetie.  Now I REALLY had to work for smiles from her at the beginning, but the more I took, the more she relaxed and had a great time.  Kasen was even trying to make her smile.  She was making goofy/silly faces behind my head to get Sofia to crack a smile.  Sofia gave me the most serious face and said, “She is not making me happy.” LOL  Sofia’s Mom took Kasen off to play and just let me take pics of Sofia with no one around.  That’s when Sofia really came alive.  She told me “You’re taking a lot of great pictures.” LOL  I hope so Sofia, I hope so.  Oh yeah, I tried to get her to put a different outfit on, or a different hat, and it was a definite “No.”  Yep, she definitely knows what she wants. ;)

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See ya’ later!!

P.S.  I almost forgot.  We got a call yesterday and “K” is 1 centimeter dilated.  However; the doctor doesn’t think she will deliver really soon . . .whatever that means.  She’s due in less than two weeks, that’s REALLY soon to me. LOL  Sooo, that’s all I know for now, still waiting and waiting and waiting.  I’ll let you know if any more news comes our way. :)

Jeanette: I am so sad that you have to give up your studio. I had a dedicated watercolor studio that I shared with three other women. That was the only time I painted on a regular basis. I can't imagine trying to tear down and put up your huge lighting and backdrop equipment. That said, I feel lucky we got to be there and have you shot our kids. Sophia just radiates. As for Helen, of course I am bias but I love the look you captured. She has become so self conscious when I try to get her I can never capture the natural sweet look you got. I also think you made her feel very important spending one on one time with her. She looks so content and happy.

Nicole: Awe, I just love these shots! I'll be very sorry to see your studio go (temporarily)...