See - Sunday Best

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Harrison at 11 Weeks

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Harrison is almost 3 months old! How crazy time flies. His post is a bit late because of my virus, but he has sure made some strides this week.  His sleeping has been getting better and better. He has been giving me 2 and 3 hour naps and has consistently slept 6+ hours before his first feeding at night.  It has been so nice.  Apparently sleeping 5 hours or more is considered sleeping through the night, so I guess he's there.
*All of this was true before I got sick and had let him sleep in my arms all day and most of the night because I had zero energy, and has since had terrible sleep until today when he started napping like normal again.*

He has started to enjoy tummy time and all of a sudden seems to realize that he can lift his head up higher and look around while doing it.  It was like a switch one day and he likes it now and it is so nice having that time with him happy on his tummy.  I can't wait til he plays like that!

This little boy is sure finding his voice even more the past week or so.  He is babbling away most of the time he's awake and has started getting higher and higher pitched with his little shrieks.  It's hilarious to listen to and if he was more consistent with it, I'd get it on video.  He is laughing more and more like a real person and we love to do anything we can to make that happen.

He is fascinated by his toys now and loves to grab them and put them into his mouth. He also loves his play mat and successfully sets off the music pretty regularly.  He laughs whenever the music starts, which is so fun.  I love that he's getting to be so independent with grabbing and playing and I feel like I can run to switch the laundry without him crying while I'm gone.

He definitely loves his Papa and lights up like crazy whenever Jesse comes home.  It's actually hard if he's about to go down for a nap then because he so clearly doesn't want to sleep once he knows he can play with  Dad.  It is so fun to see them interact and I know Jesse can't wait til he's older and they can throw balls to each other!

See - Yawn

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My apologies on being absent for the past few days.  I'm only just now starting to feel better after 3 days of a nasty stomach bug.  I am so appreciative of having such an easygoing little boy.  He gave me 3 very easy days of lots of sleep while I could barely lift him and couldn't even hold down water. This being my first time experiencing sickness with an infant, I am grateful to be living at my parents' house where I could ask for help whenever I needed it.  It is amazing how different it is when you have someone else to take care of when you can barely take care of yourself.  Normally I'd be able to sleep it off and not eat if I didn't want to.  This time, I had to be awake and forcing myself to drink as much as I could so that I'd be still producing enough to feed him.  It added so much stress and worry to an already unpleasant time, and I am so glad to be almost done with feeling terrible.  Hopefully by tomorrow I'll be eating normally and will have my strength back enough to take more pictures of this adorable boy.
cell phone image

This Week in Instagrams

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

 love having a drawer of clean diapers//cute boy
 do you even lift?//he was so scrawny! I want another baby!
we love heading to wegmans//he loves to be up and looking around

See - Standing

Saturday, March 23, 2013

He loves to stand up any chance he gets!

Together - Saturday with Dad

Saturday, March 23, 2013

This boy sure loves his Papa. 
He saves his best smiles for him and I am so happy they already have this special relationship. 
We both love the weekend when we get Jesse for the whole day!

See - Early Morning Light

Friday, March 22, 2013

Barely opening the drapes in the morning to change the diaper but not wake daddy. 

See - Wispies

Friday, March 22, 2013

I love his little long wispies. 

See - Naked Tummy Time

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I can't wait until he starts to like being on his tummy. We tried it in the nude today to see if that helped. 

It didn't. 

This Week in Instagrams

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

love this cutie//getting some video with my gear
boycotting this weather//maybe he will have curls? (spitup hair)
new shirt//masked man 
(jesse's friend saw the first picture and suggested I photoshop a mask 
onto Harrison, and so I thought, why not make one? He LOVES wearing it)
he calms down when I put on his secret identity//adorable sleeping boy
love these boys//can't wait for spring
lil reader//cant.stop.kissing.this

Learn - Lenses

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lenses can be a bit confusing if you don't know exactly what you're looking for, so I thought I'd share some information and my experience with buying and using lenses. I shoot Canon, so I have only used Canon brand lenses, but there should be a Nikon equivalent for most of these.

First up: 50mm f1.4

This lens will run you about $300-350 and is well worth that amount, in my opinion. There is a cheaper and a more expensive version as well.  The cheaper version is usually around $100 and is a great first lens purchase after using a kit lens (the lens that usually comes with your DSLR).  I started out with the f1.8 (the cheaper one) and ended up upgrading within a few months because I loved the lens so much but wanted the better lower-light capabilities and faster focus of the mid-range version. The 'nifty fifty' is a portrait lens and is what is called a fixed lens.  It does not zoom in or out, so you have to move your feet when you want more or less in the frame.  These fixed lenses tend to be a bit faster to focus than a zoom and usually allow you a larger aperture (smaller f-stop, more light) than a zoom can.  The cheaper 50mm is f1.8 and the more expensive one is f1.2L (around $1400).  The 'L' on the f1.2 L means that it is a Canon Glass Lens, and all their finest, top-of-the-line lenses are L series. 

Next: 85mm f1.8

This lens is another go-to lens for many photographers and is usually around $400.  This lens is another amazing portrait lens that has the ability to create gorgeously smooth and blurry bokeh.  I am in love with this lens but I don't use it as much as I should.  The focal length allows you to have some distance from your subject, giving them space to relax a bit.  It can be impossible to use if you are in too small of an area, like a smaller home studio, so I find that it's best for me to use it outside where I can take a few more steps back from the subject.  Basically the lens can't focus if you're too close. For example, I can't take a self portrait by holding the camera out and pointing it at my face because that's too close for the camera to be able to focus on me. This is another fixed lens, so you can't zoom, but these few limitations aren't anything if you can get such creamy beautiful images from it.  Definitely a step up from the 50mm.  And again, there's a Glass series version, the f1.2 L, that is about $2k. 

24-70mm f2.8 L
This is one of those great Glass lenses I've mentioned, and is my go-to lens for family portraiture.  It is a zoom lens, which is great for kids running toward you (it happens a lot).  It also allows me to get in closer and farther out without moving around so much. The range of this lens is 24mm to 70mm.  Anything below a 35mm, with a full-frame sensor camera like my 5D Mk II, is considered wide-angle.  So when I set my focal length all the way to 24mm, there will be a bit of distortion around the edges, which should be taken into consideration depending on your subject.  For example, you won't want to shoot wide-angle close on someone's face, or it will distort them in an unflattering way.  Zooming in to 70mm will get you between the 50mm and 85mm, which is a great length for portraits and for getting closer to details.  I use this lens for some of the little bits on my newborns because I am able to get in closer while not having to use my macro attachment which only allows so much in the frame.  This lens is a great lens for families or if you have kids because it allows you some flexibility in your positioning and lets you get different shots and crops without moving.  This lens will run you about $2100 on amazon.  

Wide Angle and Macro attachments
These great attachments are a steal at $50.  I got them as a Christmas present a few years ago and didn't really use them until recently because I didn't understand how to use them at first. In my experience, the macro attachment works best on a fixed lens and you have to get surprisingly close in order to be able to focus.  You also want to set your aperture much higher or else you won't have enough space in focus and it will just appear blurry and foggy.  I like to use the macro attachment with my 50mm and set the aperture to between f5 and f8, as much as the light allows.  I am so glad I had the macro attachment after Harrison was born so I was able to get pictures of all of the tiny details I never want to forget. Since then, I've used them in some of my client sessions and I think it's great to be able to add those things into the client gallery.  They're great shots to take while you're waiting for the baby to settle down into a deep sleep.  I haven't used the wide-angle attachment because I don't have a ton of use for that feature, but once we buy a house I plan to use it for some house pictures since I'll be able to get most of the room into the frame. 

Here are some sample images to give you an idea of the focal length and distortion.  All are taken from the exact same spot except the macro images.  



24mm (on the 24-70mm)

70mm (on the 24-70mm)

Wide Angle attachment (notice the distortion around the edges and how the window seems to curve)

Macro attachment set at f2.8 (a little fuzzy)

Macro attachment set at f8 (a lot crisper and clearer)

Watch - Giggles

Monday, March 18, 2013

Harrison at 10 Weeks

Monday, March 18, 2013

Harrison is 10 weeks old and growing like a weed. He is getting a lot more hair in and currently has a good layer of fuzzy hair that I love to rub my face on.  He is getting a nice bald spot in the back from sleeping though, and I can't wait til that fills in.  He is getting better at sleeping and has been pretty consistent about giving me 5-6 before his first feeding at night, which is really nice.  His napping has been a lot better lately and his spitting up has gone down a ton since I stopped eating dairy.  I had some cheese the other day and the next day he was projectile puking all day, so I think it's pretty clear that he at least has an intolerance.  

He has started to giggle and laugh on occasion the past few days and it is amazing. I can't wait til we can hear that adorable sound all the time. I can't get over how happy he is! He is really starting to love the play mat and the toys above his bouncy seat and has started to grab his rings and put them in his mouth.  He definitely recognizes Jesse now and when he gets home Harrison is so excited.  He also calms down if he's upset when he hears Jesse's voice.  I love that he already loves his daddy!

See - Window

Monday, March 18, 2013

Milk Drunk

Monday, March 18, 2013

Read - You are my I love you

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I recently discovered this beautiful poem and I am in love with it. It perfectly details the intimate relationship between parent and child.  I am definitely going to frame this in my home.

You are my I love you
by Maryann K Cusimano

I am your parent you are my child
I am your quiet place, you are my wild
I am your calm face, you are my giggle
I am your wait, you are my wiggle
I am your audience, you are my clown
I am your London Bridge, you are my falling down
I am your Carrot Sticks, you are my licorice
I am your dandelion, you are my first wish
I am your water wings, you are my deep
I am your open arms, you are my running leap
I am your way home, you are my new path
I am your dry towel, you are my wet bath
I am your dinner you are my chocolate cake
I am your bedtime, you are my wide awake
I am your finish line, you are my race
I am your praying hands, you are my saving grace
I am your favourite book, you are my new lines
I am your nightlight, you are my sunshine
I am your lullaby, you are my peek-a-boo
I am your kiss goodnight, you are my I love you

See - Green

Sunday, March 17, 2013

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