Misty Morning

A few weekends ago, I woke at 5am on a Saturday.

At 6 am I decided to head out and catch a sunrise.

Some people think that’s crazy, and I guess I am a little,

or maybe a lot of the time, but that is beside the point.

 I think waking up that early is usually worth it,

 it was on that particular morning.

When was the last time you watched the sun rise?

To see more of the images I took that morning or to purchase a copy, go to http://www.cmartinphotostl.com/ArtThroughMyEyes/Busch-Sunrise/

First Birthday Portraits – Ariella

This is our birthday girl, Ariella

This is Ariella with her brother Brady.

Let me tell you, to get either one of these sitting still for more than 2 seconds is quite the achievement!

So it was Ariellas first birthday and her mom took us all to the park where after a few pictures, she let Ariella play with her very own cake as is tradition in some families for a first birthday.

From here, I’ll just let the pictures tell the story. 

Nom, Nom, Nom, mmmmmmm.

“HEY! What are YOU doing here?”

Nom. nom, nom, nom, nom……mmmmmmmmmmmm (x 2)

And this is where the picture is blurry because I couldn’t help but laugh my butt off at the fun mess this little princess was making! This was all her doing, no help from us or her brother!

Thanks for joining in Brady!

Happy First birthday princess!

Miss Molly Turns One!

One of the things I love about portrait photography, especially newborn/children/family photography,

is watching families change through time.

I took little Ms Molly’s pictures a few weeks after she was first born and this was my personal favorite.

Blink your eyes and it’s one year later. Little Miss Molly is turning one and her mom and dad invited me to

take her 1 year pictures.

Oh how a year can change a baby!

And I love it that they have the same tradition for first birthdays that my family does.

What tradition is that? Give the baby their first piece of cake to do with what they please!

It’s so fun to watch them discover the texture and best of all, the taste of this sweet birthday treat.

After a few bites and a little finger painting with icing, she was done.

Off to the tub she went!

Happy first birthday Miss Molly!!

Family Shoot September 2011

I love doing family shoots, it’s fun for me to see the family interact and watch the little ones play. 

One of the challenges on family shoots is that the little ones, especially those under the age of 8 or 9, tend to lose patience quickly. These little guys were great, they got bored, but put up with one pose after another.

 

 Looks like a formidable trio here!

Thank you Jeff & Kristi for asking me to capture this time in your lives!  

The Family That Lived Outside My Door

I have been lucky to have a sweet family live outside my sliding glass door for the past several weeks.

I have watched their personal journey and felt at times like a giant gawker.

Here are the links to Post 1, Post 2, Post 3 and this is my last installment of the story of this miniature family.

I considered having a huge goodbye party like Oprah, but, well, didn’t want to detract any attention from her. After all, she had her show for 25 years, the Robirdsons haven’t been around quite that long.

When opening the squeaky screen door, one of the babies, who was considering leaving the nest, jumped ship so we were down to 3.

 

Then, just a day or two later, I could see that baby #2 was stretching his legs, trying to gather the nerve to make that big leap.

Then there were two. 

 While at work, the other 2 left. I came home to this:

We humans can become so self-absorbed that we, at times, forget about the other creatures we share this earth with. The Robirdsons are a family, different from ours yet the same. It truly makes me wonder if they are they more like us than we will ever know. After all, in the matter of a little over a month, the Robirdsons have had a family, cared for it, raised it and sent them on their way. It takes humans 20 years (more or less) to do the same thing.

I literally stare at my empty nest hanging outside my window and feel that bitter-sweet set of emotions. I miss seeing the little ones snuggling together all sweet and adorable and yet I know that this is what nature intends for every living thing.

Goodbye Robirdsons, thank you for sharing your precious family with me. Sorry if the goofy lady with the camera freaked you out at times but you reminded me that this world is full of wonders both big and small and they exist right in front of our eyes if we take the time to see them.

Thank you for that.

They’re Growing Up Quick

Days 5, 6 and 7 of the Robirdsons

If you missed it, here is my first post on the Robirdsons.

And here is my second post.

I will have one last post after this one about my little birdy family.

Seriously, I try so hard to stay away from this little family in my back window but I just love to watch them.

 Does this mean I need to get a life?

Um, nevermind, don’t answer that, it was a rhetorical question, I don’t think I really want to know.

 

These hungry little piglets seem like they grow by the hour.

 

We had a couple of days of damp and colder than normal weather and momma took her place on her nest in order to keep her babies warm.

 

I feel as though I am truly blessed having a front row seat to this little life event. 

 

 

It’s rare to see momma and pappa at the same time on the nest but I was happy to get the rare shot. 

Ok, now admit it, they are (finally) adorable!

 It’s getting close, I can feel it, they are getting old enough to go out on their own.

 

The Robirdsons – Day 4

 Here are a few pictures of the Robirdson Quads just 4 days after they were hatched.

If you missed my first installment of the Robirdsons, you can read it here.

Their feathers are starting to come in, and like human babies they eat and sleep a lot.

Notice in the picture below that Momma has a worm in her beak.

Momma and Daddy Robirdson fed them every half hour or so all day long. I am amazed at their stamina and dedication.

Dare I say they are approaching cute! 

My oldest daughter, now home from college for the summer, laughs at me everytime I climb on the kitchen chair to take pictures of these babies. She said “Mom, you are going to be crushed when they leave the nest.” I promptly explained to her with one daughter that goes away to college and is about ready to enter her senior year and another getting ready to go off to college, I am getting used to the feeling of my babies leaving the nest and am just enjoying them while they are here.

Wrangling Rascals

I recently had the opportunity to take 4 little rascals that have a strong hold on my heart, to the park for pictures.

Taking portraits of kids, any kids, can be a bit of a challenge at times.

Children are so full of energy!

 I’m one of those few million people who wishes I knew how to bottle that energy!

And so, you can’t expect when you have 4 bundles of energy, to get every shot just right.

I don’t care whether we’re talking kids, or adults, when you have more than one person, it can be difficult to get them to look the same direction, pose the way they should, smile at the same time, not blink, not scratch, I could go on and on and on,

but I won’t,

I’m sure you get the idea.

Oh and you also have to beware of those other pesky photographers! (Notice the upper right  & left corners?) Yes, they just stepped right into my frame. Not that I did that to anyone that day, no way, not me!

 (Sorry if I did!)

And then you always have the wise guy…or girl in this case.

Dang I love these kids!

Then, you get the photos that you came for, Cheesy smiles and all!

I was fortunate enough to get some pictures that captured their individual personalities. We have here a ball of energy & the slightly more subdued and reflective one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end was able to also take home a photo that shows the connection & comfort they have with each other.

 Thats a wonderful day.

Spring has Sprung!!!!

Well here in Mid Missouri, spring has sprung! Thank God!!!

It was a long winter and as much as I love all of the seasons, I longed for the warmth and the rebirth of the greenery and florals!!! This year, it seemed to go from cold to almost summer in the blink of an eye. Before we knew it, everything was blooming and I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who was disappointed with that (except for maybe the allergy sufferers!)

I found myself down in Forrest Park in St. Louis. What an oasis in the middle of city life!

I had a brief visit to the Jewel Box and here are a few of the samplings of what I came home with.

I LOVE tulips! They are so beautiful! I was in the middle of springtime, tulip Heaven!

This weekend is the St. Charles Spring Art Fair which I have been juried into.

And the forecast of rain this weekend, ALL weekend? AH, doesnt scare me!

 Who would be scared of a little stinkin rain? (right?) Not YOU surely!

So get out your umbrellas, your rain slickers, your rubber duckies & come visit me Rain or shine!