I LOVE photography! I am a total amateur but I think that’s okay. As a Mom it is super important to me to capture those memories to keep forever! I have studied a bit and practiced using my camera. Because I’m sure I’ll get asked…I shoot with a Nikon D5100 and used my prime 50mm lens for this shoot. Although I wish I could do so much more and be so much better at it, I love the images I have captured and the feelings that they invoke. We recently had our third baby. My husband is currently out of a job and money is very tight. I would have loved to go to a professional photographer and have his pictures taken just to save me the stress. But…I also LOVE coming up with ideas for photos and tracking down props and outfits for the shoot. When he was less than a week old and still super sleepy and so sweet, I took a day and spent a couple hours just enjoying him and taking his picture. I believe that whether you have a super fancy camera that you know how to navigate or just a simple phone camera, it is so important to take those photos and keep them. I know that I have such a poor memory and I absolutely love being able to look back over photos I’ve taken and REMEMBER! I will look back on these photos and remember his perfect, soft baby skin and wrinkles. I will remember the SMELL….oh how I love that new baby smell. I will see his HAIR…so much hair…and remember how soft it was and how funny it was to all of us that no matter what it would stick straight up. I will remember that it was just the two of us that day in a very warm, quiet house capturing a moment in time.
These costumes were so fun to put together and the kids LOVE them. After I got the final details all finished we decided to do a photo shoot. We spent some time and got hair and make-up done. SO MUCH PINK MAKEUP! Then we rushed out the door before it got too late and we lost light. We decided the park would be the perfect place for Mario and Princess Peach to hang out. The kids had fun playing and I enjoyed taking their pictures.
This is another Halloween costume idea from years past. I had found this super adorable spider costume online at The Children’s Place and had to have it for Levi. Unfortunately my order was returned because they didn’t think my address existed. We lived no where near a Children’s Place at the time, so I called my awesome sister-in-law and she ran to her store and found the only one left in his size, on sale for TEN BUCKS, and mailed it to me! Because I think matching costumes are the best thing ever I had to come up with something for Emma to match. I decided on Miss Muffet and was so happy when Emma agreed that it was a good idea. I called my mom and told her my dilemma. I needed a Miss Muffet costume but I posess no sewing skills. My mom happens to be an AMAZING seamstress! Emma wanted it in blue so Grandma whipped it up and sent it with the spider costume. I was blown away by how adorable it was!!! The package arrived the day before our first Halloween party. I have the best family ever.
We LOVE Halloween at our house! We had so much fun making these costumes and doing a little photo shoot. The best part? I spent under $15.00 for both! We used items that the kids already had and accessorized from there.