Archive for March, 2010

I JUST found out – this beautiful client portrait won an award for best (tasteful) boudoir portrait!

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Crying baby?

March 31, 2010

I myself was blessed with a very fussy baby and I know it can be trying – REALLY trying… take heart :)  Guest blogger Whitnie, shares her advice!

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After the most wonderful day of our lives, our little girl’s birth, my husband and I realized very quickly that we were blessed with an ‘easy’ baby. She didn’t cry other than when she was hungry, rarely cried when she was sleepy and never a peep with a dirty diaper. Then our 6 week appointment was approaching and we started noticing a few things. She was having trouble with acid reflux and began to be ‘fussy’. In the morning and afternoon, she was the greatest baby in the world but around 7pm, every night, she would cry uncontrollably for approximately one hour. You could set your watch to it. We did find that her 7pm fits didn’t observe the time change but after that hour she was cooing, laughing and back to our happy baby.

For a while, I refused to give in and call it colic. Here’s the deal with colic: they don’t know what causes it or how to prevent it. A simple internet search can point you in the direction of some tried and true interventions to help alleviate symptoms by other moms who have gone through this wonderful, obscure disease process. What worked for us? Holding, bouncing and walking around with her. It wasn’t until the last few weeks of her 7pm fits that a friend told us to take her outside. What a difference. If I had to do it over again, I would try this first! If you’re going through this and are at your wit’s end, take comfort knowing that your little one will outgrow it. People told me this and, no, it didn’t make me feel better. After all, my baby was crying and she sounded like she was in pain. Well wishes and encouragement from a stranger did nothing. How could they possibly know what we were going through? For us, once Harper turned 4 months old (and I mean almost to the day) she stopped. Just like that. Over. Done.

My advice? When they’ve been crying and you don’t know what else to do, try to remember their smile and laugh. Replay these in your mind over and over and over and over…
**Keep an eye out for advice on soothing babies and getting them to SLEEP that I use right here in the studio!

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Amber: My daughter used to do that. We called going outside her "magical off switch." She's now 2 and if she starts to get fussy, outside is still the magical cure. ;) And the important thing to remember is even if your kid is in pain, and you can't do anything about it, they are being held and loved and know they are not abandoned. The pain will eventually cease and they will never remember it, but the bonds of trust they are forming in you and your willingness to love them through pain are something they will keep with them.

I am hosting a fun 5 day challenge for all you attached ladies…
there will be 5 activities posted here to mix it up in the ol’ marriage/relationship department (I’ll be participating too).

Sign up just by letting me know on the facebook page (about 1/2 way down the page you’ll see posts)!  And then participate in each of the activities!

There will be prizes (in addition to your happier relationship)
Think…

  • photo session for you (not the kiddos this time)
  • a copy of the book titled “The Husband Project” which has a full 21 days of activities to recapture the romance that made you fall in love :)


More about The Mini “Luv Your Man” Challenge

I’ve been married for 12 years and I will be the first to tell you – it ain’t always easy.  BUT during one of our more challenging times I read several books like this one and put them into practice and realized how easy it CAN be to put the marriage back on the front burner and start cooking again.  (And I realize this is not always true but…)  I also realized it works much better when not practiced in “emergency mode”!  So let’s don’t delay and get started with the fun…

Return the fun!  and recapture the romance that made you and your husband fall in love in the first place.  Written by Kathi Lipp, a book titled “The Husband Project” provides 21 days of fun (and quick) activities to show love and honor to your husband.  For our mini “Luv Your Man” challenge, you commit to do fun and flirty things for 5 days – things like love notes on the bathroom mirror or a simple word of praise – and you’ll check in to let me know that you completed the task – maybe even discuss or brainstorm new ideas for others to try!

For the sake of not being distracted by the holiday… we will start the challenge on the Tuesday after Easter and I’ll email participants that we’ve started posting.  Tasks will be posted both on the facebook page and my blog and we can even arrange for you to get notices if you are afraid you’ll forget!

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Birthday celebration!

March 29, 2010

It’s my birthday (you’ll have to do some research to see how old I am) – but I always like to do a little something fun…

So I am giving away $36 gift cards to those that send me the most original, creative, hilarious birthday wishes by the end of the day…  I’ll have 1 winner for every 5 that send one!

Can’t wait!

Post it to the facebook fan page (or send via email)

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12 days old

March 24, 2010

Calm, beautiful baby boy – what better present for daddy’s birthday than a brand new baby and a calm and quick photo session!?
I am reminded of one of the many reasons I love my job – who wouldn’t love playing with babies – but I also love meeting the parents.  It is the most exhausting and trying time in their lives when they come to see me for a newborn session (and sometimes the session is even more exhausting for all of us), but it is also the most exhilirating and happy.  I sit and admire mom and dad working together to calm a baby or laughing about how little sleep they had last night and many times marvel at the palpable love in the air – for each other, for their little one  – and I just think “now that’s a good daddy and mommy” and how many times in this world do you have that thought pop in your head!?  I LOVE my job!
**Oh yeah – and any day where I escape getting peed or pooped on is a bonus for me**

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cathy hill: The most beautiful and creative pictures I've ever seen, but I'm his grandma and he'd be beautiful no matter what you did.

admin: I agree :)

Allison: What a cutie!!! Love the pictures!

Amber: He looks like an angel!

Aunt Nae: Awww he's too cute for words. Adorable pics. Proof that God is good.! How can you not look into the face of a baby and let all your troubles fade away. I know you two will be great parents and I'm so happy for you both!

Steve Clifton: Great looking baby. Must have got his looks from his uncle Steve. haha

Maternity peek

March 23, 2010

Sneak peeks from maternity session for a spring mama :)

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6 mos sneak peek

March 18, 2010

so serious – but oh so cute :)  this little one thought photo sessions were serious business so we didn’t get much smile – but a whole lotta cute is all right too!

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Teeny Tiny Baby E

March 18, 2010

Baby E gave us a run for our money during this newborn session … but gosh is she darling!  (I think she will use that to her advantage pretty soon :)  )  She’s so tiny – you’d never think she is 2 months old!

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Facebook Fan Event!

March 17, 2010

Fans on Facebook are specially invited to the  St Patty’s Day Disappearing sale!

For the next short while you can buy your weekday session for only $25!
(That’s $100 pot o’ gold my friends!)

Visit Life’s Images on Facebook to participate!

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I am a family photographer and would love to include topics on the blog to round out all these pictures of beautiful mommies, babies and families…  so I am inviting you to submit articles for Life’s Images blog!

I’ll accept articles, stories, etc that will be of interest to expecting and growing families.   For instance I am working on one to get those babies to sleep!!

GUIDELINES

  1. Write for the blog – don’t submit a mass-produced article
  2. Make sure it is your work :)  If you find a helpful article somewhere else let me know and we will see if we can get permission to share it!
  3. Please submit your work with your byline and a link to your website/blog if you have one (facebook is good too! because we will share it there as well)
  4. I’d like posts to be brief (about 100-500 words) but if there is something great that needs more detail, submit it and we will see!
  5. I reserve the right to select content based on relevance to readership and edit before I publish so it is in-keeping with other published content.

SUBMISSION

Submit material for guest post to debi @ lifesimages[dot]com.  By submitting you are agreeing to guidelines and declaring that the work is your own unless otherwise stated.

Please do not send any attachments. Put your submission in the body of an email message.

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