Kelly & Katie (Sisters, Part 1)

The newest set in my new(ish) "relationship series" include these two beautiful sisters. I'm breaking their shoot down into two blog posts since 1- I got so many good photos of them, and 2- We did a few totally different things in their shoot. Be sure to check back tomorrow for part 2!


Recent Articles + Something New

I have a few recent articles out that I'd love to share with you…

How to make two different photo crafts/activities- Lacing cards and photo puzzles!

And something totally different from what I normally write about, this article is on Natural Ways I Keep My Family's Immune System Strong.

And, not an article, but a new little side project I've been working on…. A friend and I recently started a new Parent and Kiddo group in Cobb County. If you live in the area, be sure to check it out HERE. It's totally free to join and we have some really awesome events coming up! (I've also been doing the branding and design work for the group which has been fun to get back into!)


The Best Starter (Toy) Cameras For Kids: From Birth - 5 Years

A few years ago I wrote an article for the site Offbeat Families (it was called Offbeat Mama back then), on the best cameras for kids. I covered different types of working cameras, both film and digital options, such as kid-specific cameras (i.e. "built kid-tough"), used or refurbished cameras, and other "fun" options like Lomo cameras. Of course, it's easiest these days just to hand your kid your camera phone, but there's multiple reasons why giving them their own camera is more beneficial.

If you enjoy photography and are hoping to get your child into it too, here's my step-by-step recommendations for which cameras to get your little one from birth to about age four to five (at that point, I think they're probably ready for one of the cameras listed in that previous article).

Wooden Toy Cameras- These are typically handmade and are great for infants and young toddlers. Wood has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, so it's a great material for teething babies! This particular camera also has moving parts on it (the lens has two parts that spin, and there's another spinning piece around the "shutter release"), which aides in fine motor development. A good place to purchase one of these is on Etsy. 

Vintage Plastic Toy Cameras- These are my favorite for toddlers because they are bright and colorful, have moving parts, and often have different little "activities" built in. All of that means they are able to hold a busy toddlers attention for a little bit longer. Some have spinning color wheels, turning "flash cubes", rotating picture stories, or even require more "real life" action, such as loading the film cartridges, advancing, pushing the shutter release, and removing the "picture". These actions help toddlers learn cause and effect while having fun. Added bonus, a lot of us (now parents) grew up with toy cameras like these, so it's a fun bit of nostalgia for us too. These types of cameras can be found in antique stores, on eBay, Etsy, at yard and estate sales, and even sometimes in thrift stores.  

Real Kids Cameras- These are great for kids that are getting the concepts involved with taking real photos, like purposefully taking a photograph of something specific, and framing. These may be digital or film cameras, but are fun enough to keep their interest, and actually take a real picture. This helps to get some creative juices flowing, learn cause and effect, and get a new skill under their belt. These can be found in numerous places including toy stores and various sites online.



The newest set in my new "relationship" series. This cute couple has been married for about seven months now, and I was so excited to get to shoot them on their recent trip down south!


Friends (Ages 1 and 4)

I'm finally working on a new personal project! The general theme I'll be exploring this year is "relationships"* (artist statement and official series title to come at a later date).

These two cuties are ages 1 and 4, and are great friends. You might also liken their relationship to "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" status, as much as you could actually be BF and GF at those ages. You've probably seen both of them many times before if you're a frequent reader here, but this is the first time with them together.

I'm excited about this new series and hope you'll come back and check in to view new shoots as they happen!


Gemma Grows, Part 9

Since we're past the 1-year mark now, I've reduced the "Gemma Grows" shoots down to one every two months. So, here's her 14 month photos. Happy Holidays!