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Every family needs a great portrait to remember the years gone by, especially when the kid are young. This year we went out to a park in Paso Robles with Josh’s sister to take our photos. It was freezing and poor Caleb cried the whole time, but we were still able to take some amazing family portraits. Josh’s sister is not a photographer, but I helped pose us and guide her through taking the photos. With just a little guidance and some retouching the photos came out great.

Let me know if you want to learn how to take great portraits of your family. I’ll be teaching classes starting in 2013.

This year I had fun making gifts for my husband, Josh, on his first Father’s Day, as well as for my own parent’s.

At Christmas, Josh’s cousin gave us a gift wrapped in an old English newspaper. Josh and I both thought it was pretty cool, but I didn’t think it was worth saving. As I went to throw the newspaper away, Josh stopped me and said I should save it, maybe it would be a good matte for a picture frame. So, when I went to Micheals about a month ago and ran across a DIY frame kit the idea came to me. I used the DIY frame, the old newspaper and a lot of love to make his Father’s Day gift this year. Here’s how:

 What you need: DIY photo frame kit, wood letters, black paint, paint brush sheet of newspaper, hot glue gun, glue stick, photograph.

To make the frame, I started by painting the sides of the frame and the letters black. Then I glued the newspaper to the wood using a glue stick. Once this glue dried, I trimmed off the excess newspaper. Using the hot glue gun, I put the letters in place. Here’s the tricky part: I had to get Caleb to fall into a deep sleep. I put a medium amount of paint on the bottom of his foot and then pressed it onto the frame. The key is to get enough paint that it will transfer to the frame before drying, but not so much that you lose the details of his tiny foot. After that paint dried I just added the photo and a little had written note on the back. Super easy and cute!

For my mom I made signature tequila with accessories. To do this, I needed tequila, limes, a jar for my mom’s favorite salt and sugar mix and of course, agave nectar. I started by laying my son on his back on a white blanket and photographing him while he made silly faces at Josh. I cropped the photos tight around his face to use as the main logo for the tequila. Then I used Photoshop to layout the design for the labels. Once I printed them out, I simply cut the labels to size and taped them to the bottles. My mom loved her personalized margarita kit!

For my dad, I made an awesome flip-book with images on both sides. He’s been asking for a new wallet size photo of us that he can carry around so he can show off his new grandson. Now he has 10 wallet photos to show off!

If you have had a baby then you know that the stork really doesn’t drop them off at your doorstep. You did the hard work of carrying your little one around in your belly for nine months!

My maternity leave is finally over. While I’m happy to be back to work, I couldn’t help reminiscing about the last few months and all that lead up to having my baby.

During my 8th month of pregnancy I did what most expecting mothers do: I decided to take maternity portraits. And like most mamas, I too was concerned about showing off parts of body. I wanted photos of my baby belly, but how could I get those without showing my stretch marks and my Oprah’s (the flabby part under my arm-sorry Oprah)?

My husband and I went out to one of our favorite photography places for my lifestyle maternity shoot. Josh took photos from up above me, from low on the ground with me on my back, and from other angles that would show off my tummy and make me feel beautiful. I covered up my arms with a button up shirt so I could hide my imperfections but still show my belly.

One thing I learned is that it is really hard to get great photos of me and my hubby together when using the tripod to hold the camera. We kept running back and forth to press the timer. It was difficult and annoying. I wish we were able to get a few more images of the two of us together during  this special time.

I’m so glad I took the time for my maternity shoot. I love my photos and feel beautiful every time I look them. Plus, now I have awesome photos to show baby Caleb when he gets older and asks that dreaded question: Mom, where do babies come from?

 

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This is our sweet new addition to our family: Baby Caleb Logan Jordan. We had so much fun taking pictures in our living room with him.

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