Wednesday, May 18, 2016

OAKLAND ZOO

Last Saturday we went to the Oakland Zoo for the first time.
The amount of different animals were in impressive but overall I wasn't too impressed with the animal pens. Nothing quite compares to the Woodland Zoo in Seattle.
Aubrey and I felt sorry for some of these animals!





 She's my cuddler












Saturday, May 7, 2016

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT

While Aubrey and Jared were working in the backyard on a Mother's Day gift I requested (a pvc backdrop holder) I was trying out some new backdrops and props with Harper. 
I haven't taken a lot of photos of her lately as she isn't normally very cooperative.
She hardly ever makes eye contact with the camera - without the camera she's fine!
I wasn't planning on taking any photos today but I had some ideas so I thought I would try them out and I managed to get a handful of photos of her out of it!

 I had Aubrey's old bed headboard and footboard in the garage and I had wanted to use it and make it look like she was sitting on a bed - I like how it turned out and how easy it was to set up.

 I just got this doll buggy and have used it for a newborn but I wanted to sit a child in it to see if it would work. It's kind of delicate and falling a part but she sat fine it, and it held up well!

I just got this floral backdrop. I've had this chair for a long time - since before Aubrey was born and have hardly used it. It's been rusting outside so I thought I'd bring it in and start using it!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

SWEET SHOPPE

 The other day I did a photoshoot using Aubrey's old play kitchen and so I thought I'd try and get some extra use out of the candy with the girls.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

WILDER RANCH STATE PARK

Back in the end of February we had some really nice weather so one Saturday we decided to check out a park that was just North of Santa Cruz called Wilder Ranch.
It's an old ranch that is now a park open to the public.

 We saw some chickens


Checked out the old barns.

  The original homestead

 These bushes were massive and had tunnels running all through them. I'm inside it looking out the top.



Then since were close by, we stopped at Natural Bridges beach in Santa Cruz after grabbing some lunch (and diapers because we didn't bring a single one!).



The water was cold, but she LOVED it.

JUST SOME CANDIDS

I felt like when Aubrey was Harper's age I had so much time to just watch her and take photos of her playing. So I took advantage of the day to try and take some photos of Harper just playing.
I try not to work at all on the weekends, so now I need to remember capture some of these moments.





Sunday, March 27, 2016

JUST FOR FUN

I took some photos the other night for a friend of her kids an this great little pedal car airplane and I managed to get a couple of Aubrey. It was a bit of gong show trying to get 5 kids in total to do some different poses together and individually, at dinner time (when the light was best) in the wind and cold but it was fun and I'm glad I got to use her little plane!


Thursday, March 10, 2016

HARPER'S FIRST BIRTHDAY

Prepare for photo overload!

Last Saturday we celebrated Harper's 1st birthday (even though it's today!).
We were going to have a BBQ in our backyard but we got rained out and somehow were lucky enough to have it at the Hotel! Jared got us one of the big suites and we stayed overnight
the night before. It was nice to be able to set up that night and then in the morning we
had breakfast in the room together and got ready.

Harper had a rough night's sleep and a short nap in the morning so she was not overly happy for her party! As soon as everyone left and I put her in her carseat she instantly fell asleep!

This is what Harper did during breakfast!
 
 Then it was time for a bubble bath in the Jacuzzi





The suite was pretty awesome and larger then our house so it was great for our party!
It had a foyer entrance, kitchen, bathroom and this large living/dining room.
Then through the open door on the right was our bedroom and bathroom - it was huge as well.
The colors of the room couldn't have been anymore perfect for the decorations I was planning to use!





She wasn't so interested in eating her cake, but shook it all over the place instead.





 She was soooo tired!

 I took these photos for her 12 month photos





Then the day after her party we did the cake smash/birthday photos: