Friday, September 26, 2014

Everyday Photos.

 Back before I started really learning how to use my camera correctly and opening my photography business, I took a TON of pictures of the girls.  I mean, a LOT.  I always just shot on "auto" mode and had no idea if the white balance was off, couldn't care less if they weren't perfectly in focus, & basically just enjoyed the pictures as they were, because I didn't really know any better.  

These are really the only non-iphone pictures I have of the girls from the Summer. (Besides studio pictures & vacations).  While they certainly aren't perfect, I sure wish I would have just let go of trying to make sure they were "perfect" and took more.  It's so much easier/quicker using my phone to take pictures (and I don't have to mess with any settings to make them "perfect".), but nothing beats the quality of an actual camera. 
 I absolutely love photography and how you can freeze a moment in time, & be able to look back on them and remember so many wonderful memories.  These pictures are all just of the girls around the house, doing the day to day stuff, but those are my favorite kind of pictures.  The ones I'll look back on when I have grey hair and just cry happy tears because this is what life looked like during this time.  Because life. was. good.

Aubrey discovering water balloons for the first time.  

Where we spend the majority of our days: the play room.  I cannot express how amazing it is to have these two be able to PLAY WITH EACH OTHER now.  Those rough first few months having a newborn and tiny toddler were so worth it!  They can entertain each other for such a long time now, in between little scuffles ;) 

Morning jam sessions.  Golden Oldies Pandora, blasted through our sound system.  This is how I'm able to make breakfast!  They love music and dancing.  One of my earliest and fondest memories growing up was listening to the oldies with my dad.  Now I get to dance with MY little girls to the same music.

Bath bubbles.  No matter how many baths they've had, bubbles never get old to them! 

A rare "still" moment of the girls.  Love these ones so much.

 My muse.  She's always letting me practice on her & for that I am so grateful!  I'm always trying new things & teaching myself more & more.  

Me and my girl.  We dressed up, put on crazy lipstick, velcro rollers, and had a blast.  Need to frame this one big!

Baking day!  Sometimes I'll just give the girls their own mixing bowl, a bunch of random spices, & a cup of water or oil, and they will "cook" for me.  Best thing ever.

Yesterday was the first day it rained in months.  Not only have we had a REALLY bad drought in California this year, there was a bad fire recently.  It was a major blessing.  Aubrey looked out the window in a trance.

Sharing is caring.  I swear Kate isn't holding a syringe.  It's a pen that looks like one!

Bedtime prayers.  Truly no sweeter sound than listening to your babies pray.  Kate just mimics everything Aubrey says and then both finish with a distinct, loud, "A-MEN!"


  1. We do the cooking thing all of the time! Water, oil, spices and salt. My son loves pouring tons of salt into the bowls. It's so much fun!

    I hear you on the camera thing. I hate that I don't use my camera as often as I should.

    Beautiful photos!

  2. i loved it when i saw it on instagram and i still love it here, they way the are both sitting the exact same during their prayers is just precious!!

  3. Haha-I laughed so hard at the syringe photo. I love the one of Kate in the bubbles and Aubrey looking straight at the cmaera-so good!!

    If you don't mind me asking technical questions, always trying to learn, :) what camera do you use? And what lens do you use most often? I just got a 24-105 and I love it but I'm totally drooling over the 50mm 1.2!

  4. Beautiful photos, your girls always look so happy! And your youngest one looks so grown up now :)

    Curious too what lens(es) you like. My baby is now walking and on the move so I'm always interested in what other photographers prefer for fast-moving kids that won't sit still :)

    To Alyssa above, I have the Canon 50mm 1.2 and love it. The AF is a little frustrating sometimes if you're not in bright conditions, as it will hunt and then you usually miss the moment if it's a child you're photographing. Still, it's the one I have on my camera 75% of the time.

  5. Oh awesome! Thanks Laura! SO good to know! :)