Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Baby S

So sweet and sleepy, this little beauty was a dream to photograph.  Welcome to the world, pretty girl!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Welcome Baby G

I had the honor of meeting the newest little member of this beautiful family today.  She was a joy to photograph, with her big dark eyes and barely a peep out of her the entire session.  Congratulations W family!  

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Naked Egg Experiment

This week the girls and I tried out a really cool experiment I had recently seen on one of the blogs I follow.  It was super easy, and just required a couple days of patience.  :)  Simply place an egg in a jar or other container and fill with enough vinegar to cover the egg completely.  Then wait.  The vinegar dissolves the outer shell of the egg while leaving the inner membrane intact, and within a couple of days you have a "naked" egg!

It wasn't as fragile as I thought it would be; in fact it felt rather dense in weight and spongy like a bouncy ball.  We added a bit of food coloring to the vinegar this morning to dye the eggs.  Doing a little more research on this experiment, we read that if you submerse it in water after the shell has been dissolved, the membrane actually absorbs the water into the egg and makes it larger, much like a sponge works.  We'll be trying that next!

And of course, it goes without saying that because the egg has been soaking in straight vinegar un-refrigerated for a couple of days, eating it afterward is NOT recommended!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Newborn baby M

Newborn babies are always a dream to photograph, and this beautiful little baby was no exception.  He already has such a sweet personality, and it was an absolute joy to meet him and his adoring big sister and her "Dog".  Congratulations B family!  I look forward to capturing more treasured memories for you in the months to come!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse

Last night (or more accurately, early this morning!) I stayed up to watch the first total lunar eclipse of 2014, which is being called the "Blood Moon" due to its blood red hue.

Mars also made its closest approach to Earth since 2008 last night, with the bright star Spica visible just below and to the right of the moon.  This will be the only time in our lifetime that we will see a total eclipse of the moon on the same night as the closest approach of Mars, so I'm glad I sacrificed a little sleep to sit in the quiet pre-dawn hours and witness this amazing view.

The next total lunar eclipse will occur on October 8, 2014.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Little C is walking!

This little guy just mastered the art of walking without the aid of furniture a couple days ago, so he was on the GO! GO! GO! for our afternoon session.  But with the awesome help of mom, dad, grandpa and grandma, I was able to stay ahead of him to capture his super infectious smiles.  :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

2 year Miss S

I haven't photographed this little girl since she was a newborn, so it was especially fun to see how cute she has become!  She has a delightful personality and I loved following her around this morning.  The bear is an especially precious family heirloom in memory of a dear family member and I love the bond she has with it, as well as with her rather large canine companion!  :)