Denham One Year Session

Holland is turning one!

Over the last year we have been completing our "They Grow Up So Fast" package with the Denham family. It has been so much fun getting to know this family and watching them grow!

One of our favorite parts of doing photography is getting to know new families and watching them grow over the years and helping them capture memories we hope they will cherish forever.

We first met Brandon, Jessica and Raiden for their maternity session. We got caught in a snow storm that day, but they braved the cold with us and we got some beautiful shots! That session was also our first ever blog!

We decided to go back to the same park for part of Holland's one year session, and it's fun to see how much life can change in just one short year.

We got so many great shots with this family that it was hard to choose our favorites, but here are a few of the ones we just loved from Holland's one year session.

This family is simply adorable! We appreciate Brandon and Jessica choosing us to be a part of this special time in their lives. It has been so much fun getting to know them and watching Raiden and Holland grow. We hope to continue to help this family capture precious memories for years to come!

And just for fun, here is a little behind the scenes shot next to the photo that was being taken.

Amelia's One Year Session

We have had so much fun watching this family grow!

Adorable little Amelia just turned One year old and we had the pleasure of capturing some memories we hope they will cherish forever.

It's pretty crazy how fast a year can go by. It doesn't seem like that long ago we were doing a Maternity session for Madelynn & Andrew and now they have a spunky little one year old.

Amelia was all smiles for her one year session, and she was absolutely adorable! Here are some of our favorite shots from this session.

It's so much fun for us to work with families over the years and watch how they all grow and add new members.  Our first session with this family was for Amelia's older brother Oliver's one year session. We appreciate Andrew & Madelynn for continuing to choose us to capture their family memories and we hope we get to continue to watch this family grow for years to come!

Berger Family Group Session

We've had the pleasure of working with a couple members of the Berger family a few times now, and have really enjoyed capturing memories with them. They recently contacted us to get some family photos with their whole family, so of course we were excited to meet the rest of this fun family! 

We were told the heads of this family Jack and Susan went from having 0 to 6 grand-kids in just 26 months, the oldest being just over 2 years old and the youngest at 3 months. Wow that is a lot of little ones! As you can see they sure have their hands full! :) 

We have really enjoyed getting to know this family, and helping them capture memories that we hope they will cherish for years to come! Here are a few of our favorite shots from this session. We hope you love them! 

The Ohmanns

And Browns, and Caros, and Schultzs....

We got together with this crazy bunch again this year for a big group family photo.  

Since we had everyone all together in one place, we also made sure to get every combination that     Jo Ann (Ben's mom) wanted of all her kids and grandkids. Here are our favorite group shots!

We also did a few separate family shots, because when your brother/son is a photographer and everyone is all together you have to take advantage of the moment. ;)

Here are the two crazy kids who started it all, the Ohmanns, David & Jo Ann.

Here are our favorite shots of the Brown family, David, Jacob, Zachary, and Abbey!

We did a seperate session earlier in the day (see our previous blog) with the Brown/Schultz family, here are some of our favorite shots of Chris, Sarah, Aiden and Logan! 

And here we have this cute couple, the Caros, Dustin & Lisa! 

We did our own family photos the previous day to save ourselves some times on this day, so here are some of our favorite shots of the other Ohmanns, Ben, Jenny & Zenavieve :)

We love this awesome family, and we hope you love all our photos! 

Chris, Sarah, Aiden & Logan

We recently got together with this fun family again for some updated family photos.  We first did family photos with them a couple years ago and had a great time! 

Some people are just naturals in front of a camera, and these boys a definitly some of those people. 

W're not so sure about these two however... ;) 

We had a ton of fun shooting this fun family. Here are a few of our favorite shots from the session. We hope you love them! 

Kids & Leaves

We got to hang out with some of our favorite kids the other day, the sun was shining, and leaves were falling and looking beautiful so we decided to sieze the opportunity and had a spontaneous photo session with these cute kids. 

We started the day with just the girls while Owen was in school. And these two BFF's sure had a blast jumping, playing and throwing all the leaves. 

Once we had all three of them we knew we had to get some cousin photos. These three are all within just a few short months from each other in age and have been friends pretty much since birth. 

Here are some of our favorite shots from the day. We hope you love them as much as we do! 

And just for fun, because we all know Ben is a kid at heart, here is some of him playing in the tree too. 

Berger Family

We just love being a part of capturing little ones grow! Our first time working with the Berger family was last year, when cute little Bonnie was turning one! Isn't she adorable?!

We recently got together with this fun family again for some Fall photos and we also got to meet their newest addition, Harvey!

Here are some of our favorite shots from this session. We hope you love them as much as we do!

And just for fun here are some photos to show just how much this little cutie has grown since our last session!

Harrison

We first met Harrison back in May when his mom won our Mother's Day Giveaway contest. He is such a doll and we had a great time working with him and his mom!

So we were just thrilled when they asked us to photograph Harrison again for his upcoming 4th birthday! Harrison loves to play dress up so his mom brought a few outfits to use during our session which was a ton of fun!

We had such a fun time working with Harrison again! He is full of energy and so much fun to photograph! We hope you have a great birthday Harrison!

Here are some of our favorite shots from the session!

Zenavieve's 5th Birthday Session

Our favorite little princess is turning 5 in just a few short days.

She decided she wanted to have a unicorn, mermaid and rainbow sparkle birthday this year so we planned her birthday shoot accordingly.

Of course, as much as you plan, you can't control the weather so we did have some difficulties with the wind.

At one point it was so strong it even lifted her right off the ground! ;)

We had so much fun doing this session!  Since it was our little princess and we had three wardrobe changes we made a whole day of shooting as a family to get all the shots we wanted. Here are some of our favorites from the day. We hope you love them as much as we do!

Stone's 1 Year Session

We recently got together with the Black family for sweet little Stone's 1 year session.

He wasn't sure what to think of us at first, why were making funny faces and noises or what the weird black thing was we were pointing at him.

But after a little bit we did get some great smiles. We had a great time working with this family and we wish Stone the happiest of 1st birthdays! Here are some of our favorite shots from the session!

Denham Family

We recently got together with the Denham family again, for Holland's 6 month session. We just love working with this beautiful family!

It always amazes us to see how fast kids grow in just a few short months.

We did this session at Manito Park, on the south hill of Spokane. It has a TON of beautiful scenery, flowers, fountains and so much more!

Here are some of our favorite shots from the session! We hope you love them!

We can't wait for our next session with this fun family!

Astrophotography Experimentation

I've always loved astrophotography, but have only had a handful of opportunities to try it out (when it was convenient, I know I know, I need to just get out there).

Recently, I had an opportunity to capture some beautiful stars. Here is one of my shots.

The shot below consists of 121, 30 second exposures, (for anyone interested in the more technical side, I shot at f8 with an ISO of 400 at 24mm on a Canon 7D Mark II with a 24-105 f4 L lens). That means I shot 1 photo for 30 seconds at a time, over the course of about an hour. 

After playing around with many different editing choices, I tried using a program called StarStaX to put them together. I also tried used a Photoshop action I found online. Both produced the same result, (basically stacking them all on top of each other to make one photo).

I completely spaced the fact that I needed to illuminate my foreground (as I was also socializing around the campfire at the time), but it worked out because my father-in-law Bruce just happened to turn on his truck on at one point which helped with that (thanks Bruce!).

This video is all 121 shots put in motion, showing how far the stars move in about an hour. 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do and as much as I enjoyed creating them. I learned a lot and hope to apply that knowledge the next time I (actively) head out to capture our galaxy.

200 Likes Giveaway Session - Angie & Libby

A couple months ago we did a giveaway for helping our Facebook page reach 200 likes. The winner of that giveaway contest was Angie!

Last weekend we were able to get together with Angie and her daughter Libby for a fun photo session in the sun!

 

 

Libby is 6 years old, very energetic and a lot of fun to work with! 

 

 

While we were shooting, there were some ducks and bunnies that decided to come see what we were doing in their park. Libby did her best to try to catch one, but they weren't having it! 

We had so much fun with these two beautiful ladies! Here are a few of our favorite photos from the session. 

Congratulations Angie on winning our contest! We hope you love your photos! 

A big thanks to everyone who helped us reach our goal! 

Oliver & Amelia

 

The first time we met this family was for Oliver's one year session, and we sure had a blast with this little cutie!  

 

 

We were excited to work with them again when they found out they were expecting a new addition to the family.

 

 

Just recently, we got to meet that adorable new addition...Amelia. 

We just love watching kids and families grow! We were so excited to do another session with this fun family. Oliver is just about to turn the big 2 and Amelia is right about 7  months. Here are some of our favorite shots from our session with these adorable siblings. 

 

 

 

 

Just for fun here are a few shots to show just how much this little man has grown! 

This family has been so much fun to work with and we have just loved watching them grow! We hope that they cherish all their images for years to come and that we can continue to watch them grow and capture those memories for them in the future! Thank you Andrew, Madelynn, Oliver and Amelia for letting us be a part of these special moments! 

Godinez Wedding

We recently got to spend the day photographing the wedding of Cesar & Mandy!

This couple loves the outdoors and had a fun forest themed wedding.

They even planted a tree together as a family during their ceremony!

Jenny started the day with Mandy and the girls getting ready.

While Ben hung out with Cesar and the guys!

The ceremony was simply beautiful! It's obvious these two make each other very happy!

They were surrounded by family and friends on their special day! 

You could definitely feel the love between this sweet couple!  

The groom even serenaded the bride during the reception!

It was beautiful day, full of fun and so much love! We hope these two live happily ever after!

Behind The Scenes- Zenavieve's Easter Session 2017

When Zenavieve was about 6 months old, we decided to do an Easter photo shoot for her first Easter. To this day, this is still one of our favorite shots!

So it became a tradition for us to do Easter photos every year.

This year we planned our shoot for a Saturday, ordered a new backdrop, called in a favor for some ducks and got to work. When you're a small family business like we are you work with what you have to get the job done. For us that means any studio shoot we do is usually in the biggest space we have available to us... our living room. This year, we decided to put together a little time lapse of us setting up for this session to give you all a little behind the scenes of what goes into setting up for our studio sessions.

Here is a behind the scenes shot of our whole setup next to the final photo being taken. In this shot you can see our new backdrop that we decided to try out for this session. We think it looks really pretty! What do you guys think?

Here are some more behind the scenes shots taken during our session, so you can see our photographer and subject in action.

We were also lucky enough to get our hands on cute little baby ducks named Mac n' Cheese thanks to Ben's awesome bro and sis in-law. The ducks actually cooperated much better than the child if you can believe it. :)

Zenna was so excited to take a bath with the ducks, that smile didn't last very long however, because those ducks got just as excited to be in the water and kept splashing her. 

All in all it was a great day and a great shoot. We got some really fun shots and we hope you all love them too! Here are some of our favorites. If you would like to see the whole session click HERE.

New Camera

Note: all images have minimal to no editing done

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I got a new camera!! And a new lens!!! I’ve been in camera-nerd heaven all week. My old camera is a Canon EOS Rebel XS which was released way back in August of 2008 and my new camera is a Canon EOS 7D Mark II which was realeased in September 2014. My old Rebel is a 10 megapixel camera and the 7D Mark II is a 20.2 megapixel camera, which means much larger pictures.

The Rebel’s ISO goes up to 1600 and the 7D Mark II’s ISO goes up to 16000 (expandable up to 51200 with custom settings). It can shoot up to 10 frames per second versus 3. It has built in GPS, and has a WiFi adapter option (sold separately). I can record Full HD 1080p video at 24, 30, and 60 frames per second. It has an HDR mode, a multiple exposure mode, and a built in intervalometer (great for time-lapses).

Old on the left, new on the right

Old on the left, new on the right

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

My new lens is a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Canon’s L lenses are their professional line of lenses. The “L” stands for “luxury” according to Wikipedia,  The 24-105mm gives it a wide range of zoom making it a very versatile lens. These lenses are made of top of the line ground glass which reduces chromatic aberration, distortion, and vignetting which translates to excellent image quality. Both the new camera and lens are weather sealed to help reduce dust and moisture from getting into the equipment.

Zenna was excited about the new camera.

Here are the kids playing as I try out the 10 frames per second high shutter speed.

And Zenna dancing (because she's so excited for the new gear).

Here's all the kids dancing (because they're all very excited that I have new gear).

Just look at them jump (for joy).

Here are the kids playing while I try out the intervalometer. So for this setup, I had the camera shoot 1 frame every 10 seconds for a total of 10 frames. So the total time to shoot all the frames was 100 seconds. So this is more of a timelapse then a stop motion.

Have a cookie! I was testing out the lenses close up abilities with this one.

Here's my VERY FIRST selfie with it!!

And here's my VERY LAST selfie with it!!!

Here's a shot of Owen I took outside in the backyard. I really like his smile in this.

Overall, I'm very happy and excited with my new camera and lens so far. And there's so much more for me to discover and learn still. I love shooting, and I love new tech. When I'm shooting, I have a Zen-like feeling about me.

When I'm shooting, I have a Zen-like feeling about me.

With this camera, I feel like I can accomplish anything with the proper vision.

You can accomplish anything with the proper vision.

DIY Newborn Photography Wraps

We've all seen the photos of those adorable newborns all wrapped up tightly in brightly colored fabrics. And we've all seen the price of some of those wraps when you try to buy them from prop shops and other things. So here is an affordable option we found and would like to share with you.

I started with a package of Cheesecloth that was 36" x 15yds that I got from Walmart for about $10. I then measured and cut this (as best I could) into 9 3' x 5' strips, (well actually it comes all folded on top of itself so I left it folded and just measured out 5 foot strips.)

I've seen many different ways of dying cheese-cloths, from coffee & wine, to fabric dyes and Kool-aid packets, so I say do whatever works best for you. I'm all about easy and convenient (like the Dead Kennedy's say; "Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death"), so I purchased a Tie Dye t-shirt kit from Walmart for about $13. It came with 10 colors of dye, 30 rubber-bands (which are going to come in handy starting a new rubber-band ball), and 2 or 3 pairs of gloves, (that were about the same quality as the ones that come with a box of hair dye). 

I don't have a ton of counter space in our kitchen so I covered our kitchen table with a layer of cardboard and an old table cloth. Since I only had nine strips of cloth and 10 colors we chose to not use the lime green since it seemed like the least likely color we'd want to wrap a baby in. To mix the dye you just add warm water and shake. I know this seems redundant to say since it's just mixing powder with water, but this is very runny so when you're squirting it into your cloths be sure to cover anything and everything you do not want dye on.

I just worked the dye into each chunk of fabric as best I could and then let them sit and went onto the next one. When I was finished it looked something like this:

I'm very glad I chose to use a layer of cardboard underneath, because the longer the cloths sat on the table the more they soaked into my tablecloth. The package says to let it sit for like 8 hours or something like that, but I was told with the cheese cloth it only needs to sit about 30 minutes or so, however I had to leave to run some errands at this point in the process so mine sat soaked in dye for about 2 hours or so.

Then comes the fun part, rinsing! You want to make sure you get all of the dye out especially since these are going to be used on newborns, so you want to rinse each cloth under warm water until the water runs clear. For us this took so long, we had every sink in the house tied up rinsing cheese-cloths.

We used our backdrop stand and hung them to dry in our laundry room. There really wasn't too much drippage, but be sure to put some towels down just in case, unless you want multicolored spots on your floor, then by all means do what makes you happy. :)

Once they were dry I tossed them in the dryer with a fabric softener sheet for a few minutes and called it good. They can be washed in the washing machine on gentle cycle, however it might cause some fading. I didn't notice too much fading after washing one that got baby poop on it, however I would still be cautious if you want the colors to remain vibrant.

So for about $23 and a few hours worth of time, we were able to make 9 different colored 3x5 foot newborn wraps. I hope this helps any of you who are looking for an afforable option to professional photo props.

And of course, the best part is seeing one of them wrapped around a precious little baby. :)

Holland's Newborn Session

Who doesn't love babies?! We got to play with a brand new one during our session with an adorable little lady recently and we sure loved it!

When doing a newborn shoot, everyone's favorite poses are usually the sleeping baby ones. So we recommend to all of our clients to try to keep the baby awake beforehand if possible, and to try to make sure they have a full tummy, so when we are ready for them hopefully they are nice and asleep.

However, anyone who has children or has ever worked with children knows that you can plan till you are blue in the face but that doesn't mean those little ones are going to do what you want them to or give a care to all your careful planning. :)

Like this little lady, who was wide awake and alert for most of our session, but it's okay because just look at those big beautiful eyes!

Luckily, during this session we also had a cute big brother to work with, so while mom was busy feeding and rocking the star of the show to sleep, we had a little fun with big brother Raiden.

All in all, there were smiles, there was laughter, there was poop, there was puke, and we even had a melted light stand, but most of all there was love and love is what makes every session great!

Here are a few of our favorite shots from the day.