Easter Dinos for the Kiddos | Houston Portrait Photographer

Has this ever happened to you…You find something quite cute and perfectly priced for the Little Ones in your life, but it only comes in one color/style, and you know the kids will enjoy being able to tell theirs apart? Well, I was in Target the other day and I stumbled across these plush little guys…

Quite a good price, in my book! Baby O grabbed one out of my hands and proceeded to lavish it with squeezes and a few slimy “puckers”. Seeing as how we do love dinosaurs in this household, I figured I would get one for her Easter basket…perfect! But, wait…her two boy cousins would like one too! I searched for a different color or variety of dinosaur but, at least at this Target, there were only three lonely green ones. So, I scooped them all up, figuring I could do something cute to personalize them.

Yesterday, while Baby O was watching “Yo Gabba Gabba” (kind of an interesting show…I actually had a dream that I was on it last night, and I had to teach kids how to line dance! I was using a terrible fake country accent in my dream…but, that’s off topic)…I got out my little box of fabric scraps and found this thin (1/8″ thick elastic as well). Perfect for making little bow-ties for the Dinosaurs! I had some 4″ square pieces, so I started with those. I ended up cutting them in half, so they were 2″ x 4″ (See Figure 1 below). I used pinking shears to zig zag the edges (since I wasn’t in the mood to whip out the sewing machine for this one).

Figure 2: I basically pinched the fabric together in the middle and made a few stitches with white thread. Figure 3: I sewed 3 rings of elastic, made to fit the dino’s necks perfectly. A few little stitches was all it took. I made a few more stitches to secure the bow to the elastic and then used the thin strip of fabric (seen in figure 2) to wrap around the center for a completed look. I just attached that with a drop of fabric glue in the back.

All in all, it took about 30 minutes, or one episode of Tony Hawk showing kids how to skate board, while Baby O bounced up and down with excitement.

Meet the cute little Dino Family…

Okay, so the green tie matched a little too well – it almost blends in, but that’s okay! Also, I ended up making O’s dinosaur wear the bow on her head, though Baby O can always change that later…I’m quite sure she will!

What are you up to this week? I would love to hear about any simple crafty projects you’ve done, particularly for the kids or home. You can always leave a link to them in the comments section.

And thank you for all of the sweet emails and comments about the “Birth Photography” post on Monday. They really made me smile! I hope you’re getting ready for a great, relaxing weekend! XOXO

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Renee FosterMarch 23, 2012 - 9:21 am

I have been enjoying all of your posts. This one is precious. What a good idea to personalize the dinos. And, yes, O needs a dino and not a bunny. I also loved the newborn post. Beautiful and heart warming photos, although you are right, the one pix made me nervous.

An {Earthy, Vintage, Country} Austin Wedding – Continued

Perhaps what I love most about photographing a wedding is the role of “telling the story” in photos. I like to imagine that I am creatively documenting the day in a way that future generations will enjoy looking at. Perhaps a grand child will have a particular love for a certain photo because of the way her grandmother looked so blissfully happy and carefree in that moment, just after saying “I Do”. I know I love my Parents’ & Grandparents’ wedding photos for that reason. I always remember the one of my parents cutting their cake, because they look so handsome/beautiful and happy. And I LOVE the one of my grandfather scooping my grandmother up in his arms after their ceremony, because I’ve heard so many wonderful stories about their wedding, and the struggles it took to get there…the dusty black & white photo sort of “says it all” to me. So, yep, I’m sort of mushy and nostalgic, but I think that just might be a “plus” in this business.

Here are a few photos of Ryan and Jessica, just after their ceremony at Star Hill Ranch, in Austin. If you’ve ever been in a wedding, you know how it can get a little hectic trying to squeeze in all the right group photos between the ceremony and the reception. In our case, it was also raining a bit (yep, we’re standing in a light mist for some of these). But, look at this gorgeous couple – so cute, patient, and happy. I like these photos because they show a glimpse of their personalities, so calm and serene even if we were just told we only had a few minutes left for photos…

Am I the World’s slowest Wedding Blog-Poster-Upper? Probably! It’s just hard to go through 300-500 images and pick the best 10 for a blog post. Yikes! Well, I at least wanted to share these for now. I really love this family and was honored to be the Wedding Photographer for Jessica & Ryan’s Wedding.Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
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JessicaMarch 23, 2012 - 1:37 pm


They’re beautiful. Thank you so much!

By the way, I thoroughly enjoy your blog…so much fun!

JB (yes, it’s Boone for the time being.)

SusanMarch 26, 2012 - 7:22 am

The photos are outstanding. Thank you for capturing such special moments. We love the pics (and YOU!)

My baby girl is gorgeous! (Ryan’s pretty handsome too).


Birth Photography | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

This post is a bit “personal”, which makes me feel kind of awkward, but I think it’ll be worth it…

Okay, I keep reading about “Birth Photography” and I have to say the idea of it shocked me a bit. Have you heard about this trend? Birth Photographers coordinate with the parents ahead of time and are notified as soon as the Mom is going into labor. The Birth Photographer arrives on the scene & is able to capture the tender behind-the-scenes moments in the delivery room (surely avoiding the unflattering parts)…The baby getting her wellness checks and being held by each parent for the first time…Perhaps the look between two first-time parents as they marvel at the reality of actually holding their little one in their arms for the first time. It’s powerful stuff!

Well, as a first time Mom myself, hiring a photographer for the event was the absolute LAST thing on my mind. I was a bit nervous and anxious and bursting with excitement. I did, however, have the good sense to show my husband the ins and outs of my fancy camera before hand. We even practiced a bit. The photos he took are absolutely priceless to us! Some of them are more personal than others, but I’m sharing these, as some of my very favorites…

And, I might have nightmares tonight after posting this next one (too personal?!), but I’m a severely camera-shy person, and yet this photo, taken by my husband, is one of my all-time favorites. It kind of captures everything. Even the awkwardness of squirmy (and beet-red) little Baby O. 

The next morning, this is from my hospital bed, looking up. Quality of the photo isn’t awesome, but I love how sweet he was with her, right from the start…

Probably not supposed to let O’s Grandparents see this photo…it doesn’t look safe (but I promise it was)!… 

Perhaps I will go through her newborn photos soon and post some here. Last week I spent a lovely morning with two new parents, photographing their brand new baby girl. We had such a great time visiting & trying to get their little cutie to curl up to sleep. She really reminded me of Baby O (alert and interested in everything right from the get-go). Perhaps that’s why I thought to post these photos now. Anyway, I hope you had a fun weekend! Would love to hear your thoughts!…. XOXO

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DebbieMarch 19, 2012 - 7:18 am

So sweet, Jane! Great photos from you and A!

adminMarch 20, 2012 - 2:50 pm

Aw, thank you Debbie! :-)

KatieMarch 22, 2012 - 7:47 am

I am in love with your day 1 pictures. The one of you and baby O is absolutly stunning.

adminMarch 22, 2012 - 9:38 am

Oh, thank you for the comment, Katie…that makes my day!

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My Green Martian | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

Better early than late, right?…Wishing you a very Happy St. Patty’s Day, filled with fun (and maybe even some green beer, or yummy Irish fare). I’ve had the idea for these photos for several weeks now, but Baby O hasn’t been in a posing mood (mainly because it is much more fun to run around and play when you’re outside, which I fully understand & encourage!). Then today it dawned on me…now or never! So, I grabbed some felt and whipped up the truly funny-looking clovers for her headband and we were off to the park!…

I kind of had to chase her around for some of these, but I love her expressions! She really makes me laugh…

Such the little explorer…Some of my favorite photos of her are ones where she is deep in thought, trying to figure something out…

And then we have her recent phone conversations with an Imaginary Friend. She uses our phones (when she gets her hands on them), cardboard, really anything roughly that size, and she’ll walk around at length, babbling and then pausing and laughing hysterically for a moment, as if her friend just said something hilarious. She always throws her head back when she does this…kind of silly! The next photo is as if she’s a teenager saying, “Mom, quit watching me, I’m just catching up with my friends!”…

My husband says she looks like a little martian in these photos and I have to agree! A cute little martian, texting her martian buddies…

Scooped up and in Daddy’s arms…Lucky Girl!…

Keep your eyes peeled for 4 leaf clovers and have a Great Weekend! XOXO

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A Ball Theme First Birthday Party | Houston Portrait Photographer

Hi there! Alright, please excuse the less than stellar lighting here…I was sort of winging it in an effort to be quick & efficient about it (had to get back to to “Momming”). But, I wanted to be sure to share the details, in the event that any one out there is planning a “Ball Theme” Birthday Party and is eager to see some of the things my Sister did for her Son’s! (In case you didn’t see the earlier post, here is a look at the Invitations we did for this party.)

Below: Circular sugar cookies with colored icing; Cute & Sweet Vanilla Cake. I like how my Sister put a few dots on the sides of the cake as well.; Colored Cupcakes…perfect.

Below: My Sister put the plastic toy balls in various containers around the house, such as this one. There were also bags of them in the living room for the kids to play with.; The napkins and plates couldn’t match more. She got them at HEB of all places.; In lieu of a goody-bag, each guest could take a ball from the bucket. I think they liked them so much they started playing with them well before the party ended.

I like how she kept things clean and simple. She had in-laws in town, the boys got sick the week before, etc. Rather than thinking of all of the crazy elaborate things she could do and stressing herself out about it, she really made it simple, classy, and fun. I don’t think I’d ever seen so many energetic, wild and happy kids at a party before. She did a really great job.

Check out the Birthday Boy, with a little encouragement from his adoring Cousin, Baby O…

Oh, I love his sweet expressions…I want to scoop him up and take him home with me! That’s normal, right? 😉

And, time to eat cake!…I love how Baby T just went for it. He grabbed fist-fulls of cake and crumbled it up. He dumped the plate over to see if he was missing anything underneath. I don’t know if he ate much of it, but I think he really enjoyed the experience. My husband and I were chuckling at what a sophisticated little lady Baby O was feigning to be. Look at her with her using a fork…where did this grown toddler come from? (She isn’t so well-mannered at home.)

 A Few Other Fun Ball-Theme Party Ideas:

Martha Stewart’s Bouncy Party Cake & Decor

A Bouncing Baby Boy’s 1st Birthday Party

Circle Garland – Tutorial

Circular Photos – My Sister also had the idea to print photos of him at various stages throughout the past year and use a circle template to cut them out in the shape of circles. They could be displayed in different areas of the party and/or in the form of a Garland (using the idea of the “Circle Garland Tutorial” above, only using larger circles, and probably hanging them on the wall, rather than draping them like a garland.

For Food, she served circular items, when possible. She had on the menu; Bagel Bites, Corn Dog Poppers, Cantaloupe & Honeydew Melons scooped out into tiny balls, round crackers with cheese, etc. Also, a bowl full of brightly colored fruit juice boxes for the kids.

It was a big hit, all around! I hope you enjoy the ideas. In case you haven’t noticed, I do looove me a good kids’ theme party. I would love to see links to any theme parties you’ve thrown. I’m always looking for ideas for Baby O’s next Birthday.

Have a great day & thank you for reading!

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