Monday, May 31, 2010

summer experiment | dallas child photographer

we were out of cereal. it was time to go to the grocery store. while we were all singing to the song during the closing credits of "meet the robinsons," the thought hit me....we should do an experiment. the kids and i. during the entire summer, we should taste test a new box of cereal each week. no, wait. each person should choose a new box of cereal each week. i mean really, there are so many choices out there - and i have 3 kids - you would think that we were cereal connoisseurs.

we arent. we are such creatures of habit that we choose the same few cereals each grocery trip.
we are stunted in our cereal growth. i thought "this will be fun," and i spoke the words before i really thought this whole thing through. it was too late. the kids were completely into it.

when i thought AND spoke at the same time, i didnt embrace the fact that i am 2, they are 3 (my husband rarely shops with us so i get 2 votes). since each person was to choose a new cereal each week, we were bound to find some new favorites. i should mention that we eat a lot of cereal. in fact, it is the one food that my 2 little guys will eat regularly. so i buy good cereal. you know, mini wheats, cheerios...

as i saw their smiley little faces light up with the knowledge that they got to pick the cereal, i knew i was in trouble. i was likely looking at sugar overload.

good grief! what had i done! the idea was to give in here and there to get them to branch out in the healthy cereal realm. i was excited to try something high in fiber... but like i said, it didnt dawn on me as quickly as it did them that i was sorely out numbered.

my youngest and my oldest quickly and collectively ensured that we were walking away with some horribly sweet cereal by casting their votes for the same cereal. Trix was it. Trix with swirls to be exact. so here are the findings:

Impression of the packaging:

Kid #1: The box is very colorful!

Kid #2: The box is kinda cool cause I like the decorations

Kid #3: (licking his lips) It looks really yummy. It has orange and I like orange. Hey! It has the bunny from TV!!

Me: It looks like a bunch o' sugar. I am scared to eat it.

Smells like:

Kid#1: It smells like color.

Kid #2: It smells really yummy!

Kid #3: (cramming a ginormous spoonful into his mouth) Ohhh! It smells like orange!

Me: Yup. It smells like sugar. A lot of sugar.

Tastes like:

Kid #1: It's just O.K. (suprising!!)

Kid #2: This is really, really, reeeeaaally tastey.

Kid #3: (inaudible with an over-stuffed mouth) iffs weawy gwooud

Me: it looks like art. it tastes like tangy sweet sugar.

Buy it again?

Kid #1: no

Kid #2: (preparing to go to war over kid #1 statement) YES WE ARE TOO BUYING IT AGAIN!

Kid#3: Can I have some more, Mom?

Me: My stomach hurts. Did I really eat this stuff as a kid? Where's my coffee?

Well, the box is almost gone (did I mention we bought it today?). Time for a new box and time for some new rules. I think we need to eat fruit first to ensure something found in nature actually makes it into our bodies in the morning. HA! This should be fun.

I am secretly excited for one of them to pick cookie crisp. I used to LOVE that cereal. I wont waste one of my choices though. I saw them eye-balling it this morning. It might be next. Then I can hit them with raisin bran!!! Mwhoohahahah....

Friday, May 28, 2010

published (3) | dallas child photographer

i have been very fortunate lately to have some of our photographs featured on the covers of this magazine. of course i am honored to see my work in print. but i have to say that i am even more excited for these kids.

i was especially delighted {!!} to learn that this first image was set for the june issue. this kiddo is all tomboy and the idea of wearing a dress just doesnt crop up often. the wind must have been blowing just right and the planets aligned when we had this mini session because she was just as cute as could be. i have a special place in my heart for tomboys as i grew up with tree sap in my hair till i was in high school!

this second girlie just tickles me. she is absolutely her own person. she had decided on a very bohemian look and it just jelled with who she is. when you look at her picture you can just feel her independent spirit.

congratulations girls! you are beautiful!!

these issues should hit stands in the next couple days, so run out and grab a copy!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

glasses | dallas child photographer

i met this kiddo {woman?} a couple years ago when her mom approached me about taking some family photos. i have watched her evolve out of braces and pony-tails into this wonderfully strong and bright high school senior.

after our session, i was watching the photos load onto my computer and i about fell out of my chair. my god, but she is stunning! can you believe that she does not adore her hair?!!!

magnificent. amazing. missy, you are gonna take the world by storm.

thank you for a really fun and cool session. enjoy your graduation party!!!

oh, and anyone who wears aviator glasses is just plain fabulous. just sayin'....

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

i heart faces {yellow} | dallas child photographer

when i saw the weekly challenge for this week i immediately thought of this photo of my nephew. we had just recently moved to texas from san diego and really missed the beach. when my sister and the kids made the trek from utah to visit and we needed something for the kids to do in the melting hot weather, we took them to the "beach" {lake} with surf board in tow. the kids had a blast trying to balance on the board in the calm water and the rest of the population looked at us as though we had lost our minds. HA!

i absolutely love how proud he looks, shoulders back, standing like a man of the ocean, watchin' for "sweet waves."

Saturday, May 22, 2010

new hat | dallas child photographer

i found this cute little hat at fav.or.ite place. i couldnt wait to plop it on someone's head. it looks like it was made for her.

all i have to say is, i know i was never this cool when i was her age. i was such a tree climbing, scraped knee, sap in the hair, soccer playing geek.

i love this kid....

update | dallas child photographer

our cute little bug didnt make the top 10, but she did make the top 20 {out of over 400 entries!!) try, try again :)

thank you all for your wonderful words of encouragement and support

Monday, May 17, 2010

i heart faces contest | dallas child photographer

i entered the i heart faces weekly contest this week. the theme is "flowers." i immediately thought of this photo. i remember taking this picture. i knew i would love this before i even pressed the shutter.

this bitty little girl was so enthralled with the bitty little horse and they were friends immediately. it was just too perfect that she was wearing this tutu. the flowers seemed to attract the pony like a bear to honey and that was just fine with her.

head over to the i heart faces site and check out the entries. they are so creative and beautiful.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

two cute kids | dallas child photographer

these two incredibly sweet faces needed to update their headshots for their modeling portfolio...of course we had to have some fun along the way. i just love sessions with these kids.

is this not the most delicious smile? thanks for the fun day...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

published | dallas child photographer

i got the sweetest email from miss emily at suburban parent magazine. she had seen some of my photos and wanted to discuss using one on an upcoming cover. i was thrilled, honored and definitely excited.

imagine my suprise when she chose 2 images for 2 of their may covers. all i can say is...groovy! and, of course, thank you :)

these girlies are so sweet and so spunky. i just love that everyone can share in these 2 sweet faces. if you havent already, get out there and pick up your copy. the may issues are available today.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

i see spots | dallas child photographer

i have know this girlie since she was itty-bitty. she is sweet and quiet and ever so well behaved. and when i am handed these wonderful kids, i see it as a quest. a personal challenge to un-hinge them to the point of pure goofy. nutty. wacky joke telling and giggling at its best.

this kiddo did not disappoint. it took a minute, but she was definitely silly. it was a bit chilly on this particular morning and the poor little thing was in a tank top, not an ounce of fluff to her to even keep her warm. so after i quickly took a few pictures, she says to me, "so, did you get what you needed? can we go to lunch now or do you need another joke?" HA!

can you believe all those delicious freckles?