Archive for October, 2014

Halloween 2014

October 31, 2014

“Happy Halloween” from Goldilocks and her not 3 but 4 bears. The husband and I were obviously Momma and Poppa bear, the boys were Big Brother Bear (a new character in the 2014 version of the story) and Baby Bear, and my friend Mike stepped up to take on the role of Goldilocks. Trick or Treating got off to an early start this morning at Cullen’s school for their annual Trunk or Treat, and ended this evening with a traditional neighborhood candy crawl.

Our very modern family with a 2014 spin on a classic bedtime story.

The bears.

Goldilocks and the wee bears.

Keane gives us his best growl.

Cullen just kept crawling away.

Obviously I had to get a shot of the boys together, but as I was taking this, Keane informed me that bears actually live in the woods, so off we went to get a few more photos.

I love this one.

And these.

And these cos of Keane’s yawn and Cullen’s eagerness to get away.

Then it was off to Cullen’s school for a trunk or treat. Keane doesn’t actually go to Cullen’s school, he goes to “a bigger boys school” as he likes to describe it, but the school was cool enough to let Keane accompany his baby brother for his first Halloween.

Keane takes responsibility for collecting the treats, but Cullen wants a peek at the goods.

After an afternoon nap and a little food for fuel, the boys are ready to trick or treat in a nearby neighborhood.

The babies (Cullen and our friend baby Maya) hang back and let Keane take on the courageous walk to the front door.

“Trick or Treat?”

Cullen anxiously waits to see what Keane gets.

Jackpot! The lady has something sweet for the babies too.


Lots more treats to be had.

Already started on the candy.

Last Minute . com

October 29, 2014

Yesterday I found myself in a bit of a panic, scrambling for some creativity. Keane had his Halloween party in school but as bad luck would have it, I still don’t have all of the bits and pieces for the costume he wants to wear Halloween night. I know, #one day to go, #last, #down to the wire, #back against the wall, #pressure pressure pressure. But as good luck would have it, this past summer Keane’s friend Emma gave him an old fireman costume she had in her possession. And just for an extra stroke of luck, last week was “fire engine week” at school and the kids had a visit from a f’real fireman who even brought his f’real fire truck for all of the kids to check out. So boom! for his class Halloween party, Keane was as a fireman. Now I literally have the next 24 hours to get my ‘ish together and have his actual Halloween costume ready to go.

Sadly parents were not allowed to partake in the class party, which left this snap-happy momma feeling slightly wounded, but of course I made sure to get a few shots of Keane as a fireman just before we left for school. As you can see, the jacket was a little on the big side, but I think that just added to his level of adorableness.

And while Keane was partying hard with all of his little friends, Cullen and I had a mom-and-baby date at the playground.

Fast becoming master of the tunnels.

Project Pumpkin

October 25, 2014

We are in the final countdown to Halloween, so its time to kick the pre work into gear and start carving those pumpkins we picked up at the pumpkin farm a week ago. Our good friends Sarah and Emma joined us for all of the slicing, gutting and chiseling fun.

Sarah and Emma are straight into business, Keane is still in shock and trying to process the reality of what is actually inside a pumpkin.

Cullen? Well he’s just his usual chilled out self.

Emma attacks it like a pro.

Cullen is not in the least bit grossed out by the pumpkin guts.

Keane still doesn’t want to touch it.

But a little chocolate bribery and the mood instantly flips and he’s more than happy to watch the rest of us do all the work.

Nommy Nommy

Emma has a plan.

A rootless plan that involves a screwdriver to the eye for one of our defenseless pumpkins.

When the tools came out all of a sudden Keane’s interest in Project Pumpkin was peaked. Such a boy.

Chocolate face.

The results of our hard work.

And of course it wouldn’t be a group shot without some out-takes.

Tech Talk

October 22, 2014

Last weekend I used our Thomas the Train excursion to test drive a lens I’ve been wanting to shoot with for the longest time. For those of you who may be curious, it was the Canon 35mm 1.4. I usually always rent out any equipment I’m considering buying a couple of times before I make the decision to purchase. Photo equipment is not cheap, no m’am, so you want to make sure its worth every cent of your precious dolla if and when you do decide to invest.

I’m not sure if anyone is interested, but for those of you who might have a slight curiosity about the photos I capture, most of the time when I’m shooting the boys, I’m shooting with the 50mm 1.2. I’m predominantly a prime (fixed) lens shooter, I love the wide aperture abilities it gives me and the shallower Depth of Field (DoF). True the focal length is fixed, so my zooming capabilities are 100% reliant on 2 things, my feet. But I much prefer to be in full control of my composition and I’m not shy about getting up close and personal with my clients or kids to secure a great shot. Also I feel prime lenses often produce sharper images then their Zoom lens counterparts. But hey, these are just my personal preferences and my style is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. And this blog post is starting to get a little more techie then I intend, so if you slipped into a momentary coma, I completely understand and am not in the least bit mad.

Anyway, so given that most of Thomas the Train experience was going to happen on a train, I knew space was going to be tight and I would be restricted in how much moving about I’d be able to do, so I needed a lens wider than my 50mm. I do have the 24mm 2.8, but I often find this lens to be a bit too wide and my images can sometimes look a little distorted around the edges, so hence the decision to give the 35mm a go. And of course, I LOVED it.

But to make sure I was comfortable with the lens before our day with Thomas, I spent a good part of the day prior test driving it on the boys as they went about their business of playing in the sand.

Keane was in a very “lets throw sand around” mood.

And Cullen was in his usual “lets taste everything” mood. The trucks,

the spade,

and the bucket.

Keane continues with the theme of throwing sand.

One thing about Cullen, he is not a great napper. Unlike his brother who is an excellent napper and can often sleep for a good 3 hour stretch. No, Cullen likes to power nap, 15 minutes here, 20 minutes there, so essentially, momma is never off duty. But that worked out well for me this particular day, cos now at least I had a subject to continue my shooting on.


Oh and Cullen has recently discovered his pointing finger and puts it to good use all day long, pointing at everything.

Railway Idol

October 20, 2014

If you’ve ever been a fan of anyone or anything and you finally got the opportunity to meet them, would it not just blow the socks completely off you? Well Keane had such a sock blowing experience this past weekend. A “short” 2 and a half hour drive (only short if you do it without a 2 year old and an 8 month old, otherwise, very long. Google maps needs to add that to the small print) south of Atlanta in the small railway town of Cordele, we got to spend the day with Thomas the Train. I know, you can’t believe it. You’re beyond jealous, and you should be. Keane has been a fan of Thomas for over a year, so when I found out about the “Day with Thomas the Train” there was absolutely no way we were not making this happen for him.

We arrived bright and early to find Thomas shiny and beaming in all of his blueness.

It was so hard to get Keane and Cullen to look at me for these photos. They just couldn’t take their eyes off their railway hero.

All aboard for a ride with Thomas.

A little assistance from a Thomas helper.

Perfect seats.

Cullen has no idea whats going on, but he’s caught up in all of the excitement.

Thanks to the lady sitting across from us for offering to snap a family photo, now there’s proof I was there too.

In this moment, for this 2 year old, life doesn’t get much better.

Hmmm, our early start was being to catch up on some of us.

Back to the station, safe and sound.

Playing on a mini Thomas.

Just chillin in front of a fake station, waiting to meet Sir Topham Hatt.

And there is Sir Topham Hatt. I wouldn’t say his personality was the warmest or fuzziest, and the kids certainly approached him with great caution.

And Cullen couldn’t quite figure this guy out.

Awaiting our ride back to the car park after a very enjoyable Day with Thomas the Train.