Secrets to Photographing Kids

The silent activity on my blog is a result of being busier than normal.

I have so much to share.  I’m not sure where to begin . . .

Until I collect my thoughts, and organize my images, how about if I share two recent shoots of my kids?  You can also check out some of my recent shoots: the Salt Flats, new head shots, and some cool composite imagery over on my photo blog.

I rarely photograph my kids.  Well, I take that back.  I photograph them all the time on the iPhone, so that counts, right?  What I meant to say is that I rarely have an actual “photo session” with my kids.

These are two different sessions.  I photographed Hannah during the peak of the fall leaves, and then I photographed Dallin two weeks later. (I absolutely needed an assistant to photograph him, so it was a matter of coordinating with David on a warmish afternoon.)  Dallin’s session lasted about seven minutes.  Hannah on the other hand, let me work with her in two different locations for about 45 minutes.

I have a few secrets to share when it comes to photographing kids . . .

Secret #1 when photographing kids:  tell lame knock knock jokes.  The more they don’t make sense, the better.  (I told a silly knock knock joke to Hannah which allowed me to capture this expression.)

Secret #2: Play Simon Says or Follow the Leader.  Make it a game and they will play with you and give you darling expressions!

Secret #3:  Tell them to perform.  (I told Hannah to perform for all the passing cars and pedestrians.  She played a killer version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star  Look at her stance!  She acts like she’s been playing for years!)

Secret #4: Role Play.  Kids LOVE to role play!  Tell them what is happening in the invisible world and they will get into character!

Goodbye Mid-Day Nap. You Were Good to Me!

PMS and head colds are not a great combination.  Unfortunately, I had both this week.  After a particularly taxing parenting day on Tuesday, Hannah said to me, “Mom, you should take a day off.  I think it’s Daddy’s turn to watch us.  You should just take a day off and get better.”

Oh boy.  Is she really only five?  By the way, I told her that was an EXCELLENT idea.

Speaking of Hannah . . . six days ago she decided she didn’t need to take naps anymore.  She didn’t tell me, she just stopped falling asleep during her nap time.  I knew we were on borrowed time for a year or two now . . . but the sad day has come.  She just doesn’t need a mid-day nap to keep her going all day.  We’re still in the transition period where one nap is too many and no nap is not enough.  I know many of you are pulling out your invisible violins, playing an obnoxious song for me right now in honor of this milestone.

Let it be noted for all posterity . . . Hannah is a champion sleeper.  She took a nap everyday of her life until just after her fifth birthday.  As this chapter in our lives close, let’s have a moment of silence.

Oh yes, I almost forgot . . . Dallin is still a champion sleeper!  My life is not turning to to complete chaos overnight!  Let’s have another moment of silence for the moments of silence that kid gives me everyday.

Ah.  Yes.

Cheers to silence!  And sanity!


Random, Random, Random

I rarely take my camera anywhere anymore.  It’s sad, but true.  Taking my camera places used to be fun, and exciting, but now that I shoot for a living, it represents work, and when I just want a little relaxation from what I do, I definitely don’t think to bring my camera.  I want to take all of my equipment, including the kitchen sink, EVERY TIME I take my camera anywhere, and let’s be honest, that is A LOT of work.  Fortunately, I have my trusty iPhone camera handy at all times that can SNAP the shot when all I want is a SNAP SHOT!

This is was taken this summer at Splash Park.  (AKA, the best FREE water splashing place near my house.)

Dallin and his train set.  He can’t help but put sand EVERYWHERE on the patio.

Hannah and her birthday tea set.

Sparklers on Hannah’s birthday.

Hannah (far left in the nude leotard) and her friends waiting for their ballet class to begin.

Dallin and his late night reading.  (MOST ADORABLE THING EVER!)

This ends my randomness for today.  Until tomorrow . . .

RV Road Trip From the iPhone

I mentioned we rented an RV to drive up to David’s marathon in Logan.  We thought it would be fun, and the kids LOVED it!  (It was a lot of togetherness when Dallin started puking, but other than that it was great!)

Poor little Paris had to stay home.  No pets allowed in this RV.  (Don’t worry Paris, when we get our own RV, you CAN COME!)

A whole lotta room and the two little people chose to share a seat.

Now, this is why we rented this . . . proper naps!  What says comfort more than driving at freeway speeds, sleeping in bed?

The kids thought they were in kid heaven and were a little sad when we had to drop it off.

Look at the happy runner!  26.2 baby!

Glow sticks.  Possibly the BEST entertainment for kids.

Dallin quite liked playing with these in the RV.

One day were are going to buy an RV and we all can’t wait!


Top of Utah Marathon

Is it really the 22nd of September already?  WOW.  Where have I been?

In an attempt to bring my blog up to speed, I am randomly posting now.

Random would be the operative word here.

Unfortunately, there are not more than 24 hours in a day, and for some reason, my body likes to sleep at night, and that TOTALLY cramps my style.

Sleeping and eating.  Such pesky habits I can’t seem to kick.

Anywho, let’s talk about David’s stellar performance at the Top of Utah Marathon!

In a nutshell: we rented an RV. The kids thought we were the BEST.  PARENTS.  EVER.  Dallin puked.  I slept in every bed in that RV during that ONE night, so as you can imagine, I was just a peach after three hours of sleep that weren’t even consecutive.  You’re jealous, right?

It poured.  ALL NIGHT LONG before the big race, and ALL MORNING DURING THE RACE.

I know what you’re thinking, LUCKY DAVID!!!

It rained, it poured, it HAILED on him!  No stopping this running machine!  He crossed the finish line with a time of 3 hours and 39 minutes!  He didn’t qualify for the Boston Marathon this year, but it was a great time for his first marathon!




Happy Birthday D-Man!

Happy birthday to our little Dallin boy!  He turned three today!

In true Dallin style, we had a low key celebration.  He values quality over quantity, so if we invited any kids to his birthday party he would definitely say, “TOO MANY KIDS!”  He is sort of a family kid.  🙂

He had the time of his life at Kangaroo Zoo this morning with Hannah.  (It’s an indoor play place with lots of bounce toys and slides for little people.)

We had a Dallin size cake for his big day!  (Hey, a bigger cake would mean more for us to eat, and well, we don’t need that!)

Hannah coached him on how to blow out his candle and he was pretty impressed with his performance!

We bought Dallin a Lightning McQueen potty topper in hopes that he would think about going to the bathroom in the toilet.  He looks super happy about it here, but it was quickly tossed aside when he opened up a package of dinosaurs.  (Notice our Walmart shopping bag that doubled as wrapping paper?  Yeah.  We were super prepared this afternoon.)

He LOVES this dinosaur set I picked for $3.

He also got a bike that he refuses to push the petals on.

Kids.  Why are they so dang cute and unpredictable?


Ragnar 2011

Last weekend David ran in the Ragnar.

What is “Ragnar” you ask?  It’s a 192 mile relay race with 12 of your friends!  You run day and night, taking your turn every 12th leg!  Fun right?!

Fun if you are an avid runner and like to run at 1:30 in the morning and 2:00 in the afternoon!  🙂

I was supposed to run in this race, (remember how I was stressing about it?) but I found a replacement for me with just 24 hours to spare before our race started!

To make the trip comfortable, our team rented an RV which worked as a “roving relaxation station” during the relay.  You could sleep, eat, shower, and hang out with room to stretch your legs!

The kids LOVED the RV.  They thought we bought it and Hannah was already planning our next trip to Disneyland!

They were both sorely disappointed when we returned the rental.

I drove the kids up to the finish line in Park City.  Talk about a party!  Seriously!  Ragnar knows how to make an event fun!  Don’t you just love the look on Dallin’s face here?  It looks like he’s saying, “What?  Like a 30 hour race is hard or something?”  If you look closely, the hair behind Dallin makes it look like he has pig tails!

Here comes our team!

And here comes The Barefoot M.D.!

Here are some of our peeps . . .

And here are the rest of our peeps.

I heard everyone had a fabulous time and that I need to be on the team next year!  Better start training!

(Anyone want to see David in his super white leg glory?  My friend Amber posted a few pics from Ragnar on her blog and David is sporting some seriously white legs!)

As of Late . . .

Oh my.  Where does the day go?  Maybe if I got up earlier than 8:30 I would have more day!  🙂  (But then that would mean that I would be going to bed earlier and there is WAAAY too much Jack Bauer to watch on Netflix at night!)

This post is super random.  Basically, here is bit of what we’ve been up to lately . .

First off, Hannah learned how to ride a bike!  She can start, stop, turn, you name it!  She is so proud of herself and we are impressed!  She turns five next month . . . maybe she’ll get a bigger bike for her birthday.  🙂

Dallin has been sporting Hannah’s pink and purple tricycle.  It certainly didn’t phase him that his manhood might be threatened by this.

David was not super excited about his son riding around on a pink and purple tricycle, so we got him a new one.  (And by “new” I mean we found a gently used one for $10.)

He loves it.

In fact, he doesn’t know how he ever lived without it!

Hannah wants to practice riding her bike ALL DAY LONG.  The good news is that she is pretty dang good now.  She tells everyone within earshot (the mail man, the UPS driver, the random kids riding their bikes past her) that she can ride a two wheeler and is happy to demonstrate her mad skills.  Pretty soon she’ll be able to ride her bike along side David when he goes for his six mile runs!  (Okay, that might be a while.)

A couple months ago, we bought a family pass to Thanksgiving Point.  Do you know what that means?  No more bored people at our house!  I honestly do not know how we lived without one!  We visit Thanksgiving Point about five times a week.  Sometimes I take the kids twice a day!  (First thing in the morning, then again after naps!)  The picture above is at the Children’s Discovery Garden.  They LOVE that place.

The Dinosaur Museum is also a favorite with my kids.  Dallin asks everyday if we can go to the “Dinosaur See-‘Em”  You know, ’cause you go see-em at the Dinosaur museum.  🙂

This is at the Thanksgiving Point Gardens.  We rented a golf cart and took my mom with us one day and cruised around the gardens.  It was a great way to show my mom the gardens and now the kids ask me to rent one every time we go.  Too bad kids, that’s what your cute little legs are for!  Running!

On Monday nights, they have Family Night activities at Thanksgiving Point, so we’ve had some fun times.  One night the kids learned how to swat each other with foam swords.  That was exciting.

Okay, so I feel like I’m not completely behind on my blog now!

More to come tomorrow!

No Longer a Mountain Man

So . . .

David ran another 1/2 marathon a couple of weeks ago.

He also looked a lot like a mountain man.

He has since shaved his face and our kids TOTALLY DID NOT APPROVE of his shaved face.

Dallin told him several times, “Daddy, I don’t like it.  Did you wash it off?  Put it back on!”

Um . . . children . . . the “mountain man” look is not daddy’s best look.

David was growing it out because he was going to be an extra in the upcoming New Testament film the church is filming this summer.  He spent the last six months growing out his beard for this film, only to drop out six weeks before it starts filming.

His reasoning?  It bugged him.  Too hot.  Too unkempt.

Those reasons are good enough for me too.