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Family Photographer | February | 11 on 11

How the heck is it February already? Seriously? Really? Nooooo…. really?  OK fine.

If you are just tuning in, I am very much honored to be participating in a monthly project with incredibly talented photographers. On the 11th of every  month, we will post 11 pictures. The doozy being that the 11th picture is a self portrait. It’s our attempt at getting some pictures of ourselves. We all recognize the importance of being in front of the camera, even if we are way more comfortable being behind it.

Let me start with this: an image of my amazing mom and my beautiful daughter. My mom has been fighting brain cancer for three years now. The cancer and the chemo have taken a lot of her strength, and sometimes, I fear it has taken her spirit away too. But when I see a picture like this, where all I see is her strength, and her spirit, and her love shining so powerfully out of those hazel eyes, I take pause, catch my breath, and remind myself to be grateful. I look right back into those eyes and whisper quietly, “I love you mom.”

And here’s a shot of one of our pretty kitties. I loved how the sun was lighting up her whiskers.

My little guy turned seven. That’s a lot of years that I’ve been loving him madly. I’m looking forward to loving him madly for the rest of my days.

This counts as one picture cuz these two kids complete me… you know, in that dramatic Jerry Maquire sort of way. hehe.

I love her joyful face celebrating her little brother’s birthday. I love his puffed up cheeks. Yep. They complete me.

 

The dude loves orange soda. I’m personally not a fan of giving them soda at all. But as a very special treat, he got some.

He sort of kind of loved it.

This also counts as one picture cuz 14 on 11, um or uh, 17 on 11 doesn’t have the same ring….

I really just wanted a picture of him sitting on his bed. I got these instead. But I love them even more because it’s him. He lies on his back all the time with his feet in the air. He loves Gangnam Style. And he loves not listening to me. LOL.

Come on…. Look at the camera…..

For his birthday, he had his best friend over for a sleepover, and his sister had her best friend over.

I played a little with some long exposure/light painting with the kids. It was kinda fun. Can you see me?

I love swings. I love love love the happy expressions I always get out of this guy when he’s swinging. So carefree.

I much prefer that happy face to the “I’m lost in Nintendo DS world” face.

Oh, who am I kidding. I love all his faces.

Last month, my son tested for his yellow belt. This time, it was my daughter’s turn.

She’s got a mean sidekick. This makes me giggle every time I see it. Kiai!

And I’m just gonna pretend you aren’t counting pics here, cuz I had to share these two of my beauty, just standing in front of the house being her, which is beautiful. Like, crazy so.

 

OK, seriously. I do know how to count. But, c’mon. How could I NOT share this one?

 

Getting a self portrait this month almost didn’t happen. I’m bummed I cut off my beautiful Miz Mooz boots, but super happy I have a picture of me with my kids sitting outside our house. They make me all sorts of happy.

I’m doing a horrible job of limiting these pics, but I  just can’t stop myself. Look at my sweet little girl. I love her room. The cloud with the rainbow above her bed was made by my mom. The paper cranes that are hanging in the corner? Also made by my mom. And the butterflies? Well, some came from Pottery Barn, and some were made by me. I love her room, decorated by the women who love her best.

 

You guys are just not gonna believe the talent that this blog circle has! Go check out Columbus Ohio photographer, Alison Janki Photography.  I know you’ll love her!

And if you want to see more of my stuff, I am better at posting to my Facebook wall. Come on over and like me. I’m a sucker for new likes. 

 


Jackie - These capture beauty, emotion, fun, on top of being vibrant and full of life, you are gifted!February 18, 2013 – 2:41 pm

Carrie - Looking at your images makes my heart happy xFebruary 16, 2013 – 2:18 am

Lindsay Faber - Laura….I am usually almost speechless after looking at your images. Almost speechless because rendering me completely speechless is nearly impossible. I love how your work seems so effortless and perfect yet achieving such amazing lifestyle shots is so very difficult! Wonderful wonderful job. I am loving these 11 on the 11th posts.February 11, 2013 – 6:34 pm

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Taryn Boyd - Oh laura, you genius you!!! how do you do it???? I love every SINGLE photo!! Of course the one with your daughter and mama is my fav. Such beauties!!! The swing shot is jaw dropping!!!!!
you are so beautiful inside and out.February 11, 2013 – 5:01 pm

ShellyS - These made me smile, Laura, and a few made me giggle out loud. I love everything you do!February 11, 2013 – 5:00 pm

Leah - Laura, that swing shot is AMAZING!! Well, all of them are amazing, but that one is just WOW!! You have crazy talent, so much it hardly seems fair….ahem, anyway. When you get a spare minute, would you mind coming and decorating my daughters room to? Thankssomuch.February 11, 2013 – 12:43 pm

Marie - I swear every time I scroll through one of your posts I’m smiling from start to finish. Your humor and beauty is contagious. I bow to you and your amazing photog skillz.February 11, 2013 – 12:11 pm

Anne Kerr - Laura…Ahhh!! How do you do this stuff??! The swing one is out.of. this. world. Your color is out of this world. You have enough talent to be flying around the world taking pictures…so yeah, get on that when you get a chance:) Seriously, breathtaking post. ♥♥♥February 11, 2013 – 11:54 am

Fran Barker - LAURA!!!!! I loved every.single.one but those last two gave me that awkward lump in my throat. So special! So, so special! xo.February 11, 2013 – 10:58 am

Summer Murdock - LAURA…the swing shot and the drinking juice wow! you do it everytime somehow..love these!February 11, 2013 – 10:22 am

Emily Burke - Your talent is Cray.
And I want to live in your daughters room.
Amazing work as always Laura! <3February 11, 2013 – 9:37 am

Lisa Holloway - You amaze me constantly Miss Laura. Gorgeous family and gorgeous images…there is always so much life and happiness in your pictures. <3 Happy birthday to your boy! <3February 11, 2013 – 8:43 am

Reena - I love all of them and glad there are more then 11! You are such an awesome mom…and I love your daughter’s bedroom! gorgeous! I love the one with your mom and daughter…two beauties!February 11, 2013 – 7:54 am

sally - Well, of COURSE I love these, as always! your transparent love for your kids and your mother come through so vividly in your images. And your angles and perspectives and light are all just perfect. LOVE them all.February 11, 2013 – 7:33 am

Alison Janki - Oh my word…every last one of them I LOVE!!
You’ve got insane talent my friend!! Unreal. I especially love the images of your son on the bed and your daughter outside… they are just such gorgeous babes.
And, I love seeing your happiness! I <3 the images of you and the kids :)
Brilliant as always xoxoFebruary 11, 2013 – 7:20 am

Family Photography | Life Stories: The Story of My Kids and Me

When I first decided that I wanted to learn how to use my camera, it was because I wanted better pictures of my kids. That began a journey that has lead me to where I am today. I’m a photographer now. And Lord knows, I have a lot of beautiful pictures of my children…images I will cherish forever. What I don’t have, mind you, are many pictures of me with my kids. It’s easy for me to be behind the camera, but it’s something entirely different to be in front of it. No one knows how to use my big ol’ camera, so for the most part, I am happy being behind it.

But, I know how important it is to have pictures of my parents…. I LOVE the images I have of my mom and dad.  There really just aren’t enough pictures of my mom and dad when I was growing up…pictures of them with full heads of hair, no wrinkles, no age spots, young and just beginning their lives as parents. So, I decided to change that for my kids. I want them to have lots of pictures of me. I want them to remember when I was young(ish) and carefree(ish).

I want them to remember me.

This desire lead to a monthly project I am participating in this year called “11 on 11.” You can see the first installment right here! This was to be like a lot of other blog circles, where photographers share their favorite personal images from the month, but this had a twist. I suggested to this amazing group of photographers that we include a self portrait, and while there may have been some inner grumblings about it, I’m pretty dang sure they are all starting to love the idea of including themselves in their pictures. It’s fun!

My first self portrait photo shoot of my kids and me was amazing. We laughed the whole way through. It didn’t seem like work. I didn’t have to beg.

It. Was. Magic.

I shared this image as part of my 11 on 11 project.

But I have so many more I wanted to share. So without further ado, here you go… the story of striped pajamas, crazy children, and me, their mother.

They were already playing in my room when I decided to grab my studio lights, tripod, camera, and remote, and get snapping.

My son’s elbows trip me out. Eep!

 

I can’t stand how much she’s grown up.

I have mad balancing skills AND mad “hide-the-remote-so-you-can’t-see-it-in-the-picture” skills. :)  Oh wait.. the remote is sitting on my tummy. At least it blends in with my shirt.

That last one cracked me up. I asked them to give me their “nice faces” and that’s what I got. Hahaha! They totally know how to wrap me around their cute little fingers!

If you like what you see, you can always follow me on Facebook.

I hope you enjoyed looking at these as much as I enjoyed shooting them! Who knew self portraits could be fun?

I forgot to mention that this Life Stories thing is a blog circle I have been participating in for over a year now. You can read more about it here.  This might be my last one. I have more on my plate than I can chew, but gosh I have loved doing them!

Next up is the Azure Marie Photography. Azure is a very creative person with a unique and wonderful eye. She’s also gorgeous and kind right down to the very bones. Love her. You will too.

Jen - This series is SO MUCH fun! You can absolutely feel the love and energy that you share with your kids.January 31, 2013 – 11:36 am

Carrie - Surely this is too much awesomeness and joy for one blog post Laura?? Surely!January 28, 2013 – 12:51 am

Leah - Laura, these are just incredible. Your kids, and you, are gorgeous. These are so amazing, I can feel love and fun just looking at these. Thank you for being such an inspiration my friend.January 27, 2013 – 11:51 pm

Anne Kerr - Amazing Laura. I love this set up you have! These are totally fun and I’m just…in awe!!!January 26, 2013 – 7:33 pm

Marie - You are seriously one of the beautiful people of this world. Inside and out you are so genuine, creative and just plain magical and it shows in each and every one of these pictures. What treasures for your family! Thank you for being such an inspiration!January 26, 2013 – 7:25 am

Sally - Love these like crazy!!!!! How totally fun! Such joy!January 25, 2013 – 7:55 pm

Dawn Kitley - I. Am. In. Love. With these. Wow, you never seem to disappoint. I know you will cherish these forever and for those that don’t know your relationship with your kids like we do, I’m so glad they get to see it. You show them what love is.January 25, 2013 – 6:15 pm

Danielle Frank - I LOVE these, Laura! Those elbows trip me out too, lol. You capture fun so, so well <3 I really should jump in front of the camera more for my kids sake, but I hate that side :P January 25, 2013 – 5:34 pm

Summer Murdock - Laura, it is SO obvious that your heart is totally in this! I’ve said it before but the energy in your work is INCREDIBLE…you and your kiddos will cherish these forever…love love!January 25, 2013 – 4:58 pm

Taryn Boyd - Oh Laura…. how can you come up with so many amazing shots in one sitting. I love them all. I am sad the project is nearing an end but I have no doubt you’ll continue to take amazing pictures of you and your kiddos. p.s. audrey+gorg= you’re in troubllllleee!January 25, 2013 – 4:51 pm

Fran Barker - Love the enery!! I love how you can see your energy and personality in them. They will cherish this set. I am personally grateful for your love of your own family pictures, that love is contagious!January 25, 2013 – 3:09 pm

amy - your pictures always make me smile! so full of life and love and happiness! i was loving the black and white but the color ones are awesome too!January 25, 2013 – 10:53 am

ShellyS - Love these and what a fantastic memory you’ve made here. Such fun images! Bet they can’t wait for their next session with Mom!January 25, 2013 – 9:49 am

Tonya Teran - Oh, Laura!!! These are so fantastic! So much fun…they made me smile the whole way through the post. Your kids are so lucky to have such a fun mama :) xoxoJanuary 25, 2013 – 9:26 am

Audrey - I feel like I need some caffeine just to keep up with your energetic pictures! I love this story!January 25, 2013 – 9:00 am

Kel Ward - Oh my gosh, these had me cracking up! You and your kids are such hams! I love it. What awesome photos and amazing memories you’re making for them. LOVE!January 25, 2013 – 8:48 am

Kathleen Weibel - Yep – totally love these! So very you! Love the energy! But yes, his elbows freak me out a bit. LOLJanuary 25, 2013 – 8:23 am

Amy - LOVE.

Just… LOVE.

Not only are they seriously amazingly fun and spirited and YOU.

They are images your children will treasure forever.January 25, 2013 – 7:09 am

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Family Photographer | January | 11 on 11

I am SO excited to share a new project I will be doing this year with some insanely talented photographers!  I am humbled to be a part of this group and KNOW you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE all the images shared by these ridiculously talented photographers!

You may have heard of the project 10 on 10, where photographers share 10 images they took that month and share it on the 10th of the month. Well, in honor of Spinal Tap, we’re doing 11 on 11. If you don’t know what my Spinal Tap reference is, here’s a clip:

 


So, yes, indeed. These will go to 11! I will be sharing 11 images I’ve taken of my family and will share them on the 11th!  The catch is, that 11th picture needs to be something different. For me, that something different will (hopefully) be a self portrait of me with my kids. I am so seldomly in front of the camera, and so desperately want pictures of me with my kids, so this project is my little push to make sure that I not only document my kids’ lives, but also include me in some of those pictures!

Let’s get started!

My freakishly tall daughter had the honor of placing the star on the San Francisco Union Square Christmas Tree this year. We’re so proud. Hehe.

My son graduated to yellow belt in karate. He already has a black belt in Cute.

My beautiful mom celebrated another year on this earth, for which I am incredibly grateful. Also pictured here is my amazing dad who lended his lungs when my mom couldn’t get those candles out. For those who don’t know, my mom has been battling brain cancer for almost 3 years now. Good thoughts and prayers are always welcome. It’s been tough.

The dude got a Flashrider 360 for Christmas and clearly owns the neighborhood now.

 

 

We went up to Reno to ski and play in the snow.  She allowed me pretty much this one picture in the parking lot before running off but dang, how I love it.

Taking a break from sledding to eat some snow. He may have eaten his weight in snow that day.

 

We stayed at the Circus Circus in Reno. I woke up to see my little guy sitting on the heater, peering out the window at the newly fallen snow.

Up the escalator to go to Circus Circus’s Midway of Fun.

She bought some light up glasses with her winnings.  It took her a gajillion minutes to decide on what to get and then she wore them for about a minute before she was done.

A shot of my daughter’s eyelashes while she was doing some artwork at the table. Love finding quiet moments like this.

And now for the 11th picture!  This was shot by me, using a tripod, one light set up, and my remote.  My remote has a 2 second delay, so once I fired it, I had two seconds to hide it and get ready for a shot!  LOL!  We had SO much fun!  I couldn’t decide how to present it, so I went a little crazy.:)

I will have to do a separate blog post to share all the fun pictures I got!  I rarely use studio lights and hope to try to use them more this coming year. I’m so glad I am challenging myself with this monthly self portrait. I hope I can keep the creativity going for 12 months!

(Hey! I DID do a separate blog post of our striped pajama insanity! You can check it out right here!)

 

If you like what you see, you can always FOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK.

Next up is the incredibly talented Australian photographer, Leah Robinson of Leah Robinson Photography. I absolutely adore her work and know you will too!  Go have a look!

Carrie - You are a whole new level of awesome Laura. I will call you “Laura the Awesome” from now on!January 12, 2013 – 1:48 am

Christie - I have always been in love with your work, and I think it is because of the way that you see things … you have such a gift, I just FEEL childhood in your images. Love these Laura, as I love all of your work!January 11, 2013 – 7:24 pm

jennifer - haha! Love that little video clip Laura! And your photos are so gorgeous, I love how you rock that wide angle. Your selfie is one of my most favorites of yours ever. Just perfect! <3January 11, 2013 – 6:18 pm

Tonya Teran - I know this has been said over and over but these are SO FUN and SO LAURA :) I love seeing life the way you do through your images…such fun perspectives and well, just FUN! Can’t wait for next month :) January 11, 2013 – 6:05 pm

Azure - Laura, I LOVE the way you see things so so so very much. You are insanely talented and I love how your personality totally shines through in your work. These are FANTASTIC! What a fun project, and I can’t wait to see more!January 11, 2013 – 4:55 pm

Reena - totally LOVE each and every image you posted! That last image is so fun!! Many prayers to your mom, she is amazing!January 11, 2013 – 4:48 pm

Irene - You inspire me like you could NOT believe to delve into more wide angle photography!!! Your wide angle shots are truly TO. DIE. FOR. I love all your work actually.

I would love to hear which wide angle lens you have and what your settings were on some of those shots. SO FUN!!!!!

Oh – and I need to understand that last shot. SO fun and creative but I have no idea how you did that!!!January 11, 2013 – 3:35 pm

Leah - Laura, you never cease to amaze me with your talent and creativity. Just when I think you couldn’t possibly outdo yourself, you….do. I adore these, and that selfie is the most fun selfie I have ever seen. The energy that flows from your images is mind blowing. I love them, and you.January 11, 2013 – 2:12 pm

Lindsay Faber - Laura….you are ridiculous. These are AMAZING. Looking at your work simultaneously makes me gasp in awe AND want to quit…why bother with what I’m doing when I see what YOU are doing?! LOL. So so so awesome.January 11, 2013 – 1:48 pm

Anne Kerr - There is are almost no words to describe how awesome you are!! So talented it is INSANE…Every shot so creative and fun! Love the ones in the snow! You rock my friend (now off to research Flashriders–how cool) !!January 11, 2013 – 12:17 pm

Marie - How I am lucky enough to be in a blog circle with you I will never know. You continuously blow me away with your creativity and skillz. You nailed this one girl! LOVE all of these pics!January 11, 2013 – 12:11 pm

Fran Barker - How many different ways can I say that I love you? Your talent is off the charts. Your pictures are just plain FUN! I love that you have a whole series of pictures to edit of you with your kiddos, that is what makes this project so incredible.January 11, 2013 – 11:20 am

Summer Murdock - Laura, seriously the energy and life you capture blows me away…love these and that mirrored selfie is off the charts cool!January 11, 2013 – 9:28 am

Linsey Wilt - Gorgeous images! I Love the one of your son on his new bike, seriously cute!January 11, 2013 – 9:01 am

Alison Janki - RIDICULOUSLY TALENTED!!! You never cease to amaze with your insane creativity and rockstar camera skills. You rock the wide angle like no other and I can’t wait to see what you pull out in our little project… Gorgeous images, Laura! My fav is the last shot of beautiful you and your perfectly, gorgeous babies!! xoxoJanuary 11, 2013 – 8:49 am

Taryn Boyd - hahahahahahhahhahaha! The spinal tap reference is all sorts of hilarity! I LOVE YOU
wonderful moments captured. The tree picture is crazy creative and the picture of your son gangstered out made me LOL! Love em all!!!! xoJanuary 11, 2013 – 8:03 am

Sarah Cambio - Laura you do such an amazing job documenting your family! Seriously love it!January 11, 2013 – 7:28 am

Susie - Words can’t even describe how in love I am with your work! Your images are fun, colorful, and oooooze personality!! Just stunning. AS I scroll down, I can’t wait to get to the next one. :) That self portrait with your kids is one they’ll treasure forever!January 11, 2013 – 7:24 am

sally - wow oh wow! You so rock, Laura!! LOVE the self portrait, love that escalator shot, love it all.January 11, 2013 – 7:16 am

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