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In an attempt to win the battle against my email inbox, I am going to try to share more ‘behind’ the pictures every now and then.

Top Picture: 1/250, f/4.0, ISO 100, 50mm lens, edited with Totally Rad Actions

font (get it free here); flowers on picture (Design Aglow); rounded corners tutorial (Happy Web Diva); tutu was a gift

Bottom Pictures: 1/200, f/4.0, ISO 100, 50mm lens, edited with Totally Rad Actions, hat (HeartSmiles)


Thanks for the sweet comments on yesterday’s post, I had fun taking them…not so much fun trying to remember to take them! I also got a lot of comments and emails recently about how I take photos of myself on the self timer and get things in focus. I will try to answer that in a post soon. I have been updating the My Lovelies tab on the far left of the blog. You should check it out. I especially want to call attention to the River to Well photo competition. All proceeds from the contest go towards building a well in South Africa. Check out the blog and send in a picture. You don’t have to be a pro photog to enter…and you get to help build a water well. Go check it out!


and just to keep it real….she can swing a sword as good as the big boys

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  • Christy - So cute! She’s adorable!

  • Christine - She is adorable….it is a good thing she has 3 brothers to look out for her πŸ™‚

  • Shannon - At the risk of sounding like a broken record….A-dor-a-ble! She is just too precious and those are great “frame worthy” pics of her! she will treasure them, as I am sure you will too!

  • Gevay - So cute! Love that belly-just want to blow some raspberries on it!

  • Tonia - Thanks for sharing your camera settings! That is always so helpful!!!

  • Liene - Very cute pictures! I love picnik (you probably know it) which is free online photo editing tool. Great to experiment with. I am going to check out the URLs you mentioned.

  • Raquel - which TRA actions did you use? I love the effect!

  • amanda gibson - Oh, what a cutie! Love the hat and the tutu. And that sweet little belly!

    Quick “behind the camera” question – I have the Totally Rad Actions and I love them – I’m wondering, which did you use on your photos?

  • Dinah - I recently came across your blog and am totally hooked! I just LOVE your photography, your cute commentaries, and interesting stories about your family. Your little girl is just adorable in her little tutu! (And your boys are just precious — I’m partial to rough and tumble boys, since I have two of my own (3 & 6)!

    As someone who has just recently attempted to try manual mode on my SLR (and am very GREEN at it right now), I LOVE that you post your camera settings for your photos — that’s so helpful to us newbies. I must ask though (and this is probably a really dumb question), but what is the first number in your camera settings referencing? I get the f-stop, the ISO and the lens size, but didn’t know what the first number was? Thank you!

  • Mara - Love them and your blog! Thanks in advance for letting know the secret to getting self-timer pictures in focus! Also, similar question to others, which TRA actions do you like?

  • emmylou - It’s amazing how you somehow end up a little more girly when you have a daughter. My boys love seeing their little sister all pretty, even if they like to behead her dolls! Your family is adorable!


  • shelly@familyblt - I think you need a pic with the tutu AND the sword–beware pirate firecracker–arrrgghhhh!

  • Kristy - You’re fantastic! I’ve been following your blog for a long time and am too far away to enroll in a SnapShop. Woo-hoo, so excited to hear that you may be doing online SnapShops in 2011! If I had your address, I’d send you an Etsy gift card for advice. I’ve been shooting manual on a Canon XTi for over a year, and it’s time to upgrade. 50D or 7D…or something else? I have a 3-year old that is the subject of most of my snaps, and my passion for both her and photography grows every single day. Thanks in advance if you have time and energy to give free and specific advice. If not, I understand and look forward to every new post and an online course. Take good care!

  • Megan - She is absolutely precious!

  • emily anderson - she’s so sweet πŸ™‚

  • Brooke - I love it! You turned me into a total baby shower star…giving the gift of the adorable hat with flower πŸ™‚ I fell in love with baby sister’s hat when she was a couple months old. My friend and I made your cateye onesie…I mean really…that is exciting.

    I won’t lie. I am also excited for an online snapshop. but maybe if I’m super lucky I’ll make it to a real one πŸ™‚