Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Snippity Snap

Okay, haircut update. I've been cutting Magnet's hair for over a year now and I'm improving slowly and sluggishly. As punishment for this arrangement, I have Magnet cut Magson's hair. He might just be fired, though, since he nicked both of Magson's little ears with the shaver this last week. My poor sweet baby! Hmmm, maybe I should try and get fired that way...

Yesterday, on a spontaneous whim, and after much, much begging from Maggie, I cut her hair. She will likely be going in for a professional touch up, but until then, I think she looks so adorable in her short do!

I also got my haircut this last week--love it! I didn't get much taken off the length, but it feels so good to have a fresh cut.

And now for something sweet on the eyes~

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sweet Tooth

I've seen several photo blogs close out 2009 with some of their favorite images of the year, and sometimes I can't help but copy! So, I'm welcoming a new decade with a 2009 photo recap. I'll admit, I didn't spend a lot of time trying to come up with favorites from the 50-odd formal shoots I had. C'mon, that would take decisiveness, and when it comes to choosing favorite pictures, I just can't. But for different reasons, these pictures instantly caught my eye, heart and emotions. Here's why:

This little guy was adopted from Ethiopia last year, and I love the contrast of his rich skin with the textured fence in the back. Plus that classic baby expression--a tickled mouthful of baby fingers. I don't think there's a happier sight in the world.

Triple mushy sigh--how romantic is this picture? Lost in love in a sweeping field? Tres elegant. (I'm trusting Fancy Nancy is teaching me correct French phrases.)

For me, it's her red hair contrasted with the green in the truck, plus her expression--classic beauty in a frame. Plus everything! Love everything!

You might think this is posey-posey. And it is, and I don't normally like posey-posey. But it was all my four-year-old Maggie's posing. I said, "Hey, beautiful--over here!" And that was her stance of the moment (she's got quite a selection of stances). Combined with the doll carriage, her handmade outfit and the greenery, it's simple beauty, I say.

What do I love in this one? Her eyes against that girly nail polish. And the way she's hiding, yet still giving us a peek at her smile. So innocent, youthful and real.

The light in the background, the texture and color that she's leaning up against, and that eight-year-old innocence in her face. I think "life" and "light" when I look at this picture. It speaks to me every time.

I have so many favorites of this girl. She's my cowgirl sister and my go-to model. What more can I say?

Fairy-like and beautiful. Peaceful. Natural. Content. Pure. In love.

Happiness. Connected. Forever.

Despite my decisiveness disability, I do think this is my all-time favorite family portrait of 2009. I always get nervous before a shoot, especially the kind involving big families--scary! But after this session, I realized how much I truly, truly love it. Yeah, it's challenging and a little harder to get artsy, but geez, I suspect I've developed a bit of a sweet tooth.

Merci to all of you who helped me build my portfolio this year. And to my first clients in this journey, hugs, hugs, hugs! ♥

PS. Check out the "photographie" link at the top of my blog for 2010 Marie Photographie pricing.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Honest Scrap Award

I'm ashamed to say I got this blog award quite awhile ago, and I'm only just now playing along. My friend {Rae at Lulu} awarded it to me--thank you, Rae! It's particularly flattering coming from her because she is both an excellent writer and photographer, plus she's completely likable! I can't imagine there's anyone who knows Rae who doesn't just love her. I've linked to her blog before, but definitely check her out if you haven't already.

Anyway, I've been looking forward to passing the torch to seven other of my favorite bloggers who I've never linked to before. And it's shocking, I know, but several of them are photographers:

{Mamalia and the Hooligans}
She homeschools her six kids and still finds time to make beautiful quilts amongst other cutesy/crafty things. Plus I like the way she writes. Her posts are sprinkled with the most delightful phrases. Always a treat, for sure.

{The Savvy Photographer}
Loaded with giveaways (in fact there are several giveaways going on right now) and always featuring inspirational photographers from around the country, this blog is a must if you love photography! (Plus she posts just about everyday!)

{The Holyoak Family Blog}
So sorry, but this blog is private! I mainly list it for those I go to church with because the Holyoaks just moved into our ward. She has a wonderful family blog with lots of fab photos and the perfect touch of wit/humor. Sooo, track Jill down and get invited to her blog. You'll love it!

{Kara May Photography}
I love the way Kara May writes descriptively and creatively, but more than that, I love how her photography is often featuring the latest Etsy fashions with her gorgeous daughter as the model. Gotta admit, she has quite the life!

{Kimberly Bee Photography}
She hasn't been posting too often lately, but if you're anything like me, to peruse through her previous posts will cause an addiction. Beware!

{Mika Beth Edwards Photography}
It will be obvious why I adore this blog. Her photos are ah-mazing and definitely an inspiration to me. She's been a favorite of mine for quite sometime!

{Vanessa Millecam Photography}
Possibly my favorite of late, introducing the talented Vanessa Millecam. I love her style! Enjoy!

I realize most of the people I awarded will never see this, BUT if you saw yourself awarded and would like to play along, here are the rules: (1) thank the person who gave the award and list their blog and link it, (2) share "10 Honest Things" about yourself and (3) present this award to seven others whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged you, and (4) tell those seven people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines about receiving the award.

And without further ado~

{10 Honest Things About Me}

1. I love my life.

2. I desperately want upgraded floors and paint throughout my house and I'm pretty determined to make it happen this year.

3. I learned how to knit several years ago and over the holiday buckled down and learned the purl stitch. It evoked anger and unhappy feelings in me, as knitting generally does, but I find myself doing it from time to time anyway. (???)

4. I stink at making visual aids, you know, the kind that involve scissors and paper and lamination. Seriously, ghetto!

5. I hate long nails, especially on me.

6. As of today, I think I'm 85% committed to homeschooling my kids---eeek!

7. I've had the sneezes with this pregnancy, which has been difficult in the holding-my-bladder-department, if ya know what I mean.

8. I eerily wait for a catastrophe because I think I'm long due for one.

9. I read less books and exercised less this year. Sad, sad emoticon.

10. But I learned more in 2009 than I have in a long time. Here's to an even brighter 2010!



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