Train Photo Op

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This was a fun, albeit chilly time spent with Arthur. He has been a big fan of trains for as long as I can remember. My theory is that the interest came genetically from my Papa! I saw some different pictures on Pinterest that inspired this shoot. I’m not referencing them because I didn’t use their actual ideas. The photos featured boys on train tracks. When I was discussing the idea with Tony, he suggested this retired train in Valley City, OH. When we drove out to see it, it was perfect!
The night before we were set to take pictures we made a trip to Walmart for his suit. I thought it would look really sharp (right as usual), and my poor boy had no dress shoes, so he needed a pair of those too. When we were heading to the train, I was looking for a hat to tie the look together. I was leaning towards his fedora, when Tony suggested the chapeau. Score one for my honey!
When we first got there, I let Arthur wander around and just take it all in. He was so excited because hello, train, and I wanted him to be able to focus on smiles for the camera.
The photo up top is the one that will be his 7 year old photo. We did however get a lot of great ones! I am pretty lucky though and have a good looking kid! 🙂

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The only one taken at the engine. It’s obviously not a working train. It looks really good though!

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This photo was probably my personal favorite! The only reason this one won’t be his 7 year old shot is I want to be able to see his face clearly. Doesn’t this look like it could’ve been taken decades ago?
For another great option for boy pictures, check out https://superstevied.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/boy-picture-options/
Happy picture taking!

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Belle Photo Op

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The only reason I get a little sad as spring approaches is because that means my kids birthdays are coming. Don’t get me wrong, it’s exciting that they’re growing up and we get to celebrate the coming year, but at the same time, we’re approaching the time when they won’t want to spend the day with their parents.
The original idea for this session came from a pin linking to https://plus.google.com/app/basic/stream/z120sj14lpzky1kwh04chpqzjtfru3yhntk0k which is an adorable image of a woman dressed as Belle, browsing the shelves at a bookstore.
I went back and forth on it, but decided to use the library instead of the bookstore. It was no big deal getting my little darling to put on her Belle dress for a few hours. She got the dress from the Disney store (thank you Nana) and it is just gorgeous! We weren’t a big fan of the Belle shoes, and not that you can see them in the picture, but she’s wearing her Rapunzel shoes.
She even cooperated before we left and let me attempt the Belle hairsstyle, but that’s another blog for another day!
Before starting with the camera I browsed the shelves and found a Disney Princess book for her to “read” during our shoot. I took maybe 20 pictures, switching poses quickly as her attention span isn’t the best at 3!
I’m looking forward to what her fourth year brings to my little diva, but I hope she doesn’t outgrow this dress up phase too soon!
For other girl photo ideas, check out last year’s photo shoot at https://superstevied.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/wedding-dress-alternative/.
The original, pre – editing picture for the above shot was this:

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This one was a little goofy for her 4 year old picture, but was cute not to share! All I did to prompt this smile was ask her “what do you think of when I say ‘tickle the baby’?”

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Enjoy your own photo sessions. Remember that the best memory you’ll have won’t be the pictures you take, but the time spent with your baby. The picture will just be a reminder of that time!

Shoebox Charging Station

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Mine wasn’t as pretty as the one on Pinterest, but it tends to happen that way. The site I pinned linked back to http://pinterest.com/starryskye81/ but I really just looked at the picture and guessed.

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I started with a shoe box we had laying around the house. You need to make sure there is enough room for your power strip and the excess cord that you don’t want hanging out of the box.

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I cut six holes in my box, one for each outlet on the power strip, but you need to think about what you’re plugging in. If you are plugging something in that covers an extra outlet, you may need fewer holes.

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Here’s where mine seriously veered from the pretty picture. I failed to purchase the pretty silver rings to line the holes. I was looking at quick and easy, so aside from the fact that the holes aren’t quite round, the wrapping paper is held in place with tape. You can pick any wrapping paper you want, this dark blue was the only non-Christmas paper I had.

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Here is where you see the difference this box will make! Look at all these crazy cords I am keeping confined with a simple shoebox! All that will be seen when looking at my counter is the ends of the cord, which is all I need.
I hope your shoebox charging station turns out at least as well as mine, if not better. I would recommend getting the silver rings to line the holes. I may end up adding mine later. We’ll see……