Glitter Girl Photo


I know it has come up before, but Chiara is a total girly girl. She’ll run around the yard and play fight with the boys, but she loves dress up, jewelry and glitter. She’s my princess that can rescue herself! I was looking at several options for her five year old pictures, and this struck me the same day as Arthur’s Lego photo did. They also both required a clean floor, so it was good to get them both done in one day!

I started with sweeping the floor. Even though I had just done so for Arthur’s picture, I had to redo it because the dogs were fascinated by what I had going on. Needless to say, dog hair, everywhere! I had her put on this dress, a cute hand-me-down that she’ll be wearing to wedding this fall. She loves it, but it’s still a little too big to wear out yet. I wanted the color pop in this shot though, especially with the color of our floor and the glitter I had on hand.

I had her lay on the floor, then spread out the glitter. I started with a white ‘diamond dust’ glitter, spreading some on her and around her, just for a little shimmer. Then I went to town with the gold glitter! Her hair was a little interesting to adjust. I started with it spread around her head, but it looked a little silly. Then I pulled it down to be both sides of her head, but it still wasn’t quite right. I finally settled on her hair being pulled off to one side and thought it looked adorable.

As with Arthur’s picture, I had the perfect quote in mind

Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle

I used PicMonkey to do my editing. It is an amazing website that lets you play with contrast, exposure and a lot of other little things to enhance your pictures. I somehow managed to muddle through before this website, but it is so much easier with it!

Do you have a glitter girl in your life that deserves some sparkle? Make her day with a fun and easy photo shoot. Even if the pictures don’t make it to your wall, it’ll be a nice memory for both of you because during a photo shoot, you are completely focused on each other. That can be hard to do these days!

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Lego Photo Op


I do have to start by saying, Arthur loves Legos. He had loved them since my parents got him his first sets at the age of three. Too young for them, but who cares! I’m fairly certain he’s going to grow up to be an engineer or something because he lives building and making up his own designs especially. He’ll build a new set, first following the directions, then the pieces become building blocks for whatever he can imagine.
This year for his annual pictures, I was at a loss. I had taken a few nice shots at one of the local parks, but nothing really screamed ‘this is it’. Then, yesterday afternoon, inspiration struck, for once not having come from Pinterest!
I swept out hardwood floor, which collects pet hair worse than a carpet, then grabbed his Lego bin and made a circle of them on the floor. He had a few creations put together already, so I also staged them around the circle. I put him in an outfit I like, then it was picture time.
I tend to say ridiculous things to my kids to get the look I want. “Think about how funny a fart sounds” I’d actually what got me this silly face. Normally I want something a little more sedate, but as soon as I looked at this shot on my camera, with a new creation forming in his hands, the quote jumped into my head.

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality

I knew then that the smile was perfect, just like the rest of him.
I did some searching online and found picmonkey. This is an amazing free photo editing website that allowed me to play with the exposure, contrast, etc. on the picture. After that it was a quick 1-hr developing at Walmart and now it’s on my wall.
As always with pictures of my kids, I love the time with them. They know they are your absolute focus during this time and you know they’re at least fully aware of you, even when engrossed in Legos.
Do you have any fun shots of your kids playing with Legos? I hope Arthur never loses his fascination with them because I love seeing what he can dream up.

For other boy photo op ideas, be sure to check out:
Train Photo Op
A Boy and his Cars