Happy Birthday Charlotte


Happy Birthday Baby Girl!


getting out of auto

Now I sadly have been shooting completely in auto since I got my camera a year and half ago and had just never taken the time to learn how to shoot in manual. It seemed extremely overwhelming and over my head. Then recently, I just became frustrated enough with the fact that I couldn’t get the pictures that I wanted and knew my camera could take. SO, I’ve started learning my camera and learning how to actually use it to its full potential. I found some pretty awesome YouTube tutorials that are really easy to follow and I’ve been watching and practicing like crazy. I’ve come a long way in just a few days on my understanding of my camera but I’ve got a lot of practice ahead of me to actually become good at it.

So when my best friend (of 10 years) and his boyfriend just so happened to be visiting this weekend I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make them get in front of the camera for me. Then for once I wouldn’t have to try and chase down my subject and I might actually get to play with my settings with hopes of getting something in focus. 🙂

These are far from perfect but I love them.

So here is my 1st shoot in manual

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P.S. Don’t bother being a troll, any ignorant comments will be deleted because you’re just being a douche.

The little lady is 10 months old!

It’s time to start thinking about a birthday party! I can’t believe that time has really truly gone this fast. I know that I haven’t been doing monthly check in posts for Charlotte (I have kept up with taking monthly pictures and writing in her baby book, so gold star for that I guess) but since I took some pictures today and actually took them off my camera (along with her 9 month pictures… ya, I know. But hey, at least I took them!) I figured that I would share them with you.

Now, I’m not very good at this but and I swear that taking her picture is hard as hell because it is a constant cycle of set her down, run or slide back, get camera up, and then repeat 3 more times before I get to take a picture. And forget getting her to sit/stand/hold anything in any kind of pose. She does what she wants and any shot I get is pure luck. I think she is adorable anyway though.

Now all about her… She is 19 1/2 lbs. She is standing for long lengths of time and has only taken a few “half” steps to balance herself while standing. I don’t count those as her first steps. She will push anything light enough across the floor so she can walk behind it. She STILL doesn’t have any teeth. Which I am fully aware is completely normal, it’s just weird for me as a Momma because Parker got his first 2 teeth at 5 1/2 months old. She is waving and gives kisses. She LOVES to be upside-down, and she finds it hilarious to fling herself backwards so you can hold her by her legs. It’s always a good idea to be ready for that 😉 I can already see so many differences from her brother and it’s so interesting to watch her personality develop.

P.S. My lovely Grandmother made this dress for her last year at this time and when I tried it on her it reminded me so much of an Easter dress that I had to bust out the clearance Easter basket and leftover eggs from last year even though it’s still a bit early for that. 😉

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