Boo’s Photo Project "Let’s Do 52"

I was all set to participate in Paint the Moon’s “Let’s Do 52″ Project….but then I thought it would be SO much more fun to help Boo participate. After all, she DID ask Santa for a “camera with legs, but no feet”….and I personally think a 3-year-old could have a lot to say through photography ;)

Boo got a hand-me-down camera from her Mimi and Papa and Mommy and Daddy bought her a mini tripod:

Annie of Paint the Moon just rocks….I love her photography, her style, how down-to-earth she is and especially her photography actions. Here’s the link to her “Let’s do 52″ photo-a-week project…much less daunting than a 365 project I think:


Week 1’s theme is New Beginnings…..so last night I taught Boo how to use the timer on her little camera. She took this photo of the two of us….I think she did a pretty good job!


You should think about starting the project! It’s week 2 now, but you can still do a week 1…Annie’s cool like that.

Robots & Daddy’s Girl

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These photos from Linda Pelk Photography will surely put a smile on your face! Full blog post can be found here. Thank you Linda for these adorable photos!

 

 

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Our last Valentine’s Day addition is a Daddy’s Girl Dress for a Cause! We wanted to give back to a single dad with this dress design and the overwhelming majority of you asked that the proceeds go to The Liz Logelin Foundation!

 

 

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So, 10% of net proceeds from each dress sale will go to the Liz Logelin Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2009 by Matthew Logelin, who lost his wife Elizabeth in 2008. If you have not read Matt’s blog before, please go and read it now! He is amazing and his little girl is precious beyond words!

 

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If you would prefer to donate directly to the foundation you can follow this link HERE. Thank you for your support!

 

Update: $200 raised! All donation receipts are always posted once the donation is made. While charitable amounts could remain anonymous I think that any website/individual who is asking you to “buy” something to raise funds should provide a paper trail.

Scottsdale


Just got back from a 4 day trip to Scottsdale, AZ for a family wedding. I took along my camera to capture some family moments and some inspiration!

I spent one full day walking around old town Scottsdale with my mother-in-law and my husband’s aunt. I bought this new “Indiana Jones” hat:


Here’s what else caught my eye:


















Last night Mr. LBB’s step-brother got married at Montelucia. I used to babysit him when he was younger so I’m starting to feel old! It was a gorgeous setting:


It was a 4:00 wedding….the sunlight was breathtaking coming in through these windows and hitting the chandeliers:


Family photo:


I caught Boo with her finger in the wedding cake:


Happy New Year!

P.S. I edited all these photos using Paint the Moon’s new “Jubilee” action! So quick and easy! Annie is offering it as a free download for a limited time! Click HERE to check it out!

Happy New Year!

Lil Blue Boo wants to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

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There are so many exciting things happening in 2011! We can’t wait to share them all with our amazing Lil Blue Boo community. Thank you for your constant support, we could not do it without all of you.

*Happy New Year graphics courtesy of Picnik*

Boo’s Directorial Debut

Busy packing for a family wedding so I thought I’d share this little dance video directed by Boo. Please, no comments on my lack of dance skills.

Now go dance with your kiddos :)

This one is my favorite though:

The Lil Blue Boo Valentine’s Day Collection!

Introducing the Lil Blue Boo Valentine’s Day Collection!
Available for a limited time only or until supplies run out!

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The Li’l Miss Valentine Hoodie with hand silk screened applique and heart print:

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The LOVE BUG silk screened t-shirt and matching twirl skirt:

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The Valentines Beret:

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The Lil Blue Boo Valentine’s Day collection would not be complete without a matching dress for Li’l Sally (comes in 10″ and 15″ doll sizes):

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Entire collection can be purchased in the store HERE this week!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas and happy holiday! This Christmas was just amazing…it makes it so much more fun now that Boo is old enough to really understand what is going on.


Last night, Boo counted out 8 carrots and a few cookies for Santa and we put her to bed. I really THOUGHT she was sound asleep and I started filling some stockings and then out of nowhere she pops into the den “oh my gosh MOMMY, ……I thought you were SANTA!” She scared me half to death….I threw the stocking behind me and pretended to be checking the cookies. She begged to sleep in the den because she said she needed to talk to Santa about something. Instead I convinced her to leave a note…something about a helicopter she wanted to add to her list.


Early this morning I heard her run out to the den and do a huge gasp…..then she ran back to our bedroom to tell us that Santa had come and she had forgotten to wake up and catch him! She was so teary and shaking the whole time she opened her presents…..I was worried she was going to faint from excitement!

Boo got most everything from her list: the bike, the telescope, a little helicopter, Li’l Sally’s sister……but somehow there was a miscommunication and the #1 most requested item, the watercooler, wasn’t purchased. She’s been telling people ALL day that “Santa GOTFOR (forgot) my watercooler!” We think he might stop by on his way back to the North Pole tonight or tomorrow and drop it off (whenever Target opens back up). She had also written Santa a few letters and stashed them under the tree, and I guess he didn’t pick them up and she was pretty sad (wish I’d known they were there….this is only going to get harder next year!)

Mr. Lil Blue Boo gave me a new ski helmet, a gift certificate for a new ski jacket, a ton of candy, and a new hair dryer….he also washed my car. I didn’t need a THING so my presents were perfect. I gave him hand sanitizer (he never has any in his car when I need it), eye drops, a shirt Boo and I picked out in red which makes him look even MORE handsome than we already think he is, and about 10 pounds of chocolate covered peanuts. We are really easy to shop for :)

Even Li’l Sally, Boo’s Apple Tree House doll, had presents this year:

We are so lucky to have some amazing friends who all cater to Boo’s wild imagination….”Uncle” Walker wrapped up his space shuttle gift in engineering plans and labeled it just how Boo would have imagined it:


Tuckered out (with her new doll Li’l Laurina from Apple Tree House). Li’l Sally is wearing her new Melamoose PJs:


Right now I’m taking a break to write this post while I cook….every year I make these balsalmic brussel sprouts for my mother-in-law (only she and I will eat them, and my whole house smells like cabbage now) and squash casserole. In a bit we will head over to my in-laws again for dinner and games and family time….it doesn’t get better than that.


I hope you all are having a wonderful day….whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, or any other holiday….I hope everyone is spending it with their loved ones and in a warm place, in good health and with full tummies.

Lots of Love from Lil Blue Boo :)

Lil Blue Boo / Paint the Moon Giveaway

A holiday giveaway! Two winners will receive a set of one adult and one child’s vintage camera print tees PLUS a $25 gift card to Paint the Moon Photography. I use Paint the Moon’s actions to edit my photos….I can’t imagine my photos without them now!

These vintage cameras were designed by the fabulous artist Stephanie Corfee! Annie from Paint the Moon took these amazing photos of her daughter wearing one of the tees….and of course the photos were edited using her own actions!



Contest ends Friday at noon and the winners will be announced after the holiday weekend.

Happy Holidays from Lil Blue Boo!

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

A Baby Shower Gift – New & Upcycled

A big bucket of goodies for our dear friend Jackie who is having a baby boy soon! It turned out so cute I thought I would share some gift ideas:


“Big” and “Li’l” t-shirts, one for big sister and one for the new baby brother:


The shirts were silk screened using the contact-paper method (click here to find the full tutorial for the method):


We added an upcycled pair of baby pants. These were made from a golf shirt and I added some cute truck trim to the bottom. (You can make a similar pair using elastic for the waist using the Recycle T-shirt Gauchos Tutorial.)


A pair of upcycled baby booties to match the pants (free pattern from Michael Miller):


We added in some new blankets, toys and this fun book The New Dad from A to Z by friend Dan Consiglio (also the author of the hilarious blog What my Kid’s Art Says). Dan’s book is the perfect gift to add for a dad because of its offbeat humor.

I love an eclectic mix of new and upcycled gifts!

Photography: The First "Real" Shoot


Contributed by Lisa

I recently had the pleasure of taking photos of a friend and her gorgeous family. I only had experience taking pictures of my own little toddler, so photographing a family of four was a whole new experience for me. This was my first “real” shoot and I was so nervous because I really could not have predicted how it would go.

The nice thing about using a friend’s family for your first shoot is that it takes some of the pressure off: most likely they will be understanding if you suffer a major anxiety attack or you accidentally delete all of the images off your card (my two biggest fears that day!).

My equipment used in the shoot was a Canon rebel xsi and 50 mm 1.8 lens.

Here are some of the photos from the day…

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I was more then pleased with how the photos turned out. I loved the setting and the family was so beautiful! We were shooting in 80+ degree weather in the middle of the desert in December. These kids were troopers and so were the parents!

I thought I would share some of the things I did to prepare for my first “real” photoshoot. I assume you already know all about your camera, how to shoot in manual, understand lighting, and have had lots of practice. If not, check out all of the posts from our two weeks of photography!

::Check the Sunset Calendar::

I use this Sunset Calendar to find out when the sun is going to set in my area for any given day. I allowed for 20 minutes of prep time and an hour of shooting before the sun was completely down. Little kids won’t last more then an hour usually :-)

::Scout out the location::

Know the location! I took my daughter and did some practice photos at the same time and spot we were planning on taking the family photos. I knew which areas to stay in ahead of time and I knew what the lighting was going to be like.

::Posing::

For a while now I have been collecting images of poses I love. I find them in magazines or from other photographers that I admire. I studied them before the family shoot and picked a few favorites that I definitely wanted to have them do. Many photographers sell posing guides or cards that you can attach to your camera bag. Willette Designs has a nice selection of posing guides here.
::What to Bring::

Besides my camera and lens, I brought several props, including a little wagon, quilts, and some vintage chairs. We mainly used the bright patchwork quilt I picked up at a local thrift store, and the landscape. Ask your family if there’s anything special they would like to incorporate.

Bring extra camera memory cards, especially if you plan on shooting in raw. Bring one of THESE to put them in and not a Ziploc bag like I did! I’m so NOT a professional obviously! If I were, I would also probably have an extra battery and a backup camera.

Bring a helper if you can. I had Ashley come along and I could not have done it without her. She served as a backup shooter and got some really nice family shots, she helped place the family in poses, and held the baby so I could get some photos of mom and dad together. She also took some photos of me in action which was funny to see :-)

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Lil Blue Boo is lucky enough to get to work with some amazing professional photographers that photograph our clothing. We have a new found respect for what you do and have to applaud you because this is not an easy job. You just make it look easy.

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