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Posted by embjones on July 31, 2013
I finally finished this three family Family Session! :) I have been taking photos of this family for several years now and it is amazing how quickly the girls are growing up and how much they change from year to year. Each cousin is so striking in different ways, I love capturing the whole family. Thanks guys! I will get your CDs to you sometime this week!
Posted by embjones on July 30, 2013
Posted by embjones on July 23, 2013
I heard this song (Oceans by Hillsong United) for the first time at church on Sunday and it’s stuck with me. I love the words so much. I just wanted to share it here. I think everyone can relate to that feeling of looking out onto a rough part of life when the waves are rough and threatening.
“Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me / You’ve never failed and you won’t start now”
Oceans by Hillsong United
Posted by embjones on July 18, 2013
Isn’t ‘mama joy’ beautiful? There really isn’t anything more gorgeous than a mother in love with her baby. It lights their faces up. I love this picture SO much.
I am in love with the light that I was blessed with during my time with this sweet little family. My little subject was one of the most patient little ones that I’ve worked with so far in my time photographing babies. She has such a sunny disposition and I think you can see that in the glow-y feeling of these photos. What a sweet heart.
Thank you so much for allowing me to work with your beautiful little one! I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!! I had so much fun getting to know you ladies a little bit! :)
Posted by embjones on June 18, 2013
Posted by embjones on June 7, 2013
We had this photo shoot planned for a WHILE. We pinned ideas, we conspired by email, we had some fun plans up our sleeves…and when these adorable sisters found out that their parents and I were making them wait ONE extra day to find out if they were getting a new brother or sister, they were not too happy. But I THINK they decided the wait was worth it.
They had no idea what color balloons would pop out when they opened this box…neither did I!
A baby brother!!
The excited family! I am so happy for them…the girls are going to be SUCH good big sisters to their new little brother.
Posted by embjones on June 4, 2013
Several weeks ago, I took some Senior Photos that had an aspect of them that was new to me.
This photo session featured a horse named Little Dreamer.
I’ve worked with babies and dogs before but never a horse. And I have to say that horses are a bit tricky.
Not because they have bad attitudes (although LD got a little irritated when all his buddies got their food and he was still out in the pasture having his picture taken). It was tricky because they are HUGE.
It was good practice for me!
So now I can add “horse” to my photo resume. That’s not something you get to do every day.
Thanks for not being TOO much of a diva, LD. Your rider was pretty well behaved too. ;)
Posted by embjones on May 24, 2013
A few weeks ago, I met these adorable sisters and their mom in the park. Our shoot was top secret because the photos were to be a birthday gift for their dad…even though, RANDOMLY – (although I don’t even know why I was surprised, our city has such a small town, running into someone you know everywhere you go feel to it), Zac almost spilled the beans. With some quick thinking, and some quick mouth shutting by Zac, I think they were able to cover and I’m PRETTY sure the surprise wasn’t spoiled :) Sorry about that, Susie! From now on I will fill Zac in COMPLETELY on all of my sessions so that he doesn’t randomly mention top secret sessions in chance run ins at fast food restaurants.
I think this outtake might be my favorite from the whole shoot because it shows how much fun these girls were having with each other. They were hilarious and so fun. It made me think of my own three girlies and how they will interact as they grow…sisters are awesome. And occasionally infuriating (mine were anyway. Ha!) …but mostly awesome.
I loved working with you girls – I’m so happy the surprise was kept and I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating this week!
Posted by embjones on May 14, 2013
We got up early this weekend and went on a little morning trip way out North.
I had never been out this way before, we love to explore our city. Once again, we were in awe of the views that are just a short drive away from our home. We feel really blessed to love where we live as much as we do. Our drive was fun and gorgeous and at the end of it we got to meet a new friend that will be joining our family in a few short weeks. Meet our 6th member. His name is still to be agreed upon…stay tuned…
Linking up with Mary Beth at Annapolis & Company today, sharing our love of the weekend!
Posted by embjones on April 22, 2013
OK! Well, this week has been a BUSY one! I have been working on clearing out my editing queue so that I get these pretty photos out to this sweet girl’s family and so that I will be ready to work on next week’s line up of sessions. I can’t really describe how much I enjoy taking pictures of these newborns. Each baby has SUCH a special story and a family that is madly in love and I treasure sitting in the quiet, little space I set up in the warmth of the sun, listening to the stories and getting to see the love that is showered on these precious ones. It really is a gift.
Sweet Baby smiling at snuggles from her Mom.
(Headband from Lulu and ChaCha!)
I have more projects on my “To Do” list…hopefully for next week. I have been focusing on my photo sessions a lot lately and I love it so much but I also have several sewing and house projects simmering in my head that will drive me CRAZY if I don’t get started on them. I’m excited to get going…Spring seems to have FINALLY hit here, even though it’s still chilly. The sun in shining more and nature seems like it’s waking up as well. It’s motivating me to get going!
I hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend!
Posted by embjones on April 12, 2013
I’ve been busily editing several photo sessions over the last two weeks. I still have more to do but I wanted to post this preview today! Can you believe the lashes on this little guy? He’s got the brightest eyes!
I was lucky enough to shoot his newborn photos and it’s been SO fun watching him grow – it just reinforces how FAST babies change from teeny little ones to toddlers with so much personality. I LOVE being able to capture them for their sweet parents as they fly through these stages. What a privilege.
If you feel clever today – I am having a caption contest on our Facebook page for that top photo…doesn’t it just beg for a fun caption? Too bad my brain is far too sleep deprived and toddler questioned out to think of a funny one. Pop over to our page and see what captions have been submitted so far and join the fun!
Posted by embjones on April 5, 2013
Just finished preview #2 from the week before Valentine’s Day. We had SO much fun with this guy…I mean, there’s too much coolness going on here – the red bowtie, the extra large glasses, the killer personality. He’s one of our favorites.
Enjoy your preview Mr. Awesome!
If you are wondering where my TOTALLY rockin’ heart marquee came from – I made it using this FANTASTIC DIY tutorial that Kim from Oh, Sweet Joy! wrote. It’s seriously SO easy and can you imagine the possibilities here? Initials, words, shapes – ANYTHING! The only change I made to my heart was that I used foam core poster board instead of the thinner stuff because I need my heart to be able to stand up on it’s own for shoots.Kim used simple poster board and hung hers on her wall and it’s FABULOUS. Go check it out!
Posted by embjones on February 26, 2013
I absolutely LOVE when I get to photograph newborns – I love it even more when I get to see those newborns as they grow. This was Baby Girl this summer as a newborn, she was an itty bitty ALMOST 5 pounder and I was in heaven photographing her. She even gave me smiles… because we’re BFFs, of course. Her Aunties called me The Baby Whisperer, but I think it was just this beautiful girl being her sweet self!
And this is Baby Girl now at an even more beautiful and smiley 6 months. It is such a blessing to see babies flourish like this. Look at that smile!
She is SO well loved. And she kind of has a thing for her Daddy.
Gorgeous girl!! Thank you guys for bringing her to see me and letting me capture your sweet family! It was such a blessing to see how she’s grown! Your CD is in the mail! :) Emily
Posted by embjones on February 22, 2013
We’ve gotten so much positive feedback from our readers about the Easy Skirt Tutorial I wrote last month, I thought I’d share a new variation of that same skirt. This is the SAME skirt, the only difference is that I’ve sewn a contrasting band of fabric on to the bottom.
To start, you will need a yard of fabric ( I recommend starting with a simple cotton blend), a strip of contrasting fabric, elastic, thread, scissors, straight pins and a sewing machine.
Trim your two pieces of fabric so that they are the same length. In this photo, the fold in both pieces of fabric is on the far left. I’m trimming the side opposite the fold. Do NOT trim the fold.
Now, unfold both pieces of fabric and lay the trim piece on top of the skirt fabric. Pretty sides should be facing inwards so that they touch. Pin the tops of the fabric pieces together.
Stitch along the pinned side of the fabric.
Once you’ve sewn the two pieces of fabric together, unfold and lay flat so that the rough edge is up as shown in the first photo below. The fold flat against the fabric and sew down again. This will give the skirt a nice finished look once it’s done.
Measure the child and decide how long you would like the skirt to be.
Add two inches for the folded waist band and a half inch for the hem – I wanted my daughter’s skirt to be 11 inches long so I cut my fabric to 14 inches so that I had enough extra to fold for the waistband and the hem. Make sure that when you are measuring, you pay attention to how wide your contrasting band will be – don’t cut it all off when you’re trimming, you might need to cut some from the top and bottom like I did here.
Once you have measured and cut your strip of fabric, click HERE to follow the original Skirt Tutorial
And this is what my final project looks like! Easy! And perfect for a kid who MUST WEAR A SKIRT EVERY DAY OR WE HAVE A MELTDOWN. And yes, she pretty much lives life in uppercase letters right now. Someday she will mellow out, right? Right?
My goal is to make sewing easy and approachable and I would LOVE to help!
Annnnnd, my little photobomber – is it just me or is this straight out of Flashdance? “She’s a maniac, maaaniac on the floor…” Anyone?
Posted by embjones on February 19, 2013