The Simple Things – Quilting With Grandma | St. Louis Photographer

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So many times as a photographer, I get caught up in striving for perfection. I want the perfect light, the perfect expression, the perfect picture. Sometimes I achieve this perfection, but it’s at the sake of capturing the every day, those simple moments that make each day special. To help me remember these important snapshots of real life, I’ve joined a group of fellow photographers in a little blog series called “The Simple Things.” Each month we will shoot one of those simple moments in our lives that we have been neglecting with our cameras.  At the bottom of this post you will find a link to the next photographer’s blog.  Click through all of them until you complete the circle!

For the first time since I started The Simple Things, I’m choosing not to highlight my kids, but to show you the person who started my entire family – my grandma. My grandma is a fabulous lady. She is also really really talented, smart, clever and crafty.  And sometimes, I find myself stumped by something and then think, “I bet my grandma would be able to figure this out!” You know all those clever tricks you see in a magazine or on Pinterest? I bet my grandma has either thought of or done half of those things without anyone else thinking of it. :)

Some years ago, my grandma helped out an elderly neighbor who repaid her with quilt tops, pieces of fabric sewn together, but not yet quilted. Sometimes, she just received scraps of fabric in bags, all of which were various colors and shapes and so, being the amazing quilter she was, she started piecing them all together. We started to expect to see grandma finishing one quilt, while she was setting up another on her quilting frame. And then her grandchildren started to get married, and we started receiving the most amazing presents-quilts! When I opened mine, I cried. It was an amazing patchwork work of art; one that hasn’t left my bed (except to visit the washing machine!) since I received it. I love to look at the different colors and fabrics, often picking a favorite to find every time I come into the room. It reminds me of the one I had on my bed growing up, though it’s bigger and now it not only keeps me warm at night, but my husband too.

Recently, my uncle and my cousin got the idea to have a quilting day with grandma. We made the plan and almost all of the women in our family were able to gather for a morning of quilting, even our out of town. I will be the first to admit, it’s a lot more difficult than I thought, but the conversation and company were excellent. It is easy to see why families and friends quilted together back in the day. We quilted, we laughed, we had lunch, we laughed some more and then we finally called it quits when our fingers were sore and our necks hurt from looking down. Grandma told us we weren’t making the prettiest quilt, but we didn’t mind! We knew we weren’t there for a real lesson, but to celebrate the generations sitting around that quilt and to learn a little something from a wonderful and amazing lady, my grandma.

I can’t take credit for every picture here. I’m the blonde on the far left in the first picture and the one making the silly faces. It’s nice when my family is willing to take photos for and of me as long as I get my camera set up for them!

Be sure to continue through our blog circle. Next up is Shannon at Shannon Stroubakis Photography of The Woodlands. Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

 

The Simple Things – Scouting | St. Louis Children’s Photographer

In case you missed the last in the series of The Simple Things, click here.

So many times as a photographer, I get caught up in striving for perfection. I want the perfect light, the perfect expression, the perfect picture. Sometimes I achieve this perfection, but it’s at the sake of capturing the every day, those simple moments that make each day special. To help me remember these important snapshots of real life, I’ve joined a group of fellow photographers in a little blog series called “The Simple Things.” Each month we will shoot one of those simple moments in our lives that we have been neglecting with our cameras.  At the bottom of this post you will find a link to the next photographer’s blog.  Click through all of them until you complete the circle!

I must say that one of my favorite things about being a photographer is that I can take any day and turn it into a photo session. I do this often when I need to scout a location, when the kids and I have time to kill or we find ourselves with a free day. I rifle through their closets, dress them according to my vision (if I have one) and out we go! They think we are going to the park and that they are getting a special treat; I think I am going to end up with some cute pictures of my kids. And I am super lucky; I almost always end up with super cute pictures of my kids! Here is our 20 minute, scouting journey. Enjoy!

Sometimes they are so cute, I think, “Maybe I should stop while I’m ahead!”

But then they get cuter!

No bribery required for these kids!

I have to let them get creative on their own too. It keeps them happy and cooperative!

Audrey has what I call her ‘pretty girl smile.’ It works for almost every picture! However, there are times when I’d actually like to get a natural smile from her so I asked her to practice. Below is a genuine smile vs. her fake smile. When I showed these to her, she said,”Hey, I look like I am frowning!” Now she is on a mission to figure out how to show off her ‘natural’ `smile!

My littlest lady is getting so big!! If this were a ‘real’ session, we wouldn’t have all this messy hair in our eyes, but oh how I love my kiddos just like this!

Today, Audrey pulled out this hat. A year ago, I couldn’t bribe her with anything to convince her to wear it for me. Today, she wore it on her own accord!

And finally, when I shoot for fun, sometimes I process the same way. Soft and pinky colors!

And my favorite…because they are mine! Be sure to continue through our blog circle. Next up is Helen Savage of the Lisburn, Northern Ireland! Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

The Simple Things – Lunch at Grandma and Grandpa’s | St. Louis Lifestyle Photographer

So many times as a photographer, I get caught up in striving for perfection. I want the perfect light, the perfect expression, the perfect picture. Sometimes I achieve this perfection, but it’s at the sake of capturing the every day, those simple moments that make each day special. To help me remember these important snapshots of real life, I’ve joined a group of fellow photographers who have decided to start a little blog series called “The Simple Things.” Each month, we will shoot simple moments in our lives that we have been neglecting with our cameras, and I’ll post and share my story here on my blog at the end of the month. At the end of my post, I’ll share a link to another photographer in the group so you can share in her story as well.She will continue the circle with a link at the bottom of her post to another talented photographer, and the circle continues. Please take a moment to click through our blog circle and enjoy this little bit of lifestyle photography. Thanks for sharing my every day with me!

The Simple Things – Lunch at Grandma and Grandpa’s

My parents retired last year and just recently moved after 40 years from my childhood home to a new house so that they are closer to my and my sister’s family. Instead of being 35 minutes away, it now only takes us 11 minutes to get to their house! It makes visits a lot easier…and a lot more often! I wondered how my kids would handle the move and visiting Grandma and Grandpa’s ‘new’ house, but they jumped in like they’d been visiting for years. They already have routines when we get there, know where everything is and have made themselves right at home. Enjoy our simple little story – Lunch at Grandma and Grandpa’s!

Getting to their house is so fun. The kids literally JUMP out of the car to get there.

They love to knock the door and have grandma or grandpa answer. My Drew almost always says, “We’re back again!” They know where to find the games. Grandma and Grandpa always had a closet of games at their old house and they had no problem finding another spot. This is what happens when mommy is taking pictures.
Mommy: “Which one do you want?” (snap, snap, snap)
Kids: “That one, mom!”
Mommy: “Which one?”  (snap snap)
Kids:”THAT one!”
Mommy: “WHICH one?” (Snap snap)

… And then the kids give up and I hear, “GRANDMA! We want a game!” Grandma to the rescue!

Someone wasn’t sure he wanted to have his picture taken until I told him to look like his Cootie Bug. Buwhahaha. THAT he loved!

And my littlest lady who we had to stop from eating the game pieces.

At lunch time, grandma always offers up about 10 options. And then my kids remember having waffles one time at her house and now that is what they usually ask for. Yum. Brunch makes us all happy. And grandma doesn’t mind a mess in her kitchen. My mom rocks.

My Audrey knows where to find all of the craft supplies. She’s a craft-a-holic. But she is also a nice person and will get out blocks and other toys for her brother and sister to keep them busy.

Drew is more of a builder. He knew exactly what he wanted so I helped him build a car while his sister worked on a project and then cleaned up. Grandma and Grandpa keep lots of crafts on a shelf just for the grand kids.

Time to go home for a nap. This is usually when some tears happen, “We don’t want to leave!!!” Now THAT’s a good day!

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