Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sicky Boo-Boo

Today we had a full blown "sick day" at our house. Mommy sick, Q sick, and Daddy out of town. (boo!)

As the universe would have it- sick mommy wants to lay on the couch while sick toddler wants to act like a crazy maniac. 


I went to extreme lengths to keep this little nutty buddy entertained...including letting her go to town on our playroom chalk wall...luckily chalk is easily removed from floors, couches, toys, skin, pajamas, and all other non-chalkboard surfaces. 

{Sheesh!}




Saturday, January 19, 2013

Snow Day

Q's very first snow day.

{She was not impressed.}

...and yes, we had a "hat change". 

:)







P.S. Looking for an AMAZING snow overlay? Look no further! The first photo on this post was processed with  Liz Labianca's Pixie Dust Snow Action.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Valentine's Minis

 Ok, so Valentine's Mini Sessions were an absolute blast!
It was such an amazing day- and I really hope that these images reflect how much fun we had!

Seriously, while I was culling and editing these photos I found that my face was sore.
I literally was having smiling pains!
How great is it to have your cheeks hurt from smiling so much
...while you are doing your job?!

 So anyways, I'm pretty sure I have THE cutest little Valentine's ever {...I think you'll agree!}
Now that my clients all have their images, I can finally share some of my favorites with you!
I'm smiling right now just looking at these again.
Seriously, are these not the happiest, cutest kiddos ever??






{Are your cheeks sore, yet?}
:)

A huge thank you to Kelly at The Posh Petunia Boutique for hosting us! 
If you are local to the North Dallas area...you MUST check out her shop!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bleh.

Cold. Dark. Rainy. Dreary. Monday.

::Bleh::

What better way to beat the "Rainy Monday Blues" than a snuggle fest in Momma's bed?










Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Best Face 2012

So this month I Heart Faces' Photo Challenge is "Best Face of 2012" and I have to say, choosing only ONE face to represent a year of work seems almost impossible!

Serious and moody black and white faces, silly upside- down faces, sad faces, messy faces, sweet newborn faces, sleeping faces, laughing faces...how is a girl to choose?!

The task seemed almost impossible, so I went through my posts and chose the photo that got the most "likes" on my page...and it is easy to see why! 

Here it is, drum roll please...

Congrats to sweet little Miss C for being JJMP's "Best Face of 2012"

 (...although I'm thinking I need a follow-up post with all of my adorable runners-up!)


Head on over to check out some more amazing submissions!


Photo Challenge Submission

Friday, January 4, 2013

365

Ok,  Project #2 of 2013 is underway!


With inspiration from Project Life 365 and the ever-amazing Mom*Tog I decided to commit myself to a 365 project this year. (Ok, so a 361 Project since I'm starting a few days late!)

I've decided that doing a 365 with my DSLR is just not for me right now. Why, you ask? Weeeeelp, let me tell you.... (can you tell I've really thought about this?)   I feel like the photos I take with my DSLR are photos I wind up spending lots of time with. (i.e. I download them, edit them, put them into photo books, print them and frame them for my house....ok, let's not get too carried away, I can't remember the last time I actually printed and framed one of my pictures...shame on me! I smell another 2013 resolution!!)

The point is- I feel like the photos I take on my camera get showcased/viewed more often, whereas the photos I take on my phone get lost in the massive black hole that is my iphone camera gallery. I snap a pic, sometimes get around to posting it on instagram, and then never really see/look at it again.

So, at the end of 2012, I went through my instagram account and thought- Wow, these are some GREAT memories! I wish I could display these somewhere so I could see them more often!! So I went ahead and ordered all of my instagram photos through the fabulous app "postalpix".  PostalPix is so great! You order right from your iphone and you can choose the size you get your images printed. I chose 5x5 squares, which are so cute and tiny- they look just like instagram pics...in the flesh! Anyways (I'm really getting off subject here...) here is a pic of what I did with my IG photos:
{excuse the awful, grainy pictures}


A few square metal boards from Target, a box of cute magnets and viola- an "Insta-Life" Board!!!  Now I can see these forgotten memories every day- right there on the side of my fridge next to my nana's cute apron and my shopping list! I loved the idea so much, I made my sister one for Christmas- using a cute vintage yellow frame, some chicken wire backing, and some teeny clips! 

Finally...my iphone pictures getting the credit and recognition they deserve! The idea of putting more focus on the candids I take daily with my iphone really struck a cord with me. So, I decided to take it to a new, more organized level.

Thus- my 365 Project- using iphone pics, via Instagram!

 I'm already excited about the book I plan on making at the end of the project (....getting ahead of myself, again...)  but, hopefully that will keep me motivated!

 Are you planning to do a 365 this year? It's not too late to start! 
Leave your info below- I'd love to check yours out!

 Feel free to follow along with me on instagram! My username is jjm7  (#jmphoto365).

Happy Shooting, friends!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Love Letter to Sea Bright

This Christmas I traveled home to NJ, as many of you know. It was the first time I had been home in 6 months. It was therefore, the first time I saw our beaches..."post Sandy". 

My sister brought me out to show me and of course, my camera came along.

We didn't drive up and down the coast of NJ, visiting towns we'd only been to once or twice. We didn't venture too far at all. We didn't have to.
In fact, we didn't drive but 10 minutes away from our childhood home, to the beach we grew up on.

These pictures are of one small beach town. They don't capture even half of the worst of the damage that was done to the Jersey Shore. They don't even capture the worst of this town. These pictures do show destruction, however. They show the destruction that remains two months "Post Sandy", after attempts at cleaning up, rebuilding, and reopening had already been made. 

I don't think I could have stomached seeing my beach any earlier than this.

I know Sea Bright and many other NJ towns will rebuild. I also know it will be a long, hard process; and even then, it will never be the same.  The seats at Steve's that I sat on during my high school summer mornings will not be worn-in the way they used to be. The markings on the walls at Donovan's are forever washed away and the ticket booth my friends and I once stood in, collecting parking tickets while singing songs from "Rent" at the top of our lungs, no longer exists.

But, I know, in time there will be "new" and with even more time, it will feel again like it used to.

This is my feeble attempt to show my respect to those that lost everything in the storm. 



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