Monday, January 30, 2012

wheaton newborn photography: the multinational babe

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when working with families on setting up a newborn baby session, it's fun to incorporate special items that provide additional context to the baby's narrative.

   last week I had the pleasure of photographing this perfectly gorgeous little man on his sixth day.

as a tribute to the history and culture of his family, mommy had the great idea of photographing him
  with their family's national flags: south africa for daddy, and scotland for grandpa.

the graphic nature and bright colors of the flags provided a stunning backdrop to feature his little frame.

kellyallison photography is a chicago area photo studio, specializing in modern family portraits, and narrative portraiture of children, babies and newborns. 
welcome little one packages highlight a new baby's arrival, and document families in their first days together.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

cowboy party, part 3: festivities

here's how the party went . . . . .

we made pictures.


we made faces.

we played games.

(point of note, when you forego the blindfold and just 'close your eyes' the mustaches land remarkably close to target)

we took whacks at a piñata.

(another note, daddy always has to save the day with the whole piñata thing)

we ate.

we played music.

and rode off into the sunset.

overall, I'd say it was a darn good time. happy birthday, little man.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

cowboy party, part 2: details & decoration

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so here's the skinny on everything that went into our little shindig (with sources & all) . . .

the table was set with breakfast goodies that I would imagine to be typical suburban cowboy fare: trail mix, sausage biscuits, cheesy grits . . . and donut holes?

kiddos sipped on apple juice tied up in screen printed muslin gold rush bags, while mom & pop enjoyed spiked cactus punch (aka mimosa with a cowboy moniker).

for food presentation, a sweet & savory trail mix was tucked into mini lunch bags and tied with twine.
4oz coffee cups & wooden forks (affixed with fabric tape) were used to dish out cheesy grits, and the  donut holes were served atop craft sticks . . . because what could be more fun than a donut on a stick?

the cupcakes were decorated with steer head picks cut from black card stock, and glittery fool's gold sanding sugar, all in a sweet little bandana baking cup.

upon arrival, everyone suited up with hats, bandannas, badges, and mustaches cut in the same way as the cake toppers.

games & activities consisted of the old standby pin-the-mustache-on-the-cowboy (constructed by yours truly, using various colors of card stock); a craft table full of markers, crayons & foam cowboy stickers; and a cowboy boot piñata to round out the theme.

oh, and of course we had a photobooth set up, just for fun.

at the end of the party, all the cowboys rode off into the sunset on their very own homemade steed, with a screen printed loot bag full of plenty of goodies in tow.

phew! I think that pretty much covers it.

more photos coming soon: the festivities, and the making of those horses.


paper goods--Paper Source, Fort & Field, Garnish
party supplies--Amazon
crafting tools--Paper Source
cooking gear--William Sonoma

Monday, January 23, 2012

cowboy party, part 1: photo booth

saturday's party was great fun, and a huge success. many thanks for good friends.

     I promise loads of photos in the next couple days to showcase all the details.
but in the mean time, here's a little peek at the photo booth we set up for guests to enjoy.

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some of us definitely spent more time there than others . . . 

yipee ki-yay