cute girls

I have been wanting to photograph my friend Allison’s (neighbor Allison… I know a lot of Alison/Allison’s) twin girls for a long time and she has been wanting to as well.  Today was the day and about an hour later it started to pour rain.  I love the shots we got.  They did three different changes and which is fun for different looks in one shoot.  They were so cute and funny.  Here is a little collage of a few.Collage_sm 

Yesterday, I did family photos for my friend Marsi.  We have been friends since we were like 11 or maybe it was 13… A long time.  I haven’t seen her kids in a long time either and they are all so different from how I remember.  Her oldest is taller than her husband!  They are all such cute kids.  I had fun doing the photograph.  These are my favorite family shots but there are many of the family in all different groupings that I love.  I totally forgot to get a picture of all the kids together.  We were dodging the rain and I was more concerned with the lack of light and imminent rain to remember everything!  Next time Marsi:)Collage_sm_4

Then last Friday, I finished the shoot with Teanna and her darling baby.  I found this idea on another photographer’s website who is actually here in town… her name is Carrie and I can’t find her website to credit it her.  This idea is totally hers but I thought it was just beautiful.  I forgot to look out how I angled Teanna when I took the first one and I posed her sideways the on the second one.  Next time I will remember.  I love these anyway:)Teanna_collage_sm

debi - Tuesday | October 18th | 2005

Absolutely GORGEOUS! All of ‘em, Allison! Man, you are good! Next time I’m down your way, I just might be calling to arrange a shoot! :)

Kristina - Tuesday | October 18th | 2005

Is her babies name Cain? Zane was going to be Cain but we chickened out. You probably told me this name but of course I forgot. I need to pick your brain on how you set these shots up. Are you using your actions on these images? I am going to order Photoshop CS2 this week…I am dying for a new lens th 70-200mm 2.8, but it is like $1600! I am probably going to rent it for a thing I’m going to do next weekend that I am freaking out about. I will talk to you more about it in person.

Marsi Walker - Tuesday | October 18th | 2005

Love them, Ali! Even McKay with his backwards shirt!! Thanks again…love ya, Marsi

Trina Jaynes - Tuesday | October 18th | 2005

Beautiful photos, Alison! Love the shots of the family on the beach. I have a special place in my heart for beach photos!

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anything can distract me

Including this totally fun time waster:)  But i think I will call it an inspiration starter.  I have doodled on every picture at least twice.  I wish there was a way to save them though.  Choose one of the images on the right side of the pad of paper.  Then doodle over it.  Check out the gallery to see other people’s ideas. Some are very clever… enjoy!

Kristina - Wednesday | October 12th | 2005

http://www.kew.org/chihuly/images/25.html

Alison check out this guy’s blown glass – he is pretty legendary and lives in Tacoma, Washington. He of course is a local celebrity and a few of the bars we used to hang out in are just loaded with all of his glass, and if you were super cool you knew him, but I only knew people who knew him! So that makes me only cool I guess;) There is an office building in La Jolla that displays his work. If I ever got into collecting art I would definitley get one of his pieces. I found him on your Veer doodle website. The doodling didn’t work out so great for me, because of my mouse maybe?

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so cute

I was expecting to show "last few weeks of pregnany pictures" of Teanna right about now but she went ahead of schedule and had her baby… in the ambulance!  She and her husband were on a weekend getaway in the mountains nearby and mid vacation, she went into labor.  The nearest hospital wasn’t near enough. And to top it off, Teanna was the only one in the ambulance familiar with giving birth!  Mom, Dad, sister and baby are doing great.

This little guy is so cute.  So sweet.  He is only five days old and I got to take pictures of him.  I have only attempted newborn pics once before and that was a year ago when my friend Pam had her baby conveniently a few days before I was to arrive in Chicago:)  So everything was running smoothly until my battery died… the one I had just charged.  I am pretty sure that was the end of the battery’s life.  I told Teanna and Josh that I was very thankful it was them and not one of my upcoming shoots of people I don’t know:P 

So we will attempt some more pictures next week but I was so happy with the few I did get.  And just recently I figured out ‘actions’ in photoshop.  I shouldn’t say "figured out"…it’s more on the lines of scratching the surface but oh what a difference it makes.  LOVE them.  I thought these pictures looked really cute in a sepia tone.  So here is a collage of my favorites.

I put up a photo album of a few more baby pics and more pregnancy pics HERE

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Trina Jaynes - Saturday | October 8th | 2005

Beautiful photos, Alison!!! What a sweet little guy…must’ve made a great subject!

So what is that “actions” stuff all about? How do you use it and what difference does it make in your photos? I’m still pretty illiterate when it comes to all that Photoshop can do. Which version do you use? I am currently working with CS2, but don’t really do much more than scratch the surface of it’s power.

Melissa C - Tuesday | October 11th | 2005

Sweet baby and great photos Alison.

Shelley R. - Thursday | October 13th | 2005

Alison these are just great. What a sweet baby and you did a great job capturing him. Love the one of his hands up over his face as if to say “get away lady”! Ha!

Hope your well. And get out and get your front yard done will ya! ;)

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toothfairy forgot… again

I really have no business being a toothfairy.  I think this is the third time I have forgotten.  Between the two boys, they have only lost 8 teeth… not a good record.  Dallon had to have his pulled yesterday because it would not come out and it was looking a little scary.  He asked me on the way there if I was the toothfairy and I told him it was something he had to figure out.  He doesn’t ‘really’ believe anymore but he wants to.

So Joe woke me up and asked if I remembered… No.  Dallon was already up and Joe couldn’t find his envelope so he obviously had checked.  Joe goes out to the boys and Dallon relays the story that he mysteriously ended up in Tucker’s room sometime in the night. 

Being quick like I am, I ripped a piece of cardstock that was in my bed stand and wrote a miniature note that said the tooth was too small to use for the toothfairy’s house and that she wanted him to keep it.  Joe put the note and money under Tucker’s pillow.  We went out to talk to the boys to see what the story was and the toothfairy had left a quarter under Dallon’s pillow (that would be Tucker the toothfairy… how cute is that).  And he couldn’t figure out how he got in Tucker’s room.

So being quick like I told you I was, I asked if it was possible that the toothfairy put him in there and sure enough, it was possible in Dallon’s mind:)  Joe and I asked if he had looked under Tucker’s pillow since he was sleeping in that room.  So of Dallon runs to go check … a note and some money IS tucked under the pillow. 

I really didn’t want Dallon’s revelation of me being the toothfairy to be through disappointment with realizing not only is the toothfairy not real but my mom sucks at being the toothfairy and forgets all the time.  It would be best if he just realizes that it is impossible for a little fairy to fly all over the world and collect every child’s discarded teeth and then build a castly with them.

I have made great recoveries in the past… vaccum cleaner claimed one tooth and the toothfairy had to go digging in the vaccum bag to retrieve the tooth and it took a few days:P  We actually don’t know what happened to that tooth but what a great story, huh?  And another time I oddly (very oddly) woke up before the boys and remembered and did the quick exchange under the pillow.

Dallon has a very black or white kind of view on things.  About a year and a half ago the boys were begging me to tell them the truth about Santa.  BEGGING.  After about 20 minutes of me telling them that they had to figure it out, I caved and said Yes, I bought all the Pokemon cards.  Tucker immediately replied with "see dallon, I told you mom was santa" and Dallon’s response, "Hmmm… I think mom is lying."

What are ya gonna do:P

allison - Thursday | October 6th | 2005

Although I do deserve it, I am shocked that there is no “My Stylist” on your list of interests anymore. Am I not “interesting” or do I just suck at my blog? Well check it out sometime I may just suprise you. Also does this mean someone else has redone your hair not per our conversation about you visiting in November? Wow, I am a little hurt and definately sensitive today. Still Love Ya Though, AL

debi - Thursday | October 6th | 2005

Yup, whaddya gonna do?1?! :) Lucky me, I’m still in business at our house… almost-12-year-old and all! Even w/a 15-year-old brother, she still believes… it’s nice. But, she just lost her last tooth two weeks ago. So, the tooth fairy is no more… good for me ‘cuz the wallet won’t have to part with anymore “tooth money”, but so sad… no more babies or little kids in our house. But, soon Santa will be here soon and we’re still clinging to that one! Even tho she’s questioned it (and big brother has kept his mouth shut!)… but, her response last year was that Santa couldn’t be me ‘cuz I would NEVER spend so much money on a present for her! LOL Yup, whaddya gonna do?!?!

Christina - Friday | October 7th | 2005

Ok- that is too funny. My oldest lost a tooth yesterday and put the tooth under his pillow, etc. Well, we put him to bed and I also went to bed, trying very hard to stay awake. Well, I fell asleep and my husband wakes me in the morning and asks if I remembered to put the money under the pillow – NO – I FORGOT!!!!!!!! Well, he did it for me before he went to bed. Guess how much he got? – $20.00.
Are you kidding me??? He says that is all he had in his wallet – yikes…..
I am sure everyone has forgotten at least once. This is around my third :)

Melissa C - Tuesday | October 11th | 2005

LOL…such a funny story. I can’t tell you how many times the tooth fairy forgot to show at my house over the years ;)

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