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I don’t know how many of your have boys but I am always surprised by mine. One moment he is shy and then dancing around in his underwear. One moment he is all about sports and the next he just wants to be alone reading. When he came home last year and told me he auditioned for a solo in the music performance I about fainted..what? I never imagined he would want to.
I decided on a spur of the moment that we were going to take pictures. I didn’t want to over think what we were going to do or give him a chance to back out! haha. I told him to go and put some clothes on and meet me outside. He came out dressed so grown up… and brought a book. I truly want images that are memories of their younger selves. No frills, no expectations of grandness even an artistic edge… just him age 8. That is all I wanted. He is all boy.
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Roaring River 2014
My family loves taking the little trip to Roaring River State Park in Missouri. It is a beautiful state park nestled in the Ozark mountians complete with a fish hatchery and lots and lots of trout to catch. Every day they release trout from the hatchery and hundreds of people line the river to catch their limit (4 rainbow trout). We always have an awesome spot claimed right below our cabins that my husband insists is the best location on the river. I like to wonder up and down the bank to fish, and he stands on the same stinkin rock… guess who has better luck catching them? (hint: not me) This year we took the trip with my in-laws and Bryson’s brothers family too. Charlotte turned 8 while we were there, and we had a blast fishing, hiking, exploring, taking a little trip to Eureka Springs (just 30 min away), relaxing, and of course eating trout. Get-aways are important. Neither Bryson or my phone worked there, and I am so grateful. The constant “ding” of e-mails, texts, Facebook messages, and voice-mails, didn’t exist. Un-plugging was amazing. I plan on doing it a LOT more. I took my phone hiking to use the camera, but that was about it!
We also did our best to take family pics by the pretty river… which involved me pressing the button on my camera set on the tripod and running for my life to take my spot next to Bryson in the picture while trying to not look like I had just sprinted 100 yards. (why do I think I NEED to use my “big lens 70-200 for these shots?? Oh, and why in the world haven’t I invested in a wireless remote?? I think I will jump on Amazon here in a bit… there are some other things in my cart that I probably need anyway.) The result wasn’t a perfect image but I don’t know a perfect family anyway. It is good enough, and with a little editing (or a lot!) I might be able to print it for my in-laws Christmas gift. Auggie has a great picture face right now… and by “great” I mean that he looks like Zoolander in almost every shot. Ahhhh, the memories. I love his “blue-steel” face as much as his everyday normal smile.
Charlotte, the newly turned 8 year old, stated it well on the way home in the not as clean as we came in van. “It’s so much more fun to drive to vacation, then the drive home.” It sure is, but sleeping in my king sized bed with my king sized husband is far more preferable to the double in our 1970′s cabin with the three year old kicking me most of the night… Ahhhh, home.
And a few formal pics.. The big family pic still needs some photoshopping, like I mentioned before. :)
See, Zoolander. Oh well right?
I also took some fun video clips, but haven’t made it into a little movie yet. I love the clips even more then the pictures!
This was a fun shot… Pierson stood proudly on this rock 2 years ago. I had him do the same pose… I hope that when he is 15 he doesn’t think I am weird for making him still do the “so big!” arms up in the air pose. He’s usually a good sport. Also, I took some pictures of Charlotte 2 years ago on Deer Leap trail just up from the hatchery. I wanted to take her pictures there again but she wasn’t feeling like it. Pierson was though! I love it because they are both 6 in these pics. It’s also interesting to see that my photography hasn’t really changed much in 2 years.
Charlotte age 6 two years ago. Isn’t she just the sweetest?
I have this one as a big canvas in my home. I think I need to make one of Pierson’s a canvas as well! Then Auggie of course in a few years.
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Learn to use your fancy camera!
We know you own one… well… or you want to! But do you know how to get that fancy camera off of the “Little green box” or “P” mode? If you have a fancy camera and are tiered of letting it make the decisions on your final exposure (ok, in simple terms, you don’t know why your kids look too dark and the background is so bright, or why your image is out of focus, or the basketball court didn’t look as orange in person as my photos do) WE CAN HELP YOU. You made a big purchase, and we can help you use it to the fullest of it’s ability.
So, are you ready to learn with Amy and Kim? And have fun?? Here are the details….
Private lessons with us (Kim and Amy) for 2 hours.
We will cover the exposure triangle (knowing all about aperture, shutter-speed, and ISO), semi-manual shooting modes, exposure compensation, ISO, White balance and what ever else we can pack in to two hours. We also take to the busy streets and do everything you just learned to get you used to using these settings and knowing your camera well enough to change them quickly. You can take this mentoring class alone for $160, with a friend for $240 (120 each), or with a couple friends for $300 ($100 each!!) We will be spending a lot of time learning your camera so we decided that it had to be less then three. We can work with your schedule as well and work out a time that is best for everyone.
***What this class is NOT. We are NOT training professional photographers. Photography is FUN, we want everyone to be able to take great pictures at home as an enjoyable hobby. This is also how we make our living, so if you have a photography business, or are starting a photography business we can’t help ya. It wouldn’t make sense.
****This is not an editing class. We don’t talk about Photoshop and Lightroom in this class. That would be another bazillion hours… and getting it right in the camera eliminates editing in Photoshop or other editing program for your hobby needs.
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She will Lead and I will follow
It amazes me how fast children’s babble turns into real language and even clever language. My youngest is funny and pretty cleaver… I mean really clever. As we were out walking today she said, ” I will lead you will walk behind me.”. As we set out to explore the forest she has no fear or hesitation. Just straight ahead ambition. All of my kids are so similar and different at the same time. I see the same mannerisms and sayings. At the same time where one is cautious the other is daring, where one is dramatic the other is laid back. My littlest is daring and tenacious. She has an opinion and wants to make sure you understand it! I love exploring with her. Our conversations are so funny as she explains the world as she sees it. I fear her teens years…. she might give me a run for my money. I hope one day she needs me to lead her again. Amy and I started The Wild Child so we could capture our kids’ lives and imaginations. I am so blessed to have so many images of and opportunities to see the world through their eyes.
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I get these awesome and sometimes strange fashion magazines in the mail. I have no idea why I get them, but I love flipping through their glossy pages just to observe the amazing and sometimes down right creepy/strange photography. After I’ve critiqued and pondered for a bit, I toss them, and move on. Today I received one in the mail and feeling inspired took Charlotte out for a shoot. Anyway, I didn’t go a crazy trying to be weird or different, but I wanted to treat it like a fashion/model shoot in the way I composed my images.
Charlotte is a natural in front of the camera. I honestly couldn’t have had a better muse in a daughter. She loves posing and doesn’t have to be told twice when I ask her to change directions or look a different way. We have a blast shooting together, and she doesn’t turn me down very often when I ask if she wants to go take pictures. These summer nights are just beautiful lately…. I can’t resist not shooting if we don’t have a session scheduled.
This dress is from Vindie Baby. It’s the Gabriella White Lace Dress found HERE. Vindie Baby has beautiful (Photo worthy!) clothing for little girls and babies. Charlotte has nearly outgrown them and that’s so sad because maybe she isn’t gong to be a “little girl”for long. I still refuse to shop at Justice though… for a little while longer at least. I like her looking her age… which is almost 8 years old. Not 16. Give me (and Charlotte) lace, tulle and pastel any day over neon and spandex and we are very content. Vindie Baby is refreshingly feminine and sweet. Just like my girl.
Blackberry (the mini horse) and Red (the Rooster) were happy to be photographed along with the girl in the pretty dress. We love our mini Kansas farmstead.
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Have you ever been to a wallpaper or tile store? Maybe you have stared at blank piece of paper with so many ideas? We love choice, but sometimes too many choices is just too much. You know you want something amazing and WOW! but can’t figure out how to create it. That is a huge reason we believe in helping you through the process of selecting images and wall designs that compliment your images and home.
Wall galleries are like outfits. You many have one or two main pieces and then you wow! them up with accessories. When we create options for you we are selecting one or two killer images and then accessorizing with the details. When a designer comes into your home they create a polished pulled together look using layers of texture, size, and color. We do the exact same thing. If you are a client it takes a little more effort on your part to come in to meet with us but we know the benefit of creating a wall gallery you love is well worth the effort. Canvas for you wall is not cheap and we want you to feel confident and excited about the final product. The same is true if you are a fellow photographer..it takes more time. But imagine how overwhelmed you would be to be handed a CD of images that you don’t have a clear idea how to use.
Our goal when meeting with a client is not to sell them something they don’t want. Obviously clients who have invested time and energy into having their picture taken are not window shopping… they are wanting portraits for their home. The in person consultation is for the clients’ benefit as well as for us.
We will use our good friend Malia as a great example. Malia is a super busy doctor and mom to three four kids! wow..her schedule must be crazy! It is much easier for her to make a decision when we have created some ideas for her and gave her some direction. For the photographers out there reading this… indecision leads to no or low sales. In the past Malia would look at images on line and would become frustrated. So many options…. ahhhhhh. The first time we met in person with her, presented her with display options, and then showed her how those displays would look in her actual room was amazing. Not only did we create amazing WOW! factor displays but we were done in an hour.
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Sometimes I get lost in ideas, backdrops, wardrobe and stories… when all I need is a simple image. We call these our “safety shots” going into a session because these portraits always sell. They are focused on the eyes, and often have a smile or soft face that looks right at your soul. I am ordering these today for my living room because I love “safety shots” too.
The Wild Child Photography is all about storytelling through imagery, but we also strive to capture that simple and timeless portrait because we know mom’s (even me!) just love it. Why wouldn’t we?? It’s our soul too in that precious little face to forever cherish on the wall, or in your wallet.
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Are your kids interested in Photography?
We love photography and we love that our kids love to take pictures of what they think is cool. But it can be daunting to help teach your child about how to take pictures! We created this little book that is free for your right now! It is a great beginner into filled with simple terms and easy exercises you can do with your child and some they can do by themselves. When you are done you can print their pictures and glue them in the book! We also include some printing labs we recommend!
Summer is a great time to hand your child a camera. There is beautiful warm light, great nature to explore, and warm weather! This booklet is great for kids with point and shoot cameras or beginner DSLRs.
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Chore’s and summer…. I get tired of nagging, asking, raising my voice, and feeling aggravated and my darlings so it was time (a week into summer) to make some changes. I saw a friends chore chart on facebook and was inspired to get busy and make my own…. I cant stand spreadsheets, and I like to look at pretty things, so bought some metal clips and dug old pieces of trim out of the barn and made my own! For Auggie I created picture chore’s so he knows exactly what to do. They also have everyday chores that follow the daily chores and must be done as well. At the end of the week Charlotte and Pierson earn $5.00 if they complete all of them. I think I will clip the $5 bill on Friday (pay day) Chores uncompleted one day, will follow the clip to the next day… if they don’t finish all of them, they don’t get any money. (mean mom) August ears $1.00 because his chores are easier and he doesn’t know the difference between $5 and $1.00. I clipped their everyday chores on Sunday, but also layered it with “Day of Rest”. There are no extra chores on Sunday, but there is popcorn and Netflix, sometimes fishing and lots of relaxing! We go to church to worship our Creator (who also rested on the 7th day), eat lunch and then chill. I love Sundays!
I have a master-list for myself too, but it’s ugly so I didn’t take a picture of it. (Maybe I need to make mine pretty too and it will make me want to do them…)
Cheers to chores! I think I like my kids being a little older.
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Mornings are beautiful
In the morning I go to the gym at 5:30 am.. I know… but it is the only time I can go every morning. When I get home a go to my garden and check everything out. Usually around this time in the morning it is about 6:45 am. And surprisingly my kids are up and looking for me in the garden. Most days they are dressed. I know… they are crazy. On this day they were especially crazy because today was the first day of summer vacation. They should have been trying with all of their might to fight the urge to get up.
Thank goodness my daughter didn’t listen to that sleep head voice. She got up and threw on this simple purple dress and ran outside to find me. As soon as I saw the light behind the fallen tree stump I told her to stop what she was doing, jump on the stump and wait there until I got my camera. It was so stinkin’ beautiful out. Morning light comes and goes so fast but it is so beautiful. When Amy and I have morning shoots we joke that we almost need to arrive in the dark to be ready for that moment when the light is just peeking up in the trees. In the summer you can’t be it..beautiful light and cool damp morning air.