Archive for December, 2007

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Late night out — sang at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and had dinner with choir.  Fun, but I need my bed.  🙂    ~m

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.: Zebra Light :.

It’s 1am.  Little guy  just woke up and is chillin’ on my lap as I type with my free hand.  Guess I’m pretty used to this — typing one-handed, that is.  Sorry in advance for any typos!  🙂

About the pic…the two kiddos were playing yesterday morning and I just happened to catch J as he pondered something.   Those moments are rare because he now spends all his free time going around and around and around our house on his two legs.  We have a 99% walker over here! 

I love how the light looks like zebra stripes on and around J.  Color was nice, but the conversion to black and white really made it a more dramatic image.  If you look closely, you can see his eyelashes curling upward.  What a cutie.

 Have a great day.  ~m


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Gingerbread Goodness

Gum drops + sweet tarts + more colorful sweet goodies +

frosting +gingerbread =

Recipe for FUN for a three year old, her mom & grandma


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…especially at Mimi and Papa’s house.  My mom goes all out for the holidays.  It’s an AMAZING all out though.  Every corner of her house has something Christmassy.  Rules: all of her decorations have to be red, green, silver or gold (except for the VERY special tree you’ll see below) and almost all of them are antique! 

She collects blown glass reindeer, millinery fruit (for her fruit tree), holiday postcards from long ago, and just antique ornaments in general.  It’s fun to see her decor change through the years (she finds ornaments all year) and it’s also wonderful to see our favorite things each year. 

It’s interesting how my Christmas tree looks a lot like hers…my vision of what Christmas looks like, in tree form, has been shaped by my upbringing.  Hope you enjoy, mom!  I know you were excited to see pics of your wonderful collection. 

Storyboard below:  The 9′ living room tree.  Vintage Merry Christmas ornament.  Sussex cottage dollhouse (all decked out for the holidays).  


Storyboard below:  Genie ornament.  Rare blown glass stork.   Assortment of ornaments, including an eskimo (one of mom’s favs).  The 4′ den tree.  Underneath the den tree — vintage feather tree fence, assortment of antique beads & ornaments.


Saving the best for last………isn’t this the coolest?????   

Storyboard below:  The Kitchen Tree or the Fruit Tree.  This is a feather tree and the fruit ornaments used to be placed on hats for decoration.  Mom’s own cool creation.  I love the color! 


I’m not used to taking pics of anything but people, so this was fun for me.  🙂   Took me out of my comfort zone a bit, but that’s good.  I’m always up for a good challenge.  Hope you’ve enjoyed!~m

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Latest and Greatest

K:  Mommy, will you be my bestest friend (while riding around the kitchen island on her “super bike”)?

Me: Sure

K: Are we going to get married?  (oh grrrreat.  here goes this talk again)  🙂

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 .:K is a very happy-go-lucky girly girl who loves to dress up and play animal babies.  She loves to help others (especially in the kitchen) and shows tremendous love to her friends and family. 


.:J is talking (up, ma-ma, da-da, book, dog, eat, kate,  please, juice, nigh-night, bye-bye, shoe, water, banana, Mimi, Papa–those are all I can think of this very moment) and walking all over the place.  He still squeals if he’s going a long way.  He loves to drive cars on all sorts of different surfaces (including my head).  He gives some pretty sloppy kisses and is starting to yell if he wants something and we don’t know what.  🙂


Stay tuned for a spectacular Christmas photo shoot at Mimi and Papa’s house.  Mimi’s Christmas decorations are magazine-worthy!   3 different trees, antique ornaments, the whole shabang…     ~m

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A fun bath time for the kidlets.  Storyboard.  I’m loving these! 

Taken at nighttime, no flash, high ISO.  I did run an action that made it grainy (on top of being grainy with a high ISO), but my camera seemed to pull through for me. 

Photog Tip#1:  For those of you that use flash all the time indoors– it’s fun to just turn it off (be brave!), adjust your camera (read that manual about ISOs!), and see what you can do.  Put your kiddos near a window where there’s enough natural light so that you don’t have to use a flash indoors.  Try various poses and watch how the window light casts shadows and varying shades of light on your subject.

Natural light creates drama.  Flash really washes subjects out, taking depth out of your pictures.  I’m not a big fan of flash…if you want to try no flash indoors and want a little feedback (just do it!!!) send your image to maggiejmcd@msn.com  I’ll let you know what I think and coach you through it (to the best of my ability!).  Make sure to tell me a little background info on your pic.  Where, when, ISO, etc.  Why not just try it?–I’m sure it would help me, too!


***On a different note…do any of you blog readers out there (I know people read this thing!) know a good place for me to take some desert pics? 

 We’re talking saguaro cacti, big rocks and all that with nothing else around.  I’m gearing up for a funky desert photo shoot and need some locations!  There have got to be some hikers/explorers out there that can help out!!!***

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I was going through some family photo shoot pics to update my website and I thought this image deserved some lookin.’ 


I love:

*the innocence in A’s eyes and her little Mona Lisa smile. 

*the way mom is holding her — it looks as if she’s just soaking all of her in. 

*their flawless skin. 

*the bold colors. 

*the intimate connection.  

*how a toddler can feel so safe in her mom’s arms while a semi-stranger with a big lens is following her around. 

:::It’s really pictures like these, the ones that capture individuals just loving, that make this so incredible.:::    Thanks, guys.  🙂


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