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{DIY} Burp Cloth Cupcakes

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Back in the fall I helped my mom throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law.  Well, I guess I should start with something from a few years back.  When Banjo was a baby he spit up a lot.  It was seriously out of control.  Thank goodness for hardwood floors!  One thing that I learned fast was when it came to burp cloths the prefold cloth diapers made the best ones.  My mother-in-law sent me a tonof prefolds that she embellished with printed grosgrain ribbon.  Perfectly absorbed and perfectly cute!  So going back to the fall when I helped with the baby shower for my SIL…  I knew that  I wanted to make her some burp cloths using prefolds.  I also knew that I wanted to make them look cute for presentation and using my favorite among favorites… FABRIC!  So I created some burp cloths that incorporated all of the above! 

 

In addition to the prefold cloth diapers and fabric I used these supplies:

   

                                      

– corrugated scalloped bulletin board border

– thin ribbon

– decorative long pins

– felt

– rubber bands

I started by cutting a piece of fabric slightly larger than the center of the prefold diaper.  Then ironed the edges of the fabric in to make the seam creased for attaching to the prefold.

  

                            

Using pins to secure fabric down the center of the prefold:

Sewed around the fabric edge:

 

The finished burp cloths:

Ready for creating a cupcake…

First, fold the thin part of the diaper in on the fabric (or under if you would like the fabric to show in a swirl at the top of the cupcake):

  

Then fold in half (long ways) again:

 

Roll up like you would a sleeping bag:

Secure with a rubber band:

Cover around rubber band with the corrugated boarder:

              

                                                    

                                                        

                                                Add on a felt flower with the long pin in the center:

 

 

                        Tie around a ribbon:

Voila!  A Cupcake Burp Cloth!

If you choose to fold the burp cloth with the fabric showing then you will get the swirl effect for the “icing”.

These were fun to make and worked great for decorations on the cake table!

Oh and I linked up this crafty project at these crafty sites here: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/

here: http://www.fingerprintsonthefridge.com/

here: http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

and…

here: http://www.paisleypassions.blogspot.com/

and here:

 

handmade projects

{DIY} Welcome Becky With The Crafting Chicks!

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The Crafting Chicks

Hello! I’m Becky, one of the 6 “Chicks” who writes on The Crafting Chicks. I am so excited to share some of our crafts with you on this fabulous site. We get inspired whenever we read fun blogs like Dandy Giveaways! It is filled with so many great treats! We at the Crafting Chicks love to inspire you as well!

The Crafting Chicks began with friends sharing crafty ideas and along the way, we are excited to say, we have gained a whole community of friends that also share our passion for Motherhood and all things Crafting!
Between the 6 of us, we have 21.5 kids and just like many of you are very busy! We often get asked, “How do you do it?” We all have this in common, we would go crazy if we couldn’t craft or get creative. It truly is our therapy. So here are some of our favorite “Craft Therapy” projects we’d like to share with you:

silhouettes

Create Your Own Silhouette Tutorial

by Nikkala

corsage shirt

Corsage Flower T-shirts

by Becky

play kitchen

Q’s Play Kitchen (scroll down the post for the details)

by Kirsten

quiet book1

quiet book 2

Quiet Books (One and Two)

by Jamie

canvas-wall-hanging-displayed

Photo + Canvas Wall Art

by Jen

personalized-job-charts

Personalized Job Charts (free template)

by Brooke

Thanks so much ladies for letting us guest post. Happy Crafting and stop by to visit us at www.thecraftingchicks.com!

{DIY} I’ll get you my pumpkin…

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I hope you all had a fabulous Halloween weekend!  It’s one of my favorite holidays, because I’m a fan of all the fall colors, etc.  In fact a couple of weeks ago I was here.  Love that city and all the cute shops on Historic Main Street!  Many of the shops were decorated all fall like, smelled awesome, and of course were selling so many simply dandy holiday decorations!  Also, can I just tell you that I saw the cutest knitted pumpkin?  Yep it was perfect and I had to have it.  Only… It was $40!!!  So I didn’t get it.  My thoughts on this decision were… I can knit, so I can just make it myself.  Now that’s quite the undertaking since I had absolutely no idea how it was supposed to be made, but I think trying is better than spending $40.  How did I create my pumpkin?  Well, I for starters I used some yarn I had in my stash.  I decided that to make the pumpkin I would first need to use some circular needles:

 

Knit a tube:

 

 Turned the tube inside out and tied off one end with a piece of yarn:

 

 

 Turned back to the right side and stuffed him:

 

And then sealed off the top with a needle and yarn:

 

 

Next I used some matching embroidery thread…

 

 To make the lines of my pumpkin:                 

 

 I didn’t have a needle long enough (who does?) to go thrown the entire middle of the pumpkin from top to bottom.  So I just went through the top knot and brought the thread around to the bottom, then went through a small section of the bottom, back up around to the top, and so forth.  That way I didn’t have to tie off any of the thread until the end.

I also decided to use some felt to accent the little guy:

2 little squares of felt were perfect to cover the top knot and create the stem of the pumpkin.

The finished product?  Here you go!

Hmmm this picture makes me think that my staircase is in need of a little help.  Could be my next project around here!  Stay tuned…

All in all I’m happy with how my way under $5 pumpkin turned out.  It sure beats spending $40!

{DIY} From The Blue Chair

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I’m so excited for this next guest posting, because I actually know her personally and she’s awesome!  I know that you are going to find her to be just dandy!  She crafts, she quilts, she photographs, she blogs…  I told you she is awesome!  This particular guest posting doesn’t pertain to her quilting, but I LOVE her quilts.  In fact she is entered right now in a Halloween quilting contest and you can vote for her fabulous Spooky Wonky Log Cabin HERE.  It’s quilt #1 so get voting!  🙂   And here is my friend and former roomie, Kati…

Hi! I’m Kati from the blue chair. Thanks so much to Tara for letting me do a guest post today about my blue chair. Tara and I were roommates in college. I certainly have some good stories, but we’ll stick to refurnishing chairs today.

I have a thing for chairs. I like to get them from Goodwill for around $5 and paint them. It’s become a bit of a problem. My husband even asked me recently to stop. I guess no more Goodwill chairs for a while, but at least I have my favorite chair to use every day while I sew. This is the chair that inspired my blog name—from the blue chair. This was a pretty sad little Goodwill find, but sturdy. He definitely had some potential, but needed a lot of love.

 

When scouring for chairs I look for a few things—sturdy, solid wood, relatively good condition, and character (you don’t want just a plain old kitchen chair). Sit in it. Wiggle the back. Flip it upside down and make sure those legs are well attached. Once you have your chair, get it ready to paint.

Painting prep:

This guy needed some work, but it wasn’t too bad. I filled the deep scratches with wood filler then sanded the edges a bit to smooth things over. I cleaned it and wiped all surfaces down with an everyday kitchen cleaner. Then I wiped it with a clean, damp cloth.

 

Replacing the seat:

I removed the original seat by flipping it over and unscrewing it from the bottom. Then I cut a piece of high density foam using the seat base as my template. My foam was 2” which is pretty thick but I sit in this guy while sewing. I wanted it to be comfortable. I used a little hot glue to adhere it to the seat base.

The seat fabric is Tufted Tweets in Grass by Laurie Wisburn. I chose the fabric for the seat cover because I adore it, but it’s quilting weight fabric and not available in décor weight. To strengthen the fabric, I fused it to heavy twill using Ultra Heat and Bond. This made it a bit more difficult to work with than normal décor weight fabric, but it made it durable for long-term use. After getting the fabric ready, I started stapling it on using a craft staple gun. I did the sides first and then the front and back, pulling the fabric as tightly as I could.

Painting:

To paint this guy I used Pacific Sea Teal in gloss by Bear from Home Depot. I chose to brush on the paint rather than spray painting because I was a bit particular about the color and there aren’t a lot of color options in spray paint. I used their Ultra paint with primer in it, making painting one easy step.

Finishing:

After allowing the paint to cure for a couple days, I attached the seat using the original hardware. After a little work, some new paint and fabric, I have a funky new sewing chair that I love!

Painted chairs make a fun accent in any room or a fabulous photography prop. For a super funky look, collect an assortment of chairs and paint them each a different color for your dining room table. My next chair project might be a pink one. My three-year-old has requested a pink chair for the dinner table. I just might indulge her.

{DIY} Hairstyling Tips From The Wright Hair

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The Wright Hair

 

 

I just wanted to let everyone know the story of The Wright Hair…

I am fairly new to blogging about hair but I have been doing my oldest daughters hair since the day she was born almost 7 years ago. The first thing out of the doctor’s mouth was I hope you ordered a girl with a full head of hair. My oldest has the most gorgeous thick brown hair. Doing her hair was a so much fun and her hair always turned out so cute.

When my 2nd daughter arrived we were not so lucky with the hair genes. She has very thin straight hair. Her hair doesn’t grow very fast either. She is 3 now and her hair is cut into an A line. It was with the frustrations of my youngest hair that I started The Wright Hair Blog.

I figured if I struggled this much doing her hair there must be others struggling too. I am a working mom and getting my girls ready every morning is the best time of the day for me. This is our quality time without other distractions. Right now my girls and I are enjoying our time together. I am sure it will only be a short time before my oldest wants to do her own hair. But for now we invite you to join us on the Wrights Journey through hair. Because of being a working mom, sometimes we will do fancy dos and sometimes quick dos, other times are do’s are don’ts but we welcome everyone to come along for the ride.

I also want to share a few tips I have learned along my journey of doing hair.

Tip 1. For a smooth hairstyle especially for braids it is always better to do the hair while it is wet. So either right out of the tub or spray the area with a squirt bottle.

Tip 2. Remember that bobbie pins are your friends. If a style is not working exactly how you want use bobbie pins to move the hair and keep it in place. On the market now is bobbie pin that is about half the size as the old ones, these are perfect for little girl’s hair.

Tip 3. For infants use Karo Syrup or a stick of Glue to attach bows onto their head. Both of these are easy to use and will come off with water or during their bath.

Tip 4. If you want to use sponge curlers remember to make smaller parts if your daughter has thick hair. Otherwise the hair will not dry by morning.

Tip 5. For ringlets I use a special curling iron that has grooves in it. When using this curling iron the ringlets stay in all day and can be used for a 2nd day style (with a few touch ups)

For more tips and cut hairstyles check out my blog at thewrighthair.blogspot.com.

I would also love for all of you to share your styles and tips with me. You can post your pictures on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Hairstyles-for-girls-The-Wright-Hair/117955318220916?ref=sgm.

{DIY} Not Just a Hat Rack. Nevermind – it is a Hat Rack.

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I always always put my boys in hats when we are outside.  I’ve been doing it since they were teensy babies as I wanted them to get used to it.  We all have fair skin and living in the south, it’s sun city here — so I wanted to be able to protect their little eyes and faces from the burning, searing Texas sun.

 Now when we leave the house, my two year old always since, “Wait!  I need my hat!  The sun will poke my eyes!”   And if we forget Baby D’s hat, he always reminds me to run in and grab it.  The result of this is that we have a. lot. of. hats.  It’s a weakness of mine — everytime I see a cute one that will fit (or will fit in the future) I buy it.  Some people buy shoes, I buy toddler baseball hats.  Or beanies.  Or newsboy hats.  Whatever, I like ’em all.

 I had previously just screwed a few robe hooks into each of their walls to hang up all the hats.  But the hats were multiplying and the hooks couldn’t accomodate all the hats and I would stack them on soooo carefully and not breathe near them and hope that they wouldn’t all fall down the first time my kids slammed the door.  They did fall. 

So I came up with this guy:

This is what I started with (I always always save old frames, no matter how ugly or odd-sized — and sure enough, one day a project comes along that is just begging for a weird looking side by side 10 x 13 frame):

How the magic happened:

{1} Spray paint red — I start to wilt if it’s been awhile since I spray painted anything

{2} Took out the cardboard backing, wrapped it in burlap and hot glued down the edges so it would stay tight

{3} I predrilled small holes and then screwed in some hooks by hand along the bottom of the frame

{4} Then I contacted Shelley at Wonderfully Wordy {also House of Smiths — amazing!} and got me some cute vinyl.  A few days later, it was on my doorstep and all I did was peel and stick.  So easy.

 

Now I have a cute, functional and personalized hat rack that hangs in my son’s room.  He loves it; I love it.   Oh, and I did the entire project in the time it took me to watch one recorded {that means no commercials!} episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians {don’t judge me}.

I’m solving the world’s problems {otherwise known as my pet peeves} one at a time.  What simple storage or organization tricks have you used in your home?

I am linking to these fun sites: Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Chic Cottage, Just a Girl, Paisley Passions30 Days and The Shabby Nest.  

p.s. If you have never seen Shelley’s stuff, go browse over at Wonderfully Wordy.  I have ordered from her in the past as well, and she never disappoints!

{DIY} Please Welcome Paisley Passions

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HELLO all of you Dandy Giveaway blog readers out there! I am thrilled to be guest posting with Lanni and Tara on their super cute blog today!
My name is Lori and my blog is called Paisley Passions.

I am a mother of five (four of which are teenagers!  YIKES!), wife, full-time returning college student, and a lover of all things “crafty”.  I LOVE to create things!  My Paisley Passions blog is a place where I have an outlet for when my creative mojo starts flowing 😉

I have been out and about in blogland for a couple of years now, but I just started my Paisley Passions craft blog the first week of July 2010. It is so fun to have a place to share all of my creative projects and I love making new friends through the world of blogging 🙂


On my blog you will find easy Home Decor projects like this:

Vanity Before and After

A few Fun Projects like this:

From Picture Frame to Laptray

And even some stuff like this:

Party Time Fun!



Or some stuff like this:

Trick or Treat Candy Chest

If you are ever looking for a Fun Blog Hop or a Linky Party to join in, I also have a Linky Love Library and a Blog Hop Library on my blog, so that the parties out in blogland are easy for people to find and join in the fun! They are free to use (and if you host one, come by and link it up!), all I ask is that if you find one that is new to you, that you let the host/hostess know you found them from my blog. As simple as that! 🙂

On Thursdays I host my own linky party called Thrilling Thursday.  It is a fun party where you can link up YOUR creations, or just come over and check out the creations of the other talented people out in blogland.  It is a great way to spark your creativity!

Thanks, Lanni & Tara, for letting me guest post today!!!  I hope that all of you Dandy Giveaway readers will pop on over to Paisley Passions and say hi!  I would love to meet you!  🙂

Isn’t Lori so cute?  And with five kids — how DOES she find the time?  I’m impressed!  Thank you again so much to Lori for her post and her creative and useful ideas – stop on by Paisley Passions and show her some comment love 🙂

{DIY} Bat Shirt with Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

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We are so lucky to host Sumo, from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff today here at Dandy Giveaway!  Here’s Summer:

 
 
Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to be guest blogging here today!

I’m Sumo, from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff!



Sumo's Sweet Stuff

My real name is Summer, but my husband nicknamed me Sumo when we were dating. (Should I be offended?) Now he’s got all of my family, as well as lots of our friends, calling me Sumo. I think Aunt Sumo sounds pretty great, don’t you? I live in Utah with my husband, and our two beautiful daughters – Reece & Remi!

 

 
Growing up, I never used to be all that domestic or crafty, so I think no one is more surprised than my mom at how I’ve ended up where I am today! I started Sumo’s Sweet Stuff last May as a place to keep some of my crafting projects so that my personal blog wasn’t overrun with them. Somehow, that developed into a place to host giveaways, share tutorials, share recipes, and feature fellow bloggers’ ideas and blogs! I also use my blog to promote my etsy shop, so if you’re ever in the market for some baby girl accessories, come on over! Every Monday is Market Yourself Monday, where you can link up your latest projects, and visit other blogs to get some inspiration!
Sumo Sweet Stuff

 

 

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to be guest blogging here today!

I’m Sumo, from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff!



Sumo's Sweet Stuff

My real name is Summer, but my husband nicknamed me Sumo when we were dating. (Should I be offended?) Now he’s got all of my family, as well as lots of our friends, calling me Sumo. I think Aunt Sumo sounds pretty great, don’t you? I live in Utah with my husband, and our two beautiful daughters – Reece & Remi!

 

 
Growing up, I never used to be all that domestic or crafty, so I think no one is more surprised than my mom at how I’ve ended up where I am today! I started Sumo’s Sweet Stuff last May as a place to keep some of my crafting projects so that my personal blog wasn’t overrun with them. Somehow, that developed into a place to host giveaways, share tutorials, share recipes, and feature fellow bloggers’ ideas and blogs! I also use my blog to promote my etsy shop, so if you’re ever in the market for some baby girl accessories, come on over! Every Monday is Market Yourself Monday, where you can link up your latest projects, and visit other blogs to get some inspiration!
Sumo Sweet Stuff

 



Today I’m going to be sharing a tutorial with you for how to embellish your kids’ Halloween shirts with bat wings!
 
After my daughter Remi was born this past March, I made her a butterfly wing onesie.


I thought it would be fun to put a Halloween spin on that idea: bat wings!

Last year I purchased Halloween shirts from Target during the post-Halloween clearance sale for super cheap. I had thought about getting them new shirts to put the bat wings on, but then I figured their Halloween shirts would actually be perfect!

What you need:

– shirt/onesie
– fabric
– heat and bond (if you are putting wings flat on the shirt)
– interfacing (if you are putting wings that hang off the shirt)
– wing template (I looked at some pictures online and free handed mine)
– iron
– sewing machine/accessories


We’ll start off with Reece’s shirt. I wanted her wings to hang off of her shirt since she is mobile and can (obviously) sit, stand, and walk on her own (unlike the little Remster.)

Start off by tracing your template on the interfacing. You’re going to need two.



Next you’ll want to trace your template on your fabric. You’re going to need four wings total since you’ll be having a front and back. I cut a bit outside of the template so that my interfacing would fit in between the layers easily.



Take your interfacing and iron it on to two of your wings.


Next you’ll want to sew the top layer of your wings on to your interfaced wings.



After that, iron down small folds on your wings. This is where you’re going to sew the wings on to the shirt.


Take your shirt and measure the width. Place a pin where the middle of the shirt is. This is where you’ll sew your wings.


Pin your wings on to the shirt.


Sew the wings on to the shirt and you’ve got your little bat ready to go!





I did a different option for Remi. I just wanted her wings to be flat on her onesie.

You’ll want to iron on some heat and bond to a piece of your fabric. (I didn’t take a picture of this step for some reason!)

Trace your wing template on to your paper side of the heat and bond and cut out your wings.


Take your tape measure and find the middle of your onesie.


Take the paper backing off of your wings and place them on the onesie where you want them to go.



Iron them on.


Sew around the edges.


And your other little bat is ready to go!

 
Cute, fun, unique Halloween shirts!


And even cuter when on your sweet little ones!

 



If you have a little guy, a fun way to do the wings would be to have them extend from under his arm to his side (does that make sense?) Maybe that would seem more boy-ish.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Enjoy turning your little ones into bats!
Come visit me at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff anytime for more tutorials, recipes, and ideas!

 

Thank you Summer!  I love this bat shirt — I think it’s equal parts hilarious and adorable.  I will be making one for my own little guy for Halloween for sure — I just hope it’s as cute as hers.  We’ll see, huh? 



{DIY} Cheap, Fast & Easy (Just How I Like ‘Em) Halloween Decorations

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I’ve said before how much I love love love Christmas and that I pretty much celebrate Christmas from mid-October to February or so (true story).  And although I’ve always thought Halloween was fun, I’ve never really gotten that into the Halloween-spirit (decorating or otherwise).   But oddly enough (or maybe it’s normal, not sure?)  my two year old is borderline obsessed with Halloween and all things “spooky” — like he has been talking about Halloween since last Halloween (and that’s a long time ago when you’re two).  So I thought I’d indulge him and we’ve gotten our spook on together. 

I didn’t really even know where to start, and didn’t really have a vision for what I wanted it to be when I was done — but I thought the most obvious place was my mantel.  So I got to work.   Here was my regular, non-seasonal mantle:

And then I did a little searching around the old information superhighway — and there are soooo many cute ideas out there!  I found inspiration from here and there and mixed and matched.  And came up with this:

And the whole thing was like maybe $12 (maybe even a little less, I can’t remember exactly)?   The Dollar Store is your friend people.  Here’s what I did:

{1} the wreath — took a Dollar Store foam wreath, spray painted it black.  Got 3 five-foot garlands of some lovely (and by lovely I mean so so ugly) fall leaves — and then I spray painted those black.  Cut the leaves off the vine, hot-glued those suckers right onto my wreath.  Like $4 and maybe 30 minutes.  Me likey.

The wreath was a little small for the space, so I just tossed an old empty frame up there around it, to fill up space.  Does it work?

 

{2} bird in a glass cage (or cloche — but cage seems spookier) — took a Dollar Store bird, took a glass vase I already had.  Flipped it upside down, trapping said bird.  Ta da!  That one was tricky. 

{3} stylin’ white pumpkin — I love white pumpkins and last year I found them everywhere, but not yet this year (or maybe I haven’t looked hard enough; it’s hard to know).  So I grabbed a … you guessed it … Dollar Store pumpkin, gave her a quite spray with heirloom white and then stretch some fishnet fabric over. 

I stuck this sassy pumpkin on a cake stand that I made by hot-gluing a plastic plate (yellow plate, meet black spray paint) on top of a thick candleholder I was no longer using.  Free.  Love it.

{4} Did anyone else know that the Dollar Store has these battery-powered votives?  If you did — why didn’t you tell me?  I am going to go back and buy like a billion more for Christmas.  And my regular life.   I love that they look real, and yet I don’t worry about my spiderman toddler scaling my fireplace (it’s happened before) and then burning down my house.  I just switched out my old candles (real, but only decorative) for these guys.  It looked a little bare, so I hot glued some black lace that I had in my stash around them.  I love that they look like little skirts. 

{5} And for my big glass thingy (I think it’s technically a vase, not sure?)  I just kept the moss that I already had, and strategically tossed in a few spiders and webs (thank you Dollar Store). 

And then I finished it all off with a sprinkling of rats, spiders, bats and other bugs.  One bag of mixed creepy crawlies from …. the Dollar Store was all I needed. 

The best part of this was that I did every part with my son.  Well, not the spray painting and the hot glue (although he wanted to do those parts the most, because of the “gun like” nature of the equipment).  It was so fun for us — and yeah, it’s not perfect and I’ve definitely seen better.  But he is so so proud of it — every person that comes to our door, he says “So, what’chu think about our spooky stuff?”

Oh, and I’m linking up here, here and here and here.

{DIY} Photography With Belle Petite Photo

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Do you like to take pictures of the kiddos, but could use some helpful tips?  Well then our next guest posting is sure not to disappoint.  Ready for the dandiness?  Here you go! 

Hi!  My name is Sarah and like many of you out there, I LOVE taking pictures! 

Especially of my husband and daughter :0)  People often ask me when I started out with photography and I tell them that I was the girl in junior high and high school that always had a camera!  Thankfully digital cameras came around so that I can now take pictures to my heart’s content without paying a fortune.  After the birth of my daughter I started taking even more pictures and before I knew it I had started a blog, Belle Petite Photo, and was taking pictures for family and friends and clients.  I still have a LONG way to go with my photography, but I’m enjoying the journey.  For those of you who are looking to take your photography up a notch, here are a few simple suggestions:

1) Take lots of pictures.  (Even very experienced photographers take a lot of pictures…it gives them options to work with after the photo shoot is done.)  Especially when you’re taking pictures of your kids in action….the more you take, the better chance you have of getting a great one!  Plus, sometimes it is fun to put a series of pictures together.

2) Try a new perspective.  Too often we document our cute-kid moments the same way every time, from above.  Try getting down on THEIR eye level or even laying on the ground to capture moments. (i.e. your infant learning how to crawl).  More interesting perspective = More interesting picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Zoom in, zoom out.  Try zooming completely out to get the whole scene then zooming in to focus in on what’s happening.  Then, try capturing the same scene from a different angle or area of the room.  Each picture will paint a different part of the story.

4) Use whatever you have.  My first few photo shoots were done with my Canon 3.2 point and shoot.  (I was a little sheepish to accept $70 for such a photo shoot, but hey…that was all I had at the time and it worked!  Don’t worry folks, I only use my Nikon DSLR for photo shoots these days :0))  If I’ve only brought our camcorder to an event I’ll take still shots with that and call it good.  Really, it doesn’t have to be an expensive piece of equipment to capture great moments :0) 

If you have a second, click here to see my blog!  If you have two more seconds, I’d love to get a comment too!  Most of my time is spent with my sweet little family, but if you do live in the St. Louis area and are interested in booking a photo shoot, I do have some available sessions.  Email me at:  bellepetitephotographie@gmail.com

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