You guuuuuys, look at this sweetie! Miss Lenore turned the big *ONE* in December and she's walking like a pro. I got to hang out with her today. I feel pretty lucky to get to spend time with this precious little one. I don't know if I've just been lucky the past few times I've kept her, but she has been absolutey FULL of happiness. I'm sure I miss out on the crankyness that Mommy and Daddy see. I always remember those times when my mine were little. All I'd ever hear is "but they're so GOOD! They're ALWAYS good with ME!" haha. I would bite my lip and smile. Spending a few hours with a little one is very different than spending 24/7! But gosh I love it. And I feel very thankful that they give me the opportunity to spend time with little Lenore. Very lucky indeed.
Her lovely mom, Ellyn, always spoils me by dressing her in the vintage outfits I've found at thrift stores and even brings extras just in case. She has one other dress I think, and after that one, I'll have to start combing the thrifts for more cute outfits! We usually take pictures for around 20 minutes right when she gets here and then we play for the rest of the time. I'm really thrilled with how many of these came out, and I can thank my new lens mostly for that. Most of these pics were taken with my new 30mm Sigma lens that I got for Christmas. It's been a great wide angle lens, but not too wide angle, know what I mean? Perfect for indoors and I love how sharp the photos are coming out. It does really well in low-light situations and the background bokeh is really pretty. So I definitely recommend this lens as a budget-friendly option.
The photos in our living room (with the yellow and orange couches) were in very low light, with just a little light coming in through the windows. It rained all day and was cloudy, so you can see that the photos came out quite nice with such low light (which can be such a pain to work with!)
The photos taken in mine and Ethan's bedroom (with peach walls and sunburst mirror) were taken with mostly artificial light. Most of the bulbs in our house are "daylight" bulbs which mimic daylight (a photographer's dream), so I used the overhead light and an extra clamp light from Home Depot (also using a daylight bulb). Sometimes you just gotta use artificial light and sometimes the results are surprisingly good!
The photos in the living room, with the white fireplace and turquoise walls in the background, had this natural vignette, or glow, around her that was totally naturally created from light coming from the window to her right (our left). I thought it was so pretty! I love happy accidents like that.
I found this gorgeous harlequin patterned blanket at a thrift store a while back. It was handmade with polyester fabric and the prettiest pink crochet trim. It wasn't backed by anything, so it's scratchy, as polyester can be, but it sure is pretty. We put other softer blankets underneath. And it was King sized so it fit our bed perfectly. I love the colors.
Until next time, Lenore!