6 month Portraits | Waterloo, IA Child Photography

baby girl doing superman

baby girl portrait on vintage trunk in field

I did a quick shoot with this little cutie just after she hit the big 6 month milestone.  I love when they can sit unassisted for short amounts of time…it lets you switch things up a little with posing, and really celebrates their new achievements and abilities.  (Like flashing their bloomers and chewing on their clothes!)little girl in flower field

Plop them on a blanket and see what they can do…you’re sure to capture some adorableness, even after they get tired and tip over =)

6 month old sitting up portraits baby girl doing superman

Just don’t count on them being happy on their backs for long!  They think they are big stuff now and want to be watching the world around them, not above them.baby girl laying on blanket

And here’s my favorite from the session, she just looks so chill!



Color Study | Violet Jelly Experiment

violet blossoms in glass bowl

violet blossoms in glass bowl

Early this summer (well, when the violets were blooming) I sent my kids out to pick a bowlful of blooms with the goal in mind to make a batch of jelly. I ended up picking the last 2-3 cups, and the jelly turned out more like a thick syrup, but check out these awesome colors.

violet blossoms and water have turned blue after steeping
Steeping in Boiling Water

Who knew boiling water and then lemon juice would create these changes?!

liquid has turned a deep violet color after adding lemon juice
After adding Sugar and Lemon Juice

The recipe I used is from Taste of Home and can be found here.  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/violet-jelly

jelly in the jars after water bath is bright magenta
Finished Violet Jelly

P.S. As for the texture issue, I’m guessing my pectin was old, or I boiled for too long or short a time.  Cooking and canning is NOT my area of expertise!


Summertime Toddler Portraits

girl in the prairieHow sweet is this girl with her soulful look?  Those blue eyes and dark lashes just draw you in don’t they…toddler portrait in meadowtoddler girl meadow collageIt was hot, hot, hot that evening with crazy high humidity to boot, but she was a good sport through it all, running to Dad, laughing at brother, giving smiles for Mom, and even attempting a twirl or two.lake girl collageWe waited ’til the end of the session to go down by the water, and of course she was happiest of all here, especially after she realized how good that cool water felt!splashing and stompingtoddler-portrait-mermaid-sunset-lakeWhat a beautiful evening with this little one and her family!