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A little haiku flavour to start things off…

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snap happy mommy

takes photographs of her son

light shines in his eyes

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A professional photographer I’m not, but playing around with our SLR, followed up by some Photoshop sessions has provided me with many hours of enjoyment (or is it frustration?). Well, enjoyment after I figured out how the heck to use Photoshop the way I wanted to, because actually learning Photoshop can be über frustrating, for an instant gratification gal such as myself. And learning and getting help from my lovely, tech-hubby, Borys has even instigated a few “fun” discussions between the two of us. “Fun” in quotes, because at the time they’re not really fun. What I mean is, ever helpful Computer Borys can’t help but go into a lot of tech. detail, while all I’m looking for is the single answer to help me move the process along. Yes, say hello to a glimmer of my instant gratification personality.  But I digress… Beyond Photoshop, I’ve taken to reading some photography blogs as well – collecting tidbits of information and photo strategies to help me along my Nikon journey.

Since the birth of our son Niko (last September) I have been thinking about getting professional pictures taken of him, but thinking about it seems to be about as far as I’ve gotten. I just can’t make a decision on where or if I actually want to get them taken at all. Both Borys and I like natural looking photos, and anyway it’s been a constant thought process.

The other day I was surfing the net and came across a photography blog that discussed catchlight. I had never heard of it (and I can’t find the link, otherwise I would link it to this article) but it talked about catching the light that is reflected in your subject’s eyes on film (well actually not on film seeing as we live in a digital world, but you get the picture…).

So a couple of days ago, in my second amateur attempt at professional photography I snapped a tonne (gotta love the digital age) of portraits of Niko and succeeded in catching the light in his eyes (in a few of them). I just love how I can be super snap-happy and not worry about wasting film!

Below are a few photos of my take on his six-month professional portraits.


Yesterday the paparazzi was in town (a.k.a. – two snap happy sets of parents and two grammas) shooting pics like crazy of the adorable little pair: Lena and Niko, or as the tabloids call them, Nikolena (akin to Brangelina, TomKat etc., but without all the surrounding drama). Last night was the grammas’ final night (at least for this trip) in O-town, so we headed over to Graeme and Heather’s for one last hurrah, and dinner. It was a great time and seeing as the two little ones were both awake and happy we decided to seize the opportunity to blind them with our flashes.

Note: As you can see in the gallery below, Lena is progressively slipping off the couch – picture by picture, until in the last one she actually grabs onto Niko’s ear and tries to pull him down with her… (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)


The other day as Borys and I were walking with Niko and Frasier, Niko secured on Daddy’s chest in the Baby Bjorn, I found myself squinting into the sun and thinking it would be great if Niko had a pair of baby sunglasses. Now, recent studies claim that “baby brain” or “mommy brain” (the tendency for pregnant women and new mothers to easily forget) really doesn’t exist. But you know what? I beg to differ. Most women I talk to about this seem to think that at some point during their pregnancy or during motherhood they have indeed suffered bouts of  “baby brain”.  Anyway, I digress…

As I was thinking about how great it would be to own baby sunglasses, I realized that Niko actually already had a pair – another wonderful hand-me-down from his cousin John Russell (and a good example of me being able to claim “baby brain” to excuse my forgetfulness). For it wasn’t until I realized he needed them that I realized we had them! Of course when you’re out and about in the sun, it’s a little too late for that memory of be of use, especially considering I had no idea what “safe place” I had put them in. After returning home and going through a few possible “safe places” I hit the jackpot and found the shades!

Today my entourage and I headed out again, but not before I remembered about the Baby Banz, as they are called. I put them on Niko while we were still inside, just to test them out and his reaction was hilarious! He was moving his head all around, quickly from left to right, looking up and down, rapidly checking things out in this new darker world (and I caught a moment – albeit not the best one – of it on video). Anyway, he seemed to tolerate them pretty well, so I bundled him up and away we went. I happened to bring along my digital camera as I wanted to take some pics for a project I am working on for my nieces and nephew, and the camera also afforded me the ability to check up on my little guy who is front facing in the carrier and completely out of my view: by snapping a quick picture I could easily see what he was up to. Good thing I had the camera, because at one point I noticed the Baby Banz were, let’s just say slightly askew, as you can see in the accompanying picture below!

Note to self: Next time we bust out the sunglasses for Niko, strap them on a little tighter Mom!


Ciocia Ola is in town and spoiling Niko to the max: giving him lots of loves and hugs and laughs, and he is loving every minute of it! She has already taken so many pictures and videos that the memory card on her camera is full! So, we’re going to save them on our computer for now, so she can continue to document her stay here in Ottawa.

Ola was even here for The Great Christmas Tree Debacle of 2009. This happened when after trimming the whole tree: lights, garland, and decorations, we realized – after a day or so – that we had not cut off the base of the tree. Now, who knew that you are to tend to a Christmas tree just as you would a dozen roses: by cutting off the base so that it can absorb more water? Well, we certainly didn’t know this, or remember about it, until we were troubleshooting as to why our tree was dropping needles like crazy and its basin of water was still full. Oh, the base! So, an hour later we had our tree back and good to go.  And wasn’t that hour of “redecking the halls”, filled with so much joy? Yeah, right! Undecorating a tree, so you can lay it down and saw off the base in your living room, with a spunky and curious poodle helping out, doesn’t make for the most pleasant of evenings. 🙂 But we survived it, and redecorated, and now our tree is absorbing water like the best of them, and even has some presents underneath it!

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