As any mom knows, photo shoots with kids can be tricky at best, miserable at worst. My daughter has entered the funny face phase - try and get an impromptu shot of her smiling or in her element and she will flash a silly (not at all natural) expression at the camera. Thus, I opted to go for a few shots of us doing what we do best - playing - and hoped they would turn out. I was beyond thrilled with the results!
These are just a few of my favorites. I can't wait for another opportunity to shoot a few more pics (maybe we will even squeeze in a family shot or two). What are your tips for getting photos with your kids? Do you hire a photographer to come and take family shoots? Do you hand the camera to your spouse occasionally to ensure you make it into a pic? What are your secrets?
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After spending the last few days in New Orleans I came home with plenty of inspiration. Yesterday as we were walking home from brunch I realized that it would be great fun to plan future Ella Lou collections after cities I have visited and found particularly inspiring. New Orleans home are some of the most beautiful and vibrant homes I have ever come across in the United States. I'm mulling over how to translate the inspiration they provided me into an Ella Lou collection.
On my most recent trip to Paris, I asked my close friend Vanessa, a particularly savvy Parisian, for a list of her favorite Parisian kids stores. Having recently developed our line of Wanderlust Playmats, I am increasingly interested in well-designed children's products and spaces. The Parisian children's stores did not disappoint. Here I share a few of my favorites.
I have wonderful memories of summers spent at Dillon's Beach, where my family rented a house for a couple weeks every summer. This weekend a close friend was participating in the Vineman Monte Rio triathlon so we decided to spent the weekend in Sonoma and cheer her on! We spent Saturday night in the small coastal town of Jenner and then Sunday got up bright and early to watch the race in Monte Rio. It was the perfect way to spend a weekend!