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My (2nd) Hunger Games Party || Food Ideas

So last year on the one year anniversary of the first movie, I had my first Hunger Games party (click the link to see). Last night I had my second one (because, in case you didn’t know, Mockingjay comes out on Friday!!!!!!!), but it was just a mini party. I only had a few girlfriends come over since my hubby was at  Jenny Lewis concert, and we all contributed to the food (there’s a list of the food below). I have a ton of Hunger Games stuff lying around, including posters and magazines, so I decorated with a black tablecloth and the mini signs my husband made (and is selling on Etsy now), and voila! Two movies and five hours later, it was a success!SarahMariePhotography_0105

Love you Becky, Angie and Mackenzie!!! Thanks for coming over!
SarahMariePhotography_0104Food List:

1) Cracker Jackers (Pioneer Woman has a good recipe for bacon and parmesan butter crackers)

2) Greasy Sae’s Mystery Meatballs (any old meatball recipe)

3) Peeta’s Cheese Buns (ready to bake rolls from Target with which I stuffed with cheddar cheese)

4) Mellark Bakery Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (I just found a random recipe on Pinterest)

5) Katniss’ Hot Chocolate

6) Prim’s Goat Cheese Platter

7) Nightlock Punch (Sprite, OJ and blue Koolaide mix topped with frozen blueberries)

8) Chicken Cornucopias (homemade chicken taquitos)

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The Flynn's Home Session || Emmie is 7 Months!

OMG. This session is truly worth a silly text-message acronym. OMG, these are so cute! Evan and Emmie are so photogenic, and they’re even more comfortable in their own home, so this session was a snap. We started in Emmie’s bedroom and with only a bow, carpet and bloomers, these simple images show off her personality (which is already so pronounced!). That tongue!SarahMariePhotography_0078I love baby rolls…

Evan is ALL boy. He’s smart, fast, strong, athletic, and super super full of energy, so naturally he loves the outdoors. Again, naturally, we went outside.SarahMariePhotography_0082His megawatt smile gets me every time!

These four pictures are my favorite series of the whole bunch. It’s just so them! Emmie lights up every time Evan comes in the room, and Evan loves her so much that he lets her pull his hair and scratch his face (all on accident of course) all the time. We stopped in a corner on the stairs and I just let them play, and this happened:
SarahMariePhotography_0079Uhg, SO cute, right?

And look at this tummy! Another simple background (a couch) with one tone clothes, because all you really need are these eyes and those smiles.

SarahMariePhotography_0080The finale:SarahMariePhotography_0081Eat your heart out.

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A Boy and His Fort || Home Life Mini Session

THIS. If I could do this every day, I would. I’d just go pick a house and stay awhile, observing the incredible cuteness of everyday routine in the life of a kid, and I’d document it as it happens. If you’ve followed me for awhile, you already know Evan. He’s an incredibly smart, active, funny four year old and I completely adore him, and LOVE taking his pictures. Last week I did a mini home life session with him. He stayed in his pajamas and made a huge mess in the living room. Mess, I say, but to him it was an incredible fort. By the end of it, I had to agree with his assessment over mine. It really was an awesome moment in time to be privileged to capture.


The “mess”


The finishing details


The fort


The result

Mini Home Life Sessions start at $200. Email me to set one up!

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Selfies. Two Photography Tricks You Didn't Know You Knew

Okay, so everyone takes a good selfie nowadays. Truth be told, it’s not a new thing, just the name is. People have been taking “self portraits” for years, but now that it’s called “selfie”, its somehow become a phenomenon. Well recently I noticed that these selfies are becoming awfully similar to each other, with the same poses being used over and over. Now granted, it’s a headshot, so there’s not an endless number of poses, but still, some are used far more frequently than others. It dawned on me that these poses are used for specific reasons, whether the poser realizes it or not. So, I thought I’d outline a few photography tricks, and how you they are often being taken advantage of in something as simple as a selfie.


1) Why Crazy Angle Selfies? Because objects that are further away from the camera appear to be smaller. The top two images here exemplifies that statement. In the first image, I unconsciously swept my hair to the front of my face, leaning in a way that flatters two areas. One, my face looks smaller behind thicker hair, and two, my body looks smaller as it is way in the background. When I pose people (women especially), I often have them lean forward, or put them in such an angle that the top half of the body (chest and up) is closer to the camera, while the lower half (tummy and down) us further away. Combined with body angles, this is a very handy trick. The top right image shows this too, as the image is taken from a slightly elevated angle (you see this a LOT, but usually a much more dramatic angle, as girls take bathroom selfies of themselves from way up high, showing off their outfits). Whatever is closer to the camera will look bigger, masking what is behind.

Real World Example:


In the real world, I pose things that should look smaller (moms- always the toughest critics to themselves) behind things that should look bigger (husbands, or the focus of the picture, like the baby).

2) Why Car Selfies? Because reflective light is soft and flattering. Okay, so you’ve all done it, or at least seen it. Car selfies. Why? There’s nothing attractive about you sitting in a car with a seatbelt across your body, but for some reason it’s a really popular place to grab a quick selfie. The reason is because of the light! Inside a car (at least in the front, you are facing big windows (big in relation to your face), and the bigger your light source is, the softer the light falls on your face. You have the sun, a huge light source, pouring through big windows, and reflected on the shiny dashboard in front of you. It’s a recipe for lighting success. In the photography world, I pose subjects either in open shade (you are in shade, but if you look up, the sky is clear above you. The light reflects from the walls around you) or I use a reflective surface (a reflector if I have it, or a white wall, window or shiny mirror, for example) to get the softest light on their face. The other reason the car selfie is so nice is because you have a lot of light, but it’s not directly hitting you. Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of times when the sun hitting you is a good thing. It makes for dramatic lighting and can be very nice. For that soft, buttery light though, having the sun not hit you right on is the ticket.

Real World Example:

In the real world, I use open shade, with light reflecting off of a building (like the picture on the left), or indirect sunlight that is hitting the area near my subject, but not on it (like in the image to the right).

In the real world, I use open shade, with light reflecting off of a building (like the picture on the left), or indirect sunlight that is hitting the area near my subject, but not on it (like in the image to the right).

Go through your selfies and you’ll see a few trends. What are they? I’ll be doing another one of these posts another time!


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Welcome to the World Jack || Spring Hill Newborn Photography

Newborns have it all. They get to sleep endlessly, keep their bellies full, and are adored at every turn. Maybe it isn’t for everyone, but being a foodie who often needs more rest, it sounds pretty heavenly to me!

So here’s Jack! He had a hard time the night before our session, throwing up a few times, and not getting a lot of sleep. We weren’t sure what to expect, but since we were past the all-important 14 day mark (your newborns sessions should always be within the first 10 days if possible, 14 days at the latest!), we knew we had to try. Well, as you can see, he was a sleeping angel. There was coaxing involved, and intermittent feedings (all completely normal), but his face was so angelic as he slept that it was all worth it.SarahMariePhotography_0053And then we did the part of the session that turned out to be my favorite! Even though mom and dad had just moved into their new home, they have excellent taste, and the color schemes and decorations in their home were so beautiful. It was the perfect backdrop for these beautiful intimate moments with their new son, and I am just giddy for these images! Look at mommy and baby smiling together, and daddy’s strong hands as he clutches his fragile son. Love!SarahMariePhotography_0054Just as a favor to all you Pinterest people, I had to include the baby room. Mom did an amazing job on his room, and the antique toys were so neat! There seemed to be a story for each of them, and I was definitely inspired, so I thought I’d pass that along to you.SarahMariePhotography_0055Thank you Rob and Darah for inviting me into your home! Your little Jack is so beautiful with his red hair, and I was very happy to meet you!!

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