Capture the Love: Mommy and Me Photo Ideas

With Mother’s Day just days away, I’ve been thinking a lot about motherhood, the joys it has brought me and how fast my little one is growing up. Capturing those fleeting moments is essential—but snapping the perfect shot isn’t so easy!

We’ve compiled a few of our favorite “mommy and me” photo ideas, so get your cameras ready and get inspired to capture your favorite motherhood moments.Read More...

Show Your Bump! 7 Creative Pictures to Take While Pregnant

Nine months sounds like a long time — but it goes by in a flash! Sure, lots of things can happen in nine months, like growing a baby, but it’s because so many things happen during that span of time that it’s important to capture those fleeting moments by snapping a few pictures of your growing belly — before it’s replaced by an adorable infant.

So grab your camera and check out some of our favorite maternity photo shoot ideas!Read More...

The Stork is Coming: 3 Cute Ways to Announce Your Pregnancy

Who knew that two little blue lines could make someone so happy? Finding out you’re pregnant is one of the most exciting moments of a pregnancy – along with hearing the heart beat and feeling that little baby kick for the first time. Here are some creative ideas on how to share “the big news” with your loved ones.

1. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: A photograph of a positive pregnancy test is a common way to announce a pregnancy. But isn’t a picture of a chalkboard due date pointing at your soon-to-be growing belly so much cuter?

2. Announce it With a T-Shirt: If you’re expecting a second child, have the soon-to-be big brother or sister announce the pregnancy with a t-shirt like this one. If this is your first, you can get a t-shirt or onesie for a niece or nephew that reads “I’m going to be a cousin” or one for a sibling that reads “I’m going to be an Aunt/Uncle.”

3. Napkin Notes: Spread the word by inviting unsuspecting family members to dinner and asking them to find their place at the table. Instead of names, write their new “titles” on a napkin.

Sources:
1- In the Moment
2- Zoe’s Attic

3- hither & thither

5 Family Portrait Ideas | Capturing Memories {Photography Ideas}

Last Friday, I shared with you 5 monthly baby picture ideas and you guys loved them so much {thanks for your feedback on facebook, by the way} that I thought today we could take a look at some of my favorite family portrait ideas!

Pretty cool, no? And you don’t have to be expecting to take a picture like this. Get creative, play with the math, and you’ll see that you can come up with many different ways to configure a similar shot.

I like this one because, normally, family portraits are all about how much the parents love the children. It’s nice to see a picture that captures how much the parents love each other!

The caption on this image reads: “After 8 years of marriage… 4 times more love.” Those French people are so creative!

Ok. So this one isn’t exactly a ‘traditional’ family portrait, but you can’t deny that this series of 4 captured something special between these two. A simple way of capturing the bonds between mother and daughter or a great family portrait idea idea for single moms!!!

Not a ‘traditional’ family portrait either, but I LOVE it. I believe this is Jennifer Garner and her daughter Violet on a photo shoot a few years back. This is one I would definitely love to recreate!

Your homework this weekend:
Get creative and take pictures of you and your little ones {or baby bump} and post them on our Facebook page. We’ll pick our favorites and post them here next Friday!

Have a great weekend =)

xo

Nicole

image sources:
1- Hanna Mac Photography
2- pinterest
3- simplementscrap.fr
4- The Littlest Blog
5- pinterest

5 Monthly Baby Picture Ideas

Adorable, right?

Looking back, I really wish I had taken the time to stage monthly baby pictures with my daughter and I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of my favorite monthly baby picture ideas.

The one on the top is from young house love. Each week, Sherri & John laid out a fabric remnant {which was later used on a small project for their nursery}, photographed their adorable daughter Clara and digitally placed her age on her onesie with Photoshop.

This chalkboard photo prop idea is from Joleen Thiessen, a Southern California photographer, who took this adorable—and incredibly creative—photo of her nephew at three months.

Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely photographed her daughter Eleanor every month for 2 years! And from this collage we can see how much {and how fast} she grew!

This happy calendar girl {found via ohdeedoh} was photographed every month on her parent’s Stendig calendar.

Twins Rory and Quinn had their monthly pictures taken on this comfy chair with a chalkboard painted wall behind them. {via ohdeedoh}

So tell me, have you or do you plan to take monthly pics of your little ones?

Please send your photos to contact {at} chiccheapnursery.com with the word SUBMISSION in the subject. Would love to see YOUR creative photography sessions!

High Quality Pictures in the Palm of Your Hand

SLR cameras are all the rage these days. But let’s be honest, with the 30 something pounds in tote between your baby and all of the things you need to pack into a diaper bag, an SLR is not the most functional option for a mom. We need a camera that takes amazing pictures and won’t add too much weight to our already hefty load!

That’s why I LOVE the Cannon PowerShot SD1200IS. It has a huge LCD screen (almost 3 inches) and 10.0-megapixel resolution (that’s enough to capture exquisite details for prints up to 13×19 inches). To boot, it also has Smart AUTO which selects the proper settings for each picture you, so all you have to do is point and shoot and you will get an amazing picture every time!

And for $149! That is a super deal when you compare it to an SLR which retails for at least $500.

Other accessories we would recommend to make your picture taking and downloading experience easier:

Kingston 4 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD4/4GB or Sandisk 4GB Secure Digital SD HC Memory Card

Click away without having to worry about filling up your memory card in one day.

Vivitar RW-CF Compact Flash Memory Card Reader

One of my favorite gadgets, the memory card reader let’s me transfer all of my pictures to my computer within seconds. No more hassling with wires and software to transfer pictures from your camera to your computer. And since it’s compatible with multiple memory card types, you can easily transfer other people’s pictures too! Great for when a friend comes over with their camera and you don’t want to wait for them to email or print the pictures for you.

All of these items are personally used by me. No compensation was received for this post.


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