Friday, March 18, 2011

Marianne and Adam plus a B(ee)

I am happy to announce that our circle of friends has been expanded by 1. Our friends Adam and Marianne have welcomed their, much awaited, son. But before we get to the baby photos, allow me to share a teaser set from their maternity photo shoot.

Chrissy and I were working double duty for Marianne and Adam's photo shoot. On one side, we were photographers and on the other we were agents on a super secret mission to get them out of the house so it could be decorated for their baby shower. Well, maybe it wasn't super secret, but it's fun to pretend.

We all piled into the expecting parents' very pretty Ford F150 and drove to Lake Crabtree park on the border of Cary and Morrisville. This park has a lot to offer. Not only do they have walking, hiking and mountain bike trails but they also have a boat rental location, a small sandy beach, beach volleyball nets and a really cool tower lookout. It was a very windy but beautiful day that Saturday. Marianne and Adam were great subjects and the little B(ee) did great too! 

Enough of my yammering, onto to the photos! You will have to bear with me, I couldn't pick just one.

(This is a complete side note, but I love Marianne's nails. Serious manicure envy here.)

Apparently Dad and B(ee) were having an intriguing conversation on the stairs of the lookout. 

Crabtree Lake park has a really pretty pergola that's completely grown over. If I had a pergola, that is how I would want it to look. It made the best natural shade, ever. 

Marianne and Adam started to get a little nervous about the B(ee) showing up, so we decided to stop for some light reading.

(Another side note, Adam's book's title is The Dudes' Guide to Pregnancy)

Gratuitous semi-silhouette. In all seriousness, I love silhouette maternity photos. I feel like the drama of the photo technique is a fitting way to capture the emotion of carrying your baby. Of course this is all speculation on my part, since I have not actually been pregnant. Mothers reading my blog, would you agree?

Marianne and Adam are well on their way to being great parents.

Believe it or not, there are still more photos from this photo shoot online that I didn't share here. I've got to leave something a mystery so you'll visit our site. Chrissy and I had a great time working with Adam and Marianne. They were great sports when dealing with all the wind and the glaring sun. The entire time Marianne had a wonderful smile, even when we weren't photographing her. I can only imagine it was because she was so happy to be so close to meeting her son.

And on that note, I'll leave you with one final photo. The "After" photo as I like to put it. Readers, allow me to introduce, Max (aka Bee). 

He is apparently not a fan of the camera. We'll have to work on this. 

Thank you for reading. Stay tuned, I'm hoping to do a post for Photo Friday this weekend as well! Have a great weekend, enjoy the wonderful weather.

-Liz DiNatale

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Photo Friday: Open

The Photo Friday challenge this week was "Open". Wow, that is seriously up for interpretation. Lots of thing physically open. Lots of things feel open. Things can look open (wide open spaces).  It came as no surprise that I had no idea what to photograph. And thus, I didn't submit my photo on time. Oh well. 

I woke up this morning at my usual 7:30 am to the dogs wanting to take their morning potty and decided to give it a whack. Not the morning potty, but photographing something "open". 

Just opening a random door is pretty boring. So I knew the subject of the openness needed to at least be interesting. That doesn't leave many opens in our house. But, just outside our garage, sitting on some custom made rollers, is the oldest member of our little family. Behold, the Rusty Bucket. 

Her/His story is a long one. We unearthed her/him right before Thanksgiving from her/him slumber in the woods.  It took about 5 hours, 4 vehicles and 4 people pushing to wedge her/him in the corner of our driveway. She/him/it needs a new name by the way. Rusty Bucket is just a place holder (suggestions are welcome). 

Rusty Bucket is arguably the most interesting object that has doors that is in our possession at this time. I also kind of like how the vents on the hood look like flared nostrils. This is the first of many old vehicles we will be restoring. We thought it would be best to start off with something relatively easy. And easy really is a relative term. Because there's nothing easy about the process. Or cheap for that matter. Once we have this vehicle completed perhaps we'll move onto Steven and my favorites, a mustang '69 Boss 302 for Steven and a '69-70 Chevelle SS for me. Someday...

SOR is actively editing the photos from Adam and Marianne's maternity photo shoot. Hopefully we'll have teaser photos to post soon! 

Everyone enjoy your weekends. I'm going to go ride my bike. 

Liz DiNatale