Saturday, August 17, 2013

Whimsical Colors and Style Under the Big Top

Newborn Circus Hat 
My Knoodle Knits

Lauren Garrison Photography 

I love receiving model images of our hats. There is something so amazing about seeing your work photographed on a real live model. I am constantly inspired by the creativity and vision of the photographers that I work with. 

Lauren Garrison is a custom maternity, newborn and baby photographer located in Holly Springs, North Carolina. She serves the Holly Springs, Apex, Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Fuquay Varina, and Chapel Hill areas. She specializes in newborn, baby, toddler, children, family photography. You can check out her portfolio here: Lauren Garrison Photography

The Newborn Circus Hat was knit with a rolled brim and a conical shape that tapers to a point. It's topped off with a large pom pom and three coordinating buttons. There are seven colors featured in the design of this hat. 

If you would like to purchase our Newborn Circus Hat you can find it in our Etsy shop here: Circus Hat by My Knoodle Knits

Sunday, February 24, 2013

7/52: Negative Space & 8/52: Wild Card

This year I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. The overall theme for the year is This is Our Life

Week 7 Prompt: Negative Space 

Nikon D5000 • 1/2000 • ƒ2 • ISO 200 • 35mm 

As a designer I know the value of negative space within a composition. It gives the viewer's eye a chance to rest, thus making the overall image easier to process. I always try to frame my shots so that there is reasonable amount of negative space incorporated into the layout. Playing with the depth of field creates great bokeh, and keeps the background elements from becoming distracting. I love the juxtaposition of this image, taken shortly after a record breaking blizzard. The darkness of my son's jacket contrasts nicely with the whiteout of the snow fall and forest behind him. Processed with PTM Add Some Honey (not right out of the can, but with adjustments edited).

Week 8 Prompt: Wild Card 

Nikon D5000 • 1/50 • ƒ5 • ISO 200 • 34mm 

We were given the option to photograph whatever we wanted for this week, so of course I chose my favorite subject! I was out on the back deck taking advantage of the dry weather in order to photograph some new designs and recent orders. My little shadow needed to see what I was doing, and shoved the tremendously heavy slider open just enough to peek through. I managed to catch him before he moved. This is such a perfect manifestation of his impish personality. Processed with PTM Urban Delight(not right out of the can, but with adjustments edited).

Thursday, February 14, 2013

6/52: Good Morning

This year I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. The overall theme for the year is This is Our Life

Week 6 Prompt: Good Morning 

Nikon D5000 • 1/100 • ƒ1.8 • ISO 800 • 35mm 

Every morning I am the first one out of the house. To some this may seem like a unwanted burden, but I love to be awake and in the woods before the rest of the world has risen. Most mornings it is still dark when I get outside, but on this day I was running late and caught the sun just cresting over the mountaintops. We had an unexpected snowfall the night before; the flakes so light that they clung to every surface. All of the forest sounds were muffled allowing the woods to take on the feeling of a cocoon. I imagined that this must have been what C.S. Lewis had in mind when he envisioned Narnia. I had just a few minutes to relish the stillness and grab the shot before I had to get back to my routine. By the time I returned in the early evening all of the snow had melted and the magic was gone.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

FREE Knit Leggings Pattern

A trim pair of knit leggings are the perfect newborn photo prop. Paired with a matching hat, you’ve got the makings of an adorable set. 

Any Worsted Weight yarn will do. I have used Cascade 220 and KnitPicks Wool of the Andes to make these leggings. You can knit the leggings in a solid color, or use a contrasting color for the ribbing at each end. It might be fun to add stripes as you go along.

This pattern is written for Newborn sized leggings. However, you could increase the needle size and overall length of the leggings in order to make them for larger babies.

The pattern calls for 100-150 yards of worsted weight yarn, but we used much less to make our leggings. 

You can download this FREE pattern from either Ravelry or Craftsy. You may sell finished items made from our pattern, however we ask that you give credit to My Knoodle Knits and link our Etsy shop.

Have fun and share your Knit Leggings on our Facebook and Ravelry pages!

Download My Knoodle Knits Knit Leggings Pattern Here:

Sunday, February 3, 2013

5/52: Finding the Light

This year I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. The overall theme for the year is This is Our Life

Week 5 Prompt: Finding the Light 

Nikon D5000 • 1/800 • ƒ1.8 • ISO 500 • 35mm 

This week's prompt was a bit of a challenge because the weather hasn't been cooperative. A succession of cloudy days with early sunsets, followed by snow and sleet, didn't afford many opportunities to capture a great picture. Normally I love shooting when it is overcast, but it's been bitterly cold and we are still recuperating from a nasty cold. Neither one of us had any desire to spend time outdoors, so I had to find a way to fulfill this week's challenge inside, literally struggling to find the light.

The best indoor light comes from the Western side of our house through the large windows in the living room. The interior of our house is relatively dark, with the biggest windows facing into the forest, and little to no windows on the Eastern or Southern sides. So the living room has the best light, late in the day, just before the sun sinks behind the mountains. 

I captured this image just as another snowfall started. My little guy is no stranger to snow, but he is always fascinated every time it comes down. I caught him quietly watching the flakes accumulate on the back deck. He commented how unbelievable it was to be snowing while the sun was shining over the hills. It seemed to me to be the perfect manifestation of Imbolc, vestiges of Winter clinging to the Earth while Spring struggles to emerge. 

I used Paint the Moon's Hush Now to from the Fresh Collection to soften the image after adjusting the contrast of the RAW file in Aperture. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

4/52: A Different Perspective

This year I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. The overall theme for the year is This is Our Life

Week 4 Prompt: A Different Perspective 

Nikon D5000 • 1/60 • ƒ1.8 • ISO 3200 • 35mm 

My little guy has been really sick this week. Well, we didn't realize how sick he was until this weekend. All week he had a been a bit off. Cranky, tired, wanting to nap more than usual, not eating... you get the point. He also difficult at school this week, which is out of character for him. We weren't really sure what was happening; I attributed it to a growth spurt or milestone. He tends to 'defrag' right before hitting some great stride, as is common with kids with sensory issues (you can find out more info about SPD here). 

Then on Saturday night he started with a horrible cough and a low grade fever. Ah ha... the past week's struggles made perfect sense. His immune system was gearing up to fight off some nasty bug, and it threw the rest of his senses out of wack. So a warm Eucalyptus bath, an early bedtime, and late rise on Sunday, coupled with lots of homeopathic remedies and some TLC has helped him to work through the worst of it.

Despite not feeling too great, he still had motivation to play with his trains (albeit by laying on the floor and watching them go round the tracks). No reenactments, no role play, no sounds effects, and no movement on his behalf; totally not his typical method of play, but he was still in the thick of it. Since this week's prompt was 'A Different Perspective" I thought this would be the perfect capture to illustrate that idea.

I used Paint the Moon's Candy Light Pop from the Fresh Collection to process the image after a bit of tweaking of the RAW file in Aperture. This is by no means a technically perfect image; the ISO was way high (hence the grain), and it's a bit blurry on his face. However, I think the imperfection lends itself to the prompt and his mood; he's not feeling perfect, so a perfect picture it's not.

Friday, January 11, 2013

2/52: This Makes Me Laugh

This year I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. The overall theme for the year is This is Our Life

Week 2 Prompt: This Makes Me Laugh 

Nikon D5000 • 1/60 • ƒ5.6 • ISO 1000 • 35mm 

I washed his coat one night, only to find out too late that he had stashed a dog bone in one of the pockets. Three cycles later, I wasn't laughing when the tiny bits of crumbled dog treat were finally out of our clothing.

Since then, I have made it a habit to clean out his pockets before doing laundry. I sometimes marvel at the collection of things that he acquires in a week's time. 

My son has a tendency to covet small items that fit in his little palm. Sometimes he is drawn to the texture and other times he likes the color of an item. I never know what I will find in his pockets; a 'long lost' toy, a rock picked up during a recent hike, half eaten snacks (his or the dog's), a living beetle, bird feathers, coins, my mother's stitch markers, the label from his shirt that HAD to be removed, foam stickers, M & M's, the list goes on.

One day these little treasures will evolve into more serious bounty. So, for now I just laugh and treasure what I find in his pockets. And I hope that when he is grown this image will remind me of when he was small and a world of fascination could fit in the palm of his hand

Sunday, January 6, 2013

1/52: Evening Rituals

This year I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. The overall theme for the year is This is Our Life

Week 1 Prompt: Evening Rituals 

Nikon D5000 • 1/60 • ƒ1.8 • ISO 5000 • 35mm
I set up this shot prior to getting into bed. Then I instructed my husband to sneak in once we were asleep to take a few pictures. 

Sometimes we read, sometimes we take a bath, sometimes we have an evening snack. The one thing that is constant is that I will lay down with our little guy until he falls asleep. We've been doing this since he was born. I would nurse him to sleep every night (for 28 months) and either co-sleep or move him to his crib. He's been weaned for some time, so now he just wants a mommy snuggle to help him relax and drift off.  Some nights we will bed share until dawn, and other nights he asks to go to his own room once he is sleepy. 

These are the nights that I cherish, because I know that they are fleeting. He won't always want mommy to lay with him until he falls asleep, so I want to soak it all in before it's gone.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Let's Do 52

This year I have resolved to be more consistent with my blog posts. To help me attain this goal I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. This year's theme is This is Our Life.

Annie Manning writes on her blog, "There will be a prompt or theme every week for those who find it beneficial or challenging to have something specific to shoot in their project, but for those who simply want to venture out on their own and record the moments that matter to them regardless of the theme I wholeheartedly invite you to do so. Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to be a pro, you don’t even have to shoot with a DSLR to join, and you don’t need to use any Paint the Moon products to participate (although the images picked to be featured on the blog will be those that used PTM in their editing). Join anytime of the year and no beating yourself up if you miss a week … this is a no pressure or guilt project!".

I think this is the perfect 52 Project for me to participate in since my photographic style tends to lean toward lifestyle photography. I am looking forward to honing my photographic skills and further explore the capabilities of my camera equipment.

I will be shooting with a Nikon D5000 and Nikkor 35mm f/1.8, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, and 55-200mm f/1.4-5.6 lenses. The camera body is pretty decent, although I wish it were a little faster and produced less noise in low light. 

My ultimate goal is to get to a point where I can produce professional level images with this equipment, then upgrade to a Nikon D700. 

I primarily shoot with the 35mm, as I love the bokeh that comes from it, and the low light capabilities. My dream lens is an AFS 85mm f1/4, but for now it is a bit out of my price range. If anyone feels like gifting it to me, I wouldn't object.

I hope that you join us on this 52 Project! I look forward to the challenge each week and can't wait to share with you what I do!