6.28.2011

Red, White & Blue Deliciousness! ~ Tucson Family Photographer, Tucson Child Photographer

Hi friends, it’s Callie again.  This time I’m hijacking the blog to share with you yet another easy peasy, super yummy recipe…just in time for  your  4th of July BBQ. 

 I always enjoy taking something fun and patriotic to a BBQ celebrating Independence Day.  However, with two curious and mischievous little boys (ages 1 & 3), I don’t always have time to spend hours in the kitchen making intricate baked goods.  I love to bake, but time is not a luxury I have a lot of these days.  With that being said, I am always on the lookout for new, quick, and easy recipes…especially ones that LOOK like I’ve spent a lot of time making something when in fact I have put very little time and effort into it.

Last month, we had some friends over for a BBQ and they brought with them the most delicious dessert.  Before we cut into it, I made sure to take a quick picture to help me remember just exactly what it looked like (and to share with all of you).  Check out this cute,  patriotic number:




Fireworks aren’t the only thing that will be getting “oohs” and “ahhs” this 4th of July holiday.  And guess what?  I have a secret for you.  Come close.  Ready?  It isn’t from scratch at all!  Yep, it is out of a box!  Shhh…don’t tell.  Ready for the recipe?

Ingredients
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 pint blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed and cut in half

Directions
  1. Prepare cake according to package directions and bake in a 9x13 inch pan. Cool completely.
  2. Frost cake with whipped topping. Place blueberries in a square in the corner, and arrange sliced strawberries as stripes to make an American flag. Chill until serving.
For more recipe ideas, visit: www.allrecipes.com.

Happy baking!  Stephanie and I would like to wish you all a very happy and safe 4th of July.  A special thanks to our military members and their families who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms!  We are so grateful for all you do.

6.27.2011

Size Matters (but not as much as you think!) ~ Tucson Family Photographer, Tucson Children's Photographer

Hi friends -- I've written a photo-less blog post (gasp!).  I probably should have waited until I had some time to photograph my own photo wall at home, buuuuuuut, I didn't. You'll have to close your eyes and use your imagination -- please close your eyes AFTER reading this ;)  Anyway, there is so much debate over (print) size, and the trend these days is to go big or go home.  Don't get me wrong -- size DOES matter – but not as much as you think!  

I’ve been where you are - you’ve looked at the images in your online gallery, ooooh about 72 times. You’ve made a list of the ones that make your heart go pitter-patter, the ones you can’t possibly live without, ooooh about 19 times. You KNOW you want some gift prints for your desk at work, your office and a few for gifts for Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunts and Uncles.  You’ve decided which images will go on your Christmas card, and which are perfect for your scrapbooking. But what about prints for your own home?

You know you positively have to have a print of that adorable family shot. You know, the one where your kids are all smiling, your hair is having a good day and your hubby doesn’t look like he’s in pain? That one should definitely have a place of honor! You might want a canvas to rival your husband’s 62 inch plasma TV but there's no way that sucker is coming down, right? Or maybe a print the size of Sputnik isn’t in your budget right now, or maybe you just can’t decide between your favorites. What next? How should you display your photographs? 

One of my favorite ways to display my photos in my own home is to frame ‘em, and frame ‘em big.  I love love love my wall in my family room, where I can see my kiddos’ beautiful faces smiling back at me.  I love that the kids love their photos hanging on our wall. Little things like this make me skippidy do-dah happy. 
As much as I’d like for you to have big, giganti-licious prints on your wall, too, I really want you to have prints that make YOU happy and that fit your life – whether it’s a 20x30 gallery wrapped canvas or – and I’m gonna buck the standard here, friends – even if it’s a series of small prints, like 5x7s, 8x10s and 11x14s.
I’ll be honest – a 5x7 or an 8x10 is a gift print, and it really is better suited framed on your desk or entry way table. Small photos DO get lost on the wall.  They get lonely and sad, and should never live alone. Even that “big” 11x14 print you're hemming and hawing over ordering is small when it’s the only thing on your wall. 
Don't panic though, because I honestly don't think there's anything wrong with creating a gallery of gift sized prints.  YES!  Take your 5x7’s, 8x10’s and 11x14’s, mat them, frame them and proudly hang them on your walls! Choose a room where you can hang them all together as a series – hang them in your family room, your entry way, or even your hallway.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that size DOES matter – but only a little bit.  It doesn’t matter how big they are or aren’t – what matters is that you print them, and enjoy them, and show off your family in a way that everyone can see and be jealous of your fabulousness.
STILL not sure how to go about it? Don’t fret - I can help you!  Your portrait session with me includes a personalized ordering consultation. We’ll measure your walls, look at your budget, and together we can create the PERFECT way to display your treasures!
xoxox,
steph.

6.24.2011

They’re Pretty Much Adorable ~ Tucson Children's Photographer, Tucson Family Photographer, Tucson Photographer

When Mary contacted me about booking a Father’s Day mini-session for her two girls, I seriously got butterflies in my tummy. This family is pretty much adorable all the way around. I had photographed her beautiful family last fall and instantly fell in love with them! Mary’s two girls were so cute and so sweet, and their whole family just captured my heart. Plus – Mary’s pretty much like my long lost sister - I felt an instant connection and a budding friendship. She’s one of those people who just make me smile – you know what I mean? Just one of those people who make you feel good just by being around them?

And those girls of hers?? GOODNESS GRACIOUS, they’re cute. When I posted a sneak peek from their session on my Facebook page, some sweet person commented that they should be in a Gap Kids ad, they’re that cute. I couldn’t agree more, but then again, I may be the teensiest bit biased, ‘cause I’m pretty sure that I am photographer to Tucson’s most adorable, beautiful, cute, amazing people!

I always offer a wardrobe consultation for each session, but honestly, Mary’s got it all dialed in and needs no help from me! Her husband is an F-16 pilot (so very grateful for his service to our country, and this family's sacrifices), and Mary thought it would be fun to do some shots with some of his gear, so he would have some great photos of his little beauties to show off in his office. I was definitely on board, but had no idea they would turn out so. stinkin’. cute.

So, without further ado, I give you perhaps one of my most favorite sessions ever, starring the super amazing Smith Girls!

Blonde girl with a pilot hat on a sunny Tucson afternoon

Child posing for a portrait in a Tucson Park
Baby girl wearing a military hat for Father's Day portraits
Baby holding her daddy's military hat

Aren't you just lovin' these?? These girls could totally rock a Gap Kids ad, right?


Young girl sitting in a doorway in natural light for a photograph

Last year when I photographed this family, this itty bitty was just about 4 months old - and now just look at how much she's grown!


Two young girls resting after getting their picture taken



I have to just share one more image - thanks for following along this far! I love this photo, and not just 'cause I love orange tootsie pops!

Child showing her reward a lollipop for posing for her family photographs

 This tootsie pop was a trade of sorts. This little Miss brought along a bag of JellyBelly jelly beans (hey, every supermodel has her "thing", right?) and when she heard my favorite flavor was pear, she picked out all the green ones she could find and gave them to me!  How could I not give her my favorite orange tootsie pop in return?

Mary - thank you so much for such a fun session! And thank you especially for bringing your littles out so early, to beat the Tucson heat.

xoxox,
steph.



6.23.2011

Gone Fishin' ~ Tucson Photographer, Tucson Family Photographer

Ok, that's probably not true. I, personally, will probably not be doing any fishing. I just don't have the patience to sit there and wait for something to happen. Plus, I am not a fish-lovin' person, as far as eating fish goes, and why catch 'em if you're not gonna eat 'em, right?

Quirky Photographer Note: while I don't like fish, I do L.O.V.E. sushi, and not that sissy sushi, like California rolls ;)

Anyway, the hubby and I are off to Lake Powell, where no doubt he will be doing a lot of fishing (catch and release, of course), and I will be doing alot of sunbathing (bring on the SPF 1 Gazillion), picture taking, and getting my whole lake groove on. My parents have a houseboat they keep on the lake, and it is totally my favorite place to vacation. We are going sans kiddos this time, and I'm looking forward to the chance to spend some 1 on 1 time with my main squeeze. There may be a margarita or two involved, and hopefully this time I will remember to put water on the slide BEFORE I slide down it -- long story, but trust me, fiberglass burns on your fanny DO hurt !

I'll leave y'all with some of my favorite pics from the lake. Enjoy!









6.20.2011

Mr. J ~ Tucson Child Photographer, Tucson Family Photographer

As I go through my day to day activities, I find it hard as a child and family photographer not to think, “Oooh, I’d LOVE to photograph that child” whenever I see a precious little one!  I truly have to restrain myself from handing out my business cards to people in random places: the grocery store, the bank, restaurants.  I'm constantly assessing everything with a photographer's eye, or framing a shot out of random, everyday moments.

As you can guess, the moment I met this little cutie pie, I had those very same thoughts - I must photograph him!  I had become friends with his mom, Teena, and I was so excited when she contacted me about a Father's Day mini session for her CUTE little guy Jonas! Let me tell you, I've been itchin' to photograph that little face since I met him and his momma last year. I fell head over heels for Mr. J the very first time I met him - he talked my ear off AND he invited me over for a play date. How could I resist such charm? And that impish little grin? Swoon.

Working with “little” clients is always full of unknowns, and thats half the fun.  They are either really, really happy or really, really not.  Jonas' mom warned me that he had fallen asleep on the way to our session and that he wasn't very fond of the camera these days.  Lots of kiddos go through that stage, right about Jonas' age, and it can be frustrating for moms and dads. However with a little bit of patience and a good sense of humor (and having someone ELSE take the pictures!), they usually come around.  I’ll let you be the judge of how our session turned out. :) I loved capturing Jonas' expressions - just look at those giggles, grins and belly laughs. And that supercute little way he wrinkles up his nose when he smiles? LOVE.

Collection of portraits of child on the streets of downtown Tucson
One of the tips I give in my workshops is to get down on your child's level when you're taking a photograph. As you can see, Mr. Jonas' level was, well, flat on the sidewalk. And the answer to your question is "yes".  Yes, I was lying down on the sidewalk in downtown Tucson!  Who knew being a child photographer would be so tough on clothes?!? 

It's completely worth it.  I mean, really, just look at his cuteness! 



 And what other job allows you to run, and play, get dirty and climb on stuff?

Best. Job. Ever.

Thank you, Teena, for sharing Mr. J with me - I loved every minute of it!

xoxox,
Steph.

6.17.2011

A Fun Afternoon in the Park ~ Tucson Child Photographer, Tucson Family Photographer

Being a natural light photographer can be a bit tricky this time of year in Arizona.  While summer afternoons in Tucson can be glorious…they can be gloriously hot too!  It gets a little tricky finding locations where we're not melting, and where the sun isn't washing out our beautiful desert color. Sunset at Agua Caliente Park is just about perfect - and my adorable little client Colin and his parents found a perfect spot for a picnic before our session. Fun!

I was amazed at how much Colin has grown!! I did his 1 year session last year, and now at 2 years old - well, he's so much more of a little boy than a baby.

Series of photographs of a child in a Tucson Park
Agua Caliente Park is such a great location - it's always full of families enjoying a picnic (and photographers enjoying their clients!) There is so much to look at and explore!  It is the perfect location for little guys on the run :)  And let me tell you, Colin was on the run!  He was fascinated by the ducks, the pond, the turtles, sticks, rocks, you name it. Now that he’s walking, he sure is lovin’ his new found freedom. He sure kept me on the go during our session (um, hello, toddlers are fast!).  After that session, I definitely didn’t need to go to the gym…I got my workout in just trying to keep up with little Colin!  It was so much fun, though.
Series of photos of a little boy playing with ducks at a Tucson park

I typically shoot portraits with my 85mm lens, but thankfully had tucked my  70-200mm lens in my bag.  The zoom let me kind of hang back a bit (and dare I say, catch my breath) and follow this busy little guy without being in his face nonstop. We explored the park, fed the ducks PB & J (what ducks don’t like PB & J?), and enjoyed the sunset turning the water a beautiful gold.   Have I mentioned how beautiful the sunsets in southern Arizona can be?  They are breath-taking!  It was such a wonderful afternoon. I had a great time catching up with Colin's Mom and Dad, and just simply enjoying this beautiful fun family! Thanks, Murphy family!

Black and white pictures of a mom and dad with their child while exploring a Tucson Park

6.14.2011

What to Wear, What to Wear? ~ Tucson Family Photographer, Child Photographers in Tucson

What to Wear, what to wear, you ask? We can help - not just for your family photography session, but these are great ideas for looking hot any time (no pun intended, it's 100+ in Tucson, these days!)

Hi - it's Callie, with another What to Wear guide for you! Summertime is upon us.  It always seems to creep up on me.  Maybe it is because we only really have two seasons here in Tucson…hot and a little less hot.  When I think of summer, I think of sunshine.  I think of happiness.  I think of youthful play.  I think of vacation.  I think of grownup play.  Why not have your wardrobe for your summer photography session reflect the total essence of summer?

I’m not the trendiest person in the world…most days I can be found in a pair of jean capris and a t-shirt.  Fortunately for you, though, Melinda Brookshire Photography and I Heart Faces have teamed up to bring us a few more great “What to Wear” collections to help you get out of  your shorts and t-shirt rut for your upcoming photo shoot, or for that vacay or stay-cay :)

Bright, vibrant colors are very in this year.  Check out this fun collection featuring orange.  Isn't it fun? It is energetic and it screams summertime!  I love it. It's happy. Colors can be happy, right? Right. And it's not so happy that your hubby will turn and run the first time you tell him you bought him a new --ORANGE-- shirt !

Collection of outfits in orange tones perfect to wear to a summer photography shoot

Nautical is very big this year as well. For us desert rats here in Southern Arizona, nautical has a big draw -- probably because the only beach/ocean we have access to is in our imaginations, or at least a 6 hr drive away.  Anyway...  When I think of Nautical, I tend to think of the stereotypical Americana colors.  This collection puts a twist on a classic look by adding in the yellows.  YAY - another happy color!   What better color to put you in a sunny happy mood?  I have to confess, I love love love the navy and yellow combination. Plus, navy looks good on just about everyone, and that yellow is perfect to add a little "pop" in your photos.

Collection of clothes family members could wear to a photo session

When putting together your family’s wardrobe for your next photoshoot, remember to keep it simple.  Keep it comfortable. Keep it YOU!

We can’t stress enough (and write this in almost every “What to Wear” post)…do not (and we repeat…do NOT) go with the matchy matchy!  Lola, Steph's camera (cuz uh huh, oh yeah, Lola is a SHOWGIRL) might just run away with too much matchy-matchy ;)   But go ahead and step out of your wardrobe box just a little bit. Play with textures and layers….accessorize!  Kick off your shoes at the shoot and go barefoot.  Wear something that you are comfortable in, but dressy enough that your grandma won’t complain about how you should have dressed up more if you were having your picture taken.   Have fun with it!

Remember too that a complimentary wardrobe consultation is included in your session fee.  Give Stephanie a call.  She’s more than willing to talk you through some ideas.  She’s even been known to go over to a client’s house and rummage through their wardrobe! 

Happy Tuesday, friends - now, go shopping!
--Callie


6.10.2011

It's a Good Kind of Crazy ~ Tucson Child & Family Photographer

It’s Callie here again.  Whew, the past few weeks here at Stephanie Newbold Photography has been crrrrrrrrrrraaaaazzzzyyyy…it's a good kind of crazy, though.  Stephanie and I are so excited about all the fun new changes!  We’ve been working on the business’ first ever newsletter.  We’ll be sending it out soon to all of Stephanie’s clients.  If you haven’t yet had a photo shoot with her, but would like our newsletter sent to you, please e-mail me at callie@stephanienewbold.com and I’ll be sure to add you to our mailing list.  

Working with Stephanie has been so much fun!  I’m telling you…I have the best job in the world.  I get a pre-sneak peek of all the amazing photos she takes.  She truly does have the most gorgeous, amazing clients EVER!  I have the opportunity to work with a very talented woman with the biggest heart and learn the inner workings of a photography business.  The latest perk, though, I have to say, is getting to make all these delicious yummy treats so that I can photograph them with the intent purpose of posting them here on the blog.  Well, it isn’t so much the making of the treats, but rather the eating of the treats that I enjoy the best…as does my family! Check out the latest work of art.  

Stack of colorful treats with a blurred background

When Stephanie e-mailed me awhile back that she wanted to feature this recipe on the blog, I jumped at the chance to make it.  What could be better than Rice Krispy Treats and Yellow Cake?  Well, maybe chocolate…guess maybe something chocolatey needs to be on our next treat menu.  For now, though, enjoy this yummy recipe that you could easily whip up for the kids or take to a gathering this summer.  Enjoy!

Pan of brightly colored sprinkle treats.

Cake Batter Crispy Treats
3 tablespoons butter
1 10-ounce bag of mini marshmallows
1/4 cup yellow cake mix
6 cups rice krispies cereal
1 1.75-ounce container of sprinkles
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix. Press into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting. I find spraying a knife with nonstick spray helps to cut them.
For more delicious recipes, check out: http://www.howsweeteats.com/

Hand of child sneaking colorful sprinkles
My son showcasing the treats and sneaking a sprinkle.
My husband and I limit the amount of sugar our children get.  They are pretty much limited to just the sugar in fruits and pastas for the first two years of their life.  My oldest son, Kaden, is now three and we allow him to have a little treat here and there.  He LOVES to help in the kitchen which takes a little bit longer, but I enjoy that time with him.  He loves hearing the words, “Mommy needs to make some treats for Miss Stephanie’s blog.”  I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures of my little guy enjoying the yumminess.



Child picking sprinkles off yummy treats
Picking out sprinkles to eat.
Child smiling while eating a treat
Enjoying the product of our hard work.



6.07.2011

Watching Her Grow ~ Tucson Baby Photographer, Tucson Children's Photographer

One of the best things about being a baby and child photographer is watching my little clients grow! It’s so much fun to see them grow and change, especially when I’ve been blessed to document their sweetness from the very beginning! It seems like just yesterday I did the maternity photos for Peyton’s momma, Tay. Check her out – she was positively radiant waiting for her little girl to arrive.

Pregnant woman sitting on steps in Tucson outdoor location

Beautiful woman showing off her baby belly in a maternity portrait

Little Miss Peyton’s arrived a couple of weeks later and had her very first photo shoot! What a precious lil thing! She was such a sweet, sweet newborn!  She was all cuddly and squishy…and so sleepy. Just look at this babyliciousness! Don’t you just want to squeeze those little cheeks?

Photographer captures the beauty and preciousness of newborn baby sleeping on a leopard print blanket

Tiny newborn baby sleeps while wearing an adorable hat

Fast forward nine months and this is the cuteness you get! Miss P has grown so much! She’s smiling and laughing, clapping and crawling, and wants so badly to walk. We had so much watching her explore the green grass, and flowers, and sit in the little chair I have that’s just perfect for her.

Toddler girl poses on chair for a child portrait
 
Just look at her, rockin' her tutu from the neatest little boutique, Mudpies & Pigtails
Adorable little girl wearing a bright colored tutu stairs into camera

I was just certain she would take her first steps during our session.  She sure was trying!  I’m convinced she just might have, if the sprinklers hadn’t have come on – right in the middle of our session! Not once…but twice! 

Sprinklers spraying grass at a Tucson Outdoor Park

Yeah…NOTE TO SELF: sprinklers come on at Brandi Fenton Park at precisely 6pm. SECOND NOTE TO SELF: sprinklers come on at the front part of Brandi Fenton Park at precisely 6:15pm. There’s never a dull moment in my life, now is there?


Peyton and her Momma were such good sports, even though we got soaked.  Even Lola (my camera) got soaked, but made a full recovery :)   It will definitely make for a good story some day!  “See this picture? It was taken just seconds before we got completely drenched by the park sprinkler…”

I can’t wait to photograph the delightful Miss P’s next session: her first birthday!  It is so hard to believe how much she’s grown these past nine months!  What a true pleasure it has been to be a small part of her first year from the beginning!

6.06.2011

Handsomeness Alert! ~ Tucson Children's Photographer, Tucson Family Photographer

Being a children’s photographer is a super tough job. Really, it is. I’m telling you, it has to be the toughest job ever!  Think about it: you have to meet great families ALL the time, you’re bombarded by CUTENESS 24/7, you’re forced to photograph SERIOUSLY adorable little people, and you have to go to sessions where you HAVE to have fun. Oh, the horror of it all ! *Giggle*


When Amber contacted me about doing some photos of her boys, she mentioned that her husband is currently deployed. I had hoped that an Operation Love ReUnited  session might work for them.  I have such a soft spot in my heart for military families.  I love being able to provide our deployed military with photos of their families who are waiting for them back home, and OpLove is the perfect opportunity to do just that. It is a simple way for me to say “thank you” for all they do for our country.  The OpLove session didn’t quite work out (Amber, I hope this organization will fit your needs in the future!). In any case, we had a great time at our session!

mother with sons in the natural light of Tucson

These boys were so much fun – laughing and teasing with each other, cutting up, and making silly faces. There is something special about having a brother, and these two made me miss my own “little” brother so much (hi, Mike!). One of my favorite locations for sessions with little guys is Trail Dust Town here on the east side. It’s so fun for them the climb on things, checkout out the Old West stuff, and have a little room to roam so that we’re not just sitting and smiling. But make no mistake, there was lots of smiling goin' on! I think the kiddos had a good time, and I think their Dad will be thrilled with the coffee table book that we designed from their session!

Hello, adorableness! And not the LEAST bit full of mischief (wink wink!): 

Handsome male children sitting next to each other smiling for a portrait

Such a handsome little guy, and the sweetest, too:
Boy posing for a family portrait outdoors in Tucson

Justin Bieber has got nothin' on this little guy - I think there are going to be 5 yr old hearts breaking all over Tucson!
Male child with beautiful blue eyes staring at photographer's camera for portrait


Thank you so much, Amber, for choosing me to photograph your little treasures, and for the service and sacrifice your family makes for all of us.

Young children kissing mom on cheek outside in the natural light of Tucson
xoxo!
steph
 
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