April: The Month Where My Kids Have Birthdays and We're Not Done Unpacking Yet

My daughter, Alex turned 2 this week, and earlier, my oldest child, Noah turned 5! It’s hard to believe my husband and I have been parents this long. I’ve had dreams of finding room for a mini-studio, and though we’re totally up and running in our new home, there always seems to be that ONE ROOM that has all the boxes we haven’t unpacked yet. The “I am not sure where this stuff goes” room. It’s the office/photography equipment storage/LEGO organization/unopened boxes for our new baby arriving in 1.5 months/unhung framed photos room.

But hey, to make it at least a little cozy in one direction, we have a new teal couch and awesome cushy rug and some furniture that bodes well for portraits. So as a momtographer (that’s a word, right?) we did some annual birthday portraits. I really love this corner of our home — I hope we can transform it the way we wish soon!

Some technical notes —
I lit these Sony A7RII 35mm shots with a Godox 120cm / 47.2in Portable Octagon Softbox Umbrella with a constant light source: LimoStudio Full Spectrum Lighting Bulb 85W Photography Photo CFL 6500K. There are two windows for natural light in this room, with one to camera-right. But I like to light my subjects up inside just a tad more for their birthday faces. :)

The couch is from Overstock and our 8x10 rug is from Target. Tutu from Honeyskull.


Shannon Morse Headshots on Polk Street - San Francisco

Shannon (Snubs!) is in my camera, and it looks like we should turn this into an annual tradition. You may have seen her in my feed with fire hair, but her brand has evolved alongside her purple locks. 

We toured Polk Street and wandered into some of the best places - Bob's Donuts, Saint Franks Coffee and more. I look forward to seeing Shannon everywhere you can find her: https://snubsie.com will lead you to TekThing, ThreatWire, Hak5, and of course her very own Snubs Report.

I love how her photos came out, not to mention we got some silly/artsy shots in while catching up. :)