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Single Frame Saturday – March 22, 2014

A single frame from each session this week… enjoy!

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Sisters.. three years old, six months old.

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Miss Ana turns 4 next week!

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Miss Kristen at 40+ weeks pregnant with baby #3. Radiant.

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Zane is one! and I want this type of photo of me, Tim and Ana!

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My sister came to visit with her sweet two year old son.. he’s a ladykiller.

I hope your week was as magical as mine! I loved the sunshine and the hope it brings with it. I am ready to shoot in the outdoors again!!
xoxo,

allie

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Spring 2014 FLASH SALE!

Portrait sessions help me fill in the gaps between weddings and births during the months when things are a bit slower.. and with this eternal winter, things have gotten a little slower that I like;)

I have two days marked off for portrait sessions and want them full! March 22nd in downtown Marietta (only 3 days from today, gives you the best deal) and April 10th in downtown Parkersburg. 4-7pm each day. 25 minute sessions.. So here it goes..

Check out the link and book fast because once they are gone – they are gone and no more mini sessions will occur until closer to Christmas! Choose if the session will be for one, two or three+ people and that gives you your price..

perfect for a quick senior portrait session, save the date cards or a baby/kid session.

CLICK HERE!

http://alliebphotography.myworkshops.co/workshops/

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xoxo,

allie

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Ana’s four year portraits – a mommy daughter tradition!

Every year, I take my little girl Ana out somewhere and take her yearly portraits. We never have a plan, it’s always last minute and there is never a dull moment..

like for her 2 year photos where she insisted on wearing the ugliest boots i’ve ever seen and then proceeded to cry for her photo. (please believe I made wallets and passed them out at her birthday party to all her relatives) (sorry, Ana)

This year we celebrated her birthday a bit early because we have a cruise booked where I am second shooting a wedding and it just so happens to be during her birthday week! (again, sorry Ana… when you have a three year old you go ahead and do the same thing;))

Today it was 62 degrees and after the eternal winter we have had – it felt like summer. So I asked if I could take her photo and she agreed… we even agreed she could put a little make up on (her favorite thing to do these days) and she got pretty upset at me when I told her mommy needed to do it this time. I will post her make up photos in a few days… move over Lady Gaga.. seriously!

We picked out two outfits and she insisted on bringing her dress up clothes – which I was totally fine with and we started driving.. I made the mistake of not even checking for what the light was like (normally I tell clients we will shoot in golden hour light) , and it was harsh, but I kinda loved it!

In case you are wondering… I did bribe her with a treat and she chose a frosty and french fries when we were done.
and also… I treat her the same way I treat my four year old clients.. with very little direction and a whole lot of encouragement.. it was SO fun and I adore the images!

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xoxo,

allie

Chrissy - March 19, 2014 - 1:32 am

As always, beautiful! She’s adorable!

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lessons from the ticket blaster..

Analeigh is almost four.

I feel like by now, I know my kid pretty well.

I know she won’t eat anything unless it was her idea to do so.
I know she will ask to watch a movie on my phone every morning at 6 am. (thank you Jesus for netflix on iPhone)
I know that when it looks sunny she will ask to go outside and play. and when you tell her again that it is still freezing outside, she will push out her bottom lip and I will feel like joining her in pouting.
I know she doesn’t want her hair done. I know she can’t sleep without her blankey. I know she wants to wear a dress.. every single day.

I also thought my kid would never go near anything that remotely resembles a “ticket blaster.”

When I booked her surprise party at Chuck E. Cheese I saw that the birthday kid gets to go in the blaster to try and win as many tickets as possible… and I thought.. that’s awesome but she will never ever in a million years go in there.

And I was right. She saw it and said she wouldn’t go in.

Thennnnnnn she saw the prize desk and realized that to buy prizes she needed tickets and they blaster held the tickets… a+b=prizes.. glorious prizes.

A switch flipped in her little beautiful brain and she was instantly begging for her turn in the machine… she over heard the hostess say one of us could go with her, and she begged me to go with her (um, heck yes!)

So as soon as the cake was cut, she started in on the host to let her have her turn…
She put on goggles and she clung for dear life to me as we entered the blaster.
She lasted less than 10 seconds inside before frantically asking to be done but my admiration for her grew 10 fold.

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How does such a tiny person impress me so much? How is it our children can teach us lessons without knowing they are doing it?

She faced her fear because she knew the outcome would be worth the momentary discomfort.
She pushed through her comfort zone in to something foreign and quite frankly scary and trusted in the process.

She scored 79 tickets in her 10 seconds in the blaster, and the host gave her 200 for being so brave.

At the counter later, redeeming her hard earned tickets, she pointed out a doll that was about 400 tickets out of our range.. we start discussing our options and the girl working the counter hands her the doll she wanted, no questions asked.

You earned it Birthday Girl. Mama is so proud of you..

xoxo,
allie

 

p.s. thanks to my hubs for taking these photos!

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that thing she does.. i do it too.

When she does that.. like she is seeking safety from something unknown to her, from something that brings anxiety in to her innocent heart… and she does that right there to his arm.

Swoops in from behind and holds tight to security like she knows no matter what happens he will protect her..

that little hand on his bicep. that beautiful round cheek on his arm.

the feeling that he will protect us from all the unknown in the world.

It’s my favorite. and I do it too.

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Dara - March 16, 2014 - 2:01 am

Allie , i just have to say that i love the way you write . I see things the same way you do and i love that you capture that as well as write about it . Im so honored to know you . I hope you all had a wonderful day !

admin - March 16, 2014 - 2:09 am

you are so sweet. thank you for commenting and letting me know that I don’t sound like a total dork. life is just amazing and sometimes these images just pop out at me and scream HELLO ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO HOW AMAZING LIFE IS?!

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