Thursday, October 08, 2009

Butterflies & Ladybugs: A Halloween Preview

I mentioned a few days ago that I pulled out the face paint and did a little face painting demo for the girls' Halloween costumes. It's something I had promised them I would do. I made a last-minute decision to take some formal photos since they were all decked out in their Halloween attire. Halloween night is always hectic and crazy busy, so I always try to get photos ahead of time. (Typically not this much ahead of time, though!) Plus, Halloween in the midwest usually means the costumes are buried under winter coats or at least three layers of extra clothing.

This was Kara's first time getting her face painted, so it was extra fun for her. I need to add some more color and detail to my butterfly girls on Halloween night, but I was happy with how it turned out for the demo. Would you like to meet my Ladybug and Butterflies? Apparently, we have an unplanned flying insect theme going on this year. :)

Halloween Demo (1 of 1)

Halloween Demo (1 of 1)-3

Halloween Demo (1 of 1)-6

Halloween Demo (1 of 1)-7

Halloween Demo (1 of 1)-13

Halloween Demo (1 of 1)-8

Halloween Demo (1 of 1)-9

Halloween Demo (1 of 1)-11

Halloween Demo (1 of 1)-12

Kara doesn't understand why we dress up, but she has already mastered, "Trick or Treat, May I have some candy, please?" thanks to her sisters. :)


Faye said...

They are beautiful. Love the insect theme. We miss you. Maybe we can get together next week. What about Wed. I will call you. Hopefully I will be over the flu by then.

Courtney said...

The costumes are beautiful. The girls look great. It is hard to imagine your family without Kara.

day by day said...

sooo beautiful, Michelle!! You are very talented with that face painting going on over!!

Missy said...

I gasped when I saw that first picture! Your girls are GORGEOUS!!! I mean, seriously, Michelle...stunners! You do such a great job with face painting! You are definitely an artist...I see it through your photography.

I love all of your precious girl's pics...something about the pic of Leila makes her look so much older :( They just can't grow way!

Carrie said...

Gorgeous!!! All three girls are just gorgeous!!! ;) What beautiful costumes, face paintings and pictures, too!

Stacy said...

Your girls take my breath away.. absolutely gorgeous... all three...

Jill said...

How cute are they??????? WOW!!!

I must say that Leila looks like she is maturing into a beautiful young LADY! She looks so much older! It hasn't been that long since I checked in on you all! LOL!
Hugs, Me

Jodee Leader said...

What a fun Halloween photo shoot! Your girls are just adorable! I can't wait to see what Kara thinks about Halloween! I am sure it will be a big hit!

Hope you have a great weekend!

JG said...

Truth be told, *I* don't really understand why we dress up! :) Other than giving little girls a chance to look like fantasy butterflies and ladybugs! They are adorable!

Jboo said...

Beautiful! All three of your insect girls! Wow -- you are an incredible face painter and photographer! Have a fun weekend!


Mandi said...

LOVE the costumes. Mylee was a ladybug last year and Emma was a blue butterfly. Your girls are absolutely gorgeous!!!
I just realized Mia is a Jiangsu girl like our Mylee. Where is she from??? Mylee is from Nanjing.

Thanks for the preview, I can't wait to see the finished prduct.


Jen said...

Oh my word Michelle.....your girls get more beautiful each day!!!! The costumes are so cute but the face painting is adorable. Kara looks stunning!!! She is really blossoming!!

Natalie said...

Your girls are sooo beautiful. Wow! They really are gorgeous. Love the costumes and you did a great job on the face painting. You are so talented with your photography and painting.
You are a lucky Mommy to have those 3 darling girls.
I am so happy for you.

Anonymous said...

The girls are looking adorable as usual:) I bet their Halloween countdown is on - I know my kids at school ask everyday "how many days until Character Day??" At my school we do not celebrate Halloween. Instead we do Character Day - the kids have to find a book about their costume and write a short books report on it. Not as hard as it seems, you can almost always find a book about practically any costume:)

Blessings for a great weekend, Ashley

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

Love their costumes!! Looks like so much fun and it is so wise of you to do it ahead of time, usually my kids are too tired:) Love the pictures!!

Donna said...

Such beauty! Gosh, do they ever take a bad picture? How the heck do you get ALL three of them to look straight at the camera at the same time? I always end up photoshopping someone's head!

Love the facepaint too! We're going to be a knight (yep, a girl knight) and a black cat. I think I can figure out the facepaint for the kitty but I'm scratching my head over the other one.


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Stacy said...

What great pictures! I love the costumes!

Joe and Jane said...

Great job on the face painting! They all look terrific. Love the huge butterfly wings too, pretty spectacular!

delucchi family said...

WOW you guys really DO do Halloween there in the US. It is not that big a deal in the UK. I love the face paint and where did you get those wings??
Love Jules

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Well.....those are the most beautiful bugs I have ever seen:)

They look so pretty....I love the added face are such an artist in every way!!

Good idea to take the photos in is always crazy, plus it is usually dark out.

Hope you all have a nice week!


LaLa said...

Oh I love it!!! You are soooo creative and talented. Of course having beautiful models helps too : )