Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Black & White Wednesday

the long road
I purchased an old schoolhouse desk at an antique store last year and refinished it with a darker stain. I had just announced my new photography business and was going through a prop hunting phase and thought I just had to have it. (Of course it's been collecting dust in our garage ever since.) Since Mia started school yesterday, I thought it was time to dust it off for a few "Mia starts preschool" pictures.

I thought I'd share with you a bit of our conversation after taking these photos:
Me: "Mia, do you ever get tired of me taking your picture?"
Mia: "No, I like taking pretty pictures to show Daddy and I also like to get those pretty bow boxes in the mail."

It seems I've been ordering lots of bows and flowers from my friend Kimberley at Sophia Jane Boutique lately and Mia thinks they'll keep coming if we keep taking pictures of her wearing them. Too funny! I love how kids think. The two are not connected, but I don't mind feeding my bow addiction to keep my girl happy. lol. No matter what, I'm glad she likes hamming it up for me in front of the camera. And while I love her expression in these, I am equally sold on her adorable little feet. Oh, how I love bare little kid feet!!
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And while I loved the shots in color, the black/white does a great job at camouflaging our horribly neglected grass. Last summer was so extremely chaotic around here with the adoption, preparing to travel, traveling to China and then adjusting to our new life, that a certain someone who shall remain nameless (and it's not my husband), neglected to call our lawncare guy and make sure he kept doing the fertilizing treatments and whatever else he does. Ahem. Fortunately, he has forgiven us and is going to try to get our lawn back on track. In the meantime, our neighbor's lawn looks like plush carpet and ours looks, well... this is how it looks. So Black & White Wednesday came at a perfect time. :)
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30 comments:

Donna said...

That desk is the PERFECT prop! Gosh what a sweet little pupil you have there! I wish my kids were that excited about school! ;)

Donna
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Sharon said...

Just beautiful shots!! LOVE them. Came to wish you happy easter!!

Wanda said...

What a cool prop and an adorable model to show it off. What a face!! She's just so expressive and I love her little mind, the way it works. So sweet.

Maryvel Friesen said...

Great pictures! Love them all! What a sweetie pie you got there!

Gail said...

Adorable in every possible way!!! She is such a sweetheart. I love her expressions. And Mia I heard you did great on your first day of preschool!

Mom2Isabel said...

LOVE the second one...
her expression and those stretched toes...
too cute!

Dita said...

These are just fantastic. I love the desk in the yard and Mia's expressions are sheer perfection. Love those little feeties too!

I am a big fan of Sopha Jane Boutique too and have several of Kimberley's flowers for my little sweetie!

Katy said...

The flower bow is adorable and I can see why she wants more! I love the antique desk too! Looks like a fun photo shoot! Great photos!

Ashley said...

Love them! What a great shot and as always a great little model:)

Hugs!

Lisa said...

WOW! What great pictures! They are beautiful in color and in B&W...and your lawn...looks great What are you talken about??? :)

Frau said...

Love the pictures, desk is so cool. Thought B&W were my fav until I saw the color she looks so pretty in that dress!

Kim said...

What a sweetie! Her personality just shines through in your photos!

Missy said...

These are my all time favorite Mia pics...and that is saying a lot, as I love them all! She is sooo joyful all the time! I have an old antique desk, too :) Paige is "too cool" to let me try it on her.

These are FANTASTIC my friend!

Sephysmomma said...

She is adorable. I love her dress. It is really cute!

Heather said...

Love, love, love the desk...we have an old fashioned desk in Emily's room. It is an antique and was given to me as a gift from one of my youth families when I was pastoring the youth at my former church...you may have just given me some inspiration!!

Mia is delighful, her little personality, with all of her whimsy comes flying off the screen and it makes me wish I could just wrap a great big hug around her!

Hope that she (read: you!) are doing well with the school days!

Love you,
Heather

Shawna&Co. said...

I love new props too! What agreat idea using the old chair for 1st school pictures. Those are terrific! Did she have a good first day?

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Michelle~

Oh so many things to comment and compliment you on. Mia is so beautiful and I love her spunk and style. I think you made a wonderful choice with the desk and you BOTH get an A+ in my book.

Love~
Lisa

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

OMGosh these are great!! She is just so darn cute and just seems to love the camera!!

Hopefully someday my Ava will like the camera more! ha

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

That desk is perfect! And she is the perfect compliment too! I have the same addiction and my husband this year told me I better stop so my photography business makes us at least a "little" money :)

Colleen said...

Michelle these are gorgeous!!! I love the desk!!!!! So cute!!! And where ever did you find that adorable little model : )

a Tonggu Momma said...

My momma would totally covet your desk if she saw it. *grin* And I have to say that your Mia always looks super cute in bows. As girly as the Tongginator is, I know she could never - not ever - pull off bows the way Mia does.

Courtney said...

Adorable photos. Her personality really shows through in these pictures.

Ellie said...

oh those little feet!!!! adorable! All these photos are just gorgeous, the desk is just perfect! I have to admit I like the color the best 'cause that dress and flower are too cute!

(we just got our first order from Sophia Jane's yesterday and Tia is loving the flowers and hats! so cute)

Life with Kaishon said...

Seriously GORGEOUS little shoot. I just love it! What a super prop!

redmaryjanes said...

Oh my word...I had not seen these yet. Beautiful! I just love these photos! Her expressions are wonderful.
Please let Miss Mia know that she is a little fashionista. I have had to go out and re-stock the orange daisies since she has been photographed in them. All of the little girls want to look as cute as she does!

JinXiu said...

Just beautiful shots!! LOVE them.
Adorable in every possible way!!! She is such a sweetheart. I love her expressions
I love the antique desk too! Looks like a fun photo shoot!
As always your pictures are increadable

Faye said...

Love love love these shots. Adorable

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

BEAUTIFUL Black and Whites of your precious girl!! I love them all:) She is so expressive and the camera just loves her!!! GORGEOUS!

xo,

Lisa

Kristen said...

LOVE these b/w shots!! :)
Great job!

Molly said...

I see the joys in your family !