Monday, November 03, 2008
  Two-for-one cuteness

Two-for-one cuteness, originally uploaded by estacey.

After a couple of reschedulings, I finally went to meet the lady with the newborn baby today to take pictures.

And let me sum it up: WAY HARDER THAN I IMAGINED.

First of all, I was kinda hoping / counting on the house to have at least one good window or room. Nope! It was so so so dark in there. I never use my flash, but thankfully I did bring it so was able to get some bounced-off-the-ceiling pictures.

We ended up bringing the baby outside to take some pictures... The mom was worried, but it was like 80 degrees out.. I mean, it was warmer outside than it was inside! So we did that, but he spent most of the time crying. Also he peed on my blanket. And pooped. Heh.

So.. well, I got a few. I got a couple of REALLY cute ones, actually. Mostly I'm not happy with them though. But it was a LEARNING experience, and learn I did.

#1. I need to learn to use my flash - just in case.
#2. That whole 10-days-and-under rule is right-on; this baby is about two weeks old and spent the whole time crying and fussing rather than sleeping as brand-new newborns (apparently) do.

This little girl is the baby's cousin. After I said I thought the baby was done (I think the mom was too nice to tell me so) I took this little girl outside for some pictures. What a cutie, eh? Her name is Carina.

So anyway, it was fun for sure. That's the nice thing about this whole photography thing.. The ladies were really, the babies cute... And hopefully I will have a few pictures that will make them happy. :)

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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