My Stinker Monker

Finblog_01 This kid. That's right, she's a kid. She's not a baby or a toddler anymore. She's a 4 (almost 5) year old kid. I don't know how that happened. Sometimes I get sad that she's not my little baby anymore. That I don't get to rock her to sleep every night or that I can't keep her with me forever, safe and sound. But my mom says that I have to look forward to how exciting all the new things that she gets to experience now are going to be. I'm trying but I have to tell you that when I found out Kindergarten next year is full day and she has to ride a bus, I had a little meltdown. A crying to my mom and sister on the phone about how I'm not ready meltdown. I apparently like to make everything about me. :) But man, that was crazy fast! Would I be terrible if I decide to drive her to school anyway? I guess I just want to shield her for as long as possible from pretty much everything, in this case, bullies on the bus (which may not exist btw but I've decided totally do). We'll see.

Someone recently told me that if you look too far ahead you will always think you're not ready for the next stage in your child's life. But if you take it one day at a time, when that day comes you will realize you are completely ready. So I guess I'll just do that. Because like it or not, she's growing up and I'm just going to have to get a grip (do people say "get a grip" anymore? Love that saying). And whether I've had much to do with it or not, I think she's turning out to be a pretty cool kid who I love like crazy.

A cosy morning indoors

I've been wanting to do this type of shoot for a while and it finally came to fruition a couple of weeks ago. My idea was to take intimate, natural photos of a mom in her space. Shoot some very relaxed portraits, and then halfway through add in the kiddos for some cosy snuggles and giggles. I know for myself getting any sort of quiet "just me" time pretty much never happens, and while I love the chaos, every once in a while I daydream about having just a couple minutes to myself. So I wanted to create that in this session, give mom a few moments just to herself where she has nothing else to do but just be and feel beautiful without it being too put on. I knew the perfect person to ask to help make it happen would be Katie. Not only is she the just the prettiest ever, but I was excited to add in little Flo because she gives me such a run for my money with photos and I like it. :) We shot this entirely on film and I really like the results. It made me realize that I would LOVE to do more of this type of session so if you are even thinking about it and want to chat, send me an email: lauri@laleephotography.com. KT&Flo_06KT&Flo_05KT&Flo_08KT&Flo_04KT&Flo_07KT&Flo_09KT&Flo_12KT&Flo_13KT&Flo_10KT&Flo_11KT&Flo_01KT&Flo_03KT&Flo_14KT&Flo_02

Kitchen drumming & mini sessions

If you've been following my instagram feed or FB page recently you may have noticed I've been a little obsessed with shooting film. I love it so much. Each roll I shoot I learn something new and it's just SO exciting! I have a lot to share that I've been shooting lately but I'm leaving for New Orleans tomorrow (Woo hoo!) and am in full on crazy cleaning/packing/list making mode so a full post will have to wait until I get back. I did want to share a couple photos of Baby O doing some kitchen drumming I shot on film in the meantime though. Love this little guy!! OllieDrumming

I also want to announce that I'm offering Mommy & Me In-Home Mini Sessions for a limited time! Check out the info below and contact me before the end of February to book a session!

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New Hampshire Weekend

Halloween weekend we drove up to New Hampshire to visit friends of ours, Amanda and Andrew, and had the BEST time we've had in a long time. I purposely just brought my Mamiya 645 and challenged myself to capture the weekend just with that camera. Well, that was a huge challenge! Especially considering I have to manually focus it and was wearing a 5 month old wiggly baby in an Ergobaby for a lot of the time. I got a couple fun shots though and had a fun time with it! :) We packed a lot in our short stay (as you can tell by the exhausted looking Fin at the end of this post) and one of my favorite things we did was check out some super old graveyards in a search for the grave of Ichabod Crane. It was a perfectly spooky Halloween weekend activity. :) Here are a few of the shots from our weekend! NewHampshireTrip_03F000068450007F000068440011NewHampshireTrip_05FNewHampshire_01F000068450011NewHampshireTrip_01NewHampshireTrip_02NewHampshiretrip_06FNewHampshire_04F000068450009

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I just got my first scans from my new Mamiya 645 pro TL and I'm pretty excited with the results and can't wait to share! I make Fin be my practice subject constantly and I think she has just about had it. ;) Haha! Fin_01Fin_02