Saturday, May 29, 2010

Could you imagine how sweet she would be? *Bellingham Maternity and Newborn Photographer*

These images are incredible to me. No, not because I was the person behind the lens, but because it shows this powerful idea of an expectant mother about to hold in her arms what she carries inside. The perfect transformation and renewing from the inside to the outside. I wish I could take credit for these poses, but I cannot. I was inspired by one of my favorite photographers, Carrie Sandoval. When I saw her do a before baby after baby photo series, I just had to give it a try. Stay tuned for more newborn photos of little miss Abbie in the next few days!

Cheers,
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Julie Harrell

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jack is ONE *Bellingham Child Photography*

I have got to say I've never met a baby with soooo many facial expressions. Jack doesn't have to say anything, and instantly you know what he is thinking! His mom, Lindsay, consistently blogged his whole first year of life, and even as a teeny tiny baby he would make the cutest faces. I can't get enough of him. And all this personality came out in under 30 minutes of shooting. A lot different from his newborn session, which I think lasted 4-5 hours, Right Linds? Jack just cracks me up!!

Cheers,
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

17 weeks Pregnant

Monday night was a fun "Bellingham (and surrounding areas) Photographer's meetup." We hung out at the lake and enjoyed dinner with all our kids, spouses, and significant others! Afterwards I asked Aaron to snag a quick pic of my pregnant belly b/c I haven't shared one yet! I'm HUGE. Another photographer is due soon with TWINS, and I am seriously about as big as she is. I guess with your 3rd child, there are no more muscles (or in my case flab) to hold things in! For compairason I'll post photos of me pregnant at 17 and 23 weeks with with Clara and you can see the BIG difference! Anyways, here I am posing like I'm trying not to be a poser!

Cheers,
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Me now, at 17 weeks. Maternity jeans, a joy really (not).
Julie Harrell

17 weeks from previous pregnancy, normal size jeans...
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23 weeks from previous pregnancy, still wearing normal jeans, a size bigger....
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Baby Announcements

Lucas' baby announcements came in a couple days ago, and I love how they turned out. When my clients ask, I will put together samples of custom photo announcements let them choose their favorites. These ones were printed front and back on a pearlized card stock, and then UV coated. The UV coating adds a thick glossy finish creating a very polished card! The back has no writing, so family can keep it in a frame, on their fridge, or in a photo album forever! Although I would keep the part with writing in a frame, but that's just me... ;) I have had Lucas on my own fridge the past couple days, he's so scrumptious!

Cheers,
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Julie Harrell

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Clara's First Haircut

Let's just clarify something here. The 80's are totally in and hot right now... and IN the 80's what were 2 hot hairstyles? I don't even have to say one of them, we all know the MULLET was they way to go, but please tell me besides aquanet bangs a mile high, the rat tail was kinda cool?? Well today Clara lost both (not the aquanet bangs). Her signature rat tail, that had grown into a pretty rockin mullet got snip sniped. I'll be honest this was a tough decision for me, but my darling husband kept reminding me that rat tails were NOT the "IN" thing for baby girls. Ok Ok, I get it I get it.

Of course I could have just cut the thing off myself, but why do that when our favorite hair salon is 5 minutes away? I've been using Mandy, the owner of Studio Galactica, for the last 8 years. If we ever had to move, I think I would budget a trip back up to Bellingham just to use her (My mom, who lives three hours away already does). She's awesome. Mandy cut Madeline's hair for the first time (I blogged about it here, like 3 years ago), so of course I had to have her cut Clara's too.

Sooooo we brought Clara in for her 9am appointment and watched as that little tuft of hair said goodbye. She sat on Chris' lap while Madeline fed her Cheerios. And as much as she hates her hair being touched, she did good. No tears, only a little bit of confusion. I will say, she looks cute and I'm sure most of you would agree!

Cheers,
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Baby Belly :)
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And all done!
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Amy + Brian *Seattle Engagement Photography*

So, I had this nice long post about Amy and Brian, and I have no idea what happened to it!! I just took a look at my blog and all the writing is missing....hmmm! I'll have to re-write what I had written earlier. Strange Strange I tell ya!

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

I'm in Love with a Carseat

Every carseat we've purchased has been a practical decision design wise. Actually design has never even been a consideration given what I thought was available in our carseat budget. I assumed these carseats couldn't possibly be as "cute" as some other more expensive models on the line.

Since Clara was growing and needed a new ride we knew there were 3 things we needed in said seat (safety being a given):
1. Something in our budget (yes dear)
2. Something that would fit in the backseat with both a booster seat and an infant seat
3. Something comfortable

One thing I wanted (again, safety is a given here too). Something stylish

I scoured blogs, retailers, google (and bing) as well as ebay. We took a family trip to "Babies R Us" just to touch some of the models of interest.

We finally narrowed down the search to three seats:
Britax Marathon (Found on sale here): I liked the safety ratings etc, but the pattern wasn't my style.
Graco My Ride: Style was OK, comfort was good, BUT it was too big for our vehical.
Safety First Alpha Omega Elite: This seat was all about comfort.


All were reasonable priced, all had great safety ratings, but I still wanted something with a little more pizazz.

Enter Maxi Cosi Piori. I saw the design and knew it was perfect. Clean lines, no frills, bold colors, European, safe and comfortable. I was sold... AND even better, it was almost 50% off?! I didn't hesitate to order it (after checking all the specs and reviews). It turned out to be the seat that takes up the least amount of space (17.5 inches wide) of my choices, and it was by far the most stylish.

I must say, that each time I go to put my girls in the "chick magnet" (our super cool 1990 white Buick), I feel happy putting Clara in her new seat. It looks pretty hip. I do have to mention, though, it did take both Chris and I reading the directions to figure out the setup. (I'm not much of a directions reader) But after an hour of arguing over what certain images meant, we got it in our car safely and snugly!

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Clara, giving her best shot at deciphering those images in the manual. By the way, notice how after 15 minutes out of the box, there are already greasy finger marks on it?? GOODNESS SAKES!!:
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Stock image, it looks so much better in person!
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lucas 12 Days New *Bellingham Newborn Photographer*

Newborn photography is wonderful. I think this because I get to hold the most precious babies in their earliest days. Sometimes when I'm soothing them to sleep, I hold them just an extra moment because, well, wouldn't you?! They smell so pure and each feature is amazing, and even their little cries make my heart melt. Lucas Zachary Burd was no exception. He's perfect if you ask me. I hope your heart melts at his scrumptiousness too!

Cheers,
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Julie Harrell

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