24 Frames. A Filming Project: July - A Year in Review

Another month in the books for my 24 Frames Project! This month's theme was our choice. Instead of filming something new this month, I decided to use some footage I already had (because I swear the unedited, unused files just pile up by the second - I know many of you can feel my pain, lol).

I started getting into video late last fall, when Haddie was about 6 months old. I have quite a bit of footage of her from then on. However, I was happily surprised looking through my archives to find out I had a few clips prior to that. The first video clip I had ever take is the first clip on this film - she was only a few days old!

With that, I decided to do a short video with random clips throughout her first year of life. But in order to keep it balanced (and short!), I only picked a clip or two from each month of life. It's pretty amazing to watch her grow up in just one minute - because some days, it truly feels like if flew by that fast! From her first smile, to first sink bath, food, sitting, crawling, and finally - walking, I was able to capture major milestones and amazing memories I will cherish for years to come. 

It's not a work of art by any means, but it's precious little moments captured in time. Moments that are truly meaningful to me. Moments I will never get back but can relive through photos & video clips.

(Eventually when I have more time, I'd like to expand this to make a more comprehensive fusion-style film - adding images in-between the video clips to fill in the gaps).

Please take a moment to follow the blog circle to see what the other talented mama's in our group have to share this month.

Next up is Erica! <3

24 Frames. A Filming Project: May - Lensbaby

So, this month was tough. REALLY tough. I mean not just the technical stuff, but the life in general stuff. I was really looking forward to this month's theme - Freelensing or Lensbaby. I wanted to use this month as an opportunity to learn one or both. I have had a lensbaby for years, but have never put the time into learning how to use it. And freelensing I've tried just a handful of times, but again, never pushed myself to really learn the art. So, I had big ambitions... but it didn't happen

Life happened.

So with kids, and trips, and sessions, and traveling, and chaos... I didn't have the time I had hoped to put into this month's project. Before I knew it, May had come and gone. But, I didn't want to skip it completely... because I think even doing something (even if it's not something I'm crazy proud of), is still a learning opportunity. 

So, my husband and I packed up our kids today and headed to the city pool as we had planned...and I threw in my camera!

It was crazy busy (and windy), but I managed to avoid catastrophe and my camera survived. :) I was able to get a few short clips here and there. And although it wasn't what I had initially envisioned for this project, I am so very happy to have these moments. <3

And because I'm extra crazy, I filmed for about 5 minutes last evening as well. I didn't get much footage (Haddie and Jon were both crabby) ;) LOL. I wanted some b-roll footage as well as some different angles which I didn't have a chance to get. I was going to throw it completely, but decided to see what I could do with it. So I made a second film this morning.

I've wanted to capture Haddie walking for quite some time. The beginning is hard to get on camera because you are close and always there to catch them or pick them up when they fall. But it doesn't take long before they really start moving. And this in-between wobbly stage is the absolute cutest to me! Next week she will be running. So for now, I'm happy to have these sweet moments of her.


Please follow the blog circle to see what my talented friend Erica & the rest of our group have to share for this month! <3

Cora {10 days} | Watertown, SD Newborn & Family Photographer

Cora | Newborn Session

I met this sweet girl in the hospital for her Fresh 48 session + film at only 36 hrs old. And goodness was I amazed at how much she had changed already by day 10! Still such peanut though. And that full head of brown hair....looooooove!

I'm pretty sure she was diggin' being warm and snuggled during her session :) She snoozed the whole time! Big brother on the other hand was not so excited about pictures, but he came around in the end and was so sweet to his little sis. <3 It will be so fun to see their relationship grow over time! It's always such a huge change for a sibling, but so beautiful at the same time.

Enjoy beautiful miss Cora & her family!

Cooper {1 year} | Watertown, SD Baby & Family Photographer

Cooper | Baby Plan Milestone Session


I got to go out to the VanWell farm again a month ago to shoot little Cooper's one year session! He got to show me his brand new tractor, the sheep, and the new adorable puppies. All around, way too much adorable in one place :) 

It's been so fun to see how much he has grown this last year...little babe to little boy. 

And, I'm quite positive he has the absolute best expressions I've ever seen! Sticking his tongue out, making faces, and just completely cheesing out. Love it! <3 I'm also quite sure he's always happy! Always.

Enjoy little Cooper!


Cora | Watertown, SD Newborn & Family Photographer & Filmmaker

Cora | Hospital Film + Photos


Miss Cora Dee!

I got to meet this sweet babe at just two days old! She showed up a few weeks early & very very fast (to no surprise of her mama) ;) Working as a labor and delivery nurse as well, I am always so interested in hearing other woman's birth stories. It was absolutely amazing to me how similar little Cora's birth was to her 2-year-old brother Cash's. They were even just once ounce apart in weight (am I right, Sara?)!

Cora is the tiniest little peanut, but the most beautiful baby with her full head of dark brown hair! And seeing the love this family has for her is just amazing (she has daddy wrapped around her finger already)! :)  It is such an honor to capture this special time in their life, not only in photos, but video as well. To capture that tininess, those itty bitty feet and hands, and to see the interaction between them all as a family (and especially big brother)...truly priceless.

Enjoy Cora & the Kannas family. <3