Let's peel back these layers!

juliannlaw Here is a closeup of the endpapers in my debut picture book, THE WORKD’S LONGEST SOCK. I work digitally in Adobe Photoshop but the program doesn’t do it all for me! I knit all the pixels by hand! Haha! I do have things I do to help me work quickly and efficiently, though, like using layers. Here you get to see me take off those layers one by one till we are back at nothing but a background. The World's Longest Sock is now available on  Amazon ,  Barnes and Noble ,  Target , or wherever you  buy books !

I almost forgot to name this post. . .

Lucy's little pre-school went on a field trip to a pumpkin patch the other day. She was excited because, well, she's excitable. . . she knew where we were going had something to do with her buddy, Aidan, and pumpkins so she was sold. I was excited because, well, photo-op! So I had her all dudded up and cute and my entire camera bag in tow and we went to the pumpkin patch.

There were a million things to look at and do, so the kids were in heaven. The camera toting moms on the other hand, were frustrated and disappointed. We couldn't pin the kids down long enough even to auto focus. . . they kept moving into direct sunlight or chasing the cat or wandering into the motion-sensored cackling animatronics portion of the pumpkin patch instead of the haybale/morning shade/bumpy pumpkin backdrop we'd been dreaming of (I wasn't the only one who came prepared for the ideal photo shoot. I saw at least 4 other Canon Rebels. . .)

Here's the only good pic I got. . . It's Lucy and Aidan in a good moment. Haybale (check!), Morning Sun (check!), Bumpy Pumpkins (check!), freakin' cute smiles (check!), Teepee in the background (check. . . hey why is there a teepee at a pumpkin patch anyway? And even with a short depth of field, I can totally tell the rest of the stuff in the background is just the non-autumn seasonal stuff they had to cram behind the teepee to make room for all the pumpkins.) Oh, well.

So, I couldn't let this cute, fall outfit and me having the camera out of the house moment go to waste and we went down to Sugar House Park to do one of Lucy's favorite things in the world. Throw rocks in the river.

I got my ideal photo shoot afterall. . .

Yes, there is cherry sucker on her face in that one pic, evidence of the pumpkin patch. No, there was not even a possibility she was going to look at the camera, she was way to focused on the rocks and the river. And, Yes, that last one really is blurry but I like it so I included it anyway.


Mary said…
The river shots are gorgeous. You are definitely not the only mom to be foiled in her attempt(s) to get some cute Halloween photos. *sigh* I guess I need to do less stressing about taking pictures and more having fun in the moment. :o)
I'm 100% sure you don't need Lucy in a cute fall outfit, pumpkins, and all the fun things of fall to have an adorable photo shoot. All you need is Lucy and it ALWAYS will turn out perfect whether she's lookin' at the camera or not. LOVE THE PICS!
katherine said…
love that lucy - and aidan looks so cute in that shot too. oh to photograph our own children, why does it need to be so hard? love you jul.
missy said…
Just wait until she starts crying and hiding everytime you pull out the camera. Then try and get a good shot! But wait, for some reason I think Lucy might like the spotlight and having the camera on her... maybe you won't ever have that problem.

Can't wait to see Lucy, the count down is on :)

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