Happy Valentines Day! / by Julie Cruz

I know, i'm a day early, but i'm helping in PJ's class all day tomorrow, so I needed to post today :) In previous years, i've done little Valentines shoots with PJ. Last year, I didn't (because I was busy doing a giveaway with Keep A Breast), but the year prior, I did a fun music themed shoot, and the year before that it was a quick cupcake/lollipop theme. This year, I threw together a last minute shoot, mainly for her Valentine cards for school. On Thursday, I put her dress and stuff in the car, picked her up after school (not knowing she had P.E that day and she was a sweaty mess since it was of course in the mid 80's that day), we grabbed a balloon, headed to the location I was thinking (turns out it was all dried up, brown and gross), then headed to another. I started out with the sun behind her, but it was so bright (and I didn't have time to wait it out since I was meeting friends for dinner and needed to run home and shower/get ready) that the balloon looked all funky (I got some cool artsy/sun flare shots (maybe i'll share some next week), but it's not what I needed/wanted for her cards), so we shot in direct sun (luckily, she's really good about it and does the "closed eyes, then open" thing just fine). Anyway, I didn't even bother editing the ones for the card (hence the Instagram sized photo), just threw them together and called it a day. You know what they say... "The shoemaker's children go barefoot" ;) It's true, i'm lazy about photographing/editing pics of my own kiddo.

Before we left, she let me take a few head shots of her. Don't let her "grown up" look fool you. She is still a silly and crazy kid, with some missing teeth and jokes for days ;) Again, I didn't bother editing (this was done through Instagram (which I LOVE)...