I am not a photographer.
Back when I was married I paid this lady $500 to do a full 1 year-old photo shoot of little e. I value photos, and she did a wonderful job, so I have no regrets and I think every penny spent was worth it. They are beautiful.
But then I got divorced and we resorted to the crappy Picture People alternative–not my favorite but my kid is just so cute and photogenic he even looked good in these. 😉
Though, I did long for those eclectic photos that I had paid so much money for (back when I had money). So, I needed to figure out an alternative. Lucky for me, my sister had just purchased her boyfriend a 3k Canon. Gracefully she agreed to let me borrow it (although I had no idea how to use–still don’t–I just pretend like I know what I’m doing).
Now with camera in tow, I needed to figure out a location for my shoot, hm. I knew I wanted it to be indoors…
I thought, I love the window ‘scenes’ and decorations at anthropologie so why not there?
I dressed e in some cute winter gigs and we headed to our local store.
I took lots of photos, with e and ini (my goal was to use these specifically for our 2010 Christmas Cards). A little photoshop and here we go, $500 saved.