Precious 9 month old baby

Tampa Baby Photographer

Because of timing and spring being such a busy time of year, Elle’s 6 month session turned into a 9 month session and boy was she a little baby on the go! Two positive things always result after a session like this, I get a great work out and we all get these adorable photos of a sweet baby! I’m looking forward to my next work out with her and see her smash some cake too!

Sit back, relax and enjoy some cuteness overload!

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Ethan’s First Year!

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How is it that Ethan is one year old already? I remember driving to his house when he was just 7 days old and capturing his newborn photos like it was yesterday. He was probably one of my best sleepers as a newborn and let me do whatever I wanted to him without making as much as a peep. See how sweet and still he was?

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One of my favorite ages to shoot (besides newborns of course!) is when they can sit up. Ethan came to me a little after that and he was on the verge of crawling. All I remember is putting him down and he would scoot to another place and rinse and repeat. It was a nice preview to what would happen at his 1 year old shoot!

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But don’t you just love this sweet happy face!

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I had a feeling he was going to be an early walker and kept asking mom if he was walking yet before our scheduled session. I was so relieved to hear that he hasn’t hit that milestone. What I didn’t realize was how much he’s perfected his crawling skills; he was lightning fast! I had a few tricks up my sleeve to keep him in one spot but I won’t lie, even though I was able to get a bunch of cute photos, he clearly won our little battle.

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 Ethan, I just loved watching you grow up through my lens and hope to see you again soon!!

Life by Lens | April 2013

Life by Lens is a monthly blog circle project I am participating in with a wonderfully talented group of photographers where our goal each month is to document normal everyday things we otherwise wouldn’t.  So I’m taking this opportunity to capture a the little things and push my creativity to the next level. At the end of my blog post, you can view the next photographer’s post and so on and so on until you’ve come full circle!

So I pretty much got started into photography because I wanted to take better photos of my children. It started when my first son was born but really took off after my second son came along. A lot of my photos in the beginning were setting up different “photoshoots” with them posed, well dressed, different props, sometimes with my studio set up or dragging them out to a location I thought would look nice. Well, after a while, they got sick, annoyed, uncooperative, you name it, it wasn’t very easy to get them to smile and look at the camera, there were more tears, running away, and taking photos of the backs of their heads or nothing at all. So it was either give up taking photos of them or try a different approach. Of course giving up photographing them was not going to be the option, I opted to take on the “lifestyle” route and capture them doing things they already did, like playing, taking a bath, sleeping, eating, outings, etc. However, the photographer and perfectionist in me makes sure I “set up” the shot with the right lighting, sometimes rearranging things around the house to declutter the photo, grabbing the right lens for shot because a single change in focal length, aperture, shutter speed can make a different photo. So I was still able to take photos of them and nothing was forced and everyone was happier! And while I love posed, smile at the camera, well-dressed photos, these are the type of photos I cherish in my family photo album.

While our adventures on a weekday afternoon after we come home from work/school are not very exciting, it’s still something I want to remember. Even though it’s crazy hectic, trying to cook dinner, getting them snacks to hold them off until dinner is ready, keeping them out of trouble all at the same time, it’s moments like this that are too easily forgotten.

We always make time to play outside while the weather is bearable and on this bright sun kissed afternoon, the little one brought out the stuffed Woody doll and I just loved how he was carrying it around. And don’t let this little innocent face fool you though, he’s a big trouble maker in the making.

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This is the main reason why I’ve almost given up taking photos of the kids. I get these goofy, obnoxious expressions from this one all the time! I think I was telling him to look at me and smile and instead of doing just that, he gave me this pose.

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But I’ll take some cute scrunched up nose giggles any day! What I give to have such innocence again!

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Potty training this time around has been a little challenging to say the least. At 2.5, my older son was pretty close to being potty trained and I was surprised how easy it was! Well, the little one has zero interest in going in his little cute froggy potty and is happily content doing his business anywhere he feels like. I was just happy he sat on it the other day…

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…unsuccessful but we still practiced good hand hygiene and washed our hands.

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Onto to their favorite activity of the day. And this day was even more special because they got to take a bath in my tub, which by the way I’ve been in a whole zero times. Their bathroom has unfortunately one tiny window and not photography friendly.  This bath also is the first bubble bath they’ve had ever since the older one has severe skin sensitivities and most soaps irritate his skin. I’ve searched all over and finally found a super sensitive fragrance free bubble bath made by California Baby.  It was a happy day!

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Wow that was long and wordy! I’ll try to keep it short for next time! Next up is the crazy talented Reena Giola Photographyall the way from Tucson, Arizona! She has lots of furry friends who are probably more willing subjects than mine!

 

Welcome to my blog!

Tampa Newborn and Children Photographer

Hi everyone! Welcome to my shiny new blog!!

My name is Nghi and I love babies and photography. I truly get excited and anxious when I know I get to cuddle with a newborn for a few hours, or trying to get those gummy smiles out of a three or six month old, or seeing each babies’ personality develop when they reach that nine and twelve month milestone. I am obsessed with light, capturing those emotions and genuine smiles, and helping you remember their little features that change in a blink of an eye.

I hope through my blog, you can see my love for capturing the little ones in your life and once in a while a few photos from my hectic life with two active boys. So you can get to know me better, here are 10 random facts about me!

  1. I am a huge basketball fanatic, you can always see me cheering on my Orlando Magic team.
  2. I’ve had serious thoughts of auditioning for American Idol. Except I’m neither “American” nor an “idol”.
  3. I love all tropical fruits, jackfruit, rambutan, longan, lychee, mango, guava, dragon fruit, and sugar apple, just to name a few!
  4. I was born with six fingers on my left hand. My grandmother refused to let the doctors remove it when I was born because she said it has a special meaning. She said an extra finger meant that person has a special talent. I think she’s right although I did eventually have it removed.
  5. I was nauseous and vomiting everyday for 9 months in both of my pregnancies. But I wouldn’t have it any other way because I have two healthy, beautiful boys as a result of that!
  6. I bleed orange and blue. Wait, should I admit to that? Did I lose anyone yet? I promise to still photograph and be friends with anyone who doesn’t.
  7. I have a six-foot tall little younger brother that has a black belt. I did say this was a random list!
  8. My favorite show is So You Think You Can Dance. No I have never had the urge to audition for this show, two left feet over here!
  9. My biggest pet peeve is when the toilet paper put in the wrong way. I’ve been known to change the paper around when I visit friends and family’s houses.
  10. My favorite place to be is at the beach or on the water but if you want to find me there, I’ll be the one under the giant umbrella wearing a big sun hat, where it’s nice and shady.

And thank you Rhonda Stark Design for working with me  the last couple of months to design my website and making it fit me and my style of photography! Fresh, airy, and you know, sweet!

Last but not least, no post is complete without a photo! Just my two year old on our daily stroll.

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