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    Thank you so much to all my wonderful clients over the past 7 years. My family has recently moved out of state and as a result I have closed my photography business in Lancaster.

Photography tips – taking better pictures of your kids

I know many of you love taking pictures of your kids, and probably often wonder how you can get your pictures to look better!  I came across this website that has come good articles on how to take better pictures of your kids.  Check it out!

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I’m also thinking about offering a “Photography 101″ class where I’ll give tips and instruction on how to take better pictures with whatever camera you have.  It would just be a few hours, but it would be hands-on, with live “models” to practice on.  It will be very basic – it isn’t for anyone thinking of becoming a photographer; it is only open to moms (or dads) who just want to learn how to take better pictures of their kids.   I haven’t decided on the date yet, but I would only be able to take a very limited number of people. So, if this is something you are interested in, email me at bonnie@cbportraits.com

Oh, and I’ve been updating the blog contest each day with a current tally – so feel free to go check!  I’ll be announcing the winner on Friday morning!

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Looking back on the last year…

Happy New Year everyone!  I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  The holidays are such a busy time!  I’ve also been updating and organizing much of my business.  I’m not finished, but you will probably notice several changes both to the blog and website.  I’d love to know what you think!  My goal is to showcase everything in a simple, classic format that is easy to navigate.  Feel free to send me some feedback on what you like and what you see could use some improvement.

Well, I thought I’d start off the new year with a  look back at some of my favorite images from 2009!  I wanted to put together a slide show, but that didn’t happen. :)  So, it was really hard, but I went back through all my images from this past year, and picked out a handful of my favorite ones.

I thought thought it would be fun to have a CONTEST where you all could vote for your favorite image!   The mommy from the family whose image wins will receive a really cool prize!  Check it out – it’s stylish bucket bag that will display a gorgeous image from their session.

So, here they are, in random order, some of my favorite images from 2009!  Leave a comment on this post with the number you want to vote for.  The contest will end at 11:59 pm on Thursday January 7th, 2010 (woohoo – my first time typing the new year! ).  So, comment away and invite all your friends to do the same!  I’ll post the winner on Friday!  (Just a note:  Because my blog is set up so that I have to approve comments,  your comment won’t show up instantly after you vote, but I’ll make sure it gets up soon!)

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Update on Thursday 1/6/10 – top 3 pictures

Picture #2 -42 votes

Picture #4 -38 votes

Picture #5-20 votes

Voting will end at Midnight tonight!

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Abby - January 3, 2010 - 5:14 am

I vote for number 4 – having that moment (when they are still that small!) forever captured is what this is all about.

Abby Myer Says: - January 3, 2010 - 12:35 pm

Definately number 2…isn’t he the cutest little miracle??? :-)

Nathaniel - January 3, 2010 - 12:39 pm

I vote for #4 as well. I really like #2, though.

Werner - January 3, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Well of course we love number 4!!!! Can never get that moment back and you captured it beautifully.

Sandy - January 3, 2010 - 5:32 pm

I love this picture. It is timeless, it takes your breath away.

Sandy - January 3, 2010 - 5:35 pm

I vote for number 4,
I love this picture, It is timeless and it takes my breath away.

Melanie - January 3, 2010 - 6:06 pm

My vote is for #4……..so precious!!

Sherry Becker & Gene Werner - January 3, 2010 - 6:27 pm

I vote for the Werner boys

Danielle - January 3, 2010 - 6:45 pm

Number 4 he is so little and so sweet. It is one of my favorites. They don’t stay small for long and that pictures captured a wonderful moment.

Kim :) - January 3, 2010 - 7:32 pm

#1 please
#4 please

Rachael - January 3, 2010 - 7:47 pm

Oh…number one…could that little one be any cuter?

Jen Herr - January 3, 2010 - 9:47 pm

Definitely number 5! My two cuties ;-)

Johanna Shafer - January 3, 2010 - 10:55 pm

Definitely vote for #2. What a cutie pie! :)

Stephanie - January 3, 2010 - 11:01 pm

Number 5 is my absolute favorite!!! A perfect moment caught on camera! Beautiful work!

Tori - January 3, 2010 - 11:20 pm

Number 4 baby go barrett

Alice - January 3, 2010 - 11:57 pm

I absolutely fell in love with number four the first time I saw it. It still takes my breath away.
What an amazing moment to capture and to hold so dear forever.

April - January 4, 2010 - 12:03 am

Number 2! Number 2! Too cute!

Dean - January 4, 2010 - 12:06 am

I vote for #4. Very unique!!!!

The Gallagher - January 4, 2010 - 12:06 am

I vote for the adorable Herr kids…..#5!

Colleen - January 4, 2010 - 12:36 am

Number 2 is adorable and gets my vote!!

michelle loranger - January 4, 2010 - 12:36 am

I vote for #5 A bigger sister showing love and patiences for her little brother

Debbie Simon - January 4, 2010 - 12:39 am

I vote for #2!!! Such a cutie!

Susan - January 4, 2010 - 12:45 am

#5- sweet picture of siblings

debbie - January 4, 2010 - 1:30 am

number 2 please…but i must admit..they are ALL adorable :)

Becky - January 4, 2010 - 1:35 am

I vote for #5. Cutest PIcture hands down!!

Michelle Zerbe - January 4, 2010 - 1:45 am

#4….absolutely catches the magic of childhood in those beautiful eyes!!!!!! Precious!!!!

Nickie - January 4, 2010 - 1:52 am

#5 all the way……..cutie patooties!!!! =)

Steph - January 4, 2010 - 2:23 am

#4 gets my vote… if only our kids got along that well all the time!

Greg - January 4, 2010 - 2:23 am

#4- hands down (no pun intended!)

steph - January 4, 2010 - 2:24 am

Scratch that previous one – I wrote the wrong #! I wanted to vote for #5 please. Thanks!

carol - January 4, 2010 - 2:32 am

I vote for #2. The eyes are adorable

Denise - January 4, 2010 - 2:37 am

Number 5!!!! Those two are sooooo cute! Very nice photo!!!

Linda - January 4, 2010 - 3:24 am

#5 gets my vote!

Joyous Derner - January 4, 2010 - 3:48 am

I vote for number 5 :)

marcia - January 4, 2010 - 3:50 am

I vote for #2.

Renee - January 4, 2010 - 4:41 am

#5

Janell Gravitt - January 4, 2010 - 4:58 am

#4!!!!!!!! Precious!!!!

Linda - January 4, 2010 - 5:12 am

I vote for #2! What a cute face!

Ginger - January 4, 2010 - 12:00 pm

I vote for number 3. What a cute little gentleman!

Paula - January 4, 2010 - 12:01 pm

#2 – What dreamy blue eyes, how handsome he is!

Kimberly - January 4, 2010 - 12:28 pm

I vote for #2. He is so cute.

Ce-Ce - January 4, 2010 - 12:48 pm

I vote for #2!!! Such a cutie!

Fisher - January 4, 2010 - 1:06 pm

voting for #2!

Krista - January 4, 2010 - 1:24 pm

I vote for #5……so precious!!!!

Holly Brooks - January 4, 2010 - 2:20 pm

I vote for #2. What a cutie!

Barb B. - January 4, 2010 - 2:21 pm

It is hard to choose but I vote for #2. The big blue eyes got to me!

Jean - January 4, 2010 - 2:30 pm

I vote for #1. What a beautiful baby! Blue eye, I love them.

Catherine - January 4, 2010 - 3:02 pm

# 1 Definitely : )

Dean - January 4, 2010 - 3:03 pm

My vote is for # 1

Brian - January 4, 2010 - 3:10 pm

Definitely # 1.

Kristi - January 4, 2010 - 3:13 pm

I think #1 is the best!! : )

Jesse - January 4, 2010 - 3:50 pm

Well my vote is unanimously #2…what a handsome guy! He has his mommies beautiful eyes and his daddies cool demanor.

Danette - January 4, 2010 - 4:13 pm

#5 – too precious!

Linda Jenks - January 4, 2010 - 4:51 pm

My vote is #2.

Velma Leaman - January 4, 2010 - 5:02 pm

I vote for @2. Look at those eyes “saying, am I doing the right thing by standing here”. I am a big boy!

Carol - January 4, 2010 - 5:41 pm

Number 4
That is the cutest ever

Linda - January 4, 2010 - 5:42 pm

number 4
love that picture

Darlene - January 4, 2010 - 5:43 pm

number 4
It’s the best

BURL - January 4, 2010 - 5:50 pm

I VOTE FOR NUMBER4 ITS TOO NEAT

Jaime - January 4, 2010 - 5:52 pm

Tiny little Barrett #4 . . . too cute

POPS - January 4, 2010 - 6:12 pm

I VOTE FOR NUMBER 4 HOW NICE WAS THAT

GREATPOP - January 4, 2010 - 6:14 pm

ILL VOTE FOR NUMBER 4 THATS A HANDFUL

Kathy - January 4, 2010 - 6:19 pm

number 4 – what a beautiful picture

Billie - January 4, 2010 - 6:40 pm

number 2 is so cute!

Gloria - January 4, 2010 - 6:41 pm

Number 2. What beautiful blues!!

john - January 4, 2010 - 6:53 pm

I vote for # 2

Dave Guldin - January 4, 2010 - 7:07 pm

#4 is my favorite. He was so small and just so cute.

Heather - January 4, 2010 - 7:40 pm

#4 is by far my fave! What a little dear!

renee - January 4, 2010 - 8:07 pm

I vote for #2 I love those blue eyes

Ruthie - January 4, 2010 - 10:39 pm

I vote for #3, he’s the best.

Katelynn Marie - January 5, 2010 - 12:24 am

My vote is for number 2…Go little Brother!!! :-)

Melanie - January 5, 2010 - 12:55 am

I vote for #2! What a cutie, I love those eyes!!

Nancy - January 5, 2010 - 12:58 am

I vote for # 4. Too precious!

Debbie Burridge - January 5, 2010 - 1:14 am

Hit wrong button – I meant NO> 4!!!!!!

Teresa - January 5, 2010 - 3:38 am

i vote #1… what a cutie pie!

Melissa - January 5, 2010 - 12:32 pm

# 5 – are some of the sweetest kids – sweet sibling love – shown on this picture

Jen - January 5, 2010 - 2:03 pm

I vote for #6. If this is Zac, I’ve never seen him be that still. :)
If it’s not him, it’s still a cute picture.

Michell - January 5, 2010 - 2:48 pm

My vote is for #2…his eyes have that childhood magic!!!!!

Michelle - January 5, 2010 - 2:48 pm

# 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mimi - January 5, 2010 - 5:05 pm

#5 is decidedly the most precious one of all!

Abuelo - January 5, 2010 - 8:59 pm

For sure number 5 dos nietos bonitos

Nancy Ferguson - January 5, 2010 - 9:47 pm

I vote for number 2. What a cutie! So sweet and innocent!

becca - January 5, 2010 - 10:14 pm

i vote for number 4 go barrett

paula - January 5, 2010 - 10:45 pm

I vote for #2 who could resist those dreamy eyes

lanie - January 6, 2010 - 12:14 am

#1 gets my vote

Liz - January 6, 2010 - 12:48 am

5

tracey - January 6, 2010 - 1:48 am

my vote is for #4. Adorable!

Ann - January 6, 2010 - 2:54 am

I would like to vote for pic 4. Its adorable

Kate - January 6, 2010 - 3:12 am

Number 4 is way too cute!

Emily - January 6, 2010 - 5:50 pm

#3!

Stacie Doman - January 6, 2010 - 5:52 pm

I vote for #3 in the adroable blue polo! So nice with his eyes :)

Celesta - January 6, 2010 - 6:14 pm

#3

karen - January 6, 2010 - 6:15 pm

#3 is totally the cutest little baby ever!

Rick - January 6, 2010 - 6:43 pm

#3

Allyson Hamilton - January 6, 2010 - 8:56 pm

I vote for #2! =)

Julie Felpel - January 6, 2010 - 10:47 pm

I vote for #2… he is such a cutie:)

Ruth Barstow - January 6, 2010 - 11:39 pm

I vote for #2!!!

Rob Barstow - January 6, 2010 - 11:41 pm

I vote for #2!!!

Jeff - January 7, 2010 - 12:53 am

#4

Sue - January 7, 2010 - 1:33 am

#3 in the blue is adorable

Jeff - January 7, 2010 - 1:35 am

definately #3!

Rob Barstow - January 7, 2010 - 1:48 am

I vote #2!

Alyssa - January 7, 2010 - 1:48 am

I vote for #3 He is soooo cute! :)

Ruth Barstow - January 7, 2010 - 1:49 am

I vote #2!!

Adrienne - January 7, 2010 - 2:32 am

I vote for #2! Love the baby blues!

Karen - January 7, 2010 - 2:45 am

I vote for #3. That is a precious picture!

Justin - January 7, 2010 - 2:52 am

My vote is for #3!

Nathan - January 7, 2010 - 3:14 am

I vote # 3!

Kathy Thomas - January 7, 2010 - 3:47 am

I vote #3:)

Tracy Yeager - January 7, 2010 - 3:51 am

I vote for # 4 he is super cute and precious beyond words!

Kim Rosso - January 7, 2010 - 4:38 am

#2 gets my vote

Ed Peters - January 7, 2010 - 10:52 am

By far # 3

Elissa - January 7, 2010 - 1:14 pm

I vote #3!

Rick - January 7, 2010 - 5:57 pm

I vote #3

POPPOP - January 7, 2010 - 6:45 pm

I VOTE FOR NUMBER 4 SOO CUTE

bgw - January 7, 2010 - 6:46 pm

ill vote for #4 how small he is

Milton - January 7, 2010 - 9:02 pm

Definately #4

Debra - January 7, 2010 - 9:04 pm

I vote for #4

Justine Sampson - January 7, 2010 - 10:11 pm

I vote # 4 !

Alexis - January 7, 2010 - 10:13 pm

I vote # 4

Elaine Reading - January 7, 2010 - 10:14 pm

I vote # 4

Jamie sampson - January 7, 2010 - 10:15 pm

I vote # 4 !

marilyn whitacre - January 7, 2010 - 11:16 pm

#2 is the cutest little boy in the world.

Roger L. Whitacre - January 7, 2010 - 11:17 pm

I vote #2

Amy Roush - January 7, 2010 - 11:17 pm

Who wouldn’t vote for #2 with those big eyes.

Diane Myer - January 7, 2010 - 11:22 pm

Vote for #2, my cutie pie grandson.

Jodi Y - January 8, 2010 - 12:28 am

Number 4 – Precious baby.

Katie - January 8, 2010 - 2:41 am

Priceless, #4

Gram - January 8, 2010 - 2:43 am

Number 4 please . . . our teeny tiny Barrett

Jeffrey - January 8, 2010 - 2:45 am

#5 – love the colors

Della - January 8, 2010 - 2:46 am

What a beautiful picture #4 is, so small

Deb - January 8, 2010 - 2:47 am

Our wee little Barrett! 4

Steph - January 8, 2010 - 2:59 am

#4

Alex - January 8, 2010 - 3:00 am

Absolutely, #4

Brian - January 8, 2010 - 3:01 am

Photo #4

Riegels - January 8, 2010 - 3:06 am

#4

BURL - January 8, 2010 - 5:37 pm

I VOTE FOR NUMBER 4

lions, tigers, and bears – oh my!

We just got back from a family trip to a place you may have been to before, but it was brand new to us.  It’s pretty amazing!  Basically, you put a wildlife museum and a retail store together and you get Cabelas.  A dream come true for a hunter…or kids.   It was quite an adventure for them – and a cheap family trip for us. :)

So, here is our experience…

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Don’t be fooled by those cute smiles above.  Be prepared for some scary stuff!  Poor Ellie was so scared of the polar bear, her hair stood straight up!

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And, they even have a food court area with delicious entrees like smoked ostrich, and buffalo burgers.  Here’s Brian trying to decide what he thinks of the buffalo burger….

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They also had an aquarium area, pond with fish, shooting range…plus everything you could ever imagine for the outdoors.  It was really a fun time!  Go and create some memories with your family!

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Liz - January 6, 2010 - 12:43 am

Bonnie….I LOVE the picture of Ellie and the polar bear! So funny. Hope you guys are doing well.

brothers * Lancaster baby photography

These two are just two of the cutest kids I know!   It is amazing what a few months will do though.  Little Barrett, now 3 months old and a chunk, was just under 5 pounds last time I saw him!  He was actually the tiniest infant I’d ever held I think.  Take a look. This is the reason I can’t stress enough how important an infant session is.  Newborns change so drastically in such a short, fleeting amount of time.  And, try as you might, those precious memories  fade quickly and are forever forgotten.

His 3 year old big brother is still getting used to the idea of a baby, and I *think* this picture of the two of them together might be the first time he has ever “held” his little brother.   What a fun little guy though!  He is an energetic, happy  little guy who loves anything with two wheels – especially Thomas!  I cracked up when mom and dad told me, when driving, they take detours  to cross over train tracks and *hope* that a train crosses.  :)

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