Busybee Magazine

The Busybee magazine is one of the best resources for families with kids! The latest issue features a couple articles about eating locally grown food & guess what… Baron Farms made the list:)
The Smith family really enjoys Baron Farms eggs so we decided to do a photo shoot on the farm to go with the article that Lorrie Smith wrote for Busybee. Lorrie & Stefan have two super cute kiddos who had a blast playing with the chickens & the pictures turned out great!
Busybee also contains tons of information about summer camps, local events for kids & lots more. If you’re looking for something to do in Yakima, make sure to pick up an issue so you can keep informed about whats going on.
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Here’s a list of some of the locations where you can find Busybee:

YAKIMA
Allied Arts
CoMotion Dance Center
Essencia
Family Medicine of Yakima
Fiddlesticks
Fiesta Foods (west entrance)
Fresh Taste Meals
Ginger’s Dance Boutique
Glenwood Square commons
Hometown Ace Hardware (paint counter)
Inklings Bookshop
Kent School of Dance
KnowledgePoints
Monkey Dooz
Pizza Time
Ready by Five
Red Art Studio
Safeway — Nob Hill Blvd. (west entrance)
School House Fun
Summitview Pediatric Dentistry
Terrace Heights Family Physicians
The Sub Shop (downtown)
Yakima Automotive
Yakima Family YMCA
Yakima Parks & Recreation
Yakima Pediatric Dentistry
Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center
Yakima Valley Museum Children’s Underground
Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center

SELAH
Broadway Bound Dance Academy
Crazy Kids Hair Design
Selah Civic Center
Selah GymKids
Viking Video

UNION GAP
Ahtanum Ridge Family Medicine
Apple Valley Dental Clinic
Great Clips
Old Country Buffet
Old Town Station

Tavis & Amy | Winter Wonderland

Another wonderful winter shoot! We started off in downtown Yakima and ended up at the Cascade Gardens. It was a pretty nice day downtown, blue skies, sun, not too cold…. but it was the complete opposite when we got to the Cascade Gardens. There was a thick blanket of fog and about a foot of snow. It was a beautiful winter wonderland. I’ve been trying out a couple lenses that Tavis & Amy happen to own; the 50mm F1.2L & the 16-35mm F2.8L. I’m trying to decide which one I should buy first to add to my collection. After my last photo shoot I was pretty sold on the 50mm and I knew it would be hard to convince me that the 16-35mm could be better. I’ve listed the meta data below the pictures and as you can see…. I still favored the 50mm. Even though I love the 50mm more, I think I’m going to get the 16-35mm first because it is more versatile and will fit in well with wedding photography. However, don’t be surprised if I end up having both by the start of the 2011 wedding season. I’m pretty sure I can’t live without both this next year:)
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f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO-640 (50mm)

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Above:
Left: f4, 1/125 sec, ISO-640 (50mm) | Right: f/4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO-160 (16-35mm)

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f/3.5, 1/200 sec, ISO-160 (50mm)

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f/2.8, 1/200 sec, ISO-160 (16-35mm)

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f/2.8, 1/160 sec, ISO-640 (50mm)

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f/2.8, 1/160 sec, ISO-640 (50mm)

Davis Family Portrait | Winter Wonderland

A beautiful winter day at the Yakima Arboretum in late November. My phone rings just hours before this shoot and it’s Stephanie Davis asking “Are we still on for the shoot today, it’s pretty cold outside”? “Oh yes” I say! A lot of people wonder how on earth they will survive a 2 hour outdoor shoot on a cold winter day, Well here’s my secret……
We jump into pictures right away upon arrival at the location, I’ll shoot for about 10-15 min (depending on how cold it is) and then take a nice warm break in the car. Once everyone is warm again we venture out to do another 10-15 minutes. So there ya go, some advice on how to get those great winter photos without freezing your tail off:)
Here are some of my favorites from our shoot yesterday.
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Aiyanna & Jasleen | Twins

These two little girls are so precious! Everyone knows that two year olds can be un-predictable so it wasn’t surprising when they took turns being either joyful or cheerless. Thankfully though, with the help of a box of their favorite crackers, we were able to keep them both happy for a couple minutes and get some shots that really show off their delightfully happy side. You can’t throw out the priceless memories of the pictures with such contrasting emotion.
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My Nephew & Niece

Here’s a sneak peek for my nephew and niece…. well I suppose it’s actually for their parents:) I had the pleasure to take their photographs tonight out on our family farm. Liz is three and Ransom is almost one. They are both adorable and super lively.
I used a tip I learned from other photographers to help keep their attention….. Stickers! Every time I put Ransom somewhere I stuck a sticker somewhere near him or on his shoe and he was so excited to try and peel it off. For Liz, instead of sticking the sticker somewhere, I just promised to give her one if she smiled big. I also put the stickers on my forehead to keep their attention. So basically there were stickers everywhere 🙂
It was a lot of fun and I’m glad I had the opportunity to spend a little time playing with my cute niece and nephew.
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