Thursday, January 22, 2015


We are enjoying some time on the Colorado slopes for the next week, and while I won't be blogging, undoubtedly I will be instagramming [new verb] some images of our travel experiences. So, come on over to my Instagram and let me know you're visiting!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Tuesday, January 20, 2015


When I first started out on my journey in photography I had no idea that I could shoot lifestyle with newborns and children. Like most of us do, I went out and bought some baskets, some cloth for a “backdrop” and a few other props. I see all these other photographers rocking baskets, bows, blankets, and I assumed that’s what people want.

I was already honing my lifestyle craft with families, seniors, brides, and miscellaneous events. Mudpie Photography’s motto is “organic moments” and I had nothing but intentions of a journalistic approach for my photography style.

Upon styling a newborn session last year, I asked myself “What am I DOING here? I am going against my grain to try and fit into a mold created by the masses.” While I enjoy looking at styled images of sleeping newborns in costume or appearing as though they are holding their own head up with the use of proficient Photoshop work, the emotions and stories captured in lifestyle photography images are what make my heart sing! So I stand comfortably and proudly on “side B” of the spectrum.

Having fun and “feeling” something when you shoot is critical in my book- unless you want to lead yourself down the path to burn-out in a flash. So, I shook off the “have to’s” and started to approach newborns the same way I approached my other lifestyle sessions. I began shooting with the same end goal–natural, candid moments of baby and family that literally looked like a ‘peek’ into their lives.

Here are a few tips to shoot lifestyle with newborns (even if you are, in fact, the master of newborn session styling!):

Natural Light
My numero uno priority. Flash can startle newborns, but it can also take away from the spontaneity and natural tone of the shoot.

Candid Moments

While most photographers may put their camera down for a rest or review images while baby is being fed, soothed or changed, these are actually my favorite times to shoot! Capture these very details. Whether the baby is crying, yawning or sleeping peaceful, they are all precious stages of the newborn days. Talk about lifestyle photos in their purest form! The day-to-day of baby life. Nothing is more beautiful or tells the true story of a newborn more than these moments, in my book.

The Crib

Don’t neglect to photograph and capture the one place parents see their baby a lot–the crib. Full sweeping photos of nurseries with baby in the crib or a “through the slats” (my personal fave) perspective is a beautiful way to tell a newborn story. Crib life is fleeting. Capture it.

Master Bedroom

A great way to get all of the family interacting with baby is by photographing them on the master bed. It’s big enough to accommodate everyone, it’s an intimate place, and usually has great light. It also means that every session will be unique since every home looks different than the other.

Different Angles

Everyone loves to capture those little toes, feet, ears etc. And rightfully so! The newborn yumminess comes and goes in a blink. Try however, to shoot these photos from different angles as you have baby on the bed or in their boppy

The simple change of an angle and a shallow depth of field can allow for these detail shots to be done anywhere, so you don’t necessarily need a black back drop. I’ve done them even on changing tables. Don’t limit yourself.

There are many different ways to capture newborns. Please don’t put yourself in a box or feel you have to emulate what is going on in the industry. Find your own vision of how you want to photograph newborns and start snapping.

Don’t Let Comparison Steal Your Joy
Shoot from the heart and don’t worry about what other photographers are doing. Your images will speak to you if you let intuition guide you.  

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Monday, January 19, 2015


"You may not know what your sweet spot is yet, and you may be worried you aren't good enough or you aren't smart or organized or talented enough, but I dare to bet that you are."

Serious inspiration happening reading "Living Well Spending Less." It is so easy to get wrapped up in comparison and wants rather that gratitude and contentment.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


I'm no beauty blogger and I don't stake any claim at being an expert in the subject matter, but I am often asked about my beauty regimen and the products I use, so this is my take on a beauty post. Looking back on the history of my blogging, this might be the first of it's kind. 

This is in no way an ad for Perricone MD though it may look like one. No, rather, this is just an honest share of my person skincare and cosmetics because my friends and readers inquire from time to time.

I am all about naturally beautiful, glowing skin. We all know that getting beautiful skin takes work and most likely a bit of makeup to look our best. Unless you are blessed with gorgeous skin, which I am not. Perricone MD cultivated what I consider the best skincare and makeup with a line called No Makeup Skincare. I've been committed to this line for 2-3 years now. I feel it's the first and only line that works for me, personally. I battle an orange-peel skin surface, a combination of oiliness and dryness, and the occasional rosacea. 

I start and end my days with a freshly cleaned face, courtesy of Perricone's Nutritive Cleanser. It's mild enough that it doesn't irritate or dry out my skin, but tough enough to remove makeup.

My makeup application literally takes 10 minutes in its entirety. I am a working mother of four, whose youngest still doesn't sleep through the night at 11 months, so every minute of zzzz's is like gold. I don't want to compromise my sleep because I have some long drawn-out beauty regimen in the mornings. I want to look put together but I don't want to spend a lot of time doing so. If you're like me, keep reading...

So, next I apply Perricone's No Foundation Foundation. It's a tad too dark for my skin, so I mix it a dime size amount of the No Foundation Foundation with a drop of the Firming Moisturizer, and literally rub them all over my face until it's fairly well absorbed.
With a Kabuki bruch, I lightly sweep Laura Mercier's mineral powder to set my makeup. It really is like a little pot of gold. With amino acids (15 of them, I add) to banish toxins and the zinc acting as an SPF, it seems natural really is best.

And lastly, mascara. Even on make-up-less days, I try to never leave home without a little mascara. And after spending $22, $25, even $35 on tubes of mascara in the past, I have found that Cover Girl's Lashblast Clump Crusher at $12 works just as well, if not better. It lives up to it's promises and separates the lashes well.

After this minimal application, my skin has the most gorgeous, suede-matte texture. My pores disappear. My face almost immediately looks firmer. And it still looks this good more than ten hours after application, without touch-ups. (Which is good, since I don't do touch-ups.)

I'd love to hear if you use these products or if you have a suggestion to make to my readers. Leave a comment below.

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