Photography

Simon @ 1 Month

posted by Andrea | 04/4/2014 | 26 comments
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Simon is a one month old today!

I’ve already shared several “Simon posts” this past month, so I don’t have a ton of new information… but I do have lots of pictures!

Our 2013 Digital Photo Albums + Q&A

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2014 | 39 comments
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They’re here! Our 2013 photo albums are “hot off the press” as of last week — and Nora and I have looked at them at least twice (in their entirety) every single day since then!

Today, I’m answering a bunch of questions I’ve gotten about these books, as well as sharing a bit more about my thoughts on digital books.

A Family Photo-Shoot Gone Wrong

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2013 | 18 comments
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Dave and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary this past Sunday, and since I always try to get a picture of us on our anniversary, we asked my sister to take a few quick shots after church.

Nora normally loves the camera and says “cheese” whenever we point the lens her way. But, it was warm, we were hungry, Nora was tired, and well… this is what we ended up with.

My Mission to Get Out From Behind the Camera

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2013 | 21 comments
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Over the past 2 years, I’ve made HUGE strides in my effort to take more pictures. And while I’m thrilled to be taking more pictures, I’ve started to notice one problem… I’m always behind the camera.

I’ve decided that I need to be more proactive about getting in front of the camera — even if it’s not always convenient (or I haven’t done my hair!)

Nora @ 18 Months

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2013 | 29 comments
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There are SO many things I could share about Nora since her 15 month update — I’m not even sure where to begin. Yes, she has grown inches and gained pounds, but it’s simply amazing how much she has learned these past 3 months.

She’s a little girl now — and I love it!

How to Make a Personalized Alphabet Book

posted by Andrea | 04/19/2013 | 41 comments
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A couple weeks ago, I shared a photo collage featuring just a few pages from a personalized alphabet book I made for Nora. And from that day on, I’ve received question after question asking how I created the book.

Today’s post is quite long, but if you’d like to learn how to make your own book (or if you just want to peek at Nora’s book) you’ll definitely want to keep reading!

7 Simple Tips to Take Better Photos

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2013 | 20 comments
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This post is one I NEVER expected to write… because personally, I feel like photography is not one of my strengths.

However, over the past 2-3 years, I have learned A LOT about taking and editing photos; and since I’m frequently asked to write a post about photography, I’m venturing out into uncharted waters today.

Our Digital Photo Albums + How I Manage Photos

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2013 | 53 comments
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I used to be so overwhelmed with all of our photos that I actually stopped taking pictures for a couple years. However, after a lot of trial and error, I’ve come up with a photo management system that works really well for us — at least for now!

Today, I’m sharing how I organize ALL our photos — and how I create our digital photo albums using a free online program.

Merry Christmas… from the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2012 | 36 comments
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As I mentioned yesterday, I’m taking a two-week blogging break to spend time with family — and to enjoy Dave’s extra-long two FULL weeks of Christmas break!

However, I couldn’t just leave for two weeks without wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas, or without sharing our 2012 Christmas card — and a few cute family pictures!

My 10-Minute Photo Collage

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2012 | 10 comments
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Over the past few months, we’ve noticed that Nora has an obsession with pictures… like whenever there are pictures around, she can’t focus on anything else until she carefully looks at all of them.

So the other day, I took a yardstick and extra clothespins and made her a photo collage for her bedroom wall — in about 10 minutes!

Nora @ 12 Months

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2012 | 11 comments
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Today we’re celebrating Nora’s first birthday with both Dave and my immediate families… so since you all can’t celebrate with us, I figure I’ll just share a bunch of cute pictures and her 12 month updates with you!

Weekend Giveaway: Holiday Cards from Minted.com

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2012 | 315 comments
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I LOVE holiday cards! I love receiving cards from family and friends, I love sending out our cards, and I really love coming up with a new idea for our cards each year.

If you share my love of holiday cards, you’ll definitely want to enter today’s giveaway — a $100 Minted.com gift certificate for holiday cards!

Nora @ 11 Months

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2012 | 19 comments
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Nora is 11 months old today!

She’s still not even close to sleeping through the night; she still doesn’t take naps; she still doesn’t eat… but she sure is cute, so we’ll keep her :)

The Last Wedding for the Year

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2012 | 15 comments
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It’s been a LONG summer of weddings for Dave and me… and Nora. We had a few friends and cousins get married — PLUS we also had Dave’s brother’s {out-of-state} wedding in June, my sister’s wedding in July, and then my other sister’s wedding this past weekend!

However the wedding this past weekend was extra special because Nora got to be the flower girl and she was so stinkin’ cute!

Nora @ 10 Months

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2012 | 23 comments
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10 Months — Nora is officially in “double digits”, and honestly, I can’t believe how much she has changed since last month. Looking back over the past 10 months, I would say that we’ve seen more changes this month than any other month!

Our Summer… In Snapshots

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2012 | 7 comments
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Since there are just a few fleeting days of summer left before Dave heads back to school next week, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photo memories from this summer.

What are your favorite memories from this summer?

Nora @ 7 Months

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2012 | 22 comments
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Seven month! Last year at this time, we were thrilled to find out we were having a girl — and I was finally starting to LOOK pregnant {not just chubby}

Yes, everyone told us how different our lives would be after Nora was born… and we believed them. However, we honestly had no idea how true those words would be.

Why I’m Not Printing Photos Anymore

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2012 | 32 comments
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For the past year, I’ve been on a mission to take more pictures — and as you can probably tell from all the pictures of Nora, I’ve been doing a pretty good job!

However, I’m still failing miserably at my goal to actually print off and display my photos. So after thinking about it for awhile, I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to print pictures… come read my reasons why!

My New {Free} Photo Editing Programs

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2012 | 18 comments
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As some of you might already know, my most-favorite photo editing program (Picnik) closed it’s doors a couple weeks ago… which means I can no longer use it’s wonderful services to make fun collages and add cute numbers to Nora’s monthly onesie pictures.
So for the past couple months, I’ve been trying out different photo editing programs… and I’ve decided on my TWO favorites. Thanks to these two programs, I’ll be able to continue editing all my super cute Nora pictures!

Nora @ 5 Months

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2012 | 22 comments
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That’s right friends… our babe is already 5 months old!

I feel like I’ve been writing these monthly updates on a WEEKLY basis, but maybe that’s just because I’ve been trying so hard to take lots and lots of pictures throughout the month!

Nora is growing like crazy and reached many milestones again this month… it’s still not all butterflies and roses, but we’re slowly starting to figure her out.