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And the WINNER is…

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

And the winner is comment number four (generated by random.org) by Stacey Renea Spaw!!!  Congratulations!

Whitehorse Design Photography will be in touch to get your prize to you!

Thank you to our fans for your participation and a special thank you to Stephanie Henning Cakes for her generous gift!

Thank you everyone for your participation.  I will be hosting another fabulous contest in a few months!!!

 

1st Annual Nursing Mama’s Mini Session

So I and a few friends will be hosting our 1st every Nursing Mama’s Mini Session!  We are so excited about this!  I can’t tell you how much I miss breastfeeding.  I stopped at 12 1/2 months for two reasons….one because I thought a year was the norm and it was ‘time’ to quit and two because I was below my pre-pregnacy weight and looked like hell!  I still do haha but am slowly gaining it back.  But I have only one photo of me nursing my little boy.  Just one and guess what?  It was taken with my phone in the hospital right after he was born because I was so proud of the moment when he had finally latched on by himself without help.  I did try to take some ‘nice’ ones but I was too embarrassed to ask my husband to take them and so used a tripod and absolutely none of them turned out.  I deleted them.  Yep sure did.  Wish I hadn’t now though!

This photo shoot is for you.  You who know breastfeeding is beautiful and aggravating.  Those beautiful moments when your heart swells with pride that you only you nourished this little person and aggravating when he bites you or kicks your drink out of your hand and spills it all over you🙂 all of those moments.  Of course I’m going to get the beautiful ones so you’ll always have them to treasure!!!  =D

Birthday Giveaway

The Birthday Giveaway

One photography session for a birthday party or child’s photo session.

AND a birthday cake that can feed up to 20 made by Stephanie Henning Cakes!

All you have to do is “LIKE” my Whitehorse Design | Photography’s Facebook Fan Page

And, “LIKE” Stephanie Henning Cakes

Once you do that, come back here and tell us in one (1) blog comment.

Bonus Entry – Not Required

Update your Facebook Status to say: @Whitehorse Design | Photography is having a birthday giveaway

on their blog with featured vendor Stephanie Henning Cakes.

Once you update your status, leave us another (1) blog comment letting us know

I will announce the winner on this blog one week from today (March 1, 2012)!  You must claim your prize within 48 hours of us contacting you or we will draw another winner.  Prizes do not have cash value. You may not exchange or return your prize.  And of course, this giveaway is in no way affiliated with, or sponsored by Facebook or it’s entities, and all entries will be made directly through Whitehorse Design | Photography here on this blog post. Winner will be posted on the blog and notified via email.

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6 weeks old this time

Went to visit my hubby’s sister and her family. Can’t resist their new little baby boy! Had to take some 6 week photos of him🙂 He has got to be the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen besides my own of course! I had to reformat my computer due to a virus ughhh and had to redownload all of my actions/presets for photoshop! Took me forever to find the facebook action I love. But I get all of my actions from thecoffeeshopblog.com and the facebook one that I love is from http://everydayelementsonline.com/actions/free-actions/ so at least if I lose it again I can look at this blog post instead of searching everywhere for it. I am also interested in trying out lightroom but don’t have a clue how to use it yet! Will probably do the 30 day trial and see if I like it better than photoshop!

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Does he just look like a little native american baby? Haha my little boy sure didn’t look this native!

Our view on Cloth Diapering

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We have recently made the switch to cloth diapers.  And I can say I love it!  It is one of those things you can become easily addicted to🙂 My son had been peeing out of this diapers constantly and I was feeling the pink money wise when it comes to buying another box of diapers that I am throwing away.  Oh yea I got my money’s worth alright…NOT.  I just hate the idea of throwing money away so I found out a friend of mine cloth diapered from taking her newborn’s photos and she was obsessed about it like we all are and sort of talked me into it.  And then I find out two other friends of mine from town both cloth diaper so well there it went I was hooked already and hadn’t bought the first diaper.  HA HA. 

Well I found the cloth diaper swapper page on facebook and bought a few used covers and inserts on there for cheap and then got some prefolds and pocket diapers off of cottonbabies.com.  Then a couple more from a BOGO free deal.  I really like the prefolds and covers.  We’ve been using the pocket diapers for naps/bedtime which works great because you can double stuff those and he won’t pee out. 

The poo is what is getting to me.  Most of the time since we’ve made the cloth diaper switch his poo is more solid and plops into the toilet.  It’s weird how his poo changed since we switched to cloth but it did and I’ve read on other blogs the same thing.  But anyways I ramble…sometimes we get some icky poos and it completely grosses me out scraping it out into the toilet so we’re going to do the homemade diaper sprayer toilet attachment.  For about $20 they say we can make a diaper sprayer instead of buying the $40 one.  I have a DIYer hubby so this will be no problem!  Plus he had to scrape a diaper the other day and said he wasn’t too keen on it…haha.  Here’s a link to the blog that has the info on the diaper sprayer….http://gidgetgoeshome.com/2008/08/25/diy-tutorial-make-your-own-diaper-sprayer/

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Just my two cents.  In case you’re wondering we are using 3 BumGenius and 1 Alba pockets, 2 grovia shells which are a little small for my chunker, 2 flips which I love, 1 homemade camo cow patties cloth diaper, 1 thirsties duo (which I loved until I got the flips and now I love the flips better), and 14 prefolds. Also here is a link to a facebook page that sells cheap well made cloth diapers! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fluffy-Bums-Beyond/227378074009209

And here are a few pics featuring some new backgrounds I just bought…and my extremely cooperative photo subject…hahaha.

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James Donald Blogged

My adorable nephew!  He was amazing for these photos.  I’ve been waiting awhile to get pictures like this….the more artsy kind.  And finally I was able to get them!  I’m only going to post a few though…I have kind of crappy internet with a 5GB limit….sigh.

Update for the Night Owls

Well I’m thinking about buying a domain name finally.  I’m a little stuck on which name I should go with though.  But whitehorsedesignphotography.com is available and so is whdesignphotography.com and whdesignphoto.com.  I like the first one best obviously but am wondering if it is too long? 

I really wanted to post a pinterest thingy that I did but it has too much information on it so I can’t!  BUMMER.  I can describe it though!  In photoshop I made a little plaque thingy.  It has my sons name, birthday, and newborn stats.  I’m going to have it printed and glue it onto a board painted grey or black and hang it in his room.  I’m going to use that modge podge stuff or whatever it’s called.  I can’t remember.  You can go to my facebook page and view it I just didn’t want to put it on here.  http://www.facebook.com/whitehorsedesign

I’m really sad I’ve given up on my photo challenges but I just couldn’t seem to keep to them with a toddler running around!  His naps are getting shorter and shorter!  When he does nap all I want to do is sit around or clean house!  But one good thing is I’m almost to 200 fans on my facebook page.  I wonder if I’ll ever make it to a 1,000.  I think it would be amazing to be that busy taking photos.  That is my dream/goal.  I want to make this a full time professional business but still time to spend with my family.  I love everything I’m doing so far.  In fact I’ll post a few newborn photos since I haven’t been on here in awhile. 

Crochet Horsey Hat

This is a crochet horsey hat. It’s a really simple pattern and I seem to get most of my views from fellow crocheters so I thought I would say Merry Christmas and here’s a free pattern🙂

Here’s the website for the original pattern.
Size J hook 0-3 months

*Dc2tog- (Yo, insert hook into next st and draw up a lp. Yo and draw through 2 lps) twice, yo and draw through all 3 lps on hook
*Dc3tog- (Yo, insert hook into next st and draw up a lp. Yo and draw through 2 lps) 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 lps on hook

Instructions:
Using A (main color), Ch 3 sl st in first ch to form ring.
Round 1- Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout). Dc 10 in ring. Sl st in third ch.
Round 2- Ch 3. Dc in same st as ch 3. Dc twice in each dc around. Sl st in third ch. (22 dc.)
Round 3- Ch 3. Dc twice in next dc. *Dc, 2dc* around until 1 dc remain. Dc in last dc. Sl st in third ch. (33 dc.)
Round 4- Ch 3. *Dc twice in next dc, dc in next 2 dc.* Repeat around until 2 dc remain. 2dc, dc in last dc. Sl st. (Should have 44 dc.)
Round 5- Ch 3. Dc in each dc around. Sl st.
Change color to color B. Dc in each dc around. Sl st. Cut yarn (or you may hold the yarn along the back to save yourself from weaving in an extra strand at the end.)
Change color to color C. Dc in each dc around. Sl st. Cut yarn.
Change color to color B. Dc in each dc around. Sl st. Cut yarn.
Change color to color A. Dc in each dc around. Sl st.
Sl st in next 6 st.
# For ear flap:
Ch 3. Dc in next 8 dc. Turn.
Ch 3. Dc2tog. Dc next 3 dc. Dc2tog. Dc in last st (the first ch 3). Turn.
Ch 3. Dc2tog, dc next 1 dc, dc2tog, dc in last st. Turn.
Ch 3. Dc3tog. Dc in last st. Cut yarn and pull through.
Fold hat in half and sl st in dc directly across from last dc from the other earflap. Follow directions the starting at #.
After the second earflap, use color C and attach to back of hat. Sc around earflap hat. Sl st in first sc. Cut yarn and pull through. Add braids, tassel, pom pom, or flower to side. TADA! You’re done! J Enjoy the pattern!

The way I add braids:
I take the same color yarn (still holding 2 together) and cut about 6 strands of each color (about 4 or 5 feet long). Working through the bottom of the earflaps, pull all color A through sc until folded in half. Do the same for the other 2 colors. Tie all colors together, forming the knot directly under the earflap (at the top of the braid). Separate colors and braid colors (I like to braid tightly). When desired length is reached, tie yarn again in a knot at the bottom of the braid. Cut extra yarn off bottom to make ends even. Do the same to the other side and you got yourself an adorable ear flap hat!

The ears are kind of weird but they look cute!
Ears – ch. 10.
Sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next, dc in next 2 sts, triple crochet in next 2 sts, and quadruple crochet in next 2 sts (just add one more loop to the triple crochet).

With another color. Ch. 9, sc across.
Ch. 1, sctog, sc, sctog – 6
Ch. 1, sc across – 6
Ch. 1, sctog, sc, sctog – 4
Ch. 1, sc across – 4
Ch. 1, sctog – 2
Ch. 1, sc across – 1.

Now put these on top of each other with the bigger one in the back and you can either sew them together or what I did was single crocheted them together which made them look better in my opinion. Just keep the bottoms aligned.

I just cut up a bunch of small pieces or strung a long piece of yarn through a stitching needle and tied them onto the hat in various places to make it look like a mane. Thanks enjoy!

Merry Christmas Friends

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Our cute little Christmas card.  I was very pleased with the way it turned out.  I’ve been doing a little bit of obsessive crocheting which of course fanned out over the last few days.  And I’ve all but given up on my 30 & 365 day challenges lol.  I’m terrible.  So much for trying to make it and get better!  But I did get my studio lights a few weeks ago and have been playing with those.  I also bought the photovision DVD’s in an effort to help myself build up confidence and learn some tricks I would probably otherwise not have learned.  And they are helping tremendously🙂 I have a few pics to post though as I have been very busy.  I wish I could post my boudoir photos I did last week but she doesn’t want them public and I can’t blame her even though she looks beautiful in all of them!  I took a few Christmas photos of Kedric, 3 month photos of my nephew Bryson with a new hat I crocheted, family photos, some one year old photos and of course the boudoir that I can’t post🙂

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Welp the Thomas family photos will have to wait until next time.  They’re on the portable hard drive and I’m not sure what my son has done with it!  Speaking of hard drives….I’m glad I got the Sam’s Club extended warranty on my computer because here about two weeks ago my computer told me it needed replaced.  So luckily I was able to get what I thought were a few pictures (turned out to be around 8500) off of my computer and onto the portable and the few documents off of here in time.  And to make things even better they were able to transfer everything onto the new hard drive so I didn’t even need to reinstall anything!  So that makes me happy but I do need another portable hard drive.  Mine is full!!!  Merry Christmas every one🙂 and Happy Holidays! 

Whitaker Family Outing

Well we joined the Whitaker’s today for a photo shoot. We brought our son along to help get their daughter’s attention🙂 My son snuck into one of the pictures and I had to edit him out! It was sooo cute though!




Two of my favorites. This is a natural sun flare in both of these photos…well all of them that have a sun flare! Just a little color editing to brighten the rest of the picture up!


I love love love these two outside pics! I think they are so adorable!




How can you not love this little cutie🙂


What a fun beautiful day! Not too many more days like this so it was good we took advantage of it! First time I’ve tried these web templates and I think they turned out great. They’re from the coffeeshopblog! Sure made them fast to upload and didn’t eat up much of my internet🙂

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