Sunday, February 17, 2013

Valentine's Photoshoot

Welcome to the Gilboy children Valentine's photoshoot. Where mamma bribes her wee ones with heart suckers, hot chocolate, and promises of going to Wal-Mart. (Sitora came up with the Wal-Mart part herself... crazy girl!)

"Smile! No, look at me! Over here! Oh no, make Peter smile because he's sad. Don't put your sucker in front of your face. Your dress is covering your necklaces, flatten it down a bit. Let's not make crazy faces honey, give mamma a nice smile! Oh that hot chocolate is going to be so warm and yummy! One more shot... over here! Smile one more time for mamma!"

It was totally worth it, don't ya think?

I just love them all. Which is your favorite? 

P.S. Wanna hear a little secret? I'm planning a personal concert at a coffee shop in a nearby city in a few months. Eeeek! I'm so excited I could pop! The concert will be a compilation of love songs I've written my husband, songs I've written about my relationship with God, and my favorite songs from other singers over the years. The manager asked me to write up a bio of myself and this is what I came up with. I know... I know. Cheesy. But those that know me well, know that I am the definition of cheesy.

I am short and spunky, married to the most amazing man on earth, mommy to an adorable toddler princess and precious baby boy. We are both from the Midwest, but have traveled the world and back again. My relationship with God is the most important thing in life to me, and has fueled my passion to serve orphans in third world countries for years. My top dream is to adopt at least two children someday. I love coffee, writing music, dancing when no one is watching, photography, and all things vintage.  I’m carefree and whimsical like the whip cream on your latté.  

Don't laugh. Well, okay, you can laugh :)


  1. I like them all, but the one of S. only is breath-taking. Would you share a secret with me? What camera settings do you use to shoot against the sun? I can't ever get it quite right.

    1. Elisa, great question! I'm not 100% on this, but I think my settings on the shot were 1/300 (to catch my kids in action without blur) and an Fstop of about 2.8 or so. I used a reflector to shine the sunlight back on the kids' faces and help brighten it up a bit. I set up the reflector behind me against our outdoor table. Hope that helps! I'm happy to answer any photography questions anytime :)

    2. Cool, thanks for letting me know. I know so little about photography. I might have to look into a reflector.