Christmas Photo Shoot – 14 months old

Merry Christmas! This is a little photo shoot we did with Little B for the Christmas card photo.  Photo shoots with kids are always tricky, so this is how we did it.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional by any means…this is the product of our trial and error photography techniques. ūüôā


Picture No.1


Picture No. 2


Picture No. 3


Picture No. 4


Picture No. 5 – this is his “cheese” face. Haha.

The goal: get B happy and smiling for at least 2 seconds.

The setup: Camera between the daylight coming in the room and B. Living room chair turned around so B could stand up and peek over the back (He likes bouncing on the couch and chairs so this contributed to the happy goal).  Christmas tree lit up in back.

The props: Little dude is obsessed with balls, so a plastic ball-shaped ornament was a great toy to keep him focused.

The editing: Adobe Lightroom


Hi ya!

Yellowstone Family Vacation 2012

Yellowstone Family Vacation 2012

“A man and a woman have a little baby…and that makes three…three-ee-ee in the fam-i-ly.” Schoolhouse rock? Anybody?

Hi there! We are the Brinkmeyers. My name is Denise Brinkmeyer, a recent structural engineer turned stay-at-home mamma to a cool little dude.

That handsome man in the photo with me (the¬†taller¬†one) is my amazing husband and best friend, Brandon, who almost-always nods, smiles, and says, “Good idea, honey,” after I explain what new shenanigans/project I want to try next.

We’ve lived in¬†eastern Pennsylvania¬†since¬†May 2008 and love it! Not only¬†are the people in this area so wonderful (dear friends, you know who you are…yes, you!), but we are¬†within¬†day-trip distance to some of the best cities in the¬†U.S….New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. to name just a few.¬† And there are so many not-so-well-known places in this part of the country that I’m discovering and equally loving.

So where were we prior May 2008?¬† Well, we’re both from Missouri (me from St. Louis and Brandon from K.C.)¬†and miss our families oh-so-much (dear family, you know who you are).

So why this little bloggy? ¬†Well, I want a place to keep track of all our projects, travel ideas, recipes and recipe photos, meal ideas, general thoughts, activities for kids, home-decorating ideas, adventures, plans, organizing tips, cleaning tips…are you seriously still reading this list? ūüôā Good for you!

Thank you for stopping by…and I hope you found some fun ideas for your own shenanigans!