Rubber Ducky theme baby shower

So this was the shower that I helped put together, and i’m going to try and tell you where I got most of the items. Pretty much everything was purchased on amazon.

Here are the amazon links to help:

Rubber ducky cupcake topper

Baby rubber ducky for the punch bowl

Here is the punch recipe as well, and it turned out great!

1 packet blue, unsweetened Kool-Aid
1 (2 liter) bottle Ginger Ale
1 (64 oz) bottle White Grape Juice 1 cup sugar
8 scoops pineapple sherbet
2-3 Rubber Duckies maraschino cherries (optional for garnish) orange slices (optional for garnish)

Baby Shower sign


Martha Stewart Cupcake tree was purchased at macy’s online and I used ribbon that I bought at costco to line the cupcake holder

The invitations also had a rubber ducky theme:

I also hand made the diaper cake, being guided by a couple of youtube videos  and used the extra ribbon to fill the vase up and put fake daisy’s in it:)

Navy and Yellow Baby shower

I Had the pleasure of taking pictures at this shower and it was just adorable!

The in-between Camera…Canon SX40HS

Yes it’s official i’m obsessed with gadgets!

So I think i’ve mentioned a couple of times that I bought the Canon 60D and it’s amazing camera, the only problem is it’s really big to carry around everywhere. I have a snap and shoot which is really small but it lacks in zoom and image quality. So I spent a lot of time researching the perfect in-between Camera…And this is what I found…introducing the Canon SX40 HS….

Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.84 x 3.64 x 4.24 in. / 122.9 x 92.4 x 107.7mm

Approx. 21.2 oz (600g) (including the battery and memory card)

Now there are a lot of other cameras out there, and the closets one I was comparing this to was the Nikon Cool Pix 500 both are very similar in size and zoom, but the thing that got me was it didn’t have a flip that completely flipped out. The Nikon’s lens tilts but doesn’t rotate out…and that just was a deal breaker there…

Taken with Canon 60D 50mm 1.4

Now what is so amazing about this camera is that it takes HD video which I will review in a different post, and it has an amazing zoom 24 mm-840 mm zoom lens which if you own an SLR that is one crazy lens. So I decided to do a test and it just so happened that we had a beautiful moon last evening so what better way to test…see the results!

Taken with Canon SX40 HS 24mm
Taken with Canon SX40HS 840mm

I’m going to be doing more reviews about this camera the more I use it. So subscribe to get the latest!

Sumu - April 5, 2012 - 10:27 am

nice to see the moon photography !!
Diane do you have the settings for this shot ?


Tips on Taking Photos of A Baby….

Here are some photographs of  beautiful baby Kayla. This was actually my first photo shoot of a baby, I was using my Canon 60 D with my 50mm 1.4 lens.  After the photos I shared some tips I learned during this session…

I was so lucky to photograph a baby with some of the most precious expressions I have ever seen.:)

Here are some of the things I learned…

Tip #1:

Location isn’t everything, I photographed all of these in the living room of a home, It was around 3:30ish where I could get some natural light from a sliding door. Kayla was was very comfortable and so was the mom, it seemed to work very well:)

Tip #2:

I shot almost all the photographs in the largest aperature 1.4 and focused primarily on the eye to achieve the bokhe (where the backround is blurred)

Tip #3

I didn’t shoot with a flash, which I also think Kayla liked. Also these were taken right after her nap and just after she was fed:)

Tip #4

I made sure to get down on her level, I was pretty much crawling on the floor with her. That is probably the #1 thing when taking taking portraits of a baby.

Tip #5

It was so helpful to have both parents there, each parent was able to bring out certain expressions in Kayla’s face.

Tips for next time:

-When taking photos with the parents and Kayla I need make sure to use a larger aperture to get them all in focus in the shot, I was struggling with that a little. I’m thinking maybe f5? any comments would be great on that…

Hopefully these tips helped. I will continue to post more tips as I learn them. If you have anything to add I would love to hear them!


Nancy Weinstein - December 31, 2011 - 4:32 pm

Thank you D, for such gorgeous pictures of our granddaughter. Wishing you and Jason happiness, health and a wonderful new year.

Danielle Panettiere - December 31, 2011 - 5:45 pm

Great Job on the photos!!! These are adorable :) Congratulations on your wedding.. Happy New Year!!

When you always have clear skies, clouds can be a bit refreshing….

So our weather lately has been a little unique for arizona. It’s been raining and cloudy for the past couple of days and has been sprinkling on and off for a couple of weeks. I thought I would take a picture of the clouds because I thought they were so beautiful. I know, it’s probably a little weird that i’m just taking photos of clouds, but can you blame me when you see a sky like this?:)

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