Spring is Here! {what to wear}

Our Easter Mini Sessions are only one week away! I’m so excited to see all of the little ones & watch their excitement over the sweet baby animals.:)Definitely hoping for good weather, lets keep our fingers crossed people!

In the meantime I want to share some sunshine-y outfit ideas for your Easter Mini or next Spring session. I’m a big fan of bright colors since, lets just be honest, it’s still pretty brown out there!

what to wear for Spring portraits, Bellevue Dubuque Iowa photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
what to wear for Spring portraits, Bellevue Dubuque Iowa photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
what to wear for Spring portraits, Bellevue Dubuque Iowa photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
what to wear for Spring portraits, Bellevue Dubuque Iowa photographer, Candid Contrast Photography

 

 

Happy Birthday Cyrus! {1st birthday party}

Cyrus’s birthday bash was so much fun! I love the mustache & bow-tie theme his Mom Brittney came up with. This party has me inspired to plan my own little one’s first birthday. If you are inspired, & want to know more about how Brittney put the party together you can see her sources & tips at the bottom of this post! Thanks so much for sharing Brittney!:)

First off, the cake/cupcake table was a wonderful focal point in the party decor. I absolutely LOVE how she used newspaper as a background. The newspaper actually extends off of the left of the table to create a photo-booth area, bonus!

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Fun photo-booth props!
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A mustache journal for guests to write some words of wisdom for Cyrus.
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
The lemonade table was super cute! I loved all of the details like the signage, mustache confetti, milk bottles, & paper straws.
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
The party favors were chocolate bow-ties & mustaches on a stick, made by Mom & Dad. To make them stand up she used crinkle paper inside of a suitcase.
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
My little Alex was happy to help me test the light over by the cake table… she’s something else.:)Cyrus went on a wagon ride around the party to greet his guests, & Blake got to come along.
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I know he’s crying in that bottom left photo but it’s his party right? Plus seriously, even his little crying face is adorable!
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
Snuggles with Great Grandma. <3
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
The highchair belonged to Cyrus’s Dad when he was a baby. How great is that?! The red polka dot fabric did double duty by looking cute & also strapping Cyrus into the chair.
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Ice cream from Aunt Kim!
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
Like father, like son.:)
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
My little man Blake was being passed from person to person while I photographed the party, and he didn’t mind one bit!;)I think he was keeping his Uncle Dan entertained.:)
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Time for the cake smash! This is always my favorite part of any first birthday party.:)
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
I love how Cyrus just put his whole face into the cake at one point. Who needs hands? There are times I consider doing this, but I’m not sure I’m cute enough to get away with it.;)haha
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
A little sponge bath to get him ready for presents…
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I had to capture this little moment between my kiddos. <3
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
This little sweetie was so excited to give Cyrus the homemade card he made for him. <3
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Time for presents!
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
The stick-on mustaches were such a blast! I really want to have them at Blake’s dinosaur themed party in May… I can tie that in right….;)
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
Baby kisses!
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
That’s me on the left with my littles + the birthday boy. I love seeing Cyrus & Blake together.:)They were actually due only about 2 weeks apart (Blake was born May 30th), but Cyrus arrived 9 weeks early, making his birthday February 21st. He’s obviously thriving & doing great! We are blessed to have him in the family, & it will be so fun watching the two boys grow up together.

Since Cyrus & Blake are second cousins they share the same awesome Great Grandma, who we lovingly refer to as Grambo. The photos of the 3 of them together will be cherished for a long time. <3

mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography

Party Info:

Location:  Veterans Memorial Hall | Monticello, Iowa

Decorations:  I got many of my ideas from pictures posted with the paper products I purchased, but I tried to add my own twist by using items I had or that I would use again! For the cake table and photo booth area, I used old newspapers as a backdrop.  For cake plates, I used some plates I had made for my wedding.  I purchased the red suitcases (as a set of 3) off of Amazon and plan to use those in the birthday boy’s room!  I used photos of Cyrus from his first year of life to decorate the gift area.  For the drink table, I used “milk” bottles (actually old Starbuck Frappuccino bottles), that I had from a baby shower I hosted.  The red and white paper straws I purchased from PaperSource.  I used red with white polka dot fabric from JoAnn’s to make table runners.  The mustache napkins, confetti, wrapping paper, etc. was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

 Outfit:  Made by Cyrus’ Mom, who will soon be opening an Etsy store – Sowology.  She also created his birthday top hat!

Invitations and other paper products: Petite Party Studio on Etsy. I printed the items I purchased at the Monticello Express.

Favors:  Bow Tie and Mustache Candy- Made by Cyrus’ Mom. I purchased candy melt trays from Michaels and a variety of color candy melts.  I wrapped the Candy in Cellophane baggies and attached a favor tag I purchased in my party pack from Petite Party Studio!

Menu: Ham and Cheese Sliders, Macoroni and Corn, BLT Salad, and Grape Salad Made by Cyrus’ Mom

Cake: White Cake with Buttercream Frosting for the Birthday Boy.  White and Chocolate Cupcakes with buttercream frosting for the guest – made by Glamma Jill.  And of course we had soft-serve ice cream!

 Mom’s Rating: 5/5 Stars

 Mom’s Review:  “His party was perfect!!  We were surrounded by family and friends that had been there to support us from the rough pregnancy through his first year of life!  We had so much fun watching Cyrus interact with everyone, while enjoying great food and company!  We wouldn’t change a thing about his party!!” 

 Tips/Tricks: I started planning the party about a month ahead of time, and tried to stay organized, but also tried to be resourceful.  For example, I could have purchased the background paper for the cake table and photo booth area from PetiteParty Studio, but I hated the thought of printing it and throwing it away after the party, so we used newspaper and go the same affect!

 Favorite Moment: I loved watching everyone hold Cyrus and interact with him in the photo booth!  It was a great way for everyone to get to enjoy a few minutes with the birthday boy!!

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As you can see, Cyrus’s mustache bash was super fun for adults & kids alike. Have any questions or comments? Leave them below! To sign off I’ll leave you with a little family portrait. I will consider wearing a mustache to your session or event by special request only.;)

mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography

March 25, 2014 - 15:17

admin - You’re welcome! Mom did a great job on it, & I’m so glad she was able to share! :)

March 19, 2014 - 10:50

Baby Shower Photo Booth Props - @ This is a great information it can help me, thanks for sharing.

4th Annual Easter Mini Sessions!

Note: Wow! I can’t believe we sold out the first day!! Thank you to everyone for your excitement about these Easter Minis! If you are still interested in a spot please contact me for a place on the waiting list. If there is enough interest I am considering opening up more sessions on Sunday, April 6.:)<3 Cat

PS – We had a 5:00 cancellation.
If you are interested in snatching up the spot please email me right away! :) 
  

We got it all booked up again! Please contact me to be put on the waiting list!:)Thanks so much!

portraits with real bunnies, chicks, & ducklings, Dubuque, IA, Candid Contrast Photography

It’s that time again!! We are now booking for our 4th annual Easter Mini Sessions!
Saturday, April 5th
Bring your little ones in their Easter best for portraits with
real baby bunnies, chicks, and ducklings!!

Where: The sessions are tentatively scheduled to take place at the Arboretum in Dubuque.

Who: These sessions are for babies & kids only. These sessions are best suited for babies 6+ months old, and able to sit up on their own. Please let me know if your baby is younger & we will be sure to have the set ready for them.

When: 

2:30 Rebecca A.

3:00 Felicia Z.

3:30 Jacque W.

4:00 Jessica G.

4:30 Haley O.

5:00 Christine S.

5:30 Brittney T.

6:00 Sarah M.

All the Details:

▪ Each 20 minute session is only $35 & accommodates up to 4 kiddos. (please book two back-to-back sessions for 5+ children)
▪ Your sessions will yield an online image gallery containing at least 5-7 images for you to choose from. All images will be fully retouched & color corrected.
▪ Your $35 session fee covers the cost of the session, and you also get a FREE set of 8 wallet prints to show off your little cuties!
▪ You will be able to place your portrait order online. You’ll have your gorgeous images in time for Easter!
▪ Portrait collections start at just $50. A minimum purchase of a collection is required.
▪ Like us on Facebook to see images from previous years.


Ready to book? Email Cat @ {candid.contrast.photo@gmail.com} or Call @ {563.265.1093}

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These sessions have limited availability and will go fast. Book your spot today!

Portraits with real bunnies, chicks, & ducklings

{The Collections} Once you see your beautiful images you’ll be able to choose from these collections. You’ll have your images in hand by Easter to show off to friends & family!

Portraits with real bunnies, chicks, & ducklings in Dubuque, IA, Candid Contrast Photography

Greta {3 months old}

Time for a little Throwback Thursday! This is from Spring 2012, and still one of my favorites. Little Greta flew over with her parents from England to spend time with her Grandparents. It was such a pleasure getting to document this big moment for her family.:)

 

Her Grandma & Grandpa were just eating her up, can you blame them?:)

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Now time for some fun with Mommy and Daddy! She was SO smiley.
Bellevue & Dubuque IA Baby Photographer, Candid Contrast Photography, 3 month portraits
My sessions even come with naps! If that’s not a selling point for you then I can’t help you.;)
Bellevue & Dubuque IA Baby Photographer, Candid Contrast Photography, 3 month portraits
Tiny little hand holding Grandpa’s. <3
Bellevue & Dubuque IA Baby Photographer, Candid Contrast Photography, 3 month portraits
Those big blue eyes, heart shaped lips, & rolls for days… triple threat.;)
Bellevue & Dubuque IA Baby Photographer, Candid Contrast Photography, 3 month portraits
Bellevue & Dubuque IA Baby Photographer, Candid Contrast Photography, 3 month portraits
Bellevue & Dubuque IA Baby Photographer, Candid Contrast Photography, 3 month portraits
Bellevue & Dubuque IA Baby Photographer, Candid Contrast Photography, 3 month portraits
I love her look in the bottom one so much. Gotta love those pouty baby lips!
Bellevue & Dubuque IA Baby Photographer, Candid Contrast Photography, 3 month portraits
Bellevue & Dubuque IA Baby Photographer, Candid Contrast Photography, 3 month portraits

Weeks 3 – 4 {365 Project}

Continuing on with my 365 Project. Here are weeks 3 & 4!:)

Week 3 | January 13 – January 19

Day 13 | Practice

365 project, Candid Contrast Photography, documenting everyday life
Day 14 | First Basketball Game
365 project, Candid Contrast Photography, documenting everyday life
Day 15 | Silly Sunglasses
365 project, Candid Contrast Photography, documenting everyday life
Day 16 | Tickles
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Day 17 | Hello Baby

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Day 18 | Giraffe Friend
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Day 19 | Big Boy Jammies
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Week 4 | January 20 – January 26

Day 20 | Sunglasses at Night

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Day 21 | Dance
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Day 22 | Snow Monsters
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Day 23 | Baby Bathtime {taken by Alex}
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Day 24 | Peek-a-boo
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Day 25 | Party Time
365 project, Candid Contrast Photography, lifestyle photography
Day 26 | Big Boy Bath
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Working on documenting your own life this year? I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment. What do you love so far? What is the hardest part?

 

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