Last week my own little princess got her first pair of glasses 0_0 She's completely thrilled and picked glasses that "match mommy's" (be still my heart- must remember these moments when she's 13 and I'm the worst mom in the world haha!) We knew about a year ago that she *might* have some vision issues, but it became pretty clear by fall that we had an early adopter on our hands.
So how can you tell if your kiddo needs to get hooked up with an optometrist?
1. Squinting- if you catch your munchkin regularly mean mugging the tv, or the bird in the tree, or the ice cream truck in the distance- you might wanna get 'em an eye test. Same goes for the good 'ole pirate eye....unless of course they're pretending to BE a pirate.
2. Headaches- we started getting a fair few of these around here...a little water and some tylenol put her right, but hopefully her new spectacles will knock 'em out!
3. Sitting too close to the tv/holding tablets or phones too close to the eyes- okay so take this one with a grain of salt- because I know I'm far from the only one I know who did this as a kid, and my eyesight didn't abandon ship until I was about 14. But if your kiddo complains that they can't *see* their favorite show unless they sit that close- that's a red flag.
4. Eye rubbing- eye strain is a real thing, and even if your little doesn't realize they're struggling to see, their eyes do. Eye rubbing outside of the nap or bedtime window is something you should look out for.
5. Problems in school- issues concentrating and comprehending new material are common in kids who need corrective lenses- so if you're noticing any of the other signs and your little has struggled a bit in class, you *may* have found the culprit.
Our trip to the optometrist was pretty painful. Instead of the giant machine (which I have just googled is called a phoropter haha) they had a little handheld doodad which they could manually pop lenses in and out of- way less intimidating for a kiddo. She did end up needing her eyes dilated (baby bear inherited her mama's astigmatism)...she was not a fan of the eye drops but was okay with watching The Good Dinosaur while we waited...and was definitely okay with the promise of ice cream haha! Then she got to pick her frames...and man she might be the most adorable thing I've ever seen in them. The Mr. and I will randomly call her over just so we can look at her- she has quickly tired of that game =P
Don't wait too long if you think your little one is having vision problems- some vision issues can be caused by eye disease and other health issues, and uncorrected vision can actually impact the development of the eye- plus you know...seeing is pretty nice ^_^
Being a children's photographer in Parker is super convenient haha! I love living here because we're right on the cusp of country and city...which means lots of beautiful locations to shoot. One of my tried and true locations is 17 Mile Farmhouse Park. Most people are familiar with this park's super cute white house, big red barn and classic wind mill...but I really love how versatile the whole space is and rarely find myself near the structures. There's a path that leads back to a beautiful woodsy area, a small stream if you're willing to do a bit of path finding, and oh man the light that hits this place right before sunset is just unbeatable. I also love that every kiddo I photograph at this park finds their own magic in exploring it. Plus it's less than 10 minutes from my house- can't beat that commute!
And if you're out on the right day you might get to meet the neighbors... ;)
Is there anything better than a snow day when you're a kid? Overnight the world goes from the same plain old boring place to a white fluffy wonderland. Snow balls, snowmen, snow angels, catching flakes on your tongue- even just watching it fall. When I woke up to this wonderland my nordic blood tingled and my daughter and I were on the same page- we wanted to get out in that snow!
I love doing snow sessions- it's pure magic as soon as I get behind my camera, every time, and totally worth the frozen fingers. If you're interested in a snow session get in touch with me! I keep a snow day call list for those who want to take advantage of these magical days and get some unforgettable photos of their littles =)
If you haven't had a chance to check out the Ice Castles in Dillon yet- you definitely should! This magical place is seriously straight out of a Disney movie and only around for a couple months out of the year.
This red headed beauty made a striking contrast to the blue pillars of ice and man was she a trooper because it is COLD inside a real palace made of ice haha! I can't wait to go back in a few weeks...it's rare to get to shoot somewhere so intrinsically magical and I'm taking as much advantage as I can.
These adorable little girls were full of sweetness! We had a super fun time playing dress up, trying on crowns and of course- tossing sparkles all over my studio! It's definitely a challenge photographing a young toddler in my studio space- but I'm pretty pleased with how much of her silly personality I was able to capture!