I don’t go crazy decorating my house for every little holiday. I don’t wear holiday themed clothing. But for some reason, I really get a kick out of making sure Zoe is all holiday-themed out! Poor kid. Anyway, this year for July 4th, I wanted to get her a cute madras dress I saw in a catalog a few months ago. But being the huge procrastinator I am, I waiting until June to order the dress (like that’s really that late???) and they were sold out of her size. And then Whimsical Dragonfly came to the rescue and made Zoe the most perfect July 4th madras dress! Renee, the sole designer and dress-maker behind Whimsical Dragonfly, also sent us a really cool skirt!

I quickly set up an impromptu photo shoot in the back yard with some little July 4th themed props I had picked up, and a very over-tired Zoe had some fun, while I got to take some great pictures!

How cute is she with the headband? If only she had kept it on the whole time…:

I love the details of this dress and couldn’t stop taking pictures of them:

Our next-door neighbor was out trimming her hedges and saw our little set up and offered up the perfect pinwheel:

I love the way this dress ties in the back:

Thanks to the humidity, Zoe’s pigtails were super curly and looked little fireworks:

Zoe was so comfortable in this dress:

I love how she lifts up the skirt and walks around…she seriously cracks me up:

Some more details:

On the right is Zoe’s Zombie impersonation:

Next we did a quick outfit change and got Zoe into the cutest July 4th skirt. I paired it with a pettiskirt I made underneath:

The cutest part of this skirt by far is the little cinching and the rosette! How cute is that???:

Can’t beat straws with streamers:

Zoe really enjoyed playing with all the props:

Zoe acting like the silly goose she is:

And I’ll end with one of her newest “poses” she’s likes to do:


And now for the giveaway! Renee has agreed to giveaway the adorable skirt! The skirt is a 2T, but would easily fit a taller girl that’s on the the thinner side. (Zoe usually wears a 2T and the skirt is a little long on her and she’s tall!) This is going to be a quick one, if you want it by July 4th (which means I have to make sure you get it in Saturday’s mail!) All you have to do is go to Whimsical Dragonfly‘s Facebook page and become a fan, as well as becoming a fan of Jennifer Beitchman Photography‘s page and post a comment below telling me you liked us both. I’ll pick a winner Thursday, June 30th. If its you, email me right away with your address so I can get you the skirt! Good luck and have a safe Fourth of July!

  • Kimberly Chau - June 27, 2011 - 5:59 pm

    Aww, this is adorable and so festive! Great job, Jennifer! :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - June 27, 2011 - 6:35 pm

    Those pictures are just too cute, Jennifer! Zoe looks adorable and the clothes are just great. Another wonderful job!ReplyCancel

  • Christina DeGaetano - June 27, 2011 - 8:56 pm

    Absolutely love your work and Whimsical Dragonfly Designs!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lamb - June 28, 2011 - 1:39 am

    AWESOME! :) I wish Reagan could even come close to wearing a 2T… My 4 year old wears a size 5 or 6T! :( Super cute tho, and great job! :)ReplyCancel

  • Diana - June 28, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    very nice shots!! and Zoe is gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Beekmann - June 29, 2011 - 11:06 pm

    OMG! I don’t even have kids and these are so cute I want to buy all of the dresses!ReplyCancel

  • Tonya Peterson - July 1, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    My little girl is too big for this, but I just wanted to say these pics are adorable!ReplyCancel

Exactly one year ago today, I took this picture of Zoe’s feet while she slept in her lamb seat on the floor of her bedroom.  I love the little lines on her feet. She always had, and continues to have, such dainty little feet.
I actually remember taking this picture. At first I was annoyed that I didn’t have her toes in focus. Then I saw the lines. And swooned. I think I woke her up with the shutter snapping but I’m pretty sure that was the goal. My sweet little peanut is quickly becoming a peanut no more, although I think she will always be a peanut to us.

So sweet….I just love to kiss them.

Summertime!!! Well, not officially quite yet, but its finally warm in NY and I’ve already been to the beach once, so its summer as far I’m concerned! One of my very favorite things about summer are the warm evenings that can be spent on the beach. And I love it even more when I get to do a sunset photo session at the beach! I wanted to share a few of my favorite beach pictures to get you in the mood and think about hiring me for a beach sunset shoot this summer!!!

Doesn’t this make you want to schedule a sunset beach session?? Shoot me and email and let’s set it up!

  • Stacy - June 7, 2011 - 9:57 pm

    Guess I need to get my touchie back out to NY so you can photograph me. :)ReplyCancel

    • jennifer - June 7, 2011 - 10:10 pm

      Man, I’d love to come out and do west coast beach shoot! Nothing is cooler than those beaches!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lamb - June 7, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    Aw man…come to Colorado! We don’t have beaches, but we do have pretty mountains and sunsets aplenty!!ReplyCancel

  • Patty Williams-Brutlag - June 7, 2011 - 11:09 pm

    Great shoot! My favorite is the feet! Love me some kid feet :)ReplyCancel

    • jennifer - June 7, 2011 - 11:16 pm

      Me too, Patty! I think that’s one my favorite shots I’ve ever taken!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Chau - June 8, 2011 - 12:30 am

    Aww, these are so cute! I love the one with the baby butt. Hehe! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Chow - June 9, 2011 - 3:35 pm

    Great work Jennifer! It looks like this was a fun shoot. I love the first photo of all the boys and the cute little girl.ReplyCancel

    • jennifer - June 9, 2011 - 4:22 pm

      Awww, thanks Carrie! That’s my nephews and my little girl from last August! I should take another one this summer to show how much they’ve all changed!ReplyCancel

  • Sara Landstedt - June 20, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    Ooooh i love these!!
    My favourite is the one with the naked little guy, with the watersplash, so cute! Goood job!!ReplyCancel

For those of you that have iPhones, I urge you to get the Instagram app now. No, like right now. Head on over to your App store app and download. I promise, you will become addicted.

Here’s how they describe their app: “It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr – it’s all as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s free?”

So doesn’t this make you want it?? If you aren’t yet convinced, I decided to share a few of my favorite shots I’ve taken with Instagram.

This is Devo, sporting Zoe’s butterfly wings:

One night, Rob went out and Zoe and I were left to fend for ourselves for dinner. She was taking a nice, late evening nap and I decided to whip up a little dinner for the two of us. I made peirogies with broccoli and cheese sauce. It was SO yummy:

Out to dinner with the Zoe-monster. We discovered she likes to play with pens:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art:

A little late March snow storm:

Out to lunch and Zoe sporting her first pigtails:

Playing dress-up:

Zoe showing off her “cools” while shopping:

Playing with cousin Connor:

Coe Hall at the Planting Fields Arboretum, which is actually where we took our wedding pictures:

Asleep in the car after a fun photo shoot, at the above arboretum:

Rob surprised me with vegan marshmallows. They were SOOOO good:


Falco pathetically hoping for some table scraps while we eat dinner:

Zoe was playing with her giraffes and this is how she left them. How could I not snap a picture?:

My beloved Lexus the day I turned it in. The lease was just about up and I need to upgrade back to a truck. I miss driving this car and being about to take turns at 60mph and gun it when the light turned green…luckily I love my new truck, so all is good:

Out for a stroll:

Blowing on the dandelions:

Just chillin’ in the yard with Daddy in the evening:

My first Mets game at Citifield. Its really a beautiful, well designed stadium:

So are you convinced now? Yeah, I thought so.:-)Oh and I forgot to mention you can follow people and they can follow you. Search for me and follow me! I’d really love it!

  • Amanda Lamb - June 2, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    If only I had an iPhone! :) Fun post, Jennifer!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Chau - June 2, 2011 - 6:11 pm

    OH GOSH! I’m so in love with Instagram too! And your little girl is TOO CUTE! :DReplyCancel

    • jennifer - June 2, 2011 - 7:05 pm

      I know, Kimberly! I follow you! I should add a link to my account here! I’ll do that in a bit!ReplyCancel

  • Patty Williams-Brutlag - June 4, 2011 - 10:50 pm

    I agree! I wish I had an iphone and I love your personal pics! Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Diana Chavez - June 6, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    I love instagram too!!! makes me feel an artist on the go!!!! LOLReplyCancel

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