Jennifer Barnes Photography » Photographer in Camas, WA

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This has got to be one of the cutest groups of Kindergartners out there.  They were all dressed up for their big picture day.    I adore their teacher, Sarah.  She has a website (SpanishwithSarah.com) if anyone is interested in Spanish immersion.  We’ve enjoyed it and I am amazed at how much the kids know!  pinthis

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There were almost 40 kids that I took pictures of, and all of them were darling kids.  It is my intention to post more when I have time.  I had lots of favorites.
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When my family was up here a few weeks ago we finally made our first trip to voodoo doughnuts.  It was amazing.  A staple of Portland with doughnuts that have cocoa puffs on top, or the bacon covered maple doughnut. They were all yummy. We ate 2 dozen.

The cannoli’s from whole foods were amazing. Everything at whole foods looked so good.  Those chocolate cups filled with tiramisu were beautiful. We had to take pictures.  And I am going to copy the idea of berries all over a cupcake. With some yummy frosting that would be a fun dessert.pinthis

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This was one of the funnest parties we’ve ever done.  I loved how everything turned out. My family helped me out a lot. pinthis
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pinthisMy creative sister made these for my little guy for his birthday.  He plays with them all the time.
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pinthisThe transformation chamber where they received their masks.   And then the Lava pit.  They all had to do superhero challenges to really become a superhero.
pinthisMighty Muscles – They had to prove how strong they were (wrapping paper tube and toilet paper wrapped in tape and spray painted)
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pinthisMy brother helped me create Superman symbols with everyone’s real initial. I wish I would have had time to laminate those.
pinthisVaporize a villain.  They had to go through the obstacle course of villains (balloons with bad guy faces) and fight them.
The ideas for this party came from the following blogs –  The hostess blog and designer girl and my friend Crystal, but her blog is private.
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This was the funnest April Fools day I’ve ever had. My kids are old enough to understand the tricks being played on them. I made 35 of these “donut seed” packets found on familyfun.com. I brought mini donuts to the K kids and then asked if they wanted to grow their own donut tree. Frosted cheerios were inside the packets. Some of the kids were really excited to go home and plant a donut tree. Until I broke their hopes and told them APRIL FOOLS!
pinthis My oldest was so excited to tell her classmates at lunch what her mom did to her yogurt container. She was so surprised to find Jello instead of yogurt.
pinthis #1 thought this was hilarious, my 4 year old was so mad. He really wanted cake for breakfast. I reedeemed myself at lunch with the yogurt trick. He decided then that he liked April Fools day and decided to come up with some good tricks of his own. We also shared this cake with our teachers as well.

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pinthisMy little guy’s Spanish immersion teacher just had her baby. I was blessed to have been asked to take her pictures.  Taking pictures of newborns is different than small kids. For me it is harder because  the main goal is to get them to sleep or to be happy awake. Two things that should be easy, right?  ha ha. I am naturally not quiet. I’m a loud person that gets as excited about things like a little kid.  Probably why my main love is working with little kids.

When we finally capture the beautiful peace like this picture it makes me so grateful to be apart of the first few days of life.  Thanks Molly and family. More pictures to come. I did want to get these up to give you a sneak peek. Have a great weekend.pinthispinthis

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Artist, and one of the best moms in the world.  She is so creative and fun. She is always playing with her kids.  She inspires me.  She did service for our church in the Ukraine and of course she loves matryoshka dolls from there.  She brought home beautiful handpainted things from there.  Her little girls love Yo Gabba gabba and she came up with this. I don’t know how she thinks of the things she does. Her shop is MINI MOMENTS and AGED SIMPLICITYpinthis
note:my sis took this picture

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Sweet truck huh?  I’ve always wanted to use a cool old truck in my pictures. Adina totally left the creativity up to me in this photoshoot. They were so easy- going about everything we did.  This family summed up is “cool”.  They go to tons of concerts, run lots of races and do lots of service for others. Cool.  I hope you like them gang.  There are so many to choose from, but this is what I got to tonight. More to come.pinthispinthispinthispinthispinthispinthispinthis

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You may recognize this guy.  Is he your dentist?  The coolest dentist I’ve been to.  I love this family and had a great time taking pictures.  I get to work with his wife each week at church with the children.  What a blessing!  Isaac was the perfect “cool” teenager.  I had him put his ipod headphone in his ear to show his personality, since he has it whenever I see him.

If you don’t have a dentist, check him out. He really is super techy and has all the latest technology.  My 5 year old won a $25 gift card to Target for the “no cavity club”!! Very exciting in our world!  His website is right here –DISCOVERY DENTISTERY –   Not that I am getting anything to advertise him, just really mean everything I’m saying. The office is close to the Columbia river and the entire back of the building is windows that overlook a quaint pond/waterfall area where deer like to visit.  Crazy cool.

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Hi parents! I’m so excited to be taking pictures next week. Please choose what background you would like for your child in their individual shot.  Also any accessories you have – bows, hats, scarves look great in pictures, but not necessary.  This will be fun and I’m confident that all the kids are going to take awesome pictures for their parents!  ** Background choices are pink, B&W, or plain whitepinthispinthis
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I saw this valentine on a few blogs. I loved the idea. It was quite simple to make and print.  We printed them as 4X6 pictures, but they could have been smaller I suppose to fit 2 on one 4X6.

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She and I went shopping for fabric to make a valentines day dress.  I just made it up and it was pretty easy!  She absolutely loves the dress, probably her favorite in her closet! She now wants to make a St. Patrick day dress too. How cute.   It made me happy to work on something together that meant a lot to her.

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pinthisa diaper cake I made for my little guys preschool teacher. We all contributed money and stuffed it in the cake like leaves at the top. There are so many diaper cakes on the internet.  I have made quite a few and this was probably the easiest.

step 1:  rolls all the diapers up individually with little girl clear elastics. I used size 2 diapers for the bottoms and newborn for the top.

step 2: find a cylinder in your house to form the diapers around.  I used an empty crystal light container for the bottom and a jar for the top.  A big rubber band would be great to put around the bottom stack, but I didn’t have any. So I used fishing line and tied it around.  If it is a little loose it is okay because you can just stuff some more diapers in.

step 3: do the middle layer and top layer the same. I used newborn diapers for the top layer.

step 4: cover your rubber bands or fishing line with cute ribbon or fabric (I used fabric in this one) and then decorate with flowers or mini baby goodies, i.e. washclothes, baby powder, shampoo, binkies, socks, bibs.

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