lollipops and kids = happy faces!

I finally got a chance to do a shoot with my kids that I have been envisioning for quite a while. You see, when I am always busy photographing other people's kids, it seems that I don't get out to do an actual planned photo shoot with my own as often as I would like to. I have had these giant lollipops since Easter and I have just been waiting for the chance to use them with my kids. I also have 8 big frames for the play room that have been sitting empty forever, waiting to be filled… and my plans are for these (along with others from the shoot) to go in them.

I have only looked through a few of the pictures and already I am sooooo excited! I haven't even loaded the rest but now I can't wait! I just had to hurry and edit a couple of them! I know I am going to have so much fun with these!! Love the bright colors!


I think that giant lollipops are now my new favorite prop! I wish I would have bought a bunch of these when I had the chance! My kids quickly started biting them instead of just licking them which made them not as cute anymore… Emily was the only one that kept hers all nice. She had a few licks and then was sick of it but she still held onto it for dear life! Seriously, she would not let it go and she held it tightly to her chest in both hands the whole ride home! I could not pry it away from her even though she was done eating it! She even carried it into our house with her when we got home but then she dropped it onto the tile and it shattered. 🙁 She was not too happy! But, now that they are gone, I think I need to find more!! So fun!!

(For those of you that are in my photography workshop, or if you are just interested… these were both shot with my 50mm 1.4 at ISO 500, f/3.2, SS 1/640…and then I used my Urban action from the Color Mix Set at 48% opacity.)

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  • ashley
    May 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    so cute!!! please, please, please tell me where you got emily’s darling outfit and also her outfit in the most recent post on your family blog. too cute!

  • Beth
    May 26, 2009 at 6:13 am

    These are adorable, as ever. You gave me an idea to make ‘fake’ lollipops out of fabric, or cardboard, as a prop. No bite marks on the lollipops and no sticky kids!

  • Linda
    May 26, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Where did you get the lollipops?

  • Linda
    May 26, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Might be a problem keeping them clean for each child…

  • Maggie Holmes
    May 26, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Great idea Beth! Sounds cute!!

  • Maggie Holmes
    May 26, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I got them at Walmart at Easter time… I am sad that they don¹t have them
    anymore since they were a seasonal thing but I will definitely be looking
    for them again next year!!

  • Kelly B
    May 26, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Oh my gosh!! These are so cute. Love the bright colors…check out the candy stores at the mall for more lollipops. I think they have the bright rainbow swirl ones!!

  • Chelsi
    May 26, 2009 at 8:57 am

    hey maggie!
    i love those pictures. those colors could brighten anyones’ day! i was in your first workshop, and i really appreciate that you put the settings you used for these. it’s always a good reminder.
    thanks again!!

  • Amy
    May 26, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Darling photos Maggie! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Megan Papworth
    May 26, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Maggie, I LOVE these! So bright and fun and such cute kiddos. Can’t wait to go find some fun spots!

  • Rebecca Ednie
    May 26, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Oh, Maggie, these are fabulous. Please be sure to post again with all of the 8 you select for the playroom! I’m so glad you finally got to do a shhot with your own kids. Emily jane looks like an angel! Is her hair naturally curly? I think I remember it curly before but not this much. Maybe it is just grown longer so it looks curlier. Which boy is in the first pic?

  • Maggie Holmes
    May 26, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks Rebecca! You are so sweet! Emily¹s hair is naturally curly but not
    this curly… It is at that stage where some parts are curly and some are
    straight and I am not sure how it will end up when she is older! So, I
    curled it with a curling iron. That¹s my youngest boy… Isn¹t he getting so
    big now?

  • anisa scholes
    May 26, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Love the pics… your kids are darling and I love the bright colors. How do you get the eyes to stand out so much in the pictures? Is it just your camera and lens? Is it your actions or do you do something else particular in photoshop to make them stand out so much?

  • Maggie Holmes
    May 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks Anisa! I didn¹t do anything special to the eyes… It is all about
    lighting and capturing the catch lights in their eyes when you are taking
    the picture. Then when you run an action like my color boost or the urban
    action, etc it will make the color pop and stand out more… But the
    ³sparkle² is already there. It also has a lot to do with nailing your
    exposure and your focus to make sure that the eyes are tack sharp!

  • Susan Lyons
    May 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    These pictures are just darling! I can’t wait to see some more. they are going to look incredible in your big frames!

  • Sheri R
    May 28, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Such adorable photos…LOVE the colors!!!

  • Efrat K
    May 28, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Such fun photos! The bright colors, the lollipops, the *cute kids*! Thank you for sharing :).

  • Christina Thomas
    May 28, 2009 at 1:07 pm

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    May 28, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Maggie, these pictures are adorable! I hope after I am done with your class to be 1/2 as good as you! I think the class is great BTW, after only 2 weeks, I feel like it has helped so much! I can’t wait to learn even more! I tagged you in my blog, take a look for the details!

  • Cheryl Johnson
    May 30, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    wow that’s what I call a lollipop 😀 stunning colour

  • Janna
    June 8, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I just did this with my 2 boys a few days ago. I bought the lollipops a long time ago and stashed them away and forgot about them. I was digging in a closet and came across them, and my 6 year old was standing there. We had a little photo shoot about 20 minutes later. It was so fun!
    I have frequently seen these type of lollipops in a multicolored type at Walgreens for about $1 each. They aren’t as large, but they are bright and fun! I have also seen them on a regular basis at Cracker Barrel for $3, I think. The ones at Cracker Barrel come in solids + white swirled, with choices of red, orange, and a few others, I think. Check out my post at My next plan for a cute photoshoot: colorful, drippy popsicles! Will probably go with shirtless little boys for that one.

  • Janna
    June 8, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Or what if you used bright colored polymer clay that hardens and then sprayed on a thick glossy sealer?

  • Janna
    June 8, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Check Walgreens or Cracker Barrel. I’ve seen them there year round.

  • Jennifer Johnson
    July 2, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    where did you find those CUTE chairs?? i need them 🙂
    so fun!!

  • Something Designer
    September 7, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Very interesting article, good work – thanks for sharing!

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