Maternity pictures

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I am a big (amateur) photography junkie so when I had the chance to document this amazing time in our lives through the lense- believe you me I did not pass on that opportunity! In one of my previous posts here I introduced you to Anastaseya Photography- a woman, a mother and a photographer who specializes in maternity, new-born, lifestyle and family photo sessions here in Muscat. I am incredibly lucky to know her personally and even more so to have been able to book a photo session for her for this Thursday!!!

Over the last few months I was collecting pins into my little board of inspirations over at Pinterest hoping to achieve similar results with our maternity photo shoot or to at least get ideas for locations, props and poses.

Below are some of my favorite moments “capturing” this amazing experience of being pregnant:

 As you can see I chose images that featured both the parents and I think that’s very important. I don’t want 45 pictures of me and my “belly” looking left and right and center and holding flowers and what-not. This isn’t about me. This is about us as a couple, as parents bringing a child into this world. She is ours. I want the pictures to show how involved her daddy was every step of the way and how obsessed he is with her already. I want her to see the bond. whether she is 3, 15 or 67 I want her to look back at these pictures and see how much we enjoyed become her parents and how important she was to us.

 Having said that you probably won’t see me publishing any pictures that look like this: (bummer…right?)

I don’t personally have anything against nude maternity photography it’s just not for me. The female body is beautiful during pregnancy absolutely, but if mine is to be captured on film I want it to be fully clothed!!! (I must admit the picture above disturbs me a little…)

In terms of the location, I would love to have an outdoors photo shoot. I initially had a very “alternative” idea that involved Boashar Sand Dune, Quad Bikes, Pink Baloons and some rough riding. Until my husband reminded me that I am pregnant… My idea was for the pictures to show the feminine aspect of pregnancy, all the tenderness and fragility of it combined with a rough exterior (that is my husband) represented in the sand bashing and quad-bike riding. This way the baby will know what she’s really made of…but then we settled for a park 🙂 The pictures will hopefully turn out to be very refreshing with heaps of greenery around us, cozy lawns and flower beds. Oh. But I am still bringing the pink balloons and maybe a few other props like baby items, ultrasound scans of the baby and maybe a black board with a “Coming Soon” message. I just can’t resist.

So look out for these next week…I am so  CRAZY excited!

(But that just might be all the sugar that I just ate talking…)

New blog on the block

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In an attempt to go “social-media-friendly” all the way…I have created a blog for USF Store!

Please pay a visit and leave a comment or two: http://usfstoreoman.wordpress.com/ 

Also if you haven’t yet joined us on Facebook, hurry and do so as this is where new items are featured almost daily!

Hope you like it and happy shopping

I discovered…Pinterest <3

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And now life will never be the same again.

You know how sometimes you browse the internet, find a picture you like, save it in your Documents/Desktop/Images/Disk C only to never see it again? Or how you have to google search for websites that let you create collages (free!) that you can later store in your Documents/Desktop/Images/Disk C only to never see them again? Well, I do!

And then…

I found Pinterest through a wonderful blogger I follow. So now life is just not the same anymore. I am currently accumulating ideas for the upcoming baby shower, for redecorating the house and for Christmas which is just (freak out) two months away- so it’s perfect. Pinterest let’s you store all and any images you find online, clip them unto a board and you can even categorize them. I currently have “Baby Shower Theme”, “Nursery Ideas”, “True Life” and other categories. You can see what I am up to here.

It’s so easy to use and totally inspiring! Check it out and creat your own board-you will be hooked!

This is totally better than sliced bread. 🙂

For the ladies…

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“A man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. And a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed. And when your fingers first grasp those shiny, new bags… oh yes… oh yes.” Confessions of a shopaholic, 2009

The USF store of Zakher mall has been up and running for a few months now and is quickly become a hit with the ladies! You can read all about the store here…but right now I want to turn your attention to these gorgeous shoes featured at the USF store:

If you have not become a fan of USF Store Oman on Facebook yet, please do so as this is where you can view all the merchendize, win freebies and view upcoming events and offers!

A teaser

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Just a few more days to go…
All shall be releaved in the Thursday post.
Please stay tuned.
XOXO

Do you still make a wish?

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Day 33. I make wishes with the frequency of a 5 year old that lives by the prophecy of Twinkle Twinkle Little star. I wish whenever I see the first star, I wish whenever my clock hits 11:11- the possibilities are endless. I am a firm believer in crossing fingers and scrunching your face in an attempt to take things right. There is a Russian folklore children’s story about an old man who has caught a goldfish, and the goldfish promised to make his wishes come true as long as he lets it go back into the ocean. The old man’s wife got greedy she wished for a nicer house and the finer things in life. It all ended quite tragically- they were left with nothing. Hence my wishes are simple. They are never materialistic. They are never over-ambitious. They are puny. My wishes are short term. Also, they are never mine- they are for other people. I never wish for myself- I don’t want to strain the goldfish. I heard they have very small brains.

Day 21- Project 365- at the car wash, yeh!

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At the car wash yeh! Doesnt look like it ya? I like this picture because it reminds me of the flag of Oman so much. See below:

Well if you tilt your head a litte. If you still dont see it, then you have been deprived of the imagination gene. I am very sorry for you.

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