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BABY TALK the october-novemeber issue.


On the cover: Gracie and Maddie Brownen

Table of Contents ELEMENTS






























Thank you to my perfect sisters, their darling children, and our family-friends for their time over my fall and Thanksgiving break.

About the Editor Alexis Brooke Allen was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1994, and has lived in Eastern North Carolina ever since. Upon graduating high school in 2012, Alexis began attending East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina; she studies Fashion Merchandising. She has a passion for photography, and has pursued it since the age of sixteen. Alexis is the youngest of five daughters She has six nieces and three nephews. They are her inspiration for this magazine.

Why Baby Talk? I am completely and one hundred percent obsessed with all-things babies, toddlers, and little people under the age of eight. Since I can remember, I held a baby doll in my hand at all times until I was about ten. Since then, people in my family have been popping out kids left and right. When I got my first DSLR camera for my sixteenth birthday, taking pictures of them never ended. Given any opportunity, my time with them turns into an instant photo shoot. I can never get enough of their cute, cheesy grins, the to-die-for clothing options, their tiny everything. This magazine is dedicated to mom’s all over the place. Inside, you will find outfit inspiration for your little, crafting ideas, holiday treats, and take a tour with my family on must-visit mini vacations. I am excited to bring forth a magazine focus of the Principles and Elements of Design, but throw in a little of my own touch. I promise to leave out the loud cries and sad tears part‌thank you all, and ENJOY!

Line Elements of Design

Straight Vertical

This image represents a look of “strength� in an itty bitty boy. This handsome fellow looks as if he taller than reality. If he were a big boy, he would seem dignified and quite confident. Benny Williams The Allen residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Curved Flowing The Twizzlers in this package represent curved flowing lines. Although the lines are not straight, they still convey a neat and smooth look. This after party treat is so much fun for guest to take home post your little one’s birthday.

The Brownen residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Curved Tightly This chevron pattern represent lines that are tightly curved. These lines are less predictable, they bend, and change directions. These lines are also known as zig-zag. They are not diagonal simply because they change direction.

Benny Williams and Mae Brownen The Allen residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Texture Elements of Design

Tactile Texture

The basket that miss Harlow is laying in can be felt by just looking at it. This is an example of surface quality because it is obvious that the basket is made of wicker, a natural material.

Photo by Amy Harp; Jacksonville North Carolina

Implied Texture Implied texture cannot be felt with your eyes, per say. In this image, Callie is eating mashed potatoes. One might think they are soft and thin, but they could be clumpy and thick.

Callie Mynes The Mcnamara residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Reflective Texture

Reflective texture sounds just like it’s name. It is anything that you can see the reflection of a textured material through. Picture link:

Elements of Design

Task Lighting

Task lighting assists in illuminating places where a task is being done. In this case, the dancers need light to illuminate the stage they are performing on.

Savannah and Marlee Cook and Garrett Panos Swansboro Elementary talent show; Swansboro, North Carolina

Natural Light The light behind Gracie is what is making the picture bright. This is the natural light because it its coming from the sun. If she were standing in front of a lamp, it would no longer be natural, but it would turn into a different form.

Gracie Brinson Onslow Pines Recreational Park; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Color Elements of Design

Monochromatic “Matchy-matchy” family pictures are “so last year.” This wall was just meant to be for what the kids are wearing. All tints, tones, and shades of the blue hue color scheme make this a monochromatic palette.

Direct Complementary In Greenville, North Carolina everyone is a Pirate fan, even the little ones. PUPLE AND GOLD better known as violet and yellow are complementary colors because they are directly across from each other on the color wheel.

Nikki Panos The Panos residence; Swansboro, North Carolina

Triad Complementary There are twelve possible combinations for the triadic complementary color scheme which incorporates three hues directly across from each other, and one right in the middle of those two. What better way to assimilate a triadic color scheme than to dress up as snow white?

*taken by the editor’s mother* Disney World; Orlando, Florida

Neutral Palette Neutral colors are those of very light saturation and match just about anything. They are low in saturation, and stand alone on the color wheel. In this image, white signifies pureness and softness thanks to my beautiful niece.

Ivy Brownen The Allen residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Space Elements of Design

Positive Space Little Gracie is helping to demonstrate positive space. She is perfectly in the middle of the image and the grass (space) around her is even. If she would have been at the side of the image, it would turned into a negatively spaced image.

Gracie Brinson Wilmington, North Carolina

Negative Space The focus of this image is supposed to be the two little girls lying on such a big bed. However, with everything going on around them, the focus is unknown. This is an example of negative space because the girls are neither in the middle or perfectly proportioned with everything surrounding them. The space is two big for the girls to be unnoticeable. Ivy and Mae Brownen The Brownen residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Crowding Territoriality This slide is clearly not big enough for five cousins to get down all at one time. Crowding is an issue because of space.

Onslow Pines recreational park; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Shape Elements of Design

Geometric Shape The babies in this image are perfectly forming a few different shapes. For one, with their bodies are all in a straight line, their heads form a square or a diamond at the top. Their bodies form a four sided star. The pattern on the blanket helps with the concept.

Ivy Brownen, Benny Williams, Jude Banks, Bristlol Cates The Allen residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Form Elements of Design

Geometric Form Geometric forms correspond to natural shapes. Gracie is sitting inside of a circular slide at the park. The slide is an example of a geometric form because it’s opening is a basic shape.

Maddie Brinson Hugh Macrae Park; Wilmington, North Carolina

Natural Form Natural form is just as it’s name states. It is the way something is without any adjustments or add-ons. The cute little feet are helping demonstrate the meaning of natural form. If the picture showed their toe nails with pink polish, that would contradict the concept of it being natural.

Ivy and Olive Brinson The Brownen residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Abstract Form This image is symbolizing the abstract form of a line. Abstract forms are not detailed and realistic, but instead general and “summarized.� If the kids were in more of a single file line, the concept of this image would no longer be considered abstract.

Chase Grogg (second in line) Swansboro Elementary School, Swansboro, North Carolina

Balance Principles of Design

Visual Symmetry Baby Benny is showing us the perfect example of symmetry. Symmetry is a mirror image on two sides of a person or object. Visual symmetry, however does not have to be an exact reflection, but more of two very similar sides. With Benny’s father on one side and his mother on the other, this pictures displays an accurate representation of visual symmetry.

Benny Williams Downtown Jacksonville, North Carolina

Visual Asymmetry Visual asymmetry is the disproportion of two similar parts. As you can see, the girls are in the same position in a window that is perfectly centered. The objects on the right side of the sink, the placement of the faucet, and the girl’s sizes are what makes this image asymmetrical.

Ivy and Olive Brownen The Brownen Residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Harmony Principles of Design

Unity through Color This pink palette screams a “three little piggies� theme. Through color, the girls are symbolizing a consistent and pleasing effect. The color of their clothes connect them to a general concept.

Lindsey, Gracie, and Maddie Brinson The Brinson residence; Wilmington, North Carolina

Unity through Repetition With the dancers all being in the same uniform, they create a harmonious effect through repetition. The girls are all wearing the same color, outfit, and hair styles. This repeated look is organized as well as neat.

Ivy Brownen (far left)

Variety through Color Elf on the Shelf has become popular in the last few years

for parents with younger kids. The purpose is to hide the elf somewhere for the kids’ to find in the morning. This Elf on the Shelf is a examle of harmony. The elf is placed between three stuffed animals who all match. The color red is emphasized and makes the color scheme flow.

The Cook residence; Wilmington, North Carolina

Variety through Materials

Although there is a lot going on in this image, it is obvious the task that is taking place. All of the different material pieces, and the sewing machine represent a mommy-baby crafting session. Summed up, the harmonizing arrangement clues one in to what is being done. Laura and Benny Williams The Brownen residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Emphasis Principles of Design

Visual Focal Point The first thing one sees when they look at this picture should be the bow. The very next thing should be the big, blue eyes. These two features represent the focal point of the image. By the way (a little editor’s note), this shot is highly recommended and most definitely belong’s in ever child’s baby book!

Callie Grogg Emerald Isle Pier; Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Structural Focal Point The main focus of this image is the barn. The people are not the first thing one will look at, because the structure of the barn calls more attention.

Justin, Ivy, and Olive Brownen The Gurganus residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Massing actual vs. optical

Principles of Design

Actual Density Density is the amount of matter inside of something. For instance, something that is tightly packed with any kind of substance holds a greater density. Pregnancy is the perfect example of this concept. The fetus is noticeably packed inside of a mother’s womb. Alexa Haverty The Haverty Residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Optical Density Optical density is like an illusion of something that is meant to look dense.. These wraps hold a baby close to the mother and leaves her hands-free. This is an example of optical density because the baby inside makes the mother’s body looks as if she is pregnant again.

Erica and Mae Brownen, Jessie and Gabe Sutton, Bria and Bella King, and Laura and Benny Williams Mayfaire Shopping Center; Wilmington, North Carolina.

Rhythm Principles of Design

Repetition The exact same patterned boxes all in a row symbolize repetition. Repetitive objects are placed in the same sequence and hold the same use. This birthday party craft boxes repeat each other down the line, and allow each child to go home with a matching party favor.

The Brownen Residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Climatic Rhythm

Climatic Rhythm is an element that is increasing or decreasing in it’s qualities. In this case, the rhythm is the gradation of the size of the kids. If the baby was in the middle, this scenario would not be considered climatic. Garrett, Fletcher, and Lakelyn Panos Jacksonville Holiday Parade; Jacksonville, North Carolina

Transitional/ Flowing Transitional rhythm is a type of flow that naturally glides the eye from one are to the other. This image is a representation of transitional rhythm because most people look from left to right at the faces the girls are making. If the kids would have just been smiling, the image would not hold the same significance.

Caden Hefner and Ivy and Olive Brownen The Kettle Diner, Jacksonville, North Carolina

Proportion Principles of Design

IN Proportion Proportion is the relation of parts to a whole. This image displays how Ivy is proportional with the chair, and the chair is proportional with the setting. If Ivy was sitting on a recliner, for example, she would not be in proportion with space.

Ivy Brownen The Brownen residence; Jacksonville, North Carolina

OUT of Proportion

Proportion is the comparative relationship between parts of whole. Baby Mae is showing us how not to wear a pair of glasses. If her face is the space, the glasses are nowhere near proportional.

Mae Brownen The Brinson residence; Wilmington, North Carolina

Principles of Design

Human Scale

Human scale is very similar to something that is not proportional, but it matches. All of these babies are about the same size and so are their mothers. The babies look as if they are scaled down from the size of the women. Jessie and Gabe Sutton, Tara and Holland Spencer, Erica and Mae Brownen, and Laura and Benny Williams Allen Family Reunion 2012; Wilmington, North Carolina

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