Mama’s Little Boy:-) Family Portrait Photographer- West Hartford, CT

I always love having sessions with one of “my families” as I call them….they are the clients that I meet for the first time for a newborn or maternity session and then together we begin the journey of documenting their family as it grows and changes. We plan photo sessions for all the important events…when the baby starts smiling, sitting up, or walking for the first time. We meet for birthday sessions and fall portrait sessions so they can make their holiday cards. I’ve been with them during those first few exciting and sleepless days of the newborn stage when their lives have just changed in the most amazing, yet overwhelming, way possible. I know all about how their pregnancies went, what their birth stories are, and how the postpartum roller coaster is affecting their lives. I have been there to document the toddler days with the wild mood swings ranging from laughter and smiles to tears and meltdowns. Then we start all over again when the next baby is born! And I look forward to the days when eventually I am shooting their child’s senior portraits and ¬†graduations as well.

There is a beauty to this type of relationship and I can think of very few professions in which you can develop something like this with your clients. It is one of the many things I love about what I do. I become really invested in getting to know the family and what they are all about. I get to know what makes for a successful shoot, what they expect, and what the children’s likes and dislikes are. With every session, I learn more and more about them and I find this to be a tremendous gift that enables me to capture the best photos possible. I think it is so important for people to seek out a professional photographer who is technically skilled, but I also think it is even more critical to find someone who you feel comfortable with as well. Someone who puts you at ease and reminds you regularly that even if it seems like your children are not cooperating (which most parents do feel, including myself when I shoot photos of my own little girl!), that the photos will be beautiful anyway and that sometimes the imperfection leads to an even more perfect photo than any of us could have planned or imagined.

So last weekend, I had the opportunity to shoot with one of “my families” at Elizabeth Park to capture some great family photos and document their little boy’s new skill of walking. As most shoots are with toddlers, it had everything from the most adorable of laughs to the saddest of tears. And though I am not including any crying shots in my top picks for this session, I will most certainly put them into their gallery. And I can tell you without hesitation that they will love those shots as well. Because these moments are so real and represent all of the beautiful sides of what parenting a toddler is all about. For today, I am just going to show you some of my favorite, tear-free shots from our session. Here are my top picks…

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Newborn Baby Sweetness:-) – Newborn Photography Studio- West Hartford, CT

Just wanted to post a quick sneak peak of my latest newborn session shot in my studio. I have made a little more progress in there and have built my reflector wall, hung my curtains on actual rods as opposed to thumbtacking them up, and am in the process of building up my collection of blankets, baskets, backdrops, etc. This is a slow process, but one that I am really excited to be doing. I have lots of exciting ideas for how to use this new space, so definitely stay tuned for more information coming soon. If you have an almost one year old, you will definitely want to continue to check back to see when I start officially offering cake smash sessions:-) I cannot wait for that!

In the meantime, here is some extra adorable newborn sweetness from the little man who came to visit me last week for his very first photo shoot. Here are a few of my favorites:

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A Family Session Just In Time for Mother’s Day- Family Photographer West Hartford, CT

Today’s post is of a recent family session that I shot for a really great family with two beautiful little girls. We decided to head to a location with lots of spring blossoms at sunset to capture some beautiful shots of the kids and the whole family. One of my favorite things to do, if things are going really well and the kids are still happy and cooperative, is sneak in some moments with just the mom and the dad with each child individually. I was really excited to be able to achieve that during this session.

I was raised in a large family with lots of siblings, so there were probably not a ton of opportunities for my parents to take a photo with just one child at a time. However, it is those couple of photos that I treasure the most from my days as a child. There is just something about seeing your mom or your dad holding you, hugging you, smiling at you….it is something you know happened when you were little, but just cannot really recall. So being able to see your parents and their incredible love they have for you is something that is invaluable, in my opinion. As a result, I strive to capture those moments whenever I can. This session is a perfect example of why. The looks on their faces….the way they embrace their children…this is what photos are all about….the emotion, the love, the moments….

I am so excited to be able to deliver the gift of these photos to this family, just in time for Mother’s Day. This is the perfect way to document the love that this family shares, all thanks to the amazing mother who has made it all possible. To Mama D and to all of the mamas out there who are reading this post, I hope you all have an amazing Mother’s Day weekend. Enjoy your time with your families and make sure you spend the day celebrating and relaxing:-)

Here are some of my favorites from our session:

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