It has been a long, long time since I wrote anything on this blog. To be honest, I hit the wall around mid November. My photo shoot/editing schedule was so insane, that it literally took every free minute of every day for an entire month to get everything done that I needed to do. Though I intended to retroactively blog all of those missed sessions, I just couldn’t tear myself away from my family for the rest of December and January. I had been absent for far too long from family time, so I spent those first 6 weeks of winter just focusing on my family and taking a break from shooting so that I could come back refreshed and ready for 2014.
But now it is February and I am officially back! I have also have something new I’d like to do more often in 2014….I have two different sources (which I will blog more about later) that have inspired me to share at least one real, raw moment from my sessions. One moment in time where there wasn’t perfection…but the reality is beautiful and perfect in it’s imperfection. Today’s real shot came towards the end of our session. The baby was really crying and screaming at this point. She had been a champ for the full two hours, but was hungry and ready to be done with her shoot. We still had a few family shots to do, so we were working overtime to calm the baby down so we could get those photos. In the real moment shot that I included below, the baby’s dad gave her a snuggle and kiss in the midst of her screaming. It was so sweet, and real too. I hope you enjoy the photos and I am excited to be back sharing my work with everyone:-) So here is a little preview from my first newborn session of 2014:
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:
This past week, I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful 11 day old baby girl. She was just reaching the end of that critical two week window of time to get the ideal newborn session. What tends to happen as you approach the 10-14 day portion of the first two weeks is that the baby will start to become more and more alert and less likely to drop easily into that deep sleep that is so important for getting those peaceful, sleeping baby shots. It is not that it is impossible, you just need more “assistance” to make it happen. I have many tools I use to create the perfect sleeping environment, but I promise you there is nothing more effective than a good, old fashioned pacifier. Yep, I said it….I encourage the use of a pacifier. But here is why…there is absolutely no way that 1-2 hours of using a pacifier would negatively impact the baby at all. They will not develop the dreaded “nipple confusion” that the breast feeding experts scare the pants off of you about. They also will not become “hooked” on the pacifier after only using it for a couple of hours. I promise you….it just doesn’t happen. So I often suggest to parents that they have that binky ready, just in case the baby is fussy and having a tough time falling asleep. I have watched many a parent be stressed out for the two full hour session just for fear of using the pacifier. So let me say this to all future clients and anyone who is planning to ever do a newborn session, buy one pacifier to have on hand JUST IN CASE!!
My clients this past week were luckily already stocked with a binky in the house, though the baby had not yet really taken to it or used for more than a minute or two. However, when she began to stir just moments after my arrival, we used the pacifier to help lull her back to sleep for the next two hours. I know for a fact that if this family had not been prepared with that pacifier and be willing to use it, we would have had one wide awake (and possibly cranky) baby on our hands. Instead, we had a really easy two hour session with plenty of time to get some amazing shots. I know this is probably not the most exciting newborn session story, but it is a topic that I have been meaning to write about for quite sometime now and little baby C reminded me last week why this topic is so important for new parents to learn about. So here are a few of my favorite shots from our session….I even managed to get grandma and grandpa into a few shots which is something I also encourage for anyone who has parents close enough by to have them come to a photo session. There is nothing sweeter than the look on a grandparent’s face when they are holding those babies:-) Definitely worth capturing…..enjoy the photos!!
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to shoot a beautiful two week old newborn girl. She was very easy going and slept through most of the shoot. However, the key to her happiness was having her in her clothes and warm. Diaper shots were just not her thing! So we decided to go with what made her happiest and as a result, we ended up with a sweet little newborn session all wrapped in pink and cuteness. Here are a few of my favorites from our session:
Last week, I shot a newborn session mostly in a sunroom that had these huge windows with light filtering blinds on them….I know, I know…why would anyone care to hear about this boring detail? Well, these windows allowed me to create the same look with natural light that is typically created in a studio by placing your subject in front of a soft box light. Not my usual style, but when I was a studio photographer, my favorite shots were always the ones shot in front of the soft box. It basically makes everything behind your subject glow in a bright, soft white light. It is heavenly….and it is almost impossible to do at your average home because most windows aren’t wide enough to fill the frame around your subject. So today, you will get to see my favorite style of “studio” style shots mixed with some more natural photos that reflect my typical style. Although this beautiful little angel gave us all a run for our money that day by refusing to sleep for 2 whole hours, these gorgeous shots of her snoozing away peacefully were definitely worth the wait! Here are some of my favorites from our session:
I love newborn sessions for so many reasons. I love that I get to spend so much time with my clients in their home, just hanging out and getting to know each other. I love hearing the amazing stories of their pregnancies and births. I love working with these amazing, perfect little babies who are so new that they are still a mystery even to their own parents. It is just an awesome privilege to be able to capture this precious time in my clients’ lives so that they can remember it forever. My latest newborn session was even more phenomenal than usual for me because the mother of this gorgeous newborn girl is also one of my very close friends from college. She and I have been friends for 14 years! When she asked me to do her newborn photos, I was beyond thrilled to be able to shoot this amazing event in her family’s life. Thanks again, Krust, for inviting me to photograph your sweet little angel this week. She is such a beautiful baby and I know that she is a very lucky little girl to have gotten you for a mother. And the best part is that she can now be an official Krrrrrruuuuuuusty too:-) Love you, Krust!! And Baby Krust too!!!
On Friday, I shot a newborn session with the sleepiest little baby I have ever met. She was a newborn photographer’s dream come true! She was actually so sleepy that by the end of our session, we were trying to wake her up to get one shot with her eyes open. That was definitely a first for me! Another first for me was shooting the entire session while standing or crouching on a twin sized bed. We only had one window in the house to work with that had any natural sunlight coming in and the tricky part was that there was a bed in front of it! So I set everything up on the bed and shot the entire session in that tiny little space. Oh, and in the process, I think I may have discovered what should be the next biggest trend in workouts…..apparently, if you spend two hours standing or squatting on a squishy mattress while trying to stay completely steady AND hold a beast of a camera at the same time, you will get a killer workout. My muscles are actually sore today…seriously…I am not even kidding about this! So here are a few favorites from yesterday’s session/workout:
Here comes our one moment with eyes open….I can’t believe how tough this was to get!
I love when clients bring something special to a session that gives it a personal or meaningful touch….In the next shot, the baby is surrounded by lilacs from her great grandmother’s garden. Although her great grandma is no longer alive, these flowers live on and now are a part of one of little Baby C’s special moments in her life. So sweet…