A few months back, I had the unique opportunity to see my friend in the hospital just hours after her baby was born. Needless to say, she and her husband were both exhausted, but glowing and as happy as could be. After two beautiful, energetic boys, they finally had their little girl. These are just a few quiet images of their new family:
The first time I handled a newborn session, I was hesitant to touch or position the baby. Even after handling two babies of my own, other people’s babies seem so fragile, they could break. This session was so great for me, because the mother – and my good friend – trusted me completely and gave me full creative control. I did a lot of rocking and soothing and swaddling (quite messily I might add), but it all paid off in the end because this newborn’s perfection was able to shine through.
My friend has a bright loft in her house that was perfect for a quick family portrait.
It was a joy working with Hunter and Sola – 2 high school seniors and best friends. They decided to share a session together which turned out to be a wonderful idea. As I would do a set up with one, the other could watch and get ideas for her turn. Then when they switched, the other would cheer and make the other laugh. So glad I could spend an afternoon with these two lively, beautiful girls.
Thanks for making me laugh! They have bright futures ahead of them.
Losco park has a beautiful stretch of old, old trees. There is something about the crawling branches, the close blanket of leaves, and the dotted light that makes me think: fairytale. If anyone is thinking of coming here for a photo session, they would be hard pressed to not be completely charmed.
P.S. This is the first day in two weeks that Simon has agreed to wear a shirt that doesn’t have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I thought it was a moment to commemorate.
Sometimes newborn photo session make me nervous because they are unpredictable. So when I arrived at Conrad’s parents house, I was relieved to hear that he had cried the whole morning so now he was tired and ready to be photographed. Parents out there, any way to plan for this for your next newborn photo session?
Conrad’s mom said she wanted a minimalist life-style shoot. In the past, I’ve depended heavily on props or unique locations to engage children or make interesting pictures. So this was a stretching moment for me, but in the end, I liked it! There is nothing to distract from family interactions and the sweet moments they shared.
We shifted him to different positions, held him, passed him around, and he still stayed asleep 90% of the time.
This next picture with baby and big sister was tricky. Big sister didn’t want to cuddle Conrad, and when I loomed over her with the camera, I became scary. So with the help of Mom and Dad, we laid her on the bed and held a laptop playing her favorite movie above her so she could watch while lying down. Then slowly we shifted Conrad closer to her, and like a sneaky hunter in the wild, I moved in – watching and waiting for the perfect moment. That’s what I call a parent-photographer team.
Some daddy-son moments:
Some mommy-son moments:
Mom has a beautiful, contemplative smile.
Some behind-the-scenes of what daddy-daughter were doing in the meantime. Even though it doesn’t seem like anything big, I can imagine this being a cool thing to remember: “Remember how “Sing” was your favorite movie? See! You made me watch it everyday!”
Mom was so good with engaging her daughter with Conrad. “Where are his feet?” she’d say. “Where is his nose?” Asking the parents on the best way to involve their children is something that I want to work on better in future shoots. The parents know best.
The love and closeness in their family is very apparent in their home.
The last few photos of the session, I tried to use some of the props I had brought because I have a secret love of photos where babies are lying in layers and layers of texture rich fabric. Don’t tell my daughter that I cut off the bow-tie from her favorite teddy bear to use in this photoshoot.
Then, I tried to turn Conrad over and balance his chin in his two hands (I’d seen infants posed like that on other blogs), but that was too ambitious. He got shag fluff in his mouth and he started to cry – the sort of cry that I could tell it was all over. I felt so bad! Lessons, lessons.
One day, as I was photographing a mother and child, I was amazed at how the intimate setting of one-on-one brought out different expressions and revelations of personality. It’s something raw and precious that I decided to pursue and capture.
Here are the results:
My little girl is very floppy and silly when she is around me, but when I kiss her, she seems to achieve inner peace.
I love my boy’s default expression: indignant. He is my sweet child. It’s like I’m hugging a bag of sugar.
Heather and I took turns taking pictures of each other and each other’s children, and it looks like we were happy little models, but there was actually a lot of bargaining and bribing that was involved – also, some blackened Oreo teeth.
Her daughter was jostling about and a lot of the photos was Heather trying to contain her, but I love the feeling of movement and life in these pictures.
Also, with the aid of a teddy bear, we have this quiet moment:
I love that you can see the bedroom window reflected in their eyes. This is where they sit sometimes to look outside together.
Ashley has three children who are so different from one another. Each child brings out a different side of her.
Her son is full of energy, but also so very sweet. The expression on Ashley’s face as he kisses her melts my heart.
Her youngest son spends a lot of time cuddling just like this with his mom. It’s like he never left the womb.
One thing about her and her daughter is they share the same kind heart.
This year, for Mother’s day, I’m offering one-on-one portrait sessions to capture the relationship you share with your loved one. If you choose the package that includes a print, here is the end result:
Barnwood Collage Frame with (3) 4×6 prints.
The best part about these sessions are they are in-home, so your child can feel more relaxed.
Mother’s Day is May 13th, so I’m scheduling these sessions for the month of April to give us plenty of time to prepare. Let me know when is convenient for you!
Package A: $65 ($55 for return clients)
Includes: 15-20 minute in-home photo session, 6-8 edited digital photos.
Package B: $85 ($75 for return clients)
Includes: 15-20 minute in-home photo session, 6-8 edited digital photos, 1 barnwood collage frame, and (3) 4×6 prints.
It was a chilly 8:00 a.m, but the sun pierced through tree and fog to highlight this beautiful family. We walked through a rustic flower garden, climbed up and about the porch of an old, white farmhouse, and ran through grassy fields – the kids getting more and more relaxed as time went on.
My favorite part was when I asked Tammy to pose in front of a fence and I had Brent stand behind me with the instruction to get her to smile. Within moments, she suppressed laughter and said, “he’s spanking himself.”
Later, when I was doing individual pictures of parent and child, I was touched at how their expressions softened and changed when they were close together. I was happy to capture not only their personality, but their relationship. Enjoy these sweet moments!