Category Archives: Maternity
I have so much I want to say about this family…. it’s hard to put it all into words! They are just the most fun loving and beautiful family.
We began our session in their home to capture some lifestyle images. I have to say, their dog is awesome. He was so patient and obedient and such a loving member of the family. I am happy we were able to get him in some of the images too!
After that, we hopped to the park next door for a few more pictures. They spend so much of their time at this park during the warmer months. It was so nice to capture a few images at a place meaningful to this family. It’s literally just a hop, skip, and a jump away from their house!
I don’t know who was most excited for this portion of our session. Mama had a gleam in her eye while she watched her ice cream getting scooped and Big Sister AG was on tippy toes anxiously awaiting her treat. Oh… that AG was so funny too… She even photobombed a shot of her parents! I love her! She was pretty excited about that picture and wanted to see it on the back of the camera as soon as I took it. Such. A. Sweetie.
But, my FAVORITE part of the whole session was hearing Mama tell another customer: “I’ve eaten so many sweets, my baby will come out candy coated! ” Well, I can’t wait to meet that little M&M! She sure will be sweet!
I loved every minute spent with this family and am so thankful I was given the privilege of capturing this special time in their life.
Sean and Lauren have a surprise!! They’re having a….. BABY! At the time of our session, this cute couple didn’t know the gender of the baby, and they found at when HE was born! He’s such a cute little man too.
The session took place in a very meaningful location. The home where Sean grew up. They actually had their Engagement portraits taken here too! I had such a great time talking with them and capturing the love between them! Congratulations you two!!
This summer my best friend came up for a visit from Florida. She’s pregnant with her second… and so is her sister!! I’m so happy to have been able to capture this time for both of these gorgeous mommas!!
I had a maternity session this spring with such a natural beauty. It always amazes me how our bodies can create and grow a human. It was such a pleasure capturing this special time her life.
I had such a wonderful time photographing this family. Miss Bella was just absolutely adorable, and had no desire to partake in the session. About normal for a child her age. Lifestyle sessions really take the stress out of that situation though and capturing Bella in her own environment was so fun. And guess what… she’s going to be a big sister! Her mom was absolutely glowing, cliche I know, but oh so true! And the spark between momma and dad was red hot! Lots of love in those eyes. This was really just an amazing session where we all laughed the whole time through. Enjoy! ♥
OK, so tell me little Miss Bella isn’t just the most stunning child ever!? She’s so beautiful! I want to photographer her again and again! I can only imagine her little sister will be just as beautiful! :)
When I first saw this nursery, it looked like something out of a magazine. All the little touches were there, top to bottom, and it was all just so beautiful. I was so excited for this maternity session! We had a good time laughing and talking about babies and the beautiful nursery, most importantly… where things came from… like that Mirror. Oh, and the baby arrived last week, so now I get the joy of photographing the newborn soon too!!! (Keep your eyes peeled for those images in the next couple weeks!)
During our session, I also took a few moments to photograph Big Sister Lucy in her darling room! Pinks and purples and just sugary sweet! Just as sweet at the little girl herself. She’s quite the smart cookie and had a whole repertoire of songs to sing for me!
A few fun titbits from the session:
They were between two names for the baby, and when searching for a letter for the wall collage they could find one and not the other. So, the letter F on the wall was the deciding factor in the name game! I love hearing how names were chosen.
Some of the books, like “Hippos Go Beserk” were well loved and passed down from big sister Lucy. “Hippos Go Beserk” was actually one of Lucy’s favs that had to be read every night. If you’re a parent… you know how awesome and tiring it is to read the same book, over, and over, and over again.
This year has been such a blessing. Last year, I started back on a passion that has been within me for longer than I can recall. Photography has always been a part of my life. My parents took many photos during my childhood and I truly started my photography journey to take better pictures of my kids… and then I got on a train that just took off. I have dedicated myself for quite some time to learning all that I can. Many, many late nights on the computer learning. Many hours behind my camera practicing. I have so much more to learn and so many goals I wish to accomplish next year. I hope to keep improving and growing as much as I have in the past year.
I’d like to give a big “Thank you” to all of you that have entrusted me to document moments in your life in 2011. I hope to see you again in front of my camera next year!
So, without further adieu, here are some of my favorite images from 2011. I hope to photograph you and yours in 2012! Have a Happy New Year!
So, you’ve locked down a date for your photo session… and if you’re a woman, the first thing that hits you is “I don’t have anything to wear!” if you are a man, I’m sure you’ve heard your lady say that many times on many different occasions. I’m guilty of it too. Piles of clothes strewn all over the place trying to find the perfect outfit.
Well, today I set up my studio for a session tomorrow and I decided it was finally time for a new family portrait. My last one was taken when my daughter was around a month old…. She’ll be 1 Saturday. (Whoa.) While my husband complained about doing the pictures this instant (what man wouldn’t) I
persuaded forced him to do it.
I started going from closet to closet trying to find something. All the while
yelling speaking loudly to my husband to get off the Xbox 360 and come help. (Do you think he turned off the game? Of course not… Men.)
Here’s how the hunt for a coordinating, but not totally matching, outfits went down:
My son’s wardrobe is pretty limited, he wears pajamas all day and play clothes when we’re out. But, I had just found a pair of plaid shorts from last year that would still fit him. Oh wait… the only matching shirt (also from last year) is way too short. So, I kept searching through his closet, and I found a couple polo’s. There was a green one I liked, so I took it and went to my daughters dresser. Crud. There was nothing that looked good with it. Then, like the shining sun, I saw my daughters bright yellow capris! Score! I just saw a yellow and white striped polo in my sons closet! Add the only “nice” shorts my son has (Khaki) and a white top for my daughter and they’re done!
Whew! Now I have to find something in MY closet to match… yikes. I went through my husbands side first. He only wears khakis, so that was a no brainer. Seriously, the man
does not own a pair of jeans owns one pair of jeans that were a gift and never wears them. So, I thew them at him while he was still paying the Xbox 360 and told him to put them on. He was still in disbelief that I was going to force him to quit playing a game to take some family pictures.
So, here’s the even “funnier” stuff… so, the kids are wearing yellow and white. Do you think my husband owns a yellow shirt? Surprisingly there was one in his closet… circa 1998. No kidding. And, the kicker, it was actually my sisters. No, she’s not as big as a man, that was sadly the style back then… to wear a mans polo much larger than you need. *shakes head* what were we thinking? So, I threw that at him and went to my side.
OK, remember the whole “I don’t have anything to wear moment”… insert that here ____
I’m looking and looking through my pitiful amount of clothes. (Seriously, how does my husband have MORE clothes than me?) Well, I remembered I had just bought a couple tee-shirts from target, two of them where yellow. I got one off the hanger, looked at it and went “What am I thinking?! Everyone is wearing a polo or something nice, this won’t coordinate. ” Then it hit me… hidden in a JCPenney’s bag… in the back of the closet… was a brand new white eyelet dress. (Thanks Mom!) I hadn’t worn it yet, but I fell in love when I saw it and had always wanted a dress like that. (Can I give another thanks to my mom? She bought it for me… THANKS MOM!)
So… there you have it in a not so small nutshell. Oh, and least I forget… footwear… when in doubt… go barefoot. Kids feet are too cute to hide behind shoes. As you can see… it IS possible to have a cute, coordinating family without buying a single thing. If I can do it, you can too! Seriously.
What have we learned today?
- Start with the person that has the least amount of options and work your way through the family.
- Don’t match. Coordinate.
- Pick one main color (White) one neutral (Khaki) and one pop of color (Yellow)
- Show your personalities (yes, my sister’s polo is kind of my husband personality, he lives in polos and tees… just never wore that one)
- Go barefoot