It has been awhile since I have been on the blog- it was a really busy fall photographing families for their holiday cards and I had to take a break from blogging for awhile. Now I am back to a normal shoot schedule and I am excited to show you some of the photo sessions I captured. This is a family I have had the pleasure of photographing since their second child was born. They recently had a third and it was an amazing shoot. The kids were so in love with their baby brother and the parents were kind and easy going. All-in-all it was a wonderful session! Here are some favorite moments captured:
It’s no secret that I absolutely love photographing newborn babies. I really enjoy going to people’s homes, often places I have never been to explore new ideas and get creative. I especially love when people come to me with ideas they have seen or personal items they want to incorporate because it gets me outside of my creative “box” to try something new. And often the ideas I go into a shoot with to serve as inspiration can lead to something so much better than I had hoped for! Here is a series of photos I did for a family who had just welcomed their little girl into their family. They had a few ideas going in and I was so excited to see them come to life! And the basket photos at the end with the floral wallpaper were a complete surprise as I saw the wall in their bathroom and HAD to use it! So many fun and creative photos came from this session, here are just a handful:
It is fun when families want to do a big family photo shoot to capture the different dynamics within their group. This family did photos to celebrate their patriarch’s 90th birthday. We captured the whole group, great grandchildren with great grandpa, cousins, siblings, individual families, couples, and many other variations. We did the session at one of the family homes. It is a special way to get lots of photos to have and enjoy for years to come. Here are just a handful of the photos we captured to celebrate a beautiful loving family.
Photographing precious newborn babies is such fun for so many reasons. As a mom, I am no longer in the “baby phase” of life and I miss those tiny little humans. I get my fix each and every time I get to photograph a newborn. I also absolutely love watching parents in the early stages of parenthood. There is such a newness, a love that is so rich and full- and I get to capture it for them. This sweet baby girl was perfectly sleepy throughout her session with me. I love the pictures we took and had such a great time documenting the love in this home.
Often I am asked what to wear in family photos. It is hard to answer since there are so many different directions you can go and look great. Back when I was growing up it was popular to have all the family in jeans and matching white shirts or everyone dressed in one color. While that is still done and continues to look great,, it seems that many people are getting a little more fashion forward with their choices by mixing colors/tones giving each person an individual look but all together still well coordinated. I find that selecting 3-4 colors or tones and mixing it up for each person is a wonderful way for everyone to have an individual look but collectively to have a well-coordinated photo.
Ultimately, these are your photos to love and enjoy, so I think it is important that you choose clothing that makes you feel good and reflects your style. If you are the kind of family who likes to dress casually in life then that is perfectly acceptable for a family photo! If you want to make it more of a special occasion type attire that is also great! Whatever makes you happy and love the photos, I think that is the best way to go. If ever you need help, I have visual references for my clients who need a little direction or inspiration.
Here is a photo session I did this summer for a family who always does a great job of styling their shoot. I love the pale purple, blue and white palate they chose. Each person has a great individual look but together they all go well as a group too! I love that the little girl’s dress ties all the colors together and the pattern is not too distracting because it is surrounded by solids. Here are my favorites from their at-home family photo shoot!
When a friend reached out about capturing photos of her kids in a creative way that expressed the stages of childhood they were in, I got really excited. She had such sweet and wonderful ideas and I was really excited to create some magic. Her daughter is really into princesses and loves to dress up so she had the idea of a laundry line of princess gowns. This idea was something I would have loved to do with my daughter but never did so I jumped at the idea! Her sweet son loves books and reading, bubbles and cars so we played around with various props. I played a bit with the color and feel of the images and here is what we created!
Sweet little Jemma was so tiny and amazing at her newborn session. We started with family and sibling shots which she was mostly awake for, then we did the sleepy newborn posed shots and she slept like a champ! We captured such a nice variety of photos and this family was so fun to work with. I really love newborn sessions because there is so much love to capture (and I get my newborn baby fix 😉) Here are the photos from this precious newborn session!
Summer is by far my favorite season of the year. Life slows down a bit, the sun is shining and the days are long, we spend lots of time together as a family and as a mom I am more laid back. During this time I have tried to bring out my camera from time to time to capture these sweet times. Below are photos I took of my kids for 4th of July, my son eating an icee, and the kids playing on a slip n’ slide. These photos freeze time for me as a mom and I love catching it on camera.
This precious girl was 8 months old for her photo shoot. We did the photos at her home, first outdoors and then inside. It was really fun watching her range of expressions. It is a really fun age when babies are crawling, sitting up and exploring the world around them. I love the mustard yellow outfit and matching bow….so adorable! It was a wonderful morning getting to know this awesome family and I love the photos we captured. Here are my favorites!
In the last month I have taken a handful of personal photos that I wanted to share. First, I brought my camera to the Mother’s Day celebration with my family. It has been 6 months since the birth of my niece and we had not yet captured a photo of the six grandkids/cousins together so I thought it would be great to try. We did a photo with just the kids and one with my mom. The next photo session I did was for my husband’s birthday. I do not capture photos of him nearly as often as I should and thought I should try to capture this special time in his life. The last day I had my camera was Father’s Day. I brought it with both sides of our family to capture and document these times in our lives.