I was so excited to meet this little baby! Megan and Chance are a very special wedding couple to me as they trusted me years ago to fly us to Jamaica to capture their wedding weekend. I will never forget that amazing experience! They let there little bundle of joy be a surprise until the birthday and I couldn't want to hear that they had a little girl! :) We had a super long session (over the course of two days) and captured so many shots, including some outdoor ones! I am in love with so many! Take a look!
Megan brought along some pottery from their house to use!
Back with another sweet newborn later this week!
My sweet little Ames turned two recently! I love planning and styling parties, but I kind of dropped the ball on this one! Planning a party for this time of year is so hard. One we like to do them outside so we have to plan around weather. And two, I stay BUSY once the weather warms up! We literally threw this party together the night before and went super simple DIY with it. I had pinned things for months and just never got it all put together. This momma needed a break. And my little guy didn't notice that it was more low key from the others! He enjoyed it just the same. We went with a Mater theme since it is his favorite right now! Here are a few peeks...
I was literally up most of the night before making that mater sign! I cut it out of cardboard (paper plates for wheels) and then put about 4 coats of paint to get the look I wanted. The letters are from some old foam stamps from my scrapbooking past. :) It was fun to play again!
Everything else was created in photoshop and printed out. I wrapped tomato sauce cans to look like oil cans, etc. I LOVE those cheap ikea frames for parties. You will be seeing them a lot! And my mom made the cake.
This is the only pic I really have of the birthday boy as I was holding Finn or chasing a kid most of the time!
I still haven't shared Ashton's Peter Rabbit party! I have to do that ASAP! It was a favorite! :) Back with sweet babies and weddings galore soon!
I have to say, this session has been my longest newborn session to date. Parent's always worry when their newborn is WIDE AWAKE when we are ready for some sweet sleepy shots and I always assure them that they have to fall asleep eventually. Remy tested that theory! We waited him out for 4 hours! Then we finally got some sweet shots before we woke him back up again. Magically he fell asleep while posed in mom's arms so we were able to sneek a few more shots in as well! I'm so happy we waited him out! And a note to future newborn clients...I am very persistent! We will get you some cute shots, you may just have to move in with me for a day or two! lol!
Here are few peeks.
I have another set of newborn pics coming up! Stay tuned!
Ryker is one well loved little boy! He is surrounded by a household of 6 siblings! He was a touch older than my normal newborn since the ice storms through our area out of whack for a week or so, which means we had to work a little harder, but it was well worth it! He was precious! Here are a few peeks at him...
Back with another baby boy soon!
A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to focus my work on newborns and weddings. Before then, I did a LOT of kiddos and family sessions and while I loved it, my heart was with my newborns. It wasn't that I thought I was best at newborns compared to the other sessions I shot, but instead, it challenged me and inspired me. It made me generally happy to shoot them. So I took a chance, pulled most my other work from my portfolio and launched a newborn focused webpage in 2013. It was a risk for me really. But I jumped straight in. And I began to book more and more babies. And my heart has soared! I have improved so much over the years and I want to keep refining and improving my newborns! I feel the same way about my weddings! The first one I shot I was clueless! But I feel like I have came so incredibly far from there!
Looking at these, I can tell that I have improved in posing, exposure, photoshop, skin tones and lighting. All thanks to A LOT of experience. :)
SO here is a little THANK YOU to all the people who trusted me over the years to capture their little newborn or their wedding day. Without you, I wouldn't have grown so much and came so far! I look forward to all the tiny little babes and weddings I have lined up the rest of the year too! :)
I had meant to put this post up yesterday, but I spent most of my day dress shopping for our first wedding this weekend (WOOHOO!) and then my evening assisting with homework. So, here it is today!
Christa and I had grand plans of a snowy maternity session, but mother nature didn't cooperate when I needed her to this year. So we did some downtown maternity portraits instead. Here are a few peeks!
that last one was processed a bit differently for me. MY hubby loves to play with editing and he pushed me to do this one a little more over the top. :)
Back with more sweet babies soon!
April is here and that means that wedding season is in full force! I couldn't be more excited! And with the start of wedding season also starts baseball and soccer for my household. So on top of the extra sessions, I have sports to juggle! If I make it till June, I deserve an award! lol.
Here are a few peeks at the past sessions that are coming soon....minus the bridals as they are a secret! :)
Cierra and Nathanial...
and this week I have another full line up! Stay tuned for a full session to be blogged tomorrow!
If there is one thing I have learned over the years photographing newborns, it is that they call the shots. Someone once asked me how I decide what poses and props to do with each session and the answer is simple...it depends on the baby. The baby's size determines some of the props (large babies don't fit in my small bowls, and small babies drown in my larger baskets, etc). But more than that, it is what the baby prefers. Some babies love being on their bellies, some their backs. SO I go with whatever the baby loves.
When Logan first came in for his session, he wasn't feeling the greatest. He was hard to settle and easy to startle. Not typical for his young age. So we tried a few poses and tried to soothe and then decided to try again the next day (it happens). The next day, we started off and he was still a touch uneasy. SO I wrapped him and it soothed him. So a lot of his shots are wrapped shots and that is how he preferred! You gotta go with what works! Here are some favorites of this little guy...
Thank you guys for being willing to come back for another day, I think it was WELL worth it!
I used to babysit this little guy's dad. It just doesn't seem right that kids I babysat should have their own kids. *SIGH* But little Draven looks like his daddy too! Super tiny and sweet. I think he literally peed on almost everything we used that day! lol. The perks of being a newborn photographer! :) But it was well worth it to capture some precious photos of him!
More more more babies coming up! :) Stay tuned!
Sweet Rossalyn was on the brink of losing that sweet tiny baby look so mom wanted photos done right away. I normally photograph babes at either first two week or later around 6-7 months, so this was a bit different from my norm. But she was a pleasure to work with! We attempted some "newborn-ish" photos but she was too interested in looking around to sleep for us! :) Here are some favorites...
Isn't she a doll? Be back with another sweet girly tomorrow!
This year has been full of newborns and I really couldn't be happier. I only do newborns in the studio and since the outside has been too cold and yucky to really do much outside, I am glad to see these sweet babes inside the studio! :)
Noah came into the studio way back in January before the baby spree began! He made us work to keep him asleep, but it was worth it! Here are a few peeks at his session!
Back with another sweet little one tomorrow!
Geez. One of my top goals for the new year was to bring back the blog. And I did it for a while and now almost a month has passed with little activity. So today is the day. It is back. In addition to sharing the beautiful babies and weddings I have shot, I will be sharing a little more about me and my family as well. So much of my life feels "unsharable" because it isn't perfect, but I decided that it really doesn't matter. Not much of life is perfect! So today I am going to let you in on a little peek of our life.
LIFE WITH FIVE KIDDOS.
One thing I get asked all the time is HOW do you survive with five kids?
It is really a loaded question. I must first say that you are either a fan of big families or your not. Obviously, we are. I always KNEW I would have a large family. I wanted lots of littles running at my feet. And I think I got it. lol. But life raising five kids is crazy. We rarely have a clean home (except when I have sessions and we make a MAD DASH before clients show up!). There are toys pretty much everywhere. For the most part, the kids keep the toys in their rooms. But we find the occasional lego masterpiece on the mantle or random car or train in the kitchen. My living room has Ames' toys since he spend the majority of his days in there. The carpet is CONSTATNLY covered with blocks. We just embrace it.
The biggest thing for survival with 5 is letting go of things. I can't let the dirty house get to me. My car is a wreck too. And it used to stress me out but now I am over it. I also don't over do things as a mom. In the era of pinterest, that is hard sometimes, but I have let go of homemade valentines and school parties, etc. I just can't commit to them. My kids aren't suffering without them.
On that note as well, my personal time gets put on the backburner too. Travis and I rarely go on dates (alone). We usually always have a kid in tow with us. We don't do movies or concerts or really much of anything without our kids. And we are ok with it. I know that one day our nest will be empty (if I survive it!) and I will have more time than I know what to do with. So for now, manicures and solo shopping trips are a luxury item.
With five, our days are wild and crazy. We run from the time they rise until the fall asleep. Someone is always ALWAYS needing something. The evenings are the hardest. When homework needs to be done, dinner needs to be started, little ones start the afternoon wind down (read: cranky) and we are exhausted from the day. Sleep is also a rarity around this house. Finn is still not sleeping through the night. He does a good 5 hour stretch most nights but it starts well before we turn in and usually ends shortly after I fall asleep. And of course the nights he doesn't wake a lot, someone else does with a bad dream or tummy ache or something. I honestly feel like my body has learned to survive on 4 hours of sleep. ha!
SO that is a peek at life with five. But honestly as a parent, you know that life isn't that much different with two! All parenting is pretty much the same. It is just more to juggle, more clothes to wash, more mouths to feed, and more snuggles and kisses. I for one think it is a pretty good trade. :)
I will be sharing some pretty photos tomorrow, but look for some more life updates soon. Including my newest home decor project, our living room! :) And I would love to hear from you guys! Feel free to post comments or ask questions or let me know if you have something you want to hear about.
I know I still have a few sessions to blog from the last round of sneek peeks, but I am behind, again! Most people were shocked that I returned to work so quickly after having our fifth little one, but the truth is, the newborn stage is SO easy to incorporate into work. I would lay him down and I could work work work. But NOW is a different story. He is awake and needing attention and SO fun to play with, but he is also still waking this momma up at night (every 3 hours still like clockwork) which makes for one exhausted mom. So my "work time" gets cut a lot now. I am pulling late nights and editing as quickly as my kids allow. I had high hopes of bumping up my editing time sooner for clients, but it just isn't in the cards this week. Maybe next week I can be quicker?
And on with the shares. It has been a bit of a baby BOOM lately! Something in the water maybe? I couldn't be happier though! It's no secret little newborns are my favorite! :)
Back sharing more of these sweet babes soon! :)
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! I am happy to share something that I love with you today! It is no secret that I love shooting newborns! Sweet Kaiden was an absolute pleasure to photograph! I absolutely adore so many of his images! :) Here are some favorites from his session...
And a few outtakes! :)
Back with more newborn cuteness tomorrow! :)