I recently acquired some new props (though this is really an ongoing  habit and not just an occasional event!) and have been so excited to use them for a newborn session!  A friend just also happened to have the most gorgeous baby boy recently… 🙂  I love when I can ask moms if I can “borrow” their wee ones for some shots!  The thing I’ve been most excited to incorporate into some images is my Great-Grandmother’s antique butter bowl.  A wooden bowl that my mother actually remembers helping her make butter in as a child!  I asked her if I could foster the bowl for a while in my studio.  😉 It’s kinda cool that I’m able to put a little piece of my own family into these images that I absolutely love to create.

baby in wooden bowl

Sweet baby River was an absolute dream to photograph!  He snoozed the whole time and was totally content to curl up in these sweet poses for me.  Even through his little grimaces and scowls, he was perfectly adorable!  The little rolls, crinkled brow, pouty lips, peach fuzz… perfection.  Special thanks to his sweet momma for making this such a fun morning!  sleeping baby making faces beautiful sleeping baby

This session was all about soft, muted, earth tones.  Although I love incorporating color into sessions, there is something about these soft, beautiful images that seems so soothing and peaceful.  So excited to get to use these props and photograph this little guy.  What an absolute doll.  Enjoy!

newborn in bonnet and pants

I am by nature a creative, detail-obsessed, master procrastinator.  S0, it is a tremendous accomplishment that I managed to do something I promised myself (and all of you!) that I would do….  I CREATED MY FAMILY’S FIRST ANNUAL YEARBOOK!  Last fall, in this post, I recounted some rather painful instances of losing some precious digital pictures when some image files corrupted.  I then knew that I had to finally live by my own motto I share with clients and PRINT MY PHOTOS before I lost any others.  I had always hoped to take all the photos taken of our kids, print them, and put them in a painstakingly hand-crafted scrapbook, complete with overpriced embellishments, fancy patterned paper- the works.  (The key word here being hoped).  Upon taking a realistic look at our lives with two small children (and a growing business of my own) I knew I would never really have the time I’d wanted to take on such an endeavor.  So, I decided to settle for the less-personalized, yet far quicker option of paying an album-printing lab make my scrapbook for me.

print your family

Man, am I ever glad I took that easy way out.

I used some album-building software I recently purchased and had created a 60-some page album in a matter of just a couple hours.  I used all those photos I’ve taken over the past year- most of them on my phone- and created the most beautiful family keepsake I could ever have hoped to make!  Now, as you can see, these pictures weren’t anything really special.  They weren’t necessarily wall-worthy portraits, or anything I’d brag about taking, but they were special to ME.  They all happened at those sweet, funny moments that made my heart melt, and made me go grab my camera in the first place.  I mean, WHY do we bother to grab our phones and cameras and take pictures of things anyway?  Especially pictures of our kids??  Hopefully it’s not just to have something to post on Facebook…  I think for most of us, it’s because there was something in that moment that we never wanted to forget.  Well, the only way you’ll truly NOT forget that moment is turn that electronic data into a real, tangible photo and print it.

family pictures printed in photo album

I managed to surprise myself again and place the order the first week of December and receive it a week before Christmas- so that I could give it to my husband as a surprise Christmas gift.

Ask anyone in my family- I am a HUGE procrastinator.  So if I can do something like this- you can too!  I mean it.  Even though the album building software I used made it extra-easy, there are half a dozen web-based services that can do this “designing ” for you!  In fact, one of them even calls theirs “automagic” layouts.  And that’s pretty much the truth! Upload the pictures you want to use, choose a handful, drag and drop them on the page, then click that magic button to have the app miraculously mix up the arrangement until you see the one you love.  If you want to choose one of these websites, to finally print your own photos, I’ve mentioned a few here.

For all of you who’ve had a digital picture “scare” and had fire lit under your heinie to somehow print your pictures so you won’t lose them forever, I hope this is another spark to that fire that will motivate you to finally do it!  My kids have LOVED looking at our first family “yearbook” and I know that in the years to come, it will be even more special to them.  And me too.

What are you waiting for??  😉

This sweet newborn boy has an sweet look-alike big brother (and an adorable big sister who didn’t want to be photographed that day!)  I have fallen in love with these images of sweet baby “Z.”  See the slideshow of this newborn boy’s session here!  Enjoy!

What a wonderful fall we had for family portraits!  One of the most rewarding things for me is to have past clients participate in fall mini sessions.  These families are amazing and nothing but F-U-N to photograph.  Each of these sessions truly was a great time!  Families like these make my job an absolute joy!  Of course, there is a lot more work behind-the-scenes for every family portrait session (culling, professional retouching and editing, client management, order fulfillment, bookkeeping, yada yada…) but I have to reveal a secret- these families made creating beautiful images the easy part!  I love seeing the love, giggles, silliness, cuddles, smiles, and the sense of belonging that is part of being a family.  That is what family portraits celebrate!  And that’s what I hope these moms, dads, and kiddos will see in the decades to come when they look at their family pictures.

brother and sister hugging parents snuggling daughters for family portraits

 

 

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