Archive for 'Newborn'
I was trying to figure out if I should name this post Reflection or Stuck in the mud. However, the more I thought about it, everything on here is a mere reflection of who I am and my life as a photographer. Since my dog decided to try to dig her way out of her new Alabama backyard, this fit wayyyyy better. Bad Dog! Lately I have been kind of digging (no pun intended) for where I see my photography heading and which direction I am leaning to and the amazing thing about moving IS that I get to start over. It’s rewarding to me that I am able to gain clients despite the obstacle of having to move because most photographers get to build their business in one area with connections and an audience that they specifically market to. Being a military wife, my audience changes along with my environment. The one thing that I am so appreciative of is that my military audience is always supportive! So as I have been unpacking, I have also been doing some soul searching. I started to think back. Wayyy back. When did I start photography? Why did I start photography? What do I love shooting? I bought a camera in 2008 so that I could document my son’s first years. It was a Nikon D80. I wanted the images to be amazing so he could look back and see how much joy he brought me and how much I enjoyed capturing every moment. I had no knowledge of digital cameras and I honestly didn’t own a film camera. I had it set on Automatic and I was shooting like I was a pro. At least when you don’t know the rules, you can’t really break any. Right? I started a blog to post the images and I thought they were good. Real good. It wasn’t until I spoke to a photographer that pointed out everything that I was doing was wrong. :) All wrong. I spoke on the phone with her for maybe 15 minutes and she asked if she could critique my blog photos. I thought I was going to die but I was so excited at the same time. Needless to say, I realized I had a lot to learn. Of course I realized I needed to get off of Automatic settings and start learning photography and that was the beginning of my self taught experience.
I have shot weddings, I have shot newborns, bellies, and more. I love all of it. However, what I really love is the reason I began this journey: The love for childhood memories and to capture love.
As I look back on my photos last year I absolutely loved that they told a story. I didn’t just point and shoot. I wanted to evoke the emotion out of your children and represent love in your family. I want to capture you like I would capture my own. My good friend thought I was crazy to narrow down my specialty but I really do believe you have to follow your heart. Therefore I am no longer taking weddings and limited newborns. It was a huge decision but I do believe that this is the right thing to do, for now. I still love capturing engagements and the love between two people but I will not shoot weddings unless there’s a ton of begging involved. :) I feel confident that my photography is going to be even better this year. I can’t wait to deliver.
While I hate the fact that my dog can’t stand to be in the backyard w/o me for more than 2 minutes and has to try to dig her way out … I am so thankful that she made me realize that I too was stuck in the mud myself. I should probably thank her for making me realize that I needed to make the decision to move forward. But I think I will give her a bath instead…..
Here’s to less talky and more images in 2013.
Recently I’ve been photographing newborn after newborn. It has been so cute to see all these babies. I wanted to blog at least one of the sessions since I’ve been working on all these edits. Each baby has been different from each other and I can already see a little personality in them just by holding them for such a brief time. I love getting to talk to the new mommies while getting the babies warm and sleepy before the shoot! Newborn photography takes a lot of patience so it’s important to realize that the baby will determine how quickly they want these sessions to take! It has been so fun to see these first time parents glow over their first born and it has been such a privelege to see that they have started their “family”. It is such an honor to be able to capture such a momentous time in their lives and I thank all my clients for trusting me. Baby Rhetta was less than a week old when she came to me and she was just a little bundle of sweetness! I am honored that her mom came to me from Cherry Hill, NJ after giving birth only six days prior! It is a bit of a drive to get to me but I’m so glad she thought it would be worth it! Rhetta slept so good for her newborn session! She was so tiny and so bendy! I absolutely loved her perfect hair and her tiny little fingers! She is going to bring so much love to this already loving couple! Congrats to all.
Something less traditional? How about replacing real flower bouquets at your wedding with a special piece to cherish forever!!!! I had the pleasure of seeing these pieces by Metallic Bloom in person. Metallic Bloom is based out of Spokane, Wa. and uses new, vintage, and vintage inspired pieces to create one of a kind handmade blooms! They are absolutely gorgeous and handcrafted to perfection! If I was getting married again, I would have chosen these exact colors! It’s so classy and so beautiful! Metallic Bloom will custom make any pieces to your own wedding color choices. She offers bridal bouquets and hair accessories! Hillary, owner and creator of Metallic Bloom has an amazing eye for texture and fabric! I love the combinations that she chooses and the quality of each piece woven into place. There’s no denying that these pieces are one of a kind! If you are a bride and are interested in one of these pieces, you can check out her site and other products here.
I’m even more excited to show off one of my newborn pieces on my next newborn session coming up! Here’s a few other hair accessories that I absolutely love!
I just love this adorable family…..and not just because they make beautiful babies!!
So I recently had a bundle of sessions and I couldn’t get over how cute my first session was with this little cutie….Six months of pure joy & cheeks to die for! I just love her adorable outfit from Chicaboo !
Ha ha, she’s even adorable when she cries…….but in her defense she was just trying to show me that she’s a BIG girl & ready to walk! Get ready for it Mom, I think she’s serious about this walking stuff!
It’s really fun to have all these newborns to photograph so when Baby R. came to me just after a week, I was thrilled ! I find myself looking back on when my kids were newborns and remembering the times when I would just look at them while they were sleeping in my arms. I would always wonder what kind of personality they were going to have or what they would be like or what they would actually look like as they got older. Now that mine are older, I am amazed that those once tiny little peanuts are so full of life!!! It truly is a beautiful thing!
But seriously, back to Baby R. She came to me asleep but after a few shots she was back awake and wanting to be in mommy’s arms. It didn’t take long for her to give into a good sleep and I took full advantage. Isn’t she sweet?