Capturing The First Year {Two Months}

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If you have ever done a search for tips on how to photograph a two month old, you have probably come up empty! Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be too much inspiration out there for this age. They are definitely out of the sleepy newborn stage, yet unable to sit, tummy time is a short lived affair and they will most definitely not be happy being squeezed up into different positions. So you’re pretty much left with laid-on-back with arms and legs rigorously moving at the speed of light! Not incredibly flattering if truth be told. On the plus side, they are not quite at the three month (cute) blob stage ;-)

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Self Portraits; Mom & Baby Moments

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Today Mattheus turned two months! So hard to believe that time can fly by so fast.

Though I’ve been preparing for an official two month session in the background, this day kind of crept up on me so I set up a short impromptu mom and baby shot!

I am not unlike most new mothers in that the idea of being in the picture at this point can be daunting. Still not quite back to pre-baby body and bags under my eyes, oh and a few extra wrinkles!  But the truth is, I don’t see this when I look at other new mothers, or even photos of me with my other two for that matter.  Instead I see an inner strength and radiance that is far more precious and truly beautiful. I’ve always loved following up with the newborn session after a client’s maternity shoot, excited to meet their new arrival, but more than that, I just love to see the glow and tenderness that new mothers seem to possess! So here’s hoping the same is true for myself and in the end, will I ever look back and focus on the way I looked?? Short answer, a big fat NO!

Okay, so there may not be much of me in these shots LOL! However, this quick impromptu shot turned into a mini session that didn’t end up getting very far!  This was my first attempt at self portraits and let me tell you, without a remote and only a ten second timer, it was a challenge! I was bound and determined to use my 50mm prime lens, so setting up the manual focal point took quite a bit of time as well as trial and error and I was still not entirely happy with the focus! Also sad to say I still cannot find my tripod and so a pile of books on a chair may not have been the most ideal!  After about a hundred frames I decided to call it quits for the day, also to give Mattheus a well deserved break! Despite the set backs, I still had fun and I’ll definitely follow up with this session and be a little more prepared next time  :-)

Happy two months, Mattheus!

Newborn Photography; Successfully Take Multiple Shots From One Pose

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Trying to pick up a few extra tips for your Newborn Photography? You may even be one of those brave souls looking to take photos of your own little one once you bring them home from the hospital! Here are a couple of tips on how to make the most of each pose and take a series of pictures from each pose before moving and repositioning your baby for the next shot. This is also especially helpful if your baby, like mine, is not the typical can-sleep-through-anything-babe that most newborn photographers seem to portray! Thankfully this skill isn’t limited to newborn photography but you can learn to tell a far greater story from any photo session of any age if you can get this down!

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Let It Snow!

 

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Seeing a child’s joy and curiosity over the soft powdery white flakes and the crunch underfoot brings back our own childhood memories of catching snowflakes on the tongue, snowball fights and building snowmen! (Or in my case, it was a beautifully engineered igloo that my dad had us work on together!)

Memphis doesn’t get a lot of snow, however and even when it does snow it’s really more of a dusting! So you can imagine that even the mention of snow gets children buzzing! Snow day! Continue reading

Capturing The First Year {One Month}

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Preparation

As I prepared for our third child’s arrival, I never questioned if I’d love him as much as my other two. But, I did wonder with him being the third, if I’d ever have those overwhelmingly beautiful moments that I experienced with my first. Especially seeing as the novelty of pregnancy was long gone! (Been there, done that, got the t-shirt!) Continue reading

Late Fall Inspired Family Session

Meet David, Julie, Piper and Mochi!

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Though I’ve taken a step back from my portrait business, I do enjoy the occasional session for fun and to keep practicing! So, for this chilly impromptu fall session we opted for somewhere local and low-key, a little off the beaten track. Continue reading

The Heart of the Picture; Photographing Children With Special Needs

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Meet Asher, my gorgeous little nephew! Asher has had a very different first couple of years of life than most two years olds. I’d like to share these excerpts written by his mama. Continue reading

Capturing The First Year {Newborn}

 

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It’s taken a few weeks for me to put together some more photos to welcome our third boy but it turns out that little Mattheus didn’t read the manual on ‘Newborn Photography‘ and out of all the hours he sleeps, infront of the camera is not one of them :-) More cuddle time for me! Infact it has become quite the joke around our house; nothing and I mean nothing will wake him at times! Though as soon as I  set up to photograph him he’ll promptly wake!  Continue reading

How and Why to Plan a Mini Session With Your Child

sharper-eyesAs a parent, taking one off candid pictures of your children and their milestones is something you definitely don’t want to lose, but learning how to take a series of pictures that flow well together can be even more rewarding and if you’re wanting to go into the portrait business, I believe can help to set you apart as an even greater portrait photographer.

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