I’m excited to post the gallery online today for Baby Victor’s parents! They’re close friends of mine. His mom and I go way back to story hour at the public library! So it’s no exaggeration to say I care deeply about her and I was so thrilled when I found out they were expecting and then I prayed with all my heart for a healthy pregnancy and baby.
When she texted me to say their little one had entered the world a healthy, (almost) 8 lb baby boy and they named him Victor, my eyes filled with tears of joy. I was THAT happy!
So without further hesitation, here are some of my favorite portraits from his newborn session. I captured all these images at their home in the Twin Cities. Needless to say, I had LOADED my van down with blankets, backgrounds and wooden crates… anything that might be needed for this monumental photo session! I am sure they thought I was moving in when I arrived. I suppose they would have been grateful for an extra set of hands to help, although Victor’s daddy is not averse to changing a dirty diaper! He jumped at the opportunity to handle any of his needs, which I admire.
Congrats M & J!
Hello my friends!
Today is a beautiful summer day here in Iowa. I’m thrilled to be sharing these photos with you today because this little lady just turned the BIG 1!!! She is a sweet, smart, expressive little girl who loves to go-go-go! This wood on my studio porch is actually from Shay’s great-grandpa’s barn! So that is pretty awesome and significant, if I do say so myself.
Her actual birthday was Wednesday, but the big bash is this weekend so I can’t wait to see all the fun pictures they post on Facebook. She really loved the cake they let her dig into Wed night so I’m thinking after a little practice she’ll be a pro at it come tomorrow!
As I wrap up 2015 I’m pleased to share this little hunk of sweet baby goodness with you. Isn’t he such a stud? I love his eyes!!! And all that hair!?
His big sister was one of my past baby portrait clients so I was so happy to get this wonderful family back in the studio again.
Needless to say, it was a bit of a challenge to get big sister to sit still… at 3 years old, it’s just hard to behave sometimes! We just rolled with it and got some AMAZING family portraits and just a couple of the baby and older sister Eve together, that’s all their parents really wanted anyway. No need to push them too hard at that age so they might dread the thought of portraits in the future. Best to keep it easy and fun.
Abel wasn’t too sleepy, but he was content to just lay and gaze at me contently with those big, beautiful eyes of his. I did finally succeed in getting a few of him sleeping and those are just so angelic.
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Happy New Year!
This little honey was featured on the blog as a newborn a while back and I never got around to sharing her one year session on the blog. It turned out so cute I just had to share it, even if I am a bit behind in doing so!
A little FYI tidbit: Emilie’s mom gives the best massages! If you ever want to book one, she’s the person to call! Now, she’s based right out of her home in Freeborn, MN and has a beautiful, professional massage therapy business. Here’s a link to her facebook page if you’re interested.
We started the session with some family portraits, and then did lots with just Emilie. They are serious farmers and love their John Deere tractors so we HAD to get one on the pedal tractor in the cute pink tutu. Her mommy got the cute personalized chalkboard designed through a shop on Etsy and I can’t remember the name of it, but if you want, I can find that out for you. Or you could just do a search and you can find lots of options, if you’re planning a birthday party soon.
Wouldn’t it be fun to get one of those made each year (well, at least the first 5 or 6 years) and then display them all at a high school graduation party? So fun!
It was time for my little man’s first birthday photo session and you know I’ve been planning this in the back of my mind for months now. I had always envisioned it being this beautiful black and gold color combination and I’ve got to say I’m very pleased with the outcome. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen. I hate it when I feel like I’m just doing my own version of something I already found online. This idea was totally original as far as I’m concerned.
I love the way he started chowing down on the cake! Although I didn’t let him get quite as carried away as I did at his party because I knew I wanted to take a few more after this and the black frosting can really soak into their skin and leave some not-so-attractive marks that I didn’t want to have to Photoshop out of all his other pictures.
The “cake smash to bath” idea wasn’t original, I’ve got to give credit to Pinterest for allowing me to stumble across that genius concept! I had all sorts of worries about getting the bath ready ahead of time and wondered if the bubbles would all disappear, but with plenty of baby wash soap and my kitchen sinks spray nozzle, I had some sturdy bubbles! I also worried about the water getting too chilly, but it was actually a bit hot still so I just added some cool water I had for drinking in a water bottle and that made it just right.
Adding the rubber ducky and the rolled up towel just added to the storyline and it gave Henry something to play with while I got all the shots I wanted. I loved seeing the water splashed all over the floor and I got a couple cute ones where I actually caught the splashes and a cute expression, but if I did it again, I’d try to get more of those. 🙂
All-in-all a pretty successful shoot if I do say so myself! I was lucky to have an old friend and fellow photographer, Emily Hassing of The Sparkling Image to help be my extra hands as Henry is very mobile and I didn’t want him to tip out of the bowl onto his head. Older brother Collin was also on hand to help me tease those smiles out of his little brother when he first seemed pretty hesitant about the whole idea.
I had a blast last Sunday when we celebrated my youngest son’s birthday. I was so excited to debut my long awaited gold and black “King Henry” themed party! Everything looked amazing. After the party, we did a little photo shoot in the studio just to round things out with the bottom tier of the cake and then it was ‘splish, spash’ into the tub! For a fun bath after the cake eating. These images are the perfect compliment to the laundry basket pictures I took of Collin when he was about this age. (I’ll show these pictures in the next post I write)
The party decor featured a gold fringe curtain with his monthly portraits hung from gold rope and clipped with black clothespins, black tablecloths with gold ribbons down the center and gold and black star balloons. There was a cute chalkboard printable I framed that was free online here, and some chipboard letters spelling “one” from Hobby Lobby were perfect accents. I painted the backs of some cheap plastic plates gold for a fancier look and tied gold plastic silverware inside black napkins tied with gold ribbon. A bunting with little gold flags hung from the counter and fireplace. The cake was proudly displayed after all the work that I put into modifying it from the version created by my local bakery. I actually ended up picking off most of the detailing she had done, piped on some pre-made Wilton black frosting and hand-painted the trim with metallic gold airbrush food coloring. Whew! LOL! Next time I think I’ll just make my own. We also had cupcakes with little flags for our guests since Henry got to have the whole top layer for himself to smash into and I saved the bottom for our studio session.
I made a bib with black faux fur I had on hand and decorated it and a black t-shirt I purchased with a #1 cut from gold painted fabric. I also made a crown out of the same gold fabric and lined it with felt to make it more sturdy and Henry wore it like the little king he is! So glad he liked it. He seemed to really enjoy the whole party. I think I’ll have my hands full with this little guy as he gets older!
I have a confession to make… I’m not perfect. I’m not a perfect person, and I’m not a perfect photographer. I’ve made my share of mistakes (which I skillfully correct and have never ended in a disgruntled customer, I am happy to say!) and there are definitely aspects of my business and photography skills that I’d like to improve upon… but I have to say, I think I have one thing nailed…
I’m awesome at creating works of art with my photography that make you FEEL something!
There. After a little self-depreciation, I’m boasting a bit. LOL! Bear with me though… I have a point I’d like to make sure I get across.
Now, most people hire me thinking they want a nice picture of their child, looking at the camera and smiling. I get that! (I mean, I understand that… but I guess I also mean that I get plenty of those to pick from)
I love those smiling portraits too! I’ll print one as an 8×10, 11×14, (or 16×20 if I’m feeling frisky) for my wall at home…
But it’s the images where my son isn’t looking, and often times, not even smiling that grab me: Make me stop & stare. I find myself studying his fine features that I adore so much… his soft hair, his long lashes… sigh.
THOSE are the ones that I wouldn’t dare put on my wall any smaller than a 16×20 and tempt me to order that 24×30 that I think just might be perfect!
I have found, repeatedly that I capture at least one of these grab-you-by-the-heartstrings-type of emotional images, that I throw into the proofs and hope that my customers are brave enough to step out of the box and order.
This mom is definitely one of those customers who always steps up to the plate and orders the images that are “non-traditional” and charged with emotion. Often times, we settle on the ones that make us laugh, that communicate the “realness” of life with four healthy children.
Here are some of my favorite images from our last session with little Ruthie who is growing up, and graduated from the “baby plan” and is now 2 years old!