I was introduced to this family through a friend of mine and I'm so happy I was connected with them! I love doing newborn sessions with siblings. I think they add so much to the session and really help make the sessions your own. They keep things real :) This family of four was so fun to work with and we had a great time playing too ;)
This was my first session of 2017 and if this session indicates what is in store for me this year, I am so excited!! We spent the morning at Longwood Gardens, and it was one of my most favorite sessions yet. It was the perfect combination of lifestyle and documentary and I just loved meeting this family. Little kids don't like to sit still for long and this location is perfect for that. There is lots to explore and see and we don't have to "sit still" for more than a few seconds here and there. I love exploring the children's garden with my clients... and my own two little ones! <3
I was so honored to meet sweet little Rose in her home so soon after she was delivered. Rose was the tiniest little girl because she surprised everyone a bit early! I've known Rose's parents for what seems like forever, and they make just as amazing parents as they do friends. Rose's nursery was designed with such love and thought. Every item in there had sentimental value and I enjoyed capturing those details as much as I did the newborn details. Thank you for sharing your early days with Rosebud with me! <3
I was so excited to meet little Tyler and visit with his family. I love doing newborn sessions at home because they are so relaxing and the older siblings have the freedom to come and go as they please. In between photos, we read books, played with ponies, and gave Tyler lots of snuggles. It was a great morning :)
I am vowing to never get behind on blogging again, but I will say, I love revisiting these fall sessions and I am finding new favorites for each session as I look through the galleries again :) We had a beautiful night for the A family... perfect temperature (which was a nice surprise for November!) and a beautiful sunset. I absolutely love working with this family. I knew I could take them to this location and that they would be up for a little hike ;) They totally go with the flow and give their kids endless love. We captured lots of fun and lots of love.... which is always my favorite <3
I met the G family at their home for a family lifestyle session. They wanted to capture the kids playing and enjoying a Saturday morning together. It was nice outside, so we were able to play outside for a bit too. During my sessions, I don't stop shooting very often. While we were getting ready to go outside, I was taking pictures of Mom putting on her daughter's shoes. She said to me, "Why are you taking a picture of my mom tying my shoes?" And I said, "Because one day, you will tie them on your own." <3
This past October, I was so excited to be able to photograph my cousin and his family as they welcomed baby P home :) Baby P has two fun older brothers and they take such good care of him. We bounced between bedrooms and had a very casual documentary style shoot with some "posed" lifestyle shots in between. My posing is always child-led. I will position a family or sibling shot how the kids are most comfortable and try for a picture with everyone looking, but after that, I let the kids decide what's next. Sometimes they like to read a book, sing a song, kiss the toes, or jump on the bed! My favorite pictures are always the ones that happen spontaneously and naturally... and kids make this part of my job easy <3
I met up with the M family at Longwood Gardens to do a casual extended family session. We had a bright and sunny day and we had fun exploring and catching up since our last session together. I really love capturing grandparents and their grandkids and it adds so much to your session when they are included. There was lots of tickles and lots of laughter at this session :)
I am so behind on blogging my fall sessions and I've been eagerly waiting to get to this session. I was so excited to work with the T family again. I did A's newborn photos and it was incredible to see how much she has grown. Valerie is an amazing local photographer (I can't get enough of her posed newborns!) and we spent a good bit of time deciding on the perfect location... we wanted lots of grasses and a gorgeous sunset. Beautiful light was a top priority. We ended up with a perfect night and I love the casual, lifestyle images we captured. Their gallery was HUGE and it was so tough to pick my favorites to blog :)
It has been awhile since I've blogged. I had to take a break to keep up with my fall sessions, but now I want to get back to sharing some of my favorite sessions from 2016. I did this lifestyle session at the end of last summer. Mom wanted the session to have a newborn feel to it even though their baby as about three months old. I was a little nervous about how it would go because I had not done this before, but it turned out to be one of my favorite sessions. Three months is such a great age. I feel like it's around this time that their personalities really start to peek through... and oh the smiles! I love them :)
I do newborn sessions in the morning or afternoon; it depends on when you have the best natural light in the rooms you want to use. Sometimes, the afternoon sessions coincide with afternoon nap wake ups. As all of us know, some days you wake up happy... and some days you don't ;) My sessions are long and leave plenty of time for toddlers to do things on their own time. I love playing with puzzles or reading books as kids slowly wake up :)
Before big brother woke up, we captured a few shots of Jamie with his parents. Once he woke up, we played for a bit, read books and snuggled, played with planes and trains, read more books... and had a few feeding breaks in between. It was a relaxing, stress free session capturing their life as a new family of four :) Enjoy!
I've known Vera's mom since we were seven. We did summer swimming together, went to school together, and now are moms together. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to photograph my friends - new and old <3 I don't take that lightly. I loved spending the afternoon at Ridley Creek State Park with these five (!) to capture some images for Vera's first birthday. Vera adores her big siblings and always has her eye on them. Pretty soon, she will be able to keep up with them too :) Thank you for trusting me to capture these memories and fleeting moments for you!
We had such a beautiful night for this session and had plenty of beautiful areas to explore with the kids. I love to keep kids moving during our sessions so that they don't get bored and are always excited for the next place we are going to see. You never know how sibling shots are going to go, but I really love the ones we captured at this session <3
I met up with this sweet family a couple months ago to take some announcement pictures for their big surprise :) It was fun to capture this family of three as they celebrated motherhood and Adam getting ready to embrace the world as big brother! We even had time to play around with some pink glitter at the end. I can't wait to work with the again this fall for official maternity pictures :)
I always love when I get to work with this family. I went to high school with these cuties' parents and I am so honored that they have chosen me to capture these memories for them. It's amazing how much their girls grow up between each session. I've loved being a part of this chapter in their lives. For this session, we explored Longwood Gardens early one morning. The girls love going here so we made sure to find some new locations for them to explore.
It was a super cloudy day when I met Finn and his family back in May. We spent most of the time in a bright downstairs bedroom, but we found a few pockets of light in other areas of the home too :) Finn was alert during most of our session but was so calm and easy going. I absolutely love these black and white conversions and the emotion they portray. It was a great day for a relaxed, lifestyle newborn session!
It has been awhile since I've blogged but I've been excited to share this session since April! This session turned out to be one of my most favorite newborn sessions to date. I always talk/email with my clients a good bit before the session to determine what their goals are for the session. For this one, mom wanted to focus on alone shots of Henryk, very natural sibling interactions, and babywearing. We did the entire session on one bed, in one room. He nursed, we changed diapers, we played UNO, we talked about birth and babywearing. I adored the simplicity and how that allowed the focus of the images to be the newness of Henryk and the raw emotions of bringing a new baby into the family. I absolutely loved working with this family and it was fun to pull up these images again... it's really hard to believe how small he was :)
We had a gorgeous "winter" evening for this session. Yes, this was February!! We had a few warm days that month and we totally lucked out for this session. That morning, we decided to push the session back a half hour so we could be sure to catch sunset and I think it was worth it. Colleen is one gorgeous mama. She absolutely adores her son and he is so sweet. I really love working with kids and their endless energy. They really help give sessions a natural feel. I love taking a more documentary approach... and so do kids :)
At the end of last fall, I did a secret "cousins" session. We wanted to surprise their grandparents so I didn't post any of the images from that session yet. These three were so cute together! It was fun to explore the warm conservatory and splash in the water a bit. It was also really fun to make the big kids laugh for a change :)
We had torrential rains off and on this day, but it was nice and dry in the Longwood Gardens Conservatory! I absolutely loved working with the H family on this extended family session. We did some posed portraits and captured some natural moments in between. It had been a while since they had visited Longwood Gardens so we enjoyed checking out the various gardens in addition to the holiday displays.