I was so excited to be able photograph this sweet 10 day old baby girl. She was absolutely precious and looked so much like her big sister. It was even more fun because her big sister got to come along and sneak into some of the pictures. Big sissy was so excited to have a little sister and right before she turned the BIG 3!
When booking their session I found out that her mama's aunt was the one who first taught me photography in high school. She played a very instrumental part in the photographer I am today. She was a fantastic teacher and always pushed me to go beyond my little box of thinking. It is a small world!
We started out across the street in a quiet backyard along the water. It was a beautiful morning and we found the perfect shade under a nice big tree.
We then moved into the studio once she had fallen asleep. After picking out headbands and wraps we snuggled her in and got to posing. She did a fantastic job on her first photo shoot.
Big sister had fun playing dress up while baby girl was taking a feeding break. It is nice sometimes to have siblings there while the new baby takes a break. It gives us a chance to really put them back in the spotlight during such a big transition where they no longer have it all to themselves.
Is this not the most adorable doting sister ever? I think they are going to be the best of friends.
Adorable Newborn bonnet and leggings made by Mountain Mommy's Crochet
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This lil' man and his mama and daddy came to see me when he was just 10 days new. He was such a sweet little guy and did perfect for his first photo shoot. We started off the session by picking out hats, blankets, and baskets. There is no denying he is his mama's boy.
That full head of hair was just too adorable. It didn't matter what pose I put him in, he just was so content.
I have never had a baby stay awake for his entire newborn portrait session, but this little guy wanted to keep an eye on me the entire time. Every time I thought he was falling asleep, he would trick me and open his eyes right before I released the shutter. I caught a few shots of him with his eyes closed, but he was only fooling me. So cute!
Is this not the cutest little lion you've ever seen?
Of course, the last few images he decided to fall asleep. Pure sweetness!
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I had so much fun at this adorable little guy's newborn session. He came to my studio at just 7 days old and was a perfect little model. His sweet little cheeks and cute red hair were so much fun to capture. His big brother was the life of the party.
We started off the session by picking out outfits, hats, and props. Then we moved into the nice and cozy heated studio to do some sibling shots. Big brother Logan was excited to be there and it showed. The out-takes were hilarious. I'm surprised we got one still shot of him. I think my cheeks hurt from laughing so much. He did a great job and was full of life for a little 2 year old big brother.
Don't you just love their matching shirts! So cute!
I even got to sneak in some pictures of just Big brother. This is a really big step in his life and he deserves some spotlight too.
Big brother got to relax after his part was done and go play with all the toys in the next room. Mama hung out with us for a little while to see her new baby boy shine in the spotlight.
After seeing how awesome he was doing, mama went to relax herself by enjoying her complimentary 60 minute massage that comes with a newborn session with Journey Through Life Photography.
He had the cutest furrowed brow expression.
Click here to book your newborn session. Newborn sessions take place within the first 6-10 days. It is best to schedule your session in your 2nd trimester.
Normally newborn sessions are done within the first 6-10 days, but I got to meet this little man when he was 38 days old. He was the perfect little model for his "newborn" session. He slept like a chance which helped his mama enjoyed her complimentary massage during his session. Mama relaxed in the other room while he rocked it in the studio as daddy enjoyed watching his little man show off his awesome modeling skills.
We started our session picking out accessories such as hats and blankets. Since he was wide awake in the beginning we started with some sweet bonding pictures with mama and daddy. There is something sweet about capturing these special moments with a new little family. They sure are a beautiful family.
After striking a pose in front of the camera as a family, it was time for little Christian to shine in the spotlight. He had a full belly and a clean diaper which was a perfect concoction for a sleepy baby. He made my job so easy and just confirmed how much I LOVE my job. He slept like a champ and let me pose him however I wanted. My expectations were blown out of the water as I never imagined he would do so well at this age. Now I can just sit back and ooh and ahh over his sweet pictures.
Hear what his parents had to say, "Leah did a fantastic job on our newborn, his pictures came out beautiful! I couldnt be happier! I would most definitely reccommend her as the experience was wonderful."
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Introducing sweet Piper. A little miracle baby and a real fighter. Her mam longed for her and what a sweet present when she finally got to hold her in her arms.
She got an extended stay at the hospital. Not too sure it was all the luxury of a 24 hour spa she thought it would be, but she was a real fighter and made it home.
I had the pleasure of snuggling with sweet little Piper at 22 days new. She did such a great job... sleeping... tough work I know. Just a precious little sweetheart. She also has 2 older cousins who were super excited to welcome her to the family.
More additions coming to this family soon. Stay tuned.
You love your kids! That doesn't mean they don't drive you crazy, give you grey hairs or less hair, but you wouldn't trade it for anything - most days... just kidding. I used to think I wanted twins so that I could be done and over, but having 2 kids just short of 19 months apart makes me realize I probably would be totally bald if God had given me twins. He definitely knows what we can handle.
It makes you sad to think how fast they are growing and how much they are changing (by the days, weeks, months). So you set up an appointment to have their pictures taken so you can remember them as they are, but in reality we want the nice smiley pictures too. If the following scenario sounds like you, then you are not alone...
"Pictures are scheduled for the next day and you've forgotten to plan outfits so like a mad woman you are running around the house looking for coordinated outfits (let's face it, you are looking for non-wrinkly, non-stained, sort of matching outfits). If you do not succeed a light bulb goes off and you realize you could get yourself a non-kid shopping experience at target out of the predicament you're in. The husband is more than happy to get his frantic wife out of the house."
"The next morning you are preparing the kids for the session or bribing, black mailing, practicing your evil eye (whatever you want to call it). As the session time is getting closer everyone gets dressed and threats about messed up hair, spilling on clothes, bad attitudes are reiterated. Little Jonny refuses to wear the shoes you bought and Sally wants bows that don't even match her dress. You can feel the tension in the air. Have I forgotten to mention dad yet? Hmmm... Ever heard the saying, "If Momma aint happy, then nobody's happy." Well, the real truth is "If Daddy aint happy, then Momma's not happy, therefore nobody's happy." Ask any photographer and they will tell you."
"By the time you get to the session, the family that normally loves each other (or at least gets along most of the time) is now ready to pull each other's hair out. This sounds like a great time to take pictures of each other showing the tight bond they all share, right? Not!"
Here are some tips for preparing for a session with kids:
1. Kids can feel the tension in the air and most of the time it causes them to stress. They don't know how to handle stress well (does anyone?) so they tend to act out. Try to relax as much as you can which in turn will help the kids relax. Don't put so much pressure on them to perform, remember you are trying to capture who they are not a hallmark card. Also remember that children have short attention spans, so breaks to wiggle a little in the session are helpful and not always necessarily an act of defiance.
1a. Don't forget teens are a whole different ball game. They are struggling with self image, figuring out who they are (or want to be), and how to feel good about themselves. Give them a little freedom in choice of clothes (to an extent - we remember the pictures of ourselves where we thought we were cool too) and allow them to have some input on the session. Teens are less likely to fake what's not there, so spend quality time with them being silly and getting to know them (don't embarrass though).
2. An incredible children's photographer named Tamara Lackey had some great tips for helping kids and preparing parents. She warns her parents that the kids will probably misbehave and she is totally fine with that. She says they are testing their boundaries and seeing how much they can trust this stranger. She pushes parents to let loose for the session time and allow them a little wiggle room. The biggest thing she wants parents to know is that she has seen it before so no need to get embarrassed or go full-on drill sergeant on the kid. The harder you push the more they will push back. ** Did you know that most of the time if a parent is not in the room the child does better. (Doesn't always work with toddler/stranger danger stage)
3. Prepare daddy. Bribery may work for him, but really, make it about being fun. Get him involved. If he's not interested, ask him what is the least painful thing he wouldn't mind doing for a picture with his family. Remind him that these will be passed down for his grandchildren to see and does he really want the grandkids to ask, "Why does Grandpa look like he's constipated?"
4. Make it FUN! Gone are the days of the statue poses. Pick a fun location, create a theme, fly a kite, bring balloons, read a book, pretend to be the "Incredibles." Just remember that these are memories too and you want to look back and laugh or at least smile.
5. Now Momma go and reward yourself for a job well done or at least done!
** Stay tuned for upcoming classes on how to take better 'day to day' pictures of your children **
Just a few months ago, I got to spend the morning with her big brother who was turning 3 years old. Now I get to present his brand new little sister.
Sweetness all wrapped into one tiny sweetheart.
"My heart is, and always will be, yours." – Sense and Sensibility
A doting big brother!