My goal for 2014 is to be a better blogger (among a million other things that I would like to improve in my life- personally and professionally). I realized that it is one of the best ways to share my art with people, and for people to find me. I just got an email from the mom of this little girl to set-up her 6 month session. I realized that I didn’t blog her newborn session, so here it is . . . .
I loved this session. She is such a beautiful mother-to-be. I find that I can’t resist black and white photography for maternity sessions. Her gallery included the pictures in color, but I simply loved, loved her session in black and white. Looking forward to meeting her little one.
This family came to me when their little guy was exactly 2 months old. Sometimes photographing a baby who is 2 months old can have it’s limitations. Their arms still have a mind of their own and sometimes they aren’t quite focused on you. This little guy was great. He didn’t give us lots of smiles, but he was pretty chill and he focused right on me most of the time. I love the color choices for the session. It is a great example of how outfits go together without being matchy, matchy. And, even though they had great smiles . . . most of my favorite pictures are the more intimate ones where they aren’t looking at the camera.
I have been in the studio for almost 6 months. The extra space is wonderful. Do you know what else is wonderful? I don’t really need to use a lot of big, expensive backdrops to create the pictures I want for my families. I am in love with using the natural light from the windows and the soft off-white, creamy walls. I love the beautiful hardwood floors. Don’t get me wrong there is a lot of character within the space that some people may see as flaws, but I think it just lends itself to the uniqueness and beauty. There is something beautiful, and not to be cheesy, but poetic about photographing a newborn in a 200 year old building. And, I have something unique that I am offering to my clients. And generally, I love to photograph my newborns in color, but I LOVE black and white pictures of my newborn families (and maternity, too.) I don’t know what it is about black and white. There is just some kind of timeless & simple emotion it evokes.
When one of my clients contacted me to ask if I would be willing to do a session with the cousins, I knew what I was getting myself into with the session. She was very clear that the session would be with 6 kids ages 2 and under with the youngest one only one month old. I knew it would be a challenge, but I was up for it. The goal was one good picture with all of them, and I suggested we also try to do some groupings and individual pictures, too. For the most part, I think it went well even though we did have to execute plan B and plan C in some picture set-ups. I think we were able to accomplish quite a bit that day including one good picture with all of them (and it was literally one good picture in the 2 dozen pictures that we took of the group!)
Today I am thankful for some amazing fathers who took the time to write letters and books to their daughters about things they wanted their girls to know about the world. What prompted this post? I was watching the Today Show as I folded laundry. A father, Dr. Kelly Flanagan, was featured on the show. He wrote a letter to his daughter when he was in the make up aisle of a major retail store. He saw words and phrases pertaining to beauty like brilliant strength, choose your dream, naked, infallible and age defying all of them in reference to physical beauty. He took those same words and phrases and wrote something totally different. It was still about being beautiful, but a different kind of beautiful. I think I loved the last one on his list the most (although I loved them all) . . . . flawless beauty. This is what he wrote “Your finish has nothing to do with how your face looks today and everything to do with how your life looks on your last day. May your years be a preparation for that day. May you be aged by grace, may you grow in wisdom, and may your love become big enough to embrace all people. May your flawless finish be a peaceful embrace of the end and the unknown that follows, and may it thus be a gift to everyone who cherishes you.” How could I say that any better?
And, as if this post isn’t long enough . . . it reminded me of a book that I discovered years ago that I absolutely love. It is called “Boys Will Put You on a Pedestal Just to Look Up Your Dress” by Philip Van Muching. It is a book he wrote to his girls after he was almost in an accident and it is all the advice he wanted them to know just in case. It talks about Life, love, relationships and lots of other things including my favorite chapter was about tattoos.
Raising daughters is hard work (raising children is hard work) so it is nice to have these fathers impart their wisdom and their gift of the written word to help us out.
I love this little guy! He has soooo much personality. Most of my one year old sessions include a cake smashing, but we just did a regular session with several outfit changes. Each outfit was a cute as the first one. This mom one very well dressed man. It was fun to commemorate his big milestone. He is so incredibly cute!
I just had to share this sneak peek of this little girl. Her mother lets me take her picture every month. It has been such an honor. I look forward to seeing her everyone month, and I can’t wait to see what she can do next. It is so amazing to be witness to watching these little ones grow up. Right before my camera.
I love being a photographer and a small business owner because it gives me a lot of flexibility, but there are times that I miss my kids games and activities because most of them happen on the weekends. And, it just so happens that a lot of people need their sessions on weekends. The good thing is that answering emails, returning phone call, editing pictures, packaging orders, paying bills, and all that other stuff can be done during the week when they are at school. Even though I can’t make it to everything, I try to balance work and family as best I can on the weekends. Right now, it is basketball season and I have 2 kids playing travel basketball, so most of my weekends are spent in the studio and in the gym. Just thought I would share a few of my own personal family pictures . . .
My niece just turned one year old! Look how adorable she is smashing her cake at her cake smashing session. I loved the outfit that my sister-in-law found for her on Etsy.com. I think the color combination was so sweet. Wouldn’t you agree!?