Recently, I had great pleasure of welcoming a beautiful new baby boy into a young family. I had the opportunity to work with the parents during their maternity session. We had so much fun, and I looked forward to them returning for their newborn shoot.

The new mother and father dressed in dark shirts for their session, which looked especially nice with dad’s dark hair and beard. We added contrast to the photos by wrapping the baby in a light grey-colored wrap. This allowed the baby to shine as the center of the photographs. I loved watching the dad as he gazed lovingly into his son’s eyes, and the mom as she serenely snuggled her little man.

I enjoyed being able to capture the special features of their baby. I loved photographing his beautiful hands folded together and his cute little rounded nose. Quite often he would curl his hands up under his chin while he slept. This handsome man had a full head of beautiful brown hair, and this feature was brought out with lighter blankets. I also loved filming him in the blue blankets with the darker background, as this combination really brought out the stunning color of his pink skin and lips.

It was fun to incorporate a few props into the pictures. The family had brought in a cute little mask, and it turned into an adorable shot. I also enjoyed wrapping the baby and posing him on wooden crates. This brought a real country feel to some of the photographs.

This was such an enjoyable family and a fun photo shoot. I am looking forward to connecting with them again during future sessions and having the opportunity to watch this handsome man grow.

 

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This session far transcended simple, well-matched outfits and natural poses my favorite for maternity sessions. Radiant love exuded from their faces with every picture I captured. No pose appeared unnatural or coerced, but rather seemed innate within their relationship. This sweet couple portrayed a genuine love for one another and for their anticipated baby boy!

The beautiful parents-to-be shined from the inside-out with every picture. Catching these moments between couples has always been an inspirational factor in my career. During this session, love and excitement were captured by my camera. It truly is just as precious for me to take these photos as it is for the parents to receive them! I thoroughly enjoyed the purity of this session and observing firsthand the love that their son will be born into. The couple treated each other with such tenderness and gentleness that made the session so wonderful. The more time I spent with them the more I realized that their first son will be-and already is-deeply loved and wholeheartedly wanted. The session was packed with those “wow” moments. I loved the sincere joy painted on the mother’s face as she cupped her baby bump in her arms. Comparably, the father exhibited such a precious love for the mother of his future son. They both very evidently revealed their anticipation for their new baby. Their natural connection truly reminded me of why I love doing what I do.

With a beautiful couple, comes the need for a beautiful scenery! The gorgeous environment complemented the session and the couple well. Additionally, the mother’s choice of dresses added such an elegant turn to the session. Not only did she look beautiful in them, but she matched charmingly with her partner. Their style, their stunning poses, and their inherent connection with one another created such a ravishing selection of pictures. This delightful session concluded with many flawless photos and pure joy for this exciting next step in their lives. I truly am overjoyed for this beautiful couple and for the arrival of their precious baby boy!

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On a clear winter day that was unusually warm I was lucky enough to shoot my second session with this beautiful family. This little guy is one of the happiest, most photogenic little boys a photographer could hope to meet. I first photographed him as a newborn, and it was an honor to be able to capture more special moments for this military family as their little one celebrated his first birthday.

We started the session at the studio for some first birthday pictures. As you can see, this blue-eyed beauty didn’t hesitate to get a taste of his smash cake. A second set with a furry rug and a wooden airplane really captured the spirit of this sweet boy while also paying subtle homage to his parents’ service to our country.

Once we were finished with the cake smash we headed outdoors to one of my favorite outdoor locations.  We started the session on a gravel lane. The tree line provides a nice backdrop but didn’t distract from the subjects. The whole family wore neutrals and jeans, which gave them a casually complementary look without being too matchy matchy. Not only did every member of the family wear a cohesive and flattering outfit, but I really appreciated how they chose styles that are unlikely to date the photo in a few years. As you can see from the family shots, this little boy really knows how to work a camera!

After the family shots, I photographed each parent alone with their son. This really allows you to see the unique bond each has built with their child. Mom and baby were fresh-faced and loving. Dad gave his best buddy a toss, and I was there to capture that split-second grin that says everything you need to know about the joy and trust between a father and son.

Next we took some solo shots of the little boy on a rustic crate. Even at a distance, this angel just naturally glows! His parents swooped him up for some more group photos. The whole family’s body language is so natural, relaxed and warm. You can’t fake that kind of love. We moved in front of an old barn, and once again the little boy was the star of the show, hamming it up for the camera from on top of a sawhorse.

After the family photo shoot, we returned to the studio for some first birthday pictures. As you can see, this blue-eyed beauty didn’t hesitate to get a taste of his smash cake. A second set with a furry rug and a wooden airplane really captured the spirit of this sweet boy while also paying subtle homage to his parents’ service to our country.

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This is a session that was enjoyable for me as I absolutely adore this family. I photographed this sweet baby girl when she was only 10 days old, and I recently had the honor of capturing her pictures at 7 months old. I took quite a few pictures of this precious girl who enjoys showing her big smile. She also has the brightest eyes that sparkle in all of her pictures. She showed us so much personality during her session and I just loved capturing that for mom and dad as I know they will cherish these memories forever.
One of my favorite portraits is where the this sweet baby girl is under a blanket and is peeking her head out from the edge. Mom brought blanket to use during the session which is something I love.  I love to incorporate items that have special meaning to the family.  It adds such a special and personal touch to their portraits.  Her expression is one of awe and amazement as though she might have been caught doing something she knows shouldn’t.  One of the images that is full of innocence is with the baby wearing a pink and white bonnet, another amazing and special item that mom brought to include in her session. From the tiny smile to the looks of adornment and surprise, this is a favorite shoot because the little girl is so full of beauty and life and is easy to photograph.

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One of the greatest traditions around for little guys is the infamous cake smash. While this usually makes a pretty big mess, it is well worth it. When this little one year old was ready to celebrate her birthday, she suddenly looked very interested in this beautiful and elegant simple wedding style cake. At first, I noticed that she wasn’t very sure of what to do with the cake on the antique looking pedestal. I loved the neutral colors that my clients chose. It created a calm and serene look around this beautiful baby.

Still working with the neutral colors, we placed the beautiful baby on a wooden stool. The flowing cloth draped over the stool added to the simple elegance that shines through in these pictures. Next, we moved to a softer look and feel with these pictures. I found that a darker backdrop and prop would contrast beautifully with the brighter skin tones. Last, but not least, we moved to a much brighter feel on top of a plush rug. With a pastel onesie sweater, the baby’s beautiful face shined through and was the focal point for many of these photos. I had the opportunity to capture some pretty amazing photos where you could see just how happy this little girl is. The smile on her face was probably my favorite part of the whole session.

I have loved working with this family. Seeing this baby girl grow from infancy has been a joy to me. See her newborn session here and her 6 month/sitter session hereWorking with children is always one of my favorite things to do. I am excited to see this baby grow into a toddler. I can’t wait to see this sweet family again in October for their fall family session.

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