Ahhhh…..Fall. I know some people make fun of that fact that everybody seems to just LOVE Fall. Well, it’s because Fall is awesome. Don’t get me wrong the other seasons are great too but if I had to choose, I choose Fall as my favorite. Crisp air, pretty trees with their assortment of colors, Halloween and Thanksgiving time, and great weather…usually. I was elated that this family asked to do a cakes smash session outside and throw in some family shots. I felt like the timing was perfect for the fall foliage and I had just the right location.
Normally, I would do these session separate from each other. My typical indoor cake smash does take an hour and involves more than just smashing a cake. A family session easily takes an hour as well. I knew that this family had 2 very small children who would not last 2 hours. I am flexible. We shortened the two together and kept it relatively simple. For this post I will feature the family session portion. On my next post I will discuss the outdoor cake smash so stay tuned for that!
Here are a few of my favorites from the family portion of the session. Please contact me if you are interested in getting any type of photos taken!
For all the women out there who have been (or are) pregnant and might not feel beautiful while being in that state, this post is for you.
Yes, pregnant woman are beautiful. Seeing that I am currently 37 weeks pregnant this is even hard for me to admit. But, it is true. Sure, pregnancy is extremely uncomfortable and awkward but you are literally growing a human being inside of you. This is my 3rd baby and it still blows my mind.
Yes, we all feel very huge with that round bit sticking out so far it makes our backs arch. The fact of the matter is that this is normal and part of the process so there can be nothing ugly about it. Pregnancy is not permanent (thank goodness!). I have learned to roll with the punches and embrace the belly :).
It is truly my pleasure to take pictures of people. I met all sort of people and while I am with them it is always a fun and rewarding experience. I especially love taking Maternity pictures. I get to provide proof that these woman are beautiful and the hope is that they will see the images and know that too!
Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman’s life, even as miserable as it can be. It ought to be documented at least once. Whether it be your first, third, or tenth pregnancy. Soon the misery of the process will be gone and…somewhat…forgotten.
I had the privilege of taking pictures of a first time momma. She was beautiful and her partner was great to jump into the pictures. Maternity sessions can be with just the woman or with partners/other children. It is up to the client. I think it is fun to include everyone in the family!
I used to do contract work at a hospital taking pictures of newborn babies for client’s who delivered there and wanted them. It was a weekly thing and I loved spending time with those brand new babies and their families every week. I don’t do the contract work anymore so when I client reached out wanting a fresh 48 session I was excited!
Fresh 48 sessions are very much lifestyle type session. It will most definitely look like it was taken at a hospital but done so it an artistic and pleasing way. I also like to bring a basket and take a few simple posed shots of baby in the basket. This brand new baby was privileged to have 5 older siblings. They were all so adorable and sweet with their brand new sister. The whole family was able to be there and was a special moment to capture.
Some great things about fresh 48 sessions are capturing baby in the environment that they were born in and how sleepy and snuggly they are. This baby seriously looked like an angel. She had beautiful complexion and just slept through the entire session. I love that part of my job is getting to hold and take pictures of precious babies. Can that even be called work…? I loved how the session turned out and I loved meeting this family. Below are a few of my favorites from the session.
I love milestone sessions for babies that I did their newborn pictures for. It is so fun to see the growth in such a short time. Babies grow so fast in the first year. It is for that reason I highly recommend doing a newborn session, at least a 6-9 month session, and 1 year old session. It helps if baby is not quite mobile yet but, if they are, we can work with that!
Babies are usually their happiest when they are fed, not tired, and can see their momma! I would love to take credit for the great smiles this baby gave me but I cannot compete with his love for his momma. I was able to grab his attention a few times so I feel pretty good about that.
Here are a few of my favorites from the session. Set ups for sessions don’t have to be complicated or stressed about. We added some simple things I had here and there to create variety. They turned out super cute! That is mostly due to the cute baby though 🙂
As a mother of 2 soon to be 3 I am well aware that kids grow fast! It is my personal goal to have professional pictures of my kids on a yearly basis. Good thing I am a photographer, amiright!? I can look back at their newborn pictures and still see a resemblance. I will have pictures for every age to cherish because they are all so special times.
I love when a mom is booking a session with me, and I recommend the time to be an hour before sunset hoping it is not too late for their kiddos, and they say YES. Seriously, golden hour is perfection in lighting. These 3 kids were fun to hang out with and take pictures of too! You don’t have to go far to find a great location in Utah. This location had HUGE dandelions that were eager to be blown in the wind. There was some nice grassy and flowery fields, a river, and a walkway. As a photographer I look for whatever the location has to offer that a child might actually enjoy. Because, they don’t always enjoy posing for a picture ;).
We kept the session short and fun. I believe in a low stress session if I can help it when it comes to children and pictures. Below are some faves!
Have I mentioned how much I LOVE babies?! Well, I do! I didn’t used to get why women fawned over babies but, after having my own and doing newborn photography, I totally get it! They are so precious!!! Thus, I love newborn photography. All the cute props, poses, outfits, and let’s not forget cute babies! Capturing their innocence is a privilege and I love being able to provide those memories for the parents.
Newborn sessions can be very long and so I love providing client’s the option to do the session in the comfort of their home! Baby “T” was a dream, he literally slept the whole time! He was so tiny and precious and put up with me constantly moving him around. Because he did so well the session went faster and was seamless. Of course, I work with baby and what baby wants. No rush. He fit perfectly in this cute, red wagon prop that would only support small babies like him. I am so pleased with how the session turned out. He was a champ!
Here are a few of my favorites from the session. I cannot stress enough the importance of getting professional pictures taken of your newborn baby. They are only this little once!!
I feel like this recent “Mommy and Me” session really showcases the importance of lighting. I know just as well as any mom that kids have bed times and certain times of the day where they are at their crankiness. However, if you can get pictures taken around “golden hour” (and hour after sunrise and before sunset) it is truly magical! Luckily, this one year old doesn’t go to bed early :). Also, would you believe the location was feet away from a gas station!? Beauty is all around us!!
Traditionally parents get pictures of their newly one year old smashing a cake. I love those but there is no rule that you “have” to do it that way. This new one year old sure loves to be right next to mommy so it just made sense to do pictures with mommy. She was happy the whole time and we kept it casual. They played and read books which allowed for great candid photos. Of course, we threw in some individual photos with balloons to showcase the birthday girl!
I cannot stress the importance of documenting life, especially, your children through photography. Kids grow up so fast and I am sure these pictures will be cherished forever. Here are just a few of my favorites from the session: