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!
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!
OMG! I am soooo excited about the pictures I am sharing today. Adorable little girls + dress up outfits + glitter = cuteness overload! I was a little scared to work with glitter because, let’s be honest, glitter gets EVERYWHERE. Suffice to say it was fun and worth it. The girls were a little timid and somewhat unsure about the glitter. The dress up outfits they picked were adorable and ranged from princess to batgirl to cowgirl. I LOVED the variety.
Little girls are fun to work with. I am not sure a glitter session would work with little boys but confetti would be fun so don’t feel left out if you don’t have any girls! And, dress up is fun for everyone. These sessions are messy and you might have glitter stuck to you for days but as you will see below the pictures are so fun! The glitter really did add to the session. Below are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!
Also, if you are interested in booking a similar session, hit me up!
My youngest turned 2!!! I have seen a lot of paint smash session in the photography realm lately for when a child turns 2. I thought it was cute and looked like another fun way to get those great candid pictures. Babies and toddlers can be a challenge to photograph but when you get those candid shots they are truly adorable. That is one reason why I love cake smash sessions. It is all fun and mess so candid shots are in abundance usually. The paint smash session was no different.
My little guy was a little timid which was kind of weird. He didn’t really want to get his hands all covered in paint so we gave him a paint brush. He, however, had no problem tasting the paint. Good thing it is non toxic. He quickly realized it wasn’t tasty. My oldest son was feeling jealous so when we were through we swapped clothes and let him go at it as well. He got a little more messy. Also, the clothes fit my 4 1/2 year old better than my 2 year old. Go figure. The simplicity of the session is part of what makes it so great. I kept the background clean and the clothes plain. The focus was meant to go on the bright paint colors and the child’s face. The session was quick, easy, and painless. It was also a lot fun for everyone!
Below are a few of my favorites. Book your paint session now. Your child can be any age to enjoy it!
I love, love, love themed sessions and speaking of “love” it is the perfect theme for Valentines Day! Valentine mini sessions are great for making your own valentines to pass out or for documenting the holiday or for just getting dang cute pictures. I like to do mini sessions for all the fun themed holidays like Valentines and Christmas. If you were to do these session you could create fun and unique calendars filled with your adorable children. I also like to try new things. This years Valentine’s session was a bit of a challenge to get it just how I wanted but I love a challenge. I get to learn in the process :).
Mini sessions are a bit easier for parents to tackle. A little less stress, a littles less money, same amount of cuteness. For some reason a lot of children react to getting their pictures taken in a some what negative manner. They can act awkward or shy or refuse to be their best selves. After working with children for so long I know to just be patient and calm. Go at their speed. Try different approaches and make it fun. I also have tricks to use to quickly get those good shots. In the end the pictures turn out great. Mini sessions help the children because their attentions spans and willingness to corporate are short lived. Thus, a short session can make for a more cooperative child. In the end. I think both parents and kids are a little less worked up. Not to say full sessions aren’t worth it but mini sessions are fun and rewarding.
Below is the final image from my latest mini session. It is different in that instead of getting 5-10 images I just did 1 big image. Either way, I can mix it up to parent’s satisfaction.