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:
Sorry for my absence lately. There has been a lot going on in my life lately but we are back on track now!
I was able to take a break from my crazy life and take pictures of a beautiful family! I tried out a new location at Day Break and it did not disappoint. The scenery there is beautiful. Lake, bridges, paved pathways, trees, small beaches, and lots of grass. Spring time can be tricky in Utah when it comes to the weather. Scheduling a session often time results in a reschedule but we got lucky with gorgeous weather on this day, phew!
The family was so easy going which is great when you have small children. I find it is best to be relaxed and go with the flow. The parents did an amazing job at making their children feel less like they were getting their pictures taken and more like they were just out enjoying the scenery. Children tend to freeze in front of a camera and if they feel pressured often times will react the opposite of what you would want. We concentrated on being candid and didn’t push the kids to be posed. I could tell this was a very loving family. The kids were SO CUTE!
Here are a few of my favorites from the session. Don’t let the fact that you have small kids deter you from getting family pictures 🙂
Cake smashes are so much fun, I mean, what isn’t fun about destroying a cake and eating it. I love to watch the reaction of the 1 year old. They all react differently. I always encourage parents to introduce frosting/cake before the actual session so it is a little more familiar to them. Some kids do not respond well to cake, crazy!
This session went great. We included some fun pieces such as a picture of the child as a newborn and his favorite stuffed animal. He was not interested in getting in the wash tub after all the mess was made so we followed his lead and just let him sit by the tub and play in the water. It turned out adorable! He didn’t end up making a huge but he was so cute in tasting the frosting. We did some before shots and used 2 different outfits and props.
I like to keep the decorations simple because of the focus being on the child. We featured shades of blue with a grey background. I let parents choose the color scheme. I provide the banner, backdrop, and puffs. Parent’s provide the cake and optional balloons.
This is the last couple in this series (tear). This couple is a real, live couple. They just weren’t actually getting married….yet. I honestly don’t know how brides choose their styles and themes. There are so many great combinations of colors and styles. This couple was no exception. I loved the pastel blue and grey. It was so fun to be able to branch out and take these pictures. Since this couple was actually a couple they were so comfortable with each other. They were relaxed and had fun together. I love genuine expressions.
For those getting married. I would suggest and event planner. All the details of these sessions were so well put together. It definitely helps relieve some of the stress of getting married and makes that big day more special.
The dress that the bride wore was absolutely stunning! It made me kind of sad I never went dress shopping when I got married. Honestly, everything about this bride was stunning. The hair and makeup artists did an amazing job making the bride really stand out. It didn’t hurt that she was already beautiful.
There were some really elegant aspects of this themed wedding. There was a fireplace and a beautiful gold mirror and table that made the venue really special. Of course, there were no guests so that made this even easier because I didn’t have to deal with countless cell phones in my shot :).
The groom was really sweet and sported a very traditional tuxedo which I felt “suited” him very well ;). It was so much fun taking pictures of this couple. The theme colors were black and white. The groom wore black and, of course, the bride wore white lace over ivory. The cake and decorations were black and white. Very, very pretty. I think most people choose to have more color but honestly, this made the wedding very elegant.
Without further ado, here are some of my favorites!
I am waaaaay behind in posting about this session but I wanted to be able to feature it in 3 continuing segments and I have been busy. Back in January I was able to take part in a stylized wedding shoot. I took turns taking pictures of 3 different couples in 3 different themed weddings. It was so much fun!
Taking pictures of willing adults is definitely a change of pace from taking pictures of children/babies. Luckily, I love it all! The first couple I will be featuring in today’s blog was so fun and SO photogenic, as you will soon see. The venue was beautiful and offered a lot of natural light. Everything was included as with any wedding. Cake, invitations, decorations, wardrobe, makeup, and flowers. Almost made me want to have a do-over from my wedding because I kept it so simple.
The couple was stunning together. The makeup was perfect. The bride’s dress was untraditional and I LOVED it! I love how everything came together so beautifully. It makes my job easy. The planners for this event did an amazing job! This wedding theme featured beautiful shades of pink and navy blue with a rose gold sparkle. I loved the color scheme. I wish I could show all the pictures of this couple but I will just showcase my favorite.
Make sure to contact me if you are interested in any engagements, bridals, or wedding pictures for yourself!
Yes, yes, yes! Give me all the babies! I love newborn sessions because I get to take care of these brand new precious little babies if only for a brief time. They can cry, poop/pee all they want. I still love it! It has definitely taught me patience but capturing these beautiful, innocent miracles is so rewarding for me. Never will you child be this small again. My favorite pictures to look back on for my children are their baby pictures so please do not hesitate to get them professionally done, emphasis on professionally. We can make it work for your budget!
My most recent newborn session was so fun! She was so great and so beautiful, obviously. We had it done in about two hours which is actually pretty good! Go baby L! Below are a few of my favorites. I was happy because we were also able to match the color scheme in her nursery. They will look so great in her room!