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Why you need to get in the photos. Yes, you, momma!

So often we as moms are the ones taking the photos rather than being in them. It’s usually because we take on the roll of documenting every moment of our children’s life with enthusiasm. But perhaps more importantly because we are most comfortable with being behind the lens rather than in front of the lens. I fall into both of those categories!

Women often struggle with body image, which only becomes amplified after having children. After all, our body only undergoes what feels like a million changes during and after pregnancy. There is no doubt that the end result of a human life is the most beautiful creation and that it is all worth it in the end! But what I have experienced myself and witness almost every day, is that the end result is a women feeling rather uncomfortable with these changes.

Okay, so you are probably thinking right now, YES! This is exactly why I don’t want to be photographed. Especially right after having a baby! I’m exhausted. I still look 5 months pregnant. I have acne. And who has time for makeup?

Fast forward a few months, even years later. Those feelings last, momma! So does that baby weight! And the exhaustion! I get it!

Let’s not even talk about how awkward it is to have that huge camera and lens pointed your way. Go ahead, try to act completely natural. I dare you. (insert sarcasm here, it’s totally awkward)

So why on earth do you get in front of that camera anyway? Why hand your husband your phone to take a picture? Let’s face it, if he’s anything like mine (I love him unconditionally, don’t get me wrong), he’s not exactly taking a bunch of photos.

Let me ask you this, when you look at a photos of your own parents, do you think, boy, mom really should have lost that weight? Do you think she looks so tired?

Absolutely not.

In fact, I’m going to guess you love and cherish those few photos they are in. You remember your childhood with them and fond moments.

Guess what?

So will your children!

It’s true!

So, if you do not get in front of the camera for yourself, do it for them. These photos are what they will hold onto long after you are gone. This is what they cherish for years to come. I promise you, your kids will love these photos when they are grown.

These photos were taken by my dear friend and talented photographer, Lauren of Little Bear Photography. ❤️

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Looking for a Pinterest worthy session? Here’s what you need to know.

Let’s talk Pinterest!

Now that I have every female’s attention. Who doesn’t love Pinterest, right? From recipes to decor to fashion and everything in between, Pinterest is the place we go to be inspired. I am right there with you, girlfriend!

So here’s the thing. I know, this might be controversial. But I am going to say it anyway because it needs to be said. And understood why.

If you send your photographer an entire board of Pinterest photos to recreate, you are going to be very disappointed with the results.

GASP!! WHY??

Well, honestly, I get it! AND, I’m totally guilty of this myself. Who on earth does not have an entire board of photo ideas??

Photography is a complex thing. A lot of variables go into a swoon worthy image. How the lighting looks, to the pose, to the interaction of the subject, even how it was edited all vary from photo to photo, photographer to photographer, location to location, subject to subject. I think you get it, right?

What makes you LOVE a Pinterest photo might be the thing that’s missing from your own.

And to add to the complexity, recreating someone else’s can become painful for everyone involved and I want you to relax and interact as you normally would with your loved ones. We want these photos to reflect you, your family, and your moments!  Not someone else’s!

I promise you, if you go in with an open mind, you will be SO much happier!

So relax momma. Life doesn’t have to be perfect. Or Pinterest worthy. You want your photos to be amazing and so do I and every other photographer. Interact and love on your family. Let your kiddos personality show. Let the magic unfold before you. You will be so much more in love with these photos of your family than anything you have seen on Pinterest.

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So when you do hire a photographer, hire someone you trust. Hire someone whose photos you love. Look over their portfolio, their blog, social media. Do your research. Tell them your preferences. Then all you have to do is be yourself! Isn’t that awesome?

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Baby E’s Outdoor Baby Photos

Welcome Baby E’s outdoor baby photos to the blog! Well guys, if there’s anything more adorable than a baby, it is a baby outside! I loved all the little details from this session, from her hands to her feet to her little expressions!

Baby E’s momma had a lot of wonderful ideas for her outdoor baby photos! I loved that she wanted to keep it simple and focus on the details, but with some creativity. We had a gorgeous evening and the lighting was to die for. That golden light around sunset is the best!

Baby E was so patient with us for several outfit changes. While her momma brought a lot of adorable outfits to the session, there is no need to do so if you’d rather leave that to me. Outfits from Baby Bliss Props are available for use.

She loved exploring the grass and flowers. How adorable are her little feet, hands, and swirl on the back of her head? Oh, and nothing is more delicious than those thigh rolls! Babies grow and change so quickly in that first year! I love capturing all those fleeting details to savor for years to come.

Bubbles are so much fun to incorporate in outdoor baby sessions. Not only do they look fun and whimsical, but they capture baby’s attention so well. Baby E loved watching the bubbles float by.

Last, we did a bath with strawberries. Baby E has a blast splashing in the tub and playing with the fruit, although she was not into eating them. She did enjoy throwing them out of the tub though. Isn’t that a favorite baby game anyway?

All these little activities are fun for outdoor baby photos, but what I really love about them is watching their interaction and expressions. The world is really a wonder the these little ones and watching them explore it is the best.

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog! Are you interested in outdoor baby photos for your little one? Please check out similar sessions on the blog. If you love what you see, please click on the contact page to chat with me about creating an outdoor baby photo session for your little one!

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Welcome Keira!

Welcome Miss Keira’s baby photoshoot to the blog! Oh this sweet little love! She was amazing for her newborn session, not a peep or a mess out of this little lady! We cruised through her whole session in less than two hours.

I know I have said this a million times, but I will continue to say, that I absolutely love the families that I meet. Keira’s mom and dad were just as amazing as Keira, I absolutely enjoyed the time I spent with them in the studio! I am so grateful to my clients for trusting me to handle and photograph their bundle of joy. I know it takes a lot of trust! It feels like the greatest privilege, every time!

Without further ado, here is Miss Keira’s baby photoshoot.

Keira has the most amazing hair, although I am defiantly biased! Red head power! 👏🏻

The soft colors we used for Keira’s baby photoshoot compliment her skin tones perfectly. Her momma wanted a girly session, love it!

Did you know that every know that every baby photoshoot is tailored to your favorite colors and props? It’s true! I love styling sessions to your tastes.

This shade of purple defiantly looks good on her! Purple is my new favorite color for fall. I have had so many requests for it lately and am loving it! How gorgeous is this drop by Hello Little Props? They have the most gorgeous colors for newborns!

The moon was momma’s request. Five years ago when my business was still new, my husband made this moon for me since I couldn’t afford to buy it from the vendor that was making them. It is still a most requested prop! I love how versatile it can be for both boys and girls. Timeless too!

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog! Are you expecting a little one soon and searching for a baby photoshoot? I would be so honored to be your photographer! Please check out newborn section of the blog to see if we would be a good fit. Newborn sessions are best done between 4 to 14 days old. If your little one arrives early, we have up to two weeks past your due date for a window. After this, we are much less likely to have the sleepy photos you see here.

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Jenna and Marc’s Pregnancy Session

Welcome Jenna and Marc’s pregnancy session to the blog! My goodness, what a joy it was to photograph their maternity session! These two are as sweet as they are gorgeous. I cannot wait for their little one to arrive this fall!

Jenna loves all things neutral and wanted a clean look for her pregnancy session without too many distractions. I love how the simplicity brings your attention to her adorable bump. I mean seriously, how stinking cute is she? All baby, a perfect basketball!

Did you know that maternity gowns are provided for pregnancy sessions? It’s true! No need to worry about finding the perfect dress, I have got you covered. If you would like to check out the gown options, please click on the maternity gowns tab on my Instagram profile. These dresses fit almost everyone, they are made out of stretchy material. All around flattering!

Jenna and Marc have decided not to find out if they are having a boy or girl! How exciting that this little one’s gender is a surprise! What do you think, boy or girl? My initial guess is girl. I guess we will have to wait a few months to find out! I cannot wait to meet this sweet baby, he or she is going to be just as amazing as Jenna and Marc!

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog! Are you expecting a bundle of joy and considering a pregnancy session? Feel free to check out similar blog posts. Typically, maternity sessions are scheduled between 30 to 35 weeks. Going outside this range is not a big deal. Feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule your session. Please plan 2 to 3 months ahead, as my schedule fills quickly. I would love to hear from you today!

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