I just had to feature this sweet girl on Valentine’s Day with her blush palette session. Take a peek!
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Sweet Myah’s mama chose some of my favorite colors for her session and I just have to share them. I love how bright and fun they are, combined with her gray nursery with the pops of color. See my favorites below!
So there’s a confession I have to make. I’ve been using Instagram for only about 4 months now 😁😁😁
I’m behind on the times I know. I couldn’t make myself use it consistently until recently, but I am SO glad I did. Because that’s how Holland’s sweet mama Kady found me!
Kady and Holland have quite the birth story. They made a huge move to Indianapolis, just a month prior to Holland’s due date. Expecting to have some time to get things settled and moved in to their new home, Holland decided to make her grand appearance a whole month early. And even though she was a month early, little girl was already 6 pounds!
They decided to do a newborn/lifestyle combo session, where we spend half of their session focusing on Holland in posed newborn photos, and the rest in lifestyle images throughout their living space. I was so surprised at the togetherness and overall calming presence of their home. You’d never know that they had only lived there for a month, much less having had a newborn arrive a month early living amidst unpacking. I’m STILL trying to get our nursery together(with only 3 weeks to go, yikes!). Basically they’re awesome and I hope they pass on some of their ease and skill when our little one gets here 😉 Take a look at some of my favorites from their session below.
35 weeks as of yesterday. Shwoo this pregnancy has gone by fast.
It’s early early early(way earlier than I would like) because pregnancy insomnia is a thing apparently. This isn’t anything new, so once again I accepted that I wasn’t going back to sleep at 3:30am this morning and decide to start today. We have a busy day ahead, with family in from out of town, and my son’s 6th birthday party tomorrow. Lots of party planning, cooking, and cleaning all lay ahead for the weekend. My mind couldn’t shut off, checking each little thing on my to-do list over and over again. So I resigned myself to the fact that I might as well get used to it(because life with a newborn won’t be any different).
At first I thought I’d go to the grocery store, because there won’t be any crowds this early. I can get in and out in a matter of minutes, have breakfast cooked for our guests, and get a huge leap on the day. But then I decided to muse over my coffee by taking a peek at a recent session before heading out.
I open up my editing program(Lightroom for you photographers out there), and I came across the above photo. It’s not my usual style, but something about it stopped me. The memory attached to this photo left me smiling, then giggling, as I recalled what the memory was from. Maybe I’m just giggling because of sleep deprivation, but the hilarity in what I realized at the moment truly had me stuck.
Simply put, this darling little girl wanted to pick some flowers for her portraits that day. She found this little bundle of white dainty lovelies, and slowly, delicately started to pick off each and every one, and admiring it. And in my minds eye, I remember thinking about how long it was taking her to pick the flowers. I remember thinking that we needed to move on to a new location, the sun was getting higher and brighter, and we had things to do! Didn’t she know that we had things to do? So many things to do. So many places to go. All the things. All the places. All the photos.
If this little girl were me, right now, I would have snapped off that entire strand of flowers at the base.
I laughed because you see…lately, things have been all kinds of crazy around here. Jonathan(my husband) just started his new position as the head pastor for First Friends Meeting here in Kokomo. I’m in the throws of editing several weddings and sessions simultaneously that I’ve had this month, with still several more on the schedule for July. I’m officially a work from home, stay at home mom, since Jon now works from an office. And I’m SUPER pregnant, with an endless list of nesting to-dos on my plate before Baby arrives.
And so I couldn’t help but laugh at this picture, and the memory that goes with it, because of how absurd and ridiculous it made me feel.
What am I doing? I have absolutely NOT been delicately picking my flowers. This season has been hectic, crazy, and absolutely overwhelming. And right now, all of the flowers that I’ve been picking have been labeled as tasks, and buddy, I’m snapping the whole twig. Heck I might even pull it up by it’s roots like any two year old would. Because I’ve been in the mind set that I don’t have time for this. In my haste of preparing for a Baby, and guests, and work, and family, and chores, and the creative mundane that is life, I’ve completely lost the joy in all the details.
And the details are my favorite.
Details that I need to promise myself that I’ll remember. I promise to take a breath and smile at the mountain of dirty dishes on my counter, because it means there are hungry little people in our home. I promise to rest and be present in conversation with my family, instead of running through my mental check list. I promise to give in to my children as they beg me to play, instead of hurriedly pleasing them so I can move on to my next household chore. I promise to be intentional with my work, because I’m fortunate that I have work to do. And I promise to notice the little kicks and nudges present from the tiny human in my ribs, because I’m going to want to remember this.
So forgive me for my haste friends. Every day is a gift, and it’s a gift that we are only given once. Pick flowers intentionally, and enjoy all the colors and floral goodness that come with them.
Now please excuse me, because I’m headed to the grocery store 😉
This month I’ll be holding another newborn mentoring session to go over the basics of newborn photography with aspiring photographers. We will be covering everything! From basic posing and wrapping techniques, to placing the finishing touches on a session.
Because of the upcoming workshop, I wanted to share a little before and after of what we will be covering. The mentoring workshop will include a newborn session from start to finish, where we will be posing a newborn in various positions, depending on what each workshop participant is interested in learning. But one of my favorite parts of the workshop is the before and after! What do we actually do with the images, once the session is over? How do I process them? How do I make them look their best? What presets should I use?
Here’s a little before and after of what you can expect. This is a straight out of camera image, vs. the final delivered image. I’ll be covering importing and backup, my favorite newborn presets, skin blemish editing techniques, tone adjustments and discoloration, blanket smoothing brushes, and final processing.
I can. not. wait. The last mentoring session was so much fun, and if you’re thinking that newborn photography might be one of your interests, I hope to see you there!
This past Christmas we were visiting our family in Louisville, and I had a conversation with my sister in law about newborn photography. She asked me if I had ever turned down a session before due to it being “outside of your style”. And I said most definitely.
Sometimes I receive Client requests that are far outside of what I typically do during a session. So much so that I have to push myself a little bit in my thinking and style, just to point where I’m a tad uncomfortable. And sometimes even to the point that I have to refer a prospective client to another photographer that can better meet their needs.
But I love a good challenge 😉 And it isn’t very often that I feel the need to refer clients out. I love trying to mix my Client’s styles and needs with that of my own style, and with a recent session, that’s exactly what we did. A sweet expectant mama had shown me some pictures of their littles one’s nursery. It was focused around a mermaid theme with some teals, cremes, pinks, and purples. This was also outside of my style but I felt it could be made into my style and her style easily with a little bit of TLC. I ended up making some headbands especially for the session and they turned out just how I wanted.
In the end, it turned out just how we had pictured. Little miss mermaid was born and she was the sleepiest scrunchiest babe. Purple was her color and cremes were her friend. She looked gorgeous in no matter what setup we placed her in. Thanks for working with me on her session sweet mama! It was so much fun!
Self doubt is a constant struggle of mine. It’s an illness of sorts, that we let creep in on our accomplishments. And instead of celebrating in our achievements, we often hesitate in giving ourselves proper credit. Why? Well because it’s rude to “Toot one’s own horn” right? So instead of “tooting” we replace it with our own fabulous little questions.
“What if I’m not really that good at ____________?”
“Are my family/friends giving me false encouragement?”
“What will happen if I fail?”
“Can I do this all on my own?”
6 years ago, I became a new mom to an itty bitty baby. And that itty bitty baby, is in the picture above. My husband and myself lived in a teeny tiny apartment, surviving on mostly sandwiches and love. And as much as I longed to have newborn pictures taken of our little one, it was a world outside of what we could afford.
So I thought to myself, how hard could it be? My dad has a nice DSLR. I can just borrow the camera, find a cute outfit, and take the pictures myself. I’d save $300 in the process and I’d get to do something creative and fun. What could go wrong?
The images. Oh my, the images. were. awful. So awful. I giggle about it now, but at the time, I didn’t understand it. Of course I loved them anyway, because they were pictures of our baby, but it wasn’t what I expected. The pictures on Pinterest looked so… different in comparison to mine. Why? I had a nice camera, check. I had a cute baby, check. I had a cute outfit, check. So why didn’t it work out in the way that I had expected?
The day that I spent looking over those images, was the day that my interest in photography was born. I rummaged through anything and everything I could find on the subject for months. I learned how to manually operate a camera. I learned the importance of lighting and how it can be manipulated. I learned to be patient with myself. I learned my style and preference for photography. I discovered that I love to document life more than posing portraits. I learned the power of preserving moments. I learned how to make time stand still.
I look back on where I started, and it makes me sad that I’ve forgotten how far I’ve come. That I would even question it. Because I’ve come SO FAR. I am standing where I am today because of my own hard work. Because of the immeasurable support of my family.
Remember those little questions of self doubt? Well let me tell you, they only have meaning if you let them. Being an entrepreneur is hard. Being a college student is hard. Being an adult is hard. Being a parent is hard. Being a human being IS HARD. And because it is hard, it makes it that much sweeter. We can meet our goals. We can achieve great things. We can grow, and learn, and love, and we can support others who are doing the same.
At the time, I felt like those first photos were awful. But they aren’t. Not really. They preserved his squishiness. His inquisitiveness. His round little belly and his teeny tiny toes. But most of all, they preserved memories that are not even reflected in the photo. They preserved my memories of holding that tiny baby in my arms. Of all of the emotions contained in that little apartment. Of the first DSLR that I ever held, of the first photo that I ever took with the goal of being a portrait, of the first time I ever dove in to the world of photography.
Celebrate in your achievements and give yourself some credit. Because that credit may be far overdue.
Did you know that newborn sessions are tailored to your own style? They can take a natural or posed approach depending on your personal preferences. We can do a bunch of squishy poses together, with Baby in a variety of wraps, headbands, rompers, baskets, etc. We can do a lifestyle approach with Baby in their crib or snuggled up with Mom and Dad on the couch. But my favorite way to approach newborn sessions is to do a little bit of both.
I was able to meet sweet Harrison and his parents this past December and we spent our time doing a mix of both posed and unposed newborn portraiture. They lived in one of the major areas affected by the tornado that came through Kokomo this last year and had just finished up the last of the repairs before Baby H arrived. By the looks of their nautical nursery, you’d never know that there had been a struggle with bad weather. Each item was perfectly in place and Harrison fit right in.
Brooke & Nick were obviously smitten with their little boy and their session was easy as pie. See more of their lovely nursery and handsome little man below. Thanks for inviting me in to your home to preserve these memories B & N!