This family was an absolute delight to work with. Jenn really wanted something very realistic in terms of her session. She wanted her life captured, as she brought a newborn into the family around Christmas. This is their 4th baby. and the siblings were all so in love with baby Ardenne. I spent a few hours chatting, filming, photographing and getting to know this clan. Her youngest daughter above Ardenne, I fell in love with the most, simply because I had the most interaction with her. Her personality is so curious and sweet. She prefers to understand what is happening. Jenn and I clicked very well and dare I to say, we became friends. Her children were so sweet and gentle with the new baby. I can tell their family is now complete.
Documentary is my heart and soul. I know that these images, above the perfect, posed, outdoor, placed on a quilt, directed images, will bring these parents right back into these moments with these kiddos on THIS day. There is nothing like these real, raw, truly candid memories. This momma is getting a huge album for this session, to look back on forever. I cannot wait for it to be in her hands! These are the images that will leave you with giggles and tears. We had SUCH fun baking and crafting.
Once you shoot documentary, you want nothing else. Gone is the facade and in comes the REAL and RAW. I am completely obsessed, and my client is in LOVE too. Remembering her early years of coloring, daddy putting pig tails in her hair, eating raisins, and running about. Those are the moments that we cant get back. Her sassy smirks and love of all things pink. Her spunk and giggles, those – are the memories worth keeping. In 2018, I will be doing MORE of this. and less of the directed, posed, even lifestyle (still directed to some degree) work. More films, more REAL moments. xoxo
Just need to get some things off my chest.
In January 2010, I started my business. Immediately I was drawn to posed newborn photography. I have LOVED newborns since I was a young girl, so this makes a ton of sense. I followed the only two photographers doing this at that time and drooled over their work. I was obsessed. I studied images DAILY and began my journey as a posed newborn photographer. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED every second. I truly believed in what I was doing. I truly hope my past clients treasure their images forever.
My own images from years past as a newborn posing photographer:
But here is the thing I didn’t realize. This posed newborn gig was a BIG FAT TREND. Not only that, but about 3 years ago, in 2014-2015 or so, I was scrolling through my social media feed, unable to identify one photographer from the next. and no clue how to differentiate each baby from another.
It dawned on me then. We were using babies as props. We weren’t telling their story. We cant tell his personality or much about one over another. The images are extremely edited and nothing like the true newborn they are. Their stork bite? Gone. Isn’t the whole point of photographing them to remember WHO they were?
Babies have become props and in it, we have lost telling THEIR story about who they are. Babies are PEOPLE.
So, closed up my studio and slowly moved away from posed newborn photos. I then went to in home lifestyle baby photography.
But my soul still isn’t fulfilled. and in 2017, I finally found my TRUE calling. See, looking back at early 2010, I was naturally a documentary photographer. I then FORCED myself into a safe place and box of posed newborn photography. Its safe and predictable.
Where I am at now, is truly documentary, undirected, RAW and REAL photography. Day in the life, Film and photos. I want people to be able to look at their images and remember THEIR baby as he or she was naturally. Maybe their little 8 day old had his hands up by his face 24/7. Maybe he made a weird look, or had a stork bite, or maybe his toe was abnormally long. I want them to experience sensations when they see their images, or watch their film, from those FIRST days. Those days they will never ever get back. I want my clients to lose the facade and embrace the imperfections. Because Photography tells a story. and that is what FILLS MY SOUL.
We had a blast. This family loved. and played together, and laughed the entire shoot. It was the best weather ever. These boys LOVE shooting with me. We always just have such fun. This family loves spending time together, and their love is so evident in person and in these images. I cant wait to see what mom does with these photos in her new home! A huge gallery wall sounds amazing to me.
I have been photographing this family since baby #1 was a newborn. They are SO full of love and fun! and the children are SO sweet and well behaved. (The majority of my sessions are). I don’t think my boys would behave this well at this age. But we had a blast and played. The weather was perfect, not cold and not hot, just right for October! I love this location because it gives me so many background types. My favorite images are the ones where I give little direction and the clients are doing what comes naturally. I want them to remember their life the way it is right now.
Garrett hasn’t yet spent much time outside. So the wonder on his face was absolutely amazing. The fall leaves and the weather were so beautiful. I really LOVE this family. They are warm and sweet and loving. They truly embrace their togetherness. They do not take life for granted.
Here is Garrett’s 6 Month Mini Film:
Baby Grayson – he’s so funny. and he thinks everything is hilarious. He of course, had to eat during his session, or he surely would have melted away. We had such fun capturing his milestone session. Looking back on his first year, which has one session left, I just adore all the films and photos capturing him as he grew and changed. I love making his momma cry every session, with powerful films.
Grayson’s 9 Month Film:
We always have a blast. Ayla loved her session with her mommy and daddy, as it was full of snuggles, which her favorite! We just had an absolute blast and the session flew by. These moments are so fleeting. I love capturing these precious moments for my clients. I love to get a few posed shots at the beginning and then just play! I don’t like to force kids to do things, it just makes life hard. We just have fun and giggle a lot!
Baby Arlo is baby boy # 3 for this crew. Man did he make me want another! Scrumptious is the best descriptive word for this precious newborn. I loved capturing a day in the life film for this sweet family. Kelly cried watching it and says she will cherish it forever.