This smiley happy little guy is celebrating his first birthday! His momma scheduled his smash cake session last year when he was only a week or two old!
His smiles and good attitude made taking his pictures so much fun! We did three looks for his little session, cowboy Wyatt, Piano Maestro Wyatt, and then smash cake Wyatt. Smash cake Wyatt really turned into, don't want the cake want the balloons Wyatt. So some quick hands and the balloons magically dissapeared and that cake was much more interesting!
A mess was made, and fun was had by all. There is something so entertaining about watching a little one experience the joy of cake for the first time, especially when the cake is between their toes, in their hair, and well all over!
Here are some outtakes from Wyatt's session, Enjoy!
I love this session, it is so much fun. This young lady is celebrating her 11th birthday and what a way to celebrate, but to dress up, do your hair and makeup, and get your picture made?
Her momma and I had a fun time going back and forth planning her look, clothes, hair and makeup, and then I really had a blast creating her hair pieces, and over all look for the session. I so enjoy working on sets, costumes, and poses for sessions like this. They are really fun, a way for me to stretch my creative muscles a little bit!
Playing with colors, to highlight her beautiful skin, shapes and drapes to frame her amazing face, and just really working to make this session fun and innocent. I really feel it is important to keep young girls young. This session makes me think of a fairy princess, flowers, fabric, and a sparkle in her eye.
This young lady was a little nervous, and shy at first. Making her smiles seem forced, her momma and I started talking about their recent trip, silly words and all kinds of goofy things and she was able to relax and really nail some awesome smiles.
We played around with about five looks, different clothing and hair pieces, all in the same color family to keep a feel of continuity to the session and the final images are really quite stunning. Here are a few of my favorite ones, enjoy!
Some times, you try something new, for the very first time, and its a total flop. Especially when your working the with unpredictable element of newborn babies! You can plan, plot, practice and prepare all the ways you know how, but until you are in the moment, actually doing it, you just don't know how its going to turn out.
Couple the unpredictability of a newborn, with a new lighting set up in your studio, and your own little ones barging in and you can be certain that, at least for me, my ability to focus is dramatically distorted.
However all those factors aside, sometimes your knowledge, skill, and intuition take over and you are blessed with success.
This newborn nest set is a project i have been working on in my head for some time. I began gathering pieces here and there, making notes, and piecing together all the components for the set. When I finally felt confident enough to try it I opened up a model call for newborns. This dazzling little beauty's momma answered and I am so glad she did. This little lady was darling and had the most amazing head of hair I have ever seen! I almost hated to put the bonnet on her!
The nest set is a fun and unique prop for spring newborns, and honestly a baby born any season can use this one! I plan to customize each session with different flowers, colors, and poses to make each little baby bird one of a kind!
Here are a few images from this session, please enjoy!
Ideally for a newborn session, baby is super sleepy and very easy to maneuver and pose. As long as I keep the room and my hands warm, typically I have no real issues.
Usually when baby is awake, they are fussy, and cranky, hungry, wet, or gassy, rarely do we get a happy, wide awake, newborn!
This little guy proved to be the exception to the rule. He is starting out early in proving momma wrong, usually they wait a little bit before acting just like your mentioned they don't.
However despite being awake and alert for his entire session, he managed to stay in his swaddling, and even held a few poses with out any assistance.
Personally I like newborn pictures with eyes closed, they look so sweet and peaceful. And lets be honest new babies sleep all the time!
So in an effort to replicate the sleeping baby look, I tried to push the shutter button when he blinked. He was very sleepy, so was able to shoot around several long blinks. I would say if you didn't know better one would think we was crashed out!
Here are a few of my favorites from his time in the studio, Enjoy!
Occasionally I will issue a model call for a specific age, gender, or group of individuals. Last month I opened a model call for newborn baby girls an this little ladies momma answered. I am so glad she did, because she is a darling little peach and she rocked her bonnets!
I had ordered a new baby bonnet for little girls and was dying to try it out for spring! Also I had just made a little vintage handkerchief bonnet and was dying to try it out. So we did, but there was a learning curve, bonnets cast a shadow on baby's face so I was pushed to change lighting and move my model around a bit to get the look I was hoping to achieve. I so love to push myself and try new things. I am always researching, learning, and trying new things in the studio, with my own kiddos and even some times on dolls!
Newborns are really the focus of my business and the portion of my portfolio I continue to grow and develop. As new techniques become available, new poses become of interest to me and, new props enter my stash I will continue to offer new poses and sets and well as model calls!
Stay tuned for more model calls for your new little one!
This little lady really was a doll baby to work with, she was wide awake for most of her session but put up with our posing her, and moving her about. So we were able to get some great pictures of her pretty eyes and even captured a smile!
I am so happy to share these images with you, enjoy!
I am so honored to have been asked to be a small part of this great project. WomanSpace is the dream of an amazing lady, Summer. A place that women can come together and celebrate life, grow their business, start a business, make friends, make connections, and be women supporting women in this community. WomanSpace is becoming a reality for the Rolla community, and it is really awesome.
Summer asked me if I would come take some pictures of the space, and also to be present at the grand opening as a photographer for the event. I was tickled to be asked and went right over to see what it was all about. The space is great, lots of rooms for prenatal yoga classes, mommy and me fitness, as well as office space, and even a fantastic little store area for local artisans to share their wares.
One of the great things about this entire idea, to me, is that it is very kid friendly, I often take my littlest kiddo with me to shoots like this and she was welcomed, and offered toys to play with and then included on the tour. As a stay at home mom, it is nice to find places that welcome and enjoy having kids present.
The space is a work in progress and is quickly filling up with wall art, and vendors. I am excited to see where this space goes, and how it grows to fit the needs of our local women.
One of the really fantastic parts of this project is the WomanSpace has a non profit outreach program funded by all the income from the classes, and vendors. To specifically help the women of Rolla, how amazing is that! So if you have a minute and would like to check out WomanSpace please visit the website and the space!
Here are a list of vendors currently in WomanSpace
Unique Jewelry and custom knits, and essential oils, by Shanna Sims
What to say about this handsome little viking, he is just so sweet, and adorably snuggly!
He is the most handsome, fierce viking warrior, when he's awake! Luckily for me he slept through his newborn session, and gave us some great faces and wonderful poses. His session was split into two parts, sometimes it takes a second go to get things just right, and I am glad we went for round two, because we achieved some super cute pictures of this handsome little guy!
We did several different sets for him, and even his lovely momma got in on the action toward the end of the first session, and some of my favorite momma and child images resulted.
One thing I learned during this session is to go with the flow, babies need to nurse, so let them nurse, when you do two things happen. First, you have a happy sleepy, tummy full baby who is more posable and easy to work with. Second you achieve amazing shots like momma nursing baby! Those are the best, nursing sessions, even impromptu ones, are the best. Such intimate moments between momma and baby, having been a nursing momma myself for several years, I know how awesome it is to nurse your baby. Something I wish I had thought to do for myself is to get more images of me nursing. Alas that ship has sailed so now I get to create those precious memories for my friends and clients.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from these sessions, I had so many I enjoyed and will probably post so many more than these on instagram and Facebook so keep your eyes open those places for more!
Oh those lovely newborn pictures, we see them everywhere, on Pintrest, on Facebook, dr. offices, and other people's refrigerators. When your impatiently waiting the arrival of you own precious new little baby, its is so much fun to imagine what their newborn pictures will look like.
Most of us have a plan, colors, poses, props etc that we imagine we want used for those once in a lifetime pictures. Some of you may even have made adorable hats and costumes. I was not one of those momma's my kids were lucky to have pictures taken, after I have babies, I tend to hibernate and stay home for a while.
However for those of you with it enough to plan for and schedule newborn photography sessions here are some helpful hints and tips that make life much easier for you and baby, and photographer.
First and foremost COMMUNICATION!!!! It is so important to share information with your photographer, spouse and even other family members. Be specific, I like this, I don't want this, I am bringing this... Share pictures, ideas, colors, poses, props with your photographer, even go so far as to have a sit down consultation with them prior to babies arrival! Also communication after baby is born, because the window for true newborn sessions is so small (usually by day 10) its is important to keep the photographer in the loop when baby is born and set a time and date for the session.
Secondly, Timing, newborns are fairly sleepy by nature, so the issue of time is not necessarily for their comfort. How ever mommas, daddies, siblings and photographers do have schedules, and things that need to happen at specific times. So its important to take all those things into consideration when scheduling your session. These things can take time, up to several hours, to keep baby calm, sleepy and cozy. So plan around big sisters nap time, and school pick up. Be prepared to stay in the studio or have the photographer in your home for several hours just in case. On the flip side, because these session do take so long its always helpful to be on time, and have baby as ready as possible.
Third Pre- Session Prep: getting your baby ready to be photographed. Several things can be done prior to the session to help it go smoothly and get started quickly. Feed your little one half an hour or so prior to the session so they have full tummies and are sleepy, remove any tight fitting clothing for example socks waistbands mittens half an hour before the session, to eliminate any pressure marks on babies skin. Lastly I always as mommas to pack the bag of hats, blankets, props when they pack their hospital bag, to eliminate any confusion after baby is born. You can stick it in a closet and bam, it's ready to go when your ready for the session.
Lastly, newborn sessions are delicate in nature, they require slow movements, some what quiet surroundings and the focus of the photographer and momma or dad on the baby. So it is generally advised to limit the number of people at the session and to try and keep things a little on the quiet side. Most times when I have a newborn session I ask mom to stay close for two reasons, one to catch baby is they slip or slide or jerk themselves in to a precarious position, and secondly to talk to baby, and keep them soothed and calm.
I hope all you mommas to be enjoyed this little tip sheet on preparing for your newborns first photo session. Please feel free to message me questions and to schedule your own newborn session. Here are a few outtakes from some of my most recent newborn sessions. Enjoy!
Oh my this little baby of ours is growing up. My sweet little baby girl is 3!!!! I cannot believe this!
Three years ago, the birth of this sweet little lady changed my world in ways I cannot even begin to tell you about. This baby's birth was a life changing event for my family, as most births are. The circumstances surrounding her birth were and still are prerogative changing for my husband and I.
After the recovery, mentally and physically we made changes in our lives, to cherish each day, love one another whole heartedly, love our babies with out fail, and most importantly to take life and do everything, no holds barred.
Inpart this attitude is what helps make this business possible. But I digress, this little baby is our happy little nugget. We all enjoy her smiles, and her laughter is contagious. As she gets older her sense of humor entertains our whole family. She can be a silly little thing. We weren't planning for a third child, but the Good Lord knew what he was doing, because she completes our family in ways we didn't even know we needed.
Here are some snaps from her third birthday pictures, she's my most challenging model, and really while I love her little face, I feel like I am unable to capture her essence. We will keep working on it and one day she and I will create some magic, until then enjoy these and let me know when I can capture your little one's milestone memories.
If any one reading has experienced a traumatic birth, or knows some one struggling with the after effects of a traumatic birth please use this link, a great resource for an issue that has very few.
Oh this little dude was just so sweet, I love when I am pleasantly surprised in the studio. Babies, over about ten days are usually too alert, and have lost some of their ability to sleep through anything. But not this guy, we were able to get some great pictures of him wide awake, then all of the sudden, crash out like a light.
He snuggled up with his pacifier, enjoying the warmth from his personal little heater, and the softness of the blankets and baby poser and he was fast asleep. He was easy to move and pose sleeping through two moves, and even a basket pose. I was amazed, it never happened at my house with my little ones. If I stepped on the wrong floor board or even covered them up with a blanket boom, wide eyes, and fussing baby.
I was so loving this new teal throw, such a great color for baby boys or girls, worked perfectly with this new dark brown wrap. Such a stunning combination for spring and hopefully we will see some spring soon!
Even threw a few Easter eggs on the set with him for some holiday spirit.
I am currently taking bookings for newborn session through June, I only accept a limited number of newborn sessions a month so please book ahead of time, also spread the word to all your friends who are expecting and don't forget Newborn photography sessions make great baby shower gifts, or even a partial gift certificate would be a nice addition to any baby shower card.
Here are is just as sample of this Dapper dude's pictures, enjoy!