Lets bring September, and autumn in with something fun, and a little bit mind broadening. I challenge each of you to join me in this Photo a Day. Each day has a different category, some are fairly straight forward, some require a little creative thinking. Use each day as a way to express yourself! You can chime in on the comments with your pictures. Find my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/littlemotherphoto and share them with us there. Or you can choose to participate privately. However you do it, just do it!
My day one: Inspire I have been reading this great book series about a knitting shop owner in Britain. Her story is great, but what is even greater is the amount of knitting she gets done with three kids, and her own business (sound familiar?) Sooo I have decided to take on a few new projects for my self and my girls. Here's hoping I get them done before the snow flies!
Occasionally I am inspired by something, could be a piece of fabric, a peek of the light through the trees at sunset, or in the case of this session, my neighbor's flower beds. I drive by his home daily, some days multiple times. Sometimes you can see something a hundred times before you realize its potential, one day, on my way home, I caught a glimpse of these flowers out of my passenger window and bam it hit me. The potential was there, and it was amazing!
So I made a phone call, got permission to use the flowers, and then published a model call! It was so much fun, i just love when I get complete creative control over a session. All the colors, poses, and props were my choices. It was amazing, so much fun! Some of my favorite images ever were a result of this session.
I had several people answer my ad, and I so hate to turn anyone away, however I can't shoot for free all the time!!!! I accepted three people/ babies into my model call and they rocked it. I so enjoyed meeting and working with my little models and playing with them in the flowers.
The first model's session was shot between rain showers. Silly weather didn't want me to work that night! However the humidity in the air, and the clouds really made for a dramatic session. Some gorgeous images.
Baby number two, decided that the day of her session was also the perfect day to start crawling. She gave us a little start when she attempted to crawl off the set! Baby number three was a sleepy little doll, she really was great for a little bit older newborn and allowed me to try several poses for her little self.
I so hope you enjoy these images as much as I do! I can't wait to shoot here again next summer!
One of the very best things about my job as a newborn photographer, is that I am one of the first people outside of family to see new babies. When friends have babies, this is extra special. I am so blessed to hold, snuggle and pray for these little people. One of my dear friends was blessed with her fifth little one this month, and I planned a great outdoor session for him during one of our play dates. I spied odds and ends from the children play area, and scoped out some unique landscapes to pose baby on, and in.
Luckily the day wasn't too warm, (Missouri in August is tricky) and we were able to pull off three different outdoor sets and then went inside for some of my staple, baby on a white blanket poses. Mr Joseph, used to the hustle and bustle of his brothers and sisters slept through his session like a professional baby model. He snoozed through all the wraps and re wraps, poses, and hats. Even when we came inside and stripped him down. Joey makes the cutest little grunts when he sleeps, and at first they were alarming because I thought he was waking up. His big brother would rush over and get momma's attention worried the baby needed something! It was adorable.
My favorite shot from this session and my favorite set involved the sweetest little wooden wheelbarrow. It is a wonderful piece made by the kid's grandfather. How special is that! That is one of the perks of shooting in a clients home, seeing things they may not have noticed and using them for babies pictures. The wheelbarrow shot was so fun, Joey was so asleep he really just let me pose him and stayed put. He seemed very cosy all wrapped up and sporting his little bear hat! A little help from mom to support his head and then some photoshop magic (safety first) and viola one of my favorite pictures of all time!
The session came to a screeching halt, when we moved indoors and I removed the diaper! We managed a few poses indoors and then when I went to wrap him and place him on his back, BAM! He peed on me! Woke up and that was that he was done. All in all it was so nice to visit with a good friend, meet her newest addition and play with a sweet little baby.
Newborn sessions can be done in your home or in the studio. For more details please call or email!
Here are my favorite pics from Josephs session, enjoy!
The road to this session as interesting, it involved a lot of climbing (in high heels and a gown), some traffic, odd looks, and even the "help" of three year old twins, however I feel we found some happiness at the end!
I am so excited to introduce Jamie, my St. James senior rep for the class of 2016!
Isn't she just gorgeous? I am looking forward to working with this smart and funny young lady over the next few months to develop her senior portfolio, and help her with the senior rep program.
Jamie is a hardworking young lady, who loves her family, and has a lot of her own unique personality. She's is funny, smart, and a natural in front of the camera. For her glamour session we took it to the streets, literally some of her pictures were shot while I was standing in the street! We really had fun playing with angles and light at the underpass, and then we got to the pool. Jamie was all for it jumped right it and we had a great time playing around with the different option shooting a subject in water brings.
Her session was really a great new adventure for us both, I had been planning to take some one to these locations for several months, once I met Jamie, and saw how powerful and edgy her own personal style was I knew she was the perfect person.
Next month Jamie will have her traditional session, and I can not wait to see what she brings to the table. This session will reflect her own personal style, and tastes. Please if you are a St. James senior or senior parent talk to Jamie, she has some great info on Little Mother Photography's senior packages!
Here are some of my favorite outtakes from her session, Enjoy!
What a darling young man, he was quiet, respectful (didn't soil my set!), and full of charm.
This guy had it going on, rocking his handsome head of dark hair, and beautiful baby skin. It was so nice to work with him and his parents for his newborn session.
We had such a great time, stepped outside first thing for a few family shots and some amazing pictures of this little guy all by himself. Then we popped back into the studio, this guy slept through it all. Like a pro! He stayed asleep all through his session up till the very end. This little guy knows his mind as well. He knew what he liked, what was comfortable, and if it wasn't he was not going to do it. It was almost comical how he would curl up into a ball every time I tried to pose him. Specifically on his little tummy, but put him on his back with his legs pulled up to his little chest and bam it was golden. So I plopped him into a bowl at the end, and got my most favorite pose from the entire session!
Moral of the story, roll with it. Go with the flow, and let the baby tell you what they like, not always is your plan going to go the way you want. (Seriously momma's don't we all learn this after like week one?) So while I didn't get to all my staple poses, and wasn't able to follow my "plan". I really feel like this session was a great success, and I am tickled with the end results, I can't step away from editing them!
When you make your way into the studio for your own little ones newborn photography session, please keep it light, let it flow, follow babies lead, and in the end we will get pictures that represent your baby, and their own unique personality.
Here are some of my favorites of Mr. Drake!
Some days in this business are more difficult than others. Be it, conflicting schedules, struggling to come up with a concept, mastering my camera, lighting, moving target scenario. There are just days that don't want to come together.
The day of this session, I woke up with my neck locked. Translate that into a lot of pain, limited mobility, and a crabby mood. I didn't however let it get me down, I powered on and set up a sweet session for one of my favorite little ladies.
Then it happened, the one thing her mom and I were both certain would never happen with this baby. She didn't like her cake!!!! Oh the horrors! We both so wanted to get shots of her messy and covered in sweet sticky blue frosting. Poor baby would not even go near her cake, one look at it and she was in tears. It was the icing on the cake of my day.
In a last ditch effort to replace the tears with smiles at least near the cake, we pulled out some music. Magic happened, at least sort of. While we didn't get any pictures of little Miss destroying her cake, we did get some great shots of her kinda beside and behind her cake holding her mommas phone and getting her jam on.
Personally I love it, these sessions never go as planned, babies are people with likes and dislikes, and when they take a turn we just roll with it. Embry was happy as a clam listening to her music, and it is who she is. No holds barred the kid doesn't like cake!
Her session was really great, she smiled, posed and put up with three outfit changes! I love the finished products and know her momma does too.
Here are a few of my favorites! Enjoy!
I just love babies, especially babies with marvelous heads of hair, such a stunning backdrop for hats, and tiebacks!
Little Miss Brooklynn is one of those babies, her hair is awesome folks, like super amazing! I am excited to see it come in as she gets older. Miss Brooklynn was a doll baby to work with. She was a little hungry at first but once she slipped in to her milk coma it was on. She made it through all of her sets, and all but one of her poses. She popped in to two baskets. and even waited till the last set to poop!
Her dark hair and full cheeks lent themselves to some brighter colors for her session, we really rocked the mint and coral her momma requested and then when mom pulled out this amazing quilt from her room I quickly added in some plum. To me this is a striking color combination that really lends itself well to her coloring. I am tickled pink with these pictures from this session. The more I edit, the more I smile!
One thing I have been striving to master is lighting a newborn session, believe it or not, lighting is massively important and incredibly difficult. This session was a first for a new lighting set up and I am pretty sure it is a success. I am constantly trying to better my images for my clients, improving my printer, working on my skill behind the camera, and watching countless tutorials. My goal is to capture your little ones exactly as they are and deliver a quality product to you, my clients.
Here are my favorites from this little ladies session. Please enjoy! Don't forget to like Little Mother Photography on Facebook, and schedule your own newborn session. (before baby gets here ;) )
Where to begin, seriously this session was a joy to shoot, and an even bigger joy to edit.
Miss Haylee is such a beautiful young lady who has been modeling for me since the begingin. Her big blue eyes, soft blonde hair, and classic features make her so easy to photograph.
Couple these things with a momma who is my favorite hair and makeup lady and Haylee's session was bound to be a success. (Miss Erin B. is my go to for my own hair and makeup and for all my glam session work) This session was a birthday gift from her momma and myself. We all worked together to plan it and create this simple yet stunning look.
We utilized some gorgeous light, natural backdrops, and wildflowers to create this look. One of my favorite places to shoot has so many options for different settings, water, tall grasses, fences, trees, trim lawn! I love bringing clients there to play around.
For Haylee's session we used the tall grass, dappled sun light, and I climbed the fence to change my perspective. Such a unique look every time I shoot here and I still feel like I haven't exhausted my options.
I will give major props to my model for being brave enough to get in the murky lake, lay down in the grass and wade through the tall hay to get just the right light. These images are really amazing and this young lady is really beautiful.
I offer the glam package for any session, its a great way to have a little of the pressure for hair, makeup, and styling off your back for your session. Perfect for seniors, and Maternity.
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