When you support Little Mother Photography, you are supporting local families who otherwise may not be able to afford professional photos. Every newborn and maternity session I gift to these deserving photos is because you chose me to be your photographer. To you I am so grateful!
When I started Little Mother Photography I knew giving back needed to be an important part of my business plan. One way I give back is through an organization I am on the board of: Guiding Star of Mid Missouri. Guiding Star is a nation-wide pregnancy resource organization founded to help pregnant women and new mothers find assistance, education, and intervention when needed. In our Mid-Missouri chapter of Guiding Star we have helped dozens of women in need right here in Phelps County. I donate my services regularly to these families who may not otherwise be able to afford maternity and newborn photography. It is a privilege and an honor that these families allow me into their lives to capture these tender moments.
Many of the photographs on my website and social media are of these families. I do not think it appropriate or relevant to call out specifically which sessions have been gifted, everyone gets the same (might I say stellar?!) Little Mother Photography treatment when I work with them! Please enjoy this gallery of newborn babies, some of my absolute favorites from this past year. By you hiring Little Mother Photography, I have the resources to provide professional photos to these deserving families.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and may God bless you and yours.
As the 2018 holiday season gets started I can’t help but sit back and think about how blessed I am, about all of the things I am so thankful for.
My wonderful husband, Matt, who always supports my dreams and goals. I couldn’t be where I am today were it not for his undying love and support. He is the yin to my yang, my partner and my soulmate.
My three amazing kids. Haylee has become such a wonderful independent young woman, impressing me every day with her wit and personality. Whitten has grown into such a handsome young man, full of charm and always making us laugh. And Ainslee, such a quick learner and sharp young girl. I'm so lucky to be your mom.
What I started in 2013 with a few close friends and family as clients has grown and flourished in ways I never could have dreamed. I’ve been able to keep Theresa Weidner on part-time, and in 2018 the Little Mother Photography team grew even more, and Torie Hance was welcomed as an additional photographer.
2018 has been Little Mother Photography’s biggest and most successful year. We gained more clients, and scheduled more shoots than ever before. And YOU help make it possible. Every session you purchase, every one of my social media posts you comment on or “like” help me to grow and expand my business, but even more, lets me continue to do what I love: create timeless photography for you and your loved ones. From the bottom of my heart: thank you for your love and support now and always.
Your bundle of joy is the most important thing in your life, and keeping babies safe is always our number one priority!
The Little Mother Photography studio is always cleaned and sanitized before your newborn photo shoot (outfits, backdrops and props included!) Kandi always washes her hands plenty and keeps a bottle of hand sanitizer nearby when preparing for and performing the shoots. We love outdoor sessions, but we only take newborns outside if the weather permits.
The entire Little Mother Photography team is fully vaccinated. Every year we get our flu shots, and make sure our whooping cough (Tdap) vaccine. We never hesitate to reschedule an appointment if we are feeling under the weather. We would rather cause a minor inconvenience than risk spreading germs to your newborn.
Keeping your babies and families safe, happy, and healthy is our primary goal when working with you!
The Little Mother Photography team has grown! Theresa's son, Gabriel, was born Monday, October 8. You may remember seeing her maternity photos in our last blog post, we hope you'll now enjoy his BEAUTIFUL newborn photos now. It took a bit, but Kandi (aka the baby whisperer) worked her magic and got Gabe to sleep peacefully for the duration of the shoot. The result? Magical, beautiful images that Theresa and her family will TREASURE forever!
Kandi went above and beyond with this photo session! She had just gotten in a few brand new outfits all of the way from Italy; of course Gabriel was excited to model them. <3 <3 <3
And two sets with tiny beds? Oh my goodness, the cuteness!
Kandi even thought ahead to Christmas and did a special holiday set. What an ADORABLE sleeping Santa.
The weather cooperated and we were able to get some awesome family images outside! Unfortunately Gabriel's big sister, Bernice was less than excited for the photos (and her baby brother in general), but we're working on that!
Welcome little Gabe! We're ABSOLUTELY smitten.
Today’s blog post will feature a different point of view: Theresa Weidner. Theresa is my friend, and associate at Little Mother Photography. I hope you will enjoy!
Is it just me, or does some of the magic of the first pregnancy disappear for the sequential ones? The excitement, joy and surprise that accompanied your first born can seem muted and lesser. This time around I am raising a toddler, am heavier than I’ve ever been, and am more exhausted than ever. I’ve not been taking the weekly (okay, daily sometimes!) bump photos like I did with my daughter. I’ve not been journaling or posting to social media nearly as much this time around.
Initially, I didn’t think I’d want maternity photos for my second child. I already had them from when I was pregnant with my daughter; why did I need more? In my second trimester, I changed my mind. I needed a boost, a thing for myself, and I wanted to feel pretty; Little Mother photography helped me to do just that. I wanted this baby to be able to see me pregnant with them. In looking at my own family photos I’ve only been able to find one photo of my mom carrying me, and it’s a special image I treasure. In the age of social media, oversharing, and excessive photo taking I wanted this child to have these images.
It wasn’t easy to convince my husband to go along with this. He doesn’t seem to value family photos to the same extent that I do. He already had posed, smiled, (and paid for) images of me with a big belly the first time around, why did he need to do it again? Luckily he was a good sport and went along with it. The results were magical. We now have beautiful images capturing our growing family. In one way the session captured an ending: the final portraits depicting us as a family of three; but even better, they capture new beginnings. They depict our beautiful growing family in the most magical way imaginable.
Maternity portraits are a personal choice, and not for everyone. I don’t know if this will be our last pregnancy or not, but if it is I won’t have any regrets about not capturing it. I’m so glad I had Little Mother Photography capture this wonderful time in my family’s journey.
We are beyond excited to announce we now have a dedicated senior photographer! Welcome to the team, Torie Hance! Torie is energetic talented and we think you will love, love, LOVE her unique approach to senior portraits.
Torie combines candid, un-posed images along with traditional styles. We’ve featured some of her work in this blog post for you to admire.
Senior portraits are a fun way to create timeless memories. What a wonderful way to document such a special time in your life.
Contact Little Mother Photography to book your senior session with Torie today.
You may not know, but my mother, Clarissa, owns Sutton at Home Alpaca Farm. We’re partnering up for our upcoming mini sessions. Alpacas kisses, beautiful photographs, and memories to last a lifetime, what more could you ask for? Join Little Mother Photography Saturday, September 15, 2018 for this very special photo opportunity. Plan on sticking around after photos, there will be more to do do and see at the farm. Come feed the alpacas, meet the cria (baby alpacas), and browse SAHA’s gift shop.
Below are some of the fine creatures you can expect to meet. More babies are expected any day now, so maybe you’ll get a chance to see them too! Meet Boomer. He is a sweet, fully grown alpaca male. Boomer loves to snuggle and will give kisses!
And here is Trajectory! This sweet little man is Boomers son, and looks just like his father! He is a little shy and learning about people, but he is sweet and curious!
There are approximately 2 dozen alpacas at Sutton at Home Alpaca Farm. They can’t wait to meet you!
The temperature may be hot, but we’re getting ready for autumn! Check out our amazing upcoming giveaway, only a few days remain to enter!
The prize includes everything pictured, including a bonus surprise gift and a Gift Certificate to Little Mother Photography’s Special Fall Family Session good for one Family session!
To enter: head over to Little Mother Photography’s Facebook page to like the giveaway post, comment on it, and share on your own page (you’ll need to share the original post so we can see you’ve done it!) The lucky winner will be announced on Friday July 20 at 10:00 am.
Little Mother Photography will be offering limited fall sessions this year. These will be available only in the month of October, and spaces will be limited. For $175 you’ll receive 8 fully edited high-resolution images. This is a spectacular value! To book your session click here.
Worrying about the logistic and other details with your newborn session can be stressful and overwhelming! Little Mother Photography does everything we can to address your biggest fears and concerns regarding this very special photo session.
Appearance of Baby:
Certain newborn characteristics of newborns may concern new parents, and they many not want them showcased in their images. For example, flaking skin, baby acne, jaundice or other skin colorization can all be corrected in post edit (if you want them to be!) Kandi is an experienced and talented Photoshop guro who has perfected her technique to create beautiful, natural-looking edits. Kandi never re-touches more than you’re comfortable with, but will gladly work with you to remove any areas of concerns that you don’t want in these portraits.
Appearance of Mama:
Newborn portraits are most magical and successful when done in the first week of life. Most mothers are not looking (what they consider to be) their “best” at a few days postpartum. If your newborn package includes photos with the mother (and father), please note that Little Mother Photography will do everything we can to have the new parents looking spectacular! We can advise you on what to (or not) wear, use flattering posing techniques and angles and lighting, and of course offer some TLC in the post editing process. We also have a wardrobe for expecting and new mothers that you’re welcome to browse and utilize if you’d like! Our collection of gowns, and accessories is ever-growing, and quite impressive! These images will be treasured in your family for generations, we know how important it is that you look and feel your best.
Cleanliness and Germs:
Little Mother Photography cleans the studio, props, accessories, wardrobe, etc. in between each and every client. We use bleach wipes, germ-x, soap and water. The entire Little Mother Photography team is uptodate on vaccines and immunizations; including the MMR whooping cough vaccine and seasonal flu shots. We will not hesitate to cancel a session if the photographer is not feeling well or if there is any chance of us spreading an illness.
Dressing the Baby:
In addition to a full wardrobe for mothers (as mentioned above), our newborn clothing and accessory options are seemingly endless. Seriously, Kandi may have a slight shopping addiction when it comes to things beautiful, delicate, and PERFECT for your baby to wear. There is absolutely no need for you to waste your money on clothing and props on something your child will only wear once. Like our mother’s wardrobe, our children’s options are free to use for our clients and included with our packages!
Getting the family up, dressed, and to a photography appointment (with a newborn nonetheless) can seem overwhelming and an impossible task. We understand this and are happy to come to you! We offer on-location photo shoots at your house, or another place of your choosing. It’s amazing what beautiful, natural, cozy images we can capture outside of the location in your home.
Interested in learning more about a photo session with Little Mother Photography? Contact us today!
Last week was mother’s day, I’d like to take the time to honor a very special mother: Rhiannon Lindley. Rhiannon is one of the bravest, sweetest and strongest women I know; she’s amazing.
Rhiannon and her husband have four beautiful children ranging in ages from 5 to just a few months; the couple is also the primary caregiver for her brother.
Rhiannon recently completed nursing school not an easy task for anyone, but she was also pregnant at the time! The family has experienced a lot of challenges and struggles in the past few years, including her husband losing his job, they had a house fire, and, perhaps most devastating Rhiannon was diagnosed with Acute b Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
I was honored to photograph this beautiful family in this special session.
I hope you’ll take the time to read more about Rhiannon Lindley’s story and consider giving to her GoFundMe page.