Let's talk about one of my favorite types of sessions: milk baths! Milk baths are, relaxing, intimate, and FUN! I love photographing pregnant mamas in the tub, but they are AMAZING for a flirty solo session too. Recently I welcomed two gorgeous women into my milk bath studio. We put a fun twist on the traditional wildflower milk bath, and had fun with glitter and roses.
If you're not familiar with milk baths, please allow me to explain! I have my own private milk bath studio in St. James for my clients. I always thoroughly clean and sanitize the tub before and after clients. The tub is filled with bath temperature water, and then powdered milk is added. I use powdered milk instead of liquid because of the reduced risks of rashes, and infections. Throughout my milk bath sessions my client's safety, privacy and comfort are always my top priority.
This first woman is soaking in a tub with rose pedals. Such sensual images! I always source fresh, local seasonal flowers.
This glitter bath had a very whimsical, flirty feel. Some serious pixi vibes here!
Whether you're looking for stunning maternity images, a flirty solo session I hope you'll book a milk bath session with me!
This past Saturday, during my Mommy and Me marathon, reminded me how much I LOVE working with mothers and women and general. The sessions were full of smiles, love, and the bond between mother and child. Helping women feel gorgeous and confident, while capturing intimate moments is one of the reasons I started Little Mother Photography.
My Mommy and Me Marathon was a day of stylized sessions with whimsical boho vibes that felt like spring. I love helping women pick out a wardrobe that they feel comfortable and beautiful. My wardrobe and accessory closet has grown significantly in the past few months, especially in the women's department! I did my best to coordinate with the mamas prior to the session, asking about size and color preference, which made changing and dressing go smoothly at the event.
Genuine smiles and giggles helped to capture some gorgeous images. Thank you to everyone who came and for sharing these special moments with me.
I'm looking forward to more opportunities to help women get out in front of the camera this year. I'll be attending educational classes at my annual conference in a few weeks, and have more special sessions planned for this summer!
It's almost that time again, time for Little Mother Photography's SPECIAL UNICORN EVENT! This year Snowflake the Unicorn will be in St. James, Missouri for one day only, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Spaces are very limited!
The session includes gallery of 10 high resolution images, wardrobe, makeup, as well as a special treat. Each session will last about 20 minutes, which allows time for photos and time to visit with Snowflake.
People travel far and wide for this annual event. We've had people come in from St. Louis, Springfield, and Jefferson City for the Special Unicorn Event. and we've sold out of spaces each year we've done this event!
Snowflake is a gentle unicorn, perfect for children who want to experience her magic up close. If children are comfortable and Snowflake's handler deems it okay they may be able to climb on his back for some extra-special photos!
I'm always looking for new beautiful dresses, flower crowns and accessories for this event. The wardrobe closet has grown since last year and we'll have some beautiful new looks that we've never photographed with Snowflake before!
Mark your calendar, book your session, we can't wait to see you at the 2019 Special Unicorn Event!
You've got your family session all booked and planned. Now what? Time to pick out what to wear! Choosing outfits can be overwhelming and it's hard to know where to start. Here are some great tips and tricks to make your Little Mother Photography session the best possible.
Stick to solids. Patterns and graphics can take away from your smiling faces. Consider dressing the family in solid colors instead.
Matching colors is a great idea. Putting everyone in the same color is a good way to make everything look cohesive. Shades of some colors can be difficult to match, so consider matching whites and blacks, or (sometimes better), choose a great accent color. Instead of washing everyone out with a bold color choose a bold color to use as an accent.
Wearing patterns? Don't get too crazy! Buffalo plaid is always nice (in moderation), minimal floral accents are also beautiful.
Leave the hats, sunglasses at home. Don't get too crazy with accessories and things that cover your face. You want your faces to be the focal point of your portraits, these things can be distracting!
I'll always do everything I can to help you look your best. It helps when you do your part too! Planning outfits well in advance helps you to relax and take the pressure off the day of photos. You should enjoy your portrait session experience, and it will help you if you feel and look your best!
You may be surprised to learn photography was not always my passion; it was an accidental direction taken when God put this path in front of me. When I had my children, I fell in love with newborn and child photography. In 2013 my children were 4, 3, and 1. As busy as I was raising a family, I wanted to share my talents with others, so I started Little Mother Photography.
When I became "official" a few close friends and family members started paying me for my services. I am forever grateful for those individuals who took a leap of faith and hired me when I first started. Some are still clients to this day! Others have moved away and I love keeping up with them on social media.
I reinvested every penny those first few years. I upgraded equipment, bought props and accessories, invested in a studio space, paid for a website, and paid for classes and training for myself. Each deposit and session fee helped me to reach new milestones and grow.
When I started Little Mother Photography I had no idea how successful it would be. What began as a hobby to make a little money on the side has since become a full-time occupation for me. I love it.
Six of my favorite images from recent sessions are pictured below. Enjoy!
Take a look at your favorite pictures of your children… Where are you in these images? If you’re like me, you’re the one taking the photos, or maybe you have a few cute selfies with you in them as well. I want to challenge you to get in front of the camera! Years from now your children will want to see you in the pictures. They won’t care that you still have some baby weight, that your hair isn’t exactly how you want it to be. They’ll remember the moment, your smile and laugh. They’ll cherish the memory.
I am so excited for this upcoming mini session: “Mommy and Me”! We’re making memories; not just taking photos. These images are designed to be treasured for generations. Each session is styled individually to make you look and feel beautiful. I’ll work with you to find an outfit that you feel fantastic in. I’m highly experienced in finding flattering angles and lighting for you to look your best. I know how important it is to feel comfortable and relaxed during the shoot. Most importantly? These sessions are designed to be fun! I’m after real, genuine laughs and smiles. This is a time for you and your children to relax, have fun, and make memories.
After your session, we’ll work together to select images that you LOVE, and, if you’d like, I can use some of my Photoshop magic to help you look like your best self ;)
To book your special Mommy and Me session during my upcoming event Saturday, March 30, please check out this link. Unable to make the event? Contact me for your own private session
Below are some of my favorite mommy and me images from my own shoot, enjoy!
Baby, it’s cold outside, but it is HOT in the Little Mother Photography Studio!
Our first Flirt Marathon wrapped up not too long ago, and it was INCREDIBLE! 9 BEAUTIFUL women came to celebrate themselves and get some fun, flirty, sassy, (dare I say SEXY?) photos.
Each session was SO MUCH FUN! Everyone came excited and had a great time (me especially!) The ladies arrived a little before their scheduled session time, which allowed for time to get dressed up; picking out outfits and accessories was half the fun! Then it was time for hair and makeup. I thought it important that each woman get the VIP treatment and feel like a queen. Our hair and makeup artists did an AMAZING job making each woman look beautiful.
I was blown away by how many GENUINE smiles, laughs, and JOY were this event. Empowering women and helping them feel happy is one of the favorite parts of my job.
Interested in doing a Flirt Session of your own? I'm hosting another Flirt Marathon in Saturday, July 6. Limited spaces are available at this event, purchase yours here. The July marathon will have a boho theme. Check out these inspiration images to see the session's vibe.
Can't make the marathon event, or want to do it sooner? You can still schedule your own private flirt event too, just contact me!
Check out these images from some flirt sessions below!
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!