Little Mother Photography started roughly a year and a half ago, and several of my first clients are still with me.
This family is one of those originals, it has been really amazing and awesome to see their family grow, and this little guy become a little boy. It is something special to know a person since before they were born.
Their family session this year is was one of my favorites, to date with them. Watching this little man become his own person, develop his own little personality. He is such a funny little guy with very specific thoughts on what he wants and doesn't want!
During this session he was having a hard time letting go of momma for some dad and son shots but we snuck in some high fives and the promise of seeing a real live cow, magic!
There is something to be said for the magical powers of cows!
There is a few time slots left for the fall mini special if you and your family need a new family portrait let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org 573-864-0106
Here are few of my favorites from this families session.
I just love all the new fall props and ideas the change in weather brings!
Richer colors, different textures, and the lighting for autumn is always so warm.
I must have been channeling autumn when I designed with newborn set. It just screams Fall Baby to me!
To date this little lady's session is one of my favorite, her chunky little cheeks were the perfect frame for the feathered headband and the lovely soft white fleece braid.
I posed her several different ways, and shot from a variety of angles to achieve a most diverse album from just one set. What a fun outcome for this model call baby.
All of you momma's out there with Autumn due dates (October, November, December) please let me know when you are due, I have a major crush on this season and grand plans for sets! Reds, Browns, Oranges, Golds, Yellows and even some Moss Greens, oh the possibilities are endless!
Here are a few of my most favorite outtakes from this session!
Hayley is a sweet heart of a three, almost four, year old little girl.
She loves to sing, play playdoh, and in the dirt. Her favorite color is purple, and she likes to ballet dance. Hayley is the middle of three sisters and is very proud to show off her little baby sister.
Hayley was diagnosed in January of 2015 with Acute Lymphocratic Leukemia. At the time of her diagnosis Hayley spent 21 days in the hospital, now she visits St.Louis Children’s Hospital monthly for various testing and receives chemotherapy in her home.
Currently Hayley is in Clinical Remission and is doing wonderfully.
I have never meet a sweeter, happier kid, if you want to see the meaning of the words brave and happy just look at her sweet little face.
Hayley is the recipient of the very first Little Mothers Gifts of Grace photo session. I am so excited to launch this concept! Children like Hayley who have been diagnosed with cancer, terminal illness or, brain injury, don’t live the normal life of a child. Their days are filled not with running and jumping but with needles and medicine.
The goal of Little Mothers Gifts of Grace is to provide a moment of normalcy for these kids and to gift them with a morning or afternoon of fun. Each recipient will receive an accordion album from the session as well as prints and digital copies of the pictures. I am partnering with the wonderful Erin Bartz and Studio K in St. James, and she is providing makeup and hair services for these young people.
When she arrived at my studio Hayley and I began by picking out her outfit for the session, this little girl knows her mind and went right to purple! She choose all of her accessories as well. While we were shooting her mom turned on her favorite tunes and she boogied herself all over my set. When we were all done Hayley and I even snuck in a few minutes to dance together. As she walked out the door she graced Erin, and myself with hugs. Such a sweet happy child.
If you know a child that would be a Gfits of Grace candidate please let me know, I will be doing these sessions quarterly, with the intent to grow.
If you would like to sponsor a Little Mothers Gifts of Grace session please contact me at Kan_D15@hotmail.com. Each sponsorship will cover the cost of the printed products for these little ones.
Your donation helps to offer each child an accordion album, a small mini book that fits into a little hand very nicely, and the children can take them just about anywhere, even to the hospital for their treatments.
Here are some of my favorite outtakes from Miss Hayley’s session, please take a peek and enjoy!
As a photographer, sometimes its is essential to make changes, tweak your lighting, camera settings, and poses to create just the right look. As woman with out a newborn, these things are difficult to accomplish with out the help of some very wonderful mommies and babies.
When I am working on a new look, I will often times send out a model call, this call is posted on my Facebook, instagram and occasionally my website. I take applicants and choose at random those who participate. I offer small compensation for helping in out in the way of digital files and prints. At the model call session I work on the concept I am trying to develop. Usually these sessions are brief, and to the point, I don't branch out and do a full session unless mom has agreed to it before hand.
Recently I posted for a newborn model, I was blessed to have a baby boy and girl, the same age come in for these. The set was complete when they walked in, both babies were sound asleep, and I got right to work.
The specific change I was working towards for these is a shift in lighting, and floor posing. Both babies work sooooooo good, nice and sleepy and so well behaved. I truly enjoyed these little mini sessions.
Baby boy was solid little guy, with some serious cheeks! I just love babies with a little fat in their cheeks. He was so handsome in blue, and just barely fit in my basket!
Little miss was a darling sweet thing, she was fair and perfect for her pink set. Snug as bug in a rug she slept through my fussing with her little fingers and toes.
Here are a few of my favorites from these sessions. Enjoy!
Every once in a while I am asked to do a session that is outside my scope or norm. I usually find these to be a great challenge and enjoy them immensely. Its always fun to stretch your creative wings so to speak.
These sessions are even more fun when you get to plan them with a good friend and her daughter.
So when my friend asked me to do a glamour session for her daughter and a friend I jumped on it. Unlike my senior sessions this would involve the styling, hair and makeup, and posing of two people. The biggest stretch was to keep these young ladies looking their ages, and not year older.
The day of the session was great fun, we did the girls hair and makeup, it was reminiscent of a junior high slumber party with conversations being held over music, girls busting out lyrics to songs and some random dance moves. Not to mention the hair spray! After the primping was over we got them dressed in their looks for the session, jewelry was chosen and away we went.
The biggest blessing for this shoot was the location, we had such a variety of vistas and scenes to choose from, a little creek bed, tall grass, open field, and a pool. I love having a lot of options in a relatively small space.
We moved around from set to set, utilizing cushions as sun blocks, pool ladders for height, and just in general making things work for us. Ultimately the girls were brave enough to jump in the pool for some water shots, folks let me tell you it was not a super warm day! However they jumped right in and struck some poses. When it was said and done, I don't know that I have laughed so much, or enjoyed working with a group so much as this session. Good company makes all the world.
As for the final product, I will let you decide for your self, but to me our good time, and relaxed atmosphere shows in their faces. We all had fun, Enjoy.
Every hear the expression "small but mighty?" This kid is that! Such a tiny little fellow, and 5 lb plus when he was born. He was by far the smallest baby I have had in the studio. But my oh my he has a presence. He didn't fuss, or cry, he didn't throw a fit when I tried to pose him, he was calm, and totally at ease with being handled and posed. His presence came in the gentle nature of his little baby self. He really was just so somber and pensive, taking in his surroundings, observing and being content.
This little guy is a snuggler, we snuggled several times through out his session, and he really was just so content and easy going. His momma was so great. I love working with friends, it makes me feel so blessed to see their families grow, to watch them become mommas and love their babies. Such a blessing. His momma, was no exception, she was happy for me to work with him and totally trusted me to take care of her baby, but boy the joy in her eyes when I was done and she could hold, and kiss her baby was really awesome.
You may not know, but during a newborn session it is easier and smoother if mom doesn't handle baby too much. I usually try to do most of the diaper, clothing, wrapping etc with baby. Why? Because I don't smell good and am boring to baby, mom smells like food! Typically this means baby is back to sleep right away, and I can get the session finished!
Gregory's session was the first with a new lighting configuration, and I am so pleased with the results. He was a rock start for all of his poses, and even two costume changes. A special moment when I thought we were done, momma sat down to nurse him on set. Of course me being me, I snapped a few pictures of the two of them, how special it was when I learned that moment was a big one for them in their nursing relationship!
Newborn sessions are my favorite, I love working with the tiny little beings, new to life. Such a blessing to be able to call this my profession.
If you or some one you know needs some newborn photography work done please let me know. I would love to work with you and your baby.
Here are my favorite outtakes from this session, it was difficult to choose as so many were just precious!
Today's photo challenge word was up. A simple word, easy to spell, seemingly an easy task to capture a photo expressing "up". However I did not want to take the easy way out. I wanted to find a deeper meaning for the word.
This morning on my walk I kept thinking of a way to capture up. So naturally I had my eyes to the sky, not their usual place. Typically I walk while reading on my kindle ap.
It is amazing what you can find, and see when you look up from your phone folks! Like everyone else I too am guilty of spending too much time at the computer, on Facebook, on my phone just piddling with my apps. Folks we need to look up more, we will see some amazing things. Like our kids growing up before we know it. The seasons changing, the other day I looked up and saw a momma deer and her TRIPLETS! That is a once in a life time thing!
So as I walked along, looking up and out at the world and not down at the screen of my phone I noticed this, the branches of this tree, and the sun light streaming through them created a lovely heart. A reminder to embrace and love each moment, each day. To look up and see the world around us!
Today's photo challenge word is Hard Work.
We live on a farm, have three small kids, one of us owns and operates a small business, the other works for the family business. We are not strangers to hard work. However, is it work if you love what you do? If you do it for those you love?
My image for today is a snap shot of my husband brush hogging our front field. What this image doesn't show you, is that he is crammed up in the cab of the tractor with three kids who love to help, and a dog who can't sit still. He rode with them for thirty minutes, God Bless him. He loves to work the land, mostly because we want this farm to be here for our kids to work, and their kids. We are merely stewards for them, maintaining and improving this place for them.
So while the work is hard, and the hours sometimes long, we do these things out of love. With the hope what our children will learn to work hard, and love the land, and each other. And one day give that gift to their children.