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Every time I shoot a newborn session, I’m brought back to those memories of when my kids were newborns. Those precious and exhausting days. How can one forget, right?
As a newborn lifestyle photographer, I get invited into people’s homes to document what their ‘new normal’ is as they enter a life with a newborn. Whether this is a first baby or a sibling being added to their tribe, those moments and images are always so so special. Capturing those early days with your new bundle of joy is one of my greatest pleasures as a photographer. I really, really mean this, friends.
And you know what? We can spend all the time in the world planning for these sessions to go perfectly, but in reality all you need is yourself and your precious family. My approach is to go around your house, pick a few spots (probably the ones with best light), and just shoot, shoot, shoot! My priority is always to document your life as it is. Your family interactions, your precious new babe, siblings, doggies, and even grandma (if she’s around) are always very welcome!
And yes, of course I encourage all moms to find an outfit for them that makes them feel like a queen (because you are!!), and then find outfits for the rest of the fam that compliment with mom’s. If you have the energy, get your hair done and put some make up on , and just gift yourself an opportunity to be captured with those that matter to you the most! Give yourself permission to just enjoy the moment and be present in the realization that this is your new normal 🙂
When I think about my days with a newborn, the last thing I wanted to do is leave the house. I loved lounging around with my newborn in tow, breathing in every new smell, every new movement. I was extremely aware that newborn time, although seemingly slow, is also extremely fast (the ‘longest shortest time’ they call it). It would be gone before I know it and I wanted to bottle it up in my memories. That is exactly what I will do for you, friend!
If you love the simple things and ‘raw/real’ is your middle name. If you want to capture all these moments and actually be in the photo for once. If You appreciate timeless photography that will live through generations and will never loose its magic. Then, we are a perfect fit!
Ok, I’ll stop talking now and will let the images do the talking 🙂
For a girl who grew up surrounded by mountains, living in Miami can get a little too plain for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loooooove Miami, and I loooove having the beach as my backyard (#ilivewhereyouvacation), and I don’t take it for granted, but…
There’s just something about those mountains, the peace and tranquility you get when you stare out your window and see those rolling hills. There’s nothing quite like it, don’t you think?
Sooo, I conviced my husband to go on a mountain escapade (yes, I have those kinds of powers) back in December. It was not an easy task as he usually prefers beach locations where we just sit by the beach and do nothing. But I sold him on the mountains, and the cooler weather, and his only request was that we stay in a cabin away from everything, and we did exactly that.
After a few searches, we found our dream cabin in airbnb. The views were amaaaaaazing! Check it out 🙂
During these crazy times, my only concern was the flight. My husband didn’t want to drive with two kids in tow (I get it), but I didn’t want to fly in the middle of a pandemic. So, he had to convince me (yes, he has those kinds of powers) to get on a plane with two kids. My son had just turned two, so he now was required to have his own seat. I decide to take our travel carseat with us and as soon as we got on the plane, I locked him in there for the entire ride! This was the only way I had peace of mind that he would not be moving around the plane licking the seats and floors like a regular toddler would. He also refused to wear his mask most of the time so I was glad he was stranded to his chair at least.
We flew on AA, and despite their attempts to follow COVID precautions (there was no food service, they gave you wipes to clean your seat, etc), those planes were full to the last seat! So you can imagine my brain just being overly alert for the entire ride.
Anyway, we got to Asheville airport, picked up our rental car and started our drive to Brevard, NC. Finding the house took a little while because it was literally hidden in the middle of the mountains, but once we found it we were all so excited to spend a few days surounded by nothing but mountains (and a few bears).
Once in Brevard, we mostly stayed home just chilling, but we did go out to explore the area a bit. If you are ever in Brevard with kids, I highly recommend the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine in downtown Brevard, a drive or hike through the Pisgah National Forest is definitely a must especially to take a look at some of their gorgeous waterfalls (Brevard is know as the ‘land of waterfalls’), and if you’re into beer, then definitely pay a visit to some of their breweries. I am NOT into beers, but I still enjoyed visiting, and the kids had fun just running around their outdoor patios. Other than that, we mostly explored around our cabin. We actually had a waterfall walking distance from the house! That was so much fun for the kids 🙂
Anyway, we got our mountain fix for the year, and are currently pretty content with our Miami landscapes and warmer weather :).
It’s that time of the year. Yeah, I know, I can’t believe it either 🍂🍁. Fall is here minus the cooler temps and the beautiful foliage 🤪. It’s basically an extension of summer for us Miami peeps but we should all be used to it by now 😀
Join me for this lovely event where we document your precious family and pretend it’s nice and cold outside :). If we are lucky, it might be cold since we’ll be doing this sessions in November. A girl can dream, no?!
Cooler temps or not, fall mini sessions will be happening this year! Covid-friendly sessions. That means no contact, outdoors, and i’ll be wearing a mask 😷
These sessions are natural, no props or themed set-up. We will be creating gorgeous timeless photographs. You know, those you have to print and display all over your house or on an album in your coffee table 🙌🙌
🚨Limited slots available 🚨
So in order to make it happen, here’s what I need you to do:
Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve spot. We’ll then talk about dates and times, location, outfits, and all the details to get ready for your session! Easy, right?!
One last thing. Head to my IG stories to participate on a giveaway! I am giving away one mini session slot to one lucky family!
Ready?! Let’s do this!
***Location will be Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach
What you’ll Need: Paper Plate, beads, string, hole puncher, sticky eyes, paint
Description: This activity allows kids to use their motor skills and also their counting skills. It’s a win win :). Let kids paint the paper plate, count beads and place them on each tentacle whole, and glue the eyes.
Prep Work (if any): Prep work is needed for little kids but older kids might be able to do all the presswork themselves 🙂
Cut a paper plate in half
Punch 8 holes and tie on yarn legs (AKA tentacles)
For little kids you can write the numbers for each whole. For big kids, you can let me write the numbers and then add the beads
What you’ll Need: Sponges, scissors, buckets, water
Description: Allow kids to throw their sponges aiming for the inside of a bucket full of water. Kids will also love playing with the sponges and the water after. Be sure to be prepared for water play. This activity is best done outdoors.
What you’ll Need: Black construction paper, Contact paper, Tissue paper, tape, scissors
Description: Cut out two rectangles from the black construction paper (cut the inside of the rectangle out). Then cut out multiple ocean animal shapes from the construction paper (3-4 per kid). Finally, cut out the contact paper to match the size of your construction paper rectangles. Allow the kids to decorate their contact paper with tissue paper and then glue/tape everything together
Prep Work( if Any):
Cut out 2 rectangles from black construction paper
Cut out contact paper rectangle
Draw and cut out animal shapes from construction paper
What you’ll Need: Paper bag, paint, scissors, google eyes, glue
Description: Allow the kids to paint the bag first, then cut the bottom of the bag to reflect the jelly fish tentacles (or cut them yourself if they are still little and can’t work scissors yet). Finally, let them glue the eyes
Prep Work: None! Yay
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What you’ll Need: Container, Water, Ocean animal figurines, food coloring, Pipetes (like the ones that come with medicine)
Description: Fill up a container with water and add food coloring (preferably blue for Ocean water), then add ocean animal figures. Freeze overnight. Allow kids to melt the frozen ocean using pipettes full of warm water. Kids will be so excited when they start to ‘free’ all the animals.
Freeze water container with animal figures inside (add food coloring if desired)
Shaving Cream Ocean Sensory Exploration
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What you’ll Need: Shaving cream, food coloring, ocean animal figurines
Description: This one very simple. Fill a container with shaving cream, then mix in blue food coloring. Place the animal figures inside and freeze overnight. Have the kids dig into the container and find the hidden animals. Great sensory experience for everyone. You can even have the kids do all the prep work too if you’d like.
Fill container with shaving cream and add blue food coloring
What you’ll Need: Paper Plate (by this time you’ll realize all you need for a week full of crafts is paper plates), sponge paint brush, paint, construction paper, google eyes, glue
Description: Cut out tails made of construction paper. Allow kids to paint both the plate and the tails. Then with a different color, let the kids use sponge paint brushes to decorate their sting rays. Finally, let the kids glue the google eyes
Cut out sting ray tails
Hair Gel Sensory Bag
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What you’ll Need: Hair gel, beads, glitter, zip lock bag, good coloring
Description: This one is easy. Just grab a zip lock bag and fill with hair gel. let the kids fill it up with glitter, food coloring, and all the beads they want. Once done, I used tape to secure the opening of the bag to avoid any messes if kids try to open the bag
What you’ll Need: Plastic bottle, ocean stickers, glitter, water, baby oil, food coloring, sea creatures, seashells, funnel, measuring cup
Description: Allow the kids to use the stickers to decorate outside of the bottle. Then let them fill the bottle sea creatures, glitter, and seashells. Then have the kids add the water and baby oil (half and half) using a funnel. Add a few drops of blue food coloring. Close the containers and shake.
What you’ll Need: Graham crackers, blue food coloring, cake frosting can, a bag of gold fish, kids knives, cake sprinkles
Description: Mix the food coloring with the frosting to create blue frosting (ocean color). Let the kids spread the frosting on the crackers using a knife. Use sprinkles and gold fish to decorate. Let them eat and expect a full on sugar rush 10 minutes later 🙂
Mix frosting with blue color
Paper Plate Fish
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What you’ll Need: Paper plate, tissue paper, glue, construction paper, google eyes
Description: Use watered down glue to glue the tissue paper on to the plate. Allow to dry. Then have kids glue the eye, fins, and tail. Some kids opted to add a tongue so feel free to do so :).
Cut out the plate to create the fish’s mouth in a triangle shape. This will become the fish’s tail
It was May 2020, the end of the school year was approaching and we were still in the middle of a pandemic. I never thought it would last so long but it’s been 6 months and it’s still pretty much here all around us. Specially in Miami. Yes it was/is hard; we (parents) were forced to entertain our kids much more than usual. A daunting task if you as me, but one I still feel lucky to be able to do (meltdowns and all).
Right after my daughter finished her kindergarten school year, she asked where she was going for summer camp. Hmmm, well, hun, how do I explain this. You’re staying home for God only knows how long. She did not look happy about that. I went to bed that day with that thought in my mind. I woke up the next day with an idea. I got on my pinterest account and entered “summer camp themes and ideas”. Guess what, pinterest was full of those! And immediately I thought, I can do this. My kids have always been my greatest motivation to do anything in life. And this time was no different. I wanted her to have her summer camp. I casually mentioned it to her to test the waters. She jumped at the idea and said she was sooo excited and couldn’t wait to start. At that point, there was no going back. I HAD to plan a summer camp at home.
A few days after that, I mentioned it to a couple of my neighbors who were also trying to find an option for their kids, and they also jumped at the idea. I also mentioned it to my sister because I would probably need help if I was supposed to entertain more than one kid at a time. Within 2 weeks of planning, our neighborhood summer camp was born. It went on for 8 weeks, and we hosted 6 kids. Ages 1-6. How did we survive you ask? A lot of coffee, lots and lots of pinteresting; oh, and the weekly trip to the dollar store of course.
As the ‘themed’ weeks rolled by, I started posting all the activities on my IG account, and so many moms were interested in sending their kids. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the space, help or mental sanity to do so. In an effort to help those moms and probably a thousand others out there, I am putting together a series of blog posts highlighting the activities week by week. Each blog post will cover a week of activities including books we read, songs we played, and as many pictures I can find on my phone.
Feel free to save the post for now if you are currently looking for activities for your kiddos or for later when your kids have a week(s) off from school and you find yourself struggling to figure out what to do with them.
So before I dive in, let me give you a high level view of what our days looked like. Here is a sample daily schedule. Camp was open from 9-3pm. Monday to Friday.
Circle time/go noodle
Stations/Sensory/playdough or Story time
Arts + crafts
Arts + crafts
Outdoor time/water play
Here is a list of the 8 weekly themes (I’ll be updating the links to each blog post as I go…). Click on the Weekly themes to see each blog post.