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Join me for this lovely event where we celebrate the gift of Motherhood. Take this opportunity to get behind that camera and allow me to capture magical moments with your littles (or not so littles). This is a chance to capture your story as a mother because your story -mom- is worth telling!
These session are designed to be quick and easy, and are focused on mom and her connection with her children.
Please select a time slot below from the available date (April 25). 40% of your session fee is due in order to complete your booking. Once you submit your selection below, you’ll receive an email from me with all the details, the contract, and payment information regarding your session.
I’m showcasing another maternity session at the beach today because why not? 🙂
Despite the very windy day we had on the day of this session, these trio rocked their session like pros! Photographing a two year old is never easy, especially when said two year old has skipped a nap. But, there is nothing bribery can’t fix. Don’t you think?
My main trick when I get a challenging kiddo who won’t follow directions (which let’s face it, it’s all of them hehe) –> NEVER STOP SHOOTING. I keep my camera close and my finger on the shutter ALL THE TIME because you know what? They’ll give you the pose you want when you least expect it. And let me tell you, if you missed the shot, you missed the shot :(.
Here a a few pointers I live by when photographing kids during any type of session. I live by these rules and if I keep them close to my heart during a session, I’m telling you, they make my sessions go a lot more smoother. In my opinion, if you, as the photographer, keep your calm, parents can keep their calm, which in turn transfers to the kiddos.
Never rush a Kid. Plan to have more than enough time for a session where kids are involved. There could always be delays and/or meltdowns that you did not account for. Therefore, give yourself extra time. A rushed kid is not a happy kid. Trust me. If you don’t, go ahead and try it, and let me know how it goes ;).
Never force a kid into a certain pose. This one is gold. If the kid does not want to do the pose, the kid will not do the pose and It is not worth insisting if you’re going to upset him/her. Just find another pose. This is a case where bribery could do the trick. Try getting the pose through bribery, but if it still not happening, MOVE ON. If you see an opportunity later on in the session where you could probably try again, do it! But again, if its not happening, don’t stress it.
Ok, enough writing for now. I’ll come back to this topic on another post. Now on to the photos! Check them out and feel free to leave a message below to let me know what you think.
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So let’s start from the very basics. What is a lifestyle newborn session? In short, this is a session that takes place in your home and its primary focus is to document the connection and love that the family members have for the new member of their tribe. This can include human and furry siblings, parents, and even grandma if she’s around! These type of session have limited posing (but plenty of guidance) and the emphasis is in displaying (as the name implies) your lifestyle while you’re still getting used to this new normal. Makes sense? ok, great. Let’s move on.
Now, why must you have one? Ok, fine, you don’t HAVE to, I lied. You don’t have to do anything you don’t like to do ok friend? But let me try to convince you :). Let me tell you why I love these type of sessions. But seriously, how could I not? What is not to love about documenting your new bundle of love in its very own home and the place where they probably spend most to those first 3(or so) months of life?…that is, until that day when you’re brave enough to take him/her out into the wild world full of germs and people who want to touch your baby no matter what kind of face you’re making. But let’s not go there (today). Back to the question at hand. I looooove lifestyle newborn sessions (and you should too) because:
Less stress for the fam. You don’t have to worry about leaving the house or making sure you brought the one million things a tiny person needs when leaving home. Think about it, you can stay cozying up with the babe and the photographer will come to you!
No restriction on newborn’s age. It can take place even when babe is a little older. Since there is no intricate posing going on. It doesn’t really matter if the babe is sleeping or not. So, you get to take your time to feel comfortable enough to allow somebody into you home :). I will mention though: If you want pictures of the sleeping babe, you’d definitely want to schedule the session within the first 10 days of life. Newborns are just so much more sleepy during those days. So, keep that in mind when you schedule your session.
You capture the essence of your family. This is probably my favorite one and the reason why I do what I do. When I think of the photos I want to look back on when I get old and wrinkly (many years from now), it always comes down to these type of shots. The ones that give me all the warm and fuzzies because I can just be transported to that moment when I’m looking at an image. You know, the one where I’m rocking my baby on the rocking chair where I spent countless of hours on. The one on his crib, where he also spent so much time on (or your bed if the crib plan did not work out for you :)). Those shots of us in the couch learning to navigate life with the new family member. I mean, those are the shots I want. And yes, I get it, the curly, Ann Guede-like shots are absolutely adorable (and I have nothing against those), but they are just not MY preference. I want to remember my babe just as he/she was, in the most natural state.
Ok, so if I convinced you already, please go ahead and send me an email or leave a comment below. Let’s start planning that session! In the meantime though, here are also a few tips to keep in mind while you prepare for that lifestyle session:
PREPARING YOUR HOUSE: Please do not worry about making your house spot clean! You just had a baby, I get it. Just try and make sure the clutter has found its way to a closet (any closet!). Focus on your master bedroom and/or nursery (if there is one). I love capturing your new family snuggling up on your bed together! Please make your bed (just this once :P) and tidy up your bedroom. Clear nightstands and counters of clutter or distracting elements. I like to use the nursery too whenever possible! I typically shoot a good portion of the session in the nursery.
BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL LIGHT: I ask that you open all of the blinds and curtains in your home prior to my arrival. This enables me to find the best source of natural light in your home, so that I can set up in the best possible location. Nothing flatters like natural light, so I prefer to use it whenever possible 🙂
HOUSE TEMPERATURE: Babies are usually happier when they are warm. A few minutes before I arrive, turn up the thermostat a bit so that the baby can be comfortable for any naked/diaper pictures or if/when there is an outfit change.
BABY FEEDINGS: Please try to feed and burp the baby shortly before your session time. We can absolutely take a break if the baby needs to feed once the session started but feeding the baby before can set us up for a great start
WHAT TO WEAR: I’ve found helpful to tell moms to pick their outfit first and build the rest of the family’s outfits around that. Although I do encourage moms to wear something comfortable and flowy so as not to constrict on their fresh postpartum body, this is definitely up to you. Whatever you feel most comfortable and beautiful in. If you are relaxed and comfortable, the rest of the family will be. As for colors, I find it ideal that colors coordinate, but don’t necessarily match. Since your sweet little baby will be the focus of the session, I suggest neutral colors. Steer away from logo’d t-shirts or bold patterns. Casual clothing is perfect and bare feet look most natural in a home session
PROPS: Lifestyle sessions are mostly prop free and I generally do not bring props with me. However, I encourage parents to have out and ready to use any fuzzy blankets, swaddles/wraps, onesies, headbands, special plush toys, special baby outfits, etc.
–>Are you expecting and considering a newborn session in your home?Please allow me to photograph this very special time for you and your family! Contact me now to book your session!<–
Natasha and Delauno flew down from the big Apple to spend a much needed baby moon in beautiful (and always warmer) Miami.
I mean, how lucky are we (Miamanians? Miamians? anyone know the right term?) to live in a city that’s never too cold. I spent four years of College in Michigan, and a couple years in NYC, and let me just say: I was not made for cold weather. Nothing beats walking out of my house without having to carry 5lbs of extra clothing. Nope. I’m ok with my shorts, tank top, and flip flops. Everything else is optional :).
In any case, these two lovebirds picked Miami for their destination, and they picked me as their photographer (yay)!!
Because of their limited time in Miami, we settled for a sunrise session. I’m still not a morning person but I might get used to early mornings if I keep getting these kinds of shots and these kinds of clients. I mean, who looks this good at 6:30 in the morning??
In all seriousness though, these two were such a pleasure to photograph. Their genuine smiles, their easy going-ness, and their ability to just relax in front of my lens made for an unforgettable session. One I’m sure I’ll be oversharing for a long time.
I am not a morning person. I probably need about an hour before I can start processing things or even allow you to speak to me and look me in the eyes. You can ask my husband. It’s taken him years to finally understand this and stop trying to find out what is wrong or if I’m mad at him for some reason. No hun, this is just me every single morning. Get used to it :).
But, then there’s this magic that happens during sunrise for photographers. This gorgeous light and mood that make you go ‘uhhh’ and ‘ahhhh’ over an over again. So, I make an exception on this ‘no morning’ person, and I allow(or force) myself to not be her on sunrise photoshoot days :).
I met Janna through a facebook group of moms. She was looking for a photographer and I was looking for a client. We started talking, all our stars aligned, and soon enough we were planing her maternity photo session. Thank God for facebook groups. She couldn’t have been a more perfect client to this photographer trying to make a come back into the photo world after taking some time off to be with my youngest son (more on that on another post).
Anyway, on an early Saturday Morning, I met Janna and her gorgeous family at the popular south point park in south beach. We introduced ourselves, and it was magic from then on. The weather was perfect, their son Magnus was the most adorable (you’ll soon confirm that when you see pictures), and everything went on without a glitch. Yeah, we had the occasional toddler meltdown but I’ve gotten pretty used to those so I don’t get surprised or stressed by them :).
Ok, I’m going to stop writing now and leave you with these shots. Some of my favorites from this session. Enjoy!