Sweet Adeline was my first baby of the new year, and oh how beautifully she started it out for me. She really enjoyed being cozy in the swaddles I wrapped her in, and who could blame her when we were having one of the coldest days of the winter! She took her cues from mom and dad though and just relaxed throughout her session. It was so fun to play in all these pinks too - something I don't get to do often as a mom of boys!
This family portrait session was one of my favorites of the fall. I waited to share it because the photos were used for Christmas gifts! I LOVE hearing that my photos are part of someone's gift. Looking back at these now makes me miss the fall and all of the beautiful colors it brings. This family did a pretty awesome job matching fall's beauty too (and I don't just mean with their clothing!).
I didn't get to meet Lincoln until he was already a few weeks old because he spent a little extra time in the hospital. You may think his hair is so gorgeous, that the nurses just didn't want to see him go, but he actually required a surgery to repair an issue with his digestive tract. His mom told me Lincoln is a little warrior. Personally, I think he gets it from his parents. They were so positive and easy-going, it's no wonder Lincoln is such a happy little baby. And, may I just mention his hair again? Such a handsome little guy!
Little Mason was so excited to meet his family, he arrived ahead of schedule. When he came in for his newborn session at almost 3 weeks old, he was still so tiny that he was smaller than either of my boys were on day one! He snuggled right in for his portraits, and slept for most of the time. Hands down, the most rewarding moment of his session (the most rewarding moment of my whole week!) was when his mom teared up and told me she loved the photos even though she had not even seen them yet. It means so much to me to be able to capture these memories for my families.
Sometimes I meet the family I'm photographing for the first time at their session and other times I already know them. Then there are families like this one. I've known this baby girl's mom, Brianne, since we were little girls playing kickball in the cul-de-sac where we grew up. Brianne contacted me to book her newborn portraits before her pregnancy was even Facebook official! I have to be honest, I was so excited, I was thinking up Christmas baby photo ideas during the summer months. I had so much fun photographing baby Brekkin and loved seeing what a beautiful little family Brianne has.
Every time I take a family's portraits, I get so excited to get the family's reaction to the photos. Newborn portraits are a little different. There are parts of a newborn session where the parents are involved in the taking of the photos, but when those photos are done, the parents can choose sit back and watch, or close their eyes and relax just out of sight. This session was one of those times when Mom and Dad sat on my couch, closed their eyes, and relaxed. I was so excited that I had a little secret surprise for them. There is something very special about capturing such a beautiful moment for a family.
Many months ago this beautiful mama reached out to me, before she had let anyone other than family in on the secret, to tell me she was pregnant and wanted me to take her maternity and newborn photos. This is one of the little bonuses that comes with being a photographer. I got to share in her excitement before the rest of the world even knew about it. When the time came for maternity photos, it was a freezing cold, sleeting, raining, and snowy day. Not everything works out perfectly! So, we rescheduled for just two days out, and thanks to Rochester weather, we had a beautiful, warm(ish) and sunny night. I could. Not. Wait to get back to my computer after their session. And I cannot wait to meet their baby girl when she arrives!
I first met this little red-headed sweetheart in the Spring when she came to my studio for newborn portraits. It's always amazing to see one of these little babies again when they're sitting up, smiling and aware of everything you're doing. I met her family at a field near my studio. Even though it was pretty chilly, we were able to get some photos outside surrounded by fall color and this happy little girl did not stop smiling. About half way through the session we moved into the studio where it was a little warmer, and she just kept smiling!
This family met me at a trailhead in Pittsford, NY for their family portraits and they rocked it. One wonderful thing I noticed about their session was that when it was over, they didn't just pile in the car and leave. They stayed to go for a walk on the trail together. Their little boy was so excited to do some exploring! He was just as sweet as he was cute. It was so easy to get him laughing and his parents clearly enjoyed seeing his little eyes sparkle. It may be finally starting to cool down in Rochester, but it was still a beautiful night for photos and a walk!
When I first starting planning my Christmas mini sessions, I immediately thought of using the bed in my studio in Fairport, NY. It has a beautiful wrought iron headboard, white bedding, and I thought a pop of red Christmas jammies would look awesome! So, I was the crazy person that everyone looked at funny, buying Christmas jammies for my little models as soon as they hit the store in September (you read that right, September!). I thought I was done with the planning...
Then, more inspiration hit me! I was out shopping with a friend for my birthday and I came across an antique sled, the perfect size for little kids. The next thing I knew, the sled was mine, I was painting and distressing it's seat and back in the store buying little Christmas trees the first weekend of October. I got some more side-eye in the store, but I got these awesome images when I got back to my studio...
I love both of these set ups so much, I couldn't decide which to offer. So YOU get to decide! November 18th & 19th between 10am - 2pm, you choose your background. Here are a few more pictures of my adorable little models (I'm sure I'm not at all biased) to help you make up your mind.