Category Archives: Newborn

The Baby Summit 2016

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. ~Socrates

Every professional needs to continuously learn in order to grow, hone their craft and hold themselves accountable to the clients they serve.  That is why every year I set aside time to take continuing education classes. I always learn something new and am able to improve on some aspect of my photography or business.  The awesome thing about our industry is although our creative vision differs across the board so, all of us photographers can walk out of the class with completely different ways to execute our creative vision in our artwork.

This year, I took a fun workshop with Roxanne Bryant on Color Theory and was very privileged to attend The Baby Summit 2016 at the Marriot Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia.  I loved learning from the absolute world’s best – Kelly Brown, Luisa Dunn, Heidi Hope, Sue Bryce, Ana Brandt etc…  Amazing women and photographers! I walked out of each class feeling inspired and so blessed that all our gracious instructors took the time to share the expertise they’ve spent years perfecting with us! I was also able to forge relationships with new vendors to bring consistent, high quality props to my clients.  Overall, a beautiful and totally worthwhile experience! Most of all, I was able to carry this dazzling energy, burning passion and better photography home to all my clients.

At a time when holiday photoshoot inquiries are on the rise, here are a few questions for clients to ask when searching for a professional custom boutique baby portraiture photographer:

  • Does the photographer set aside time to attend continuing education classes, workshops or conferences? This is especially important for safety when posing newborns!
  • Does the photographer belong to a reputable professional photography association and are they in good standing?
  • Does the photographer pay taxes and are they licensed in their geographic area of business?
  • Does the photographer routinely clean their props and maintain good hygiene/health for their baby clients? Are they up to date on their yearly shots?
  • Can the photographer provide client testimonials that span at least a year to show credibility?

{photography} Lady I Newborn Shoot

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. ~Maya Angelou

Lady I might look like a little bundle here but she was a fighter –  a fighter of sleep, that is!  But once Lady I started dreaming, she let me capture her sweetest moments.  Right when the session was about to end, daddy asked if we could get a few last shots with him in uniform.  We were running late but I asked to see the uniform and was so in awe at daddy’s marine uniform that I knew we simply had to capture this special image.  Because 25 years when Lady I looks back, she is going to want to remember her courageous daddy and beautiful mommy.  These are going to be images the whole family will pass on for generations and I am so blessed to be able to do this for Lady I.

{photography} Lady G Newborn Shoot

Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. ~A.A. Milne

Lady G was my smallest baby yet at 5lb6oz but she was the sweetest little baby in a itty bitty package.  She loved being bundled up and preferred being kept super warm, cuddling with mommy so we had a long session together but it was a beautiful session full of cute yawns, smiles and amazing snuggles.  This was a special session because Lady G’s parents are long time friends of ours.  The new (tired)  first time parents were able to catch a few Z’s while I did my thing and it’s so wonderful when I have parents that completely trust me with their precious baby.  But that’s how I like to run my sessions – like a baby spa.

{photography} Sir B Newborn Shoot

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ~ Dr. Seuss

A baby boy in the Studio!  Sir B had the cutest features – mommy’s lips and daddy’s eyes!  He made us work hard during the session but was a beauty to photograph, flashing us quite a few smiles.  Every baby has their particular personality and preferences which makes photographing them a fun challenge.  Sir B was definitely a back sleeper and enjoyed laying around bundled up more than getting curled up on his tummy. Even so, we managed to calm him enough for some cute sleepy shots.    I couldn’t wish for a more happier family to work with!  Welcome to the big world, Sir B!  May you always be happy and healthy for mommy, daddy and big sister S!

{photography} Lady A Newborn Shoot

Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister. ~Alice Walker

This session held a special place in my heart because when my second baby was born, I wish I took time to photograph my son and daughter together during those first few precious days/weeks.  I missed the opportunity and all that mommy guilt! So when I received a booking request for a newborn + sibling session, I got super giddy and happy.  Big sister in this session was so sweet, patient and loving towards her baby sister.  I can’t even put into words how much I wanted to help this family capture those first sweet, sibling moments!  The images came out beautiful and I’m over the moon happy for this family who graciously shared their story of learning to be patient for Lady A’s long awaited arrival.