Mr. Blake is such a cutie! He absolutely adores his mama and would not take his eyes off of her! We had so much fun and made it a quick session! I loved how expressive this kid is, he has such cute little feet that get so excited.
Styling your family’s session can be so frustrating. I both love and dread trying to decide what to make my family wear for our annual family pictures. I’ve been doing pictures for a long time, and I’ve figured out a few things that help to make it easier and beautiful.
To help you out, here’s a sample of the style guide I send out to my clients to help them figure out the ever challenging question of “What should we wear?!”
Oh Miss Stella! Talk about one adorable and genius little girl – who can count to ten! She really is an adorable doll -like little girl, with the most beautiful blue eyes. She didn’t appreciate her parents help in making a mess with her cake – she was content to lick, one finger at a time. I can’t wait to see what growth she makes in this next year!
Newborn safety during a session is my number one priority. These little people are so fragile and they can move so quickly. What is so critical to understand is often the pictures you see on Pinterest of babies hanging from things, or perched on stuff are composite images. Meaning, that someone should be holding up or onto that baby at all times. Several shots are taken and merged together to create that perfect seamless portrait.
Even simple looking portraits can require composites. Simply because a newborn’s head is a good portion of their entire body weight. That makes them very top heavy, in addition they do not have the muscle strength to hold their own head up. They also have something called the Moro or startle reflex (that motion they make when they startle.) It’s important to always have someone sitting right next to that new baby at all times. I love using parents to help during the newborn sessions. They get to be apart of the process of creating these priceless memories. The pictures we take are priceless, but your child is infinitely more priceless.
Oh sweet Kapri, I am so thrilled you FINALLY arrived! Your poor mama was so ready for you to come, but you decided to wait an extra week. I don’t know how much more abuse her ribs could take. You are so lucky to have such amazing parents. They absolutely adore every single thing about you. You are such a miracle for them. You know who your mama is, and I am 100% certain you are going to be a daddy’s girl through and through. You can see how much you are loved in their eyes.
You definitely made us work really hard for these portraits. You didn’t like your legs swaddled, or your hands either. You were completely worth all the effort. There is nothing better for a child to see than pictures of themselves displayed in their home that so clearly shows how much they are loved. You, little Miss Kapri, are loved by so many!
It’s the beginning of a new year, when we make resolutions. Often, the goals are the same from previous years. Sometimes these goals are challenges you want to conquer, habits to make, or fears to overcome. My 9 year old daughter has made a goal to read 100 books this year. Surely, if she can challenge herself like that I can do the same!
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find my inner critic makes it difficult. That fear that I can’t, shouldn’t, or worse, what if I fail?
So what if I do fail?
Isn’t it worse to never try?
I wanted to share a story about girl who is terrified of deep water. (Give me a beach any day; just don’t make me go out past my waist! I don’t know what it is…maybe something about the unknown lurking below.) It was a bright sunny day off the California coast. It was late morning and there was a slight breeze that smelled of sea water. We were walking along the rocky beach on the island of Catalina. There we saw a stand for kayak rentals. Brad thought it would be fun to rent one, me not so much. With love and encouragement from my sweetheart, he convinced me and we went kayaking on the open ocean.
I’m not gonna lie, I was scared.
But, I did it! I faced my fear and I was fine. It was actually a fun experience and a great memory. My fear of deep water is still there, but I faced it, and my heart is braver than it was before.
Again, I have encountered a new fear and challenge. Once again, my sweetheart is full of love and encouragement to face this challenge and conquer it.
My inner critic tells me my art will never be perfect, no one will like it, how can you do this and raise a family? Instead, I choose to remind my heart to be brave. Just try.
My dream is bigger than my fear.
I love photography. I adore photographing newborns and children. I love those special moments of motherhood that are so fleeting. I feel like sometimes I’m neck deep in it and can’t see how fast it’s moving by. I want to document those moments and more importantly I want to help other mothers capture those moments too. I hope to help you be a part of the portraits for your children’s memories.
This photography business is a dream, a goal, and an opportunity to love and serve. I have so many exciting things planned, and I can’t wait to share them.
Here’s a free printable for you. If you face your own fear or challenge, especially if you aren’t sure you can do it – it’s a reminder to your heart to Be Brave.
Landon and Emily met while going to university in Logan, Utah. They both worked at the front desk of hotels owned by the same people. During the summer Landon decided to get extra hours by doing maintenance work at the property Emily worked at. One night she needed help and called whoever was on-call. She remembers an attractive man walking into the lobby and was surprised when he grabbed a set of keys from behind the front desk. After he finished his work order he stuck around and talked with Emily. After that night Landon would come spend the evenings he was on-call with Emily at the hotel. After several months of dating Emily felt like she needed to move back to St George and broke up with Landon. They reconnected the next summer and began dating once again. They say that it was like no time had passed at all! Landon proposed to Emily on a wintery night outside the Logan Temple.
I have never met two people who are more suited for each other. They have the same sense of humor (ask them what they gave each other for their Christmas gifts while they were dating… if that wasn’t a sign of soul mates I don’t know what is!) They love to be together and rely on each other.
When we came up with a vintage concept for some engagement photos I was thrilled! Emily had this beautiful mink fur coat that was her Great Grandmother’s. Her wedding had this same vintage theme. Teacups, old books, lace, flowers, it was beautiful! We had fun and were lucky there were some spring blossoms starting to peek out. Love you guys!
This has to be one of my most favorite sessions ever! This beautiful family was so fun and so beautiful. Poor dad is out numbered with four gorgeous daughters and a beautiful wife. We explored, danced, smiled, laughed and even pulled out the magic phone to capture attention for a moment. Thank you McInelly family for a wonderful time and some beautiful pictures!
We had a fun ‘Tangled’ themed birthday party here a few months ago. I had so much fun planning it.
The decorations and food table
For the painting, I used the mural that Rapunzel painted above the fire place in her tower, I just used a plain poster-board and sketched out my simplified version.
This was our ‘tower’ out of Krispy Kreme donuts (I think I ate at least 4, I have a severe weakness to donuts.)
Our Menu was:
Krispy Kreme Donut Tower
Vanilla Cupcakes with Flowers (Rapunzel and Flynn are holding cupcakes in the city in one scene)
Tower Kabobs (Ham, String Cheese into Cubes, Colby Jack Cheese Cubes, Strawberries, Grapes, Oranges, and Apples)
Braided Hair Bread Twists
Boat Ride on the Lake Jell-O Cups
Cookies (in the shape of the sun and flowers)
Lemonade & Water
Before we ate all the goodies, we played a few games.
We played a fishing game (because of the lake the castle sits on), a toss the bean bags into the tower, a pin the flower on Rapunzel’s hair game (which we missed), and Duck Duck Goose (came from the “ugly duckling” pub). I also had Tangled playing in the background so the kids who didn’t want to play could watch the movie.
Here is our February “Session.” It has been fun to come up with ideas that are based on a theme instead of just capturing a traditional portrait. Although, there are plenty portraits here, it’s still fun to make them unique and different. For valentine’s she wanted this huge heart sucker, and I couldn’t say no. :) We had fun, but it was very overcast day so the lighting wasn’t the best. I should have waited, but she was looking forward to her lollipop!