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Family Session Planner Freebie

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?!”

 

 

 

 
 

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Stella – Cake Smash

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!  

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Newborn Safety During Session

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.

 

 

Personal

Be Brave

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.

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McInelly Family

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!

 

Parties

Rapunzel Birthday Party

We had a fun ‘Tangled’ themed birthday party here a few months ago. I had so much fun planning it.

 

The invitation

 

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

Pretzel Paintbrushes

Boat Ride on the Lake Jell-O Cups

Marshmallow sticks

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.

 

 

 

 

Photography

Valentine’s Mini Session

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!

 

 

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Max

Meet Mr. Max. His mama is a good friend of mine, who also happens to be a photographer. When she had Max about a month ago I asked if I could take a few pictures for fun. It was my first time setting everything up with my studio equipment. Max was awesome, and we got some great pictures. Thanks Penny for letting me practice and coming over so I could hold Max for three hours! :)

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Boden Family

Meet beautiful baby Rachel. I was really excited when her mom called me. I think taking newborn pictures is one of my most favorite pictures to capture. Newborns are also very challenging, but the pictures are so priceless because they grow so fast. Miss Rachel looked like a little doll, she was so sweet, and has three older siblings who all love her a ton!

 

 

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Snow Day

Just a few pictures that I captured a few months back after a snow storm passed through. I LOVE these snow pictures, it was just the perfect amount of snow. We had so much fun playing in the snow and then warming up with a mug of hot cocoa after.