I know your clothes aren’t fitting right, your ankles are swelling and if your cravings are anything like mine were, you are eating ice cream every night. You take your job as a momma-to-be seriously; worrying, wondering and questioning. You think about the future, how your life is going to change and what life is going to be like with this new addition. It can be overwhelming to think about, but I also know you are beautiful and strong. You are a momma who is caring for your unborn child with love and selflessness. You so bravely carry your baby for nine months; nurturing, loving, singing and praying for the baby you are so anxious to meet. Your life has already changed but you are in store for so much more. A love you never knew existed, a love you were so beautifully designed to share.
PREGNANCY IS A MIRACLE AND SHOULD BE CELEBRATED AND DOCUMENTED
Your pregnancy is a miracle and a gift and you deserve to cherish these memories. When I was pregnant I didn’t get maternity photos done and I regret not documenting that time in my life. During my pregnancies I felt like I wasn’t myself; the person I saw in the mirror was a puffy faced woman who was self conscious of her new body. I didn’t want to see myself in photographs. That was a mistake. My children are my biggest gifts, true blessings and they complete our family. My husband and I created these beautiful beings and I don’t think there is anything more amazing than that. I wish I could turn back time and beautifully capture my growing belly.
DOCUMENT YOUR MIRACLE
Mommas-to-be: Document your miracle. Celebrate the love you created. You were made for this. You are beautiful, strong, amazing and you deserve to cherish these moments forever.
CAPTURING EMILY & HER GROWING FAMILY
I had the privilege to photograph Emily and her family last year and have been blessed to know them for several years. Emily is the sweetest and kindest person and makes anyone feel welcome. We met at Menomonee Park for her maternity session where the air was warm and the sun was golden. I have a sweet spot in my heart for photographing her children; not only are they my kids playmates, they are so stinkin’ cute! We had an enjoyable sunset session where the kids explored and searched for bugs. It was a beautiful evening with a beautiful family.
Every good and perfect gift is from above. – James 1:17
Northwest Ohio is like my second home so to be able to offer family sessions in the area was something I had been dreaming about for awhile. I met Ashley briefly last year at my niece’s birthday party and I was so excited to have the opportunity to photograph her family. We met in downtown Toledo for our family session, where the weather was perfect and the area proved to be an amazing location. Ashley had the idea to have our session in downtown Toledo and find one of the many murals. The Toledo murals were new to me so naturally I searched online. I couldn’t believe how many murals Toledo has around the city. We had many to choose from, but decided on “The 12”.
“The 12”, which is a long strip of murals was created in 2015 by 12 local artists to display Toledo’s artistic community. It didn’t disappoint. In addition to the murals, the area beautiful old brick buildings (I’m a sucker for brick buildings). Ashley’s family was so enjoyable to work with and I felt like I had known her family for years. I loved photographing her daughters and watching the interaction between them. I’m sure they have their “sister” moments, but I could see a special bond and they are lucky to have each other. This beautiful family was so much fun to capture and Ashley picked the perfect location for them!
If you are in the Toledo area, click here to check out this article from the Toledo Blade about other murals around town!
If you are interested in a session, please let me know! I’d love to come to your area!
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Upcoming Travel Sessions:
Columbus, Ohio – October 27-29
Denver/Evergreen, Colorado – Fall/Winter 2017
Eastern Pennsylvania – Spring 2018
Eastern North Carolina – Late Summer 2018
I love photographing my kids and I believe it is so important to document their lives. My camera and my phone are always within reach and ready for me to snap a photo.
Below are five tips for photographing your kids in a fun and natural way:
1. Capture the moment, not the “cheeeese”
We all know the scrunched up, non smile “cheese” face. When I capture my kids I know exactly when they are giving me a real smile and when they aren’t. Capturing your child’s real smile is magical, it is the smile you know and love. When a kid is having fun, their real emotions come out. Sneak in an photo when fun is happening. As a mom I can sometimes predict when laughs are coming, whether it is before a tickle fight, before a horse ride or before playing in the sprinkler. I know moments like that are going to spur smiles and emotion and my camera is ready to capture them. I don’t worry about eye contact, I embrace the moment and the happiness in the moment.
2. TRY A NEW ANGLE & GET DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL
It is easier to position yourself than trying to position a child. Move around! Hold your camera above, below and anywhere in between. Get down to their level to see things as they see it. I am constantly holding my camera over my head, kneeling and sometimes laying on the ground to get a different angle and get down to their level.
3. EMBRACE THE CHAOS
Sometimes it is hard for me to admit, but my life is chaotic. Over the years I have learned that the images I love are the images that truly represent my life, which usually are the images where everyone is doing their own thing. My life is not perfects, so for me to try and capture “perfect” images of my boys, all sitting still and smiling is not realistic and also not real life. I have embraced the chaos, for my sanity as a photographer and a mom. Capturing real life is just that it is crazy, uncoordinated and unscripted.
4. GET IN YOUR PHOTOS
Set your timer & go! Memorable photos can happen at any time, be a part of the memories. You have created these amazing little kids. You are their role model, they love you and deserve to look back and remember the life you created for them.
5. MOST IMPORTANTLY – HAVE FUN!
Taking photographs of your children should be fun, not a chore. Sometimes my kids are not in the mood to get their picture taken and that is OK. I don’t want to force them to take a photograph. Their mood is going to show up in the image. Have fun with photography, capture the moments that matter, capture the fun and have fun with it!
Looking to have more fun photographing your children? Try challenging yourself to a 365 Project. Check out this link by Clickin’ Moms on getting starting and working through a 365 project! Click here to access the article!
One thing I love about family photography is capturing your family as they are now. Images can be preserved and memories can come back with a single image. Someday when you are old and stumble across the images of your two year old, spunky and loving, I hope the image takes you back to that time in your life. I hope you remember the hugs, the love and the time in your life where you were so tired, but it didn’t matter because you were sharing this time with your family.
RIVERSIDE PARK FAMILY SESSION
I had the opportunity to photograph my husband’s cousin, Greg, his wife Brigitte and daughter Vivian for my first “travel session” a few weeks back. We had a beautiful evening at the newly renovated Riverside Park in Perrysburg, Ohio. It was a gorgeous summer night and the sun was setting with a warm glow. Riverside Park is located near one of my favorite neighborhoods in Perrysburg. The houses that line the streets are full of character and charm. The quant downtown is within a few blocks. And the sun sets over the Maumee River, which was a beautiful backdrop for our photos. It was a perfect setting for family photos.
CHILDREN ARE A PRIORITY DURING MY FAMILY SESSIONS
I say this all the time, but children lead my sessions. I had the opportunity to chase around Vivian, who is a sweet almost three year old. As I follow with my camera, my favorite images are those that show joy and wonder. Sometimes it takes children a little bit of time to warm up to me. For this session, I ended up driving with Greg & Brigitte, sitting right next to Vivian in her car seat. On the way there I was being blocked by a stuffed animal, however on the way back Vivian was inviting me to play Legos when we got to their home. Sometimes it takes awhile for a child to warm up to me, especially when I am carrying huge camera. But children are an important part of my sessions and I make it a priority to make them feel comfortable.
I had a wonderful time capturing Greg, Brigitte and Vivian and I hope they look back on these images and remember this time in their life.
Upcoming Travel Sessions:
Colorado – Fall 2017
Ohio – Fall/Winter 2017
Pennsylvania – Spring 2018
My experience with session experience
I’m going to let you in on a secret. My husband and I have only had family photos taken once, it was three years ago this Fall. Let me tell you a little about it:
I wanted that one family photo I could hang on my wall. My oldest son was two at the time and my middle was about six months (my youngest wasn’t in the picture yet). The leaves were peak and the sun was setting beautifully, but I was a mess.
I stressed out about our outfits. I went to the store and bought my oldest son converse shoes – he had never worn converse in his life, but for some reason I thought they made sense for our photos. My youngest son was in a cranio helmet and I didn’t know whether he should wear it or not – we tried both and he was unamused.
We had thirty minutes, surely my two year old could listen for thirty minutes, right? Wrong. Like most two year olds, he did not listen, he did not look at the camera and did not want anything to do with getting his picture taken. My youngest son sat like a sack of potatoes, not even an ounce of a smile. Meanwhile, my husband and I gave our best smiles. And just like that, our family session was over. When we received our USB I was relieved we had a few good shots given how stressed I had been.
Why is session experience important?
Having your family photographed should be so much more than getting “that one good photo”. It should be a fun and stress free time, an opportunity for your family to enjoy your time together. You should feel comfortable and free to be yourself. Looking back at my experience, my two year old should have worn his normal shoes, my 6 month old should have worn his helmet (which was a part of his life at that time) and instead of stressing, I should have focused on enjoying the time with my family. What I learned that day is I wanted my family to look our best for family photographs, but you look your best when you are having fun.
What you wear and the location you choose are certainly important. But when you enjoy your time as a family it creates a better experience and memorable photographs. This session at the Milwaukee Public Library combined an awesome location with a family that looked great. What really makes these photos memorable though, is the fun they shared as a family.
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