Bringing home a new baby is always an exciting time in parent's lives. With my first baby I felt a little frazzled and basically lived in pajamas for the first month. However, Alyssa & Zeid were cool and calm as could be for their in-home newborn photo session! Not only that, their house was immaculate. They looked rested. They were like seasoned pros after only one month being parents! I have said this before, but one of the neat things about photographing documentary style sessions is learning about how other people live, how they interact with each other, and what their family dynamic is like. In just a short hour, I immediately saw everything they did for Baby S was as a team. Not much seemed to throw the new parents for a loop. Even when he cried, both parents had a smile on their face and as soon as one of them picked up the baby, he immediately calmed down in their arms. That sweet baby already knows his parents are a great source of comfort. Zeid is the fun dad who already wants to be playing with the baby- propping him in a chair by Mommy and then trying to give him a ride on the rocking horse. None of which was amusing to Baby S at the time. :) Alyssa is super sweet, soothing, and apologetic for Dad's antics. What a lucky little baby to be born into this family!
Don't you love the sweetness of newborn photos?! I really wish I had done this when my babies were born. If you are expecting a new baby soon, let's talk about a documentary Bring Home Baby session for you! Click the button to get started!
I met Julie through our local MOMS Club in Flower Mound. She recently moved here from Canada and was expecting a baby boy to add to her sweet family. For her maternity photo session, we decided to document what a typical Saturday morning was like with the family of three before it expanded to include a precious newborn...which will of course consequently will throw a big ol' wrench in current typical plans! I arrived early in the morning to catch a quick bottle for Big Sister, getting dressed, a wagon ride to the local pond to feed ducks, and then a stop at the park before heading home. The whole family was so laid back and a pleasure to photograph! These are my favorite kind of maternity photo sessions- showing real life and special memories to look back on later and share with Baby Brother.
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Like almost every parent, I love taking photos of my kids. I have been taking photos of my life since my mom bought me a camera when I was in elementary school. I remember getting those flash attachments that popped. I remember getting film and couldn't wait until the photos were developed. Through school, college, and before kids I was taking photos...and doing a crappy job at it, but I still enjoyed it. Once I had children the focus of course was turned on them. I have hundreds of photos of them that I love (I mean, they are my kids so how could I not love them!?). However, they still are not high-quality photos by any stretch of the imagination.
What I really wanted was a nice Canon Rebel DSLR. It took a couple years of convincing my husband to get that as our 'couples Christmas gift' from my parents (it was way less practical than the new dishwasher we had gotten the year previous!) but literally the day before my 3rd son was born I FINALLY had a nice camera. Luckily I packed it for my normal check-up appointment that turned into an immediate c-section!
However, a nice camera set in auto does not mean my photos were instantly better. Sure, they were better, but not consistently, and still not where I wanted my photos to be. Focus was questionable. Composition? Never heard of it. Manual settings? Nope.
What I did know is that I wanted to take 'nice' photos of my children. Actually, I wanted beautiful photos of our life. I was set on mastering the camera so that my photos weren't just snapshots and kinda-blurry photos of my kids. So I got a private lesson on shooting in manual mode and from there I took a couple online 4-week classes to get me started. I practiced all the time and finally found something I was good at doing!
Most importantly, after really working on my photography for four years now, I know the reason I keep working on my photography hasn't changed. I do it for the love of my family. I want to preserve all these moments- the big and the small. I know I won't remember all of this as I get older. I barely remember what I did last week! But I can look back at these photos and I am reminded of what it is like to live with 3 precious boys, an amazing husband, and wonderful extended family nearby. When I flip through photos I literally have a smile across my face the whole time. I want to be able to pass down these memories to the boys when they are older and married and have their own families. I am so glad I invested in myself to learn to use my camera (and upgraded along the way even when I hadn't started a business yet!) because it makes me extremely happy and I am proud of myself for the hard work I have put into it.
I have read comments by full-time photographers who end up realizing they take more photos of client and don't have the want to take photos of their children at the end of the day. Seeing those comments reinforces my decision that I first and foremost am a mom with a camera. This is why I feel so passionately about teaching other moms how to use their camera to document their lives with my Mom & Her Camera class. No one understands your family like you do. I couldn't possibly come into your home and capture the EXACT personalities, quirks, and favorite aspects of your children. I can do a good job of making the photos pretty and capture loving moments like I did with Tracy's family, but only YOU can truly document your family perfectly. Luckily, you also have access to your family all the time, where as photographers photograph you in extremely limited time frames. If you value pretty photos of your family in real life, then please check into my class! I would love to teach you how to get started on your own journey of capturing memories of your family!
Perhaps taking photos isn't your thing. That is perfectly fine! I have a list a mile long of things that I don't want to learn to do on my own but I still appreciate. I can't decorate my home to save my life, but I appreciate my sister helping me make the house look pulled together with her interior design skills. If you are in the camp of appreciating photography but only if someone else did it for you, then I would be honored to help capture some of your memories for you! Whether going on big adventures or staying in your own living room, let's preserve what life is like right now with your loved ones! Fill out a contact form to get booked!
This weekend I am headed to meet a new baby for an in-home documentary style newborn photo session. So I thought I might share a couple of the maternity photos of these precious couple. They live in Fort Worth but we found out that they had just moved from Flower Mound...more specifically my street in Flower Mound! We were on opposite ends and never saw each other. What a small small world that we met in Ft. Worth just a couple weeks after living down the street from each other! I wish I had met them when we lived near each other because they seem like the sweetest people. So here are some photos from their session. Anyways, this maternity sessions was very laid back and captured what it is like with just the two of them before their family became three.