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Bucks County Cherry Blossom Birthday Portraits - Yardley PA Child and Family Photographer

Sometimes plans fall through because of weather in my business. Which is exactly what happened with with session I recently photographed. We had plans of one location and a forcast that changed faster than a toddler changes their mind about what they want for snack. I diligently watched the weather for most of the day and then finally decided the chance of rain was just too high at the origional location and switched to a spot a friend had mentioned a few days before. We were sort of on a timeline so changing the date probably wouldn’t have worked. I never shoot at this location since it’s very busy with dog walkers and joggers but someone smiled on us that we didn’t have much in the way of distractions at all!

I knew we had gotten together for family portraits and then mom pulled out these gorgeous dresses and I knew we were going to have a hit on our hands. First of all you know I love a good majestic unicorn, so this was right up my alley! I adore how these images came out, how I was able to capture their personalities and sweet little moments between sisters. The Big sister was playing peek a boo with her younger sister and had her laughing so much. These two really are sweet together.

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It's been a while.

Hey there.    Yeah.    I've neglected this blog for a while now. Apparently raising a tiny human and running a business keeps a girl rather busy, and somethings fall by the wayside.

Lincoln will be 6 months next week. I have no idea where the last 174 days have gone, it's all a blur of diapers, sleepless nights, baby snuggles, studio sessions, editing, visits to the framer, and client meetings. Thankfully this blog, and maybe the laundry, are the only things that I really have dropped the ball on. My turn around time has been extended on wall art by a few days but otherwise we're pretty on track, I'm actually kind of proud of myself to be honest.

I do have to say I have been incredibly blessed with a really, really happy baby. Yeah, he has his moments, but don't we all? We've made it to month six, he loves baby food and still exclusively breastfeeds, this boy has quite the appetite . He hasn't quite mastered sitting up, actually he shows almost zero interest in sitting up. Lincoln, at 4 months old, did start showing interest in crawling and getting places, by 5 months he mastered scooting across my floor army crawl style. That was for sure something I wasn't at all prepared for. I thought I wouldn't have to start really baby proofing the house till at least Christmas. So now we are hopping over baby gates and trying to teach the cat how to get around them. Most of all I'm constantly running around picking up flip flops and shoes before the little speed racer can scoot himself over and chew them. Why do babies have such obsessions with eating such yucky things? Any who...

I know what you really came here for, to see pictures of my adorable child, obviously...

(Sarcasm. I'm so NOT that Mom, ok well maybe I am a little bit. )

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Baby D Newtown PA Newborn Photography

Baby D was such a little sweetheart for his session, he didn't give me any trouble at all. We even got a chance to grab some outdoor shots while he was at my Holland Studio. Outdoor Newborn portraits are really becoming a favorite of mine, with this new green space right out my back door, these shots are even more convenient than ever.  

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Mom & Dad C | Newtown PA Maternity Photographer

I have had the pleasure of knowing and photographing this couple for a few years now, and I was super excited when I heard they were expecting. If they look familiar it is probably because I photographed their pregnancy announcement back in December (you can view it here). I always go back and forth with my clients to figure out what really will fit them as far as style. I asked this "mom-to-be" if she would like to do some wrapped style shots and she was all about it, I quickly suggested that because of her red hair we wrap her in green, and I'm so happy I did. I can't even express how in love with this session I am. Newtown PA Maternity Photographer, Red Head maternity, Wrap pregnancy ideas, WonderlandPortrait.com Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA    Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PADoylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PADoylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA  Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA Doylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PADoylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PADoylestown-Maternity_Photographer, Newtown PA, Maternity session at sayen gardens, Wonderland Portrait Boutique,  Holland PA

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Before I took  my annual vacation this year I got to meet this little lady at my studio in Feasterville for her newborn session. She did wonderfully, it was the perfect last session before a vacation week. Miss A was a perfect little angel, loved to snuggle, and slept so well. I couldn't get over her beautiful red hair, and chunky cheeks. Here are a few of my Favorite images from her session. Abington PA Newborn Photography | WonderlandPortrait.comParent and Newborn Poses Abington PA Newborn Photography | WonderlandPortrait.comBaby in a Bucket Pose, Petti Skirt, Hands on Face Newborn Pose  Abington PA Newborn Photography | WonderlandPortrait.comSleepytime Pose with Bear Abington PA Newborn Photography | WonderlandPortrait.com

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Warminster PA Maternity and Newborn Photographer

Very rarely do I get the chance to say that mother nature is really on my side, especially in the summer months. Often my summer sunset sessions are threatened by crazy thunderstorms, which we get so very often and randomly this time of year. Now, when a client has requested portraits in a large open field, the chance of a severe thunderstorm makes me a bit nervous, as we generally are the tallest things in the field at the top of the hill. This Maternity session was up in the air, up until about an hour before, when the weather service cleared the chance of a severe storm. I was so relieved that we didn't have to postpone till the following Saturday, and at the time little did I know their little lady was going to be making her big debut a bit earlier than originally expected. So Mother Nature really was on our side that day, because if we would have postponed they never would of gotten their maternity session. Also less than a week later the township mowed down the tall grass in the fields and made them into hay bales, I never see that coming! The Friday after we photographed the maternity session little Miss E arrived. This little lady is also a member of our studio Baby plan, so you will be seeing a lot more of her over the next year. This may be the first time that I get to share both a maternity and a newborn session in the same blog post with you. I hope you enjoy!

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Years ago I photographed these two for their engagement portraits, a few weeks ago we met up to photograph their Maternity session. I was so excited to hear they were pregnant and was really excited to photograph this session. It was something a little different for me, normally my clients want a woodsy nature session, but these two wanted to roam New Hope for more of an urban style. I've done walk about sessions before with a friend of mine last year when she was expecting her son. I really enjoy being able to think on my feet and use the environment and natural light to create some really beautiful shots. Since the light and environment is always changing you always get something different so no two walk about sessions are alike. A shop owner may decide to change the color of a wall or add a few potted plants outside his shop, so the next time you go by it's a totally different feeling as a location and background. It's a great challenge to shoot this style of session and a challenge I greatly Enjoy! New Hope Bucks County PA Maternity Portraits Delaware River | WonderlandPortrait.com

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A few months back I found out that this family was expecting their second child, a little girl. I was super excited for them, since I know them so well, I've been photographing their older daughter since she was just 3 months old. She is one funny little girl, for a while now she has called me Ms. Doughnut, I don't know if she can't say Dana or if she associates me with trips to the Coffee shop up the street, either way I find it hilarious.  I can't wait to see her with her new little sister this coming fall, I think she will be an excellent big sister. Farm Country Maternity ideas Yardley Bucks County PA Maternity and Newborn Photographer | WonderlandPortrait.comFarm Country Maternity ideas Yardley Bucks County PA Maternity and Newborn Photographer | WonderlandPortrait.comFarm Country Maternity ideas Yardley Bucks County PA Maternity and Newborn Photographer | WonderlandPortrait.comFarm Country Maternity ideas Yardley Bucks County PA Maternity and Newborn Photographer | WonderlandPortrait.comFarm Country Maternity ideas Yardley Bucks County PA Maternity and Newborn Photographer | WonderlandPortrait.comFarm Country Maternity ideas Yardley Bucks County PA Maternity and Newborn Photographer | WonderlandPortrait.com

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WHY ARE FAMILY PORTRAITS SO IMPORTANT??

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Tell Your Story!

I recently surveyed my friends and clients about their experiences and opinions on photography. One of the questions in the survey asked if they had taken a photo with their child/family. I was pleasantly surprised to see that majority of those who completed the survey had in fact answered Yes to this question. My heart swelled at this information. You'll often hear me preach about the importance of photography, but I'm a photographer so DUH Of course I feel it's important! Through the survey though I found that so many of you also see this importance.

Now on the Flip-side I was also rather disappointed in some of the answers, one in particular hit home for me, the question was " As a woman I would invest in photos of myself to pass down to my Children. True or False". The result was about an even split ( actually 45% Yes and 55% No). Many have heard the story of why I set out at a young age to be a photographer. When I was about 11 years old a Family member lost her mother to Cancer, she only had one photo of her mother. In the Photo her mother was hiding behind someone else trying to avoid the camera, because "she hated to have her picture taken". Even at the age of 11 I felt this family member's sadness at the fact this was all she had left.

I make sure my husband and I have our Portraits Made at least Bi-annually. No we don't have kids yet, but I want to make sure they know the love that they came from when they finally do arrive. Once we have a child I will make our Family Portraits an annual occurrence. I know that might be a pipe dream right now, I know that life with kids gets crazy and busy. I know that money will be tight in those first few years, but I also know that the money spent on portraits will be an afterthought when I'm sending my son or daughter off to college. I know that I will miss the tiny baby curls after their first haircut, and the missing front teeth once the big kid teeth come in. I know I'll miss all these things about my kids when they have far surpassed these life stages, but what will my kids miss of me if I'm not in any of those pictures with them? Will they miss that time I had that really weird haircut when they were 3 years old? Will they miss the way that their chubby little baby legs wrap my waist as I hold them at a Year old? Will they know how important their father is to me now, before they were even here? No. They aren't going to remember these things, because they will be too young to remember these things. A photograph can remind them. A photograph can help them see. They'll be able to see who we are before, during and after them.

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Your Children LOVE YOU!

Do you know the biggest reason moms give me for booking a family portrait session?

"I'm never in any of the pictures, it's always the baby/kids and my husband."

 

"I'm never in any of the pictures"

 

Just let that sink in a moment. I applaud these Mamas for realizing that they were missing and for doing something about it. I know I will be that mom. This may surprise some of you, knowing my husband is an amazing artist, but he refuses to learn how to use my SLR. Already the ratio of pictures of him is way higher than pictures of me. Now in all fairness he's more worried he will break it than actually refusing the knowledge, but still. So ladies I feel you, my scrapbooks are uneven too. Having someone else take the picture is the best way I can figure to show up in pictures in those first few years.

In the last year I've seen this article pop up in my Facebook timeline more than a few times. If you have never read it, it's basically about how much your child loves you in spite of the flaws mothers see physically in themselves. ( I warn you now you might cry reading it).

After moms tell me they are never in the pictures I tell them how a family session with Wonderland Portrait Boutique works. I always start off with the family shots then move on to each parent with the kids, the kids together and individually and then mom and dad together. 'Mom and Dad together' is probably the biggest objection I get for small family sessions "Oh we don't need that" "I'd rather the rest just be the kids". I don't know if people feel silly or what, but the Parents together is always a favorite shot during my extended family sessions. During these sessions generally Mom and Dad are now grandparents with older kids, it's the older "kids" (who are now parents themselves) that encourage their parents (grandmom and grandpop at this point) to get a photo together. So obviously it's important to the children that they have a nice photo of their parents. So when you say to me "we" don't need that, don't be surprised if I tell you, It's not for you, it's for the kids when they are older.

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It's Good for your Kids!

The reasons to schedule an annual family portrait far out weigh capturing this moment in time.

There is also the fact that displaying family photos in your home improves your child's self esteem and gives them a sense of place and purpose. This past February Design Aglow posted an article to their blog on this very subject. Here are a few quotes:

“I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit."

Displaying photos prominently in the home sends the message that our family and those in it are important to one another, and we honor the memories we have experienced,

“It says we love you and care about you. You’re important.”  '

You can read the rest of this article here

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A LOT Changes in a Year!

The photos below are from two sessions, almost a full year apart. The Family session with the pink outfits is from May 2014 and the mommy and me session in teal is from this past June (2015). I looked at these together for the first time today, and this is a perfect example of how much changes in a year. Although dad isn't in the second session, because it was a special for mother's day, he came to the session, so I can tell you he looks pretty much the same, as does mom. Their Daughter though almost looks like a totally different kid. Look at the little sass and attitude she has now and THAT HAIR!! Seriously the cutest little personality, and so funny! Last year at around 1 she wasn't as responsive to me, which I'm not ashamed to admit, that is just how it goes some days. One year olds sometimes just don't care that I am there and on a mission to photograph them.  This year though she was my best pal, and posed. In just a year, actually 11 months, her personality has blossomed and really started to show to the point I was able to capture it in Photographs. Now lets not count out that first session. It really shows how she loved to interact with her parent at that age, which will be huge to her when she is going off to college.

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Get in the Picture, Your children will thank you for it!

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Funny story... I actually photographed this little guy's cousin last year for her first birthday, the same time I was working with Mr. J's mom to set up a first year plan for him.  I did think it was interesting that I had two clients with the same last name, but didn't think of it much further than that. Turned out they were in fact related and didn't even realize they were both using Wonderland Portrait Boutique. How's that for a coincidence?

Over the past year I've photographed this little guy from before birth all the way to this session that we photographed his first birthday portraits and cake smash. His big brother tagged along to this session so we popped him in for one or two shots as well. During the whole session, big brother knew that there was a cake waiting for the end and did not miss a chance to remind his mom and I how much he wanted some of that cake! The cake was absolutely gorgeous as well, it was custom made by the Birthday Boy's aunt. I was really impressed by the quality and the work put into it, because making beautiful cakes is not her full time profession (I know, can you believe that?)!

Mr. J did fantastic for his formal shots, not missing a chance to show off how well he is walking now either. It never seizes to amaze me how quickly they go from a newborn to a walking little person full of smiles and energy. It really feels like yesterday that we were photographing his newborn portraits. He was not shy when it came to the cake either, these boys are definitely fans of eating cake. Mr. J did stop and look at his mom with the expression of "Really? I can play with this and get messy? Are you sure Mom?", but as soon as she encouraged him to go ahead he dove right in and thoroughly enjoyed his birthday cake. Check out and enjoy the adorable-ness that is Baby J.

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One last image to leave you with, that will hopefully make you chuckle as much as it made me. This is big brother's hand reaching for a little left over cake once baby J was done with it. He's one funny kid. Nautical Birthday Ideas Philadelphia Cake Smash Photographer WonderlandPortrait.com

Mr. H Turns One! | Yardley Birthday Photographer

A year really does go by incredibly quick when it comes to children and aging. I tell people this almost daily but, even I forget sometimes. When Mr. H's Mom emailed me to set up his first birthday session I thought for sure she must be a couple months early in planning, it couldn't of been a year since his Newborn session could it? You probably remember him, he is my little Rock and Roll baby from last May. He was so small for his newborn session we were able to put in in a snare drum. In fact I have the Guitar picture below on my studio wall in canvas, it's still one of my favorites. Rock and Roll Newborn Pictures Ideas Philadelphia Bucks County PA WonderlandPortrait.com

Yup. A lot has changed in a year as well, he hasn't just grown he's become very fast. We met up at a local garden in Bucks County PA to photograph some family photos as well as birthday portraits of just Mr. H. As always I started with the Family then him with just his Mom and one with just his Dad. Once he realized that he could walk around he really got comfortable and wanted to explore. We had the "formal" family shots out of the way, so we let him go and I captured some great little personality shots of him. By the end I was calling him "the man of many faces", because he has some great expressions. A few times I captured the image and had to take a moment to control my laughter, he had just the funniest expressions, and they only lasted for a second. The faces I captured are just golden. Mom and Dad are going to have great memories to share with him if he ever out grows this expressive face stage.  As you look through the photos below be prepared to giggle at the expressive faces of Mr.H. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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Mommy & Me | Breastfeeding Portraits |

Since my friend Rhianna had her son back in November we've been talking about how she would love to do breastfeeding portraits. I have done a few in the past but the moms wanted to keep them private, which I totally understand and respect. Rhianna is probably one of the most open people I have ever met and told me I could post whatever I wanted. This was a really exciting session to plan. We had these photos planned for later in the week, but I stumbled across this amazing field of flowers while out on my daily walk in the park. I called her right away squealing and praying that she was available that night, since I had no idea how long they would last. Thankfully her schedule allowed some time that evening to get together. For something last minute it truly turned out Magical. When I photograph a mother feeding her child I always try to focus on the bond that they share, that is truly what breastfeeding portraits are all about. Now I know there are people out there who will dismiss this post as gross, weird or disgusting, but I REALLY beg to differ. I was breastfed as a baby and I hope with the grace of God my body allows me to do the same for my children one day. This is not a post to put down those who choose not to breastfeed or are unable to do so. I understand that not everyone's body allows it. I also understand in this crazy world we live in not everyone can invest the time and energy into such a time consuming and sometime frustrating process. Breastfeeding is hard, and it takes great dedication and determination.

This post is to help normalize breastfeeding. To the people who say that seeing a woman breastfeeding in public is gross, I say don't look, that issue belongs to you, she is doing nothing wrong. Every other culture around the world sees breastfeeding as a normal, natural process of a woman nurturing her child. For some strange reason here in the US women are shamed for it, I just don't understand our culture. Very often when photographing Newborns, moms cover up, as to not offend me or ask me if I mind that they breastfeed, my answer is always the same "If it doesn't bother you, it doesn't bother me." Then I proceed to hold a normal conversation with them while the baby nurses.  My dream is to see a country that women no longer have to ask permission to feed their child, where they aren't gawked at like a circus sideshow while their child nurses and most of all where people stop calling breastfeeding gross. This is the choice that these moms made, why can't we as a culture support that choice?

So this Mother's Day weekend let celebrate this. Let's make a conscious choice to support all moms in their decisions, whether it is to breastfeed or whether breastfeeding wasn't for her. Every Mom is fighting a hard battle everyday, these are choices they've agonized over. Just because I support Normalizing Breastfeeding does not mean that I do not support a mother who couldn't or chose not to breastfeed. Every woman's choice in this matter is her own and how dare anyone for shaming or prosecuting them for it. As the old saying goes "Mother knows best."

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I recently posed a question to my Facebook followers.

"What’s the most overwhelming thing about having your photo taken?"

Majority of them stated, getting their children to cooperate. One of my long term clients wrote this: "Mine use to be child behavior, but now that you do my pictures it's so easy. Sometimes it's better just to walk away and let you do you thing. They always come out better that way!"

Now honestly I didn't pay her to write that (even though it sounds that way), but I am going to share the advice that I gave her many moons ago. This is one of my biggest tips, even though I have a ton, but I'm leading with the biggie.

Children are very sensitive beings, which I'm sure you know.  If you're happy, they get happy. If you're sad, they get sad.  If you're excited, they get excited. If your stressed , they get stressed. Let me repeat that last one again, for effect. If you're stressed, THEY GET STRESSED.

So lets touch on this one a little bit further. Mom's train of thought :: Oh My Goodness Bobby better sit still in one spot and listen to this photographer. He better smile. He better not embarrass me. What if he is rude? What if he just ignores her? I'm going to take away his iPad time if he's not good, I swear::  Or, well, something along those lines at least. So the day of your session arrives and now these thoughts have been rolling around in your head for a while, the scary fuzzy purple monster, known as stress, is growing. You can feel the anxiety expanding. You hit my studio doorway or our meeting place at the park and it's oozing from your pours. I can feel it and so can your child.

Let's first address what "good" means for a portrait session with Wonderland Portrait Boutique. For me, I want your child to be him or herself. Every kid has their own unique personality, and I want to see it. All normal rules go out the window during a session. For example a few weeks ago I told a child put their feet on my couch with shoes on! Eek! She looked at her mom for approval as I said "I'm sure this is a no no at home, but that is why I bought a faux Leather couch, I can wipe it down." Mom nodded at her with approval, she happily popped her feet up.  The only times I will really expect parents to correct a child is if they are doing something dangerous. If your two year old wiggles out of the pose I put him in, you don't need to correct them and threaten to take away their post session treat. That is just how a two year old is, and I know that I will have to continually put them back into a pose. When a kid is having a good time at a session they get silly and wiggly, it comes with the territory. On the opposite end are shy children. Shy kiddos generally just need a little bit of time to open up and get comfortable. With these children I find that I just need to speak softer to and play some silly games to gain their trust. All children go through stages, they just hit them at different times. I try to always be adaptable to each child's personality.

So now let's talk about that scary purple monster mom (or dad) has been carrying around for the last two weeks.  When it comes to children's photography you can't have any lofty expectations of Gap Ads. All the children on my website and facebook page are normal kids, I never work with professional models. All these children are showing off their own authentic personalities. I've learned that asking a bright bubbly child to pose with a serious face doesn't always work out. Same thing with a shy child, they aren't going to be comfortable being photographed in a very populated location. You know your child better than anyone. Who are they? Do they love books? Would they like to show off their action figure collection? What is it about Bobby that make him who he is?

Once my long term client (mentioned above), realized her son is just a little funny man she was ok with the silly banter between he and I.  He is allowed talk back to me during a session. Obviously, all parents want their kids to be respectful to adults, and he is, when we aren't shooting a session. When he's in front of my camera, he knows it's ok to call me a poopie head and he loves it, of course taking full advantage. Honestly, he makes me laugh so hard during sessions now, the things he comes up with are hilarious. That is him, that is his personality.

I am by no means a child psychologist, I've just seen a lot of kids in the last 12 years, and I've picked up on the trends. I've seen parents loose their cool way too often  and I've found most of the problem is the parent's expectation. Most folks are on Pinterest now and see these amazing fun poses and images. The thing that non photographers have to remember is you can't compare your everyday to someone else's highlight reel. That is exactly what Pinterest is, a Highlight reel, it's the best of the best. I'm not saying that Pinterest worthy sessions aren't a possibility, what I'm saying is that expecting to duplicate an exact pose and expression isn't always a realistic goal. Letting your kids be themselves is going to yield your best result.

Parents striving for a "perfect" portrait often stress themselves out, which the child feels and acts appropriately to something they feel is now scary. They want to grab mom or dad's leg or be held. Every one of those parents says to me "I don't know why he is acting this way, he's never done this before". It's that common, I honestly hear it often.   I don't want to come a across as I'm telling people how to parent their kids. I want my clients to have the best possible portraits.  I know what it takes to have a successful session and I realize that parents want this information.

A successful session starts with getting your child involved and excited. Since this post is already pretty long, I've decided to make this advice the subject of my next newsletter.  I'm going to send my top tips for a successful session directly to you. Click here to sign up for my Newsletter to ensure you will receive all these tips. 

 

Mr.N |First Birthday Cake Smash | Newtown

I've had a lot of babies and birthdays in the studio recently. I've had six month baby milestone sessions, newborns, and this little guy for his birthday. He was super funny and was a fantastic little model.  He sat and posed for a good long while, then he realized he could get up and go, at that point the chase was on. One is a very busy age, when everything needs to be discovered, so this was no surprise. The surprise came when we sat him down in front of his cake he sat there enthralled with his cake. He attempted to stuffed handful after handful of that blue icing right in his mouth, but much to our delight missed the mark a few times, getting it all over his face. Dad helped him dive past the icing into the actual cake and oh boy did little man love that. At that point he was grabbing handfuls of cake, totally in the cake eating zone, it was as if nothing could break his focus. Normally, I have babies who play in and eat the cake for a little while and then get bored of it, Mom had to practically tear him away when it was time to clean up. This little guys really cracked me up with his laser focus on the cake.  Check out his awesome model shots followed by some cake destruction. First Birthday Ideas  Richboro Yardley Bucks County First birthday Photographer WonderlandPortrait.comFirst Birthday Ideas  Richboro Yardley Bucks County First birthday Photographer WonderlandPortrait.comFirst Birthday Ideas  Richboro Yardley Bucks County First birthday Photographer WonderlandPortrait.comFirst Birthday Ideas  Richboro Yardley Bucks County First birthday Photographer WonderlandPortrait.com

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Miss G | Yardley PA First Birthday & Cake Smash Photographer

In the past year I've had a few of my regular clients move away because work was transferring them. This family is one of those families, they are moving over seas to Europe in the next few weeks. Mom contacted me early for her little one's first birthday session because of this. I've known mom and dad for years and photographed them before their little girl arrived last year and in previous years for holiday cards. (See last years Maternity Session Here) I'm excited for them as they begin a new adventure but I'm also a little sad because I know I will only get to see their family grow from a distance, through Facebook and what not. I was so happy to be able to photograph Little Miss G's first birthday before they took their big trip across the pond to their next adventure. She did fantastic. She wasn't in the least bit worried about getting messy and loved the cake. That being said it was a bit of a challenge for mom to get all the cakes off as she kept some clutched in her hand, Maybe a snack for later I suppose? I had one Wonderland Family move across the country this past Fall. While I love seeing the fun pictures they post from their new home in California, it's also kind of sad for me. I know that I missed out on their youngest's first birthday, and sadly I don't know anyone in their area so I was unable to refer them any photographers. I know another Wonderland Family who will be moving south in the next month or two. They will be too far to visit my studio for regular sessions but we've decided maybe we can get together when I'm on my annual vacation in North Carolina, as that will be just a short drive for them.

All of my Wonderland Families are special to me, I like to think of every single one as a friend, and I truly miss them. I wish all of them luck in the next chapters of their lives and I plea to them, keep posting updates to Facebook and Instagram. I can't wait to see who your little people grow up to be.

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Awaiting... | A Winter Maternity Session| Upper Makefield PA Maternity Newborn Photographer

There is an old saying, "The Cobbler's children have no shoes". Which basically means that the cobbler puts so much time into other people's shoes he doesn't have nice shoes for his own kids. Well, nothing rings truer in my own life. Yes, Ray and I have our Portraits taken bi-annually, but I haven't had a proper family picture with my family for quite some time. Honestly they are all pretty hard to convince (sound familiar?), even the photographer has trouble getting her family in front of the camera. My Brother and his girlfriend are expecting their first child this January.  I've been hounding them for months to let me photograph their Maternity portraits, they had all plans of just skipping them. I wasn't about to let this moment pass with out documenting it. Finally they gave in, if for no other reason than to shut me up { ;) }  The beginning of November our schedules actually met up, which during the Christmas season is a miracle for me.

I always laugh at the amount of people my brother knows, and this day was no exception.  Our session only last about an hour, but with in that time my brother managed to spot one of his friends driving by while standing in the middle of a field posing for the blanket shots. Anyone who says my brother isn't a great multitasker has never witnessed this phenomenon. Because of this I have great faith that when left in her daddy's care, my new niece will always have an eye on her, no matter what else he is doing. He doesn't miss a trick!

So now it's just a waiting game to meet the baby, the next few weeks are going to drag on for sure. I suppose in a few months I should start working on getting my parents into a real full family portrait, once the baby is a bit older of course.

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Baby A's First Christmas | Richboro PA Newborn Photographer

When mom and dad arrived at my Feasterville - Trevose Photo studio it was actually flurrying, the perfect greeting for a Winter Newborn. This pretty little lady did a great job for her first photo session, she was super sleepy and so easy going. Born at the end of November we did a few "regular" newborn setups, but of course had to do some Christmas shots to commemorate her First Christmas. I'm super excited to share this beautiful little lady with all of you. Enjoy! Christmas Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.com Christmas Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.comChristmas Newborn Photos Baby's First Christmas Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.comChristmas Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.comMom and Baby Pose Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.comParent pose Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.comDad and baby pose Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.comPurple Headband Pink Fur Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.comParent pose Baby in Dad's Hands Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.comClose up Pose Head band Pink  Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.comParent pose Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.comClose up pose Headband flowers Fancy Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.comTummy pose Delicate Headband Pink Wrap  Newborn Photos Bucks County PA | WonderlandPortrait.com

 

The C Family| Fall Family in Bucks County | Newtown PA Family Photographer

I photographed the C Family a few weeks ago, I've been trying ever since to share this session with all of you. Right now I'm in the busiest season of the year, so unfortunately blog posts have been falling by the wayside while I push out big card orders and holiday gifts. I'm very happy to say that many folks booked early this year and I'm finally getting back into sharing all these great sessions with you. The day I photographed this family I was so very worried that it was going to be cold and windy, and it was actually one of the warmer late fall days that we had this year. We really lucked out with the weather, which was perfect since we had to walk for a little bit to get to one of my favorite spots in the park.  They were great fun, and this little lady is just full of personality.  Mom and Dad were great sports about my crazy ideas, which of course included throwing piles of leave in the air above their one year old who was in a super cute outfit. I'm glad they were because little lady loved the leaves and had a great time playing in them. I'm happy that I was able to achieve both traditional family shots as well as dreamy fairytale individuals of little miss. I just adore the few by the tree, the texture is amazing and the lashes on this little girl are to die for. It was very hard to narrow down this session to just a few to share, she did very well, even with all the distractions in the park. We did have to stop once to watch a big doggy walk by, but otherwise she is a little pro.

After we finished at the park, we headed back to the studio for some cake smash photos. I'll be posting part two of the sessions soon.

 

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Wrightstown Fall Family Photographer

It's been a very busy few weeks at the studio. Christmas is upon us and it's not even Thanksgiving yet! Sadly in a blink of an eye, all the leaves are pretty much gone and we are expecting snow in the next few days, where did our gorgeous autumn go?  As a reminder of how amazing our fall here in Pennsylvania can be, I wanted to share this awesome, fun, family session from a couple weeks ago.  I honestly feel that these guys should be in a magazine, they are just gorgeous and were so fun to work with! This amazing big sister really lives up to her title, she could not get enough of holding and snuggling her little brother, and he really did not mind all the attention in the least bit. Bucks County PA Family Photographer- WonderlandPortrait.com

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The W Family | Richboro PA Family Photographer

I had such a blast photographing these three little firecrackers! A little man and his two big sisters, each one with their own very unique personality. This was probably one of my first fall sessions this year that the cold really set in for and these three were such troopers even when the wind would blow. As with all of my fall sessions with little ones, we ended by throwing leaves. This seemed to be the kids' favorite part and I'm so happy I could capture that joy on their faces. Enjoy! Bucks County PA Children & Family Photographer | Wonderland Portrait Boutique |   WonderlandPortrait.com | Facebook.com/WonderlandPB Bucks County PA Children & Family Photographer | Wonderland Portrait Boutique |   WonderlandPortrait.com | Facebook.com/WonderlandPBBucks County PA Children & Family Photographer | Wonderland Portrait Boutique |   WonderlandPortrait.com | Facebook.com/WonderlandPBBucks County PA Children & Family Photographer | Wonderland Portrait Boutique |   WonderlandPortrait.com | Facebook.com/WonderlandPBBucks County PA Children & Family Photographer | Wonderland Portrait Boutique |   WonderlandPortrait.com | Facebook.com/WonderlandPBBucks County PA Children & Family Photographer | Wonderland Portrait Boutique |   WonderlandPortrait.com | Facebook.com/WonderlandPB