Little Mr P I’ve been Photographing since before he was born, beginning with his parent’s maternity session at Tyler State Park a little more than a year ago. He is one of my Baby planners and I’ve had the pleasure of watching him grow this fist year. Recently I photographed his first birthday portraits and cake smash in my Bucks County portrait studio. He was absolutely wonderful, giving me a full range of different expressions and smashing his cake like a pro. Here are a few of my favorite images from Mr. P’s first birthday portraits.
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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. )
If we are Facebook friends or you follow me on Instagram, you may already know this, but my husband and I have a little news to share. We are expecting our first child, arriving February 2017. We waited a little longer than average to tell everyone because I wanted to create our announcement while visiting one of our favorite places on Earth. During our Annual visit to the Outer Banks, North Carolina we set up the tripod and my camera and shot these images in less than 30 minutes. As most of you know I'm a perfectionist, and usually take much longer than 30 minutes to shoot anything, but this was our second attempt at these pictures. The day before we had gotten all dressed and ready, as we were about to walk down to the beach we ran into his parents, who were retreating from the beach because of the flies. I will tell you the weekend before we arrived, the Outer Banks was hit with Tropical Storm Hermine so this was the first sunny day and we jumped on it to do the announcement. Apparently the flies also thought it would be a great day at the beach, I had never experienced flies on the beach while in the Outer Banks before, I assume that was a result of the Tropical Storm as well as the rough ocean. So, we changed out of our picture clothes and stayed in for the night vowing to try again the next day, if the fly situation was better.
Thankfully, after dinner the next day we still had light and the weather was lovely. We got changed into our picture clothes and headed to the beach. As I set up the shot and made my husband stand in as my focus point we quickly realized the flies were not done with their time at the beach. He kept swatting them from his feet and legs as they bit him and I kept telling him to stand still so I could focus. We made quick work of posing and smiling, I then had Ray take a few of just me by myself showing off my new baby bump. For years my husband has refused to touch my work camera for fear of breaking it. I was very impressed with how he framed and even focused the shot of me. These images are something I will now have forever and I will treasure as our child grows. I'm so thankful that he's more willing to use my "big Camera" as he calls it.
We headed back to the house and I quickly edited and posted our favorite couple images. We then headed out for Shave Ice to celebrate as our phones continually went off with notifications, phone calls and texts. The excitement was overwhelming. A secret I had kept for what seemed like forever was finally out. Everyone knew, I no longer had to hide my belly under big shirts, I could be comfy in my normal tshirts and tank tops. It was both liberating and so strange. I was actually pregnant, and it was finally starting to feel real.
The Wednesday after we returned home we had our Anatomy ultrasound scheduled. We had decided it would be fun to find out what we were having surrounded by our families, including a few who had to skype in. We didn't look at the Ultrasound photos and put them directly into an envelope. We took at envelope to the baker I use for my cake smash cakes. He was the only one who really knew what we were having until this past Sunday when we cut open the awesome cake he made.
Since we are Disney Nerds I decided that our theme would be "Are you a Mickey or a Minnie?" and I created a few cute cake toppers with my Cricut machine. The Family arrived and we had dinner, all while the folks who were skyping in were chomping at the bit to get their phone calls. Finally it was time.
We cut out a slice of cake, as we made the second cut and pulled the knife out I spotted it, the tiny little smudge of the interior icing on the knife and I couldn't believe I was right. I was the only one who saw that smudge and as I lifted the slice out of the cake, the cheers erupted that we are having a little BOY!
My gut and every other "guess the gender of your baby" old wives tale said I was having a girl. If I've ever attempted to guess what you were having you know that I'm wrong 99% of the time. So, I decided early on that If my gut thinks it's a girl I must actually be having a boy. Low and behold my logic was right and my gut was totally wrong. We made our little announcement on Facebook and Instagram and once again for the second time in 2 weeks our phones went crazy. I still can't believe how many people are so incredibly excited for us, and I'm so thankful to be surrounded by so many loving incredible folks.
As far as how I'm doing, I can't really complain. I was a little nauseous in the beginning but no morning sickness. I did get hit with a wall of exhaustion from the start and I've been functioning at 50% the last few months. I'm finally starting to feel a bit better with that, I'm no longer knocked out at 2pm everyday like I had been everyday for the first trimester. I'm still not 100% myself but I'm getting closer everyday. I had never felt exhaustion like that before in my life, I was falling asleep sitting up, like someone had slipped me a sleeping pill. I also really hope this little guys arrives with a full head of hair or all this heartburn really isn't fair. Haha. All in all we're doing really well and we can't wait to meet our little man.
Obviously I will be taking the month of February off this coming year, January will be a very limited calendar as well, which surprisingly is almost booked up. I will be shooting Christmas Portraits from November 1st-Novemeber 30th only. December I will be able to accommodate Birthdays, Newborns, Maternity, Families and Milestone sessions on a limited basis.
I will continue to post updates on both the studio schedule and our little man, so stay tuned!
This little lady was sure a sweet little girl, slept like an angel and oh so snugly during her session. (I consider getting to snuggle babies as a major perk of my job.) Mom and Dad brought a few special items along with them for our session, one a hat, the other a chair. The hat was so cute, a little pink and purple bull dog hat, they are all about bull dogs and told me they have rescued a few in their time. They also have a "fur-child", which is a bull dog of course, and she is the princess of the house. I think Baby S is going to give her a run for her money as the princess and they may need to agree to co-rule the house. The Second item was a rocking chair, it was a very special item to mom because it belonged to her father as a child. Baby S is a little too young to be rocking in a rocking chair just yet, so my pal bear hung out in it while she napped peacefully. Hopefully in the next few months we can show how she grows while reaches new milestones using the rocker and maybe for her first birthday we can get her rocking away just like her grandfather did when he was a little one.
July and August have been two busy months for Maternity and newborn sessions. I hung out with mom and dad in July for their Maternity session, August brought my chance to hang out with this little lady at the studio for a few hours. The theme of her nursery is Owls so mom brought along an owl hat to grab some shots in for hanging in her bedroom and we got a ton. Mom and dad also brought something else along, now I have posed newborns in and on a number of crazy things in my years as a photographer, but this was a first. When mom told me about the "slab", as we started referring to it, I didn't exactly understand what she was talking about. Well, as it turns out, I had it all wrong in my head, the "slab" was just that, a Slab of wood cut from a tree and used as the cake stand at their wedding. Once I saw it I totally got what she was saying, and really wasn't aware of a term for a flat piece of wood cut from a tree, so slab fit perfectly. I love the idea that it was used as their cake stand and now their little baby girl was napping on it. I've encouraged mom to bring it back for little Ms. R's 6 month milestone session this winter, I think it would be a great piece to show how much she grows.
This happy little lady visited me at my Feasterville - Trevose Studio for her first birthday portraits. She was a funny little lady, and so very happy and expressive. Her expressions run the gamut but I would say that the most variety was in the number of different smiles I got from her. We captured everything from, small sweet smiles to big laughing grins, it was fantastic, such a smiley little one. Check out all of her happy faces!
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!
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.
Seriously how stinkin' adorable is this cake?!?
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.
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.
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.
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.
So I have to admit I've had a huge FAIL Happen recently. I became a victim of letting life happen to me and quickly loosing track of time. Almost weekly parents tell me how they didn't believe that the first year of their child's life goes by too fast until it's gone and they are now planning a Cake smash with me. I woke up the other day and realized it's APRIL!
Yeah I know my phone tells me daily, conveniently on the screen I unlock about a million times a day, but really how many of us actually pay attention to that. The last few months I've just been floating through life and letting it happen instead of making things happen and celebrating the everyday. I've fallen behind in all aspects of my life. I've lost touch with friends, in fact I still have Christmas presents hanging around I never shipped out (guess I should get on that). I've had to scramble to get projects done because all the sudden the deadline is on my door step faster then I thought two weeks could ever go by. I've seen home projects fall by the wayside. Oh and forget about that scrapbook I started on New Years Day, that just sits. There are also a few crochet projects that are sitting on the shelf gathering dust too.
Yet in the midst of all this, I'm always on the go. I always have something to do. Are they always the things that are most important to me? Eh. Probably not, but that's life. That is how it works. We become all consumed with the trivial little things, like trips to the mechanic's, or adding up the year's receipts and we miss out.
We miss out on all the great things in life.
Mainly I'm writing this post because I realized that my sweet niece is now 2 Months old. At the same time I'm realizing I never shared more than a few of her newborn portraits and I've already taken more portraits of her for Easter. So here is a giant Post of Alyssa and a Promise to myself to take life by the horns and direct it where I want to go, instead of waiting for things to happen to me.
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.- Dr. Suess
So those Easter pictures... Yeah. See the days that I always choose for picture day also seem to coincide with Alyssa's Diva days. Her first Newborn session was, well to put it nicely, a challenge. They brought her back a week later JUST to do the tire poses and she was a perfect angel. I got a ton of shots of her. The Day that I chose for her Easter session, just happened to be the day she was laughing in the face of the sandman and missed her morning nap. I don't know if it was that she was tired or really hated the dress I picked up for her but she gave me some interesting expressions. I've never had a little one be so uninterested in the funny noises and faces I'm making at them. Normally these would not be photos that I would even share but her tiny little faces are pretty funny when looked at all together. My Favorite dress image has to be the close up face in the center of the next collage, she looks really unimpressed with me. (I think I may print and frame that one just to keep me grounded day to day.) We Finally coaxed a few grins out of her once we put her in her "casual" outfit. Also Please note that I feel the final image in this post should be captioned "Really guys? Bunny ears?"
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.
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.
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!
On my website it says that Newborn portraits are photographed with in the first 10 days after birth, in fact most photographers says this as well. Because of this people often think that after 10 days you just can't get pictures of a baby before 3 months. This Little fella was just about a month old for his session and he did great! There are just little differences between under and over 10 days old. After they are closer to a month your not going to get the curled up sleeping shots every time, some babies will, but it's not an easy thing to make happen. Personally I think you can still get great shots of an older newborn. Once they hit the 2 week mark the babies start to realize just how much room they really do have, they stretch out into it, and become more alert. This little guy was bright eyed and bushy tailed for his entire session, and Man, did he have some adorable little expressions going on! He responded really well to voices, especially mom's, he followed me and the camera with his eyes and was just plain content for almost the entire session, till it was time to eat. He really did fantastic and was so full of personality already!
Time passes so quickly the older you get, I remember when summer vacation felt like months not just a few weeks, and it's true what they say about babies being grown before you know it.
It feels like just yesterday that I was photographing this little fella's newborn portraits. I almost couldn't believe that it was time to start planning for his first birthday. His mom and I go way back, (like "back before taking a school bus" type back) So finding out she was pregnant last year literally made me squeal and jump up and down, while people stared at me, but I didn't care. Getting to see this little guy grow up has been a real pleasure, always pleasant and happy, even when he has the occasional cold or is getting a new tooth. He is now especially happy when he is escaping, he has reached toddler stage and he's a quick little dude. Most of the cake smash he was trying to crawl away and toward me to get my camera, poor dad left with cake all over him just from trying to catch Mr.B. He did some damage to the cake but Thanks to Dad did not get his icing covered hands all over my camera lens. Thankfully the Studio shower came in handy once again, I can't imagine how many baby wipes we would have gone through just to get him clean!
Enjoy Mr. B's First Birthday Portraits!
For this week's blog post I decided to do something a little bit different. Instead of just sharing a few images from a session posted as a blog board, I'm also sharing the entire slideshow, with all the images from the session. A slideshow like this one comes with every regular package purchased and is included on the portrait disk that comes with that package. What is really cool about them (and what this little lady's mom will be doing) is that you can play your slideshow during your party to share it with your friends and family.
I felt like this is the perfect session to share with all of you via slideshow. Miss L was by far my messiest cake smasher to date, I've never had a mom tell me their child sneezed out icing the next day, till this! I'm so glad I made the move into a building with a shower, if we would have had to wipe her down with baby wipes (like we used to do), we really would have been there a while. The shower at the studio came in handy after little L got done having a blast and snacking on her cake. Miss L also came with a few fabulous fluffy outfits that we photographed first, just in case that blue icing turned her smurfy. Formals are always first and then we smash cake. So Please sit back and enjoy Little Miss L's Slideshow.
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As often as I complain about being cold (which is often and I'm sorry) I do love the look of freshly fallen snow, in fact I purchased snow pants JUST so I could comfortably photograph sessions in the snow. I was very excited when Beth and Gary approached me to photograph their maternity and newborn sessions. When a Client says this to you: "I know I don't want to do all normal Maternity pictures I like to be different and creative... I want originality and I know that's you to a "T" and I'm so happy I have you as my photographer." That is every creative person's dream. I adore when clients trust me to create something wonderful for them. My head is filled with ideas that I don't always get to implement because well they sound a little crazy at first. Kind of like " I want to put you in a snowy field bare shouldered wrapped in red fabric", sometimes that scares folks, but not Beth she was all for it and I was thrilled. I'm equally thrilled with how everything came out. I've had this idea tucked in the back of my mind for quite some time now. We've all seen images of Cardinals sitting on a branch of a snowy tree and that is kind of where I found the inspiration to go with red, I considered purple but I really wanted Beth to stand out and be the main focus. Beth and Gary were expecting a baby girl this April, I've known them both for a long time and have photographed them numerous times already. I was thrilled to hear that they were pregnant. For the baby's nursery they have a jungle/safari/camo theme, so they painted this great letter "G" to hang in the baby's room, it was awesome to utilize that throughout the session, making it even more personal. It is certainly a good thing we photographed this session when we did, Miss Gwendolyn arrived just 5 days after. She was 6 weeks early, but from what I've heard from Mom and Dad she was just ready for the world. Everyone is doing great and I can't wait to meet the aptly named Gwendolyn Snow for her newborn session in a few weeks.
January has been bustling with babies this year. Many of my wonderland families have new additions arriving in 2014, and I'm so excited to meet them all. This is one of those families who has just welcomed their third child, a little lady. I also photographed their younger son, and now middle child, when I was first starting out on my own. I'm so thankful that these families keep coming back to me with all of their milestones. I always say that one of the best parts of being a children's photographer is seeing the kids as they grow. I'm not with them everyday so I'm always a surprised by all the new talents they have to show off every time they come to have portraits taken. As I said she is the third child and her two big brothers are just bonkers over her already. After her 2 year old brother woke from his nap he hung out and watch the session patiently till it was his turn too. He was so excited when he got to sit with "baby Gracie" and take a picture. I just love how he said her name it was adorable.
Check out all of Miss Grace's fab accessories, at just 9 days old she was already all decked out in some of the cutest little things. The Scarves Grace is wrapped in came all the way from the Netherlands just to be used for this session. One of her fabulous aunts lives there and brought them back when she came home to Philly to meet little miss. Mom had brought along quite the assortment of headbands and hair bows already so it was no problem finding something that matched each one of the new scarves.
Wonderland Portrait Boutique prefers to photographs newborn babies with in the first 10 days. Philadelphia newborn photographer serving the bucks county and Philadelphia areas. Children and Family photographer Dana Cook.