Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Color Me Unicorn

Years ago (I will spare you *and myself* the actual number), I used to babysit regularly for an amazing family with two awesome kiddos. Fast forward to two years ago when I had my third baby, my hospital door opens up and my nurse walks in. That nurse was the little girl I used to babysit for. I was shocked!! There was no way in the world either of us could be old enough for this scenario! We quickly connected on Facebook and I was over-the-moon excited when she messaged me a few months ago asking me to photograph her own baby when the time came.

This world, you guys. I'm a strong believer in the whole full-circle thing.

I just blogged about my love of Fresh 48 sessions, and this little stinker was featured over there. I knew I couldn't skip over her Newborn Artistry session, so I came back to share all of this gorgeousness with you.

My favorite from their session!

Fed babies are the best babies!! Don't forget that mommas who bottle feed still have that same connection with their babies as mommas who are breastfeeding. It's still their moment. It's still their time together. That bonding opportunity is still there for the two of them. And a baby with a nice full belly is my favorite kind!

That swirl!!!

I still can't believe I used to babysit that baby right there 💗

I always ask tell mommas they're welcome to bring something into the studio if they'd like. This girl got the unicorn treatment! So not only did we use this, but I got to use all of the other unicorn colors in my other setups!

That yawn progression!

Pregnant? Let's get you on the calendar and start styling your Newborn Artistry session!



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Adding on the Fresh 48

I absolutely adore my Newborn Artistry Portrait sessions in the studio. My babies are all snuggly, all is calm, I move methodically, and we listen to our white noise machine. It's peaceful and bright and lovely.

However, the reason I fell in love with photography in the first place (when I was roughly 6 years lie) was because of the emotions surrounding an image. I could look at a picture and feel the raw energy. I could smell the scent from that moment. It was as if I was back there. In that exact spot. Right where I hit the button with my finger and heard the pop of the flash cube. This type of photography is what leads me to the hospital rooms. This is the type of photography that doesn't get an exact plan or set up or design. This photography is raw. It is packed to the brim with emotion. It's what I fell in love with from the start:

Babies. Black and white film.

Capture this emotion and bottle it up. Let's add a Fresh 48 session to your Newborn Artistry Portrait session.



Friday, March 22, 2019

14 Day Magic

This girl's momma brought her first baby to me years ago. She was one of my very first newborns! I was still going to my client's homes and setting up wherever I could find space. I wasn't as confident as I am now, and I just didn't have it all together. That sweet baby had just hit her cluster-feeding stride and I'm not sure which one of us was more stressed out: me, the baby, or her momma!

After lots of trial and error, research, classes, and more trial and error, I have found my spot. I know exactly what's going to work, and I know exactly what's not going to work.

I know that my morning appointments will always be better than an evening appointment. I know that I will always be more successful with a wrapped baby for their first pose than an unwrapped baby. And I have learned that I would MUCH rather photograph a 12-16 day old newborn than a 5 day old newborn!

I promise you, I will walk you through these sessions. I will be the leader, I will happily hold your hand, and I will listen to what you want from your baby's first portrait session. Being a first time momma is intimidating enough. You don't need the added stress of a cranky newborn trying to get it's belly full, at the same time an inexperienced photographer is crawling around on your floor.

Take the time to discover your new baby.

Let your new baby discover you.

Rest and breathe.

I'll be at the studio around Day 14 waiting for you guys with open arms, hot coffee, and a couch.

2nd baby + an experienced newborn portrait photographer = 💗



Thursday, March 21, 2019


I take a lot of pride in the way I run my Newborn Artistry sessions. It has taken me years of practice to perfect my style. Lots of trial and error. Lots of studying. Lots of video cramming to figure out exactly where my sweet spot was. The only thing that has remained consistent throughout this process has been my wish for my parents.

I want you to come to me with your baby and relax. I want you to sit for a couple of hours and not do a thing. I want you to sip tea and coffee, order breakfast, have a snack, read the paper, scroll through Facebook, or even take a nap. I want you to stop thinking for just a bit. Listen to the shushing noise. Allow me to take over. Allow me to do the work. Allow me to hold space (and baby) for you.

This new momma and daddy did just as directed. Nothing. They did absolutely nothing and when it was all over, the daddy looked at me and thanked me for the most zen experience of his life!!

 Let me hold space for you for a bit.



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Birthday Baby

I love my repeat families, but documenting these milestones is the greatest honor. Last Spring we had a major BABY BOOM at MHP, so I've gotten to see all of my favorite littles recently for their First Birthday sessions! 

This diaper cover and bonnet are now available in the studio wardrobe!

One of my favorites from the session!

This purple romper is a client favorite and gets picked more often than anything in the studio wardrobe! I LOVE the way it photographs!

Newborn  -  6M  -  One Year

Happiest of birthdays, Baby Girl!