Archive for June, 2009

What could be sweeter?  Maybe just the newborn cutie I got to work with on Saturday.  At just 6 days old, baby K definitely had her own agenda and apparently a naked photo shoot was not on it.  That’s okay, though, because it just meant more snuggle time for me getting her settled down–loved every minute of it!  She was such a delicate, pretty little girl and I just loved how her innate femininity was accentuated by this beautiful fluffy blanket.

I just loved her delicate baby bits!

Thanks so much for spending the afternoon with me!

I am a little hesitant to post the photos below because, well, just because:).  They do however illustrate a very important point that I have been wanting to share for a while now, so I am going to go ahead.

I never anticipated enjoying shooting maternity sessions as much as I do.  I must admit that I originally viewed them more as a vehicle for getting to know the new moms of the babies I would eventually get to photograph.  The more I work with these amazing and beautiful women, however, the more I come to love this aspect of my job.  Pregnancy is an almost magical thing.  The fact that our bodies are capable of creating, protecting, and giving life to these beautiful little people is a bit mind-boggling to me.  On the other hand, pregnancy can also be a time of physical discomfort and, for some of us, a time we feel less than beautiful.  I think sometimes we develop a warped and incorrect view of how we look.  I recently had a client comment after viewing her portraits, “I guess I’m not really as big as I think I am,” and another, “You did make me look good!”  For me, the greatest pleasure of a maternity shoot is showing a mom-to-be just how stunning she really is.

This past weekend, I decided to jump in myself and set up some shots for my darling, sweet, patient husband to take of me.  The pictures aren’t perfect and neither am I, but I walked away from the experience feeling better about myself than I had in the past few days.  Too many comments like, “Wow, that’s gonna be a big boy!,” “Are you sure they checked for twins?,” and “Man, you just POPPED right out there!” had started to take their toll.  With all the physical changes that come with pregnancy, the fatigue, the absent-mindedness, etc., it can be difficult to get in front of the camera.  But it is so important.  Your body changes every day and the work it is doing all on it’s own to create a new little baby is simply amazing.  It should be embraced and celebrated!  If pregnancy has made you camera-shy, I urge you to get prettied-up, find some good light and have someone take some pictures of the miracle you are.  You’ll be glad you did, and one day your kids will be too.

Me at 26.5 weeks:).

Ah, I just love this family!  Everything about them!  It’s been so fun to spend time getting to know each member and each one holds a special place in my heart.

We were a little worried that the impending storm clouds Saturday evening might make the shoot impossible, but luckily the rain held off just long enough for us to get some beautiful images in this field near their home.  Have I mentioned how much I love shooting in fields?  LOVE IT!

Check out these good-looking siblings:

Big brother kept cracking me up with his funny faces–you should see this kid cross his eyes.  We managed, just barely, to get a few non-silly shots as well.

Could her dress be any more perfect for this location?  Maybe, but I seriously doubt it–gorgeous!

Images like this next one make me so happy that I do what I do–I just love the closeness here, and I think it’s so important that Mom get in on the photos too.  They both look so beautiful.

Then we headed inside for some studio shots:

I had such a fun time with you guys–thank you so much for a wonderful Saturday evening!

Okay, it’s me!  Much thanks to my darling husband for humoring me this afternoon and capturing all 26.5 weeks of my own growing belly.  As I get geared up for this final trimester of pregnancy and the upcoming arrival of our very first baby boy (after three girls, I still don’t really believe it!) in mid-September, I wanted to make an announcement about how this will affect Jessica Washburn Photography.  I will be taking regular sessions through the end of July (just a few more spots open so if you are looking to book, call now!).  Beginning in August, I will not be taking family or child sessions until the beginning of next year.

This was a very difficult decision to make, but I truly believe that there really aren’t any small moments during those first few months of a new baby’s life–each one is precious and all too fleeting.  It’s important to me that I take time off to recover and to just drink in the sweetness of getting to know the  newest member of our family.  Conversely, it is essential to my work that throughout your session experience with Jessica Washburn Photography, I really be present for and enjoy the moments I get to spend with your family.   I look forward to spending that time with you in 2010.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or need a referral, don’t hesitate to ask:).

If, however, you are looking to book a maternity or newborn session, before the end of the year, I don’t expect you to take my family planning into account when you plan yours:).  And, in fact, if you are looking to book this year, it’s already a little late for that anyway.  Give me a call or shoot me an email and we’ll discuss how to fit you in.  You know I can’t resist a gorgeous belly or a sweet bundle of newborn perfection!

One of the first questions I almost always get from a new client scheduling family portraits is, “What should we wear?”  Because the clothes you choose to wear to your family portrait session will make a big impact on the final images, I thought I post a few tips on styling your family for portraits.

* Choose clothes your kids will actually wear.  Maybe it’s just my girls, but it seems kids sometimes tend to go through not-so-easy dressing phases.  Make sure the clothing you choose is something your children will feel comfortable in and enjoy wearing.  It should be clean, ironed (if needed), and in good repair.

*Adults look best in long pants, longer skirts and sleeves.

*Textured and woven fabrics tend to photograph better (as well as hold up better) than knits.  Layers and accessories are a great way to add interest and depth to your clothing choices.

*Avoid clothing with lettering, slogans or characters–instead choose solids, plaids, stripes, etc. for a more timeless, classy look.

*For summer, boys look great in t-shirts under button-down shirts, jeans and cargos, and girls are always picture-perfect in little sundresses or pretty tops paired with capris.

*Moms, don’t forget yourselves.  Wear something that makes you feel pretty and feminine–add some jewelery and heels to dress up your outfit.  Makeup should be natural and enhance the beauty that’s already there.

*Think about your location and also your home decor–what colors will compliment your location and what do you want hanging on your wall?  Pick a few colors and build your wardrobe around that color palette.  And unless you routinely dress the whole family in matching white shirts and khakis for an afternoon at the park or mall, lets leave those at home.

*Most of all, choose clothing that represents your family–something you’ll want to look at year after year.

Still stumped?  Here are a few ideas to get you going:

Happy shopping!