Archive for the ‘Babies’ Category

Well, what could be more perfect than holding Miss Rhiannon Rose’s 6 month session in the Schenectady Rose Garden?  Just getting to see her again, maybe.  Every single session, she is just such a delight to spend a few hours with–such a happy, lovely, delightful little girl in every single way.

I tend to automatically think about baby sessions in black and white, especially studio sessions.  I light my baby portraits in such a way so that they will show off all those wonderful plump, round baby curves and tiny details when converted to a black and white image.  I choose blankets and backdrops, props and locations based on a final black and white image.  Knowing that my clients will want color images to really capture their sweet babies’ coloring, as well as timeless, simple black and white images, I also shoot and show color images.  Sometimes I have to remind myself to include those color images because I just love the lighting and shadowing in the black and white conversions.  For this session, however, I couldn’t bring myself to show any of these blog images in black and white because the summer color in the garden was just so, so beautiful.

Rhiannon Rose, 6 months:

Such a beautiful, lovely family!

I just can’t believe how fast she is growing up!

Gosh, I just love that funny face and the sweet shape of her mouth in this one.

I think the hardest part of this session has been deciding what to show.  I could have shown 5 times this many and still left out favorites, but there just isn’t the time or bandwidth.  Plus, mama needs some surprises to look forward to:).  Rhiannon, a delight, as always.  Can’t wait to see you again and get some more snuggles in a few months!

Sweet little Rhiannon Rose came back to see me for her 3-month portraits, and I didn’t think it was possible but she is even more darling than ever.  The sweetest little face, those looong lashes, tons of light-up-the-room smiles, and just the perfect amount of squishy baby roundness to the cheeks.  Oh dear, are mom and dad in for it when she grows up!

But for now, she’s all theirs… and simply perfect.

I just about died when mama pulled out this sweet outfit from Lollipops Children’s Shop in Latham–so sweet!

A couple with her gorgeous mama:

Oh, she’s just killing me with those big grins!

Miss Rhiannon, it was pure delight seeing how much you have grown.  I can’t wait to see you again in a few more months – I already have some fun plans:).

She was truly delightful!  It’s been a while since I have photographed a baby as old as darling Elena and I almost forgot how fun a one-year old can be.  She showed up asleep and I was a tiny bit nervous even though Mom assured me that she doesn’t wake up cranky.  Goodness!  She was a little dream.  All smiles and goofy expressions and curiosity and opinions and delight.  It made me even more excited to watch Jack grow into this age full of discovery and personality.

I am having quite a difficult time narrowing images down for the gallery, but here are a few for now.

These next two just kill me–I believe this is the first one-year old arabesque on demi-pointe I have ever seen!

Ah, there’s the face I saw the majority of the session!

Elena, it was truly delightful meeting you, Mommy and big sister.  Thanks so much for coming to play!

So, if you ask a photographer specializing in babies what her favorite stage to photograph is, she will most likely say newborns.  There’s just something about being able to capture that sweet, fleeting, straight-from-creation newness that makes us get all giddy inside.  If you ask us our next favorite stage, 9 times out of 10 it’s going to be the sitting-but-not-yet-crawling phase.  Babies between 6 and 7 months love to smile, they adore their parents, they are awake and cheerful for longer periods of the day, they make all kinds of fun sounds and faces, and they can’t run away from you!

Again, my sweet darling boy is here to remind me to just enjoy being his mom rather than his photographer, as he started crawling 4 weeks ago and is just now, just barely beginning to sit unassisted.  What does this mean?  It means that I get about 4 seconds after sitting him down before he takes off crawling after a sister, a toy, my lights or me.  How long does it take me to sit him down, move back, lie down on the ground, pick up my camera and focus?  Around 4.5 seconds.  It’s as if he is non-verbally saying to me, “Mom, repeat after me, ‘Jack is a person, not a prop.  He is not here to fulfill your photographic flights of imagination.  He is here to cuddle and snuggle and tickle and love.”  And he is.  And I do.

So here he is in all his 6-month, crawling-but-not-yet-sitting glory.  My darling boy:

Gosh, I love that grin:).

Yeah, he pretty much wants to stand up right now.

This was taken 0.01 seconds before he launched forward and crawled off:).

See my muscles? I am more than just a pretty face:).

This was the view I saw most often: “See ya later, Mom!”

And finally, a sitting shot.  Looking a little bit like a frog, but still oh, so very cute!

Oh, baby boy!  Love you so much, it hurts sometimes!

I truly think there is nothing dearer to a mother’s heart than seeing how much her children love each other.  Case in point, yesterday my Julia was getting in the tub to get ready for church and asked, “Is Bella going to take a bath?”  “Yep, and Emily too.”  Her response: “Emily too?!  All my friends?!  All my friends are going to take a bath?!”  I am still smiling about it.

Saturday I had a session with the darling-est (yep, I’m going to say that’s a real word) 7-month little girl and her wonderful big brother.  You could just tell she adores him by the way her eyes just tracked him around the room.  He was so, so sweet back to her–so patient and kind and interested in her.  How lucky they are and will be to have each other as they grow up!

This one just made me giggle–he was trying to get baby sister to smile (On a side note, how fabulous are their outfits together?  Mom did such a great job!).

This is a better representation of their actual relationship:

After a few abysmal attempts on my own and some coaching from Henry, I finally made it through the whole alphabet without any mistakes–who knew my sleep-deprivation had gotten so bad?  He’s one smart cookie:).

And I could not get over gorgeous Lila’s delicious rolls, beautiful eyes, or those LIPS!  Mom and Dad are in trouble for sure.  I have his same shot w/a smile, but oh, how I love the hand placement, those wide eyes, and her little mouth in this one.

A session favorite–can you see her grabbing his foot?

Thanks for such a fun morning guys, and for alphabet lessons!