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The blog is going to go quiet for a few weeks very soon as I’ve actually started packing my bags (yay!) for my trip to Punta Cana for my cousin’s wedding where I’ll be the maid of honor. I’m so excited and I can’t wait! Yes, there will be photos, I’m sure! So anyway, yes there are no sessions on the books for February and I’ll be keeping my fingers tightly crossed that none of my March mommies go really really early. In the meantime, I’m going to try and get caught up on quite a few sessions.
This is Anna’s 1st birthday session. We got so lucky because it was set to be a studio session with a chance for outdoor if the weather held out, and it did! And we got some really BEAUTIFUL outdoor stuff…like really, really canvas worthy! Isn’t she a gorgeous little girl? This was my third time photographing her and I’ve loved watching her grow up over the past few months…
Loved her in my burgundy petti romper…
Now that the holiday cards have all gone out and the custom photography gifts have been opened, I am happy to share my favorites from this year’s Holiday Mini sessions! Thanks so much to all those who signed up and gave me a chance to (hopefully) make their holiday images a little special this year. I welcome the challenge that mini sessions with young children bring… it really gives me a chance to hone my skills on getting those awesome expressions and connections without the stress and tension that typical holiday portaits are known for. It was a crazy day but such a fun day – and we got some priceless images from it… here are some of my favorites, in no particular order…
And now… she is one and pretty and full of personality and… wow, just… a little person! [insert sniffle]
Easily one of my favorite eyelash shots… she is an undeniable beauty. =)
The last beach session of 2010… I love beach sessions and especially those in late summer and early fall. The quality of light is really something else and these images make for amazing holiday cards. So unexpected, so inviting. Being only a month or two apart, Charlie reminded me so much of my own little Max with his mischievous little sparkle in his eye and his melt-your-heart smile. The only difference was, besides the gorgeous blond hair, the fact that I could actually get a shot (hey - many shots actually) of Charlie in crisp focus because he wasn’t constantly running at me demanding to be held (yes, that is why you don’t see many photos of Max on my site). Charlie’s little sister - 6 month old Ellie - was the cutest, not minding the sand or the wind, and posing happily for her photoshoot.
I couldn’t believe my luck. Julie and I had planned our weddings together, essentially, through a wedding planning forum. She got married about a month before me. We ended up meeting for the first time at a mutual friend’s wedding (from the same wedding planning forum)…and now… many years later we see each other again…and I am photographing her 2nd and 3rd child – newborn twins. A beautiful baby boy and a beautiful baby girl. All the while, we stayed connected, in varying degrees, through the web. It’s a small world…er, web.
So anyway, when Julie told me she was pregnant with twins and that I was one of the first to know – I was honored and THRILLED for her. Plans for her newborn twin session were quickly underway. Before I knew it, (actually a more than a few days early), they were here – happy and healthy. Julie, please thank your SIL for me again for being a wonderful assistant and congratulations again on your beautiful babies – enjoy them! And even though you have a beautiful, sweet, and talented photographer in the family, I hope I get to see your adorable kiddies again soon!
If you were a Facebook fan last year you may remember I hosted a photo contest where fans submitted photos and got their friends and family to vote for them to win a free session with September Blue. Well, the cutie in the tutu stole the show and won the contest!
I was thrilled when C & C won this contest … I had photographed a maternity and newborn session for them already so we were very excited to plan this session for Kira’s First Birthday. We booked Westbury Gardens for the shoot months in advance. A special location was definitely in order. We started planning outfits way in advance and boy do I have to hand it to Kira’s mommy … I thought I was detailed with the links and guidelines and suggestions I send my clients when putting together a session wardrobe. But C – you get 1st prize for sending me Powerpoint slideshows of ideas – I LOVE it. Not even kidding.
I have to admit that it was really, really cool to see Kira again and to get to photograph her at 1 year old. And by really, really cool I of course mean a little sentimental. I mean, I photographed her in her mommy’s belly, and then just a few days old as a newborn and then now, I got to photograph her as 1 year old… standing, laughing, babbling… and very much her own little person.
Her Mommy is stunning…
And Kira is definitely Daddy’s little princess (check out the toe grab – too cute!)
Just a stunning family…
Going through this session and choosing which ones to blog made me realize – it’s time for another contest!!! I had so much fun doing this one last year and it was so nice to see it all come to completion with this session. Sooo, it’s already in the works. All I will say for now is that no photo will need to be submitted this time around – all I want is to hear from YOU! You won’t even have to work hard for this one, it’s going to come naturally. Details coming soon so stay tuned. I’ll be announcing the details in full on the blog (maybe on my birthday? Hint: I am a Virgo.) so keep an eye out here – twitter followers and facebook fans (links up top) will get a heads up! Back to baby Kira…
Like I said, I was so thrilled they won. When I did Kira’s newborn session, I quickly found out how much they both love photography. They showed me all these beautiful images of their lives; memories that were captured by lucky photographers like me, that were treasured by this family – organized into beautiful albums and wall displays. It’s always a pleasure to meet someone as appreciative of photography as you are but to see it the way they treasured their memories made me so happy to be their photographer. I am honored that my images of their lives’ milestones get to be part of those albums and wall displays. And I was more than a little envious of their organization skills in that area, quite honestly.
Congrats again guys!!
With the warm hazy sunshine of the hour just before sunset bathing them in beautiful, soft, golden light – Bella & Jacob stole my heart during this session. It’s a little bittersweet to post this session just as Labor Day weekend approaches – the unofficial goodbye to Summer – because this session captures all that is the warmth and carefreeness (yeah, it’s a word – I checked) of the season.
This was one of, if not the first frame of the session. Ok, off to a good start. A really good start.
Can I keep her?
Bella and I became good friends if you couldn’t tell… this is sort of an outtake – one of the cutest white balance shots I’ve ever captured… the sunflare is so dreamy and summery here…we got lots of shot like this.
But I also loved the variety we were able to get at this location… here’s little brother Jacob…
I don’t remember exactly what happened here – we played lots of games during our session as is usually the case when I’m working with kids… we play & laugh a ton. But I love her expression here…
OK, I could seriously just go on and on with this session so here is a collage… it tells the story of our session in a little more detail. Custom photography tends to lend itself to storyboards, collages, and cohesive wall displays. Often the story of your session – and the moments of childhood captured at that time – is best told by displaying several images together in either an album or wall display.
Ahhh…to be her in this moment… taking that deep breath of ocean air, feeling that cool breeze in my hair, not a care in the world… all our Summers should feel like this… hope you enjoyed yours. If you didn’t do this yet – get out there and do it!
Last year, about this time (give or take a month), I had the pleasure of photographing my friend’s long awaited newborn baby girl. To this day, her session is still one of my best lit newborn sessions… I walked in to the house to find a sunroom just bathed in warm, beautiful natural light. I was in heaven. Before I knew it, we were planning her 1st birthday session… we were all about the location. In the meantime, beautiful baby Annabella was developing a little aversion to grass. Yes, grass. Did not want to touch it, have her bare feet on it, lay on it with a blanket - nothing to do with it. So what? She’s a baby – it’s new, it’s green, it’s itchy, there’s dirt under it - quite frankly, I don’t blame her for not loving grass at first sight. So we found a gorgeous location that gave us lots of beautiful backdrops… sans icky grass. And she was a happy girl.
Check out the daintily pointed toes – how adorable is that?
Did I mention her handsome big brother was there too?
Such a ham…
One for the wall…
A personal favorite… she was so exhausted after a long day of modeling…can you blame her for knocking out like this? =)
A fun family beach session to share today… getting outdoors in the summer sun, with a cool ocean breeze and their adorable toddler. Family beach sessions don’t get old for me… especially with a family this fun. Check him out in that last shot – he is positively soaked! They had been playing in the surf, jumping waves, and just plain goofing off. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!
And the winner is: Dean! Well, actually, Dean’s mommy. She won one of a few prizes I donated to the lifamilies.com Bridal Luncheon this year. When I donated a complimentary newborn session – I had no idea it would go to someone already expecting – so I put an expiration date of 2011 on the gift certificate. I was absolutely thrilled to find out it went to someone already expecting and very deserving. J & V, you are a lovely couple and now a beautiful new little family – congratulations again!