May 17 2019
I love what a small town Anchorage is. I met Lindsay a few years ago with friends at a yoga retreat in Seldovia – and we invited her to stay in our “cabin” instead of alone in her designated tent. She is super sweet and funny and we all bonded over how terrible the flies were!
Fast forward to this past year – she announced she was expecting her first baby!! When she called me about doing newborn photos I was so stoked – obviously! BUT – it turns out – it was her mom who actually found my work and wanted to book me first! I photographed another darling girl earlier in the year, and the grandma’s were friends (love it!) – And of course Lindsay was A-ok with that. Seriously you guys – word of mouth is my best referral! I 100% gift referral credits to you too!
As we chatted about what might make Lindsay’s images extra special she talked about how her wedding flowers were Peonies and her due date was in the right season for them.
Side Note: Peonies are big here in Alaska. They grow really well in south central Alaska and there are actually several local Peony farms in the area! They are beyond beautiful and such a delicate iconic flower.
I was so inspired by the deep raspberry color – and incorporated it into her entire session. I have never been a “pink” type of gal personally – but these colors were calling to me and I loved the richness and depth.
Also – are they not just the most adorable family you’ve ever seen??
On one other note – I try to keep my newborn bookings to a reasonable number – as babies arrivals are unpredictable! Even though I had my July babies nice spaced on paper, this little lady came early, and my other July babes came late – and essentially – they were all born within 24 hours of each other! I truly think there is something in the tides/water/moon cycles that influences birth… I’m sure the hospitals would agree!
May 17 2019
Let’s talk about baby photography!
Listen you guys – when clients have Pinterest boards it can be intimidating for a photographer. We know that all the images you pin are amazing. A lot of times though, we honestly aren’t sure we can recreate those things for you! People forget that Pinterest is someone’s highlight reel. The best of the best, even for those photographers! They are inspiring and beautiful – for sure! And I love me some Pinterest boards! But it adds a whole level of pressure and stress when we have to live up to someone else’s work.
When Benjamin’s amazing parents came in for their consultation mom’s cell phone rang with, no joke, the Harry Potter theme song. I immediately knew we needed to incorporate some magic. They also talked about their Viking and Nordic background – and the color green. Absolutely no blue for their boy!
Side Note: Do you know it’s super hard to find newborn props in green?! I finally found this precious green sleeper from one of my favorite vendors – Photo Muffins after searching for ages!
What I loved about this family is that while they stressed the importance of elements in their photos – they were totally open to my interpretation and vision. They kindly brought in their Harry Potter collection (including the amazing box!) and then gave me that artistic license to create images that I was confident and comfortable with.
I love being able to capture images that are meaningful as well as beautiful. All great newborn photographers can pose and wrap babies – and create gorgeous pictures. This session is extra special because in addition to creating pretty pictures – we added meaning and history to them.
I’m already planning a Harry Potter themed cake smash in a year…
Apr 05 2018
I met Sophia’s mom earlier this winter. I fell in love with their family right away. Dad was deployed at the time, and Christina was desperately looking for a birth photographer to help capture the moments of Sophia’s birth that he was going to miss.
I mean – you can’t say no to that! My lovely photographer friend Sarah Beth, Christina’s neighbor, was hoping to capture it for her, but already had her own move date and new orders for Vegas. Obviously babies have their own schedules – and with her due date after the Sarah Beth’s move date, I agreed to be her back up! I got all my paperwork in order to get base access and I was ready!
The morning of St. Patricks day I woke up to a text from Christina. She was ready to head to the hospital! And Sarah Beth was still in town – for I kid you not – one more day!!
I definitely missed out on what sounded like an amazing birth experience – lots of Irish luck! But I know it was a beautiful note for Sarah Beth to leave Alaska on, and obviously I wanted to photograph this little girl – so we got them into the studio for a quick little newborn session.
As a St Patricks day baby I had to showcase some green for her! She is a gorgeous baby girl, with a gorgeous mom and an equally adorable big brother, who I know is completely in love with her!
It’s always such a fantastic feeling to know you’re capturing memories for a family who has sacrificed so much. I know dad is heartbroken to miss these first moments with his daughter – but he will have the images to always see how tiny she was, and how much she was loved from here first moment of life.
Feb 06 2018
I get some of the most beautiful Alaskan babies in my studio! Baby Amelia is setting the bar pretty high on the cuteness scale. And she was as sweet as she is lovely!
I was so excited to photograph this little girl on my newest Burgundy flokati – and paired it with the blush and cream tones to perfectly compliment her beautiful complexion.
I also really wanted to incorporate some of my Alaskan beach driftwood into her session – so we potato sack wrapped her in the Burgundy – popped her in a basket and added the white fur – and viola! Completely Game of Thrones!! Which I’m obsessed with btw – definitely one of my favorite images from the session! She pulls off the regal look effortlessly. Shooting with driftwood is definitely my new obsession. It has the most amazing texture to photograph!
Her big sister was also a dream – I mean, you never know how siblings are going to behave. My older daughter was NOT a fan of her new baby sister when she arrived home (‘when is she going back?’ was her first question… um… she’s not… sorry sis – better get used to it!)… so getting to capture a few snuggles and love from big sis is always the icing on the cake! As a mom, the rare snuggle pictures are some of my most cherished memories! It helps to look at them on days when they are fighting like cats and dogs…
So enjoy a few of her session images. She was all kinds of squishy, perfect baby girl goodness!
Aug 29 2017
Could this setup say Alaska baby any louder?
We’ve been spending the summer weekends in Whittier, Ak this year – and I am SO obsessed with beach combing! Alaska doesn’t have a lot of sweet sandy beaches – we have more of the rocky beaches, but there are some fantastic places to find driftwood – and really beautiful driftwood at that! So obviously – I thought – I MUST use this for some sessions! I love the texture an the lines – and thought it would compliment a sweet little babe perfectly.
The shells were collected in Seldovia, off MacDonald Spit, where there is a rare and lovely sand beach (because shells just get ground to dust on rocky beaches) and I went with lovely gray and white neutral nautical colors. I really didn’t want it to look busy – just textured and interesting. And so easy to compliment bean bag shots – with those same neutral colors.
Also – we’ve had such a rainy/wet summer here in Southcentral Alaska – those neutral, subtle colors just seemed to fit the mood.
And sweet baby Hollyn was a dream to photograph. She was sleepy and squishy and all things a baby girl should be. And mom looked freaking amazing – no one would know she had a baby a week ago!
May 22 2017
Newborn photography is a tough gig for shop-a-holics. We need ALL the colors! And all the props… My current obsession is wool curls. I’m a sucker for textures with babies, and these are so soft and lovely! I love the way the light hits them, and how the dyeing process creates such beautiful variations of color. I’ve been hand dyeing lots of them, but so far the purple is definitely my favorite.
Thankfully I’m not too shabby at fiber art. And I found a super sweet farmer in Lebanon, Oregon that I’ve been loading up on wool from. LOTS more colors to come!
Side Note: bonus to having the downtown anchorage studio space – LOTS more room for props! Although I think Shalem is going to have a panic attack if I bring in too much more… we are working on building out some storage space, but at the moment it kind of looks like a second hand store in here. Sorry guys!
Baby Emica had the most lovely skin tone – and all that dark hair! Purple was the perfect compliment to her dark features. Baby girl was a big fan of those wool curls and snuggled right in. I was able to get lovely macro images of all her precious little features – eyelashes, tiny fingers and toes and those sweet little baby lips!
She was a sweet, tiny little thing and she was a dream to photograph! So beautiful!
Jan 27 2017
It is so important as an artist to always be learning, growing and practicing. Baby photography is no different from any other art form – and the more we practice, the better we get! So whenever I have a new technique, pose, wrap or in this case, some new props and colors, I love to put out a model call to get into my groove.
Sweet baby Sarah came into the studio at 1 week old to let me dust off my holiday vacation rust, and photograph my new plum backdrop.
I fell in love with this color combo – the deep rich purples and bright spring greens – I’m a little bit obsessed with it.
Getting settled into the studio, like settling into any new space has its challenges – so having a few babes come in to let me practice the lighting and flow is a dream! But I’m loving having so much more space, and being in downtown Anchorage is so fantastic!
Now all I need is more storage for my bazillion props and blankets, headbands and hats.
(see what I did there…)
The toes! Oh those baby toes! I don’t know what it is about newborn feet but i always catch the cutest little detail shots of their tiny features.
And speaking of baby details – those squishy lips and squishy cheeks! Her little face is just so precious!
Dec 15 2016
I have been bestie’s with baby Logan’s auntie for ages. She is my person I call when I need someone to set me straight – or if I have a random opening in my schedule for a drink. She’s there.
So when Logan’s mom let me know the newborn photographer she used with her girls had stopped photographing babes, I was super excited to be able to create images of her newest baby boy!
And isn’t he just adorable?! He truly looks like a baby doll – i mean, those perfect little features! So precious!
Baby Logan gave me a run for my money. He was definitely not the sleepiest of babies. Sometimes littles one just have their own plans for their day. I am frequently asked the question by clients – what happens if my baby won’t sleep!? Well, I promise, even if your baby wants to stay awake, I will still be able to create beautiful photographs with you! You would never know that from our 3 hours session Logan slept for MAYBE 20 minutes. Because truly – that’s all I need!
I love all the blues we pulled into his session – that fluffy little nest kind of makes me want to curl up and take a nap too.
And since Grandma came along to hang out and help with his big sisters – we had to pull her in for a shot too!
Enjoy! And try not to catch baby fever looking at these… I dare you!
Sep 08 2016
I think I might say this in every post – but one of my favorite things about being a custom photographer is getting to know families and finding out what they are passionate about.
Being in Alaska, I certainly meet lots of clients who are passionate about hunting and fishing (i mean – it’s our way of life!) – and this adorable family was absolutely Alaskan! Not only is dad a fisherman, he can tie some mean flies! I think he was secretly stoked to be able to tie some really fun and colorful flies JUST for baby Emmalyn’s newborn session. And – I LOVE the images that we created!
Baby Emmalyn rocked her newborn photos – and I was so excited to share them!
Side Note: safety is ALWAYS a top priority for me. I’m a mom, and a super careful/cautious/safety police type mom. I live by the ‘better safe than sorry’ motto, especially when photographing little ones! Images where babies heads are straight up are almost always composite images! Dad was a great helper, and you can see on of the “before” images from this session over on my in studio info page. Because no image is worth any kind of injury to a baby.
I also love all the creams and neutral colors that we used – these newborn images will look beautiful anywhere!
Aug 25 2016
My adorable friend Sharon, from Elegante Light Photography was chatting with me months ago, at one of our Alaska Portrait Professional meetings about a favorite client of hers that was pregnant with twins! Sharon is an amazing wedding photographer, but asked if I would be willing to help her out with the newborn photography.
I was SO stoked! I don’t get to photograph many multiples, so the opportunity to do so is always exciting!
I hauled a car load of props to Sharon’s studio in downtown Anchorage, Ak – and I may have gone a little overboard – but I had so many ideas!
And she had cranked up the heat to inferno levels (ideal for sleepy babies! Less ideal for those of us used to normal Alaska temperatures) and we setup for the tiny little girls
Baby Charlotte and Baby Josephine were absolutely perfect. At only 4 days old they were so tiny, so sleepy and… well, perfect!
It always warms my heart to see how twins want to be near each other. They have such connection from being together from day one in the womb – it’s a beautiful thing.