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.
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!
Mar 15 2017
I try my best to schedule baby milestone first year sessions at the previous shoot. Because we’re busy moms – we forget about this stuff… So when we scheduled Logan’s 6 month shoot, after his newborn session, I had no idea it would end up falling on Iditarod start day.
For those of you familiar with the Alaska Iditarod, it’s a super fun event! We love taking our kids when it’s not super cold – and the race starts just behind the studio. Which is great, if you’re at the studio early, and have your parking situated.
I however, completely forgot that it was Iditarod start day, until I was headed to the studio and the traffic was a nightmare. I realized my mistake when I was informed that the parking garage where our studio is located was completely full. Yikes! So I’m driving around trying to find parking, along with all of Anchorage, for another half an hour. Making me wretchedly late!
So of course, I’m frazzled and flustered and feeling just a little out of my element. And somehow Logan’s family was fully aware that it was the Iditarod start so they were well prepared and on time!
But fear not – this family is the coolest bunch of cucumbers. They are super laid back – chill and go with the flow. I quickly recovered my chill, just by being in the same room with them for 5 minutes – and we had a super fun little session.
Logan was probably the smiliest 6 month old I have ever encountered. So many babes have the stranger danger factor going by 6 months old – and are super interested in the camera, so they want to study it, and not smile. And certainly Logan was curious about the camera, but he was also SUCH a happy guy. I got some adorable grins.
He is also sitting up like a champ! The mid-year milestone shoot is really more about baby’s development – and sitting is definitely what we want to capture.
Feb 10 2017
Having your birthday during the winter months in Alaska is tough. It’s dark, it’s cold – the weather is unpredictable… Good thing we’ve got a warm and cheerful studio – amiright?!
One of the things I love about doing a grow up plan with babies is to incorporate things from the newborn session into the milestone and 1 year sessions. In this case, dad had some beautiful furs that I asked them to bring back. You can check out the deliciousness from Gabe’s newborn session here
1 Year sessions also capture so much personality in kids. Gabe is already walking with assistance, so he was checking out everything in our studio – and this was by far his favorite thing – just a yellow chair! Kids are easy to please… He found this rolling chair and pushed it right over to where we were shooting – basically, giving us this look – ‘hey guys – I’m ready for my close up!’ – and it matched his plaid shirt perfectly!
For those who don’t follow me on FB, a close second to my obsession with baby toes is my love of cake. I mean – who DOESN’T love cake?
Even though I don’t usually get to EAT any of the cake in a cake smash, I thoroughly enjoy watching babes get their mess on with some frosting. I guess I could snatch a bite off the floor after the babes are done, but thus far I haven’t been QUITE that desperate for a bit. I wouldn’t put it past me to do at some point in the future though.
Don’t judge me.
Also – little known fact – most kids actually don’t like cake. Or at least – they don’t like eating it. 4 out of 5 – 1 year olds really just want to play with it. Which is cool – they make a fabulous and fun mess and in general, have a fab time. But really – not much cake gets consumed.
And Gabe was no exception. I think he took one taste of his frosting – and that was about it. But boy did he LOVE making a mess! Like, LOVED it.
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!
Jul 06 2016
I was recently able to attend a phenomenal workshop on newborn photography with the lovely Bianca Hubble, from Atlanta, Georgia. She is such a master photographer! I learned some wonderful tips and tricks for polishing up my posing and workflow and was SO excited to practice that I did a little model call for some fresh little babes to practice with!
Little miss Darby Su was such a delight! I got to practice moving through several poses and props, and also, get a squishy baby fix!
Also – she didn’t pee on me. So there is that! I mean, don’t get me wrong – it happens. Almost every time… so honestly, I think I notice it more now when I DON’T get peed on!
My kids think I’m totally crazy – “mom – why would you choose a job where people are actually peeing on you!?” I know – it does seem to defy logic. I mean – when you put it that way – it does sound a little crazy… but then I just remind them that they peed on me too when they were babies, and I still love them – so – it’s ok. For babies. Only for babies. And now I’m off to add a clause to my session contract that includes immediate termination of any sessions where someone who is not a baby pees on me… oye ve… never thought of that one before!
Isn’t her little outfit adorable!? She showed up in that and I couldn’t resist getting a few pictures! SO cute!