I was looking back at some of the family photography sessions I had in the past couple of months. It’s been so hectic, especially during the holidays, that I didn’t get a chance to post and share a lot of them with you. This is one of those sessions.
This wonderful couple had to go trough a lot of challenges to have little Jacob, and this was their first official family portrait session. I hope you enjoy their beautiful slideshow and images.
This is baby Ethan. His mommy actually won his newborn photography session at the Los Angeles Mom Expo event and exhibit back in November. She was one of over 300 mommies who entered to win. She was very excited and told me that she never won anything before. I guess this little bundle of joy is her lucky charm 🙂
This baby boy has a few pilots in his family. His own daddy used to be a pilot. So an aviation set up was highly requested by his parents, and the little pin that he is wearing on his hat was his great grand-fothers. It’s so much fun adding personal items to the set up, especially when they have this much history.
This newborn photography session was for precious 12 day old baby Charlotte. She is the second baby-girl in this beautiful family, and I had the pleasure of capturing newborn portraits of both their little girls. I met Charlotte’s sister Nicolette for the first time 2 year ago for her own newborn photography session. Now she had the big responsibility of holding her brand new sister safely in her little arms, for me to photograph them together for the first time. And she did a wonderful job!
As for little Charlotte, she was fighting her sleep in the beginning of the session. I think she wanted to show me who the boss is 🙂 But once she did fall asleep, I captured these sweet peaceful images of her. I think she’s going to rule the world.
Such a beautiful, kind, and fun family! This session started up by being a one year and a cake smash baby photography session for Giana’s first birthday. But since Zuzana is expecting, we decided to do a family session and in the meantime capture this beautiful milestone in their lives. At that time, their family and friends didn’t know that they are expecting a baby-boy. I was one of the first to find out, and I was so excited, that I designed a little announcement card for them to post on their Facebook page. It said “It’s a boy.” Cute! Don’t you think? 🙂 You can see the card in the images below.
Can’t wait till their newborn photography session. When I meet the family while they are expecting, meeting and photographing their newborn is very special to me.
I must say, 2014 has been a wonderful year! I got to photograph some beautiful kiddos and families, presented at different exhibits, met some wonderful people, and most importantly had an incredible time with my family! In fact, one of the images of the year for me is the fist one below. I finally had the amazing pleasure of photographing my niece and nephew this year, as they visited us from Russia. That is my little nephew Tigran. I will have a separate post for you of my nieces portraits, as it was a completely different session, quite a glamorous one 🙂
And of course these are some of the portraits from my now annual Holiday Mini Portrait Event. This year Kids Cottage Furniture store decided to join me for the event and we had it done at their store. It was very fun and hectic. I had two portrait set-ups. Children’s holiday set took me hours to put together, and I ended up falling a little in love with it LOL It reminded me of the movie Frozen. I think it turned out very beautiful!
I got to photograph a lot of kiddos for this event and a few families. Several people from last years event came back this year as well. It was great to see familiar faces. Maybe this will become tradition for them 🙂
I hope 2014 has been a wonderful year for you as well. I am wishing you an event better 2015 with lots of wonderful surprises! And I am looking forward to seeing you and your little ones in front of my camera this coming year! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I asked my friend Michelle Smith, owner and founder of Embracing Babies, Certified Postpartum Doula, and Sleep Coach, what advice she would give first time parents. She wrote this wonderful article for me to share with you all:
Congratulations! You are pregnant! Or, maybe you just had a baby. You have read every book with the terms baby, pregnancy and birth in the title and in some ways you feel more prepared and in other ways you actually feel more overwhelmed than before. One book tells you to co-sleep, the other tells you to keep that baby next to you in a crib, the third says put baby in the crib on the first night. One book says let your baby cry it out, the next book says never let your baby cry. The problem with all of these books is that they often times disagree with each other leaving the person reading more confused after putting the books down than when they picked them up in the first place.
Here’s the thing, too much of anything is never a good thing, information included. As a Certified Postpartum Doula, I have come across hundreds of moms who have memorized quotes from several books and come to me with more questions than the moms who sort of just “wing it” or go with the flow of things if you will.
The truth is, there is no right or wrong way to do this. Pregnancy is your journey into parenthood and while books are wonderfully packed with information, they are instantly out of date once printed, they don’t update themselves with new studies as they come out, and they have never met you or baby.
You see, one size doesn’t always fit all. Sure, there are blanket statements that can be true for many, and statistics are based on facts, but even still… You are the only you there is, ever was, and ever will be. The same goes for your baby. So, what should you do? Follow your instincts primarily, add a healthy serving of research and reading, and lastly- don’t be afraid to ask a professional for help. If you always do your best, and ask for help when it’s needed…You will not go wrong. You are going to be the exact mommy / daddy your baby needed. You will learn as you go, and your baby will love you every step of the way.
~ Michelle Smith IAT, CPD
A little more about Michelle Smith~ In addition to being the owner and founder of Embracing Babies, is a Certified Postpartum Doula, Sleep Coach and Postpartum Doula Trainer. Michelle also writes educational articles for birth and postpartum magazines. Michelle’s past experience includes being a high profile, professional nanny for over 14 years. She is a member of ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association), and INA (International Nannies Assoc). She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA but travels to clientele both in and out of the country. Michelle can be contacted by visiting her website: www.EmbracingBabies.com
People used to fear losing their most prized possessions including photographs to a fire or a hurricane. Nowadays you could easily lose your favorite images to a virus, phone in the sink, bad camera card, or by just forgetting where you saved them in the fist place. In the past few years digital technology has grown so much that now everyone has a camera in their pocket. And there are more images now taken in one day then there used to be in the entire year. However many of us still don’t take the time to properly save those images and protect ourselves from the pain of losing them.
I hear too many horror stories from people who lost their images because a camera card got corrupted, they dropped the camera in the water during vacation, their phone got lost/stolen/ damaged, computer caught a virus, or their child dropped it, and a recent shocking story: a family member accidentally synced another’s phone with his/her iTunes.
So, here they are, 5 ways to protect your digital images. The more of these practices you put in action on regular basis, the more protected your images will be!
1. Don’t keep your photos on your phone or camera Please download your images off your phone and camera card as often as possible! I do it after every session. I know it’s my job, but it is also my fear. There are different ways to save your images to a computer. Most people use the softwares that support your phone or camera. You can also use a card reader for your camera card, connect it directly to your computer, and copy the images over. The last one is my favorite way of doing it. Just find a way that works for you and make it a habit.
2. Organize your images Keep all your images in one place on your computer. Don’t make multiple folders for different sets of images on your desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders. Keep them all in one place, in one folder, and make subfolders to organize them. If you have them in different places on your computer, you will forget where they are and might leave them behind when changing the computer, or accidentally delete them.
If you use a software to download your images from your camera, like iPhoto, take a little time to watch a tutorial for it on YouTube so you know well how it works, and know exactly where that software stores your images on the computer (iPhoto, for example, stores them in the iPhoto Library in the Pictures folder.) Try not to use different methods to download your images. If you do, they will end up in different places, you might have duplicates, and might get confused and delete some images when trying to organize them. If this is where you are now, dedicate an afternoon to find all the images on your computer, put them all in one folder, organize in subfolders, and only then delete the duplicates. And don’t be shy to ask a friend if you need help figuring it out.
3. Back up, back up, and back up! And I will say it again, BACK UP! Very few people I talk to back up their images, and some don’t know how to do it. This is very, very, very important. You can not rely on one piece of equipment, wether it’s your computer, phone, or anything else. It’s not the matter of IF it fails you, it’s the matter of WHEN. The easiest way to do this, is by using online file back up services. Just google “on-line computer backup.” You can back up your entire computer, and set it to automatically and regularly backs up your new data.
4. Lock up your images in a safe place One of my clients told me that she keeps the CDs from our portrait sessions at her safe deposit box. I though this was a brilliant idea. Now that you have all your images in one place, you can copy them on an external hard drive, or a jump drive, and keep it somewhere safe. Just go to Office Depot, Best Buy, Fry’s, or any other electronics store and ask for an external hard drive or a jump drive with enough capacity for your data. Plug in on-to your USB drive, copy the folders you want to back up, and keep it somewhere safe. Don’t forget to add your new images to it every month or so.
5. Print your photographs Printed portraits have been passed over for generations now. Unfortunately living in the digital age this seems to be becoming a dying art. But there is nothing more personal and homey in your place then a beautiful portrait of your children and family decorating your walls. Of course you don’t want to hang every photo you have on the wall, and this is when photo books come in. There are lot of websites that make photo books now. Some are beautiful fine art books, and others are more affordable. Imagine having a shelve in your home with a book for every calendar year. Pick a date every year to sit down, filter your images down to your favorites, and upload them to a website to order a book. To make it easier, delete the images you don’t like as soon as you take them or download them to your computer. You don’t need 10 versions of the same photo, you only need the best one.
There is nothing that helps us relieve the joy of a special moment more than a photograph or a video. I hope this helps you protect your images. By the way, these practices also apply to your family movies.
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This is little Droy. He had his newborn photography session when he was 10 days old. This adorable little boy was born 5 week early, but all cute and chubby at 6 pounds 🙂 He did very well during his portrait session. He got a portrait with his mommy, daddy, his older sister, and the entire family. And I enjoyed designing four wall portrait groupings with his beautiful images for their home. You can check some of them out at the end of the gallery.
This is little Hiba. She just had her first birthday, and she had a one year baby photography session with me to capture that special milestone. I met this little princess couple of months ago. She had a mini session with me then (the fist set of images are from that session.) But for her one year portraits she got to dress up in these beautiful traditional Pakistani outfits that her family sent her. And she wore them very well 🙂 Such a happy little model!
I recently visited Kai and Coleman and realized that I never posted their newborn photography session. I don’t often get a chance to photograph newborn twins, so had to share these images with you. It is so different from photographing a single baby, and so fan posing the newborn twins together. Definitely takes some patience and creativity, but double the joy when looking at the final images. They are almost 10 months old now and absolute angels. I have a picture with them on my Facebook page if you want to check it out 🙂
I also enjoyed so very much meeting their wonderful parents. They are very creative themselves and it’s always a pleasure being in their company. The boys mommy is a singer and songwriter, and it is her singing for their slideshow, you can watch it at the end of the portrait gallery. She also has an amazing life story and experience to share, and I hope you will get to learn about it on my blog one day.
Newborn photography sessions are such a blessing. I can never get enough of these brand new little cuties. Little Evan here was 9 days old when I photographed him. It’s so wonderful to capture the fist portraits of a newborn baby. And even more special, the fist official family portrait! That for sure will be a legacy for many generations.
The first stage is of course infancy. Newborn photography is very big, yet some parents avoid having photographed their newborn babies, thinking that they are too tiny and always asleep, so there isn’t much to photograph. However, those are the things that make this milestone so special. Think about it, the most adorable and precious pictures you have ever seen of babies were mostly of newborns. This is the shortest stage in our life, the very first moments of existence, it only lasts a few days, how would you not want to have beautiful professional images of it? This is the time when you should have close-up detail images of their feet, hands, eyelashes… and those adorable sleeping images of them in different curled-up poses.These poses can only be done with newborn babies of up to 10 days old. Why so early? Because only at this time they feel comfortable in those poses. They are also less sensitive to touch and sound, so they stay asleep longer and the photographer can model them into those adorable poses and capture some beautiful images. In about two weeks after birth baby’s physiology starts changing. They are not as flexible anymore and don’t feel comfortable in infant poses. They start sleeping less and become more sensitive to touch and sound. And may start getting colicky. These factors make a portrait session very challenging for both baby and photographer. Therefor, newborn photography sessions need to be done before the baby is 10 days old, or at most 2 weeks old. Some parent’s prefer to wait till the baby is three-four month old, but in my opinion, it’s not even necessary to have a professional session at that age. The babies are in transition for about six months after birth. During that time the portraits that can be captured of them are lying on their back, or on stomach pulling themselves up. It’s a good idea to have a mini session to capture them in that age, but a full session is not necessary.
The next stage is between six to seven months old, when the baby just starts sitting. Imagine this, all they can do is sit there, smile, and make all the cute and adorable faces they make around this age, and they can’t go anywhere! How great is that!!! This is when you can have a lot of fun. You can dress them up in different outfits, you can have shots indoor and outdoor, and have different fun setups. It’s also very easy to get their attention, they can’t crawl away to something that looks more interesting yet. This is the time to capture the baby giggling and clapping and doing cute and funny faces. This is also a great time to capture some adorable portraits of the baby in his or her beautifully decorated nursery. Sessions at this age can get very fun and creative.
3. One Year Celebration
Than you can skip a couple of months again to the one year session, when the baby is already crawling and standing, and you can have a very dynamic and fun birthday celebration session with a yummy cake. Babies are very active at this age, they want to explore, they are very fast and they are now standing! These pictures are all about catching the right moment!
You can have some creative indoor or outdoor shots and than let the baby go crazy and messy with a birthday cake. If you are having a party the same day you are doing the photoshoot, than you will probably have a nice fancy cake.
Of course you should include it in the pictures but remember to buy a back up cake for the fun images, because you don’t want to ruin the real cake and you must have the cake-face pictures. The back up cake can be small, and because it’s just for the baby, try getting something the baby will like the taste of, you want him or her to really dig into it!
As you see all these stages are different and worth having a professional session. When you think about it, it’s only three milestones in one year, but very important ones. The problem is, that babies grow up so fast, and being a parent takes up so much time, that many parents miss these milestone when they should have a professional session done. It makes me sad when a parents ask me “When is the best time to photograph my baby?” and they have already missed that time. Sometimes they have such a disappointed look on their face, it breaks my heart.
If you are working with a professional photographer, he or she must have a baby package that includes all those milestone, and you can just purchase that package and he/she should take care of everything, so you don’t miss out on documenting any important events of your babies life. Just make sure to take care of this before the baby arrives, so you don’t miss out on anything. Contact me if you are interested in my baby portrait plan and I will tell you all about it.If you have any questions, feel free to email me or post a comment. I will be happy to help you out. To see more posts and images please go to the recent posts. Explore my website to learn more about my Newborn Photography as well as Baby Child Family and Maternity photography services.
Remember baby Sara? I posted her newborn photography session back in November. She turned 7 months last month. That is the age when her sister Nella had her sitting baby portrait session with me, and their mommy wanted to have a very similar session for Sara. Similar down to outfits, props, and even poses. So these are the results 🙂 I combined few of their images for a fun comparison. I guess you can try and find 15 differences 🙂
The little star of this newborn photography session is adorable, 9 days old, baby Arabella from Oxnard CA. Her auntie got this portrait session for her as a birth present. And I must say, what a wonderful present! She will grow out of every piece of clothing and furniture, but she, her parents, and the entire family will always cherish these newborn portraits.
And for Arabella’s newborn portraits I used some of the cutest new headbands I got recently at a photography convention in Las Vegas, I think I’m in love with them 🙂
This is my adorable little niece (my cousin’s baby) little princess Eva. We had a one year old cake smash portrait session for her. I think this photography session was very appropriate for little Eva because her favorite words are “Nyam-Nyam” LOL and she pronounces it so sweet and loud, that you just want to keep feeding her 🙂 I love this little marshmallow!!!
At first she was a little shy about touching the cake. Then she got really into it, and pretty soon she was done with being the celebrity for the day, and so I captured her last shot which I call “no more pictures please” LOL
And a few shots from baby’s one year old cake table:
Having an outdoor family photography session, or a baby photography session, with kids that are about one and a half years old is usually a lot of fun. They just love to explore things, and so that’s how my favorite portrait of baby Flynn happened, with her hugging the bench and sticking her thong out LOL I just love that image 🙂 And the one of her giggling in mom and dad’s arms, is just precious.
Family portrait is like a time capsule. And I am so happy to have captured these beautiful moments for this wonderful family.
Please meet this baby portrait session‘s little happy and fashionable star – baby girl Hayden. I got so much energy from her giggling, clapping, and dancing, that I wanted to keep her for myself 🙂 She is like a little happy energizer bunny radiating love and joy! And she looks so much like her beautiful mommy Vanessa, who had a maternity photography session with me when she was expecting Hayden. You can see her maternity portraits by clicking HERE.
Now I hope you enjoy Hayden’s images. Be careful her smile is contagious! 🙂
Baby photography sessions are always fun! I don’t only get to enjoy all the cute faces babies make, along with the clapping and giggles, but there is also a great show behind the camera, as the entire family is cheering for the baby, making funny faces and silly noises LOL Alex’s session was no exception. His mommy, aunt, and grandma were very fun to be around.
And of course to remind you, Alex is the adorable winner of this years Cutest Kid Contest, and this portrait session was his prize. I love how vibrant his portraits turned out. Alex’s mommy did a beautiful job putting together the nursery, and she got some adorable outfits for Alex to wear for the portraits.
Watch the slideshow in the end to see more of his adorable images.
It’s been a while since I posted on my blog. I’m sorry! I fell a little behind. I hope to if not catch up, at least be able to go back to my routine of posting once a week.
I would love to share with you the images from this children’s portrait session I had in the winter. These little girls are Kayla and Khloe, they are first cousins and were born one month apart. The reason why this portrait session was special to me, is because I used to work with Khloe’s mommy very closely many year ago when I was a bookkeeper. I also knew Kayla’s mommy, and both their daddies. It’s been many years since I’ve seen them, and now meeting them with their cute little girls and having a portrait session with them, felt like a little family reunion 🙂 Of course there was a lot of catching up, a lot of fun conversations about the old days, and it brought up lost of memories.
And of course it was very fun photographing these goofy little girlies 🙂 I hope you enjoy their portraits and their beautiful portrait video.
I always say that I am very blessed to be able to do what I love, and part of that blessing is photographing newborn babies. Capturing the delicate beauty of a little newborn who just came into this world is truly priceless. These moment only last a few days, and helping remember them for a lifetime is simply amazing. Their fist days of life, their beautiful little features, how tiny they are in their parent’s hands, and how lovingly their mommy and daddy are looking at this little newborn bundle of joy, are such wonderful things to capture in photographs.
This little nugget, I had the pleasure of photographing, is newborn baby girl Giselle. At 9 days old she already knew what she wanted and tried posing for herself. I have to say, she did a very good job, especially in the smiling portrait! Those are all her moves in that image, and it’s one of her mommies favorite newborn portraits of her. Her mommy and daddy are very sweet as well. It was such a pleasure meeting them during this very special time of their life, and capturing their very fist family portrait!
Victoria, baby Giselle’s mommy, wrote a testimonial about her experience during their newborn portrait session with me. CLICK HERE to read it!