Durham Photographer- Children, Family, Newborn, Maternity & More

Friday, June 16, 2017

Style | Durham, NC Newborn and Milestone Photographer

For a while now I have said I wanted my style to be more neutral when it came to colors  and while still posed, I wanted more of a lifestyle feel. In the last several sessions I am finally seeing my work go in the direction I have envisioned for a while now.  I told Amanda I think it stemmed from not only my desire to be better and be me but from having so many boys lately and not relying on props to make my galleries have more dynamic. Rather, relying on light, angles and the baby.

I still always ask parents if there are any colors they want to incorporate, but at this point I feel like I am being hired for my art and my art is my style. I will still use your headbands or outfits for a few shots, but overall I want to give you my work. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

{safety first} durham, NC newborn photographer

I am pretty certain all of my clients know how important safety is to me. However, a grandma came along this week and the look on her face when Amanda and I started posing baby in this pose was pure fear. She then asked if I was planning to get the baby to stay like this on his own. The answer... ABSOLUTELY NOT! I cannot stress this enough. I have posted this several times but I want to be sure everyone is clear once again since the fear was sparked in my home studio this week.

If you have a photographer who says that is OK, please do not let them. I am begging you. I have invested in an assistant for this very reason. Yes, technically, they could be in the position to somewhat "hold themselves up" but that is still NOT OK! Babies jerk and jolt and could easily and in a split second come out of a pose. 

This is a composite. Two or more photos put together into one. We never ever take our hands off of the baby and if baby is uncomfortable in ANY pose, I stop immediately. 

Some babies do not like to be on their stomach and that gallery ends up not having belly poses. Some babies do not like being in props and they end up not having props. Some babies are awake in every shot... Every one of my newborn sessions is very different. I promise sweet images of your newborn but I do not like to make any promises ahead of time for certain poses. I will always attempt a pose if mom or dad has a favorite but I have never and never will force a baby to do a pose they are not comfortable in. Most babies will fall asleep if my prep guide is followed and we can get a lot of poses, but again... this is never promised. My sweet son is one of the babies who I have literally 3 "poses" of and the rest are more lifestyle because he HATED me trying to pose him. Sadly, I wanted this shot so bad of him and tried it many days in a row without any luck. haha.

If for some reason I do not have an assistant at a shoot, the clients will not get this pose unless they want to assist me in it and in that case I talk them through each and every step before we even start. 
Please know I always have your babies safety in mind FIRST. I have taken numerous online classes and workshops to educate myself on these poses and safety. This is not something someone should just "try" at home. Please please please do not do that.

Below are the original photos used to create the above image. What these images do not show are the soothing and setups before hand. So again, please don't try this at home.

Monday, May 22, 2017

I'm back!!

Hey guys! Thank you all for the wonderful support as I ease back into shooting as a mom of two. The transition has been going so well I am planning to keep it slow for now. I do have some openings so please do not hesitate to ask and if I don't have anything that fits your needs I can certainly recommend someone for you.

Meet Remi!

He is three months old now.

I absolutely LOVE being a mommy of two. It is far better than I ever imagined!!

Remi at 5 days old.

Riley and Remi (one week old)

My babies (Riley 5.5) Remi (3 months)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Maternity Leave Update

Hey there!! I am 37 weeks pregnant  with Remi Michael and {almost} officially on maternity leave. I had one last mini session today and two more session that had to be rescheduled that I will hopefully get to in the next week. If not, they will have to be pushed back a little bit after our little man makes his appearance. I am already itching to get back into the newborn sessions which thankfully I will have my own around to practice with while I am out! Riley is so excited to be a big sister. She has even made a countdown to my due date out of a paper chain. I have been feeling pretty good. I am very tired by the afternoon and pretty sore these days. I think my body is getting ready! I have had a good amount of Braxton Hicks contractions but nothing regular yet.

I am hoping to get back shooting as soon as possible once life settles down as a family of four and nursing gets into a good groove. I have one newborn scheduled for mid April but I am not opening anymore due dates until May at this time. If you have a May or June due date, please feel free to email me and we can get you on my calendar. I will also open up milestone sessions for mid May. Depending on how I am feeling- I may even offer some milestone mini sessions sooner to get myself back into the studio! I have not decided yet when I will be doing travel mini sessions but I am hoping my first set will be Mommy and Me in May around Mother's Day and I will post those to facebook as soon as I am settled and have a better idea of my schedule. I am thinking of doing them in the woods this year since they were in more of a field setting last year. They were by far some of my favorite ever mini sessions. I love the candid shots of mom with her babies!

If you have a session in mind, please do not hesitate to ask. The worst I can do is say no. I'm queen of last minute "Ok, let's do it!" sessions if they work out for you and for me! (I did one this morning with a request at 9am and shooting at 10am!) My sessions are all listed on the prices and packaging tab along with a link to the contract for you to read over if you have any questions. There has been one small change to mini sessions for 2017 but other than that I think everything else is pretty much the same.

Thank you all for all of your support in this adventure of mine. I love capturing all of your memories for you and I can't wait to share some personal images over the next couple of months. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

LSP Update and Maternity Leave

I am behind by 11 [ELEVEN!!!] newborns on my blog since my last post in July! I think I will do a baby photo dump right here for you because they were all fabulous!

How about a little update on LSP!!

I have hired Amanda on as a full time assistant now for all of my full newborn sessions. She has been amazing to work with and I feel like my sessions flow much more smoothly and efficiently! I am also training my amazing husband as a backup if her nursing duties get in the way of my sessions. You would be surprised, but he loves it!

I also wanted to share a little information on my maternity leave. Sweet Remi is due in February. I am not booking anymore newborns in advance after the first of December due to being big and uncomfortable and not likely able to get down into positions I need to get into for the shots I love. If you want to email me as your baby is born or closer to the due date in December or January, please feel free to do so and I will book you as I feel comfortable.

That being said, I *hope* to return to newborns and studio sessions fairly quickly. I will not be openly booking anything far in advance until I am comfortable but I will tell you now to not hesitate to ask! If I am feeling up to it mid to late March and you are OK with me possibly needing to take a nursing break, I say let's do it!   I can't stay away from these babies for long!

I will be booking milestone sessions in the studio through January and possibly the first of February. I will not be booking anymore travel sessions at this time until further notice. I am pretty much fully booked for 2016 with a few weekday openings in December. I will likely do another round of outdoor mini sessions in late Spring 2017 (read: Mommy+Me minis again!!!)

Thank you all for your support and hanging with me!

Enjoy my last several babies that never got a chance to have their own blog post!