I was excited to have another newborn to photograph. Both momma and I had tried for 2 months to do maternity pictures, but the winter weather just would not cooperate. She lived too far north and kept getting socked in with snow. So, we knew Riley's arrival date and scheduled it the first weekend in March. She was 7 days old. 2 days before I was to head up there, the weather forecast changed and they started calling for another ice/snow storm. I'll be darned if we were going to cancel again! So, we set a time and my window was about 5 hours to get out of there before the ice started forming. She arrived late, which I get as you are dealing with baby's schedule, but I had my window. And you cannot hurry a newborn shoot. Let me just say this...I have not seen such a tiny, curious, wiggly, WIDE AWAKE newborn! For 3 hours we tried to get her to sleep. She wasn't having any of it! She was watching what was going on and that was that. Well, we got some cute ones, and that's all that mattered!
I just wanted to kiss on her. She was so sweet!
If you took the binky out, her fingers went right to her mouth!
So attentive...just watching.
I just love this! You would never think she was 7 days old!
Finally getting sleepy, but very wiggly!
One of my favorites. Of course we were done and she finally fell asleep. My luck. But it was time to go. About an hour after I left the roads were freezing. That's cutting it close!
Sometimes it's not about a fancy set up or matching clothes, but about capturing that moment in a busy day. I am blessed. Blessed with the love of my life...Thank You God for guiding me into his path 28 years ago...and blessed he is the father of our 2 awesome boys. For all our struggles the last few years, we ARE doing something right! Well mannered and polite, they will be heartbreakers! And those eyes just kill me.
Thank you for being an AMAZING dad! Happy Father's Day!
My little negotiator was hard at work this week. "If you take me to the creek mama, I'll "let" you take pictures." Hmmm, imagine that. Unfortunately for him, #1, I will only take pictures toward sunset and #2, this has been a really busy week for me. So he's been pretty bummed that I wouldn't go in the middle of the day...you know, when it's 95 freakin degrees outside WITHOUT the humidity...in the shade! It was still quite warm last night at sundown. But I was able to get him to hold still for a few minutes!
The light when we arrived. (Still about 10 minutes too bright, or if he wasn't so anxious to start fishing, I would have moved him a hair back into the open shade.)
The light when we left. A touch too dark without a reflector. Guess I can't have everything. ;)
Seriously, how sweet is she?! We didn't have too much time as she decided she wasn't into pictures, but we still got some good ones. Part of taking newborn pictures is knowing when to say when...either finish with what you have or reschedule. You're on their timeline!
I LOVE this one!
Just about at the end...she wanted nothing to do with me or a camera once she was awake!
We had nothing formal planned, just some baby pictures of sweet 3 week old Bella. While walking around the yard, I snapped some fun pictures of her big sisters. I love capturing more candid shots...fun, playful and natural...life.
A complete save...I loved this picture, but there were distractions, so I removed them so the focus was on the girls. I just wish I could decide which black and white I preferred. (I might do a before/after at some point) :)
Heading over to the raspberry bushes
I just love this...probably one of my favorites of all the pictures I've ever taken! "Sneaking" a raspberry while I hid behind a tree taking her picture.
We didn't want "cheezy" smiles, so we just told her to stand by the tree...
Last month I was asked to photograph a surprise party. It was for a friend and her daughter really wanted me to do it. I am NOT a flash person. I don't like flash because it (usually) causes harsh shadows. But I also know that it's needed in some cases...this being one of them since it was being held at a hotel. I borrowed my brothers "good" flash (mine's just a small one) and studied up on the "best" ways to handle low light and use flash to compliment. I think they turned out great, and won't be so "afraid" to take a job that will require flash again. These are a few of my favorites. (The one's where they are dancing, it was completely dark, other than the music (colored) lights.
SURPRISE! And she surprised us by coming in the wrong door!
These kids danced FOR HOURS...I'm not even sure they stopped for dinner!
And then it was time for bed!
It was nice to catch up with everyone that we haven't seen in a while. We "see" a lot of them on Facebook, but it's so much nicer to be able to sit down and talk. Until next time friends!