When I say that spring is in the air, I absolutely do mean it in the form of new life. Baby T was born and welcomed into his family last month and they are so so excited to have him home!
A beautiful day, a beautiful location (one of my favorites in town), perfectly cool weather is the recipe for a great family photo session. I met this family at Goodwood Plantation and we walked around taking photos along the way.
Spring is my favorite time of year for family photos. The light is bright and cool, the weather is perfect, and looking back at your spring session pictures will instantly brighten your mood. I did a mommy-and-me spring session when my son was 4 months old and it remains one of my favorites. Naturally, the mama/baby photos in this session are near and dear to my heart.
You need these. To make them accessible, I’ll be offering SPRING MINI SESSIONS and will announce them in the next week. Follow my facebook page to hear specifics and dates. They fill so fast.
This handsome man is my husband. He stands by my side and watches our kiddos on Saturday mornings while I’m out doing my craft.
Funny story, one of our first Valentines Days, he picked me up to go out to dinner. He was dressed nicely and I answered the door to him with his hands behind his back. Honestly, I was expecting flowers, because, well Valentines Day. When he pulled his hands out from behind his back he was holding…. a bucket of vegetables nestled in tissue paper. I didn’t really know what to think. Typically a girl expects flowers, or chocolates, or some other pretty gesture. I’d never put it together that we link these things because we think something along the lines of, “these flowers are pretty. He thought of me when he picked out these flowers. He thinks I’m pretty like these flowers are pretty.” I realize that reduces the appearance of my thought process down to something embarrassingly simple, and I have not excuse for that. I’d never analyzed before why I wanted flowers for Valentines Day.
HIS thinking was quite the opposite. He wanted to show me a thoughtful gesture, not like all those other dudes “running by Publix on their way home to pick up some flowers for their wife or girlfriend” (I’m guessing he assumed this appeared thoughtless to be done so last minute and without planning on their parts). No, he wouldn’t be like them (although he was because he was in Publix to get flowers when he decided he thought he’d be lame to do the same as every other guy), so instead, he selects various veggies that he knows I’ll be able to use for cooking, because he knows I like to cook. There are obvious flaws in this thought process, but in hindsight I can’t fault him for trying. The day he gave me this bucket of veggies, I didn’t think of any of that, 19 year old Sarah only saw, “veggies. Vegetables aren’t pretty. He doesn’t think I’m pretty.” (also a thought process full of obvious flaws, but… you know, 19 years old). I can remember literally chocking back tears as I tried to tell wether or not he was serious with his gift. When he looked at me with such care in his eyes, I realized he was. I had a hard time chocking back tears all evening. We ended up having a lovely dinner at a local restaurant.
A few months later I finally told my best friend about his gift. I’d been too embarrassed to share it in fear of what she would think of him. I know he meant well, but I just couldn’t help but have been hurt by it. I eventually told him how it made me feel and we moved past it.
As a gesture of proof at how far we’ve come since those early, emotional, naive days, he jokingly includes the ugliest root vegetable he can find along with beautiful flowers each Valentines Day. We laugh realizing how young were were, how ridiculous we were, how much life has changed, and how unimportant that event was in the grand scheme of things. ❤
Ava, this year is going by entirely too fast! HOW are you already 9 months!?! You have beautiful blue eyes and the softest head of baby hair. You mama and daddy had better be getting ALL the kisses they can!
I can’t wait to see you in three months!
What can I say? This family is so dear to me. I met them when their two oldest were infants and I had a baby their same age. We’ve been through this season of life together. All that motherhood has to offer, it’s ups and downs, joys and sorrows, frustrations and triumphs. It’s such a journey.
Years ago, as a new mommy, I prayed specifically that the Lord would provide a family, likeminded in their parenting, with children the same ages, who would all get along together (and oh, boy, the stories I could tell), to go through this life with. I prayed for a deep deep fellowship. I needed it so badly. It never ceases to amaze me just how perfectly He answered that cry of my heart. Seeing these images of these five, a bed full of precious children, with another one inside, brings so much joy to my heart. Ya’ll, God is so very good.
B&B, you are blessed beyond measure.
Sweet little Samantha was 14 days old at her newborn session earlier this month. She fit so perfectly in my arms. She was a petite, and in her mama’s words, “Weights almost 6 pounds – tiny little thing.” That she was. Tiny and perfect.
What an angel baby.
This little man is growing so fast. He is a charmer and has the most attractive little dimple in his right cheek. We took his 9 month baby plan pictures at Oven Park.
Things are looking so beautiful there right now. It makes me want to photograph some sweet mama-baby snuggle sessions like the one I did with my own, little Reider last year (thank you Ais Portraits).
I have some availability this month to squeeze in a few mini sessions if any mamas are interested.
- $150 for a 20 minute session and digital file downloads (10-15 images)
- Dorothy B. Oven Park.
- Weekday mornings only during the month of March.
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to photograph some of you mamas with your tiny ones! They grow so fast and I absolutely cherish the pictures that I have of myself with my Reider when he was 4 months old. You will never regret it! Contact me here and we’ll get you and your tiny one on my calendar.
Great news! Mini sessions are back! Last year’s Christmas tree farm sessions were such a hit and have been so heavily requested, that I’m excited to share the love and host mini sessions there again this November. Each Saturday in November, I’ll be at a different amazing location in town, starting with the Havana Christmas Tree Farm.
These are PERFECT for your annual holiday cards, updating your family picture, and watching how your kiddos have grown since last year’s family portrait. My style for these sessions is very casual. I make sure we take a solid family photo, and each of the grouping within your family that you’ll want. Throughout the entire 20 minute session, I’ll be snapping pictures of little moments that give your final gallery that blend of portrait and casual “lifestyle” session that is so real. These will be a blast. One of the greatest compliments I get from clients, aside from them loving their pictures, is that their session was fun! A fun session helps your kids personality shine.
- $30 session fee (due at booking)
- 20 minute session at Havana Christmas Tree Farm, Alford Park, Southwood Park, or Maclay Gardens (depending on date)
- online gallery of all edited images, at least 10 images
Mini Session package options, ordered online within your personal viewing gallery:
- 25 custom, double sided Christmas cards using images from your session: $50.
- Instant download of 3 files: $75
- Instant download all files (minimum of 10 images): $100
- Grandparents gift sets, 4-5×7” prints, 1-11×14” print: $100
NOTE: If you have your heart set on your session at the Havana Christmas Tree Farm and all the session dates are full, just email and we will make it happen. I can’t wait to see you and your kiddos this fall!
To sign up for a session in November, click the link above and select your date and time and I’ll send you an invoice.
This role of Motherhood is so much more powerful and beautiful than we all believe. Can you remember being small and scared and just knowing that everything would be okay if you just had your mom? It’s so much that mothers do, and so much that they are that makes them and their role so beautifully necessary. This series, a new mother beaming with joy for the little ones she’s surrounded with, so in her role, arms full of squirming, crying babies. I’m overwhelmed by it. If you’ve had the occasion to be in her role, you may be overwhelmed too. I find this series of images so powerful and moving.
Christina, thank you for allowing me to photograph another beautiful baby boy.
Happy Mother’s day to the mommies celebrating their first mother’s day with a new baby. Some of these little ones made their mama’s a mommy this year, while others of them helped make it sweeter by joining their siblings. To each of the mom’s represented here, for all you do: the diapers you change, the tears you wipe, the tummies you fill, cuddles you give, sweet shampoo you rub gently onto tiny soft heads, pacies you find in the dark, cheeks you stroke, socks you match, and the bounce-and-sway motion you’ve adopted in everyday life… your little ones are learning to trust you, to love you. You’re doing amazing work and I hope you are told it often. You are incredible, mama.
Happy Mother’s day.
And because I’m a sappy mess this year with a new little one of my own, I’m celebrating all those milestones along with you. As my mother’s day gift to you, please enjoy 50% off any purchases from your newborn, baby plan, maternity, or family session gallery taken in 2014/2015. If you’re gallery is no longer active, I’ll gladly reactivate it so you can take part in this gift. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know which gallery you’d like to order from.
*Mother’s day sale good until midnight, May 13, 2015.