I am so excited to announce some really exciting news! You can now add products and your session fee to your baby registry! I have been trying to figure out how allow my clients to add my services and products to their baby registries for almost six years, and I finally figured it out!
There is a company called Baby List that will consolidate registries and allow you to add me to your registry. Here is the unique link to get me added to your registry: https://babyli.st/we-love/jamie-siever-photography Right now, you can add your session fee and also digital files, as well as gift certificates to spend with me like cash. Soon, I will be adding the gorgeous wood and metal hanging blocks too!
Also, I'm going to add some images to this post because blog posts are better with cute babies.
This is a 40cmx60cm framed wooden block, with the photo directly mounted onto a wooden block. The block and frame are both handmade in the Netherlands, as are all of my wooden block prints.
This handmade gorgeous block and frame also comes in a round version:
There are unframed blocks, too:
And, pre-designed wall groupings, with holes drilled for easy peasy hanging:
As you can see, I'm loving these new offerings I have but do not lose focus because you see pretty things; the big announcement is that you can add my services to your baby registry! (You can also consolidate registries from more than one store - which I think is also pretty big news, but maybe you knew that already. I haven't been baby registering for many years.) Use the link. Add me to your registry because you were going to have a session with me anyway, so now you can get it as a part of your registry. Get something you WANT not like, a wipe warmer. (But definitely get a breast friend pillow if you are breastfeeding. We used to use the pocket for the remote control. Have I said too much?)
I've had the pleasure of photographing the incredibly talented Myke Chambers for a while now - I've photographed him for a few magazine features about him in magazines like "Inked". Myke travels the world going to conventions and has worked in many shops around the country. So, it's pretty exciting that he has recently settled in Philadelphia and opened a tattoo shop of his own called Seven Swords Tattoo Company, where he has hired some of the most talented tattoo artists in the area. There was a feature being done on this amazing shop and I was lucky enough to be the one to shoot them for the magazine. I always love photographing Myke and it was an absolute treat to photograph all of these talented artists. Mostly because they had me laughing the whole time, but also because Philadelphia tattoo artists are among the most beautiful, interesting and fun subjects to shoot, and this group was no exception. They are gracious and kind, on top of being some of the best tattooers in the country. And, truly, these people are beautiful. I love how these photos look. Unfortunately, I didn't do any interviews with them so that you can get a look at who they are as people rather than just at their photos, because I love filling out the whole picture and giving you some examples of their work too. Should I do some interviews with these people?
You can often find Myke tattooing live here which is really interesting to watch.
I'm also including the links to their online portfolios so that you can check out their artwork. Many of them book a few months out so get in touch with them now to get on their schedules this year.
The little girl in the bottom picture is one of the very first babies I photographed, for free, in a prop hat I knitted myself. She is in first grade today, which kind of blows my mind that I've been at this for so long. I also kind of don't want to see those first photos because I know that I won't see how beautiful and tiny she is, but all of the things I did wrong and all of the technical flaws and be critiquing myself in my head. What's that about being our own worst critics? Naaah. Haha.
That young lady also holds the distinction of being the only time I've ever left a session in different clothes than the ones I arrived in. (I used to travel to people's homes before I had my studio). She pooped on me, as newborn babies who are naked are often wont to do. But it was like, ON ME. So, I went home in a pair of gym shorts and a tee shirt that were not my own and had to be returned in the mail. This girl is the reason I keep a change of clothes in my studio today.
Her younger brother was much kinder to me on his go around with being photographed - sweet and calm guy.
This guy was the same. Maybe he knows that the third baby in a family has to go with the flow a little bit more, or maybe that's just him, but he was just a chill dude throughout his session.
And, before I show you the beautiful photos of this guy, I'd like to reflect for a second on how very cool it is that I get to see a family grow like this. Meeting first time parents, meeting them again as second time parents, meeting the big sister now as a big girl - it's just so wonderful to chart their growth in photos and such an honor to be the one asked to do it now three times. <3 I truly feel blessed and lucky to have the best clients in the world, if not in all of Philadelphia and the Main Line.
Adorable. To schedule your own newborn session, click here!
Oh, how this post wants to pull me in three different directions! First, I will say about how much fun it was to see this family again, because I photographed their older daughter when she was a week old and it's a huge compliment to me when people come back to me with another baby. Second, it's such a treat for me to see how the one whose photos I took years ago has grown, is talking, has those adorable little baby teeth that look like mini chiclets, not to mention that I love seeing my new mamas and new daddies again! Third, I love that I got to see them again because they challenged me in their first session to come up with a way to incorporate their love of Crossfit, and to use a kettlebell in their first kiddo's session. Um, okay. Because those things go together so well? Except they DO! I came up with a concept I was happy with thanks to talking it out with a teenaged comrade of mine (teenagers are smart and are the future and I count myself lucky when I have a teenaged friend!) and we came up with this. This photo is my most pinned image ever. If you google "crossfit baby" this comes up first. And these parents LOVED it, too, which made my heart sing. I loved it as well. And it made me love creative newborn photography and incorporating a fun, meaningful "prop"py shot or two into every session when possible. Third, I want to say that they did it again. They challenged me to come up with something showing their love of music. So, I give you, rockin' baby. Possibly my favorite image from 2015. Definitely top ten.
But wait, there's more.
Beautiful awake baby. Love the gorgeous, bright eyes!
Of course, Mr. K needed his OWN "crossfit baby" shot:
Love this shot a lot. Because, piggies. <3
Here's hoping they have a third baby because they make beautiful children. <3 Thanks, J Family! To schedule your own newborn photo session, click HERE.
Genetics is a funny thing. When my kid was born, everyone told me how much they could see my husband. Oh, that baby looked like my husband, and on and on and on. I was like, "And here's me with a row of staples in my stomach, though. Nice." I felt like saying, "JUST LIE TO ME". So, I know how annoying it is. Yet, I feel like it's crazy how many babies come in and look just like their dads. I feel like recently I read an article about there being an evolutionary reason, but then I just googled and couldn't find it. That said, in my business as a delaware county newborn photographer, I see a lot of babies. They mostly look like their dads. Like 70/30 or more. Sorry, mamas. <3 I think evolution did us wrong.
That said, I was just looking at these photos to blog them and could not believe how much this baby looked like his dad. It's crazy, because I got to see them both at their maternity session (see here) and at this session, so I got to see the father twice. And boy. This baby is the spitting image (yucky idiom what the heck, English Language??!) of his dad. I sometimes think: Well, the mom likes how the dad looks most likely so that's good. :)
And, I'm thinking now I'm rambling, so I'm gonna show you some images from this super cute newborn session. Look at this amazingly beautiful mama. <3 She was so sweet and emotional when we shot these, because she was so in love with the baby. Thinking about it makes my eyes kind of leaky. This is one of my favorite parent images ever.
Little toes. <3 Love.
Little baby pants. And those long fingers. Babies captivate me!
We got to do some fun prop shots too!
Asleep on a cotton candy cloud. Sigh.
That's all for now, although I could post a million more favorites from this sweet session! Thanks, B Family!
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