From the minute I received her email, I desperately wanted to shoot this session for her. Sometimes, you hear someone's words and you know that you like them, whether it's the tone or that they tell you that they got your name from "The Googler", but this was the person who had referred them, one of my favorite Philadelphia tattoo artists, Tim Pangburn. (PS - tattooed parents, there is always a discount for you!) I was really happy when they did book their session with me! Then, they arrived and I fell in love with them and their adorable baby too. I loved chatting with them about everything from why the chute at the Broad Street Run sucks to their cool bunny nursery wallpaper by Hunt Slonem. (Sorta sad I didn't get to shoot their nursery though...)
I will let you in on a little secret right here that there is no way you might already know if you follow this blog or read my Facebook page at all (haha, read that sarcasm, please) - I am a little neurotic. So, before every newborn session that I shoot, I write out a "set list". This is a list of my notes, including which props I will use, which poses, which wraps/hats/headbands, what angle I would like to remember to get, tuck that wrap or leave it flow behind, which little foot to put in the front, etc. (It's really exhausting in my brain, peeps). Sometimes, I'll just make little suggestions to myself, e.g. "bracelet with rivets?" And I love when I remember to bring out that bracelet with rivets (doesn't always happen since I don't actually consult that list. Ugh, don't ask me to explain my crazy! I do use it to prep my sets the night before...) and the parents do a little "Squeeeee! Look how CUTE THAT IS."
Like when I brought out my baby Harley jacket. And studded leather bracelet. And "mom" tattoo hat. I was happily clicking away and we were all giggling at how CUTE this was.
And, then we did this. Look at that smile. This boy knows how loved he is! Also, please take note of the awesome Tim Pangburn tattoos.
I want to stop posting all of these adorable photos but I can't. Because there is something I adore about all of these. Bunny snuggling, smiling, cute as a button bundled up little babies.
Baby jeans you guys. <3 Okay, I'll stop.
I love doing cool newborn photography. I love coming up with ideas that fit with who my clients are. If you want to book a newborn session with me and you have something fun to incorporate, or you just want great photos of your baby, click here and let's get it done.
I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet family because of a serendipitous relationship between my family and their family. Vague enough for you? Haha - otherwise too many extra words are required to simply say these dudes are lucky to come from an amazing family of thoughtful, caring, lovely people. And those adjectives really don't do this family justice.
When I saw how adorable this big brother was, I knew a sibling shot HAD to be done first, to ensure that this was going to happen. He was super easy to work with and so cooperative, this little darling, that there was nothing to worry about. Big Bro is so in love with his baby.
And, look at those eyes!
Sleepy little sweetheart. He was happy to get to snooze! What a dream.
Thank you, R Family. It was my pleasure!
One of my favorite things about my studio is the ability to meet in my studio for a quick milestone mini session. Whether as a part of a baby plan or an add on later to a newborn session, I am loving seeing the little babies I met in my studio as newborns grow.
I recently met this handsome little fellow one morning for the occasion of his six month session. What a treat it was! Not only is he sweet and adorable, he was beaming his million watt smile everywhere. Just a happy, darling little guy! It was so much fun to have him - I almost didn't want to let him go!
Check him out, smiling and leaning in. He was so happy and sweet. I remember him being darling and chill for his newborn session but this dude was oozing charm and personality for days!
Happy guy? Check!
Just full of smiles. I'm not kidding - it was hard to look for shots where he wasn't in full on joy mode. Sweet little man!
Love this little classic outfit too. Overalls and a red striped shirt on a little man is perfection to me! Simple and timeless.
Norman Rockwell baby. You guys. Look at this baby! I want to eat him up!
This smile. Oh gosh. I can't even!
This kid has potentially spoiled me for all other milestone sessions. Will every baby be as happy as he is? That's okay - because I've never laid eyes upon a six month old baby that was not "eat them up adorable"! Click here to set up the six month milestone session for YOUR six month old!
Being pregnant to me felt a lot like standing on a precipice - I did not know what was to come, but I knew that it was something amazing, something obviously life changing, and something exciting, but you just don't know how much you are going to love this little one, you actually can't imagine it until you are holding them, because you have absolutely never felt this way about anyone before. Pregnancy and parenthood is a wild ride. All the quotes you read about your heart walking around outside of your body are true, but for me it was more like when Dr. Seuss says about The Grinch that "his heart grew three sizes that day".
That's what I love about maternity photographs. They capture who you are then, who you were, in the last moments before you change and grow three sizes of heart and get inducted into the club that you never knew was sort of the most amazing club ever. Well, that and that I think the pregnant form, as I am sure I have said here before, is amazingly beautiful. It's the expectation, yes, but it's also knowing how amazing the human body is and the beauty of growing a life inside of your body. Like, what? That's crazy that we do this thing. And, it makes you glowy and beautiful, even if you don't always feel that way.
When I met this little family, since I am a shallow and small woman, I was so excited, because THAT. DRESS. RIGHT? I LOVE it and it is perfect perfect for maternity photos. It was even more lovely in the gorgeous location we chose to shoot these photos. And, because the woman wearing it was so beautiful and lovely too.
I give you these gorgeous photos, in this gorgeous location, of this gorgeous form and dress and phew, life really is beautiful.
Couldn't help but get creative in such a spot. This location is SO gorgeous.
So in love with this location!
Congratulations! Can't wait to meet your little one.
I knew this was going to be a fun session when, at my first conversation with the mom to be, she gave me a challenge, thus: "My husband saw a really funny newborn photo and now he wants to think of something funny to do." Hmmm. I like a challenge! There was no Star Trek convention, no Dr. Who geekery, though, from which to work. What I came up with didn't work out exactly (those wily babies never seem to do exactly what is planned), but we came up with something that I think is pretty awesome. I present: Harley-Davidson Biker Babe. Yes, that is a baby in a pair of jeans and a Harley jacket. I am only sad that we did not have baby sized motorcycle boots, but I do think this is one of my favorite images ever.
One of my favorite parts about being a newborn photographer is the people with whom I get to work. I am the luckiest photographer in Philadelphia, I swear, because the best people seem to find me. This guy's parents had me cracking up at their stories about how they grew up in a small town, with parents who were friends, and they were friends as kids too. Their little town actually sounds pretty awesome.
I love this one too. My sister in law M A D E (yes! she is that crafty!) me this hat. Just another way I am so lucky. I love this photo so much. <3
I love this little face. Those features. They are just perfect!
So sweet snuggling up with a bunny.