One of the best things about when a family decides to do a maternity session is that I get to know them a little bit before we meet for me to do my thing as a Philadelphia baby photographer. At the maternity session, we chat, but the best part for me is that I get to listen. I get to hear about occupations, how Mom and Dad met or where they came to Philly from, or what they love about this area. It gives them the opportunity to mention a pose they love or a prop they've seen me use, or we can discuss what they can do with their two year old during the hours at my studio. Basically, we all get a little comfortable. Then, when they bring their sweet baby back, I'm always looking forward to seeing my new friends. (I have that syndrome where everyone becomes my friend. My mom calls people named Larry "Lar" within the first three minutes of meeting them. I love that about her. And, when a hairstylist or mustache waxer calls me Jame right off the bat, she has me. I love familiarity, not formality.)
Phew, that was a long intro to say that I had a maternity session with this darling family who moved here a year or so ago from Memphis. No accents, though. They didn't always live there. But apparently people from the south don't always have the accent I think they will.
Oh, guys. Mamas and their babies get me right *here*. Don't you love the look on her face? Can't you feel that new mama joy? <3 LOVE it.
White on white is a favorite pose of mine - and I love this profile and this way of wrapping that shows all the fingers and the toes.
Did we discuss that gorgeous head of hair on this girl? LOVE it!
Snug as a bug in a rug. Look how long those baby fingers are. I love noticing all the little parts. Someday she will be a big lady or even a second grader, or maybe even just a one year old and it's so cool to look at the parts that were already there from when they were a wee little one and how they've changed but even cooler, how they've stayed the same.
Cheese basket. One of my favorite props. I'm so lucky to have a sister-in-law who is an amazing antiquer with a fast iPhone to send me snaps of all the props she thinks I'll love. She's usually right! She was with this one.
And this one too. An antique baby scale. It's even accurate, we learned.
Thank you, H Family, for spending time with me and for bringing your baby to me and trusting me to capture these moments and toes.
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While I firmly maintain that one of the luckiest captures that you can have as a newborn photographer is a smile, I have to say that this "frown" is pretty darn cute as well.
Is it really a frown? I don't know. But it's really cute! Check back later when we discuss if baby smiles are really them smiling or gas. Spoiler: I don't think it's gas. <3
Also back wrinkles. Oh, man. I know it's because I'm so sentimental by nature, but when I look at those little wisps of her hair in the background, the roundness of her baby toes, and the round baby shoulder, it sort of makes me feel like crying. I'm that person who HATES to be told to "enjoy every minute" or something like that about their own child - not because it's condescending or presumptuous (which it is! Gosh, it is.) but because I worry that I can't. I worry that I'm not. I worry that I won't. Time is just that fleeting and your baby WILL grow up before you know it, right before your eyes, while you are washing the dishes and admonishing her to get her shoes on so that she's not late for school or driving him to soccer practice and laughing about "swarm ball" as my friend calls it when they play soccer really young. And that sort of makes me cry. Ok, not sort of, y'all.
And, we're walking, we're walking. No crying, nothing to see here. Well, yeah, there is. Cute baby ahead! Wearing a feather. In a basket. :)
And, a sleeping baby snuggling a pink bear. I can't think of anything I like more.
Enjoy your holidays, "enjoy your kids", every moment.
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I am a lot of things, like a funny person and someone who dances poorly, someone who is a pretty great baby photographer but is terrible with directions, for example. Organized is not one of those things. As such, it is a quality that I greatly admire in other people. So, when I got an email from a mama who was readying to have her fourth child, who was three months pregnant, I felt a mix of awe and envy. What together person does these things?!
When I got in touch with her, she was funny on top of it. Who is this rare creature? And, of course when we met in person, I adored her. Naturally. It was like hanging out with a friend and her baby, while I posed and photographed him and we oohed and aahed over how cute he was (because, really. Look below. that's a CUTE baby!). She brought her whole family back later on in the week and there were more adorable people that she had made.
Bear ears hat is one of my favorites. And this set is one I always use because it's so sweet and pure and I love the texture of the fluffiness too.
Look at those cheeks! Those lips. That hair. Anyone who doesn't want to kiss this baby makes no sense to me.
If there is anything sweeter than a newborn smiling, I don't know what it is. I always say, "If you hear me clicking away like a fool, rest assured your baby is smiling." <3
More ears. Plus a bear to snuggle? Yes, please and thank you. Plus, I love his fingers, how his little toe is peeking out a tiny bit, and his round little nose. Sigh.
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I love to go down the shore. Since I was a little girl, I've been heading down the shore with my family for weekends. I'm a beach girl. This summer, my family spent a month there, and I believe that it is beautiful, fun and awesome. I love that we have a beach this awesome a hop, skip and a jump from Philadelphia.
I knew that I wanted to photograph some families while I was down the shore - on the beach, of course! I forget how much fun it is to be a beach photographer during the year and then make up for it shooting lots of families in the summer. And, these are some of my favorite beach images, both from the summer and also that I've taken at the beach. I used a wide angle lens and I'm pretty sure I'll never not use it on the beach again. (Uh, double negative, right? Pretty much I mean I'm always gonna use it, peeps. It rocks.)
This family had me hysterically laughing the whole time. Funniest parents ever - but OMG, the older daughter. She slayed me. So funny! We got a gorgeous night and I am loving how beautiful the sky is.
Iconic. Ferris wheel from the Ocean City Boardwalk and a gorgeous twilight sky. Look at that face on Baby Brother. Such a sweetheart.
Not a drop of Photoshop here - dogs were looking, people are all this gorgeous, and the sky was that gorgeous blue with a smattering of those pretty thin clouds. Swoonworthy.
Beautiful light, beautiful family. Love this so much.
Dawgs and Dawtas - No big whoop! (Linda Richman 90s reference - this really actually IS a big whoop!)
I had so much fun with these awesome families. The beach in New Jersey is amazing - I got to laugh, see families love on each other, crack each other up, play with their dogs, and generally be themselves. If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times - but I am truly lucky because I have the best clients there are!
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.
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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.