When Velvet initially contacted me to schedule a maternity session, we discussed doing an edgy, urban maternity session. I had grand ideas for shots in front of a graffiti wall in Philadelphia. (Anyone want to do this? I'm full of ideas!) A few weeks later, she wrote me back with a new idea - a horse farm. Initially, I worried that I might not be able to produce a horse farm for us to use. Then I got resourceful, when I remembered that the greatest little horse lady in Pennsylvania has been a friend of mine since I was babysitting her oldest child when I was eleven years old. She had an orange Camaro, let me listen to Michael Jackson's brand new album, Thriller, and I watched little baby Shash while she rode horses. When I contacted her, she was a GO! So, we headed up to Chunk O' Heaven Horse Farm in Newtown Square, where Mindy Chernoff is not only a skilled horseman but a spiritual advisor as well.
We looked over all of the horses, and selected one to use for the shoot. Only problem was, this one chose my client. The horse seriously came out to her after we'd chosen another horse that we were going to use. The other horse really didn't even look over at us, but Vitonne was smitten.
I have to stop this little love fest to mention one thing: I'm scared of horses. Like, terrified. I don't want to get stepped on, bitten, or, well, breathed near. These things are DANG BIG and could put a hurtin' on little old me with a quickness. That created quite a few laughs when I was trying to back away from the horses (uh, note to self: electrified fence). Mindy tried to tell me to be calm and breathe. Not really my thing. But, man. Velvet sure does know how to be around a horse. She was so gentle and still, and the horse was looking at her with love in his eyes. So was her husband, actually. She's pretty engaging - beautiful, quiet, sweet, quick with a laugh. Watching how enamored of her the horse was was a pretty incredible thing to do. He kept pointing his head toward her belly with such tenderness.
I feel really honored that I got to help create these photos - it truly was a group effort with Mindy's amazing coaching, Velvet and Page's incredible calm, and me documenting it all. These are some of my favorite maternity photos to date - these clients were the best! I have to say, even the horse part was kinda fun. To schedule your own maternity session, even with horses, click here.
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I was watching The Lion King this morning, and this scene, when Rafiki takes the baby and the beams of light are shining down on him, I was like, "OMG! I know that feeling! It's totally how I feel when the parents hand their baby over to me."
Then I went and made this. :)
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I've known this sweet baby's family forever. His family are the closest friends of my dear aunt and uncle. I've known his dad since he was a silly kid, playing with my cousins.
As I've gotten older, I've gotten to know this family better. I can say without a doubt that they are some of the kindest, most selfless and thoughtful people I have ever had the pleasure to know. One thing that sticks out in my mind as I think about this baby's grandparents and young uncle is when my grandmother died. They were at my aunt's house with food for all of our guests, heating and serving and keeping trays full. They didn't leave until every dish was cleaned and every scrap of food given away or wrapped up. His uncle may have been 20 at the time. AND. This boy's mama was watching my son so that I could attend the funeral. Selfless, happy to do it for me. The love with which they cared for us, our family, and our guests was palpable and genuine. I've never forgotten that moment and I don't think I ever will.
Also, this baby's grandparents have been so thoughtful and kind and supportive of me and my business since the minute I opened up shop. Nice notes on photos, messages of support, just little things that mean so much to someone yet not many people take the time to do.
So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when I heard that his parents were expecting! And even more thrilled when I found out that they wanted me to do the photos! This sweet darling boy was a little smuggler. And I loved it! :)
Don't you love his little foot peeking out?! I sure do!
I like this one because he looks like his grandfather to me here.
Thanks, fabulous S Family. <3 So wonderful to get to snuggle this guy! To book your own session with Jamie Siever Photography, click here.
Somehow, even though my son attends school with this little dude, somehow I had never met him. I would have remembered his gorgeous brown eyes, and his adorable little laugh. I'm sure he would have engaged me with his cute-as-a-button repartee and knowledge. Because, he did all of those things and more (think: sweet showings off of talents) at the session we did with this darling little family expecting their fourth any day now. This guy charmed me from the start, itchy bugs and early morning notwithstanding. He was like a little man who'd had his coffee already. Love it.
Isn't he so so so cute?
So, when his mama walked up in THAT GORGEOUS PURPLE DRESS, I was like, "Yes". I love when someone comes in a fabulous dress for photos. I was the worst dressed pregnant woman EVER. I never looked sassy and only wore like, gross fuzzy yoga pants. So, a form fitting, jewel toned dress? I am loving you, lady. Cause you've got the sass! (and wishing I looked that good not pregnant...)
Such a sweet family. They were having the best time - making each other giggle and generally just hanging out. And, I don't know which I like more, the silly look I captured on Brother's face or the gorgeous light behind them.
Mama and I were both loving this funky little pile of sticks we found. It's a cute little pile and it worked so well at this fabulous location. The light here was just making me happy all day! And, doesn't she look like a movie star?
So, now, the next time I see Brother at school, I hope to get one of those winning smiles and maybe an anecdote or a command performance.
Thanks, Spectacularly Cute Family. Can't wait until your little one arrives!
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As I was taking this shot, this amazing purple feather on the headband was gently swaying in the warm wind from my heater and I kind of felt like I was shooting a supermodel. Because I'm silly like that! Although, this little lady was as beautiful to photograph as any model I've ever seen. Such a dainty, darling little lady. I seriously can't get enough of this photo - I've gotta incorporate it into my studio sample pieces, I think.
This is the dangerous part about being a newborn photographer: buying all of the cute things! When I saw this little headband, I had to have it! (Then, it came, and I had weeks and weeks of only boys. Who I already had very cute props for, by the way, but I was itchy to use this.) Thank goodness I was able to. And, just WAIT until you see the cute boy thing I just bought. Ridiculous.
Are you kidding me?! So, if you've read any of my blog entries here previously, you know I'll walk a mile to catch a smile. Wait. I'll, uh, hang out for a long time to catch a smile? Doesn't exactly have the same ring, but boy I love to get a smile. But with an awake baby?! Um, yes please! Just look at her. I love this photo! Award winning smile-capture, if I do say so myself.
And, I am pretty sure that there is nothing cuter than the combination of this baby's perfect face and this teeny little crown. It made me want to do a little squeal, and, again, if you read this blog, like, ever, you know I am not a squee kind of a lady. (Lies. I so am, but I keep it all in.)
This little girl and her family were really just a dream to work with.
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