Education is a lifelong journey, is it not? As with anything that one is working to master, one must always be learning, critiquing themselves, pushing themselves. I am one who is never satisfied with where I am and always wanting to learn more, grow, get better. One of the things that I wanted to learn last year was studio lighting. In November of last year, my friend Leiba Bernstein of Jolee Photography taught me to use studio lighting and I fell in LOVE! I've been practicing with it and have taken to shooting my newborn sessions using it. I took a few minutes this week to edit some of my favorites from this practice session with Jolee Photography and wanted to share them. The model, Sara Boxer, made the task a pleasure as well. Thank you to Leiba for igniting a new passion in me!
One of my favorite songs about the love that a parent has for their child is "Love Of My Life" by Carly Simon. She sings, "From the moment I first saw you, the second that you were born, I knew that you were the love of my life, quite simply, the love of my life." How true this is for a parent; the moment that you see your child, the love that you feel for them is overwhelming and stronger than anything you've ever known in your life. I rarely hear this song without tearing up, and I bet that if you have a child or are readying to have one and hear it, you will too.
I know that this little love's mama and daddy feel the same way about her because we discussed it - how it's instantaneous and overwhelming and amazing how quickly and powerfully the love for your child grips you. And, truly, how perfect is this little girl? She was beyond darling to spend the day with. She came to me asleep and rarely woke, except when it was absolutely necessary. She loved the heat - it was so cute to watch her whole body relax when she got warm. Honestly, I thought about her photos the whole time I was on vacation and couldn't wait to get back to write this blog post so that her parents could see some of the photos from that day. T Family, I can't wait to have all of them ready for you! Enjoy the peek.
PS - The awesome hat shown herein is sadly not mine. Mama T has very good taste in hats, though, doesn't she?
I had the pleasure of spending Saturday morning with the R Family. I love when you meet someone and you can kind of talk to them like you've known them forever. Both Mom and Dad R were that kind of person; easygoing, funny and sweet. It doesn't hurt that Mama R is a fellow Penn Stater - we're always cool. Daddy R won my heart immediately with his love not only for his new baby but for their incredible dog Delilah. I sincerely wanted to bring her home. (The shame of it all is that I got not one photo of that gorgeous white and gray girl. I'm still mad at myself for that!) But, I was there for a reason, you know - to photograph their 11 day old little sweet boy. He wasn't loving all of the interrupting of his sleep I was doing and all of the moving him around, but in the end, he allowed me to make his parents happy by capturing some amazingly adorable moments with their little man.
Mama and Daddy R, it was great to meet you guys! Enjoy the photos and I'll have more for you soon!
Yesterday, I was invited into the H Family's warm, cozy, happy home. Older Sister and Big Brother welcomed New Baby Rory less than two weeks ago, and I had the honor of being the one to create his first professional portraits. He was so sweet, and so snuggly and darling. Older Sister loved the lion that I use to try to get older kids to look at me, but the real star of the show for her was a tiny hair clip she immediately named Clippy, who elicited many belly laughs from the sweet girl who was my "assistant". Big Brother enjoyed grilled cheese sandwiches and the movie "Ratatouille", but did not feel the same way about my camera. We had to adapt our plan, as sometimes (okay, usually) happens when you are a child photographer - the big kids didn't really want to be photographed, but I got some adorable shots of them anyway.
This darling mama and daddy have got this three kid thing figured out already. I was in awe of their calm and ease. Their love of each other and their family shone through even the most hectic of moments yesterday, and the five of them were snuggling when I left. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
Hope you enjoy your peek, H Family!
So asks my son when we spend time with this family. We are lucky to have found friends who feel like family in the D Family. My son loves both of these girls, he actually sleeps with two stuffed animals named after them. And, this mama, whom I met in the grocery store, has turned into someone who I feel blessed and lucky to call my friend. Moms, I'm sure you have one (or at least I hope you do!) of those friends who you just marvel at, the kind who always have a kind word, who never seem to lose their temper and let things roll off of their backs, who give the best advice. That's her. And, she has a funny husband who loves being the daddy to these lovely girls. So, on a sunny day, we spent some time at the Tyler Arboretum getting some pretty photos for their walls. Hope you love them, D Family!