I sat down during a rare moment with no galleries pending to edit, in the hopes of posting a blog post to showcase some Philadelphia baby photography, since I haven't blogged a session in a while and I love to show you all what I've been up to. I couldn't believe how many sessions I haven't shared yet.
So, I decided to pull this one to show you all.
I loved working with this family. Lately I am having so much fun because we are incorporating things that are meaningful to the parents in one of our setups. This session was no exception. When Mama and I were speaking before the session, she mentioned that this sweet pea's daddy is a golf pro. She said she was going to bring some golf balls and mentioned having seen my green fluff in action and likened it to the green - she actually specifically mentioned this basket too. I love when people give me a clear idea of what's in their head so that I can take it and run with it. I made this little tee marker and, well, fore, y'all! :) So, so cute, right?
As the session was going on, Mama happened to notice that I had some gorgeous wooden photo blocks around of dogs. She asked, "Oh, are you a dog lover?" AM I???? I went on to explain about how I shoot dogs for the Delaware County SPCA, my now-famous story of how my mom hates dogs, etc. She sort of casually dropped, "Ohhh, I have a really well trained 5 year old Great Dane" and that was all I let her get out before I was begging her to bring that dog back for the parent portion with her husband. She obliged and we created these masterpieces that, to me, deserve to be hung huge in their home. (I'm a huge photo print hanger in my private life. 40"x30" or bust, people.)
And, a huge version. Wood print. Swoon. <3
My new favorite newborn pose: the potato sack, as I'm calling it. I think I could do a post of just my favorite potato sack poses from this year. This is no exception. Look at those cheeks! Love this.
Unadorned, pink tones in skin matching pink blanket. I love how the simplicity draws your attention to her perfect little bits - gorgeous little lips, beautiful baby cheeks, toesies, her hairline. Perfect baby darling.
I could keep going, because this baby was just rockin' her session. She indeed "put the rock in rock-a-bye"! <3 If you'd like me to photograph your little rockstar when they arrive, click here to contact me!
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.