Friday Favorites…One Image, 2 Pieces of Art {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

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I love this image because I feel like I’m right there with them again, at that place, that time, that moment.  And then when it’s turned into black and white….

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I feel like everything BUT that moment is stripped away.  It doesn’t matter anymore when it was or where it was.  All that’s left is that moment between mother and child, and it becomes less of a visual art, and more of an emotional one.

Not that color images can’t be super emotional as well, or that black and white will instantly turn a photograph into something deeper, but sometimes on certain images it has that affect to me.  And it stops me in my tracks and makes my heart swell, so I thought I would share :).  Happy Friday everyone!

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Friday Favorites…Brotherly Bond {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

 

In case you missed this one from his full post earlier this week…I obviously love this shot :).  I love that Mom and Dad will be able to go back and see about how much this little guy weighed at this point, I love the reflection on the floor (I’m a sucker for a reflection :)), and I love that I made that flag bunting all by myself :)–and I am not a crafty person.  I had this image in my head for a while, and I was so glad that Baby B was so cooperative during his session that I got the chance to create it.  Sometimes when you have an image in your head for a while, the real thing just doesn’t meet the standards you’ve set for it.  This time it turned out exactly how I wanted it to, and it makes me smile :).

 

It’s been a while since I put up a Friday Favorites–busy season is definitely here!  But I thought this recent image was perfect for it :).  Brotherly love–a bond they might not even realize they have yet.  They will always be there for each other, need each other, and look out for each other.  I have a sibling, and I know first hand how special this bond can be :).  Happy Friday everyone!

Friday Favorites…The Most Genuine Smile {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

 

Undoubtedly, the most genuine smile you will ever see will come from a 6 month old baby. I’m quite certain they don’t know how to smile any other way.  And that is what I love about this image, and photographing this age in general.  They might not always smile for you, but whatever expression they give you is 100% real.  There are no “cheese” smiles yet, and there is not an ounce of fakeness to anything they do.  They simply are who they are, and show what they feel at all times.  I love it.  There is something so pure and innocent about the honest emotions of a 6 month old baby that lightens my heart and makes me smile.  Try smiling like a 6 month old today and see how good it makes you feel!  Happy Friday everyone!!

Friday Favorites…A Little Light {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

Well, if you’ve been following me for a bit, then you probably already know this is a favorite image of mine…it’s currently on my profile picture for my business page, and it was part of a post just featured on Inspire Me Baby.  I love window light–it can be a bit tricky at times, but it’s so worth it for the softness and the connection to the outside.  I love the closeness between Mom, Dad, and Baby here, as well as Baby’s sweet little smile.  It’s like she can tell she’s surrounded by the people who love her most!  Whether your Baby is big or small, don’t forget a little hug today if you can to let them know they are loved!  Happy Friday everyone!

Friday Favorites…Tiny Lips {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

I just love this image of this baby boy’s precious little lips, and that tiny little sucking blister that means so much more than one might realize at first glance.  I photographed this little guys recently at almost 4 weeks old.  He had problems with his digestive system when he was born, so he had to stay in the hospital for quite some time and even underwent surgery when he was only about 2 weeks old.  He wasn’t able to eat properly for quite some time, so this little sucking blister tells a beautiful story of how he is now flourishing–eating away to his heart’s content :).  All kinds of things make an image beautiful, but it’s the story behind them that makes them priceless.  Happy Friday everyone!!

Then and Now…Miss K has gone from “Baby” to “Miss” :)! {The Woodlands, TX | Child Photographer}

Just a quick post to remind us all of how fast our babies grow!  These three images were taken over a span of about 15 months and she has changed so much!!  Miss K is practically the same age as my own daughter, but since I see my daughter every single day, I don’t really notice how much she has changed in the same amount of time.  It really hit home when I saw Miss K again–she has blossomed into such a little lady!

They grow so, so fast–try to cherish every moment, every day, and don’t forget to document those changes–whether it’s a custom portrait session, or snappies on your point and shoot (or heck, even your phone!).  Just make sure you have something to remember all those little quirks and special features by–because while our memories fade, pictures will last, and they can help to remind us of all those little things that mean so much!

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Friday Favorites…So Worth the Weight ;) {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

In case you missed this one from his full post earlier this week…I obviously love this shot :).  I love that Mom and Dad will be able to go back and see about how much this little guy weighed at this point, I love the reflection on the floor (I’m a sucker for a reflection :)), and I love that I made that flag bunting all by myself :)–and I am not a crafty person.  I had this image in my head for a while, and I was so glad that Baby B was so cooperative during his session that I got the chance to create it.  Sometimes when you have an image in your head for a while, the real thing just doesn’t meet the standards you’ve set for it.  This time it turned out exactly how I wanted it to, and it makes me smile :).

An important side note I want to mention here.  Newborn sessions require a great deal of patience, and a great deal of caution to make sure the baby is always safe.  For this shot, Dad was just off camera to the right (I actually had to clone a little bit of him out from the original image) watching baby like a hawk for any sign of movement and ready to pounce if he needed to be stabilized at all.  Even if you don’t work with an assistant, it is VERY important to make sure someone is there to help “spot” the baby for any shots where there is even the slightest risk of rolling or falling.  Safety should always come first!  Happy Friday everyone!

An important side note I want to mention here.  Newborn sessions require a great deal of patience, and a great deal of caution to make sure the baby is always safe.  For this shot, Dad was just off camera to the right (I actually had to clone a little bit of him out from the original image) watching baby like a hawk for any sign of movement and ready to pounce if he needed to be stabilized at all.  Even if you don’t work with an assistant, it is VERY important to make sure someone is there to help “spot” the baby for any shots where there is even the slightest risk of rolling or falling.  Safety should always come first!  Happy Friday everyone!

Friday Favorites…Where in the World? {Chicago, IL | Baby and Child Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

Where in the world….would I go for a portrait session?  Pretty much anywhere I guess!  This one was taken in Chicago last year.  As most of you know, I go to Chicago once a year to do portrait sessions, and it doesn’t have to stop there!  If you are in a different city/state/country and you would like for me to capture a little bit of your life, just send me a note and I can give you all of the details about how my “Travel Sessions” work!  So, I love that this image reminds me of the places owning my own business has taken me (both physically and metaphorically!).  I love the vividness of this image–it doesn’t work for every shot, but I love it here.  And I love that although this is “posed” in the sense that I asked him to sit on the bench for me, this little boy chose that very end of the bench all on his own, and in my mind it totally makes the image.  The composition is perfect that way, and I didn’t even have to ask!  In fact, I had intended for him to sit in the center, but as soon as I saw it the way he had done it naturally, I knew it was perfect just like that.  In fact, I don’t think it would have the same visual impact if he wasn’t at the end.  A good reminder to be patient and look at what is in front of you before deciding what will look best :).  One more Chicago Session will be up on the blog next week, and then we’re back to the home front!  Happy Friday everyone!!

Friday Favorites…Sibling Love {Chicago, IL | Baby and Child Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

Since I’ve been posting this year’s Chicago Sessions on the blog lately, I thought it was appropriate to pull an image (or two!) from one of last year’s Chicago Sessions for this week’s Friday Favorites!  ….And I do love these images so much!  They both show the real relationship between these new siblings so well…it makes my heart melt a little bit looking back at them.  In the first one, big brother was trying to make his new little sister laugh, so he was tickling her armpit.  When he got her to smile, he instinctively turned up toward me to make sure I saw it :).  I love the joy in his face at making her laugh.  And in the second, their concentration on each other is just precious–especially big brother.  I imagine that protective brother-sister bond forming already.  These images were taken in their home, with their own belongings, and all natural light.  Those little details can add so much “heart” to an image, making it so real you can almost feel it :).  Happy Friday everyone!

Friday Favorites…My Own :) {The Woodlands, TX | Child Photographer}

I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons.  Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal.  I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much!  I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me.  So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed.  The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel).  So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!

I love the crispness of my sons eyes and the smoothness of the background in this image.  The classic simplicity of the white tank along with his sun bleached and wind blown hair just make me smile.  More importantly though, this picture reminds me that my baby boy is growing into such a little man–and that is really why I love it so much!  His last year of pre-school started today, and kindergarten is right around the corner–I know how quickly time passes these days.  While I know kindergarten is not THAT big a deal, I really feel like it’s a landmark in our lives that will change us forever (not in a bad way, just a different way).  It starts real school, and real responsibilities that will last the rest of his childhood.  Things will always be a little less care free, and my time with him will inevitably become more limited.  So what to do?  Try to make the most of this last year before we are tied down by the school calendar and carried away to a world that’s just a little bit more “grown up”.  Try to enjoy each stage of your children’s lives for exactly what it is.  My kids can drive me crazy right now with all the attention they want, but it won’t be long before they are doing more and more on their own.  Today is a good reminder for me to enjoy what we have and where we are at right now, so that we don’t have to look back with regret on the things we didn’t appreciate enough at the time.  Give your kiddos a hug and kiss, and take a few minutes to do whatever they want to with them so you can get a little bit lost in their world–whatever that is right now!  Happy Friday!