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!

Happy Monday! Tying it all together… {The Woodlands, TX | Newborn Baby Photographer}

I absolutely love using things during a session that can bring continuity to a future session–something small that can bring it all together, show growth and change, or bring extra meaning to what was once a mundane object.  It’s not always possible to incorporate such items into a session, and you don’t want to make it feel forced or it tends to loose it’s impact and overshadow the subjects.  And while sometimes I plan these things out well in advance, other times they come to me after the fact–I’ll take it either way when it turns out like this :).  I suggested the use of a clothesline of onesies during their family session (Mom had just recently found out she was pregnant, and wasn’t far enough along for a true maternity session, but we wanted to have a subtle “mention” of the baby on the way).

When planning ideas for their Newborn photo session, I realized it would be the perfect “tie-in” between sessions–even though the settings are very different, and the family has definitely grown and changed, these are some of the same onesies from the family session carried through to their newborn session.  And now those onesies  have been gifted to the family, so their little girl can wear them day to day and make even more memories tied in some way to those images!  Happy Monday everyone!  If you’re interested in seeing more of my work or booking your own session, please check out my website www.sarajensenphotography.com!

Baby P’s 6 month session–a house divided comes together :)…. {The Woodlands, TX | Baby Photographer}

So, Baby P’s house might have been a house divided before he came along, but even though they still like to give each other a hard time about their college teams–there’s no division when it comes to the love of their son!  Such a wonderful family, and I’m so honored to get to photograph the growth and change of their baby and family for the first year of their lives together!  A few favorites from Baby P’s 6 month session…

 

Friday Favorites…Newborn Smiles–lessons in luck? {The Woodlands, TX | Newborn 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!

Baby smiles, particularly  newborn smiles, have to be one of the most beautiful things.  I think even the coldest of hearts couldn’t help but be warmed by the smile of a child so brand new to this world.  For a Newborn Photographer, these smiles are pure gold.  Every parent loves the idea of having that one picture (whether from a professional photographer or captured themselves) of one of those elusive baby smiles.  Since posting the image below on my Facebook page, I had a couple of inquiries as to how to best capture this and thought I would share what I know to improve your chances at home or during a session.  So, how do you get a photograph of a newborn smiling?  Is it all pure luck, or is there some magical lesson that will guarantee you get one?

The answer is no…on both counts.  It is a lot of luck, since when a newborn smiles it is purely reflex at this age–you can’t DO anything to make them smile, but you can try to learn when to expect a possible smile so that you are more likely to capture it.  (Side note on what you can “DO” to make a newborn smile–I have been told before that gently touching close to a baby’s lips when they are in a deep sleep might help induce the smile reflex, but honestly for me it has only ever induced a rooting reflex).

From my experience, I have noticed that baby’s tend to smile when they are getting into a deep sleep.  You’ll often see their eyes moving around, opening partially and closing, and sometimes a smile will be preceded by a grimace or other funny face.  Don’t put your camera down because baby is making unflattering faces–this is prime time for a smile to follow!  Instead, get your focus and exposure set, and keep your camera up and ready.  When you see that smile, I recommend taking several frames if possible, to try and make sure you get the shot you are hoping for.  Patience is key as much as good observation.  But even those things will not guarantee you a smile–every baby is different and it still is a matter of luck as to whether or not they will smile at all during any particular time frame.  Good luck in your captures and happy shooting!

The image from earlier today of that contagious newborn smile….

 

Friday Favorites…And Baby Makes 5! {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’m always amazed, awed, and inspired when photographing large families.  I know how much work it is to raise children and how much love your heart is filled with–and I only have two!  5 beautiful children…simply amazing!  I love this family, and have been privileged to photograph them well before the newest baby was even in existence.  Now I get to photograph him (and the rest of the family) for the next year to come.  They have opted for the Baby Program with their Newborn–so we’ll be photographing him again at 6 months and 1 year!  I can’t wait to see how he grows and changes!  I love how this turned out, a big thanks to Mom for getting all the kids back into the same clothes for this and to all of the kids for being such good sports about striking the same pose for me :).  I hope everyone has a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Friday Favorites…He’s Their Whole World :) {Houston, 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 absolutely love adding personal touches to my client’s sessions–every session I do includes in Information Meeting with my client ahead of time so we can get to know each other a little bit, talk about details of the session, and so I can start to figure out if there is something significant that we can incorporate into the session to help tell their story.  When I met this couple and found out how much they love to travel, and that they had even lived overseas, I really wanted to tell that part of their story.  When I found out that this baby was actually conceived in Greece, I had to tell the story.

So, the wheels started turning, and this is what I came up with.  I loved the idea that I could use a whole globe in their Maternity Session and then take it apart and turn it into a bowl for their newborn session.  I also loved that it represented a more universal idea about the degree of love that parents have for their children–I couldn’t get “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” out of my head.  There is no love as great as the love you will feel for your child and they truly become your everything–your Whole World.

So I set out to find a more “aged” looking globe (I didn’t want it to look like I just pulled it off the shelf at Target–it just wouldn’t have the same feel that way). I found the perfect one at a local antique store and started planning my shots around it.

This project was not without adversity–the globe stand actually broke AT the Maternity Session, right BEFORE we started.  Dad kindly mended it for me as best as possible with bandaging tape they had in their car (quite fitting for a man married to a nurse :)) so it would stand up on it’s own for at least a couple of minutes to get the shots above–I was determined not to let all of this planning go to waste!  And then, when prepping for their newborn session, I discovered that taking apart a globe is not quite as simple as I had anticipated.  Well worth it though when the last piece of the picture took it’s place.  Baby A fit in it perfectly and slept like a champ for me to make it all possible.

A few notes about the details of these images–I used the top half of the globe even though that put it upside down.  Mostly because I wanted the baby’s “conception country” to be in the image, and that required the top half (Greece).  Also, if you haven’t noticed before, the Northern Hemisphere has a lot more going on–much more photogenic :).

I did also get some images of baby in the globe while not in Dad’s hands, so the whole time the globe was counter-weighted under the blanket to help even it out, and I had a spotter/assistant (Thank you Natalie!) for all of the shots taken with baby in the globe no matter where it was placed.  Please always consider baby’s safety first when attempting any type of Newborn shot!

Some people might say that’s a lot of effort to go into one client’s session, but the truth is, it’s the kind of effort I put into all of my client’s sessions.  If there isn’t anything they want to incorporate as a prop, I’m still finding out everything I can to make the final images unique and personal for them.  It’s just one of the parts of my job that I truly love and enjoy!  Happy Friday everyone–have a wonderful weekend!

Baby C…. {The Woodlands, TX | Newborn Photographer}

Couldn’t get enough of Baby C and his lovely family!  He was one of the rare Newborn Sessions I have where we don’t know if it’s going to be a boy or girl until baby is born–loved the suspense of waiting to find out, and all of the fun we had with him during his session!

Friday Favorites… {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!

 

Simple. Pure. Beauty.  Everything a newborn is :).  I love it because of just that.  For those who don’t know, the first year of life is my specialty.  From the baby bump of pregnancy, to this fleeting Newborn stage that disappears in the blink of an eye, to sitting and smiling, and finally that first year milestone.  Even if the days seem long at the time, you will look back and wonder how it went by so quickly.

Newborn Sessions and First Year of Life packages should be booked well in advance of your delivery, so contact me now if you are expecting and want to get in the schedule…I would love to help capture this unbelievable time for you!  Happy Friday everyone and have a great weekend!

Friday Favorites…The Toes Have It {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!

It’s feet :).  Some of you might now I have a bit of an obsession photographing feet, and when you throw in some baby toes, I’m head over heels (pun very much intended).  Why do I like photographing feet?  I’m not really a foot person at all, but I think it’s something about the way that feet tend to tell more of a story than you expect they would–how dirty little toddler feet can be, or in this case, how tiny band new feet are surrounded by the feet of those that will love and care for them their whole life.  Sometimes it’s the simple things in life, and feet are just that–plain and simple.  Have a great weekend everyone!  Happy Friday!!