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Finley | Lonsdale Newborn Photographer

This little peanut was quite the surprise to her mom and dad as she decided to join their family 8 weeks early!

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After talking with her parents I was so excited to meet this sweet girl!

 

We got along so well and had so many things in common. I knew we would hit it off and get to be great friends!

 

It was hard because this Lonsdale Newborn Photographer had to wait until Finley got to go home. Although I cannot imagine how hard the wait was for mom and dad as they waited for their sweet baby girl to come home with them.

 

Finley just had to get better at eating and put on some weight, which makes sense since she was born at a teensy 4 lbs 7 oz.

 

When Finley was discharged we scheduled her session right away as she was already 6 weeks old which for a newborn session is a bit later than I typically aim for.

 

As a trained newborn photographer I wasn't worried as I have plenty of tricks up my sleeve to help babies be extra sleepy and happy!

 

The day of her session Finley was such a sweet and sassy girl. She fell asleep right away and was super comfortable in all of her poses. Every time I moved her she would grump at me with loud shrieks and once I had her in position she would go back into a peaceful sleep. Every. Single. Time.

It was hilarious! You just have to love a baby with a nice strong personality!

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Mom and Dad were super relaxed and had a few suggestions for the session but all in all let me do my thing. I love this because sessions like this are where I can get creative and do what goes well together and with how baby is comfortable.

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As a newborn photographer when you find out Dad is a drummer you definitely ask if they are going to bring a drum.

 

According to Mom they were bringing two “gun metal bedazzled” drums!

 

That's quite the specific description and it was spot on!

 

They brought a tom and a snare and they were so much fun to incorporate into her session.

 

Thank you for including me in this special time in your beautiful baby girls life!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Ava Jean| Lonsdale Newborn Photographer

Nothing makes my heart more happy as a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer than to get to know families during this amazing time in their lives. Bringing home new babies is one of the most amazing blessings my family has ever gone through and is so dear to my heart. 

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Imagine my excitement when this beautiful family scheduled both their maternity and newborn sessions with me?! Not only did I get to capture Amanda's beauty as a pregnant mother but I get to meet Amanda and Jon's sweet baby girl and spend some more quality time with them! Too much excitement!

The ideal time to start working with your newborn photographer is during the pregnancy prior to the 3rd trimester. This allows the photographer to leave room in their bookings for your little one and to prepare for your session. Which is exactly what Amanda and Jon did!

 

Knowing that Jon and Amanda were expecting a little girl was all too exciting and I may have gone a little overboard on new girl accessories!

 

....Nah! You can never have too many pretty headbands, wraps and bonnets right??? Well maybe don't ask my husband because I feel like his answer would be YES!

 

I personally love the versatility and being able to get creative and put together lots of variety in my clients images. 

 

As we progressed through their sessions this summer we really got to know one another as friends and I anxiously awaited some exciting news. Their sweet girl waited until she was ready and....

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Miss Ava Jean joined their family on Friday August 18th at 8:51 p.m.

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She weighed 8 lbs 7 ounces and was 21.25 inches of perfection!

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Her session was just perfect! I know the question you are all wondering and the answer is of course! I always get peed and pooped on! It's part of the job and it's okay! It's a good thing to have newborns frequently mess up the studio. It means that they are getting plenty of nutrition and are hydrated, and that is very important early on when baby and mommy are still getting acquainted to breastfeeding. After a bit of cleaning and nursing she was so good and I ended up using up my entire plan for her session (which never happens)! 

I usually plan extras because every baby is so different and not all poses work for each baby and things get dirty. Nope not today! Just all sorts of beauty with this perfect little doll. 

Congratulations Amanda and Jon, Ava is perfect! I couldn't be more honored to be trusted to preserve the memories of this special time in your lives.

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Little Lucette | Burnsville Newborn Photographer

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I absolutely LOVE big families! There is something so beautiful about the dynamics between a family with more children. The kids grow up in an environment where they have more responsibilities and have to work together. They can be the best of friends and the worst of enemies but they will always have each other as they grow. Beautiful!

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It was so exciting to hear from Lucette's mom that they were expecting their sixth blessing. I couldn't wait to meet this beautiful family! 

 

 

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Even more exciting as a Burnsville Newborn Photographer I kind of get super excited for families when they don't find out the gender of their babies (I get excited when I know the gender too though)! What is really exciting about a surprise is that it is a surprise for me too! These guys had one daughter and a whole bunch of boys so I was hoping (like they were too I'm sure) for a beautiful baby girl! 

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Imagine as a Burnsville Newborn Photographer how excited I was to hear that Lucette was here. YES Lucette! Isn't that just a super cool, beautiful, different and individual name?! 

 

The boys were wiggly, obviously! They are two and three.

 

Big siblings were AWESOME helpers and I was so impressed by their loving guidance to the littles (like I said... big families kids are so responsible and loving)! 

 

Lucette was a complete doll. Even when she was wide awake she just hung out looking around. The session was fantastic and as always I had a hard time saying goodbye to this beautiful girl. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love babies and children. I love my job! Thank you for including me in this special time in your lives!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Newborn Photographer is the state of Minnesota. She is a full service Newborn Photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully. 

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Rezac Family | New Prague Family Photographer

We all have people in our lives that we cannot imagine our lives without. These guys are one of them for me. I know I have shared previously how we have met (which is so cool). I will give a brief reminder for those of you that don't know.

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The Rezac family started at almost the exact time as the Skluzacek family so I know their story quite well. This beautiful couple got married in the fall of 2009 and just celebrated their 8th anniversary this fall. In the summer of 2010 they found out they were expecting a baby and decided to wait to find out the gender after he/she was born (YES! Love it!).

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They took a birth class in early 2011 and stumbled into a lovely couple in the hallway/bathroom. The ladies were washing their hands in the restroom when they struck up a conversation. In class they had found out they both lived in Lonsdale and were asking each other where they lived. The girl said her street name and the other woman (me) knew instantly that it was the street behind our house! I couldn't believe that we lived so close to one another and were expecting our little ones just a month apart. The guys were in the hallway learning that not only did we live close but actually were backyard neighbors!

 

It was decided that we needed to get to know one another (which was a great choice). We started car pooling to birth class and just a short while later the Rezacs welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Kaylee, into their lives. The night before they left the hospital, we arrived, in labor with our daughter Lillian. 6 and a half years later the girls are the best of friends.

Their second daughter Emily was born shortly after our second born Odin and sure enough they are like two peas in a pod.

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We are connected in so many ways in our lives and I cannot imagine a life without these amazing people and beautiful girls in it!

How Emily celebrated her fourth birthday this summer still remains a mystery to me, but I am so honored to be the one to preserve the memories of this beautiful girl and her family.

As a New Prague family photographer I love getting families outdoors, moving around and having fun. A posed image is good but an authentic moment where I capture a child having fun and being silly is my absolute favorite! These are the moments that parents will remember and cherish (I know I do).

Look at these two goofballs! This series of photos were my favorite from the whole evening. Not posed just being who they are.

 

Amber Skluzacek is a New Prague family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

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Daniela & Emilio | MN Maternity Photographer

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As a MN Maternity Photographer I was so honored for Daniela to contact me for her maternity session! This beautiful woman was expecting her first baby and her sister wanted to buy a session for her to document this special time in her life.

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What a perfect gift to give an expecting momma!

 

The reason I felt so honored was that these two were driving to visit ME from Rochester because they loved my style of maternity images. WOW! Thank you so much Daniela, that honestly made my heart so very happy!

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There's something about a maternity session and having lots of natural elements in the images. Since these two had a mermaid themed baby shower having a water feature only made sense! We chose Nerstand Big Woods State Park to hold the session. It made sense because it was midway between Rochester and Lonsdale and has so many beautiful spots!

One of the important jobs I do as a MN Photographer is to work with my clients and help them plan apparel. I actually do provide a handful of maternity gowns as well to help clients have something comfortable and flattering to their changing bodies.

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The day of the session I had the outfits we discussed packed and a few extras (just in case). I knew this beautiful cream gown would be perfect for Daniela with her gorgeous complexion and flowing dark hair, and it was!

When clients let my creativity run the show the results are just so amazing! Mid way through the session we were alone by the falls and it only made sense to take a few images of Daniela's beautiful curves without the distraction of apparel. Daniela agreed after we discussed that no intimate areas would show and it would be very tastefully posed.

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After a couple images we switched gears and took a handful more with the pink lace and tulle. There's something about lace that is so pretty. If you get to know me at all you would find out I love lace!

Congratulations on the birth of your sweet baby girl Stella! Thank you so much for including me in this special time in your lives, I am truly honored!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a MN Maternity Photographer. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

 

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Baby Colin Turns ONE | Lonsdale Family Photographer

Milestone sessios are so much fun and so special. As a Lonsdale Family Photographer I get to preserve the memories of children as they transition from baby to toddler, toddler to preschooler and more. I love tickling, making silly faces and just hanging out with kids. It is truly an honor.

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Going into Colin's session I was told he wouldn't smile and that he was a serious boy. So I shouldn't worry if he isn't smiling on picture day. I honestly thought to myself.... challenge accepted!

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Many parents desperately want the biggest of smiles during their session but if a child isn't feeling it there is only so many goofy things that can be done to get them to smirk, smile or laugh a bit. However going into a session more relaxed and just letting me do my thing works perfectly.

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I was prepared with all my best tricks and though Colin tried to stay serious he just had to share some smiles for his first birthday session.

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He had so many different facial expressions and just couldn't be cuter. I mean seriously check out these suspenders!

As a Lonsdale family photographer I just love capturing each person in their own special way and Colin's serious stare is my favorite look! Sure a beautiful smile is great to have too but mom and dad will always look back at these serious stares and remember how he acted as a baby.

I'm sure soon enough he will be a smiley giggly goofball! Especially since he is going to have a little brother or sister to play with! I just cannot wait to see if it is a boy or a girl. Waiting to find out is the best though and I highly encourage everyone (even random people I just met) to wait. It may be hard to do but this is a surprise worth waiting for.

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Happy First Birthday Colin! You are such a handsome little man!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

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Amanda & Jon | MN Maternity Photographer

Glowing! That is always the term used to describe mothers when they are pregnant. I honestly can say with some certainty that many mothers don't necessarily feel it. I am quite confident with this, is that I have been pregnant four times myself. Each pregnancy I felt many different things ranging from gigantic to exhausted (and so many other things...).

As a MN Maternity Photographer my goal is to showcase mommas beautiful bodies. To highlight the amazing curves, their strength and their beauty. To do this I really focus on great preparation, natural posing and having lots of fun! 

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One of the most important jobs as a MN Maternity Photographer is to help mommas prepare for their sessions. After all I want them to be comfortable (or as comfortable as possible) and feel to their best. To help with this we talk ahead of the session so I can learn what are the important poses and images for each client and what style they are looking for.  We schedule ahead of time and make sure to stay in contact in case anything changes regarding the pregnancy. I also provide guidance in decisions regarding outfits and locations. Providing gowns that are meant to flatter a mothers body is also something I truly enjoy. I have a closet of client gowns that are very versatile and comfortable. 

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When I first met Amanda I was just giddy! After all she has this outgoing fun personality, beautiful long hair and the cutest little baby bump! Photographers dream right there!

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We started discussing the possible locations for their session and I suggested Minneopa Falls. After all I just just imagining flowing trains and beautiful curls in her long hair (my creativity was flowing).

Then she told me that her grandfather built the stairs at Minneopa State Park!

I think my jaw may have hit the floor and I very likely was bouncing with excitement.

What are the chances that the first place I suggested was the absolute one place in the state we HAD to do their session?! 

 

This romantic session between Amanda and Jon was meant to be in every way! We had so much fun and I was feeling pretty darn envious I never looked anywhere near this glamorous during any of my pregnancies.  

 

Amber Skluzacek is a MN Maternity Photographer. She is a full service maternity photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing safely and beautifully.

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Gorgeous Momma | Northfield Newborn Photographer

As much as I was enjoying my maternity leave I was definitely excited to receive the message asking about my services for a maternity session this winter. This Northfield newborn photographer was super excited about this session for a few reasons. One of the biggest reasons was that Catherine told me she would never forgive herself for not asking me to do her pictures! Talk about flattering me! I was more than excited and so honored to preserve the memories of her 4th pregnancy. 

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I met Catherine when our daughter was in an ECFE class. It was a wonderful ones class where Catherine was attending with her son Shea. We got to know each other while singing songs with our kiddos and discussing the rewards and difficulties of parenting during parent time. This Northfield newborn photographer immediately got along with Catherine very well. She is a fun, kind person with lots of great family ideas. How could we not get along well?! During this class I was expecting our 2nd child and he joined our family during the fall class session. At the end of the session Catherine shared that they too were expecting another member to their family (their 3rd)! Having our kids close really helped form our friendship. Fast forward a few years to now! Let's talk about her amazing session!

Catherine and Steve celebrated their 10 year anniversary this December (Congratulations you guys!!!), had Christmas and were expecting their 4th beautiful baby. What better way to remember these special times than to gift Steve a session of styled maternity images? I loved the idea and was thrilled to be taking these special pictures! 

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We planned to have her Northfield maternity photography session just a few short weeks before Catherine was due when our baby girl was just 3 weeks old! It was a bit of a time crunch but their sweet baby girl didn't surprise them by coming early and we got her images done in plenty of time to commemorate their last pregnancy. 

Catherine came to the Northfield photography studio on New Years Day and we got to business! I had her session fully styled after we had her pre-session consultation and I knew what she was looking for out of the session as well as styles and colors she preferred. 

For the in studio portion of her session I used dream lighting (backlighting) to really emphasize her beautiful belly and to create light and airy images that were all about her, and her pregnancy. 

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Catherine was a true Minne-snow-tan when it came to the outdoor part of the session! To get to the pond we had to hike through the woods to avoid the icy trail (gotta keep the momma's safe)! It was a bit chilly that day and she rocked the outdoor images with not a shiver. She said her years of figure skating helped her prepare and I'm guessing her little built in furnace helped too! 

This Northfield newborn photographer just loves these images. They not only are absolutely stunning and highlight this amazing time in Catherine's life but they also completely show her fun vibrant personality. What do you think?!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield newborn photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full-service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully. 

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How Do They Do That? | Northfield Newborn Photographer

We have all seen them. Those super cute, beyond adorable images of babies doing the seemingly impossible. How are they sitting up all on their own, holding their heads up like a little frog, perched on a shelf like a teddy bear or hanging in the air in the cutest of fashion?! Here is the perfect example with sweet little Jack in my Northfield Newborn Photography studio. 

I'm sure you are wondering how on earth do they do that? How did that photographer make that baby do that? Wow! That must be such a strong baby! That photographer is amazing at posing newborn babies! 

The above statements are all False! This Northfield Newborn Photographer has a few secrets to share with you today. 

The answer is quite simply newborns DO NOT hold their own heads up or sit up on their own (or should never be posed without support)! Newborns like all children are incredibly unpredictable. They may startle, wiggle and squirm at any time. As I work with newborns often and have had four of my own babies I can testify that newborn babies are feisty! Just as you soon as you get a baby exactly in the right position one of their favorite things to do is kick out his/her legs, throw his/her head backward or launch themselves forward. Babies should never be placed anywhere where they aren't supported or secure, it's never worth risking safety to get a picture.

Okay so... babies don't hold their heads up on their own (or shouldn't) it's not safe, and babies can't sit up on their own either... How then? How do photographers create these mysterious images of newborns? I'm sure you are hanging on the edge of your seat with curiosity at this point.

It is actually much more obvious than you may think (if you didn't already know).

Many newborn poses are not what they seem. They are not a newborn baby suspended in the air but a baby sitting safely in an assistants hands. They are not baby holding his head up in his hands but a baby having his hands supported and head supported. Theses images are often an illusion or a compilation of multiple images to create the final product, or the picture we see. This is called a composite. As a Northfield Newborn Photographer I practice using composites with all images where a baby cannot support themselves naturally or safely. 

Composites can be done with multiple images of baby to create a safe environment for him/her or be done to create a unique style as well. Often photographers will take a different backdrops to create a special image with 

If you or a friend come to visit me in my Northfield Newborn Photography studio rest assured that your beautiful baby will be cuddled and kept safe and cozy throughout his/her session.

Here is just a little example showing Jack during his session, he never has a hand taken off of him, he is swaddled very securely and is also posed with support under/around him. All modifications to create the final image were done in Photoshop.   

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Hey, New Mom | Guest Blog Post by Brooke Drumm Photography | Seattle Newborn Photography

Guest blog written by Brooke Drumm of Brooke Drumm Photography

You’re doing great.

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Tell yourself that.  Over and over again.  You.  Are.  Doing.  Great.

When moms (particularly first-time moms) walk into my Seattle newborn photography studio, they pretty much all have one thing in common:  the “look”.  It’s a look that’s subtle, but it radiates from their entire body.  The look says “She will be the one to realize that I have no idea what I’m doing.  No.  Flipping.  Idea.”

At first, I not-so-humbly thought it was because they thought I was a baby expert since I see far more babies than many people.  The more I think about it though, the more I realize it has less to do with me and more to do with the absolutely unreasonable amount of pressure we put on ourselves.  To help you out, I’m going to tell you a secret:  when it comes to mommying, none of us have a clue if we’re nailing this parenting thing.  Not a single one of us.

As someone who sees at least 50 babies a year, I’m going to break it down for you one mom-shame at a time.  Buckle up (and you better be buckling up in a top-of-the-line bullet-proof military tank because nothing else is safe enough, right?).

Car seats

Let’s get this one out of the way now, because it actually is pretty important.   Yes, your baby needs a car seat.  Yes, it needs to be installed properly.  No, your baby won’t break a leg if they’re not in a $1000 car seat when you shut the door too hard.  A couple of things to keep in mind when purchasing and using your car seat:

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  1. Buy it new.  This is one of the few items that you really cannot buy secondhand.  Once a car seat is in an accident, it’s no longer usable (even if it has no sign of damage).
  2. Proper size for your baby.  This information can all be found in the owner’s manual.
  3. Proper installation.  Child Passenger Safety technicians will inspect your car seat installation, typically at no charge.  This is a great thing to do n your 7th or 8th month.  To locate a CPS tech near you, visit (www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/contacts/)

Honestly, if there’s one thing you take out of this post, let this be it: properly using a car seat matters.  That’s why I like to take your baby out of the seat:  I can make sure he’s positioned properly and am happy to help you out if not.  What doesn’t matter?  If you buy a $49 car seat at Target instead of a $1000 at a fancy baby boutique.  Do what works for YOU.

Boob vs. Bottle

Just uddering (see what I did there) those words is enough to start a civil war.  “I’m horrible for feeding my baby formula”.  “People look at me like a floozy for nursing in public”.  “My baby tried to nurse from our puppy”.  Listen.  Take these fears and drown them in a milkshake (except maybe the last one, that’s kinda weird).  If you’re wondering if you’re doing the feeding thing right, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is my baby eating happily?
  • Is my baby growing?
  • Am I happy with the feeding arrangement?
  • Is my partner happy with the feeding arrangement?

If you answered “yes” to some or all of the above, tell anyone who questions your decisions to kick rocks.

Pacifiers

Oh pacifiers.  I remember being told with my first one that if I gave my son a pacifier that I should give up any hope of ever breastfeeding and he’d need it until he was twelve and I may as well let him suck on an open bottle of Jack Daniels.  You know what?  When I finally caved and gave it to him, he freakin loved it.  Which meant I loved it.  Which meant my husband loved it.  Which meant for the few peaceful minutes it was in his mouth, there was nothing in the home but love and a whole lot of dirty laundry.  But mostly love.  The laundry was always there, we just pretended like it wasn’t.

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With my second, I asked for a paci pretty much before he took his first breath.  He hated it.  I got frustrated that he wouldn’t take it.  My husband got frustrated that I got frustrated that he wouldn’t take it.  The baby got frustrated because (as we later learned) he’s a stubborn sweetheart who doesn’t want to be told what to do.

Moral of that story?  What’s right for one family may not be right for yours, and what’s right for one kid may not be right for another.  Do what works for your baby, your family and yourself.

Vaccines

Yeah, I’m going there.  Personally, I’m a huge proponent of vaccines.  I think they’ve essentially eradicated most deadly, contagious diseases.  I vaccinate myself and my children.  I do it to not only protect my beautiful family, but to protect your baby who is too young for most vaccines.  I do it to protect the beautiful babies, kids and adults with cancer or other diseases that cause compromised immune systems.  I do it to protect those who don’t believe in vaccines.

I don’t make my decision in order to obtain a sense of moral superiority.

No matter what you choose, I trust that you’re doing what you feel is best and safest for your family and those around you.  Even if your decision is different from my own, I respect that you are doing what you believe to be the right choice, just like me.  If anyone ever questions you, remind them that you are making what you feel to be the best possible decision for your child.

Your appearance

Anytime you think you don’t look beautiful in your new mom life, remember that I spent pregnancy (and a solid year after that) looking like Danny Devito as Penguin.  Eat your heart out.

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In all seriousness though, do not come into my newborn photography studio worried about how you look.  You literally gave someone life.  Not in a sixteen year-old on Facebook screaming “ADELE GIVES ME LIFE!”, but in a “I grew you and brought you into this world” kind of way.  You created a human out of nothing.  And you love that little creature more than yourself.  I can see it in your eyes.  And if that’s not beautiful, I don’t know what is.

Love yourself, stop worrying, and trust that you will raise this tiny human to the best of your ability.  Whatever you choose, I will stand beside you and throw water balloons at anyone who questions your choices.

Brooke Drumm is an award-winning  Seattle newborn photographer licensed and insured in the State of Washington.  She is the premier boutique, full-service Seattle newborn photographer and focuses on creating images and products that will be cherished for generations.  She was trained by some of the best newborn photographers in the world, and focuses her work on photographing newborns safely and beautifully.

This blog was originally published by Brooke Drumm of Brooke Drumm Photography, and was shared with permission. The original post can be found here: http://brookedrumm.com/hey-new-mom/seattle-newborn-photographer

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Prepping for your session tips | Guest blog post by Chelsey Shaw Photography | Tacoma Newborn Photographer

Guest blog written by Chelsey Shaw of Chelsey Shaw Photography

Prepping for your session tips

I am always here to help you with all the planning and prepping for your newborn, maternity, senior or wedding to make the most out of this moment in your life. This guide will give you just a few tricks and tips so you know what you can do to prepare.  As always contact me anytime if you have any questions or need any help with any of these tips.

Tip 1: Plan and book your session ahead of time

Thinking about updating your family photos, planning a special session for when your newborn baby arrives, engagement photos, or you are recently engaged and planning for a newborn photographer? These types of events and moments in your life are important, but can easily be put off until the last minute. The first big tip for planning for a photographer is booking ahead of time. The last thing you want is to need photos for a gift or event and find out that your favorite photographer is booked out for 3 months, and trust me it happens! The earlier you can plan and book your session the better so that you can ensure you get your photos when you need them.

Here is a good timeline of how far to plan in advance:

Newborn sessions- 3-4 months before baby’s arrival

Maternity sessions- book around 4 months and plan for 28-33 weeks of pregnancy

Seniors- 2-3 months

Wedding- 6 months to a year (the sooner the better!) I would recommended after you have your venue and date selected then find your photographer

Portrait/family- 1-2 months

Tip 2: Prepare your outfits

No matter what type of session you are planning, what you wear will be one of the most important key essentials in preparing for your session. Coordinating outfits for just one person or an entire family takes some planning. You want to make sure that the outfits are a representation of you, is comfortable, and coordinates. My last personal family session it took me 2 months to find shoes that went together well for 5 of us! Not to mention clothes and accessories. Outfits for multiple people do not have to match color for color or pattern

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for pattern. In your pre session consultation or anytime prior to your session I would be happy to assist you with what to wear.

Tip 3: A Good nights rest

Do yourself a big favor and go to bed early and hydrate well before your session. You want to look your best, and you will look and feel your best when you take care of yourself. Yes Photoshop is magic and can help reduce the look of under eye circles, but if you are tired and not well rested that will show in your expressions and translate in the photos.

Tip 4: Everyone fed and napped prior to session for kids

This actually applies to adults too (well maybe minus the nap)! Kids will do their best with a full stomach and when little ones have napped prior to the session (depending on your session time). The same goes for me I make sure that I’ve eaten and am well rested so that I have the energy and focus to perform my best for your session.

These are just a few good tips that can help you make the most out of your investment in your photos. In your pre session consultation I would be happy to go over any questions about these tips or anything else!

This blog was originally published by Chelsey Shaw of Chelsey Shaw Photography, and was shared with permission. The original post can be found here: https://www.chelseyshawphotography.com/single-post/2017/02/07/Prepping-for-your-session-tips-Tacoma-newborn-photographer

 

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What to wear to your photo session | Guest Blogger - Teala Ward | Amarillo Family Photographer

Guest blog written by Teala Ward of Teala Ward Photography

Sometimes choosing what to wear to your session can be extremely daunting.  It doesn't have to be though. As an Amarillo Photographer I want to help make your session as stress free and fun as possible.  Below you will find some tips to help you dress your best.  From good colors, ways to wear your clothing, and places to shop I hope you will find some tips and tricks. 

Steer clear of Flourescents. Fluorescent colors tend to color cast on faces, necks and hair. They’re harsh, especially in sunlight and show up wonky on camera. If you like brighter colors, I recommend primary colors. Mustard yellow is gorgeous paired with other colors.  Red is striking on camera especially if you choose a fabulous dress. Navy pairs well with lots of other colors. Black.  Black photographs beautifully and is a favorite espescially for a base color.

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Try to steer away from green clothing when having photos taken in grassy/wooded areas. It will make you blend in with your surroundings and you want to stand out. Green as an accent color is great, though! 

 

 

To get the flow going with wardrobe, start with one outfit that you really like (Usually mom’s oufit for family pictures works well or one of the littles). From there, build from it for everyone else. 

Layer up!  Not only do layers add depth they also serve a great purpose.  Sometimes the weather can change at the last second. Be sure to plan far enough in advance (which also means book your session early enough to give you time to shop) and be looking at the weather.  Don’t just layer with clothing though be sure to use accessories too! In the summer? Layer your dress with a cute belt and pendant necklace. In the fall and winter? cardigans, belts, statement necklaces, scarves, hats, blazers, etc. Accessories also serve as a piece of your story and will allow me to make your photo gallery more interesting. 

Matchy matchy is out. Coordinating is in. So you have your family all together but no need to all wear the SAME oufit. I mean yes you are important to each other but you are all individuals with unique personalities.  Your ourfits should reflect tthat! When everyone is dressed just alike it comes off a bit awkward. Using colors to cordinate is wonderful but make sure to mix it up a bit.  A good way is to mix patterns and solids to achive a coordinated look. Start by choosing two main colors of wardrobe, and maybe one accent pop of color. Also, mixing stripes with plaids and tweeds is okay! (even plaid and plaid is ok if you do it correctly) When in doubt ask your photographer.  Text a photo of your outfits all together and ask if it works! My job is to help you look your best! 

Of course number one on my list of places to shop will always be local! Click here for the link to my favorite little boutique's Facebook shopping group.  She also has a storefront but ordering from the group is amazing! She is super efficient and your goodies get shipped straight to your door! 

This blog was originally published by Teala Ward Photography, and was shared with permission. The original post can be found here: http://www.tealawardphotography.com/blog/2017/2/6/what-to-wear-to-your-photo-session-teala-ward-amarillo-photographer

 

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Rachel Vanoven's Family eWorkshop II!

Starting out as a new excited passionate photographer I had a million things I wanted to do and still do! One of the best choices I made for myself and my business was to purchase Rachel Vanoven's eWorkshops!

Rachel is truly an inspiration and I hope to have to opportunity to meet her someday. Part of the reason I really loved her was her work, of course, it's amazing! After learning more about her I knew this was a woman that I wanted to learn from.  A few of the things that really resonate with me are: that she is self taught like myself, this isn't easy! She shoots Nikon (me too!)! When she started her business she was already a mother and had many obstacles to overcome including finding a balance between her work and family. So three for three! I LOVE that she teaches because she wants others to not lose that precious time she lost with her family and she wants to help others to grow. Yep. This is someone I want to learn from.

Okay so the eWorkshops. They are so easy to read, down to earth but chalk full of information! Every time I watch a video I learn something new even if I have watched it many times previously. Instead of being filled with lots of technical jargon they are informative to a necessary point and really easy to understand. The Facebook group that you join once you have the eWorkshop is a fantastic place to share what you are working on, ask for advice on client interactions or editing and just share trials and tribulations of your photography business. 

With the announcement of a new eWorkshop I knew I needed to make sure to have it! How could I miss out on another opportunity to learn even more? With 10 different videos of families of all different ages/sizes and editing, a pdf guide full of information covering all sorts of aspects of photography from shooting tips and lighting and actual help from Rachel herself in her Facebook group how could you not want this workshop?!  

I cannot wait until my maternity leave so I can really dive into this newest workshop and start next year off with a bang! Plus then we get to meet our new baby and find out if we have a new baby boy or girl!  

If this sounds like something you need in your life here is the link!  http://www.rachelvanoven.com/shop/family-eworkshop/

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from this year that I truly feel are directly attributed to the skills I have learned from these workshops. Thank you Rachel.

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Documentary Family Photography | Guest Blog Post | Bay Area Family Photographer

Guest blog post written by Slice of Love Photography

I did a lot of soul searching before I decided what kind of sessions to offer my clients. What made me want to be a photographer? Easy, I love taking photos. Always have, since I was in elementary school and got my first camera. In graduate school this evolved to being the photographer for our school newspaper. 

But really, WHY? Because I wanted families to have the kind of memories only photos can pass along to future generations. I have always loved looking at our family photo albums, the ones of myself when I was too young to remember, the ones of my parents getting married, the ones of them my mom took with a tripod when they were dating (with the same camera I took photography in college), ones of grandparents that passed before I was born, formal portraits of my parents and their siblings when they were kids. I poured over them and still do.

My youngest daughter does the same, looks at the photos on our walls from the past 3 years and says "that's me" "I was so tiny" "that's my sisters" "that's mommy and daddy and me when I was born" and she doesn't tire of it. She lights up when she looks at them, it gives her confidence knowing she has always been loved. This is my WHY.  Because it helps our kids know their histories, and builds them up in a time when their confidence can so easily be shaken.

I offer family documentary sessions because that is who YOU are. This is your family. And what your everyday is like. Will you get photos like you see on my website? Yes. You will get the quiet moment photos, if your kids are feeling mellow. You will get the crazy child photos if your children are climbing the furniture. You will look at these photos and they will be YOU. Your children's hands reaching for yours, the special kind of snuggles that only you give each other, the glare of stop that right now that only a mom can give.  And photos I can't even tell you about right now, because we haven't met yet. But they will capture the essence of your family. And when you are gone, and your children are grown,  with families of their own, they will share your album with them. And those kids and their kids will know what life was like in your home, on a regular day.

Could I offer posed family photos in the park in your pressed dress and your husband in a button down shirt and uncomfortable shoes he hates to wear? I could. And if you really want I will. But when you look at those photos in a year or two, is that what you want to remember? Stressing to get the kids dressed in something they surely don't want to wear that specific day, rushing to get ready and meet me on time, your husband complaining about having his photo taken?  Or would you rather wake up, have me show up, and spend the day (or a few hours) like you normally would? Relaxed and being yourselves? And get a handcrafted album at the end of it filled with your real memories?

So what is true documentary family photography? Usually when people hear the word documentary or photojournalism they think of newspaper reporting.  It is not not posed, it's real time. So how does this translate to what I do with your family?  I  do not direct you in anyway. I do not alter anything in the room, or in the editing process. I walk into your house, or wherever you want to start our journey, and I photograph you. Doing whatever it is you do. I move around you to get the best shot, I don't Photoshop out anything.  You will look at these photos and say this is who we were at that precise moment in time. 

But our house is too small or too dark, you say. Maybe, but it's your house, it is where your family gets cozy and loves on each other. But if you live in a cave and really don't want it captured we can always do a shoot of you enjoying your favorite activities. Do the kids go to dance class or play a sport? We can start there. We can meet in the park and capture you on the playground. The only limit to what memories we can document is your imagination. I am always willing to travel to where you are beyond the Bay Area, and offer packages that are inclusive of my plane ticket, are you ready to have your real life memories capturedContact me.

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This blog was originally published by Slice of Love Photography, and was shared with permission. The original post can be found here: http://sliceoflovephotography.com/blog/2017/2/6/documentary-family-photography-bay-area-family-photographer

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Re-Branding | Northfield Newborn Photographer

Many businesses once they get up and running decide that it is time for a fresh start. A new look, fresh colors or a change of pace. Now that I have really been working on my business and my true style, it was time for a re-brand!

I couldn't be more excited about my beautiful new logo and watermarks from my best friend and designer Kayla Dohmen. As a Northfield Newborn Photographer I wanted to have a logo that really highlighted who I am and she more than delivered! 

Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am a very sociable person. In fact this has been a challenge for me (yes a challenge!) throughout my life because it's hard for me to sit quietly! I have always enjoyed long discussions about most anything and just socializing. For my career this is wonderful but for a student in a classroom... a bit more difficult. Almost every year for conferences my teachers would give high regards to my reading, positive comments on my spelling etc. etc. but always they remarked how I talked just a little too much.  

My personality would have to be described as colorful and I feel my photography is the same. I like natural elements with textures and real classic organic interactions between family members. I really prefer to keep my sessions simple and not overly styled. The focus should be on you and your beautiful children, not a gigantic prop!

I created a Pinterest board (who doesn't love Pinterest?!) and Kayla went through and started thinking about the things that I felt described me, my brand and the colors and styles that appealed to me.

She created a board and bounced ideas around and then began sending me ideas she was thinking about. I gave feedback and then she would re-work her ideas to really match what i was looking for. 

Here it is! My beautiful new logo that really sums me up quite simply, elegantly but also with a splash of color. 

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This logo was everything I was imagining! I couldn't wait to plaster it all over everything and create a new brand for my growing business but there was still more work to be done. 

Kayla created alternate logos for my Northfield Newborn Photography business to be used in places that may not be able to properly display a round logo. Here they are! 

That was the end either! I still needed a watermark or a special logo to be placed on my pictures. Unfortunately to protect my work I do need to place a small "watermark" on the image to keep people from taking it to use as their own. I wish we lived in a world where this wasn't an issue but to protect my clients, my business and my work this needed to be done. We decided on something very simple and basic and here it is. 

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I am in love with the simplicity and design of all of my new branding materials. I am excited to get working on updating my client preparation materials and to start utilizing these in my Northfield Newborn Photography business!

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Meet Jack 6 Days New / Lonsdale MN Newborn Photographer

Nothing like spending a day with a beautiful baby and his awesome momma! I had so much fun working with Jack and preserving some amazing memories for his family. 6 days old and a sleepy sweetheart! 

Introducing Jack, born 8-1-2016, 8 lbs and 21 1/2 inches long.

Here are just a few of my favorites from his session. 

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Beautiful Baby Beautiful Family / Lonsdale MN Photographer

It is always a complete honor to take pictures for families. To be trusted to preserve their memories at this exact moment in life and capture who they and their children are. 

I was especially honored to take these images as these were the first pictures these two had ever had as a couple. You can just see the love they have for one another and their beautiful baby girl. We had a fabulous session with all 3 of the kids and captured some beautiful moments for these two to cherish for the rest of their lives.

Congratulations you two! 

Thank you so much for your trust in my work, I love my clients like family.  

   

 

 

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Huxlie / Lonsdale Newborn and Family Photographer

I absolutely LOVE specializing in newborn and family photography! I get to work with growing families like my own and get to know them and their children. My heart feels so happy capturing these moments creating photographs that will last a lifetime. 

Isn't Huxlie just so precious?!  Only 14 days old and such a sweetheart! Not only did we have a fabulous newborn photo session but her and her family also came in for a family portrait session as well. I got spoiled seeing this wonderful family twice in once week!

Congratulations Gallagher's and welcome to the world Huxlie!

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Maximus / Lonsdale Family Photographer

My handsome nephew Max and I were able to enjoy a bit of quality time together while taking his 7 year pictures this summer. How this little guy could possibly be 7 already is beyond me, but it was nice to be able to get time to catch up and joke and focus on just him!

You are growing up to be such a kind sweet boy Max, keep it up!

 

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Sweet Stella 18 Months / Lonsdale Child and Family Photographer

I am so lucky to have this adorable girl and her family in my life. I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Stella at her 9 month session and have seen her for her 12 month and 18 month as well. I love seeing her grow and experiencing her amazingly sweet personality. 

18 month sessions are a blast! Stella was loving moving around and just enjoying the weather. As always that means a great workout for mom and I. Here is a few of her moments in the spotlight!

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