Whole Family Photos

This morning I had such a fun session with sweetest whole family. We had been planning this session for quite awhile so it was fun to see it all come together. There were pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, apples and a beautiful wooden shed for backdrops. Mix in an adorable family and it was the makings of a great a session.

It’s always such a pleasure to document a whole family in photos this way. And even more special to know these photos will be cherished for years to come. Thank you guys for choosing me to capture these photos for you all. Hope that you enjoy them!

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Second Birthday Photos

This morning I had the pleasure of photographing second birthday photos for the sweetest little guy. Mr. R was such fun to hang with today. He loved playing with and riding in my trusty red wagon. He had a blast jumping off a pile of logs we found. But his favorite part was throwing stones in the water. Truthfully, I’ve yet to meet a little kid that didn’t love doing that. Heck even us grown ups like to do that. LOL!

All in all I’d say the session was a big success. He had fun and we got some great pictures. So it was a win for everyone.

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Newborn Baby Girl

This morning I had the pleasure of photographing the sweetest newborn baby girl. At 13 days old, this little sweetie is already so bright eyed and strong. She was awake when I arrived for her photos with mom an dad. Then after a little feeding and rocking by mom she was fast asleep. She was such a trooper putting up with all my wrap and blanket changes.

I was in love with all her tiny little features and I could have photographed her all day long. I mean, she even flashed me a smile while in the bowl. It was priceless! Thank you guys for a fun morning. Hope you enjoy your sneak peek.

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Family Photos at the Barn

Last night I had the most amazing session doing family photos with the G family at the barn. We started our session in the actual barn and around the silo. This made for some seriously stunning black and white photos. I was like a kid in a candy store with all the wonderful textures and the light….oh that light.

After we played in the barn for a bit we ventured outside and did some fun shots in the golden sunlight at sunset. I took so many great ones I seriously couldn’t even choose which to show for the sneak peek. So, sorry not sorry, LOL, but this is a big sneak peek. Enjoy!

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Maternity Photos Woodstock Fair

Today I had the pleasure of photographing maternity photos for the most adorable little family at our local Woodstock fair. If you follow the blog at all you will likely recognize this couple from their last maternity session at the fair a few years back. Mom thought it only fitting, to do the session at the fair again, for baby number two!

We had so much fun today! We started our session at their family farm and then headed to the fair. There was cotton candy, games and of course tractors. The tractors were by far the little man’s favorite part. Thank you guys for yet another great session. Can’t wait to meet baby number two in a few short weeks!

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Senior Photos (Class of 2018)

This morning I had a fun session with B for his senior photos. I can hardly believe this guy is a senior. You see, this big guy is my little nephew. Well actually, I guess I can’t call him little anymore. LOL!

Seems like only yesterday he was born and now he is entering his senior year. Wishing you all the best this year and beyond buddy!

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Water Balloon Photo Session

This morning I had such a blast doing a water balloon photo session with one of my favorite families. These kids are the cutest and so fun! I have had the honor of photographing them since the boys were born. It is so crazy how much they’ve grown. Hard to believe it’s been 8 years!

Every year we try and come up with a fun theme or something to keep the kids excited about the pictures. This year’s water balloon fight was a huge success. The kids loved it and even got me in the game. LOL!

Take a peek at our time together.

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Maternity Portraits

Last night, I had the pleasure of photographing maternity portraits for the sweetest expecting couple. J&K are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their little guy in just a few short weeks. Working with and photographing expectant couples is always so fun.

We totally got lucky with weather last night. The morning looked like we were gonna have a wash out of a day. But then, the sun popped out and broke through the clouds. When we started our session we headed out to the field and braved the bugs for some shots in the tall grass.

After that we headed down to the water for sunset. While there wasn’t a flashy sunset to watch, we still got some great shots with the amazing clouds, which made for a lovely backdrop as well. Thank you guys for coming out. Can’t wait to meet your little guy in a few short weeks.

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Back to School Traditions

As we flip the calendar to August, so begin the thoughts of back to school. In a few short weeks, we will get back into our daily routine. Our mornings and evenings will be hurried again. The sleepy mornings and lazy afternoons of summer will just be a faded memory.

In theory, I love the idea of not rushing and relaxing during the day but the type A in me hates not being on a schedule. So in an effort to chase away the back to school blues, I thought I’d write a few posts this month about things we do here to get the kids ready and excited for school.

Today I want to talk about back to school traditions. We have a few that our kids are especially fond of and a few they wish I wouldn’t make them do. It’s all about balance right! LOL! Without further ado, here is our list.

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Back to School Traditions

1. First day of School Photos– now this is kind of a no brainer. Each year on the first day of school I take a picture of the kids dressed in their new outfits. They proudly hold a cute little sign proclaiming which grade they are about to enter. If you’d like to do the whole grade print out thing, head over to NAPCP and download your free artwork here. Now if you’d prefer to put a more creative spin on these type of photos, stay tuned next week for a new post with loads of ideas.

2. First day breakfast -my husband takes the morning off from work and we all sit down for a big breakfast together. When the kids were in elementary school he would even accompany us to school. Now the kids are in middle school and we won’t be allowed to walk them in. So goodbyes will have to be made after breakfast. Breakfast together may seem silly or even obvious but I find it so helpful. It can easily be overlooked on this busy morning.

3. Lunch bag notes– I always hide a note in their lunch bags on the first day. It isn’t fancy or long winded just a few short words of encouragement. I think they secretly look forward to them. I want to be clear I don’t have the time to do these everyday because well come on, right? But the first day is special and deserves to be treated such. If you kid is buying lunch at school you can just tuck the note in their backpack.

4. After school treats – last but not least, is cookies. Because everything is better with chocolate chip cookies, right? I always have a fresh batch ready for them when they get home from school. I realize that sounds all Martha Stewart like, so if you don’t bake, just grab a treat from your local bake shop. The kids will thank you, I promise.

Those are our favorite traditions for back to school. Do you and your family have some fun ones I didn’t mention? Please feel free to leave a comment below this post. I’d love to hear.

Miss. L (Hartford, CT Newborn Photography)

Newborn photography is such a joy for me. Seriously, I feel so blessed to have such a meaningful job. Creating heirlooms that will be treasured for years, is such an honor. Each baby I photograph is a treasure to me. But it’s always extra special, to be called back for a family’s second baby.

Today’s session was just that. Miss. L is the second baby for this sweet family. I had the pleasure of photographing her big brother just a few years ago. She, just like he, was an absolute delight to photograph. She slept the entire time I was there and was happy to go along with all the poses and wardrobe changes I threw at her.

Here is a little sneak peek of our time together. Take a look at that sweet smile and those beautiful pouty little lips. I am sure you will agree, she is a doll! Oh and doesn’t that daddy and baby shot just melt your heart. It always melts mine. Something about the special bond between a girl and her daddy, is just priceless.

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