Valentines – Mine on Monday

Happy Monday to you all! Hope you enjoyed this snowy weekend. Today I wanted to share some photos of my valentines. Honestly, my kids don’t willing let me photograph them much these days. I’m still trying to get used to that. So a few weeks ago, I bribed them with some donuts , (yup, I’m THAT kind of mom) to take some valentine photos for our annual cards.

Once they agreed, then came the tricky part. We would have to use the time  while my husband was working out for our photo session. Which meant there was only a small window of opportunity to sneak out and get back without raising his suspicions. Fortunately for me, we were able to pull it off.

The morning of the photo shoot was unseasonably warm. Although the kids were in short sleeve shirts so they were a bit chilly. But we pushed on and did the shoot in record time. I think it was like 15 minutes start to finish. I would have loved another 15 minutes and a few more poses but they had had enough and I didn’t want to push my luck.

Regardless, I think you’ll agree, it was worth the cost of the donuts. Take a peek and leave a comment, the kids love reading them. 😉

valentines

10 years for Beth Benoit Photography

2018 marks 10 years for Beth Benoit Photography and I am so excited about this BIG milestone! I thought it would be fun to have a virtual party with you all to celebrate. After all, I wouldn’t be here without all of you, so thank you, from the bottom of my heart for your support these past ten years. I look forward to serving you for many years to come.

10 years for Beth Benoit Photography

Join me in celebrating 10 years for Beth Benoit Photography with 10 lucky winners!

The party begins today Monday, February 12th and will end at midnight on Friday, February 16th. Winner’s will be announced live on my FB page on Saturday, February 17th.
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The prizes will be as follows:

One grand prize winner will receive a full session with me, including my digital package, my custom wooden photo box and a custom movie from their session. ($950 value)

There will be 9 other winners who will win gift certificates to some of my favorite places.
3 lucky winners will receive – a $10 gift card to Amazon
3 lucky winners will receive – a $10 gift card to Panera Bread
3 lucky winners will receive – a $10 gift card to Target

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So are you ready to enter? Well here goes, you have four chances to win.

1.) Share the contest on Facebook – like my business page, if you don’t already – then share the video post from my business page about the contest on your wall.

2.) Share the love on Instagram – follow me on Instagram, if you don’t already – then share my post about the contest and don’t forget to hashtag #bethbenoitphoto. (To share on Instagram, download the Instagram repost app, click on the 3 in the right hand corner of the post and click “copy link”. Open repost app and the link should be there ready to “share”/repost.

3.) Signup for my newsletter, if you don’t already receive it. ( Not only will you stay in the loop for this contest but you will also get first dibs on any future special events and VIP booking on sessions.) Scroll down to the bottom of this page and use the signup form to join.

4.) Head back here and leave a comment on this post, letting me know which entries you completed.

Thanks for celebrating with me and good luck!

The Self Care Challenge

the self care challengeThe Self Care Challenge

Being a mom is tough, it’s demanding emotionally, physically and just down right exhausting. Our to do lists are jam packed full of things to do for our kids and spouses, our family and even our friends. And while it’s great to help others, it often comes at a cost. Which is why I decided to start the self care challenge.

So often we don’t take time to care for our own needs and simply push them aside for another day. Let’s be honest here, when was the last time you took 30 minutes just to take care of or do something for yourself? If you are like me, you can’t really recall. Which is crazy, because if we don’t care for ourselves eventually we won’t have anything left to give others.

2018 is my year, my year to practice self-care. I am making a commitment to myself to do one act a week to care for myself. I am certain it will make me a better mother to my children, a better wife to my husband and a better daughter, sister and friend. You can follow along my journey to self-care on my IG and occasionally here on my blog.

This week I challenge you to take 15 minutes and do a simple face mask. I know it sounds silly and frivolous but let me tell you, sitting quietly for 15 minutes with a soothing face mask is pretty darn blissful.

For those of you struggling to find time for yourself this is the perfect way to start. Grab your favorite face mask, lock the bathroom door and take 15 minutes to just relax. Not only will your skin look and feel amazing but your soul will too. Trust me.

I challenge you, all of you exhausted, stressed and drained mamas out there to join me and participate in the self care challenge. Post your self-care acts using the hashtag #selfcaremamas so I can follow along on your journey too.

the self care challenge

Snow Queens – Mine on Mondays

It was about three weeks ago, the weather man was calling for a big snowstorm. I knew what that meant, a snow day and no school for the kids. So that’s when the idea of snow queens first came to me. You see, it’s been quite awhile since I had the chance, wait let me rephrase, it’s been quite awhile since my kids have allowed me to photograph them.

When the idea of snow queens came to my mind, I knew the girls would agree. Being that they are such big fans of the TV series Once Upon a Time. I was totally picturing Emma being “the evil queen” like Regina and Allie being “snow white” or Mary Margaret.

Once the idea was hashed out I had one day to prepare, so it was off to the store. I hit up the Salvation Army and found an antique wedding dress that I knew I could quickly fix to fit Allie. I found an old bridesmaid dress in my own closet for Emma to wear. So next up was jewelry and a crown for Allie. I scored big at Kmart in the clearance holiday section for jewelry and even a tiara. Then I hit up some clearance Christmas décor for the finishing touches to add to the tiara.

Up next was waiting out the storm. The storm ended up being a blizzard and bringing with it artic like temperatures, 14+ inches of snow and crazy wind chills. It was quite intense, the actual temperature was like 17 or something crazy and with the wind chill was zero. It was for sure not ideal weather for a photo shoot. But I had put so much time and effort into this, there was no way we were gonna skip it at that point.

I prepped the girls hair and makeup, put on the dresses and we headed outside. I had all these ideas of great shots I wanted to get but once we got outside it was obvious we would have about five minutes max. There was no way we could stay out in that crazy weather. So although I couldn’t get the shots I had in mind we did have fun and get some great shots. And maybe we will try again during the next snow storm. 😉

snow queens

snow queens

You are my sunshine – milk bath photo session

This morning I had so much fun photographing sweet Miss. R’s “you are my sunshine” themed milk bath photo session. When Miss. R’s mom said she wanted to do a milk bath, I got to work trying to put a new spin on it. I decided to do a “you are my sunshine” theme. We used orange slices, yellow roses and some greens. I wasn’t sure how it would all come together, especially since I’m not a fan of bright colors, but I have to say, I just LOVED it. And most important, Miss. R loved it too!

We started the session outside playing in what was left of the last snow storm. It was unseasonably warm out and we totally took advantage of the good weather! The girls had so much fun with the antique wooden sled I found at the thrift store. I also had the chance to shoot a little video of this sweet family during heir session. So stay tuned later this week to check that out but for now here is a few sneak peek images from our day. Enjoy!

you are my sunshine

2017 – the year in review

2017 – the year in review. Here are some of the highlights from last year. Honestly there were too many to include but if you have been following the blog at all, I am certain you will recognize some of these faces. I just love doing the year in review videos. It’s so fun to look back and see all that the year has been. I know it sounds silly but sometimes in the moment it’s hard to see the whole picture. By doing this, it allows me to see the big picture and appreciate just how lucky I am to have a job that I truly love so much. Thank you all for trusting me to capture these precious times in your lives. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.

Miss. A – 9 days old (Franklin, CT Newborn Photographer)

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting sweet Miss. A. She is the baby sister of the adorable Mr. W. I have had the pleasure of photographing him since he was just a few days old as well. Mr. W is falling right into his role as big brother, doting on and loving on her, it’s pretty darn sweet.

Miss A was wide awake when I arrived but after a feeding and snuggle with mom she fell fast asleep for the rest of her session. She did great posing and putting up with all the wraps and prop changes. We had so much fun! Here is a little peek at our time together.

Home for the Holidays

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting up with the entire R family. They contacted me a few weeks back because they were all going to be home for the holidays and they wanted to get photos done for their mom. Our original plan was to meet up outside at Roseland Park for some quintessential New England winter photos. But mother nature had other plans. With temperatures in the single digits and even in the negatives overnight we decided to move our session indoors.

The family decided instead to do their photos at the Inn at Woodstock Hill. Because all three of the kids had worked at the Inn in the past this location held some very special meaning for them all. So although we didn’t get to stick to our original plan we still had a nice time and got some great photos. Here is just a tiny peek at some of the pictures we got.

home for the holidays

First Birthday Baby Girl

This morning I had the pleasure of hanging out with the sweetest first birthday baby girl. Miss. R is the third child for one of my favorite families. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this family since their oldest Miss. A was born. It’s such an honor to be able to watch a family grow and capture these treasured memories for them.

Miss. R was so funny today. She was dancing to her favorite music and making her own music with anything she could. She used the pearls in the metal bowl, a few spoons from her cake smash and even enjoyed banging on the paper backdrop for a fun sound. I think she will definitely have some sort of music in her future. 😉

Speaking of her cake smash, she was not a fan. The only part of the cake she had any interest in were the little sprinkles on the cake. And even those she just kept putting back on the cake. It was pretty funny. No worries though, her big sisters made quick work of the remaining cake. LOL!

All in all it was a pretty great session. Thank you guys for trusting me to capture these special moments for you all. Its truly an honor. Enjoy your sneak peek.

P.S. Get a load of her eye lashes, seriously, they are swoon worthy right?

first birthday baby girl

Mr. R (12 days old)

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting sweet Mr. R and his family. At 12 days old, this little guy is already melting hearts, mine in particular. I was so smitten with him. First of all, doesn’t he just have gorgeous lips? I mean seriously, they are amazing, right?

Not to mention what an absolute doll he was for his session. Once he fell asleep he was out for the whole time I was there. I mean it, he didn’t wake once. The only time his eyes were open was at the start of our session. He was such a sweet little model. I swear a couple of times he was even posing himself. I was totally in stitches when he put his hands up like that. He definitely has the relaxed dude pose down.

I could go on and on but I know you want to see the pictures, so without further ado here is Mr. R’s sneak peek. Enjoy!

12 days old

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