Lots of big milestones and change coming for the Kitchens family! This session was a celebration of sweet Polli Kate's second birthday and the home stretch of pregnancy for her beautiful mom! Can't wait to meet another beautiful Kitchens baby soon!
We planned this session to be outdoors...but of course the weather decided to be crazy and it rained everyday for about 3 weeks. Luckily we had the White Room Studio as a backup plan, and the Cook family rocked it!
Back in October I had the honor of taking family maternity portraits for this beautiful family. Due to the holidays and about a billion snow days that shut down little old Georgia, our newborn session got pushed back to a 2 month old session. But the great part about that is getting to see Emily's eyes and expressions! We did half of our session in my new studio and half in the Mostacero home. Valeria always does an incredible job at choosing beautiful color palettes for her family's outfits. I'm not sure which is better, the incredible wall decor in Emily's nursery, or Emily's hair!
Welcome to my first session of 2018! The Cook family was such a blessing to work with and the perfect way to kick of the new year. I'm also in love with this new location. Raisin's Pony Ranch has a beautiful property with fields, fences, a barn, and a gorgeous vintage teal truck. Narrowing it down to just a few images to share from their session was nearly impossible, so even with all these gorgeous family portraits you see here, there are so many more in their gallery that are just as sweet. Want to know the secret to getting so many great shots? It's just relaxing and interacting with your family! We always do posed shots where everyone is smiling and looking at the camera, but my favorites are always the ones where parents are tickling their kids, or leaning over to give them a kiss. Things that you do everyday to show your love and affection for your family translate into the best photos! It's obvious how much love this family has for one another just because they interacted with each other as normal. Enjoy a little sampling from the Cook family session!
I'm so excited to announce The White Room Studio!!! This in home studio has been a plan of mine for a while now. First let me say, that I am still primarily an on location, natural light, outdoor photographer. Also, I feel I need to give the disclaimer that I don't believe in lots of props. It's a plain white room for a reason! The focus is on the subjects and makes for timeless images.
To celebrate this new space, and to give all my clients the opportunity for updated portraits before my maternity leave, I'm going to be offering Minis in February! The details will be announced later this week. Clients and MHP Insiders (those who have signed up for my newsletter) will be notified of Mini Details first and get the first chance to sign up. After that I'll announce and open booking for the public. So if you haven't already signed up for my email list, be sure to do that!
This new studio space will open the door for some fun new opportunities for clients! After my maternity leave, I plan on rolling out these new options:
1. A first year/baby club plan!- Babies change SO much that first year. This means I can capture your newborn photos, and then you can come into the studio for mini sessions to get milestone photos to update throughout that pivotal 1st year.
2. A miniture newborn session- For those who want a shortened newborn session in the studio instead of the full newborn session in their home. These sessions will be shortened and discounted, but will still be lifestyle. (That's a fancy way of saying I don't do props and super posed photos.) These sessions will be a great alternative to the in home session and will just focus on getting a full family shot, a sibling shot, a parent/newborn shot, and of course one of the newborn individually.
3. Get ready for this one.... SANTA!!!- Ok, so I still have to talk to the big guy himself to make sure I can fit in his ever so busy schedule. But this will be an awesome way to get photos with Santa without having to brave the mall!!! (Does even thinking about that give anyone else a little anxiety attack like it does me?)
As always, thank you all for your support and for allowing me to photograph little parts of your life! And a huge thank you to my husband, who was the sole contractor, laborer, encourager, wrangler of children, and all around helper for this job :)
Meet the Williams family! Little Thomas was full of smiles and was the best little model. Enjoy some of my favorites from their session!
Oh how I love the Campbell family! I wish I could take credit for some of the creative poses and shots during their sessions, but I can't! That is 100 percent the wonderful personalities of this group. They make sessions unique and fun, and I'm so thankful I get to be their photographer. Not to mention, Andrexy is amazing to me. She has 5 beautiful children with one more on the way, and she still looks fantastic and has the kindest and most peaceful presence. It was so hard to choose just a few to share from this session!
Meet the Mostaceros! My favorite part about this family is how close they all are. I hope that as my children start to transition into the teen years, we can have the same kind of relationships as this sweet family. Enjoy a peek into their session at Berry Patch Farms!
I love that the Burnett family went a little fancy for their Christmas photos! This kiddos were just adorable and did the best job! Enjoy a few of my favorites from their session.
Have you ever seen a more beautiful mama? Valeria was absolutely stunning! All of this session was done at the same park, and I love the variety of backdrops we achieved by moving from one section of the park to another. This little girl will be so loved, and from seeing how cute her big brother is, she's bound to be beautiful! I had so many favorites from this session, it was nearly impossible to narrow it down to just a few to share! So enjoy my oversharing of this gorgeous family!
Meet the Houston family! This session involved a first for me...Halloween costumes! To help one of their boys overcome his fears of the scary parts of Halloween, this family created a fun tradition of having coordinating family costumes to make Halloween a positive and fun family activity. We did half the session as a traditional family session, and then the family made a quick change into their costumes to get a few iconic shots of their characters. Just wait until you see their costume shots!
Soooo...if the rest of you are anything like me, pregnancy is not your most glorious of days. It's a blessing but it is HARD, and to say that I don't feel glamorous while pregnant is a massive understatement. You may be confused and wondering why a photographer who does maternity sessions is telling you all this...let me explain. Yes it can be a hard season, but it is God working and creating life and you get to take part in it! And that my friends is beautiful. So why have maternity pictures taken? Well you may not feel elegant and glorious in the everyday, but this is your chance to pick out a dress you love, take the time to have your hair and makeup done, and feel beautiful! Pregnancy is a short season, but it is such a pivotal time and it changes everything. What a special moment in time to have captured to remember forever. And I must say, my beautiful friend Amanda makes it look effortless! I'm so glad she decided to capture this season of life as they are about to welcome another boy to their family.
Meet the gorgeous Lawson family! When Rachel and I were in high school, we went on a beach trip with a few other friends. If I remember correctly, I was one of the friends that both convinced and physically executed highlighting her hair in our hotel room. Lets just say the fact that she's still my friend and willing to let me come near her is a miracle! And clearly her current hair stylist has much better skills than high school Molly! We had the best light for this session as the sun was making its way down to the horizon. Nothing better that cute kids in the beautiful sunset light! Enjoy a preview of the Lawson family!
Meet the Hightower family! I love seeing how three kiddos in the same family each have unique and special personalities. Sweet little Miller made this photographer feel more loved than ever before! Her sweet hugs and chats made this session even more fun. Also, I have to say that her beautiful mom is just incredible to me. She is a business owner, buyer, and stylist, and does it all while raising three kids! Kelly created and opened an amazing shop that offers an array of the cutest clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Check out Mint boutique in Dublin!
Meet the Clark family! I've known Krista for years and she's one of those kinds of people that you just love from the moment you meet her. After meeting the rest of her family, I can see where it comes from! After photographing countless young children, I've learned you just have to try your best and let the children lead and let them be themselves. It is never worth it to try to force anything out of a child for photos. But let me tell you, little Riggs NAILED it! The camera loved him and he loved it right back. Here's a preview of the beautiful Clark family!