Monthly Archives: April 2013

Bright Colors | Flower Macro Photos

I haven’t been running many errands since I’ve been home with the baby, so I asked my husband to pick up some flowers when he went to the store… and he returned with these very brightly dyed gerbera daisies!  We’ve laughed a bit about how tacky they are, but our daughter loves them, and I actually think these photos would look great framed in her room.  So, here are some shots to brighten your day, and all of my flower photos are available for purchase at this link.

I will be returning to photograph some baby and family portrait sessions this week, so watch the blog for some sneak peeks this weekend!  And contact me to schedule your session for June or July!

And, for those who think the colors are a bit much, one in black and white as well:

April Letters to our Children | Personal Photos

I’ve recently joined a blog circle with 15 other talented women who are writing monthly letters to their children as a personal photography project.  My own goal with this project is to capture and really document all of the things I am feeling for Ben, my new son, in these first months of his life.  With my daughter, Elodie, in some ways I was very focused in her first months — she was our only child, my first baby, and we absolutely poured our lives into her care and no small detail went unnoticed.  With a second child, it’s much easier to pass over some of the nuances of babyhood, so I want to be very intentional about capturing our everyday in words and photos.  I am taking a longer maternity leave from my full-time day job (6 months) in order to really bond with Ben.  Elodie will join us at home in a couple of months’ time, but for now it is just Ben and me.

Dear Benjamin,

Only two weeks in, and my heart is so full of you.  I didn’t think it was possible for my heart to grow enough to love you as I’ve loved your sister (something every parent fears), but it should have been obvious that somehow my heart could accomodate the whole of your tiny body and soul.  Every wiggly smile and searching desperate grab of yours warms me in a way that feels brand new.  The makeup of your life right now is eating and pooping and sleeping and cuddling, and I am a happy observer and provider of all of these things.  I love that you love to cuddle.  I love nursing you, even if this is something you’ll read later and cringe to hear, it bears noting the way that you nurse with such utter dependence and trust.  I’m amazed by how connected we feel already, and maybe that’s because I knew to expect the typical baby horrors of diapers and spit-up, but didn’t realize clearly enough how wonderful you would be.

This month you have successfully navigated as much of this world as we’ve thrown at you.  You accept so graciously the constant pokes and hugs from your big sister, even when her fingers are cold and sticky, and you are ever enduring when I strip you down for your near-daily photo sessions.  You are healing and developing well since leaving the hospital, nine and a half pounds of warmth that you’ve quickly grown to.

Our favorite moments together when I think we’re both happiest are generally first thing in the morning, or perhaps during our deeply mid-night time together.  When you eat, when I hold you after you’ve drifted off to smiley half-sleep again, in the moments before Dad comes and gently carries you back to your crib or to change your diaper.  You are so sweet, so vulnerable, so soft.  We don’t do as well together in the late afternoons, when you are a bit fed up from the day and you act with a bit of a vengeance, needier, with no room for caresses or reflection — after brief bouts of rest you return and return and return in clusters.  I love you through those times but they exhaust me and I feel powerless.

I’m looking forward to every new step you take.  I don’t tend to be overly nostalgic for the past anymore, because I find that my relationships with your dad and sister evolve in ways that fill me too completely to long for the past.  So even though I will never, ever hold you when you are quite so tiny or quite so gently needy, I will always love you, Ben.

 love, Mom

To read more letters to our children, as written by the other mothers in our circle, click through to Kristy Dooley Photography and her blog.  Keep clicking through until you make it back here to read all of our letters.

Flowers on my Birthday

As a continuation of my weekly project to photograph flowers, the last two weeks are below: a pretty succulent that I picked up the week before Ben was born, and an orchid that we were given at the hospital.

If you’re interested in any of these images, gallery to order prints is here.

Behind the Scenes of a Newborn Session | Houston Newborn Photographer

Obviously the last several days have been incredible on many levels for me and our family, but it’s been especially fun for me to have unrestricted access to a sweet, squishy newborn to photograph (who I happen to adore).  I’ve been taking newborn photos basically daily, and I thought I’d use this opportunity to give everyone an idea of what my setup may look like for your in-home newborn session.  While I like to take a combination of modern newborn portraits (posed photos) and more lifestyle photos (more natural photos of interactions between mom, dad, siblings, and baby), since I am the mom in this case, I’m really only talking about the posed photos in this post.  Please, ignore my messy house!  But it does go to show that you only need to focus on the areas you want photographed when you are de-cluttering 🙂

Typically we can expect to spend 2-3 hours together for newborn photos, and I will ask you in advance to think a bit about which areas of your home have the best lighting, and have those areas clear of clutter.  I’ll also ask you to keep your home as warm as possible, close to 80 degrees — this will help baby to stay sleepy.  I try to take newborn photos beginning mid-morning, around 9 or 10 am, and we would first work on getting a few photos with the family in case we’re working around sibling schedules.

Many of the posed newborn photos we will take will involve me setting up a blanket as a backdrop, over a positioner that I will bring (a shaped pillow), which we’ll place on a chair or ottoman.  Safety is always a top priority, and anything we put your baby on or in will be properly secured and counterweighted!  My preference for the posed newborn photos setup would be to use what you have in your home rather than my big backdrop stand, but if you feel limited then we can always set it up.  We can use anything from the back of your sofas and armchairs, to high wooden chair backs.

In between the layers of blankets, we’ll be prepared for any little accidents!  Don’t worry about anything — it happens nearly every time, and everything I use is washable!  And we’ll protect your furniture as well.

I’ll place a space heater nearby before we get started to get the area nice and warm, because we’ll want to get a few shots (as long as you are comfortable) of you sweet baby in his birthday suit, and we want him to stay warm and sleepy.

I hope this is helpful for anyone who is nervous about having a photographer in their home with their days-old baby, and gives you an idea of what to expect!

Welcome to our Son | Houston Newborn Photographer

Just wanted to announce our family’s happy news:  our son was born last week!  He and I are doing very well, and our daughter is adjusting as well as we could have hoped for a toddler — she loves trying to give “bebe” kisses.  I’m still somewhat stuck in the newborn fog that comes from not sleeping through the night and the other physical demands of having a baby, but we’re in good spirits, and I did manage to take a few newborn photos.  These were taken when he was only 3 and 4 days old.  In a few days I will post some “pull-back” shots to give a behind-the-scenes look at a newborn photography session, and talk a little bit about my process and what to expect.  I also plan to take more photos over the next week, so that you can see the subtle differences between getting newborn pictures taken sooner vs. later in the real “newborn” window.  In the meantime, here is our newest addition!