Baby C {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

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Finding the light {fredericksburg va newborn photographer}

The number one question that I get asked during sessions is about taking better pictures of your own children.

 

As professional photographers, we are trained to see the light, but any mom can take beautiful and memorable pictures at home. Here is a little practice assignment…

 

For some reason, the best light in most homes can be found in the kitchen and master bedroom. My desk is in my kitchen, so my little one spends a lot of time in his highchair hanging with his momma. He was so cute this morning playing, so I grabbed my camera. Here is a pullback… super messy. This week has been ONE OF THOSE WEEKS so my kitchen game is weak today. Haven’t done dishes or picked up toys. But that doesn’t matter!

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You want light to fall at an angle, typically. Angle your subject, in this case my super sweet little Eli guy, so the light falls across his face. Snap. This is taken with me standing in front of the door.

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the other option you have is to stand directly facing the subject, which gives more defined shadows, my personal preference.

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These images are directly from my camera, with no retouching. The final images are below after editing.

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Now go take pictures of your own littles!

big brother {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

I am so thrilled to be working with this beautiful couple! They are so sweet and excited to be welcoming their sweet son very soon. In fact, I would be surprised if momma made it to her due date in a few weeks. {I am no doctor but do have a little experience😉 }

Their little pup has been with them every step of their journey and is so dear to them. It was so fun and sweet to include him in a few of their special portraits.

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More coming soon!

Baby A {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

THIS LITTLE ONE. All the heart eyes. I almost hoped that he would be a fussy baby so that I could spend extra time snuggling his perfect little self, but alas, he was absolute snuggly, sleepy baby perfection! Check out those lips… SO kissable. Congrats to the new family!

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baby C {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

OH, my lands. This precious baby girl is such a love. I could have snuggled her all the live long day. She is new precious daughter of my daughter’s favorite ballet teacher and their family is so dear to us. It was such an honor to get to photograph their brand new addition. She is so dainty and lady like… I am sure she will be dancing along side momma so soon!

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Getting older {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

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Today is my birthday. I remember thinking that my age now was super old when I was younger. I remember thinking that I would have myself totally together. I’d probably live in a posh home, with perfect decor, all white because my kids would be close to grown. I’d probably never second guess myself or feel inadequate or wonder if I will ever feel like I will never fully grow up.

The beautiful gift of getting older is that it isn’t at all what you think it will be. Life happens so quickly that all you can do is hold on and try to soak in the moments. I never imagined that at my age I would have a 5 month old baby. I never imagined that those older kids, close to grown, would make me so happy and proud that I never want them to leave, even in exchange for the return of my beloved white furnishings. I never imagined that everything I own would probably have seen better days and that I would prefer a love-worn life far over the well designed one that I had once dreamed of. I never imagined that I would continue to second guess myself every day, especially when I tuck my kids in at night and see their sweet, sleepy faces and know that the only thing that I want to do “right” in however many years I am given is raise them to a happy adulthood, filled with warm memories of these years that are happening right now.

Birthdays are sweet like that… you get to stop and look around at where you are and soak in what your years have given you. I am thankful for it all. I am not where I imagined I would be, so many years ago, but when it is time to blow the candles out on my cake, the only thing there is left to wish for is more of the beautiful same.

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K (Expecting) {Fredericksburg Va newborn and maternity photographer}

This momma is expecting her sweet second little one and is just such a treat to work out. Gorgeous, kind, hilarious…  I kind of wish that I could photograph her every single day. Her session was filled with beautiful images but these simple, elegant black and whites were my favorites of the bunch.

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