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Denver Pregnancy Photography: Woodward Round 2

Denver Pregnancy Photography:  Stephanie and Mike Woodward have been loyal clients of mine since their engagement and wedding way back in 2008.  Since then I have had the honor of documenting them as they added their first born, Madilyn (now two years old), to this world over the course of her first year.  I was thrilled to find out they were expecting their second child because that means we are starting baby’s first year all over again and I will get to see them every three months this year to capture baby Brooklyn!  For the maternity session this time around, we decided to meet at Wash Park so that we could reward Madilyn for all her beautiful smiles at the playground after the photo shoot.  It was a gorgeous and hot summer afternoon and we were able to get some darling photos showcasing Stephanie’s baby bump and of course, the precocious and hilarious little Madilyn at two.  It’s always amazing to me how fast time flies and how quickly these little babies that I start out photographing at less than two weeks of age mature into walking, talking, little humans.

Steph and Mike, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your continued loyalty and love for my work.  I am so happy that we met and that you have chosen to keep me as your family photographer all these years.  I absolutely love coming to your house and seeing my photos from all of the various shoots we have done together over the years all over your walls in practically every room of your home.  It makes my heart smile.  I am so happy for you and can’t wait to capture your second baby girl (not to mention Madilyn and you both) many, many, many more times.  Not only this year, but every year!  XOXO

Baby Photography Denver: Sterling is 3 months!

Baby Photography Denver: I often talk about my Baby’s First Year collection being one of my favorite things to book and to photograph with my clients.  This is mostly because I get to follow my favorite little munchkins every few months through the first year of their life from newborn to one.  Lately, I am booking a lot of round 2′s with many of the same families that I started with for their first born.  The Col(e)man family is BEYOND extra special in my life in more ways than I can count,  and the fact that they have added another beautiful boy to this world means that not only do I get to capture Sterling through his first year, but that I also get to follow Soren through his second year every few months!  I didn’t necessarily premeditate this collection being something that would mean a lot of repeat business, however, it has meant exactly that!  I mean, how fair is it to give the first born 6 photo shoots and a book of their first year, and NOT do the same for the second child?  Ha!

As it stands at this very moment in time, I am in the midst of baby’s first year round two for not only the Colmans, but for 3 other families, with 3 more (at least) coming up right behind them.  And everyone that goes through round two with me gets added value because not only do I photograph the new baby, but the older child at the same time too.  Talk about bang for your buck.  ;-)  So for anyone that follows my blog regularly, you are going to get to see a lot more cute babies along with their old siblings that have been featured over and over again the past few years.

Thank you to the Colman’s for your continued love, loyalty, friendship, and support.  I am so happy to vicariously experience parenthood through your gorgeous family.  I couldn’t ask for better best friends OR for more beautiful little boys to satiate my baby fever with.  Love you all to the moon and back, to infinity.  Smooches.  XOXO

Family Photographer Denver: The Extended Family Photo Shoot

Family Photographer Denver:  In my last post, I gave a few tips for photographing a toddler.  But, what do you do when there are several little ones all at once?  Typically, for each child under the age of 4 that gets added to a group photo, the difficulty factor increases exponentially.  BUT, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible!  Basically the same rules apply- work fast, do the group shots immediately, bribery is allowed (make sure there is a reward!), and always break up the posed shots with some playtime.

For this family session, I had one of my past brides (Shayna Ferm, a fabulous Denver comedian), her husband and their two little ones; plus Shayna’s brother, his wife and their daughter; plus grandma and grandpa Ferm.  So, 6 adults and 3 young kiddos.  To be honest, the shot with everyone together was tricky, even given all of my best strategies for making it happen.  My advice where this kind of image is concerned, is to shoot in continuous mode and hold that shutter button down!  Inevitably, someone’s eyes will be closed, someone else will look away, and someone else will be squirming in 99% of the images.  But at the end of the day, all you need is ONE good shot and in most cases, everyone will be happy.

I also recommend breaking the entire family down into several smaller groups.  That way, not everyone has to be “turned on” the entire time.  It also gives mom a chance to chase down her son while he chases the geese while grandma and the girls get their turn.  ;-)  In the end, we were able to get great images for each nuclear family, great images for grandma and grandpa with their grandkids, and a few of each of the children on their own as well.

My last piece of advice (for both photographers and family members)… Eat your Wheaties ahead of time!  Seriously, even though this kind of a photo shoot might not last a long time, plan on getting your exercise.

 

Family Photography Arvada: How to Photograph a Toddler

Family Photography Arvada:  I’ve been photographing my gorgeous niece, Alice, since the day she was born and the number of baby photos I have her in the first year of her life is borderline ridiculous.  Alice is the first grandchild to be born into our family and to say that we are all crazy about her would be an understatement.  But, since her first birthday, most of the photos I have taken of her have been with my iphone.  Sad, but true.  So when she officially turned two, it was time for another professional photo shoot.  My sister was a little worried about her attention span in terms of “posing” for family photos, but luckily, this was not my first rodeo with a two year old.  :-)

No doubt, two can be a tricky age.  They are still too young for most kinds of bribery, and yet, they are generally pretty sure about what they want to do as well as what they don’t.  I have found that the best strategy is to, first of all, get them excited about “taking photos” before the shoot ever begins.  We talked about how much fun it was going to be all the way to the park, and my sister and brother-in-law prepped her all morning before that.  The next thing is I have learned is to do all of the “posed” photos right away and to move quickly.  When I say move quickly, I literally mean that I generally get about 10 seconds to get the shot with everyone looking at the camera and smiling.  After 10 to 20 seconds, it’s time to move on.  And finally, another strategy that has worked well is to have a “reward” at the end.  In this case it was about going to the playground.

We hopped out of the car and immediately found a spot for the first “posed” shot.  10 seconds later we were on the move.  We got to the next spot and I got another 10 seconds.  And 5 minutes later I got another 10 seconds.  And then it was time for the reward.  This photo shoot was literally no more than about 15 minutes long, and then it was time to play.  In my experience, some of the best images from a family photoshoot with a young child are the ones that happen during the in-between-posed moments.  Walking, skipping, swinging, and playing all have their part in this kind of a session, and luckily, wedding photography has trained me to work quickly and efficiently.  My biggest piece of advice to parents of a toddler that are interested in a professional photo shoot is not to “force” anything.  Trying to force a two year old to do something that he or she does not want to do is the quickest way to meltdown city.  And not only that, but making photos “fun” is a smart move in terms of setting up the kiddos for more successful  photo shoots as they grow up.  It doesn’t have to be a long and painful experience for anyone, and remember, a great image can be accomplished in 1/1000th of a second.