Photographs can help boost your child’s self esteem, simply by having printed pictures

of your child/family in the home.  

Being able to see photographs of themselves with their family gives them a wonderful feeling of unity and belonging.  It validates the love that they are already feeling.  There is a wonderful article about the benefits of family photographs in the home that you can read here.  The tactile nature of printed products helps them feel even more connected.  Please print your photos.

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Photographs are a ticket to a moment otherwise gone.

When you are in the thick of parenting, it feels like the current stage is going to last forever.  You think the big moments are so important that of course you will remember…except you won’t.  All of a sudden, your baby is now an active toddler and you can’t even remember what it was like to have a baby in the house.  Now fast forward another 10 or 20 years and all of those moments are much fuzzier.  Photographs freeze those moments and make those fuzzy moments clear again. I love lifestyle photography so much because it captures the family’s personality, relationships, and life’s every day details.  As time passes, it will be those little details that are the hardest to recall.  Documenting your everyday allows you to revisit those moments whenever you want.

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Sometimes feeling a sense of place in this world has something to do with the ancestors that came before you.  In my living room, we have a series of frames with professional photos of my husband’s extended family from almost 100 years ago. These type of images allow us to connect with our family history and give us a deeper sense of self.  Thankfully the images were printed with archival quality so they have have held up beautifully over the years.  Your investment in custom photography now is actually an investment in your legacy. Unfortunately, so many pictures today are taken with their smart phone.  For those that are the photographers for the family, they typically don’t make it into the shot unless it is a selfie. Just think of you how you would like those memories to be captured.

Photographs only increase in value over time.

Last year, my mom was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.  Just a few months later, she passed away.  It was shocking and gut wrenching.  She was in perfect health before the tumor and such a massive part of our lives.  My biggest comfort comes from the fact that she was able to meet her grandchildren and that I was obsessive about documenting them together.  My daughter was only 3 when she passed so she probably won’t remember knowing her.  The photos are the only way to keep their relationship alive for her.  They are my biggest treasure and no object can even compete in value.  An expensive meal out finishes quickly, technology gets outdated easily, and even cars need to be replaced after awhile.  However, photos are forever and become more cherished over time.  It is an investment in something that is guaranteed to grow in value.  Here are a couple of everyday moments taken on my parent’s porch.  I am thankful I had my camera with me in both instances.  She was head over heals in love with both of my children and it shows in her radiant smile.

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Of course I have my own favorite childhood memories with her.

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Finally, a shot of my parents together from our annual family vacation.  An image I will cherish and how I will always remember her.

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“If you don’t think pictures are important, wait until they are all that you have left.” ~ Anonymous

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When you are friends with someone since you were 14, you experience it all together.  My friend Mary Beth has been the most wonderful friend to me over the years and really kicked it up a notch when my mom passed away.  I don’t know how people survive great tragedy without being surrounded by a village.  I am so thankful for mine. She has a big birthday coming up and I wanted to make sure all of her amazingness was captured.  Here she is with her family.  Can you tell that she is an actress?  The drama just comes naturally. 🙂

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We were pregnant twice at the same time.  Our kids get along wonderfully.  Natalia had to jump in with the youngest and I couldn’t resist their cuteness.

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Happy Birthday my beautiful friend!  I love you dearly! xoxoxoxo

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Two years ago was my first session with the {W} family.  Mom wanted to test the waters with a mini session.  Thankfully we were blessed with beautiful weather and really happy kids.  This family has a lot of love between them and have so much fun together that it was easy to capture their relationships.

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Two years later, we got together again but with even more of the clan.  So much love all around.  They really made it easy and so much fun to photograph.

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This one…could she BE any cuter?

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I have a soft spot for grandparent shots.  What I wouldn’t give to have more pictures taken with my own as a child.

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Last fall, Shutterfly sent me an email, requesting to buy images from my portfolio for use on their website.  Of course I said yes.  They were particularly interested in images of my family and I had to cull my archives in order to get images of both of my children from birth until now.  Today you will find them regularly on their website, mailed catalog, plus Facebook and Instagram feeds.  My friends like to play a modified version of Where’s Waldo and find our pictures.  Here are just examples of my images being used by Shutterfly.

Friends have screenshot their inbox to show me how my daughter greeted them good morning that day…

 

I am happy to pair up with a company that understands the value of printing your images as well as incorporating them into your everyday life.  Thank you Shutterfly!

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The biggest concern I receive from my moms that just had a baby is the post-partum weight.  After two of my own, I hear you mom.  In my pre-baby life, I actually had abs and wore bikinis with no concern.  However, once that baby was born, my stomach became soft and squishy.  It felt strange for me and I was uncomfortable.  After 7 years, I am a mom of two and the abs have not come back.  It is still a life goal to reduce the squishiness but in the mean time, I am living with what I call poochie.  Now this squishy belly gave me two squishy babies so I am grateful for what my body has done.  However, I feel for you and understand how hard it is to transition to this new body.  That being said, it takes time for your body to heal and you don’t want miss out on precious photo opportunities with your family while you are comfortable with your body again.  Your baby will never be this little again.  So what is a new mom to do?

Posing is key.  Let’s accentuate the positive…everyone has a positive…everyone.  Below are images from some of my favorite ladies that have used the follow poses and rocked their post partum world.

THE SIDE LIE

Laying on your side snuggled with your baby is a very complimentary pose.  It allows for connection between the two of you plus gravity is your friend.

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Even adjusting the angle a bit is equally as complementary.

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Another reason I love the side lie is that it captures the intimate mother and child relationship.

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Shooting From Above

Shooting from above is a very easy way to eliminate any post-partum worries.  Plus being wrapped up into mommy’s arms is the best place in the world to be, so baby is nice and happy.

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

By you bringing your baby up towards your face and me getting in close and focusing on the two of you, that baby belly taken out of the shot.

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TAKE A STEP BACK

One of the reasons I love lifestyle photography is taking a step back and telling a story.  Shooting with a wide angle lens, I get more environment in the picture.  That distance is flattering for all that are involved.

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Baby Camo

Being photographed with a child in your arms is wonderful form of camouflage.  Not only does doing something like reading a book with a child on your lap is a great way bond with your child, it also easily hides your belly but keeps you fully in the picture.

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Now to put my money where my mouth is, here is a self portrait of my daughter and I.  It was her first use of our brand new sink and she loved bathing in it.  At the time, I had on really crappy clothes and my hair was a mess, and I had no makeup on.  Everything about my situation screamed, run away.  However, I was loving how much my daughter was enjoying the sink.  I had a number of great shots of her but I wanted her to remember that I was there too.

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So there you have it mom.  Not only do I have multiple solutions for your problem, I have been there/currently am in your situation so I understand how important this is to you.  Remember, your body gave new life and that is amazing.  You and your child are beautiful.  Let’s not waste those early memories while you adjust.  I will adjust my shooting to make sure your beauty is captured.

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