family fun | Santa Fe, NM and Kalamazoo, MI Family Photographer

I just looooove photographing repeat clients–maybe because I look forward to seeing them again, maybe because I already know them a little bit and know what to expect, mostly (in this case) because these crazy kids just make me laugh. :)  You may have seen them before in this post; I think we had even more fun this time around.

ImageIn case you wonder–Mr. C is just that cool.  He isn’t angry. ;)

ImageImageWe made sure to get good individual portraits–and what a difference between last year and this!  Exactly the reason it’s a GREAT idea to get family portraits taken every year. :)

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Middle children are my (secret) favorite.  (Don’t tell oldest or youngest children please!) ;)  This girl now has a pose named after her in GTZ-Photography-land.  :)

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One last (miraculous) (energetic) (realistic) (fun) photo of all three kiddoes together….  :)
Thanks so much for the chance to take your family photos two years in a row now!  You guys are the best!  Keep that crazy/zany/wacky sense of fun around please! :)

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so berry sweet | Santa Fe, NM and Kalamazoo, MI Family Photographer

One of my photography-related goals for several years has been to do a portrait session in an apple orchard.  There is a fine line between “suggesting locations to clients” and “manipulating them into going where I want to go,” don’t you think? ;)  (Maybe the line isn’t quite so fine…)  Anyway, last summer in MI, I had several sessions scheduled which just happened to line up with blueberry season, and a blueberry field sounded close enough to an apple orchard for the time being. :)  I posted a quick “is anyone interested” on my Facebook page and I got a bite!!  Thanks so much to Amy and her beautiful family for being up for anything! :)

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Isn’t that little sweat pea just toooo cute?!   Her mommy had several different adorable outfit options ready for her, and I think we went through them all; but let’s face it, she could have sat there in a feed sack and still looked absolutely precious. :)

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Daddies and daughters have such a special bond–so sweet!

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We spent some time by the sweet peas in bloom before moving on to the blueberry fields….  And then wouldn’t you know it, we only took about ten photos before we got kicked out! :(  (And I DID call to get permission before we went!)  I was pretty disappointed that we didn’t have lots of time in the fields, but I can’t really be TOOO disappointed when we still got such great photos overall. :)

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Plan B–up front to the rustic farm stand for a little bit different look. :)

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Oh my word, anyone who wonders why “littles” are my favorite–it’s because of photos like these!  I get to enjoy their cuteness over and over while I work on the session!  I’m sorry, but you just can’t beat funny baby faces and cute baby feet. :)

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We squeezed in this one last shot before we really really REALLY had to leave. ;)

Amy, I loved spending a slightly muggy hour or so with you guys!  Thanks so much for the opportunity to take your family portraits!  I love how they came out even with all the interruptions, and hope they bring back good memories for you. :)

And one day I will get my full session uninterrupted in an orchard or field or patch or SOMETHING!  :)  Maybe…

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the real thing | Santa Fe, NM and Kalamazoo, MI Family Photographer

One of my favorite kinds of sessions is when I get the chance to photograph an Old and Dear Friend.  (Name that book!) ;)  This was one such session; I’ve known Jessie since we were both in elementary school together, and we did a little bit of “bonding” in college when I worked in her building.  We were even pregnant together once upon a time–her oldest, my youngest!  Good memories… :)  We set aside an hour or so when I was in MI last summer to take some family portraits.

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Jessie picked out this location, and I just love how green and vibrant it is.  She also chose such fun and cute outfits for her kiddoes!  (Random–my daughter wore that little blue dress too, and when I saw Miss K show up with it on for her session, I was pretty excited!)  

I just love how “real” the above photo is–you know with littles, you’re always going to get “real” right??  I say, embrace it. :)

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Mr. Energy here had an absolute blast running around the new digs. :)

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And this little cutie tried to convince me that she was shy, but I knew better… ;)

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Poor Baby Brother was not very excited about family photos…  But I love those cheekies!  (Baby cheeks get me every time!)

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This picture makes me just smile and get all wrinkly inside (haha!) because Big Brother and Sister were so absolutely sweet and cute.  Look at their faces!!  They weren’t sure why Little Brother was crying, but they sure wished they could help! ;)

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We even squeezed in some photos of Mom & Dad. :)  (Personal goal–one day I will have a couples session with my husband!  Real photos!  Of me and him together!  Like this one.) ;)

Thanks so much for sharing your family with me again!  It is always a privilege to be trusted with a portrait session.  But next time, let’s do it in Santa Fe….  Okay?? :D

(You never know, maybe I’ll get someone to visit me out here if I keep hinting!)

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twice as nice | Santa Fe, NM Children’s Photographer

Best-dressed twins alert! ;)  I think I can honestly say, I’ve never photographed better-styled 8 year olds.  And what a fun time we had last May in this little hidden garden in downtown Santa Fe!

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This lovely little lady (alliteration much?) ;) was alllllll about the camera!  I think she would have been happy to keep going all night.  She was so super sweet and funny; she just loved being the center of attention for a few minutes. :)

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I’m not sure if the manlier half of this pair was quite as excited about being in front of my camera…  But seriously!  GQ!!  He looked sooo handsome in his suit, and I managed to convince him to almost smile a couple of times. ;)

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Big brother jumped in right at the end for a few photos too; I think I need to schedule a whole session for him now, so he can get his fair share of the spotlight. ;)

 I just loved meeting this family and spending an hour or so with their fabulous kiddoes!  Thanks so much to all of you for a lovely spring evening.  Let’s do it again sometime! :)

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brand new princess | Santa Fe, NM Newborn Photographer

What a lovely afternoon I spent with this precious new little princess.  She was so little and perfect, and her mommy and daddy were so thrilled with her. :)

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Love her little “thinker” pose here. :)  (It was all her idea!) ;)

Thanks again for allowing me to photograph your little darling!

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facing forward | class of 2013 | Santa Fe, NM High School Senior Photographer

Connections…  It’s funny how one thing leads to another, isn’t it?  I got this senior session as a result of the this little sweetie’s session.  You can probably tell by looking through my blog that senior sessions are not a main focus of mine, but this particular senior session ended up being a favorite.  Not JUST because of the Harley, of course…..  ;)

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One reason I love photographing children and babies is that they are so natural in front of the camera.  It’s rare for them to ask “Where do I look?  Where do I put my hands?  Is my hair okay?” ;)  I’m not saying there is anything wrong with feeling a little camera shy!  I just gravitate toward the free-ness of the littles in this regard.

However, sometimes you get an adult who is super natural in front of the camera.

This was one of those times.

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Derrick’s mom called me right before I left the house to meet up with them, asking if it would be “possible” if he could bring his brand new early graduation present to his session—aka a Harley!  Um, YES please!!  :)

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Thanks so much for a great session, and best wishes to you as you move forward in your life!

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March 7, 2014 · 10:20 pm

sweet baby girl | Santa Fe, NM Newborn Photographer

Meet Chanell.  (Say it like Chanel No. 5) :)  I absolutely love her name, and I LOVE all of her dark hair!!  So precious!

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Almost NO newborn sessions go smoothly from start to finish.  I want to just put that out there, not because Chanell’s is an example of a not-smooth session (at all!), but more because of the poor new moms and dads who get stressed out because their baby needs to eat right when I arrive (naturally), or gets fussy when we start the session (I certainly don’t smell like mom!) or doesn’t like being unswaddled (poor things, they are brand new in this big cold world, they like to be warm and cozy!)

I want to do something a little bit different in this post, and share a few images that I almost always take, but don’t usually include in my blog posts.  My goal is just to maybe put a few nervous parents’ worries to rest (or simply answer a couple questions!)

Let me assure you that babies are rarely asleep when I arrive, and almost never have they JUST finished a full meal.  (I mean, really, what one-week-old baby really ever finishes eating?!) ;)  No worries.  I am a big fan of variety, and that means we want to see your new little bundle of joy’s eyes too! :)  (Which is not to say that I won’t try to lull your baby to sleep by the end of the session…)

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Often we start out with some wide-awake shots.  These are sometimes hard to “pose” because babies like to wiggle.  NEWS FLASH! :)  Little Miss Chanell only weighed 5 lbs. something, but she really wanted to pull her arms in to her tummy and pick her head up and look at me.   Sweet!08

Almost certainly, after being alert for a few minutes, babies will get fussy…  It’s okay.  It’s normal.  At this point I almost always swaddle them and see if I can calm them myself–if they don’t settle down quickly, I let a parent take over (more for the parent’s sake than for mine.)  As you can see here, some Mommy-Time was just what the doctor ordered for this little sweetheart.

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There’s not much worse than being all warm and comfy and asleep, and having someone suddenly pull the blanket off of you.  Are you with me?  So I don’t do that to my newborns either…  They get to stay swaddled for now, while my space heater purrs along, making very convenient white noise. :)  Often I will get them settled and snuggled in, and then have Mom step in and cradle her baby just with her hands, to ease the transition even more.  At this point my goal is to keep them warm and comfortable and asleep (or at least calm, if they haven’t fallen asleep yet!)

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Often right as newborns fall asleep, they give cute little mysterious smiles.  I TRY to be ready for these, as they are just so adorable!

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You can see in one of the details shots above that Chanell is still swaddled; and in another I’ve pulled the wrap off (at least partially).  I try to ease the baby through each transition, so often I’ll unswaddle but leave them loosely wrapped or covered, especially if they are stirring a little.  The space heater is key at this point—if the room (or my hands!) are cold, I am almost certainly going to have an unhappy baby on my hands when I remove the swaddle.

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Success!!  I looooove how “casual” she looks here.  So comfy. :)

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And cheeks…..  Who can resist squishy baby cheeks?!

Thanks SO much to this darling’s mommy for the chance to photograph Chanell!  I loved spending the morning with her. :)

Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions regarding newborn sessions!  I’d love to share.

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sweet siblings | Santa Fe, NM Children’s Photographer

Check out this adorrrrable little brother & sister!  Aren’t they the cutest little kiddoes ever?!

We spent an hour or so last spring playing in the grass by the roundhouse…  Just so their mommy could remember this time in their lives. :)

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Mr. Handsome D was super full of energy… :)

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…but you can’t fake that sweetness!

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Miss A wasn’t so sure she wanted me and my big camera and reflector to come anywhere near her at first.  She snuggled with mama while she made up her mind about me.

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These forsythia bushes are a favorite of mine.  I’ve always loved forsythia, from the days when I would slide my hand down a branch and collect all the little flowers up into one big “flower” in my palm.  (Much to my mother’s chagrin…)  Love the bright backdrop they give to these photos.

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If you think this little darling looks familiar, you might be remembering seeing her newborn portraits here.  Seriously, I think I say “This one is a favorite” after every session, but it really feels like EACH one is my favorite at the time!  Tomorrow I’ll have another favorite (not a “new” favorite as in a replacement…..  Just another!) ;)

Another big thank you to these cuties’ mommy for sharing your family with me and my camera!

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…down to the sea again… | Santa Fe, NM & Pensacola, FL Family Photographer

This session was so much fun.  You can’t ask for much more than a perfectly sweet family, cute kiddoes, and a gorgeous evening at the beach!  (Yes, the lovely green park backs right up to the sand!) :)  This was my third time working with this group, and you know what they say….  ;)  I think these photos turned out charming, anyway!

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(holy eyelashes, Batman!)

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 This little pink princess was such a joy!  She has been prayed for and thanked for much in her little life already!

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 An all-time favorite.

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family | Santa Fe, NM Family Photographer

I’ll be the first to admit—the trees don’t look like this right now!  I’m playing catch-up on my blog (*ahem* these are from over a year ago!) so let’s just enjoy the beautiful aspens from Octobers past… :)  I had a great time with this family–they were pretty much willing to do absolutely anything.  Thanks again, guys. :)

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I love that tight little hug!

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(Are these colors for real?!  GORGEOUS!)

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 So sweet.

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This session is definitely an all-time favorite of mine; you really can’t go wrong with aspens at sunset, and what a great family to share it with.  Let’s do it again this year. ;)

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