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Making it through your baby’s first year is a real cause for celebration. What better way to mark this milestone, in my opinion, is a photo session to capture this time. I photographed this lovely girl as a newborn and it was so very nice to see her and how much she’s grown. And just as she was as a newborn, baby M was beautiful and petite. Her little face has such a sweetness to it.

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As I do with my baby sessions, I brought wardrobe for the star of the shoot. I typically arrive at in-home photo sessions armed with a trunk of carefully crafted outfits, made by small business owners who specialize in baby photo props. The outfit she has on in this photo is by Little Willow Tree — while this particular vendor is not a photography vendor, her work photographs beautifully. It complements baby M’s skin like a dream.

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For baby’s first year portraits, and studio-style portraits, I usually instruct parents to don neutral clothing. This keeps the images classic and timeless. For this session we stepped out into the yard and I still love how their clothing coordinates.

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Here are some more photos of the photogenic family.

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Of baby and dad…

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And mom and baby. 🙂

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We ended up heading back inside after taking photos in the backyard. The light shining through the window illuminated the room so perfectly. You’d better believe I was one happy photographer. Just look at the light here. 😀

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A close up…

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And a detail shot. The little things mommas don’t want to forget.

More family time playing with mom and dad.

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I love how this session turned out and I’m so grateful to have photographed this family twice now. To inquire about an in-home session for your family, contact me and we’ll chat. Thanks for looking!

 

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My sweet baby nephew turned 1 recently and so of course we had to celebrate with a cake smash! Watching babies enjoy their first taste of this birthday treat is a highlight for me. His momma brought a store made cake from our local grocery store and came over to my place, where I set up my studio light and backdrop stand.

As with all my cake smash sessions, we started off with some more formal portraits. I love his shirt pattern against the dark backdrop.

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With most indoor 1st birthday photo shoots in the Sacramento area, I bring my backdrop stand and seamless paper to the client’s home. In some cases, if the natural lighting is hard to work with, I will bring my studio light. I’ve invested in a lighting system that mimics natural light, which is perfect for me and the type of portraiture I create. I use the Einstein with an 86″ cover — so it requires a lot of space. I will post a pull back shot one day. Anyway, I absolutely love the light is produces and how it photographs, especially for little babies.

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Next we went on to the fun — bring out the smash cake! :p It took some encouraging, but eventually he started nibbling on the cake. If you’re thinking about what color cake to choose, consider the backdrop color. The contrast here between the white cake and charcoal grey backdrop is striking.

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When clients contact me about shooting a cake smash session or 1st birthday photos, I give them the option of indoor or outdoor. They definitely look different, and you can view photos from an outdoor session here. For more information or to set up your own cake smash photo shoot, contact me and we can get started on planning your baby’s portraits!

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Mother’s Day is coming up, and in honor of that holiday, I wanted to share one of my favorite sessions. This one was taken in Elk Grove, just south of Sacramento, at Jack E. Hill Park.  My dear friend and her son were in town when she booked me for a special mommy and me photo shoot. (Note that these were taken in the summer before the recent rainfall, which is why the grass is dry. :))

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This 2 year old had such a playful spirit about him. Although 2 year olds are never predictable, A. listened so well and was just fine adventuring around the park with his mommy. Picking up sticks, wandering along the trails, and exploring the textures of grass and landscape were fun for the little guy.

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It’s often hard for clients to tell how well a session is going, especially with kids not cooperating like parents think they should be. But, for me, I think the best moments come from photographing kids when they are not forcing a pose or a cheesy smile. It’s the natural moments that arise, the connectedness that surfaces in portraits, that speak to me the most. Parents are often surprised at how their galleries turn out — instead of chaos, they see the true beauty of their children they know so well.

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Jack Hill Park is a location I frequent because there are a variety of spots to shoot at, the scenery changes every season, and it’s a safe spot for photo shoots. From looking through my portfolio you actually wouldn’t know some of my sessions were taken at this same park. Each family makes it their own.

Here are more photos from the session.

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To book a Mother’s Day shoot, or a mommy and me session anytime, get in touch! We can start planning a session for you and your babies.

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