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Throughout the years, I’ve had several little ones go through my Baby’s First Year Program at the exact same time. So it’s fun to compare their milestones and watch them grow together as we move from the newborn stage to sitting up at six months and, finally, walking in celebration of their first birthdays. That’s how it’s been for these two beautiful little people. With those big personalities and easygoing dispositions, I’m thinking Brody and Adi would be a perfect little match.

Below, some of my favorites from their sessions (p.s. 20+ sessions coming on the blog – I’ve been super busy getting a NEW blog ready to go which means this one will be lovingly referred to soon as the “old” blog AND a new online gallery/shopping cart as well as a new customer management system. You could say it’s been more than a little nutty around here, but lots of great sessions to share, so watch for the slew of updates):

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… in the form of an outtake from this recent high school senior session …

She looked down, gave a shy smile between shot compositions and wow.

Beautiful.

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And one more that caught my eye from another session this past weekend. The beautiful silhouette of a beautiful thing to come. More from this stunning mama-to-be and her newborn soon.

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  • Oh. My. Lord.

    Both spectacular shots: composition, lighting, you’re in a class of your own.

  • Thank you, Kimberly!

  • Kimberly T

    Kami I pop on your sites regularly to admire your work. You are amazing! You create the most beautiful images. We “non-photographers” don’t really understand ALL the work you put into each shot but, rest assured your art and your talents are recognized and very much appreciated. I look forward to all that is to come and will continue my site visits as they always brighten my day.

We had beautiful late afternoon light for this gorgeous mama’s maternity session and two weeks later, we had a beautiful baby boy in front of the lens. As a photographer, it really doesn’t get much better than this.

Meet sweet Will “before” and “after” he decided to make his entrance into the world.

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  • Katie Strahan

    I love them! Katelyn looks great and so does Will!

At six weeks old – officially an “older” newborn – I was prepared that we may not get those curly, sleepy shots more easily achieved the first week after birth. On the flip side, I was secretly excited that we would probably get more awake shots and – bonus – real eye contact. Or, as baby boy proved to us in the first image I blogged a few weeks back from his session, more personality.

But much to our delight and amazement, Yash gave us the best of both worlds, sleeping like a champ for little stretches – long enough to style several shots nestled asleep and get some beautiful eye contact.

Hello, gorgeous.

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Ok, so it was only late March, but we definitely took advantage of the warm afternoon. This was a session done purely with the intent to play with off-camera lighting outdoors. As a photographer, I think it’s always good to keep learning and keep challenging “the way we always shoot it.” I have a studio and use off-camera lighting indoors often, and, although I shoot outdoors a lot, too, anything other than natural light outdoors has always been a little bit of a mystery to me. I’ll be the first to admit I do not have a love affair with my 580EX external flash, but I do love my giant octadome and strobe.

We attended this year’s Imaging USA conference in San Antonio and watched Hanson Fong’s presentation about lighting and light modifiers indoors and outdoors. One after another, he showed what we deemed to be beautiful shots taken in natural light outdoors – taken in open shade or backlit the same way many of us do today. Then he showed those exact same images with just a pop of off-camera light and/or reflector and “wow” is really all I can say. The images went from great to fabulous. In the first issue of PhotoVision 2011 (I highly recommend this series!), Angie Monson shows how she rocks the off-camera flash (with her 7 foot softbox out in a field) to overpower the sun during a family session and maintain that beautiful, crisp, deep blue sky and clouds.

So armed with a desire to play, Carmen and I loaded up the 4Runner with the giant softbox, strobe, our 580EXs, a 5-in-1 reflector and three willing participants (thank you, Kim!) We quickly discovered that our master plan to power the strobe remotely was a failure. Nix the softbox. We’re flexible, right?

So onto the 580EXs and reflector. While I’m typically used to backlighting in strong, high sun conditions, we purposefully placed the boys with the sun falling on their faces and then adjusted our camera and flash settings to expose correctly and overpower the sun. Many of the shots of our beautiful girl were taken solely with the gold reflector to get a warm glow and sparkle back up into her eyes with the sun behind her. All in all, I’m glad we played and can’t wait to get the right generator for the strobe to try more new things. Enjoy some of my favorites!

P.S. the beautiful fabric flower bouquets are from Little Rue.

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  • Bonnie

    WOW! Vivid bright color and well captured lighting. Beautiful Children!

  • Thank you, Kim – you are so much fun to hang out with, work with, etc. and those kids are so well behaved! Miss Bella Brady could take a lesson or two. LOL.

  • Kim McCombs

    These are amazing!!! Kami, what a beautiful way to capture this light and my three children! Thanks for letting me be part of your experiment!

    Kim