Since reestablishing my newborn and child portrait studio and business here in Houston, I’ve been traveling back and forth every 3-4 months to Kansas City photographing so many of my favorite, long-time clients. It’s been a true blessing to watch them grow, continue to service my Kansas City clients and know that states may separate us, but it’s nothing a little planning and Southwest Airlines can’t remedy. For regular family and child sessions, this worked incredibly well this past fall. And now, this Spring, the only wildcard has been the wet and crazy weather. So when this beautiful mama reached out to me to let me know she was expecting baby no. 2 and ask if it would even be possible for me to photograph his newborn session like I had done with his big sister, my wheels began to turn. Without my studio and all of its wonderful amenities, logistically, I had to consider transport of wraps, hats, blankets, fabrics, camera equipment, etc. as well as airfare and car rental. We knew we wanted a mix of lifestyle images shot in their home as well as some of my traditional posing so that they could complete their wall display of images consistent between big sister’s session and the session for their newborn son.
The other wildcard for a travel newborn session was the fact that – with no planned induction or C-section – babies come when they want to, so the due date was really just a moving target in terms of booking flights and scheduling other sessions/visits around the newborn session. This creates a tiny challenge given that most newborns are photographed about 6-10 days after birth. But as I’ve photographed newborns a wee bit older than that sweet spot, I chose a date to book travel that was about 12 days after the due date, considering that if he came early or even late, we’d still be ok for our session. About the same time that I was running all of the logistics for this session, I was contacted by another long-time friend and client who was pregnant with her third child as well. Same scenario, just a due date a few months later.
Long-story short, it all just came together perfectly. Sweet Liam was born very close to his due date and one large suitcase was all I needed for various newborn session goodies, along with my camera bag. I didn’t travel with studio lighting or stands or anything terribly huge, instead relying on a boppy; a wide, flat toddler table (for elevation and a “base”); large clamps attached to the back of dining room chairs to hold fabrics and their master bedroom for beautiful light and touches of the blue that became our session theme.
It was absolutely my honor to be asked back into their lives to capture this milestone. Enjoy some of my favorites from their in-home newborn photography session – I’m dying over his lips and that hairline. He reminds me a lot of his older sister.
Thinking about your own newborn session or know someone who’s expecting a baby? There’s a sweet special for a mini maternity session when you book your newborn session or Baby’s First Year. But hurry! The special expires May 31 at midnight CT. See details here.
That moment when you see something in the background of your location that you couldn’t have planned any better than was already right.there.in.front.of.you:
Once we’ve planned outfit selections and I have a solid idea of colors and styles, I then get to work planning locations throughout the Houston, Pearland and SE Houston areas. This is true for my high school senior photography sessions and every other type of on-location session I shoot. I plan as much as I possibly can and then, once on location, I’m always scanning for those hidden gems and once-in-a-blue-moon opportunities. Like the time my client’s actual fishing boat (he’s a longshoreman) came sailing into the background of our shoot. Or the time we found a vintage, well-loved piano sitting outside an abandoned downtown location during a session featuring five very musical members of one of my favorite families.
We happened upon the “Winner” lettering in much the same fashion. And those who know this stunning senior can attest she truly is just that. From her love of all things athletic, to the way she pushes herself academically, and the genuine self she displays as a daughter, little sister, cousin and friend, she’s a winner in every sense of the word. I’ve watched her grow up from a small girl dancing at my own wedding to this self-assured, independent young woman right before my eyes. I just know her next adventure is going to be every bit as wonderful as she is.
They drove all the way from Kansas for this, which is a high compliment. And we managed to make it a traveling session, seeing sights throughout SE Houston, too. Below are some of my favorites from her recent Class of 2015 high school senior session:
I’ve had this vision sketched out for nearly a year now, waiting for the right client to come along, as well as my new Pearland photography studio to be completed following our move to Houston. I’d previously seen these elaborate ceiling drops done for an upscale wedding reception – the flowers and long crystal “chains” were centered above each table creating a wash of gorgeous color and elegance. So, I thought to myself, how hard could it be? Three days, some fishing wire and many, many 3M Command hooks later, I found out. Ha!
The poppy gown is a vintage slip I picked up two years ago at a resale shop and this is the first time it’s been used in a session. I have a large collection of vintage slips, camisoles, skirts and other items perfect for new moms and moms-to-be. I squealed when I realized it fit her like a glove. Even more so, when I realized she loved it, too.
I really can’t imagine a more lovely mama-to-be at the center of this very Spring-themed set. This was a studio maternity session designed to capture those final “feel good” weeks of pregnancy before they welcome their daughter. In addition to the bright, light and airy feel of the white set and the blush-on-pink flowers, we also photographed a series of moodier, more “boudoir-like” shots wearing black lingerie against a deep gray set and lighting designed to illuminate the curves of her belly. I remember mom saying to me in our pre-session consult that she feels really proud of her body (as she should!). That feeling is something I wish for any woman, but especially one doing the miraculous job of growing another human being.
I can honestly say their baby girl doesn’t stand a chance, but to be beautiful (inside and out), confident, smart and immeasurably loved.
Enjoy a few of my favorites from their maternity session. And, if you’re expecting or know someone who is, be sure to visit my NEW! studio page to see photos and all of the perks of choosing the KB Studio for your maternity and/or newborn photography.
What do you do during a newborn photography session when the baby is wide awake and not crying?
You just keep shooting, of course!
Yes, the curly, sleepy, wrapped, posed images are lovely, but eyes wide open are some of my favorite shots to score and some of the most beloved images by parents and grandparents. During newborn sessions here in my Pearland studio, we just make sure we’re ready for whatever the baby chooses. That means having multiple setups and “Plan Bs” ready to go should baby wake up and be too unsettled to pose on a vintage chair, for instance, or with bottom up nuzzled into their hands on the blanket. The studio is perfect for light and airy setups, as well as dark and moody, whatever our session vision may be. And, with a huge selection of hats, wraps, fabrics, headbands, backgrounds and props, the variety of possibilities is great. I just took new shots of the studio and outlined why its advantageous to new parents during a newborn shoot. Read about it here.
This little guy gave us those serene asleep images as well as bright-eyed, alert expressions. He gave us TONS of sleepy smiles, too. And he was tracking my every movement (see the shots with mom and dad below for proof he knew exactly where I was), even when I was backed way up to take the photo. He was also holding his head up better than any newborn I’ve ever photographed.
In my pre-session consultations and creative planning, I always like to know what colors are planned for the nursery. For this session, I knew they had a love of modern teals and oranges. That was the inspiration behind the chair shot and the teal blanket shots below. I know that one is hanging as a large canvas in his nursery as we speak. 🙂
I am booking Spring and Summer 2015 newborns in the Greater Houston and Pearland, TX areas now, and also have scheduled several travel sessions back to Kansas City. If you or someone you know is expecting a baby or simply needs updated child or family photos, definitely contact me soon to schedule your session. Spring session slots go fast!
In the meantime, enjoy some of my very favorite shots from this sweet boy’s first professional photos here in the studio.
I wonder what he’s thinking about?
More from this colorful girl’s one-year session in the coming week! Happy Saturday, peeps!
Not only am I happy it’s Hump Day (which means we’re one day closer to a new episode of “The Blacklist” – my favorite TV show at the moment), but I’m happy I got to see this handsome boy and his magnetic personality for our annual photography session. He’s 7 now, which means I’ve been his professional photographer for the past four years. It also means I’ve learned a thing or two about him:
– Shy is not in his vocabulary. And it’s a BIG vocabulary. 🙂
– He’s got his own set of poses and ideas for each session, such as the inclusion of his very cool aviators.
– He’s a pro at bringing the smolder. Like crazy good. Tyra Banks would be proud of his “smize.”
– His amazing vertical leap is always best on the third try because who doesn’t need a few warm-ups?
– He’s capable of telling big, tall tales and winding stories while stopping every so often for me to click the shutter. It makes our sessions feel a lot more like walking conversations than photography.
– If it can be climbed, he’ll find a way.
Being able to watch him evolve into this charismatic, fearless, funny human being is a huge perk of this chosen career path. The benefit to NOT restricting my sessions or my work to just one genre of photography (ex: only newborns or only high school seniors), is that, after more than a decade of professional experience and thousands of sessions, I’ve been able to photograph the growth and milestones of so many families, from maternity to newborn to baby/toddler and on into childhood and tweens and high school seniors. To me, that’s the definition of being a true family photographer. And the biggest plus is the comfort level and trust that we achieve as the years go by.
Some of my favorites from his most recent session. Those blue eyes melt me every time: