Oh the fun of a Cake Smash session! The cake, the decorations, the sheer joy on a little one's face as they make a HUGE mess. Ha!
It is all SO much fun!
This beautiful little lady had a blast, but what made this session that much more special....
Photos with mom and dad.
There is nothing better that a few one-on-one images with your child, or even getting a family photo done for their birthday. It makes the photo session that much more special, and shows your child just how much they mean to you. That they are SO loved.
Well, Miss Nicole...you are definitely the light of your parents world, and your images show it.
I hope you enjoy just a few of my favorites from this ADORABLE Cake Smash session here in my cozy little home studio.
If you are interested in learning more about the sessions I offer, just drop me a call or email anytime. I am happy to help!
At the end of December this last year I ran a special promotion for a 5 Free Family sessions. We had a HUGE response and found five amazing families withing a few days. This adorable couple is one of those families, and they wanted a January outdoor photo session.
Come to find out....they had a special request. They are becoming Foster Parents and wanted to make a very special announcement in their session to tell their friends and family. I, of course, was more than happy to help them out with this request. It's always so exciting to be apart of special announcements like this. I'm honored they chose me to capture this special time in their lives.
So, with the help of their two sweet puppies, we did some amazing shots out at Bader Park in Chapman, NE. Several shots to announce their big change coming. Then several stunning images of the love this couple shares. They truly radiate so much love between them. I can't wait to watch their family grow.
Check out just a few of my favorites below.
***TRIGGER WARNING*** Please be advised, the content below is of a VERY sensitive nature and can be hard to view or talk about.
When you are in school learning photography, or even if you are just taking online classes to better your craft, you'll learn how to use your camera, to edit, to pose, to light a subject, but there are just some things that are never taught. Things that have to come from you.
Now, some of things in this business you will find silly, some awkward, some you will question your career choice, and others will break your heart into a million pieces. The silly and awkward are the items you never thought about when you started out in photography. Usually, the body parts you might have to zoom in on to "touch up". I still shake my head each time I have to take out a baby's diaper rash, fix a clients pant zipper, or hide a pesky nipple that is being a bit distracting. These things make you giggle, shake your head, and wonder if your clients only knew what you do to give them the perfect portraits.
It's part of the job! And while these moments might be a little awkward... you get through them with a smile.
But there are other moments. The moments that make you question everything. The moments that break your heart.
In my career I have been asked to photograph everything under the sun...Birth, Maternity, Weddings, Newborns, Birthdays, Product shots, Boudoir, Head shots....You name it and I have been asked to photograph it. All are part of the typical photography career realm. They are what you think of when you think "Photographer", right?!
But every once in awhile, you will get asked to photograph death, sorrow, and grief. Every once in awhile, your typical happy session will not end on a happy note. Every once in a while...you get a call from a friend at 6:30am asking you to hurry to their side, camera in hand, to photograph the last moments of some one close to them.
Whether it be a friend or loved ones funeral, a person with a terminal illness, or the loss of a child, these moments - these final moments - should be captured beautifully, tastefully, and professionally. You have the skills, but what isn't taught is how these moments will impact your life and define who you are.
Be gracious. Be kind. Be professional. But most of all...be there in the moment with them. When you get the call, put yourself in their shoes for just a moment before you decide what you will do. Ask yourself, what do YOU want for them, and what do they need from this session.
You may choose never to take on sessions like this, and that is fine! These types of sessions are hard. They are emotionally draining. They can leave you questioning life. There is no manual on how to react, how to feel, how to try and push through with photos when you really just want to sit down and bawl your eyes out. It all must come from inside you.
If you feel you will not be able to create the appropriate images a family desires from this sad situation...then say NO. It is OK to say no! In fact, it is very professional to take a step back and do what is best for the client. It is a wonderful thing to know your limits, and will gain you much respect from most any client and colleague in this industry. It is a great thing to tell a family that you want what is best for them and their situation, and that you aren't sure you are it...but that you are willing to find them someone that can help. Always try to help.
If you feel you CAN take on these types of sessions, never be afraid to cry. Never be afraid to let down your guard. Never be afraid to hold a hand or give a hug. Never. Be. Afraid.
Have empathy, have compassion, show respect. Listen and remain open...knowing your life will be changed forever for giving this amazing gift to these families. You can do this.
I have been blessed to photograph loss a few times in my career. And I know what you are thinking...blessed? But yes...BLESSED! While these aren't "typical" sessions, each time I have accepted the challenge...allowing this person...these people to change me. Always for the better. Their stories, their lives, the love their families have for them...it is an honor to be there and photograph their final moments. My heart is forever touched, and I am grateful to have known them.
Always be grateful for the lessons life brings. Always!
Las Vegas, NV
Little Miss Camille is so squishy cute! And she was in my studio for some amazing newborn photos this week. I couldn't believe how much she had already changed in just under 2 weeks! But she still had those precious little rolls that I love so much to photograph. There are just so many images that I want to share with you all, so please enjoy the bunch I have listed here. They are some of my favorites!
Las Vegas, NV
This sweet little girl has been quite a handful from the git go. Momma has had a rough pregnancy trying to keep her in, as well as a few complications towards the end of her pregnancy. It has been a fingers crossed type pregnancy for sure, but they made it. And today is the day to meet their precious little girl.
Now...the "due" date has been in my calendar for almost 8 months. Not really moms EDD, but her estimated C-section date. Since I knew it was going to be a Cesarean, I didn't plan anything that day or anything that whole week just in case. However, little did we all know that there would be health issues that would bump up her c-section a whole week early to a day that I already had a session scheduled.
I was so worried I would miss this birth! I had been planning to be there for the whole pregnancy practically. Been praying for a healthy momma and baby since the moment she told me she was expecting, and now I might miss it if they schedule her surgery too early. Oh no! Luckily though, the time was set for noon and I could quickly go in the early morning for a family session with plenty of time to get to the hospital for this wonderful 'birth'day. Yay!
When I get there, mom is just chilling out in the prep room. She kept saying "I can't believe this is real." and "I can't believe we are going to have two kids."
Then the moment came...and the hospital nurse sadly said I wouldn't be able to go back for the birth. I was so sad, but had already prepared dad that he may have to take my camera back with him. The look of terror on dad's face was priceless, but he did amazing and captured his daughters first couple of moments.
After an hour, the grandparents and I were allowed back to meet this new little princess...and daddy was more than happy to hand me back my camera to finish this beautiful birth story. And I was more than happy to oblige.
I had never seen a baby with such dark, long, THICK hair at birth. But on top of all that gorgeous hair...she had mile long eye lashes to match. She was truly a beautiful little peanut weighing in just over 5 pounds. A petite princess.
But I think the best part of my day...seeing her big brother's face as he met his little sister for the first time. It was perfect! Hit just lit up with sheer joy on his face. Or maybe he was just excited about the balloon in the room? HA! Either way...he was super smiley.
Check out some of the amazing images from this birth below.
Las Vegas, NV
Last year, I got an email from a momma in Alaska wanting to do some
maternity photos here in Vegas. Awesome! The session went amazing, and then this year, the same momma and
her beautiful little family are back in town visiting. So we had to do
some fun family photos. And can I just tell you how adorable this little bub was!!! Just too cute!!
Photos were taken out at Sunset park in the early morning...perfect light for this perfect family.
Check out some of these gorgeous images from this outdoor family session.
Las Vegas, NV
It is so funny what brings people together. Just a while ago I was just selling some cloth diapers our son wasn't going to use, and this lovely momma contacts me to purchase some. Great! When she comes over to pick them up, we start talking. Turns out her husband is from Nebraska. Hey, me too!
In fact, her husbands family lives just 15 minutes from mine! Say what!?!? Such a small world. Here we are all the way in Las Vegas, NV...and our families grew up just down a dusty road from each other. So funny!
So, then she asks if I will do their newborn photos. Ummm...OF COURSE! I was so honored. And when they showed up just a couple weeks later with this ADORABLE big sister and precious little Miss Maja...it was like a dream. They were so perfect to photograph.
Check out these beautiful images from their Newborn session.
Las Vegas, NV
This sweet little girl was due right around New Years Day, and I thought for sure I would be spending my New Year's with this lovely family. But Miss Camille had other plans...as most babies do...and New Year's came and went with no baby. So then I thought...maybe this little girl is waiting for my birthday (yeah right) and then we can be birthday buddies. No such luck.
But a few days later I got a text saying we might want to get prepared. Woo Hoo! I change my clothes, get my bag ready, inhale some dinner....and no call. A couple hours pass and I start to wonder if maybe we won't be seeing a baby tonight. Then all of a sudden, the call...And I'm off!
I arrived shortly after 9:30pm. Just after Midwife, Sherry Hopkins. And I hear mom...talking and laughing as I walk up the stairs. What?! This can't be a mom in labor, right? Wrong! This is how many women labor. Peacefully, calmly, laughing, and talking with everyone. I realize then...I'm SO going to LOVE this birth!
The room was dark and soft nursery music is playing. My cameras are up and running, and the conversation becomes funny! I mean, seriously funny. I would tell you all the stories....but...let's just say they are stories for another time. Ha! And we are all laughing. What a joyous atmosphere to welcome a baby.
As the night progresses moms labor becomes more intense, yet she is communicating each movement baby makes, each feeling she has, each question that pops into her head. She is in control of her birth.
Then...it's time to push. But sometimes pushing takes some changes of position. So mom gets out of the tub. A few pushes laying down. A few pushes squatting. Then...there is babies head! And this first time mom gets up off the birthing stool, and climbs into the tub as baby is crowning. How AMAZING is this woman!?!?
Dad is using counter pressure on moms back as she pushes the final push...and out comes this beautiful little girl right into daddy's arms. Mom slowly turns over to see her husband handing her a baby. His words to his wife..."It's a girl!" So beautiful I started crying immediately!
This truly was a birth to remember. One super strong momma! Check out some of my favorite images below from this fantastic Birth....OH! And my favorite...When Auntie comes in and finds out she has a niece. Her face is priceless. Check them out!
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