Several months ago, I received a message from Amanda, who has had me take her family photos for the last 5 years or so, saying that she wanted me to photograph an anniversary party. All of her husband’s brothers and sisters were getting together to plan a surprise. I was the ruse. Since everyone was going to be in town at the same time, they told her in-laws that they booked a photographer to take family photos.
The surprise went off without a hitch. Everyone had a great time. It’s wonderful to see just how much they love each other after 40 years of marriage! After the surprise, it was time for speeches and mingling. I took some more family portraits, candids, and pictures of the kids. Congratulations on 40 years of marriage, Ken and Lou Ann!
My cousin Frannie is due any day now to have her very first baby. She’s a very creative person. She’s an actress and director, and has co-founded a theater company, Magenta Giraffe. When she heard that I was interested in shooting a maternity shoot that was more “real life”, she jumped at the chance. I’m calling this one a “To Tell the Truth” shoot. We discussed some of the things about her pregnancy that have stood out…things that are different from usual. Some of these were a sore back, sore and swollen feet, going to the bathroom constantly, spending lots of time on her couch with her cats, taking a ton of supplements, always feeling hot, craving Dunkin’ Donuts double-chocolate donuts, falling asleep when trying to work, and having a hard time getting comfortable in bed.
Here’s our “real life” take on maternity pictures!
For the first time ever, I am offering Fall Mini Sessions. My clients have been requesting it for a couple of years, and I think it will be a lot of fun! They will be at my home studio, taken outdoors. There will be pine trees, lots of Autumn leaves, and of course, some pumpkins!
Each mini session includes 80 double-sided 5×7 inch holiday cards with envelopes. The portraits will be available for viewing online within 2 weeks to choose which images you’d like on your cards. (Additional purchases are available from the usual price list.) There will be at least 15 pictures to choose from.
These sessions cost $195 each, which serves as a retainer for your time slot. There are only 4 spots available.
Please call (734)261-1563 to reserve your session.
Here is a sample holiday card (other styles are available):
Yesterday Jen and I got together for a quick 15 minute shoot in the studio to take some bare belly pics. Four pregnancies and no stretch marks? That needs to be documented! Jen kept assuring me that we had plenty of time, but I get nervous about these things, so I thought it might be a good idea to do it before her due date. Good thing we did! Jen gave birth this morning to little Caleb. Mom and baby are doing well, and I can’t wait to meet him.
Since I like to do newborn pics in the first 2 weeks (preferably the first week), when they’re still all curled up and sleepy, you’ll probably get to see pics of him soon. I think we’ll be stuck indoors, though. It’s over 90 outside, and there’s no sign of relief for over a week.
Yay for babies!
This Tuesday I had a great shoot with Jen to celebrate the upcoming arrival of her 4th child (3rd boy). She’s due next week. I’ve known Jen for 8 years now. When I met her she was pregnant with her first child. While I have taken pictures of her current 3, I have somehow never taken maternity pictures. In fact, nobody has. Out of four pregnancies, this is her first set of maternity portraits!
Jen and I live really close… ok, we live next door to each other. I consider her a very close friend. So it was great to be a part of this exciting time. We wanted to see what Hines Drive and Nankin Mill had to offer. One great thing about shooting near home is that as time passes, and Jen and family may move in the future, they’ll have this story in photos. They’ll have these pictures that say, “At this time, when we were building our family, this is where we lived.” It’s beautiful. Some of the other portraits that I’ve taken of her children have been in her front yard. Someday they will look back and remember that porch, those flowers, that tree. It means so much to me to capture these moments for families.
Though we lost our beautiful sun to clouds, Jen and I were still able to get some great shots. After we had what we were looking for, we even went and played on the playground for a little bit.
I can’t wait to take pictures of Baby Janke in just a week or two!