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Baby Lucas – 10 days old

My friend Gabi had a baby 10 days ago, and I was able to meet him today.  He was an instant snuggler, and melted right into me.  He had that new baby smell and that new baby sweetness.  I think he also has her gorgeous eyes.  Maybe the next time I see him he’ll open them up for the camera.  Here are a few pictures I took while I was visiting him today.

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Miles – Newborn Shoot – Livonia, MI

It feels like just yesterday it was Election Day and my cousin Frannie called and told me that she was expecting (you may have seen my earlier posts with her maternity shoot, and later some images from his Bris). She didn’t find out if it was a boy or a girl, so I was very excited to find out when he arrived that he was a boy!  There weren’t any boy kids on that side of the family except for mine.  Time has just flown by, and we are so excited to have Miles join our family!  He is so sweet and precious.  He has gorgeous big brown eyes, which he mostly kept closed during our shoot, and absolutely amazing little lips.

Welcome to the family, little Miles!

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Bris Milah – West Bloomfield, MI

Today I had the honor of attending my baby cousin’s Bris Milah.  I got a little teary, as we welcomed him into this world with songs and prayers that have been shared through many generations.  You may have seen my post a couple of weeks ago with the maternity pictures I took with my cousin.  I’ve been so happy to finally meet baby Miles.  He’s also one of the cutest newborns I’ve ever seen!  Not that I’m biased, or anything.  You can see for yourself.  I was very pleased to be able to take a picture of 4 generations.  There is one with Miles’ Great Great Aunt Charlotte, his Bubbe (grandma), his mom and him.

(Thanks to momma Frannie for taking the pictures at the end of me holding Miles.  I really wanted a picture of me with him, and I’m always behind the camera.)

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She’s Here!

She’s here!  My 7th niece (I also have 3 nephews).  Her name is Karen, and she is soooooo cute!  Ok, I’m biased, but she really is.  After anxiously waiting all day, my husband came home and I raced over to the hospital as fast as I could!  Then little Karen had the audacity to eat for the first hour or so that I was there.    Finally, I got to hold her.  My sister, D’Arcy is doing great.  Tired, of course, but great.  I’m so proud of her!  She is so happy to finally be able to give her older daughter, Autumn, the sister she’s been begging for.  I can’t wait to snuggle that little baby again.  Newborn portraits coming soon!

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Fall Mini-Sessions!

metro Detroit fall mini sessions available
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):

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Baby Nolan

In early December I was delighted to shoot newborn portraits for little baby Nolan.  He is so cute and really sweet.  I’m a little late in posting, as he is now 12 weeks old!  Nolan came quite a bit early, surprising mom, Stefani.  But he was healthy and perfect.  Nolan really liked my nice warm studio, but wasn’t a big fan of us moving him, so we let him chill on his back most of the time, because that’s the way that he was most comfortable.

On that note:  There’s a lot going around the internet right now about novice newborn photographers putting babies in positions which are uncomfortable at a best, and life-threatening at worst.  Some are actually suspending precious newborns in slings on actual branches of trees several feet off the ground, or hanging them in a studio.  Some attempt positions where the baby is holding up his or her own head.  There are ways to do these shots which are safe, but they require extensive post-processing and compositing of shots.  For example, if you see a baby peacefully hanging from a branch, then it was probably shot as one image of a sling on a branch holding an inanimate object, and then one of the baby in a sling supported by a parent or assistant (preferably only an inch or so above a posing pillow).  Then the two shots are combined and the parent is edited out.  Please, if you are ever at a shoot with a photographer, and your baby seems uncomfortable and unsafe, stop them.  Insist on safety.   Most of my newborn shots are taken with the baby in a completely natural and comfortable position.  I’m not saying that I’ll NEVER try a structured shot like that… but it would be done safely.

Typically, I try to get some images of the baby with mom and/or dad, but Stefani wasn’t up for it this time around.  In the Spring we plan to do another shoot of Nolan with his sister, Arianna.  I had actually taken her one-year portraits just a few months before Nolan’s.  Here are a few of hers.

Baby Caleb

I love newborns!  No, seriously.  I really really love newborns.  This is baby Caleb.  He was only 6 days old when we took these pictures.  His mom, Jen, is a friend of mine.  I posted her maternity pictures a couple of weeks ago.  Jen teases me all the time about my addiction to newborns.  She said during this shoot, “Maybe if you can photograph one newborn a month you’ll get your tiny baby fix.”  I like this plan.  It’s looking less and less likely that I’ll be making any more newborns myself, so if I could just hold and play with another newborn once a month, maybe I can avoid withdrawal!

Caleb was super sleepy while we took these pictures.  Nothing could wake him.  I wish I could sleep that soundly.  I brought props and backgrounds and all of that.  However, whenever I start a shoot, I always try to scope out things around the house that will work.  It just lends a more personal touch.  During my last newborn shoot (Preston), we laid him down in a chair that was passed down from his grandma.  When I got to Jen’s house to photograph Caleb, I spotted a gorgeous blanket that I thought would make a great background (the brown one).  Jen had a great bucket, so we used that too.

Caleb’s dad, Fred, plays the guitar.  So of course, we had to figure out a way to integrate the guitar into Caleb’s shoot.  First we went with laying Caleb in the guitar case.  Then I thought we should pose him like he’s playing the guitar.  It was increasingly difficult to pose him on his own with the guitar, so we staged it as Dad “teaching” him how to play.  Well, as much as you can learn when you’re fast asleep.

I can’t wait to take more pictures of Caleb (and his 3 siblings!) as he grows up.

Baby Preston

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As many of you know, I am currently running a special on LivingSocial.com  It’s running through Sunday.  Since I quit my full-time Marketing job in June, I thought this would be a fun way to kick-start my photo business.  So far, about 30 have sold, which will keep me busy for a while.

On Tuesday I got an email from Andrea asking if she could schedule a session that she’d bought on there to take pictures of her newborn son, Preston.  I asked how old he is, and she said 11 days.  Normally, I prefer to take pictures as early as possible, preferably in the first week or two.  So I said, “YES, and let’s do it this week!”  So we scheduled his session for Thursday.

The forecast for Thursday called for 100 degrees, and Andrea informed me that they don’t have air conditioning in their home (where we were doing the shoot).  We scheduled it for 9:30 in hopes of beating the heat.  It worked, more or less.  We didn’t start getting really sweaty until the very end.  Baby Preston didn’t seem to mind one bit.  One bonus of the heat was that he didn’t mind being naked at all.  I don’t even think he noticed.

Preston is little, around 7 lbs.  It’s hard to believe that my boys were around that size once themselves.   One of the best things about photographing newborns is that I get my baby fix.  I love the little tiny babies.  I swear, if my husband wasn’t constantly trying to talk me out of it, I’d keep having them just to have those sweet, cuddly few months.  Preston was a perfect little baby.  He was nice and sleepy when I got there.  He is just beautiful.  Gorgeous lips, perfect little nose and a sweet little swath of hair.  I love his name too.

I was able to use one of my new props, a Double-Cola crate box (found at Town Peddler, Livonia).  Then I spotted an amazing chair.  Andrea said that it was her mother’s chair from the early 80’s.  It has that awesome 70’s/80’s vibe.  I wish I had one just like it for the studio.  I need to stop thinking like that.  Well, either stop accumulating props or buy a bigger house (or one with a shed!).   My poor hubby is scared that we’re going to run out of room soon.

After the indoor pictures, we headed outside (thank goodness for shade!).  They have a barn and chicken coop on their property.  It was so cool.  I got such a great vibe from these parents.  Having had a baby less than a year ago myself, I remember those first couple of weeks.  You’re still getting the hang of it, still figuring out who this tiny person is.  Andrea and Alton seemed so calm and collected.  Andrea looked amazing too.  You would never look at her and guess she just had a baby less than 2 weeks ago.  I tried to capture the tenderness and love between the three of them.

I drove an hour each way to get to them.  It was worth it though.  I really hope that I have the opportunity to photograph this gorgeous little boy as he grows up.

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