Now There Are 3 // Newborn and Family Photographer - Rochester, MI

I see you, Mama, from behind my lens.

Beautiful, a bit tired, and simply overjoyed.

I see you, Daddy, smiling with pride,

At the girl you hold so delicately in your hands,

While Mama finds a new outfit…because…spit-up happens.

I see you Doggy, a little confused.

But adjusting and learning your new role,

And loving your people…now there are 3.

I see you, Baby.

Lighting up their world.

With your smile, or a toot, or a yawn.

Because you are pure magic.

Fall Family Photos - Rochester, MI Photographer

There’s a saying in the photography community:  “October is to Photographers what April is to Accountants.” 

This October has been no exception!  I have had so much FUN capturing so many wonderful families (and one high school senior!) this month.  And I’d like to give a shout out to Mother Nature, because (aside from being a bit chilly) the weather has actually been very cooperative (I have one more shoot this weekend, so fingers crossed that the trend continues!). 

And let’s talk about that gorgeous fall color.  That’s why October is such a popular month for family photo sessions, isn’t it?  We go from seeing lots of green in our Instagram feed to the golden tones of autumn.  It really makes for some beautiful family photos.

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But can I tell you a secret?  While fall colors are lovely, they are secondary to the people in my photos.  Fall, winter, spring or summer…indoor or outdoor…my  number one goal when I shoot your family portraits is to capture authentic emotion and connection. 

When you look back on your pictures in 5, 10, 20 years, I don’t want you to just remember what you all looked like in the Fall of 2018.  I want you to feel what it was like to be in that moment in time. 

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I want you to remember little toddler hands squishing your cheeks.  I want you to remember exploding with joy upon hearing your baby’s laughter. Swinging your child back and forth until you thought your arms would fall off… but doing it anyway because they loved it.  Eskimo kisses.  Endless cuddles. Silly moments.  Serious moments. Real emotion, love, connection. 

Yes, autumn is a gorgeous backdrop for all of this!  Just check out the images below for a dose of fall color.  But what I really hope you see is this family’s love for each other…and that’s prettier than all the yellow & orange leaves on a million trees.

 Hey!  If you dropped the ball and did not book an October photo session…just know it’s never too late to capture amazing family portraits…no matter the season.  Contact me today to inquire about your very own session!

Why I Fell in Love with Lifestyle Newborn Photography - Rochester Hills, Michigan, Family Photographer

Newborn sessions are one of my favorite types of sessions.  There is so much joy buzzing through a family’s home when there is a new baby.  Being a mom myself, I know just how amazing the newborn stage can be, but I also know how overwhelming it can feel, and how quickly it flies by.  So, I always consider it a huge honor to be invited into your home to document this special (and a little bit crazy!) stage of your lives.

Rochester Michigan Newborn Photographer

But there was a time when I used to get a bit anxious about newborn shoots.  When I was first starting out as a photographer, I really wanted to create those perfectly posed newborn portraits.  You know the ones…where a naked baby is fast asleep on a perfectly smooth backdrop, flawless skin, chin resting in hands.  Because all the research I had done told me…that’s what client’s want, and that’s how you photograph a newborn!

In my head, the session was all about nailing those poses…poses which, quite frankly, do not occur naturally in the real world!  I never got great at the posing, and I started to realize that I just wasn’t cut out for this type of photography.  

But there was something else that I realized.  At every session, there were unscripted moments unfolding that I loved to capture.  Mom holding and just LOVING ON baby.  Dad’s face LIGHTING UP when baby cracks a smile, yawns, or does something else utterly adorable.  The somewhat clumsy yet careful kiss from a proud big brother or sister.  Real, truthful, unposed moments.  Honestly, these are the types of images that I wish I had more of when I was a new mom.     

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Eventually, I learned that this type of photography has a name:  Lifestyle Newborn Photography.  It doesn’t look at all like traditional newborn photography.  There are no complicated poses.  No props.  No extensive photoshopping.  Lifestyle newborn photography is real, uncomplicated, and true.  It’s about capturing the raw beauty of your new, precious baby.  It’s about capturing the joy and connection shared between you and this tiny person you have waited 9 months to meet. 

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And here is what I love most about lifestyle newborn photography.  Every photo session is different and unique to YOU.  It’s not the same pose recreated over and over again.  It’s about who you are as a family, how you interact, how you love.   

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{I feel the need to point out that I have absolutely nothing against traditional / posed newborn photography.  I have huge respect for photographers who pull it off beautifully.  I am honestly in awe of anyone who can impeccably swaddle a newborn, mold them into interesting positions, keep the baby sound asleep, safely spot and support the baby, sometimes get pooped on, and by the way, also concentrate on lighting, aperture, shutter speed, etc. in order to create amazing, artistic images. It is no small feat.}   

Today, I approach newborn sessions very similar to how I approach all my family sessions…which is to focus on connection, joy, and authentic moments in a relaxed and laid-back setting.  This is what inspires me. And these days, when I get an email inquiry for a newborn session, instead of getting a little bit anxious, I get giddy excited for the meaningful images we get to create together.

Newborn Baby Photos - Rochester Michigan
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If you are expecting or know someone who is, and if Lifestyle Newborn Photography sounds like your cup of tea, then I would LOVE to hear from you.  Shoot me a message right here.  But first, check out a few more photos of this adorable baby…just look at that face! :)