Wild Thing

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Baby photography is a funny thing.  Sometimes it takes on a mind of its own.  I will have something in mind and as mom adds in a few personal touches and baby’s personality starts to shine through, what I envisioned turns into something totally unique.  I wondered how these images would turn out with the eclectic styling.  A favorite shirt and hat mixed with rustic vintage pieces and my love for moody lighting ..not your everyday baby portrait.  And then I saw them and I loved them.  Seeing little Hudson here like this (especially in his favorite hat) reminds me of Maurice Sendak and “Where The Wild Things Are”.  Hudson wasn’t really a “Wild Thing”, he did want to walk and explore everywhere.  But seeing him here in his hat I can imagine the box is a boat and he is sailing off to another world full of fanciful creatures.  Welcome to the world of little boys!

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Angela - February 22, 2013 - 5:11 pm

That is the cutest face, ever! Great catch!

Jessica - February 20, 2013 - 4:22 am

Meep! He is SO cute! Great work as always, my friend.

Keri - February 19, 2013 - 6:10 pm

What a cutie!! That setup is lovely!

Melissa Berg - February 19, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Very different and I love it! Your work is always stunning Jennifer!

Huong Forrest - February 19, 2013 - 7:16 am

What a cutie pie!!! This is a beautiful portrait!

Miracle

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Rachel, bless her heart, didn’t want to have anything to do with the beautiful cake her mommy had made her.  We couldn’t even hold her above it without this little porcelain sweet heart breaking into a panicked fit.  There wasn’t going to be any baby photography going on, that was for sure.  I didn’t know what to do, she was TERRIFIED.  How can you be terrified of cake and frosting???  The only thing I could think of was to give her time, not push her and to play some music to distract her a little bit.  It took a while……

And then…a miracle!  I am amazed looking at her session images that the pictures I have are of the same girl that wouldn’t even step foot in the vicinity of her cake.  She was my best cake smasher ever.  By the end of Rachel’s session she was tearing into her cake with both fists.  Turns out all she needed was a little taste.  What a riot it is to see this timid princess go after her cake so ferociously.  She was still pretty dainty with the eating (not a lot of frosting on that cute little face), but look at that mess!

Job well done Rachel!  That is definitely something to proudly add to your baby resume.  Cake smash….check!

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Soul

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James came to his baby photography session ready to show off some soul!  His mom had such fun ideas for his session.  I love this rock ‘n rock set that she dreamed up.  It is always fun to step outside my box to try something new.  And James was game to try almost everything (not a fan of air mattresses though).  James danced and smiled the whole session through and I have no doubt that there is a musician’s heart in this little guy.  We played some toddler tunes and he wiggled right to the beat.  It isn’t very often that I get to photograph a baby with no inhibitions.  Usually being in a new place and with a new person that holds funny things (camera) makes little people a little nervous.  Usually there is a warming up period.  But James jumped right in.  I have to credit his Daddy for the amazing smiles he shared with me.  I can’t wait to show you more tomorrow!  Stay tuned for his Face book gallery;-)

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Jessica - February 11, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Meep! I LOVE this! How stinking cute is he! Great work :-)

Jennifer Snook - February 11, 2013 - 5:23 pm

HAHA, love it!!! can’t wait to see more. :-)

A Celebration

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This cake smash baby photography session was a celebration.  Not just of turning one.  Definitely not for the love of cake (turns out Azalea is definitely NOT a fan).  But a celebration of blessings.  What a blessing it is to have children.  What a blessing that after a year of growing and learning this little princess is so healthy and happy.  What a blessing she is to her family and in her home.  Babies absolutely 100% change our world.  We don’t know that they will, we might expect to make a few changes here and there.  But little by little they reinvent our worlds for us.  One of the magical things about having a baby is that we mothers start too see, as if we had been blind before, all of the blessings we have.  We see for the first time all the wonderful ways other people touch our lives.  It might be realizing just how much you love your own mother.  Maybe you finally see just how much you need your husband.  It might be something like learning how much a good friend can make a great difference.  Babies awaken our sleeping souls.

There are so many reasons to celebrate the birth and journey of this beautiful little girl.  For me it has been getting to know her mother.  You don’t expect that work will bring you friendships.  But it has and Afsi is one of them.  It has been a long time since I have had a baby in my home and I needed a reminder, someone to refresh my soul.  Afsi brought me her little princess and in doing so has changed me for the better.  Through knowing her (I know this is making her cry) I have remembered how wonderful it feels to step outside my little comfort zone and serve another.  I have learned to think and feel deeply about others.  There is a quote I love by George Eliot.  He says,”Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul to another.”  That about wraps it up.  I know I just hijacked Azalea’s post in order to share my feelings of admiration for her mother.  But someday I hope she sees this.  And that she will celebrate being the daughter of such a remarkable woman.

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amber - February 12, 2013 - 2:37 am

What a beautiful girl and a beautifully written post! I got a little teary eyed reading this :)

Jessica - February 11, 2013 - 5:17 pm

What a precious little girl and the image is just perfect (even if she wasn’t such a fan of smashing cakes.) Children certainly are such blessings :)

Krysia - February 8, 2013 - 9:21 pm

oh my goodness! Look at this darling setup. She is beautiful, her cake is to die for and this image is just perfect!

Afsi - February 8, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Yes “she” was crying. You write so eloquently. I wish I could tell you what this year of Azalea AND Jennifer has meant to me. You came to me “with” her and as precious as she is to me, you fill a similar place in my heart…just in a different spot! That should give you an idea what you have meant to me!!!!

Your Whole World

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I love this Scale prop.  I love that so many parents chose it when they come to see me for their newborn photography session.  It was one of the very first props I purchased for my studio.  It was the beginning of Jennifer Wilcox Photography.  Even from the beginning I knew I wanted to be very selective with the props that I purchase and use for baby sessions.  I really, REALLY, want your baby to be the focal point of his own portraits like Callum here.  I don’t want your friends and family to say, “Wow, what a great bowl…”  My goal for this prop specifically was for a baby’s parents to see there portrait like this and to remember how small and fragile their little one was.  How their whole world was wrapped up in just 7 pounds of PERFECTION.  Your whole world, everything…your future, the point that life has led you to…all in 7 pounds.  That is what I want parents to see, not a scale…  And that is exactly what I hope Callum’s parents will see and feel.

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amber - February 12, 2013 - 2:03 am

What a beautiful timeless photo! And I believe you captured his essence perfectly with such a simple prop :)

Krysia - February 8, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Wow. I am in awe. This is so timeless. Breathtaking. Love.

Anya Wait - February 6, 2013 - 4:04 pm

*sigh* absolutely, positively, stunning!

Jessica - February 6, 2013 - 4:24 am

So beautiful, Jennifer! His parents must love this!

laura farris - February 5, 2013 - 6:13 pm

What a great philosophy. So many newborn images are so much about the prop and not about the sweet baby. Beautiful beautiful image.