Maija l Maternity

A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die.
— Mary Mason

I shot a fist time Mommy today.  It was so fun to watch this young couple.  They were unsure and nervous and at the same time so excited.  Dad couldn’t stop smiling!  I had so much fun.  We pulled out the fan and the ribbons and took some really great pictures.  I always knew Maternity and Newborn photography was the field for me.  It makes me happy.  I love being part of all these families little miracles.  Babies are such a wonder.  As this family begins a new phase of life I was there to document it and that is a true blessing.

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Max

Max you are beautiful.  I know when you get older you will prefer to be called handsome.  But seriously, you are one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen.  If I were an agent you would be hired.  You desire to be on centerfolds in Pottery Barn Magazine.  (you know you’re cute if I think you should model for PB…I want to buy everything in their catalogs!)  This tiny little guy had perfectly flawless porcelain skin.  And look at his hair.  He puts most babies to shame.  Max and his family walked into my studio and I can only imagine the smile on my face as I started thinking about all the possibilities.  Max was going to be my super model!  I was so excited to see the results of this shoot that instead of the normal delay between shooting and editing, I couldn’t resist starting work on his images that very evening.  I look forward to seeing this little guy grow up and hopefully taking some more “baby stages” portraits along the way.

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David l Fine Art Photography

David’s shoot was everything a photographer could ask for.  He was perfect!  I felt like a kid in a candy shop.  He was so perfect.  I have never had a baby who let me pose him so many different ways.  David was so cool about life that nothing mattered.  He didn’t care about his brother and sister being very “squirrely” around him.  He didn’t bat an eye at my children peeking at him through the studio window (they are so excited when I have a baby to shoot).  He did his “business” as he pleased without a bat of the eye and lazy lounged back as we cleaned him up.  He was brilliant, a true fashion model in the making.  I was like he was saying, “Oh, I know the drill.  Just turn on the lights and press on the shutter and watch me work the lens.”  I have so many favorites from his shoot that it is hard to pick one.  As a matter of fact many of his images made it onto my masthead on this blog.  But I have to post this one with his parents.  I can’t help but think their little family shot here looks like Mary and Joseph.  If this little guy was a Christmas baby, they would have a gig somewhere for sure doing Nativities.

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Cruz

I have been looking forward to this shoot with baby Cruz for weeks.  My friend and mentor, Sara Wilhelm, invited me to her studio to shoot this client.  I use mostly studio lighting for my portraits, and Sara uses natural lighting. So this tag-along shoot was such a valuable experience.  It was really fun to watch Sara’s style.  I love her work and she has been our go-to gal for Baby Sara (my youngest – now 2 1/2).  We worked together to try some new poses that neither of us had tried before.  Baby Cruz was the best sport you could ask for!!!  He was like artistic clay.  He did everything we asked of him.  I learned some really valuable things with Sara.  First of all if studio lighting is done well I can’t see a difference between natural light light and the strobes.  Second, I am SOOOO glad I shot with studio lighting.  I was at Sara’s studio for two hours and in that time the quality of light coming in from her beautiful windows changed so much I lost track of how many times I had to change my camera settings.  With my strobes I can set things right at the beginning of a shoot in any conditions (like when there is no sun..mighty necessary her in cloudy Washington) and everything is fine until I’m done.  Unless I want to create an artistically different look.  Strobes are easy, convenient and reliable!  Thank you Sara for the wonderful mentoring moment!

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Sam l All Boy Baby!

The best thing about little baby Sam is the curly swirl of a cowlick right smack dab in the center of his hairline.  And it total suits him.  Like his parents, this little guy was so full of personality.  At only a few days old he was giving me little gasey grins and popeye winks.  It took some doing to convince Sam that everything that was going on around him wasn’t all that interesting and that it would be in his best interest to fall asleep.  It was no easy task.  As I would whisper to him the suggestion that he should go to sleep, I kept reflecting back on our family car rides where we try to convince our children that if they tap a LONG nap the ride won’t feel so long and we will be at our final destination before we know it.  They never fall for it, and Sam wasn’t about to either.  I was able to get a few shots of him looking asleep as his eyelids would eventually get heavy enough with sleep that they would sag for brief moments before he stuburnly forced them back open.  Seriously, he was a pistol!  I have decided after Sam’s shoot that boys are way more difficult to photograph.  Trying to keep their little parts and pieces out of pictures isn’t all that easy sometimes 😉

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