Tag: birthday club

Matt is One

October 6, 2020

Matthew is one and that’s so exciting. It’s not often we get to do a birthday session on a birthday club members actual birthday. When mom contacted us she was hoping we would have his birthday available to do an outdoor session. It worked out perfectly with the weather and time of day. We went early morning and it was wonderful outside. The lighting was amazing with some cloud cover keeping away any heat. Mom brought a few props to use which is a great way to make any session more unique. Matthew was ready to smile for some of mommy’s songs, sounds and smiles. Despite the fact that he is now walking he was willing to stay in the spot we put him. Well at least the first few spots, then he realized it was much more fun to play in the dirt and get away from the camera. A few photos with mom and dad not only kept Matthew still but only enhanced the smiles he was giving. He loved being sandwiched between his two favorite people. We even got a few candid images of him with mom laughing and then walking with dad. These small moments are going to be great memories for him as he gets older. Also a way for mom and dad to look back at how small Matthew is right now as we capture these seconds during his birthday club photo shoot. As we meet a few times during the first year it’s great to watch the personality come out at each of our sessions. This time Matthew laughed at our goofy sounds, and was having fun showing off his walking skills. He has only just started to walk but he will be a master very soon. The next session we will be chasing him around and having fun while we do so! See you in 6 months Matthew.

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Mask it up

September 23, 2020

Birthday club session with great kids are wonderful! With everything going on we are trying to keep some distance between us and the clients when we are doing our sessions. When we have young children we often have an assistant to help with keeping them in place and doing silly things to make them laugh. However, right now since we are not getting as close as usual the assistant is their best to get those great smiles from behind the camera. Sometimes there are sessions that have no need for an assistant because the kids are ready to smile the moment they arrive. I knew when we set up this appointment that these boys have been so great the past few sessions they would have no trouble. This session was set up for Lucas who turned 6, but his little brother was all about being in the photos too! After some family images, even getting that mask photo to show our lives right now, the brother posed for a few together. They knew exactly what to do, listened to any directions they were given and smiled at the silly faces I made. And being able to play with the monkey we brought was fun for them too. This perfect behavior could be because they are birthday club members we have been taking photos of them since they were newborns. They know us, are comfortable with us and that helps us capture those real smiles as we interact with each other. Mom said there was a bit of bribing before the session, which all parents do, but whatever these boys were promised they deserved every bit of it. We will see them again soon when Charlie’s birthday comes up and we are looking forward to it!

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Summer Girl

August 18, 2020

Birthday club members are fun for us because we get to see the children grow. At times parents are looking for something a bit different to do during the sessions. We have done themed milestone sessions, sometimes we are inside and sometimes we are outside to make each visit unique. When you are doing 6 sessions during the first 2 years trying something new helps the parents, children and us enjoy each time we meet.
When we scheduled this cutie’s 8 month session and mom wanted to bring along grandma and great grandma. Wow, a four generation photo! This was such a great idea and we were excited to capture it. It is not often that a family has four generations making these sessions even more important and memorable. An outdoor session in July is always questionable because of the heat, however this particular morning there was a nice breeze in the shade giving us a bit of relief. We wanted to start with all the ladies together and quickly got some great images of each generation with the baby as well as a group of all of them together. I know this family is really going to cherish these photos for many years!
Of course we needed to take a few photos of the big girl all by herself. She did a perfect job of showing off her standing skills as well as her amazing smile. She is definitely a mommy’s girl because the biggest grins came when she was looking at mom or laughing at mom. With two brothers at home this girl was ready to show off her fancy side with some big bows and ruffle dresses, she had no problem with a few clothing changes. We are looking forward to her fun 1 year session when we’re sure she will be walking and keeping us on our toes following her around! See you soon.

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One year birthday club

August 12, 2020

Have you ever wanted your photographer to come to your house? We can do that for you! Getting ready is so stressful that when we come to your house it takes a bit of the pressure off of naps, traveling, snacks, etc. We are able to work outside your home using the landscaping or walls. It’s also possible for us to be indoors if you prefer, photo in the living room or kids bedroom with their favorite toys.
We arrived at a birthday club member’s home to take one year photos of Christian. It was a very warm day so we knew that we would have to work fast. From the moment everyone came outside they started getting very warm, luckily the spots picked were in the shade. Mom had already picked out a few favorite places in the yard to do the photos. They were beautiful areas and worked great. A simple white brick wall really makes the subject pop in the photos. And of course greenery and trees always looks wonderful in the photos. The evening rain made the grass all wet but a large fan not only helped dry the grass but added a much needed breeze to cool everyone off.
The session was mainly for 1 year photo but big brother was ready to go and smiled so we had to do a photo of him looking so cute. Parents usually have an idea of what they want but sometimes it just doesn’t go according to plan. Kids skip naps, need extra snacks, want to play or are really just not in the mood. Being at home does give the opportunity to relax in a familiar area until the kids are ready for photos. Honestly we are able to get a few photos out of any children. It just takes a bit more effort, no problem! Christian settled down and we got some sweet faces of him against the white brick. He really wanted to be held for the family photos but that was alright. I think that after all the chaos this birthday club family will be very happy.

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Oh James!

July 21, 2020

Oh James, you have grown so much. You surely know exactly what you want and keep everyone around you on the chase…literally! From the moment this wonderful 2 year old stepped out of the car he wanted to run, walking wouldn’t cut it, running only for this guy. Mom thought ahead and brought some favorite items that we could use in photos if needed. Sometimes a running little boy is a challenge but James was also a very curious guy so when we talked about touching the bumpy tree, or sitting quietly to look for a robin’s nest James easily complied. Of course these still moments were quick but that is really all we need to get a great smile, not to mention the help from mom and grandma with some songs and peek-a-boo fun.
I enjoyed talking with James about his favorite animals while he also showed off his best cheesy smile. That grin just lit up my day! Yes we have clients that come in only once or twice but our birthday club members are just a joy because we get to watch them grow each time we see them. The personality on this very mobile 2 year old is amazing. He is not a fan of climbing trees or sitting in the grass but he enjoys being outside looking for animals in nature. Or pretending to be one! A small field of grass was a perfect spot for a photo and since we had totally worn out our smile welcome with James I thought we would have a bit of fun. He likes dinosaurs so asked for his biggest roar and stomping through “the forest”. He loved every minute of it and I know this roar face is something mom and dad see often.
The next time we see you James you are going to be so much more grown up, but don’t grow up too fast because we like to take some time and just be kids with the little ones, get down on their level and have some fun!

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