Lifestyle Session

Ember Catherine

Teeny, tiny baby Ember! There is just something about those babes that are born extra small that makes my heart melt.  Ember was an angel for her session.  She slept soundly the entire time and just enjoyed being all snuggled up!  I still have to pinch myself when I realize this is my job! I get to snuggle newborn babes when I go to work?! What a dream! 

Ember's mom and dad had the coolest style, so I loved being able to pop into Ember's nursery for a few pictures.  I also love being able to use a family's home for newborn pictures and to really capture a few candid images.  For this session it was being able to use mom and dad's room for those cuddly, candid moments. These are really the pictures you are going to look back at and say, remember when? I love knowing that this family will forever have these pictures of their first few weeks with Ember.  Especially since those first few weeks can be such a blur!

Ember already has three guard dogs, that I think are going to be taking pretty good care of her! It was so sweet to watch the dogs as they walked and moved more gingerly around the baby.  It is like they know this new little person is extra delicate!  They jumped on the bed with their mom and dad, but were careful to sniff gently around Ember and then of course went ahead and gave her a few big kisses! Welcome to the world, sweet baby Ember! 

Barlage Family

I have been lucky enough to be photographing the Barlage family for a few years now. Last year I was able to meet baby Shea just a weeks after she was born, and now she is a whole year old! I am always amazed by how quickly little ones develop a personality.  In a year Shea has become an independent, strong little lady.  She giggled at her big brother, stole his snacks, and had some pretty incredible dance moves when her momma asked Siri to drop a beat. 

Big brother, Cam, has a personality just as big and kept me laughing the entire shoot.  I remembered from our time together last year, that Cam really loves to be in front of the camera.  I think he has watched Project Runway or something, because he has faces and poses that are totally his own.  And it is so awesome!  We would be trying to get some photographs of just Shea by herself, and we would look over to see Cam slowly sneaking into the background.  He didn't want to be left out of the fun! 

Catching up with this family is always my favorite part of our shoots.  I love the way this mom and dad just laugh together the whole shoot, even when little Shea just wants to be cuddled by mom and all we want her to do it play with dad.  They have a whole lot of love between the four of them and it is so sweet to see.  Thank you for letting me capture these memories with you, Barlage Family! 

Combs Family

I am loving fun, cuddly in home lifestyle sessions. There is something so beautiful about capturing a family in their home.  In the place where they do life together and make the majority of their memories.  It feels really intimate and real, and I think that is why I think they are such a unique way to capture the essence of who you are as a family. I highly recommend them- especially as we move into the colder months here in Michigan.

But anyways back to the story of the Combs family.  At the beginning of a session I will typically chat with mom and dad about expectations for the session.  I will let them know how I plan to organize the shoot and then ask them if there are any specific must have shots. I have photographed the Combs family a bunch of times in the past and I should have known that Lauren's response would be easy and carefree. When I asked if there were any specific shots she hoped to get out of the shoot she said, 'Just the kids playing! I don't even mind if they look at the camera or not, let's just photograph us hanging out at home.' A photographer's dream response! 

Well funny thing, her kids are so use to seeing me around them with a camera that they were slightly confused when we got out the toy cars and just started playing.  Their oldest kind of looked at me like, so are you going to ask me to smile now? Should I look at you? It was the sweetest thing, because he knows the routine! After awhile they warmed up to the idea of just hanging out, reading books, and swinging in the backyard.  And I am loving how these images capture how their family does life every day.  Thank you for letting me capture your everyday story, Combs Family!