little ones

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! 

Miller Maternity

Well I figured I better go ahead and get these photographs blogged since today I shot the newborn pictures for the babe inside that beautiful belly!  (Side note: Hello time, if you could  just slow down a little bit that would be wonderful!)  These two little dudes couldn't wait to meet their little sibling when I saw them at their momma's maternity shoot.  They anxiously loved on their momma's belly and made guesses if they would be welcoming a baby brother or a baby sister into their home.  And can we just take a moment to talk about how gorgeous Colleen looks when she is pregnant.  And not only is she rocking her bump, but she did it in heals while also corralling two little boys.  Let me tell you, she is a total rockstar. 

We shot these photographs at a really small local park in Birmingham called Barnum Park.  We originally picked the park because it had beautiful tulips.  Unfortunately, because of rain we had to reschedule the shoot and we just caught the tail end of the blooms.  But what I realized is this is a really, really great place for photo shoots.  And you know what else I realized, that sometimes we just totally overanalyze where we do our family shoots!  I never would have thought to use this park for a session, but I totally loved it!  It had a nice pathway, clumps of trees, high grass, and that really cool old, brick front to a school building.  Realizing how much I enjoyed shooting at this park made me want to drive around and reconsider more small parks.  Sometimes less is more, right?! How many other cool locations am I missing out on because the park just seems too small?  Do you have any must consider locations?  I would love to add some more locations to my list of favorite spots. 

You won't have to wait long to find out if the Miller family added a boy or a girl to their home!  Their newborn pictures are being uploaded as I write this post.  I can't wait to be a part of your family as we watch you grow, baby Miller!

Cole Family

Sometimes when I take a look at my calendar for the month or week, I am excited for a shoot simply because I get to hang out with a family.  Yes, I will get to photograph which I always love, but I also get to know a family better that I may not spend much time with.  Photography gives me such an amazing opportunity to get to know families on a more intimate level than I would ever get the chance to do normally.  

We attend church with the Cole family and we exchange pleasant hellos and how are yous on Sunday mornings and at other church events. but getting to explore the park with their family and capture their giggles together makes our relationship so much more meaningful. I had a chance to really get to know their little ones and learn what brings out their biggest smiles.  For their oldest son I learned that thing is Star Wars and their little guy certainly adores bubbles.  

I just love how these pictures capture their family, and it is all because of how comfortable they were during their shoot.  They let themselves giggle, laugh, and cuddle.  Each person truly has a genuine affection for their other family members and it shows so clearly in these photographs.  Thank you so much for letting me capture this crazy and fun season of life with you, Cole Family!

Emma turns 2

Happy 2nd birthday to you, Miss Emma!  I met Emma and her family last fall for their first family shoot and was so excited when they contacted me to photograph Emma for her second birthday.  They are one of those families that I could spend an entire afternoon with, and my time with them feels a whole lot more like fun than work.  Not to mention, their family is quite adorable.  Little Emma with her big smile and dark curly hair, such a doll!  So naturally I jumped at the chance to photograph them again!

Emma was so great for her shoot and sang along to just about every nursery rhyme I know, which I realized isn't many, so I will be trying to up my repertoire. This shoot is such a great example of doing a lot with what you have.  The heavens opened up right before Emma's shoot and because of the weather we did the majority of her shoot inside.  Really all we did was move a chair and table, remove some photographs from a wall and with Mom's awesome props we had a perfect little studio. I love when clients keep things simple, and the finished product is gorgeous!

Also, can we talk about how hilarious two year olds are?!  Emma is really talking now, and I couldn't help but laugh as she let us know exactly what she wanted in the sweetest little sentences.  I imagine life at the Sirhan house is never dull!  Not to mention, Emma is going to be a big sister this summer, so the fun continues! Already looking forward to meeting your little sister, Emma, but until then enjoy just being 2! 

Baby Sophia

I have to be completely honest with you here.  Sophia may have been one of my easiest babies to photograph.  She was totally out when I got there and pretty much stayed in a deep sleep the entire shoot.  I also have to be honest, I had some awesome assistants for this shoot- Mom, Dad, Grandma and an auntie- they helped streamline everything and doted on little Sophia.  They moved props, changed Sophia and came up with some of their own fun poses.  So, what I want you to know is that I can't take all the credit for how amazing Sophia looks, because between her awesome nap skills and her kind family- it basically took a village for these photos, and I am so grateful for that. 

This little lady arrived early, so when her mom e-mailed me to say she was ready to schedule her shoot I was a little surprised.  It wasn't even her due date yet!  But, as babies sometimes do- Sophia made an early entrance into the world and thankfully she is doing great.  Mom and Dad seemed to have everything under control, and I couldn't help but watch as they lovingly passed Sophia between the two of them.  I know I have said it before, but one of my favorite interactions to watch is between a new mom and dad.  They pass their little one back and forth so gingerly, basically radiating love between the three of them.  I mean if you ever need a good dose of positiveity in your life, just watch a brand new mom and dad pass their little one between the two of them.  It is the sweetest.  

Sophia is undoubtedly already so loved.  Remember that village I was talking about?  I think they all would do just about anything for Sophia.  She is going to be so lucky growing up with that kind of love and support around her.  I am continuously grateful that I get to share in these moments with families and feel that indescribable love in their homes.  Enjoy loving on your little lady, Giannosa family! 

Baby Shea

Photographing the Barlage family is always such a treat for me.  Jess and I were good friends in high school and played volleyball and softball together.  After graduating and attending different colleges we didn't see each other much, so it has been so wonderful seeing her and her family regularly to capture this season of life with them.  

Their newest addition, Shea, totally rocked her newborn session.  And by rocked her newborn session I mean she slept the whole time and let her older brother crawl all over her.  What a champ!  Her big brother was so excited to introduce me to Shea and he wanted to be near her at all times.  Too sweet!  

Being a part of these special moments with families is something I will never take for granted. It is so encouraging for me to see the way these families adjust and welcome their newest additions with such selflessness and love.  How did I get so lucky? I will always feel so thankful to be capturing these irreplaceable memories with families.

Baby Emma

Currently we have a whole bunch of friends expecting little ones and growing their families, and it is pretty much the best.  It has been such an honor to walk through these seasons of life with those closest to me.  Being a photographer I get to spend even more intimate time with friends in these seasons- spending the whole day with them on their wedding as their photographer, capturing their family a few days after their little one is born and joining them in their homes for personalized lifestyle shoots.  It really is such an honor and these are memories I will always cherish.  

Chris and Lindsey welcomed their second child early this year, making that 2 under 2 for their family!  We captured their sweet family during a lifestyle newborn shoot a little over a week after Emma was born.  Big brother Ethan was cautiously curious during the shoot.  He wasn't sure how he felt about all of the attention being on Emma, but he was willing to give her love and spend some time quietly cuddling with her while Mickey Mouse played in the background.  If you follow along on Instagram you may have seen Ethan in my stories.  He decided he wanted to sit on my lap while I photographed Emma, and he was sure to approve each photograph on my screen before we moved to the next pose.  It was so sweet and also totally hilarious.  Thank you for letting me be a part of these milestones with you, Tapping family!  

Miller Family

If you can't tell, this guy is my big brother.  Which means I am lucky enough to call these gorgeous humans my family.  Every year I get to photograph their family at a new location.  This year when Amy and I chatted about their shoot she let me know that she was specifically eyeing a golden hour shoot.  She was speaking my language on that one!  We timed it perfectly and the setting sun gave us the perfect glow to capture their family.  It felt like each turn we made around the park, that we found a more gorgeous glow of light peeking out through the trees.

I have to be honest I haven't made it a big priority to time shoots around golden hour in the past.  There are usually more pressing elements to scheduling like naps, meal times, soccer practices, the list goes on and on.  But you guys- let's shoot at golden hour!  I am serious, I just love the way these photographs turned out.  It totally made me realize that shooting at golden hour needs to become a priority when possible because it gives the images such a soft, gorgeous look. 

Alright I know I just chatted a lot about the light, but also these people.  I love them.  It has been so much fun to watch these 2 little humans quickly growing into young adults.  They are outgoing and sweet and being their aunt is such a pleasure.  And I couldn't have started this business of mine without the help of Todd and Amy, through the years it feels like they have been on staff in my personal marketing department.  Thanks Miller family, I sure do love you guys!

Wilson Family

I just adore the Wilson Family.  Nikki & Jake are another pair of Albion grads- I know they show up all over this blog!  Ted and Jake were in the same fraternity and Nikki and I were in the same sorority, and after Nikki graduated she came back to help coach the Albion volleyball team while I was playing, so our lives have been intertwined all over the place.  I have seen Nikki and Jake a few times throughout the years as their family has grown, but it was so nice to spend some quality time with them. 

Their three little ones are off the charts cute.  They each have their own little personalities, and love to interact and take care of each other.  At different points during the shoot I heard their oldest daughter say, 'mommy, Miss Caryn is a really great photographer' and 'can you please wait a minute, mom, someone is calling my cell phone.'  Oh the personality!

We had to reschedule a few times because of the weather, but it certainly worked out for us!  The morning of their shoot a thick blanket of snow covered the ground, so we snuck outside for a few wintery shots and then made our way to downtown Rochester and used those gorgeous lights as our final backdrop.  Just like any good shoot it ended with frozen yogurt on a 10 degree day, because we all know I am a big fan of treats after a successful shoot!  Thanks so much for sharing the day with me, Wilson family! 

Barlage Family

I met with the Barlage family on a crisp morning in November at Kensington Park.  Jess and I grew up playing sports together and it was so fun to catch up with her and her family.  Through this job I get to see so many people that I otherwise may not have the chance to stay in touch with and it makes these shoots even more special. 

Their little guy, Cam, was basically modeling, so I can't even take responsibility for how cute these pictures are because he is just all sweetness.  We wondered through the park and he discovered ponds and birds along the way, and didn't seem to mind the crisp morning air in the least.  They brought along their pup for a few of the shots and I couldn't help but laugh when Cam tried to take him for a walk.  Their pup was basically walking Cam, and stood at just about the same height.  But Cam was fearless and held his leash as they strolled through the park together. 

It was a great morning with great people.  Thank you so much for letting me capture your family's story, Barlage Family!