Monthly Archives: June 2016

This is the evolution of a newborn photographer. Part 1 because I hope there will be many more new parts come. The photos of the babies here are most of my newborns since the start of my career. You’ll instantly see just how much it has changed with each and every new baby. This job isn’t easy folks – it is very much a labor of love for me. I work full time at a major university so all of my newborn sessions are done on the weekends. I have sacrificed many many events, trips, lunches, brunches, parties, boat days, etc for this job… and I’m not complaining! So let me give you a glimpse into what goes into being a newborn photographer…

-My car is my storage facility. Very rarely will you see my car empty – it basically always has my bean bags, blankets, backdrops, etc (please don’t try to break into my car now – I don’t leave anything of real value like my camera in there lol)

– I can rarely plan a weekend getaway anymore. Just because there is a “due date” does not mean that is when I will photograph them! Sometimes babies arrive earlier and later than expected – so I have to keep a few weekends open “just in case”..and nights before a newborn session? I rarely go out because I’m afraid I’ll be too tired the next morning for the session!

– I drive to every clients home [for now] – I wake up no later than 7 am on the day of the session (Saturdays and Sundays) to prep everything… that doesn’t include prepping the week before based on clients preferences, gender, whether there are parent shots or not etc.

– On the day of the session, I, along with an assistant usually (but not always) unload the car, set everything up in the house… while the air is off or turned up very high (as per my request)…

– it takes about 30 minutes while the baby is getting fed for me to set the bean bag, the props I’ll be using, the lighting, backdrops, white noise maker, shusher thingy, reflectors, towels, headbands, bonnets, etc.

– Then it’s hoping the clients followed my instructions of keeping the baby awake for at least two hours before I get there – and waiting for the baby to fall asleep – sometimes I let them kick it out, other times I diffuse lavender essential oil (always douse myself with it beforehand though lol),  there’s always a lot of rocking, and shushing, and caressing of the hair and forehead… and when I’m really *really* lucky – the baby is just a big sleeper and we can start right away.

– Then all of my workshop training, online training, countless YouTube and blog post research, constant newborn photography group support comes into play – posing the baby isn’t done haphazardly… it takes so much patience, understanding what they like/don’t like, and love – true true love for what you do – to do this “right”.

Fast forward to 3-4 hours later – yep – 4 hours later – and it’s time to reluctantly give the baby back (lol) and start packing up. But I’m not done! Then we have to edit, painstakingly remove little flakes from their little faces, sometimes fix the redness newborns tend to have, and if you have a jaundice baby well then… good luck with that one! 😉

 

It’s a beautiful job. A job I am so incredibly lucky and proud to be able to do. I truly love each and every little newborn I get to cuddle… While I’m posing and soothing during each session, I’m looking at this new little life and wonder who they will become. Will they be a doctor? A lawyer? A philanthropist? Will they be kind? Will they be good? Will they be compassionate human beings? …What will their favorite color be? Who will they become? I might never find out, but I hope I do. I love to watch them grow and become little people with their own personalities. But most of all – I hope and pray that they feel the love I have for them during my time with there. I hope they feel safe. I hope they feel warm. I hope they feel happy.

I hope they never have to worry. I know that will not always be the case because this world isn’t perfect- but I want the parents that come to me with their baby to know that I pray – to whatever God or non-God you want me to pray to – that your baby lives the most beautiful life a human can…

I hope one day this can be my Monday through Friday job… but for now, I’m OK spending my weekends with these cuties. Enjoy JMP’s evolution – I promise it will only get better from here <3

 

..and thank you to each and every family (newborn or not) who has trusted me with their little ones, with their visions, & with capturing moments they’ll never get back..

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I know I haven’t blogged in a while (shame on me!) – but in light of all the tragedy that has occurred over the weekend with the Orlando terrorist acts, I’ve decided to blog something fun!

Forgive me if my blog is a little all over the place – it has been a while and I have a lot of thoughts running through my brain all at once this second lol But here goes:

Diana & Alex (whom I will refer to as “Bugs” going further lol): … I don’t think I have ever met two people so incredibly perfect for each other – but it wasn’t always perfect. These two went from being best friends, boyfriend/girlfriend (in high school?) and back to best friends for a long – LONG time before they made the conscious decision to be together (more on that in a minute)… and while I only know the story from the bits and pieces she has given me, I have also witnessed it throughout the past few years.

They love to call this time in their lives as “The Best Oops Ever!” – and it is so fitting. Sometimes things happen – sometimes people break apart never to be put back together again, but if you’re lucky… sometimes the opposite happens. Sometimes, you need time apart to grow and become who you are meant to be, before you can become who you are meant to be together… makes sense?

So when two people break apart  to then, years later, make the *conscious* decision to say to each other “that’s it, you are it…” magic happens… and while they made this little decision together, the little peanut they are waiting on wasn’t exactly in the *immediate* plans – hence… best.oops.ever. Because yeah – it was an oops… but it’s the perfect kind, the kind of oops made from friendship, love, and a little silliness in between.. 😉

When I got the very random text that said “So you’re one of the first to know aside from the family…” – I instantly knew what it was. I don’t think I even gave her the chance to tell me on her own… I just blurted it out “PLEASE TELL ME YOU ARE PREGNANT” – lol I knew that I instantly wanted to be a part of this journey with them. We photographed their announcement (which you can find on facebook here )… and it was all kinds of crazy, wacky and fun – and if you don’t know them, you can definitely tell just by looking at these photos!

For the few months between their announcement and maternity session they both teased me about the kinds of photos they wanted – including, but not limited to using “baby mama” and “baby daddy” hats – ya. lol …and I may or may not have embraced this during the session lol 😉

Our session was definitely not short of laughter and silliness with Bugs there – but it was so full of love which radiates through in these photos.

As I said on my caption in their announcement – “One of my favorite things about this job is being able to be a part of my friends becoming parents. They are testament to having patience for love… not only patience with each other… but patience for finding each other again, willingness to follow your heart, and the courage to grab life by the reigns and let the journey take you where you’re meant to go…”

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I truly, honestly, cannot wait to meet this little peanut – oh and one more thing – THEY REFUSE TO FIND OUT THE GENDER – eep!