I have three beautiful kids, I'm also auntie to several more which means I've been to my far share of baby showers. I always struggle with what to get the new mama and end up searching the internet looking for baby shower gift ideas. I usually resort to diapers (who doesn't need them!) or cute clothes (which everyone shows up with). The mama to be is always appreciative of the gifts, but they don't always fulfill my desire to give something truly special.
Of course, we all want to give the "favorite gift", the one that the new mom will look back on and say "Oh yeah, so and so gave me that and I just can't thank her enough!" As a newborn photographer I know that one of the things new parents treasure most is photos of their tiny little blessing.
With that in mind, K.D. Elise Photography is now offering gift certificates for newborn sessions! Give your favorite new mom a gift that she'll remember forever. Newborn photos will be treasured long after the diapers are outgrown and the clothes are handed down. Give me a call today, or send an e-mail through the contact form. All of our gift certificates come beautifully packaged and ready to give to the new mama. Your gift is sure to be a hit and the talk of the baby shower!
When I head into a newborn session I know that it’s always going to be a unique experience. It’s one of the reasons that I really love being a newborn photographer! Even though the babies I see are only a few days old they’ve already had time to develop their own little personalities.
I planned things a little different this time, it was my first session after attending a fabulous newborn photography workshop last month. I’ve added in some new poses and learned how to better transition babies from one pose to the next to make sessions flow more smoothly. I couldn’t have asked for a better baby to try out new skills on than Evalynn!
Little Miss Evalynn was super chill and calm. She was already sound asleep at the beginning of our session and was fairly content to just stay that way. She also now holds a very special honor, okay, maybe it’s really quite silly. Evalynn is the only baby to make it through an entire session with me without peeing (or pooping) on me! That’s quite the accomplishment! I always warn parents that their baby will pee and poop on me, its an occupational hazard for a newborn photographer and is completely okay. For the first time I was proved wrong!
I absolutely love this lace backdrop that we used for some of Evalynn’s photos. It’s one I’ve have sitting around for a while waiting for a baby girl to use it with. I’ve had quite the rush of boys lately!
This lovely little gal really liked being wrapped up snug. She woke up a bit as I was moving her but she fell back fast asleep!
I’ve been trying to break out of my comfort zone a little as far as colors go so I tried out a gorgeous purple and I’m so happy with how well it complimented Evalynn’s skin tones! I think I’m really going to love deep purples on my little ladies from now on.
If you’re a new mama looking for a Pueblo area newborn photographer, I’d love to work with you! Click the contact button to get in touch and we’ll start planning your baby’s first photo session today. Every baby and their family deserves beautiful newborn photos!
Last month I attended my very first vendor show- the Christmas in July event put on by the Pueblo Businesswomen's group. Each vendor gave out two prizes at their table to the lucky winners who had the right number on the bingo cards given out at the door.
I manned my table for several hours and as we neared the end of the show I still had one of my prizes- a free mini session. I was seriously starting to wonder if the person who had my special number was going to show up! Finally, about half an hour before the end of the show a lady walked up to me very excited and asked if I was table number 37. I sure was! Seeing how happy my sweet prize winner was just thrilled me to pieces!
Last week I got to meet with the prize winner and her little girl Madison for a lemonade stand mini session. Little miss Madison showed up with a toy in hand and like any kiddo wanted to roam around the park and check everything out. Madison has autism and so it was very important to me that she be comfortable during our time together. We walked around the park a bit while she warmed up and she “helped” me take a photo of her mama.
When a toddler stands behind the lemonade stand I know that one of two things is going to happen- they’re going to put the lemons in their mouth or they’re going to toss them into the pitcher of lemonade. Madison was a tosser, and boy was she good at it! Lemon after lemon found it’s way into the pitcher until it finally ended up overflowing! We were super lucky, and even though Madison’s mommy wondered if we’d be able to; we caught a smile! We danced around like fools and played silly games to get her to look at the camera, but in the end it was worth it because we got Madison’s beautiful smile.
Since we were shooting at a park, there were a lot of sights and sounds to capture Madison’s attention. At one point birds settled at the far edge of the grassy area where we were and she ran off after them until one finally flew into a tree. Madison ran to the tree while I ran around the tree and climbed up in it from the back. As she looked up trying to find the birdie she glanced right into the camera. I think this is one of my favorites of her, it makes me wonder exactly what she’s thinking.
We finished up Madison’s session sitting in front of the lemonade stand. She had fun piling all the lemons up in her arms and tearing all the straw out of the crates! Madison was so much fun and as her mama puts it a little “fireball”!
Hey guys! I'd like to talk a little bit about something that's really important to me- your baby, and the trust you put in me when you choose me to take their first photos. I started K.D. Elise Photography this spring, so my little photography business is really quite young. However; I've been studying photography, learning and evolving in the art for almost ten years. Over the past ten years I've had the privilege of photographing quite a few newborns and I've found that it's an area that I really enjoy and want to specialize in. The first baby I photographed as a tiny little newborn is turning nine this month, and the second is turning eight!
Looking back, those first newborn sessions weren't anything to brag about. Some of the photos are actually cringe worthy! I had no idea what I was doing. I wasn't in business, in fact the sessions were done for friends and family because I happened to have a "nice" camera. I was getting familiar with my camera and figured I could get some decent photos. After all, how hard could it really be to photograph a newborn? Couldn't I just wrap the baby in a blanket and plop him or her in a basket? Babies are cute, this should be easy! I quickly learned that newborn photography is a whole different animal! Awkward posing, yellow skin and splotchy babies abound in those early photos. Like every photographer I've got a folder of "what was I thinking" photos that rarely see the light of day. Early failures do a lot to motivate a person though!
In the years since that first newborn session I've dedicated a lot of time and effort to learning as much as possible about newborn photography. I've photographed quite a few babies and I've loved every one of them. It's become very clear to me that newborn photography requires a totally different skill set than other types of photography. The technical basics of lighting and camera knowledge are certainly similar, but newborn sessions just aren't the same as other sessions.
Here's the thing- newborns are little people. They have their own needs and desires and their own feelings about things. They know when something feels good and when it doesn't but they can't tell us. Posing a newborn isn't the same as posing an adult, a child or even a three month old. These are tiny, fragile little beings who can be easily overwhelmed because the entire world and all of it's sensations are new to them. They have to be respected as such.
Your baby is the single most important thing in a photo session. Their comfort, happiness and safety have to come before everything else! A newborn session can last two or even three times as long as a regular session because we want to make sure your baby has time to settle, eat if needed and take breaks when necessary. Just getting a sleepy baby properly posed can take 20 minutes or more and that's perfectly okay!
It's super important to me to make sure that your baby is safe, comfortable and happy during their session. Since I've decided that newborn photography is an area that I really want to specialize in and focus on (don't worry, I still do other types of sessions!), I've devoted more time and resources to educating myself further on the nuances of newborn photography. I want to continue learning and growing because you and your newborn deserve the best experience and photos possible!
That's why a couple of weeks ago I traveled to Denver to attend a workshop with Michelle from Meshelle Photography in Spokane, Washington. Michelle focuses entirely on photographing newborns and teaching other photographers around the country how to safely and creatively do the same. She's one of the very best newborn photographers in the business! Check out the photos below, Michelle posed these sweet babies as she taught us and I photographed and edited each image.
I learned a lot from Michelle on how to prepare you as a parent for a session, how to pose and settle your baby and how to make our time together go as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. I'm excited to put these new skills to use! If you're looking for a Pueblo newborn photographer, I'd love to chat with you, call me to today or use the contact button to send me an e-mail. I also serve the Canon City, Florence, Walsenburg and Penrose areas.
Last fall I spent a cold, but productive afternoon photographing the beautiful McCartney. We did her senior photos on a blustery fall day. This week I was lucky enough to get to work with her again. She's graduated high school, is on her way out into the world and needed some head shots done for an audition.
Thankfully, the weather for our second meeting was much better than it was for our first. Funny enough though, McCartney chose the same shirt she wore in her senior photos. I can totally see why though, the purple goes so beautifully with her green eyes. Just look at how amazing her eyes are!
It's so special to me to when clients come back for another session, I love photographing returning clients! Getting to continue to photograph my newborns as they grow, my seniors as they move on into the world, and my families as they change is such a special honor. Best of luck McCartney as you head off into your future! Thank-you for letting me be your photographer!