When Heidi texted me about photographing her precious family once again, I think we scheduled, registered, and planned the whole shebang in under 10 minutes. You could say I was just a teeeeeny bit excited!
I first met Heidi in 2015 when she approached me for a family session of her two gorgeous kiddos, Grace and Aiden, her absolutely incredible husband Matt, and their very excited fur baby.
Heidi and Matt have this breathtaking relationship that is full of give and take, a whole lot of strength and faith in each other. Over the years I've been priviledged to see this family though growth, deployments, and homecomings and they continue to blow me away each time I get to hang out with them. Suffice it to say, I LOVE this family.
They've grown up just a little bit, huh?!?
Well, maybe they aren't tooooo grown up yet. ;)
This is a relatively small hike, made super challenging by the 90 + degrees we hiked it in. One of the things I love about this spot is the views just don't disappoint, ever, no matter where you're standing. Example A:
At their ordering appointment we viewed each of their images and they decided on this drool worthy family portrait for their walls. Though there are so many things I adore about this family, the fact that each member of the family was excited to see this hung on their walls has got to be one of my favorites. This will be framed and hung on their wall, and will be a constant reminder of what it feels like to be a family. My hope for Grace and Aiden is that each time they see this they remember scrambling up to the top, their silly poses, and how absolutely easy it was to snuggle up to mom and dad after a long hot hike.
Until next time, my sweet friends. <3
I have been SO excited to share this session but I am going to be very upfront about how biased I am about this baby! Little Everly was born on October 22, 2017, and this little beauty made my sweet girlfriend and auntie. There is absolutely nothing like watching someone that they just became an auntie!
Mom and Dad arrived to the studio around 11:30, and got a chance to see each prop and outfit that I pulled out. Their nursery is adventure themed, with a heavy emphasis on travel and the wonderment of exploration. I knew we were going to be using some outdoor elements! Mom - Danielle- was pretty excited about this little set up!
From our fun holiday themes we turned towards more earthy elements, to stay with images that may compliment Cody and Danielle's current home decor. When they have images from their session up on the walls of their home, it will show that they were designed to be there!
We took a short break for Everly to have a snuggle with mom and eat. Once her belly was happy and full we were able to create some absolutely STUNNING portraits of her family!
I think one of the most exciting moments of the session was realizing that we were going to be able to create a three generations photograph, and also one with Mom, her daughters, and her granddaughter. Having recently gone through some old photographs ( some over 70 years old!) it made me tear up to think of how special it would be for them to have these images in their home for Everly to see when she grows up.
Happy Birthday, Ev! And Congratulations to Cody, Danielle, Kendra and Kaylie on the newest and most perfect addition to your family!
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I knew the second that Cortney and Matt registered for their maternity session that we were going to make some absolutely magical portraits, but it wasn't until the night before that I knew just how perfect they were going to be. Cortney had told me that she was interested in studio portraiture, and sent me her Pinterest board to show me what inspired her. That night, I went to bed thinking of all of the things we were going to do in the studio, but I couldn't help thinking that there was something missing.
Just hours before her session I spoke with her and asked if they were feeling adventurous, and to my delight they said yes! That began our night exploring one of my favorite hidden gems in Barrington.
Cortney, a designer for Timberland, arrived to her session in the most perfectly simple, sweet pale blue wrap dress. Her floral crown was the perfect addition to her outfit.
Can't forget the fur baby- Nyia came along for the fun!
These sequence of photographs is so much fun to look at; this particular design is currently being printed in their Heirloom linen album, a fine art album that will have a gorgeous deep grey "tundra" over to match the depth of shadows in many of their images.
Wanderer skirt in burgundy, available to use in the studio or on location!
Matt, an active member of the military, will be leaving shortly again to return to his duty post. Despite the challenges that being apart during this pregnancy has brought, it was a joy to see how lighthearted and relaxed they were during this shoot. Their Heirloom Album should arrive within the next few days; something for them to share and enjoy even when the other is away.
I love it when we can incorporate a personal heirloom into your sessions. This lunchbox belonged to Matt's grandfather. Love!
Congratulations you two!
New albums are here and I'm OBSESSED. These beauties showed up at my door this morning and they are GORGEOUS! Check out these two Heirloom Albums; one perfect peach linen cover and one stunning distressed leather cover; both embossed with baby's name and date of birth for a more personal touch. I'm in looooooove!
Want your own? I can't say I blame you- check them out here! http://www.hannahmcmahonphotography.com/artwork.html
Well- it strikes again.
Just when you thought those poor little ovaries were in check- behaving themselves and resisting every perfect smush you pass by- well, here's this little perfect man, to make you crave that sweet perfect baby smell all over again.
World, meet Brady.
Brady, meet the world!
I must have asked his mom about 47 times if I could take him home. Believe it or not, her answer remained no....
( I know, I was shocked too!)
While most of the images created from your newborn session focus on the sweet and simple, I do love to incorporate nursery these and compost a few statement pieces for you home! Dad was an honorably mentioned athlete and mom wanted to do something to surprise him. I think we did it!
Mom and Dad are just waiting on their gorgeous heirloom album (Whats that? Check it out here: http://www.hannahmcmahonphotography.com/new-pageartwork.html ) to arrive, and once it does they will have a perfect baby album full of this little smugglers portraits. In addition, they will have a canvas of this sweet image for their nursery!
Did you know? All heirloom quality artwork come with a complementary low resolution digital file for social media sharing! It appears as each image in this post does- with a small watermark in the bottom corner, already resized to be the sharp and crisp when uploaded to the web. You have gorgeous artwork for your own home, and a collection to share with the world!
Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about a newborn or maternity session! Let's chat! Come on in for a complementary pre session consultation to begin designing a session that is just for you!
Have you been thinking of maternity portraits, but aren't really sure where to begin? Let's break down the top 5 things to look for in a Maternity Portrait photographer.
If you have recently started looking into maternity photographers, you've likely done one of two things; google searched "Maternity photographers in blah blah area" or reached out to the Almighty FaceBook and asked for recommendations on where to find one. Without fail, you probably got about 238462879 responses on both. Overwhelming, and often times counter productive.
Solution: There are probably a few names that have popped up more than once, or have been recommended over and over. Yay! There's your start. From there:
This could really be interchangeable with our first problem- What I mean by this is, WHAT is it that you want from your maternity session?
Solution- Ask what they offer!
Interested in Albums, Canvases, or Fine Art Prints? Go check them out!
This is a bit different from photographer to photographer, and is based on preference, but it's super important to know when, or in what time frame to do your maternity portraits.
Solution- Ask the pro! At your pre session consultation you and I chat about when the appropriate timing is for your session, and I often recommend around 6.5 or 7.5 months, for a few different reasons.
Depending on what is most important to you (style, availability, locations, etc) this can vary quite a bit.
Solution- Figure out what is most important to you, then assess if making that commute multiple times is OK with you.
Hannah's studio is located in the historic Washington Mill Building, in Dover, NH.
Every once in a while I get a client that says something to the effect of " well I'm supposed to get maternity pictures done" or " So and so told me I should". That is a really great place to start, and I want to expand on that a little bit-
Why are you getting maternity portraits taken? There are really two simple ways to answer that questions....
Your "why" might be different from someone else's, and that more than ok- it's totally normal. In order to find a photographer who can BEST serve you, and really tailor an experience to your needs, take some time and think about your "why", and how that might influence the other aspects of you maternity portraits.
To learn more about Maternity portraits, please contact me for your complimentary pre session consultation!
I actually knew Katie from high school, looooong ago- she first contacted me to photograph her first daughter, Karsyn, almost 2 years ago! Since then, I have had the pleasure of photographing not only baby Karsyn, but Katie while she was pregnant carrying their second daughter, and then little miss Kennedy once she was born.
I have worked with many families but one thing I love about Katie and her growing family is how much they value seeing their artwork on the walls of their own home.
Mike first built his house some number of years ago, as what Katie describes as a "bit of a bachelor pad". This changed pretty quickly as their family grew to accommodate their first baby girl, and now their second! Their gorgeous country style home now proudly displays 6 heirloom canvases and one stunning fine art print from their recent sessions.
My FAVORITE part about working with Mike is his eye for artwork- he comes in with fresh perspective, innovative idea, and many times sees arrangements that I may not have.
Are you or someone you know interested in newborn sessions? Please do not hesitate to contact me! Newborn sessions do fill up pretty quickly as I only accept a certain number of babies each month. Please contact me if you are interested in registering for your session! http://www.hannahmcmahonphotography.com/book-your-session-today.html
Stop what you are doing, RIGHT NOW.
Are you having a bad day?
A frustrating Tuesday?
Someone at the office got you down? Big project, busy office?
Moving (or not moving)?
Well my friends, you are in luck- Baby Bellevue is here to cure whatever blues you have going on because I can GUARANTEE you, you can't look at her without smiling.
Ok now look again- her chin rolls. I just CAN'T.
Here is an adorable picture of a newborn wearing a 6-9 month outfit. I'm dying.
In case you thought it doesn't get cuter- here she is snuggling a little lamb. A LAMB. This perfect 10 pound newborn-wearing-6-month-clothes is snuggling a lamb.
And maybe just one more time reminding you that not all newborns sleep during their sessions....
Or at least, not during their whole sessions. Happy Tuesday!
This deviates a little bit from my usual post, but it really hits all my little heartstings.
This is my little cousin, LilyGrace. She is 18 years old (I know, I'm in trouble) and about to graduate high school.
This photography session was born from a dream I've been having over and over again, of this red flash swirling through the air. Like a dancer, or a shadow, or a whisper in the wind; just a red whip of smoke through the air. I kept having this feeling like " Man, I need to figure out what this is all about!" and "Seriously, why am I having these dreams?!?" Well, friends, that led to an idea.
Red for me is bold. It's courageous, it's tempting, and inspiring, and empowering. It's something that blossoms, and creates, and self values. Red, for me, is strength. And then? Red became a dress, and an the idea became a photograph.
It baffles me to think that this beautiful, classy, strong young woman in front of me was the same one year old baby I welcomed to the United States when she was adopted. This INDIVIDUAL in front of me has blossomed into a courageous, inspiring woman who is going boldly after her dreams. She is empowered, and she is incredible.
Treasure your little ones. PHOTOGRAPH them. Before you know it, they do that terrible, horrible, and incredible thing called growing up. They blossom in front of you. They change. They evolve into these beautiful creatures that are greater than even you had dreamed. Just like that, they aren't the same baby you held for the first time 17 years ago.
Red, for me, is beautiful.