I'm sure every mama thinks I'm a little crazy when they walk into the studio with their new babes. I look like something straight out of the '80 with my ridiculously high messy bun, leggings, leg warmers, and sweaters. I'm usually preparing the last bits of the set, or pulling out one more prop. Without fail one of my favorite parts of the session is seeing your little ones for the first time; all wrapped up and cozy in all their puffy little car seat layers! They look like little marshmallow kids. Swoon <3 It's like unwrapping a present- slowly, layer by layer, so they stay super sleepy while they get undressed (like tying to nail jello to a tree, might I add). It's the first time I get to see all their details, and without fail, I fall in love all over again.
I wanted to eat him right up. I couldn't decided what I loved more- those mile long lashes or perfect lips!
sweet bug loved to be swaddled up, so that's exactly what we spent part of the morning doing!
If you think he looks cute all wrapped up, check out his sweet baby section! I love having simple, clean set ups that really focus on all the details of your new baby. I know as parents we think we are biased, but I really can validate that. I have never photographed two babies that look exactly alike! Their little hands all curl differently, their sweet little milk bubble lips are cuter every time. Little Frank Anthony was no exception- at a tiny 8 days old he was an absolute dream!
Well, it's happened.
You just came home from work. You picked the babies up from daycare, school, and practice. Hubby won't be home for dinner- stuck late at work- so it's on you to make din for three little ones who have WAY too much energy in comparison to your waning reserves. Feed, play, kiss goodnight- your exhausted, but your sweet littles are off to dreamland after another happy day.
You plop down on the couch. Mmmm. That's good stuff. Something looks just a little bit off...what is it...UGH! That space above the couch and comfy chair! Shoot. You meant to print out your family phot (from last fall) and still haven't gotten a chance. Oh well, you think, tomorrow. That's what to-do lists are for.
We have ALL been there. What if I told you that instead of worrying about printing that photo, you could spend an extra minute with your babies? Or your handsome hubs when he gets home? Or even...gasp...doing something for yourself?!
That's right ladies. The wait is over.
Starting in 2016, I am your time saving, family prioritizing, photographer extraordinaire!
That's a lot of talk and all, but what does that mean? Well...
- My clients are my absolute, 100%, total and complete priority! All day, every day.
- Some of my prices have increase, and some significantly. This means less clients, but more time spent with each of you to make sure that you have everything you need. It means that I get to know you, and your babies, and create and experience that everyone (yes, even dads!) will enjoy.
- You have more options on what to do with the artwork of your family, instead of having their candid moments live on a CD!
- Each time you see me will be a personalized, custom, unique experience tailored exactly to what YOU need.
The better news?!?! I know that not all of my wonderful past clients will be able to grow with me, but am so excited to plan and work with all those who choose to. We will work side by side to create an expeienrience that your whole family enjoys; and one that doesn't make you crash on the couch, and wish you had your family art displayed.
At one point or another, I'm sure you've wondered, who is this girl anyway? I mean, you are trusting some of your most precious little bitty's to my care. I could be any old crazy lady (spoiler alert; I am a little crazy...)! But for real, I'm sure you've wondered.
Well, dear friends, as I don't have a formal "Meet the Artist", this will have to do.
I grew up local, in a teeny tiny town called Barrington. I went through grade school getting teased for my glasses, causing a little ruckus my self, and figuring out all the teenager things most kids do. Skated into Dover High (insert highly awkward phase here) and, like most kids at 17, pretty much thought I knew the world. I wanted to be an Emergency Room Nurse, casually have a booming photography business, and live happily ever after. No one told me my 20's would get in the way!!
I picked up my first camera when I was 16, and shot everything I could. There was something so empowering about being this award little teenager, not really knowing much of anything, but really loving the images I took. It was so COOL. I did senior portraits for my friends, and basically for anyone who would sit infant of my camera for long enough.
Fast forward to maybe the most humiliating and empowering moment of my buying photography passion; my own senior photos. I won a contest from a local photographer and got a chance to be in front of the camera for a change. While I was in the midst of my glam sash, I casually mentioned to the photographer that I was really interested in photography, and took my own senior photo. I was really proud of it! I had set my tripod, tried a million different things, and got one that actually looked like me (why is that so hard?!?!). And you know what he did?
He put his camera down, laughed at me, and said, "did you take a selfie?"
I. was. furious.
That put the fire in my belly. I was so angry! How terrible of this older man to demean me? How could someone be so blatantly rude? I was appalled, and totally turned off to that attitude. It was at that point the I decided I never ever wanted to make people like they weren't "good enough" for photography. Not only aspiring photographers, but anyone who wanted to enjoy it. You want to look at cool photos? Cool, me too. You want to be in pretty pictures? Cool! I'll totally take them. Design the set? Heck yeah! My creative eye only gets me so far after all.... ;)
I spent the next 4 years in nursing school. Surprise! I passed, and am proud to say that I am not only your photographer, but a Registered Nurse on Post Surgical Orthopedic floor. I have worked just about everywhere I can in my hospital and adore the people I work with. Fun fact; that "selfie" that mister big shot photographer ridiculed me for turned into a business that supported my college education.
Jump to 2015, when what I thought was already a booming business basically tripled overnight. I took more online classes than I though existed. I learned something new every hour. I met and worked with some of the sweetest people, but also with people that made me learn about who I am and how I want to run my business. Every interaction, no matter how small, was a learning experience. Then in November, I signed on my first EVER studio space!! It was one of the most liberating things I have ever done. I was finally doing this (for real) !
A lot of cool stuff happened after college but all of the highlights for me somehow come back to photography. I saw a dad cry seeing his little girl walk down the isle, watched another hold his baby boy for the first time. I was witness to two proposals, best friends say " I do", and babies first smile. I fell in love with all things baby and found my home in this crazy photography world. I can say, and firmly believe, that I was put here on this beautiful earth to give you joy through the memories you share with your family. I am your family photographer.
I'm settling into the mill building studio and sometimes get wrapped up in the normalcy of it. It feels so natural to walk in, set up for your babies to come in, choose their sets and props. Or to plan out how I'm going to run your session. Or to just throw it to the wind and let your kids be KIDS. I want you babies to look like they do when you see them; I just want you to then be able to hold onto that memory for a lifetime.
It's a snowy, cold, quiet day in New Hampshire and I am happily snuggled into every warm lawyer I own. Theres tea on the coffee table, I'm working on my latest cutie pie (Frankie, more on him later!) and it seems like everything around me has been put on pause.
Not the Fed Ex Man! Door bell rings, and per usual, I go flying down the stairs in my P.j.s. typical. Poor fella knows me by name and probably also knows all my p.j.s too. This is exciting stuff! 4:00pm happens to be my favorite time of day for this particular reason; the latest orders are in!
There is something about holding these precious prints, imagining how they will be framed and hung in their new homes, and drinking in the in beauty of a freshly printed album. On this particular day, my heart does a little flip-flop to seeing the brand new signature books arrive...they are GORGEOUS!
They're leather or linen bound, study pages, and luster coated to perfection. The pictures are so crisp and clear you'd think you could pick up that baby and snuggle her! I love thinking about mom and dad seeing their book for the first time- the way mom will probably pick it up so many times to look at her sweet babe, looking at all the ways she has already changed in such a short time. They way her big sister will point to it and tell her grandparents "that's the baby! That's my baby!". Holding this book is so moving to me, knowing that it's going to put a smile on so many peoples face. The idea that I am about to deliver this beautiful book of joyful memories...well, that will make any snowy day a little warmer ;)