This little dude was in the studio just before the new year for his newborn session. We are still waiting on a few of his prints to arrive before we officially complete this newborn photography experience. Until then, I have been enjoying sharing his images as often as possible, I even made a little preview video!
Most newborns visit me around 10-20 days old. But Michael came into the studio at 5 weeks old, just one day shy of his actual due date. We waited each out to see who would give in to sleep first (if you’re wondering, mom and I beat out baby M and dad – ha!) and the rest was history. Every babe is a little different, but having to wait for sleepy eyes is usually the same from session to session though. I am always reassuring moms and dads that it’s completely normal and all part of the process. Which is also why I encourage parents to nap during our time together if they want… and let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want a nap a week (or 5!) after bringing home a newborn??
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Joe and I have been married for a little over three years. We both adventured through several different work places (part-time and full) while pursuing lofty career goals. Him law school and myself, a photography studio in Downtown Appleton. I started my photography business shortly before our wedding and have since moved it from one state to another and quickly back again. Joe is currently starting his fourth semester of classes in Nashville and I’m hanging out with all the babies I can get my hands on in Appleton. Our time together is valuable. Every chance I get I snap a selfie of the two of us, or sneak a picture of just him so our days are documented as much as possible.
The last time we were in front of the camera together was two years ago (our one year anniversary). After that it’s snippets of images from a dinner out, or a quick snap from that time we took a walk together. Or the one time I turned my big camera on us for our Christmas card and set the timer… that was a real process trying time everything just right. HA!
I have a challenge for you. Think about your lives around this time last year. Where were you living and working? Were you carting around kiddos to school and extracurriculars or teaching little ones to tie their shoes? Did you set any goals for the year ahead? Were they personal or did you tackle them with your spouse? Home improvements? Trips planned and enjoyed? Did you say goodbye to a loved one? Welcome a new babe? How much did your life change from this time last year, to now? Do you see a difference?
Now think back to the last time you stepped in front of a camera together, just you and your sweetheart. Not a quick snap and done. When is the very last time you spent quality time investing in images of just the two of you. Enjoying each others hugs and hand holding? Your favorite picture of the two of you that is displayed in your home… when was it taken? 5 years ago… 10… Your wedding day? Are you ready for another favorite picture?
I’m not sure I could ever have enough pictures of just Joe and I. We work hard for our relationship, especially in this chapter of our lives and I want to remember that. Your story is equally as important and my hope is that you document it as well. We all work so hard for love, celebrating it is necessary!
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Appleton WI || February 5-9, 2018
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Last week Monday as I was leaving the house for the day I took serious note of the weather. It was cold enough for a light snow to be falling, but warm enough that my fingers and nose didn’t immediately freeze as I stepped out the door. But most noteworthy was that the sun was poking in and out from behind the clouds creating a magical wonderland of glitter flying about.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the photography profession as of late. The winter season brings a slow down in scheduling which allows most photographers to evaluate the year that has past and the one coming up. The year ahead is a mystery for me and Caitlin Claire Studio. I can’t say that I have ever felt so lost, yet so completely confident in the direction I’m heading. Photography sort of fell into my lap and I’ve let it evolve in an organic manner from the beginning. I adore photographing families and newborns, that passion will only grow stronger I’m sure.
What I’m realizing more and more is the impact one person can have in their community when they want to. That’s the key… you have to want something before you can manifest it’s reality. When I stepped outside last Monday, I had a deep sense of wanting to photograph someone in that wonderland. Thank heavens for friends like Dana who are ready and willing to jump (or dance) when the opportunity arises. If you have a dream you have to let the universe do some of the work, that’s called luck. The rest is up to you because good luck will never substitute hard work.
What seems like eons ago now, Christina reached out to me inquiring about bridal portraits after she ran across this blog. Her and Scott had eloped earlier in the year but were planning on bridal portraits at the Paine Art Center and Gardens during the Nutcracker display. A few years back, I visited the Nutcracker for the first time and brought my camera along to document it. I’m so glad I did because it lead me to meeting these newlyweds!
I couldn’t contain myself for very long and was thrilled to be a part of the whole experience with them. If you haven’t been to the Paine during the Nutcracker, don’t miss it next year! The magic you feel while strolling through the rooms is pretty indescribable. So needless to say, photographing these two while we had the place to ourselves was a highlight of the year for me.
My favorite part of it all though, beyond the space that surrounded us, was meeting Scott and Christina. The fact that bridal portraits were still so important to them after their elopement really made my heart happy. Congratulations again you two, my world is brighter having met you and celebrating this wonderful year with you both!
Very seriously catching up on all of my Appleton Wisconsin Family Photos – gotta get the blog up to date! The Busse family and I spent an afternoon together this past summer at Appleton Memorial Park Gardens. The weather was spot on, we could not have asked for a better day!
I’m not always the best with blogging on a timely schedule, and this family shared a few weeks back that they are expanding by one little boy! I’m trying to formulate my words in a way I haven’t already used them to express my joy and awe at how fast life changes. I am not sure I know how to do it any differently than I already have. We seem to need constant reminder that life does not stay constant. Not constant good, or constant bad. Not constant at all. No constants over here or over there. I feel like Dr Suess a bit… haha!
How amazing is it that within a few weeks of this session, this family of three learned they would be soon be four?! These images capture a special time that will only grow more special as they add a new love to the mix. I’m so happy for you all – congrats again!