Whenever I meet a new babe I find myself conversing less, moving slower, and taking in the surroundings in ways that don’t typically happen for me with older kids. I become captivated by the new little body that is in front of me for a few hours and can’t help but smile inside knowing this is why our lives have meaning. The people we meet in this lifetime, the characters we connect with, they are so dang special and little babes are the purest example of that. I am constantly reminded that there are so many important facets of life that revolve solely around those we surround ourselves with and I am grateful for all the opportunities that come before me. Photographing newborns is no easy task, but if it reminds me to slow down and soak up the goodness in this world AND I get to cuddle little squishy bodies ~ then I’m all for it!
The Golden Hour
As a Wisconsin child photographer I spend a lot of time with other families and their growing brood. But this weekend I was able to spend a bit of time enjoying the sun that has finally graced us with it’s presence and snapping photos of my niece, Annalise. Little bodies are some of my favorites to work with because there is no need to get fancy. You can showcase them pretty much anywhere and let their sweet personalities shine.
Funny little story about this dress ~ my sister, Annie’s mom wore it almost 30 years ago at an aunt’s wedding. There is another layer to it but we decided to forego and keep this little adventure simple. The sun, the green grass and the sweetest little girl created some magical imagery for me to capture. Might have to print some extras for my own desk along with sharing them with her mom ~ what a fun memory.
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I’m currently encountering writers block. I probably shouldn’t even call it that beca I don’t consider myself a writer. Instead it could be called ‘I don’t know what to say. I want to eat a snack instead of write a blog post’ block. I mean, I DO want to write this… I just don’t know where to start. So now I’m rambling…
When photo sessions are bought as gifts, it makes me even more elated to get to work each day. Someone actually likes my work so much, that they want to buy it as a gift! And this session wasn’t even a gift for a special occasion – it was a ‘Just Because’ gift! Totally unprovoked act of kindness. That is why I like what I do each day. Bringing something just a bit more special than the average ‘wake up, work, home, eat, sleep’ attitude into this world is so enjoyable. A special piece of mail, an extra kiss on the cheek, a random gift just because… those are things that make this world smile.
I contacted Kirsten from Ready Set Vet first about pet portraiture and she turned around and bought two sessions as gifts! I was delighted to photograph Annie, her mother’s sweet pup, a few weeks ago on a great sunny afternoon. I will say that when I pulled up the drive my jaw dropped a bit at the property views. There was a great deck that was overlooking a marsh and seemed like the perfect spot for morning coffee. Their lot backed up to tall trees making me swoon even more. I think I probably babbled several times about how gorgeous their home was and made a comment about stopping by randomly to hang out. Those are the things I say during shoots. ‘Oh yea! I’ll be by next week, say 6:30 am for morning coffee!’ At least Joe thinks I’m funny 🙂
Annie was the perfect model and you could tell instantly how much love flowed between her and Ellen. Some people might think it’s silly to base a photo shoot around a dog, but I know how important those furry friends become in our lives and documenting that is very special. Thank you again Kirsten for inviting me into your friends lives and homes, I am so happy to have been able to help you spread a bit of joy!
I would have never guessed that pet portraiture would be something I slipped into, but I’m glad I did. I was able to meet Bull Dog and his sweet family the other week for a session that was gifted to them all. I heard stories of walks in Chicago and old buds past. The girls told me about his kisses being some of their favorite things and the memories on the walls told countless stories of cuddle sessions and times growing up together. I couldn’t help but smile as I drove off knowing I had spent a short afternoon in a home that overflowed with love for their sweet pup. I’m grateful tonight with my own buddy next to me and sending out prayers to Bull’s family as they said their goodbyes this week. Dogs really do have a funny way of slipping into our lives and grabbing hold of our hearts to become our best friends.
Hollie and I worked together several years ago at a flexographic prepress office and have kept in touch very simply through Facebook. I was delighted when she asked about pet portraits especially for her and her husband’s oldest sweetheart Babe. I’ve always had the camera out for Walter so there is a plethora of photos of him and sometimes I take that for granted. It’s pretty easy now days to whip out the ol’ smartphone and snap away, I would know… I’m very good at it. But even if I weren’t a photographer I would still say the difference in having a professional photo taken verses snapping something with your iPhone is totally worth the investment. Everyone deserves quality photos of their loved ones, human and pup form 🙂
This was my first official Pet Portrait Session where 100% of the proceeds goes towards Walt’s vet bills. I can’t wait to get this thing paid off and start giving to others in need ~ thank you so much Hollie for kicking off my pet sessions!