Category Archives: Watch Me Grow

8 Months of Pure Happiness

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 I ask myself this every time a Baby Club member comes to the studio….”how can it be that they are back so quickly?”! It seems like just yesterday I did this little guy’s newborn session….and I must add he was the cutest newborn ever…and now he’s back here for his second Baby Club session!

I love when mom and dad both come into the studio for the fun! And this time mom had a super cute idea of capturing Baby A with his and her converse sneakers! On top of that I just could not get enough of the cute little man outfits….he is such a little man! I can just picture him when he is 20 years old!!!

Only a few weeks from now I will be welcoming this sweet family back into the studio for his First Birthday Session…the last one of the Baby Club. It will be great fun and I know I will be sad as always when it’s over but I am sure I will see them again!!! In the meantime I am looking forward to the BIG day!!!

Check out Baby A at 8 months old!

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Capturing a mother’s growing belly in a maternity session and then meeting the baby a few weeks later at the newborn session is one of my favorite combinations of photo sessions. I was pregnant four times and gave birth to three children. I know how special and fragile this time can be in life. It’s a time of joy and feelings of nervousness all at the same time. But, it is a time that deserves to be captured. Once the baby arrives it’s amazing how quickly you appreciate the miraculous transformation of our body in pregnancy.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to know my clients. At the maternity session it is wonderful opportunity for us to get to know each other before the newborn session. I feel an instant bond with my clients when I get them to embrace the change in their body and realize it is only a matter of time before the baby arrives and whether they believe it or not they will miss reaching down at their round belly.

Weeks after the maternity session, I wait in anticipation of hearing the news of the baby’s arrival. Some arrive early, some on time and lately I am finding more arrive late!! But regardless of when the baby makes their grand appearance it is one I look forward to because I know within a week or so they will be with me at the newborn session capturing all the wonderful moments of a babies first few weeks of life! No matter how many babies I photograph I still analyze each one in awe of the tiny fingers, toes, little button noses and even cute dimples! I could just cuddle them all day….even if it means a little mess along the way!

Because I believe so greatly in the power of my relationship with clients I strongly encourage a maternity session and newborn session be booked together through my Bump to Baby discounted combined sessions. I really place a high value on getting to know the parents-to-be before the baby arrives and I would love it if every newborn client did a maternity session before the baby arrives!

Here is one of my recent favorites! I could not be happier for this client. Through our sessions I came to know them and I know this baby was well worth the wait, a blessing and a gift they will treasure forever. I am just grateful they invited me into their life to capture this special time.

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I would not have expected anything less from this adorable Watch Me Grow baby member! She has been a dream for the year I have known her – from her easy newborn session to her 4 month, 8 month and now 1st Birthday Cake Smash session! I have loved watching her change so much this past year!

Of course she arrived in the most adorable dress for her portraits (yes, that is prior to the cake smash)! Baby E was all smiles…she even tried very hard to smile AND eat cake!!! She loved every bite right down to her toes…as a matter of fact she even tried to eat the icing off her toes!!!

But seriously, I mean this, the first year goes by so fast…in the blink of an eye. The first birthday marks a big celebration! The celebration of life…of coming through the first year and all of the changes! It deserves to be captured and I can say I always enjoy it, sometimes I laugh so hard it brings tears to my eyes watching a baby dig into the cake!

I couldn’t do my sessions without the amazing cakes from my dear friend Angela Bowes of Cakes by Angela. She is one of the “sweetest” people I know!!! Thank you Angela for all you do to make my first birthday babies happy!!

Watch it unfold here…Baby E…Happy 1st Birthday and many more! I have loved watching you grow this past year!!!

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Best of 2015

 It’s hard to believe another year has come to an end. The time just flies by too quickly. Before I start another year and think ahead to goals and resolutions I have to take some time to reflect on this past year.

The year 2015 was indeed a great year! It far exceeded my expectations for my business and none of that would be possible without each and every client who trusted and shared your family with me. Whether it was capturing the first days of a babies life or celebrating a graduating high school senior or simply wanting to document a moment in time for your family, I am truly blessed to have been the one chosen to carry out the job of photographing and documenting this time in your life.

 I was fortunate this year to have many assistants who are aspiring photographers. It was a win/win for all of us. I was able to share with them what I have learned so far in my journey and in turn they were able to help take some of the work off my plate and allow me to photograph more families. It’s hard to believe, but I ended the year with 504 sessions. I remember every single one and the time I have spent with each client is special to me.

 At the end of each year, I spend days pouring over session by session and pulling out some of the best moments and photographs from the year. I can honestly say there are many more then I can share!   But for now here they are…hope you enjoy as much as I do.

 Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing your time with me and choosing me to have the honor of photographing your family, babies, children and more. And if we did not yet have the chance to meet I would love to see you in 2016!

 All the best,
Karen

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Watch out…here I GROW!

I get so excited when I have my babies coming in for their first Watch me Grow session around the age of 5 months! They change so much in those first few months. This little guy was so good at our Newborn shoot and I just had a feeling our 5 month shoot would be equally as great!

What a happy and content baby! At 5 months old he was already sitting up so we had so many different options for pictures! I love capturing all the big milestones at this session – sitting up, pushing up on belly, playing with feet and just lots of smiles and giggles!!

Baby O loved playing with his feet!   It is one of the best stages when they are constantly entertained by those 2 feet with 10 tiny toes!!! As the mother of children ages 13,10 and 6 I would do anything to go back to the days of them playing with their feet vs. an electronic in their hands at any given time!

Look out….here I GROW!!!!

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