Hayden Christine Collins made her grand entrance into the world on the morning of June 9th. Just five days later I was lucky enough to have her in my studio for her newborn session. Her parents, Rebekah and Taylor, are the cutest little couple and for this to be their first child I swear they seem like seasoned pros. It was so sweet to see the way that they interacted with each other and how totally smitten they both are with their brand new daughter. After a snack and some snuggles from Mom and Dad, Hayden was fast asleep and ready for her closeup.
Is she not a vision of perfection?! This is one gorgeous baby girl – but if you’ve ever seen her mother then you would know why that comes as no surprise.
This sweet little trio was special to me because not only are they clients but they are part of our “blue family”. With Hayden’s dad Taylor being a police officer, naturally we had to do something law enforcement themed for her session.
Not long after I took this picture, Hayden decided to wake up and let her parents and I know that she done for the day and ready to go home.
I was able to see Hayden again today at her reveal session and it was amazing to see how different she looks after just three weeks! This reminded me of how important it is to take pictures of your children as they grow up. It happens so fast and sometimes we don’t even notice the little changes even though they’re right in front of us. Every time that I look back on old pictures of my kids I catch myself saying “but when were they this tiny?!” or “i can’t believe they looked like that just 2 years ago!” One day when they’re all grown up and our memories start to fade with age, the pictures that we have of our families will be our most prized possessions. ❤
I had a sneaking suspicion that I was going to have a lot of fun during this session before it even happened ….. and I was correct! Brittany and I have so much in common – our husbands are both employed at the same police department, we both have four children, and we have both worked in a 911 center. Before this day we had never really talked face to face but by the end of the session I felt like we had been friends since forever.
Her session included hair and makeup so she was asked to show up completely barefaced and with unstyled hair. She was even nice enough to let me take a “before” picture to share with you. Although, who wouldn’t if they looked this great naturally – amiright?
After applying her makeup and styling her hair it was time to finally get her in front of my camera.
Isn’t she gorgeous?
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I have had a several friends ask me about the 365 project that I began this year so I wanted to share a little bit about what it is and why YOU should be doing it as well!
What is Project 365?
It is a commitment to take a picture every day for an entire year. The subject matter can be anything you choose – yourself, your children, your pets, or just your everyday life events.
What’s the point?
Taking a picture every day may seem like a hassle and there will be times when you don’t feel like doing it, but completing a 365 project has lots of benefits:
- It becomes a visual diary of your life. Imagine how neat it will be years on down the line to be able to look back on your pictures and see a moment of your day for an entire year? Our memories will fade over time but this is a way to remember your daily activities, places that you’ve visited, and how you and your family have grown and changed.
- It improves your photography skills and encourages you to really learn your camera. After a while you will notice that your pictures are getting better as you begin to get creative and take notice of your lighting, your composition, etc.
Tips On How To Do It:
- Try to bring your camera with your everywhere you go. If you don’t have your camera you won’t get the picture.
- Don’t wait too long to upload the images. I try to post mine as soon as I take them so that I’m not in a panic at the end of the day.
- Tell a story. A little known fact about me is that I absolutely hate trying to come up with captions. Ha! However, when you post your picture try to describe what is happening and why you took the picture. This will help you remember later on as well as help your friends to understand the significance of the moment.
- Don’t stop! This is the most important tip of all! I have to confess, I’ve tried this once before and failed to follow through for the entire year…..okay, I didn’t even make it a month. BUT this year I am going to stick with it and you should too!
Today is January 17th and above you can see a sample of the images that I’ve captured so far. I decided not to have a set theme but instead just take pictures of my everyday life. Looking at this collage I can already say that I would have forgotten some of these special little moments in no time without this visual reminder. For those that are interested you can follow my Project 365 on Facebook or Instagram. 🙂
Although the month is halfway over it is still not too late to start your very own Project 365!
“I am so OVER this.” – This is what Kyndall said to me after an hour of pictures and as you can see from the look on her face she meant every word! XD This little girl is not only gorgeous (just like her mother) but she is feisty and brimming with personality – just how I like ’em! Needless to say she had me cracking up during the entire session.
Seriously? How cute can one kid be??
Kyndall was happy to model for me as long as I allowed her to take a few tree climbing – goose chasing – dirt drawing breaks in between pictures. No wonder she was exhausted after the session – I only wish that I had 1/8 of her energy!
And then we have her mother, Alicia. Talk about perfection! Aside from being stunningly beautiful she has the sweetest, most down to earth personality ever. She was also one of the most photogenic people that I have ever had in front of my camera which made deciding which pictures to edit a million times more difficult. Not exactly a bad problem to have!
Put them together and you have the most adorable mother-daughter team around. I had so much fun photographing these two that I didn’t want to stop! Kyndall, however, was not shy about letting us know that she was officially “over it” and ready for her ice cream date, as promised. ❤
These three little beauties were so much fun during their photo shoot! The two older girls, Ashtyn and Brooklyn, are sisters and it was so sweet to see how excited they were when their baby cousin Adeline pulled up.
All three girls (and their mothers) were such good sports considering the fact that it was absolutely freezing outside! They parted with their warm jackets long enough for me to snap some pictures of them in their perfectly matching Matilda Jane outfits. Be still, my heart! ❤
We did a quick wardrobe change and headed out to a nice sunny field that turned out to be pleasantly warmer than our previous little spot in the woods. After much running, racing, and a few sweet kisses we finished up the session.
This sweet family of three made my Sunday a little brighter with their session. Seeing them interact with each other reminded me of when my husband and I were in the beginning stages of our relationship….which actually ended up making me feel a little old but I won’t hold that against them. 😛
I had the pleasure of photographing their baby girl, Skyler Michelle, when she was just a tiny little thing.
She’s 7 months old now and I can’t believe how fast she’s grown! During her session she was very proud of her newfound skill of sticking her tongue out which made for some pretty adorable pictures.
Those who know me know that I am a huge supporter of law enforcement. I grew up having a father that was in the field which inspired me to become a 911 dispatcher- a job that I have had for almost 15 years now. When I saw this blue line flag blanket I knew that would be perfect for my sessions with my law enforcement family (Dalton is a deputy sheriff). It was handmade by one of my co-workers at 911, Gretchen Edwards.
She has them for sale in her Etsy shop along with several other styles for those that love this as much as I do! You can check them out at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Gigiskeepsakes?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Towards the end of their session I got to see the gorgeous engagement ring that Dalton gave to the future Mrs. Anderson. I can only imagine what a stunning bride she will be on her big day! ❤
Last weekend I had the pleasure of having this beautiful family of five in front of my camera. The weather was absolutely amazing – I’m so glad that it is FINALLY starting to feel like fall!
Look at Anna Helen’s cute little wrinkled up nose! I’m pretty sure she was making that face at me because my crate was preventing her from reaching all of the deliciously crunchy leaves on the ground that she wanted so badly. 😀
This shot was not easy to come by. What you can’t see here is how Allison was crouched down behind the girls so that she could hold Anna Helen securely on the bench for the picture. A little bit of Photoshop and here you have it! I just love how big sister Kate seems to have her hand on Anna Helen protectively so that she doesn’t fall. I’m pretty sure that sweet little smile on Charlotte’s face was because she knew it was about to be playground time for her while little sister would be stuck with me for her 9 month pictures!
With her sisters and Dad running off to the playground (I think Andy was even more excited than the girls to be done with pictures) it was time for Anna Helen to be in the limelight for her 9 month session. She looks so proud to be standing up with a little help from Mom! Or maybe she’s enjoying showing off that gorgeous dress because she can sense that her photographer has an obsession with Matilda Jane Clothing. Hmmm….
Gah! Those huge brown eyes of hers are just mesmerizing! Must…fight….the baby fever……..!
Anna Helen patiently let me snap a few shots of her and even let us change her outfit once before deciding that she was over this whole photo shoot thing and ready for dinner and bed. If you look closely at her right hand you can see the Cheerio that was used as a bribery tool to get those final few pictures.
There is no other experience in the world like becoming a parent. Your first child changes your entire life in ways that you couldn’t imagine B.C. (before children). Even if you decide to have more babies later on in life it will never be like your first. The new experiences pop up every day and it seems to go by so fast. I’m reminded of all this when I get the pleasure of spending time with Skyler and her Mom, Kaitlyn, during her 6 months session.
This little doll face is Kaitlyn’s first child and you can just feel the love and adoration between them when in their presence. I am already a mother of four myself but these two totally give me baby fever for #5 (which is why my husband says that we can’t hang out too much). Ha!
I mean look at this. I can’t even take the cuteness!! She was all smiles during her session and let us change her a gazillion times with no complaints……..
…although she did take a quick nap in Mom’s arms between wardrobe changes. Totally my kind of girl!