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Every time a new little baby comes in my front doors, it makes me so happy to be a newborn photographer! First of all, what a cutie. Little Brooks was wide-eyed at the beginning of his session. He didn’t want to miss any of the action! While he slowly slumbered off, I could pose his little cuteness. Breaking out my 100mm macro for those adorable lips was something I knew I had to do when I saw him, giddy to capture a macro of that adorable little “milk bubble”. Consequently, that milk bubble is the little bubble that newborns get on their top lip from eating nonstop. I thought that was so cute on my own little ones. This family was adorable. And, the cream colors on mom and dad with this bone drop are so pretty.

When you come to the studio, we have a new “background book”. Visualizing what a drop will look like is hard for parents sometimes and this really helps. Referencing these when we are talking about colors and patterns for your baby’s sets is beneficial to getting the look we are after. Next, a digital website is in the works for pre-planning before your newborn session at the studio.

Finally, remember you do not need to bring anything at all to your newborn session with us. Everything we need is in the studio. No need to try to style everything yourself. Great care is taken in choosing props and knits that photograph well and with my style of shooting. Because even some yarns look too rough or large next to baby skin and we don’t want that!

Most of all, thank you so much for bringing him in! What a great session!

Blue hat by Spun Candy.
Grey/Yellow hat by Adorable Sunday.

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  • Shirley CookFebruary 24, 2016 - 10:38 am

    Beautiful family!Baby is darling! Photos are gorgeous,thumb up to the photographer!ReplyCancel

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Meet Beckham. Isn’t his name the cutest? A light sleeper, this tiny little prince needed some cuddling, but I worked with him until he dozed off. Sometimes, a newborn will just try to fight it and needs to be fed (a few times). First, I concentrate on getting baby comfortable and sleepy at the beginning of a newborn session. Next, when a baby is asleep, this is when things get to moving faster and the session begins to flow. Hurry up and wait.. and then some magic happens! Do not stress during your session, as baby will pick up on this. The more relaxed the parents are, the better the session will be, there is a correlation!

Grays and blues were the main colors in the works for this session. Wall arrangements go together easily this way. Think about where you are going to put your portraits. Which room? Do you see a wall print about the crib in the nursery? Does your fireplace need a focal point above the mantle? Imagine your vision. Everything melds well when there is a color scheme and that can often come from where you are going to be placing your prints in your home.

New families in the studio make my heart happy. Seeing the adoration and newness, it is such a joy to be around. Mom and dad are so sweet and I am very grateful they chose the studio for their newborn’s first portraits (as always). Beckham was captured in my Blue Springs, MO photography studio. It lies just next to Lee’s Summit, MO and about 30 minutes from downtown.

***Melissa is a published studio photographer in Kansas City, Missouri, specializing in newborn portraiture. Read about how we involve mom and dad in the newborn styling process here.
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Well, I have not blogged since March last year, so I have quite a bit to catch up on. Let’s start with Mia. This recent favorite session of mine was also featured on Inspiremebaby.com, a site tailored to newborn and baby photographers.

Ahhh! So precious! All of that hair! I love the lavender and bright colors with her. She was pure perfection for her session, I so enjoyed working with her and her sweet parents. Love this new “poppy” drop from Lemon Drop Backdrops. It is so bright and happy. My dining room is filled with prints of poppies, so I am partial to poppies. Frequently requested by parents, it is a new favorite in my extensive backdrop collection.

Below, you get a general idea of how a newborn session flows. Beginning with a parent series is our starting place. Once in a while, parents opt out of this series, but not often. Babies are only this small for a short time and I promise, mom will feel beautiful when she sees the gallery. Something I am pretty proud of is a “new mom bag of tricks” that is part camera/part Photoshop. Do not worry about a thing.

Color-coordination is something that is important to a session result, so we will talk about what you will be wearing beforehand. Planning colors will result in everything marrying well together in your images.

Black is always a favorite of mine for the parent series. The studio temperature is pretty nice and warm, 82 degrees, so we get those mom and dad shots out of the way while everyone is still fresh. Next, we move on to some “beanbag” shots on fabrics. Then, we move on to a prop and backdrop series. Mia’s mom requested a “wintery” feel but no red and green, so we went with whites and silver with a vintage doll sleigh that I found antiquing.

Be sure to read the FAQ page before your newborn session!

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Many of you already know about my aunt, but I just wanted to explain why I slowed things down business wise last year and my hiatus the last couple of months.

For the past 9 months or so, I slowed my business down (purposefully), just taking enough business to cover overhead some months. My Aunt Kathryn, who was 81, needed some help. Kate and my Uncle had never had any children of their own. Her doctor had told her she had arthritis in her leg and started her on physical therapy. Unfortunately, it turned out to be stage IV Lymphoma and had shattered her femur. What a shock, thinking you have arthritis and no wonder the physical therapy made things worse.

Kate needed a new femur, knee, chemotherapy and radiation. Uncle Loring has a bit of Alzheimer’s and without Kate there, needed some assistance as well as he no longer drives. Help was clearly needed. While there are quite literally, a million cousins that I have who are very capable, not many live nearby. Proximity wise, I am closest and do not work 9-5, so I suspect that had a lot to do with her asking me to be her POA and helper. Certainly, my organizational skills or ability to stay calm in difficult situations were not a factor. 🙂 After starting this journey with her, it became clear that I would have to make some adjustments. Consequently, when things get very hectic, you cannot do everything and do it well. Sometimes you just need to take time and simplify.

Many, many trips were made to get her treatment on a stretcher that my father softly padded with lawn chair pillows. He is so creative. 🙂 Mind you, she had a femur that was broken in half and in pieces. Chemo involved laying in a stretcher for 5-6 hours because it hurt too much to be moved. She was a stoic lady, not often complaining. Always managing to make those around her laugh during hard and uncomfortable times. Drivers of the stretcher van said she was their favorite client. Laughing while suspended in the air on a lift to get her into a wheelchair and joking about how she hated heights. True inspiration and class act.

After 6 months of exhausting treatment and major surgery, she decided to place herself in hospice. Her oncologist told me he was going to miss seeing her because she felt like a grandmother to him and like family after just a few months. Kate passed on January 22, 2016, as unexpectedly as someone on hospice can. She sounded and looked great a few days before that day. I truly feel blessed to have been a part of her journey and really get to know her, having learned innumerable life lessons. Being more clued in to making my contribution and having a deeper appreciation for this life and my loved ones is the gift she gave me. I no longer sweat the small stuff quite as much, as she would say.
Marketing, blogging and SEO have been neglected this last year, those things that keep the momentum going in a small business. I will be happily shooting full time again in March. I appreciate the patience of my clients during this time period. An effort was made to accommodate past clients having a second baby and baby planners, but I know I did take longer at getting things back. Your patience was appreciated. Thank you to my talented newborn photographer friends in Kansas City for taking referrals and helping in a couple of emergency situations (you know who you are).  I want to thank my dad for being there for Kate, Loring, and for me. He took on a lot in the last year as well, taking good care of Loring and alternating radiation appointments. Always there without fail. Troubleshooter and soundboard. Thank you, Chris for being supportive of me taking care of things and me.

Special thanks to the KU Cancer Center, for their kind and exceptional care.

Lymphoma is an awful disease and is silent. Not one time during these last 9 months did Kate look ill to me. She was not particularly tired when she was diagnosed. Pay attention to things in your body that don’t seem right: sudden night sweats, fatigue, and pains. Get second opinions for a diagnosis that doesn’t seem right to you. Speak up.

Miss you and love you, Auntie.

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