It’s that time of year again!  Two locations this year!

Fall Mini Sessions
with Captures in Time Photography –  Melissa Pfannenstiel – Kansas City Family Photographer

Burr Oaks -October 19th
River Market –  October 26th
email info@capturesintime.com for details

Refer a friend for minis and earn two extra files for you and your friend! Sign up online and then follow the link for the special session fee to hold your slot! There are still some full session weekend openings as well with special family pricing for those who need a full gallery to choose from.

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When looking for a Kansas City newborn photographer,  there is certainly no shortage of them in our area.  Here are some tips on things to consider:

1.  Experience and safety when posing baby – look for a photographer who has years of experience in the field.  Something that  a trained and experienced Kansas City newborn photographer will know is that some poses are actually composites and should not be attempted without a hand for support.  Composites are multiple pictures put together in photoshop to create one image.  This way, baby is safe and supported, while it may look in the final image as if he/she is propping up their own head and hanging from a hammock.  Babies should not hang in something they can fall out of.  Babies should not be propped up on their own weight. Dad’s hand was supporting baby from underneath with the shot, 1/2 inch over a 5 foot wide beanbag. It was combined with an image of the hammock with no baby in it.  With almost seven years of experience, newborn safety is my priority.

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2.  Variety in poses, backdrops and props –  You have probably seen the images in the portfolios of a Kansas City Newborn Photographers featuring the baby on a blanket, posed in a number of ways.  This is called “beanbag” photography and while it is adorable and I can create this style, it is a very small part of what I offer in my newborn photography sessions.  Some photographers shoot an entire session on a beanbag without other options.  Be sure to ask about variety if that is something you are looking for.  You may get an entire gallery of images on several different colored blankets in three different poses, the only difference being color of hat or blanket.  If a photographer is coming to your home, they may not bring much variety with them.  At our studio, clients can choose from 30+ backdrops and many props, hats, etc.  You are not limited by what someone brought with them.

3.  The number of images in your final gallery- This is important one.  ASK how many images will be in your final newborn photography gallery.  In most cases, there are only 20-30 images.  Captures in Time Photography averages 45-55 unique poses in each newborn gallery.  When comparing pricing of a disk of entire images, you are almost getting twice as many with our studio.  Make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

Feel free to give me a call at 816-914-4793 to discuss choosing your newborn photographer or schedule a consult at the studio, just a hop, skip and a jump from anywhere in Kansas City.

 

Best,

Mel

 

  • Esther Edith galleries - Adorable photos, and a great, informative post for new parents! Looking forward to more of your newborn photography.ReplyCancel

  • christine d - Such great advice! Kansas City families can be sure their newborns will be in good hands with the safety precautions that Captures in Time Photography uses. And they will receive beautiful images too!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Great tips on newborn sessions and booking a photographer! Saftey is very important and I don’t think parent’s realize how difficult it is to pose the babies and also worry about keeping them safe! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Dotzko - Great tips from a Kansas City newborn photographer! I especially agree with safety, I loved how you explained how to safely photograph newborns in that pose.ReplyCancel

  • Billie - Great tips for researching Kansas City newborn photographers.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - What an awesome blog post about newborn photography safety! Thank you so much it’s so helpful and honest. All brand new moms out there should read this when looking for a newborn photographer. You are one awesome Kansas City newborn photographer :DReplyCancel

  • Sugashoc photography - What a great resource for how to pick a newborn photographerReplyCancel

  • Katey - Great list of things to consider when selecting a Kansas City newborn photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Jete Devisser - You’re a fantastic newborn photographer, and these are very important things to look for when booking a newborn photographer. Especially the safety of baby.ReplyCancel

  • Amy S - I wished I lived in Kansas City so I could hire you as my Newborn Photographer! awesome photos!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Loree - I love your photos. You are an amazing photographer!ReplyCancel

  • ale garcia - Congrats! these photos are heart warming! Great work from a Kansas City Newborn Photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - Great tips on choosing a Kansas City newborn photographer!ReplyCancel

  • cari - Adorable images from a great Kansas City newborn photographer.ReplyCancel

  • Brenden - Some great tips for expecting moms looking for a newborn photographer in Kansas City .ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - If i am ever in the Kansas City area and need a newborn photographer, I know who to call!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - I love all of these tips you give for newborn photography!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - What a great guide for Mom’s and Dad’s-to be! Kansas City is lucky to have you as a choice for their newborn photographer!ReplyCancel

Part of being a Blue Springs Wedding Photographer is being able to provide wedding coverage for weddings in the country. I feels like I am a country girl at heart and  I adore being out in the middle of rolling hills and trees and love a small town feel. I have shot a couple of weddings out in the Lexington area and it is such a pretty little town. 

The sun was shining brightly over the country church in Lexington and there was not a cloud in the sky.  Spencer had a friend who was a photo journalist that wanted to provide her “getting ready” images as a gift.  We started with their first look, which was such a sweet moment.  The church was packed with people, it seemed everyone in Lexington was there. We made a quick stop after the wedding to visit Garrett’s grandmother in the hospital. She wasn’t feeling like being in the images, but it was a touching part of the day.  

The reception was full of laughter, music from a wonderful DJ and really awesome bank and there were lots of tiny bare feet padding across the dance floor.  I have never seen so many wedding cakes and matching cupcakes in all of my life.  Every one of their favorite sports teams had their own cake. As I look back, I realize that I was too busy to grab a slice!  Wedding cake is the best cake, but duty calls!

Spencer and Garrett, I so appreciate having the honor of documenting your wedding  day.  The ceremony, the happiness, and all of the laughs made it a memorable day for everyone.   May your lives together be as happy and joyous as your special day.

Much love and thanks!

 

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  • Mandi Pol - Wow! This wedding was absolutely lovely. I love a good old fashioned church wedding. This couple is so beautiful and they seem so in love. And my favorite part about this was how they did the first look in the church by themselves. They were able to have an intimate reveal but still get that walking down the aisle moment. What a cool idea!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni - beautiful church, beautiful couple, beautiful photography

    Blue Springs is lucky to have you as a wedding photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Anderson - Fabulous look into their couple’s special day. I love looking at wedding photos. It brings me back to my wedding 9 years ago.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Beautiful wedding photos!!! You always amaze me :)ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie de Montigny - I love the bridal party portraits! The couple’s pictures are gorgeous, and I love that you let the bridesmaids and groomsmen be silly all while keeping it classy. It’s always nice to see a wedding story told through images, and your storyboards (collages) are great way to do so! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Beautiful wedding photography! I love all of the fun candid moments!ReplyCancel

  • amanda myers - Beautiful wedding photos in Blue Springs! Looks like a fun wedding. Lexington and Blue Springs are lucky to have a wedding photographer as talented as you!ReplyCancel

  • Jete Devisser - oooh, love the bridal portraits!! And I love the bridesmaid’s dresses – what a fabulous color. You did a wonderful job capturing all of the special memories of their big day!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby Oliver - What a beautiful wedding! I really loved the location you picked out for portraits! So soft and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - What a wonderful all around capture of their special day. Looks like they had a wonderful time. #bluespringsweddingphotographerReplyCancel

  • Kelley Spurlock - You captured their wedding day perfectly!!ReplyCancel

  • Suri - Very sweet wedding photography session. Enjoyed watching these amazing photos.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - These are all so great! I especially love that detail shot of the grooms tie, so dashing. Many happy years to the lovely couple.ReplyCancel

  • Esther Edith galleries - Beautiful wedding photography!!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Love all the photos you captured their wedding day perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Laci Frazier - I love all of the vibrant colours in this wedding! Fantastic capture. Blue Springs is lucky to have you to document their big days!ReplyCancel

  • Brenden - What a beautiful couple! Her wedding dress is gorgeous and I love the pink she chose for the bridesmaid dresses!!ReplyCancel

  • ashley eiban - What a beautiful wedding! I love the picture of her hugging his back and looking at the camera! such a cute pose! Such a cute country wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - Stunning Blue Springs wedding photography!ReplyCancel

  • Connie Mintz - Love your style for wedding photography. I really like the expressions and natural feel you create with your photographs!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Beautiful photos! I love country weddings, so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Loree - I love the colours from you wedding. It looks like it was kind of a chilly day!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - I love country weddings! What wonderful memories you captured for this couple and I am sure these will be treasured for generations!ReplyCancel

The first question I am usually asked after  a clients books a  portrait session for a baby or child  is “how should I dress them?”.  This is an excellent question and is a very important part of the elements that go into children’s portraiture.

The first consideration is color.  If we are outdoors, a pattern will work great.  For indoor studio sessions, many times the pattern is going to be in a backdrop, so solid colors will work best.  In both cases, bright or rich colors work best.  I prefer that white is avoided.  A person’s eye will go to the first white spot of the portrait that it will see.  If that “spot” is right under your child’s face, it will be the first place a person will look.  We want the face to be the focal point of the image.

Let’s talk hats!  We do not want the brim of the hat do be so large that is blocks light from the child’s face and doesn’t let their beautiful eyes sparkle.  I love how the hat brings some contrast to the outfit below.

Next, think about texture and layers.  In the image below, this dress has a substantial weight to it and the texture of it shows well in the image.  The contrasting buttons and hat make this outfit interesting.  When dressing boys, it is a little more difficult to put together an interesting outfit.  Think about layering with a jacket or a button up shirt.

Below are some of my favorite vendors for children’s clothing.  I encourage parents to send me shots of clothing choices for input and it also helps me to plan the session to see the clothing beforehand.

Favorite vendors for this Kansas City Vintage Child Photographer:

Persnicketyclothing.com

Cassie’s Closet

La Bella Flora

Addy’s Closet

Hanna Anderson

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  • christine d - These are great tips! And the photo of that little girl is a perfect example of how color helps pop an image. If everyone follows your advice, Kansas City will have some very well-dressed children and CAptures In Time will have some beautiful photos of them!ReplyCancel

  • Esther Edith galleries - Adorable newborn and little baby! Beautiful photos, Kansas City photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi Pol - Awwww! How cute is that baby! These are great tips on how to plan a session with an amazing Kansas City Vintage child photographer. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Great tips! Great list of your favorites.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - What great advice about clothing. I love vintage clothing incorporated into portraits. Kansas City is so lucky to have a photographer that helps coordinate clothing for their client sessions.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - This is an adorable shot. Great tips on how to plan a session with a great Kansas City Photographer!ReplyCancel

  • amanda medrow myers - I love the suggestion for hats for a more vintage look for children’s photos. And the list with links is also helpful – thank you!ReplyCancel