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When I spoke with this soon-to-be-mother on the phone, I knew that we would get along amazingly and couldn’t wait to meet her.  She is just bubbly, has a fabulous sense of style and is sweet as can be.  I was thrilled with her clothing choices and think we would make perfect shopping pals!

Not every expecting mother wishes to have her maternity portraits taken, but there are lots of reasons you should!

1.  Someday you will wish you had them.  I speak to so many women who wish they had professional maternity pictures of themselves.  When I was pregnant with our first child, I had a maternity session and have a gorgeous album of images.  Fast forward two years later to my pregnancy with Max.  I had severe polyhydramnios (excessive amniotic fluid) and looked like I was pregnant with twins.  I also had an almost two year old at home and was exhausted.  I know plenty of talented maternity photographers, but could never bring myself to schedule an appointment for whatever reason.  Now, I can sit down with Nick and the amazing book when he was in my tummy and with Max, I am pulling out the monthly belly shots against the living room wall or a quick shot here and there in my studio with my timer.

2.  A good photographer can make you look AMAZING, even if you don’t feel amazing.  It’s all about lighting, what you wear and how the photographer poses you.

3. It’s a great bonding experience with dad and siblings.

4.  Do it for your baby, so that they will be able to look back on those images and be able to visualize how much you loved them, even before they were here.



  • Hannah - August 22, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Beautiful maternity portraits! I love the dramatic lighting and that mom is gorgeous!

  • Renee - August 21, 2014 - 5:41 pm

    This is a gorgeous maternity photography session! And what a beautiful momma! You are definitely the go-to photographer in Kansas City!!

  • christine d - August 21, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    Everything you said is true! Maternity photo sessions are such treasures because they capture the story of that baby growing, that body changing… I never had any taken, and I am so sad about that. You showed just how gorgeous this mother-to-be is with that baby belly!

  • SugaShoc Photography - August 20, 2014 - 10:24 am

    Gorgeous maternity session! I love all the emotion you captured.

  • Meghan - August 20, 2014 - 6:32 am

    Wow! These maternity pictures are beyond stunning!!! I love your Kansas City photography studio–it looks gorgeous! Just beautiful. All of it. The baby bump, the parents…etc. Can’t wait to meet the newborn!

  • Lauren - August 20, 2014 - 5:38 am

    Beautiful mama! Dramatic lighting, focusing on the intensity of her eyes. Nicely done maternity session there in Kansas City. :)

  • Kathy - August 20, 2014 - 5:37 am

    Wow! Amazing Maternity photography! These are simply beautiful <3

  • Shannon - August 20, 2014 - 5:36 am

    What a beautiful Mama to be! I love these maternity images and I am sure these Kansas City parents to be are thrilled to have these images from a very talented photographer.

  • Corey - August 20, 2014 - 5:25 am

    What a beautiful maternity session! Kansas City is lucky to have you as photographer!

  • Jennifer - August 19, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    Absolutley gorgeous shots from this maternity session! Kansas Cities go to maternity photographer in action, this session is beautifuly captured! Great work!!

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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:

Cassie’s Closet

La Bella Flora

Addy’s Closet

Hanna Anderson



  • christine d - August 20, 2014 - 11:38 am

    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!

  • Esther Edith galleries - August 14, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Adorable newborn and little baby! Beautiful photos, Kansas City photographer!

  • Mandi Pol - August 14, 2014 - 9:53 am

    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!

  • Lauren - August 13, 2014 - 6:19 am

    Great tips! Great list of your favorites.

  • Shannon - August 13, 2014 - 5:41 am

    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.

  • Michele - August 13, 2014 - 4:16 am

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

  • amanda medrow myers - August 13, 2014 - 2:40 am

    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!

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This was such a wonderful and special session. Mom had a real vision for the feel of the images. She wanted a set with a military theme and then a softer set featuring mom with baby.  I did my best to fulfill that while staying within my own style newborn photography.  The flag really added so much to these newborn portraits. It is just so symbolic, I have never added it to a session before.  This little guy really  was such an alert baby and wanted to make sure he didn’t miss any of the action.  We did get sleeping shots as well, but these are a few of my personal favorites.  I have enjoyed offering Kansas City military newborn photography for the past six years.  These sessions are always near and dear to my heart.  I have had quite a few families come from Leavenworth, KS to the studio for their baby’s sessions.

I truly  commend our military and the sacrifices each of their families makes for all of us, it is an honor to have these families in the studio.  Even before I was interested in photography, it always took my breath away to see someone in uniform holding a little tiny baby.  Those little guys have no idea, what a big, big job their parents have just all of us to have opportunities and freedom.  This little guy will definitely be watched over.

{To show our appreciation, Captures in Time Offers a 15% discount on prints and digital images for all military families year round}.


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  • vanessa brown - July 25, 2014 - 8:53 am

    what an amazing set of newborn baby photos! I absolutely love the ones with the Dad’s military uniform and the flag. and that last family image is just stunning. I bet this Kansas City family is thrilled that they chose you as their newborn photographer.

  • Mandi Pol - July 24, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Wow!!! These photos are incredible. You are a spectacular Kansas City newborn photographer, and I loved looking through these portraits. The photos at the beginning with the dad in uniform convey such powerful emotion and are a true work of art!
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Shannon - July 24, 2014 - 8:05 pm

    What gorgeous newborn and family photographs. I love the first image and am so grateful to all who serve to keep us safe. This Kansas City newborn photographer created such beautiful images for this family to treasure.

  • Brenden-So Cute Photo - July 24, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    I love the close-up of mom cuddling her newborn- how sweet! These are really beautiful parent and newborn images. Great job Kansas city newborn photographer.

  • Suri - July 24, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    Beautiful newborn session by Kansas City Newborn Photographer Captures in Time. This family will cherish these photos.

  • Lauren - July 24, 2014 - 9:22 am

    These photos are perfection. From the red, white, and blue to Daddy’s sleeve ink, I love it all. Kansas City and Blue Springs have a jewel of a newborn and baby photographer with Captures in Time Photography. Beautiful, beautiful work!

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I am very behind on blogging, this has been such a busy year, please forgive me!  I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with so many wonderful families and the new studio has just been so incredible. It is nice to get outside when we are having this amazing weather to shoot, though!  This summer has felt like early springtime to me, it is such a nice change of pace for our area.

I  have photographed half of this family before many times, every since little Ethan was a teeny, tiny newborn.  He was part of the Captures in Time “Tiny Toes” plan, which offers four sessions in the baby’s first year, including the newborn session.  These sessions can be combined with our outdoor options around the studio, so you can have a nice mix of studio and outdoor images if you wish to.

When Amelia’s brother planned a trip from overseas, Amelia immediately planned a Kansas City family photography session and we put it on the books.  We shot this session in downtown Lee’s Summit, which offers lots of color and textures.  I always love shooting there and the endless variety of options that the area offers.  I loved how their main color in clothing choices was blue, but everyone didn’t match each other exactly.   I think that is always the best way to go with a large, extended family session. This kids just had so much personality and were so sweet to work with. We had lots of fun and there were lots of laughs.  We ended the session seeing the Train Depot, which little Ethan absolutely could not wait for!  I’m not saying you should bribe kids with a little something at the end, but it does help!





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May was such a busy newborn month at the studio!  They always seem to come in little spurts.  There is just something about a newborn baby with a ton of dark hair and I was excited to be able to use the pink and girly accents!  She was such a good baby.  I have a serious love for all things vintage and antiques, I am constantly browsing through antique stores to find new props and things for our home. If the whole house had a “french country” feel to it, I would be in heaven.   I just kind of fell into offering Kansa City vintage newborn photography from that.  There are all kinds of vintage elements to choose from in the studio, from scales, carved bowls and boxes, to hat and fabrics with a “vintage” flair to them.  I am always drawn to backdrops that look like vintage wallpaper.  The floor of the studio is original and I just adore it in images.

This little sweetie just slept like a dream during her session, she was as easy as pie.  Mom has a very easygoing baby on her hands, I think. I broke out my new baby tiara and mom brought a tiara that I really need to order that baby can wear in several different ways.  (Already accessorizing).  Hard to choose favorites!

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Being a Kansas City Baby Photographer, I have to say that six months is one of my very favorite ages.  I think it is important to capture this milestone where they can sit up on their own.

It changers the whole dynamic of a child’s portrait when you can get a very “clean” looking minimalistic image when you don’t have to put this child in a prop for support. In photography, I find that clean images are my favorite.  Personally, I don’t like a cluttered look when I hang large images on my walls because I don’t decorate “around” portraits.  I like them to go with my decor.

This little doll was full of smiles and personality!   Her little eyes are the prettiest color that you just don’t see that often.  It reminds me of a gemstone with little flecks. I just love this little lace romper I have in the studio for 6 month babies.


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I love watching the children we photograph over the years. These twins are so great big now!  It seems like just yesterday they had both come home from the NICU and we did their newborn photo session as soon as they came home.

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This little man was such an angel. He just slept like a dream during his newborn session and he has the longest fingers.  I always wonder if babies will play the piano when they have long fingers.  I am still trying to get my boys into piano lessons and neither is interested.

Sometimes my favorite shots from a newborn photo session are a close up of their little hands or feet. Those tiny little fingernails and wrinkles, the perfect skin, sweet little lips. I try to captures all of those tiny little things that you spend time staring at those first couple of weeks out of pure amazement.  (At least know I did.)  Those tiny little fingernails, the short, fat toes. I would just sit and stare at them.  And you know what?  I don’t regret one second of that time!  I wish I had it back.  Sigh.

I love using muted and neutral tones in newborn photography.  There are so many variations and textures, I can never get bored with them.  I don’t know about you, but I have spent a lot of time and effort decorating our house and want things to mesh well together.  I don’t like things too”cheesy”.  I want to be able to show portraits of my children and not just keep them in a box somewhere.  Neutral goes with everything!  It makes decorating and dressing myself much easier!

Are you expecting?  Contact our studio and schedule your newborn portrait session during your second or third trimester to guarantee we have a newborn session slot open within two weeks of baby’s birth!


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