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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 Photographer 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

 

  • Billie - September 11, 2014 - 7:13 am

    Great tips for researching Kansas City newborn photographers.

  • Meghan - September 11, 2014 - 6:55 am

    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 :D

  • Sugashoc photography - September 10, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    What a great resource for how to pick a newborn photographer

  • Katey - September 10, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    Great list of things to consider when selecting a Kansas City newborn photographer!

  • Jete Devisser - September 10, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    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.

  • Amy S - September 10, 2014 - 10:45 am

    I wished I lived in Kansas City so I could hire you as my Newborn Photographer! awesome photos!

  • Lori Loree - September 10, 2014 - 6:40 am

    I love your photos. You are an amazing photographer!

  • ale garcia - September 10, 2014 - 6:02 am

    Congrats! these photos are heart warming! Great work from a Kansas City Newborn Photographer!

  • Corey - September 9, 2014 - 7:35 pm

    Great tips on choosing a Kansas City newborn photographer!

  • cari - September 9, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    Adorable images from a great Kansas City newborn photographer.

  • Brenden - September 9, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Some great tips for expecting moms looking for a newborn photographer in Kansas City .

  • Courtney - September 9, 2014 - 3:53 pm

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

  • Samantha - September 9, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    I love all of these tips you give for newborn photography!

  • Kathy - September 9, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    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!

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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 - September 5, 2014 - 8:46 pm

    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!

  • Jenni - September 5, 2014 - 11:52 am

    beautiful church, beautiful couple, beautiful photography

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

  • Allison Anderson - September 5, 2014 - 11:20 am

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

  • Kathy - September 5, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Beautiful wedding photos!!! You always amaze me :)

  • Stephanie de Montigny - September 5, 2014 - 7:50 am

    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! :)

  • Emily - September 5, 2014 - 7:41 am

    Beautiful wedding photography! I love all of the fun candid moments!

  • amanda myers - September 5, 2014 - 3:44 am

    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!

  • Jete Devisser - September 4, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    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!

  • Shelby Oliver - September 4, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! I really loved the location you picked out for portraits! So soft and beautiful!

  • Brooke - September 4, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    What a wonderful all around capture of their special day. Looks like they had a wonderful time. #bluespringsweddingphotographer

  • Kelley Spurlock - September 4, 2014 - 5:43 pm

    You captured their wedding day perfectly!!

  • Suri - September 4, 2014 - 5:43 pm

    Very sweet wedding photography session. Enjoyed watching these amazing photos.

  • Lauren - September 4, 2014 - 5:10 pm

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

  • Esther Edith galleries - September 4, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Beautiful wedding photography!!

  • Courtney - September 4, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Love all the photos you captured their wedding day perfectly!

  • Laci Frazier - September 4, 2014 - 1:09 pm

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

  • Brenden - September 4, 2014 - 12:12 pm

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

  • ashley eiban - September 4, 2014 - 11:04 am

    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!

  • Corey - September 4, 2014 - 11:00 am

    Stunning Blue Springs wedding photography!

  • Connie Mintz - September 4, 2014 - 9:38 am

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

  • Samantha - September 4, 2014 - 7:47 am

    Beautiful photos! I love country weddings, so beautiful.

  • Lori Loree - September 4, 2014 - 7:40 am

    I love the colours from you wedding. It looks like it was kind of a chilly day!

  • Shannon - September 4, 2014 - 7:12 am

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

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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.

 

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  • RobynK - August 23, 2014 - 8:28 am

    Wow, what a gorgeous maternity session. Mom-to-be is stunning and you did a fabulous job capturing this precious time!

  • Esther Edith galleries - August 22, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Beautiful maternity photography! Kansas City is lucky to have your photography services!!

  • Allison Anderson - August 22, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    Beautiful studio maternity session. I love the lighting used to accentuate mom’s beautiful bump. Congratulations to this Kansas City couple!

  • 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:

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Cassie’s Closet

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  • 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, that is one of the reasons why I got into portrait photography, it was just so hard for me to find really clean and simple portrait work.

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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