beautiful family photo session {boulder family photographer}

beautiful family photo session {boulder family photographer}

I knew for months ahead of time that this was going to be an extremely beautiful family photo session.  This family is one of those radiant lights that walk this earth.  The beauty on the outside makes one swoon, but then you get to know them and it doesn’t even compare to their love and kindness and the beauty of their hearts.  This was my third photo session with them, so I knew the soft, dreamy feeling they were hoping for.  We did a maternity session last fall, and a newborn session for their little girl in the winter.  You can see some of their maternity photos from this blog post.   This was baby Athena’s six month sitting up session.  I mention it every time, but the baby plan where I get to capture the milestones through your baby’s first year is my FAVORITE.  Instead of having a smattering of iPhone pics to look back on, you get all these professional portraits with beautiful light that really capture the details and all the beauty of a year that goes shockingly fast.

We started this photo session in my garden with Athena and her big brother.  Their smiles in my garden are the cutest.  Next we took a family photo and some of Athena by herself in the garden with beautiful backlight lighting her up.  Next we traveled to my favorite lake location for some really dreamy photos.  This mom brought flower crowns and wore the most beautiful flower gown.  With her baby cuddling her, we captured these moments in the lake that I love so much.  The light is shining behind them.  The sun is casting a warm glow.  The reflection of the sky is shimmering in the water.  The moment was just perfect.  We ended the session with some portraits of their little boy and some with dad and his kids.  I have one more photo session with this family this year and find myself thinking about it and planning ahead even when I’m not working.

baby smiling in garden {boulder baby photographer} brother and sister hugging in the garden {boulder family photographer} beautiful family photo session {boulder family photographer} baby girl smiling in garden {boulder baby photographer} perfect family of four portrait {boulder family photographer} mother and daughter in lake {boulder family photographer} dad and two babies on fence {boulder family photographer} happy smiling boy {boulder child photographer}

sleepy newborn boy {boulder newborn photographer}

sleepy newborn boy {boulder newborn photographer}

Sometimes my newborn sessions last 3-4 hours, and I am using every baby-whispering trick up my sleeve to keep them happy, sleeping and settled.  And sometimes my newborn sessions last 1 hour and I am looking around the studio for more pose ideas because I’ve completed all eight setups I had planned and the little one is STILL sleeping.  This session was the latter.  His big sister was the easiest follower of directions of all time.  She snuggled her little brother with so much pride.  This sleepy baby boy was perfect for each and every pose.  My assistant and I agreed that this session was more like posing a sleeping baby doll than it was posing a sleeping baby!

We used lots of neutral and soft colors for this session.  For the beanbag flow posing, we started with some simple creamy whites.  His mama requested the froggy pose where baby holds his cheeks in his hands.  It’s a more advanced pose and I like my babies to be really sleepy before slowly positioning them.  This little guy just melted into it so easily.  I love his blue pants and his tiny toes wrapping around so you can see them.  Next, we did my favorite pose on the beanbag, with his little knee to his elbow and all those yummy baby wrinkles showing on his belly.  The 4th beanbag pose was all blue with a little homemade bonnet that I just finished.  My favorite part about this pose is how perfectly you can see their face features and their tiny little fingers.  Next we went outside for a photo in my beautiful garden.  I love how the light shines down in the morning.  It casts the perfect warmth over all the green.  Here’s a few from this beautiful sleepy newborn boy photo session.

sibling photo with newborn baby {boulder newborn photographer}

 

baby boy sleeping on yellow {boulder newborn photographer} newborn baby smiling {boulder newborn photographer} newborn froggy pose with cheeks in hands {boulder newborn photographer} knee to elbow newborn pose {boulder newborn photographer} perfect newborn pose boy in blue {boulder newborn photographer} newborn baby sleeping in garden {boulder newborn photographer} macro newborn toes {boulder newborn photographer} sleepy newborn boy {boulder newborn photographer}

beautiful family photo session {boulder family photographer}

beautiful family photo session {boulder family photographer}

This was the most beautiful family photo session of all time.  It was my sixth photo shoot with these beloved clients and friends and I think each photo session with them gets better.  Their sweet little girl Dannica is the most lovable darling girl, and her sister puppy Bella is like a puppy from a fairytale.  The two of them together are absolutely swoon worthy.  Their mama has one of the most heart warming instagram accounts you can find (@aenny04),  and since she’s so popular on social media she has lots of vendors that send her the most gorgeous custom designed dresses for her baby girl.  This session was full of custom designed dress after custom designed dress.  Each one of a kind outfit looked picture perfect.  We started the photo session in the garden for a little tea party.  These two are so sweet leaning in towards each other!  I love this little tea party set up with the deep greens, my great grandmother’s table cloth and tea set, and my daughter’s little chairs for the party.  Next we went to my blooming garden for some sweet portraits of little Dannica on her own.  I love the image of her looking right up at me.  Look at that sweet face!  Next we went out to my pasture for some fancy butterfly photos and a little magic.  We ended the photo session out past my driveway in the dirt roads with a little vintage bike I purchased at an antique store a few years ago.  Every baby loves being swung in the air by their parents, so I captured some candid photos with big smiles.  The photo shoot was over, but the sun was shining down on my farm and the horses were out grazing grass in the field.  It was too picture perfect to end the session.  So we did a few more photos in the field behind my house with my magical horse Sigfreid saying hello.

I love these summer sessions when we can hop from spot to spot for beautiful and creative photos that tell a story of love, magic and connection.  Here’s just a few from our beautiful session.

little girl tea party in garden with her puppy {boulder family photographer}

little girl on tricycle with her puppy on dirt road {boulder child photographer} family of three swinging baby in air {boulder family photographer} baby girl in garden smiling {boulder baby photographer} baby girl with puppy and butterflies {boulder family photographer}

mother and daughter petting white horse {boulder family photographer}

 

precious baby girl {boulder baby photographer}

precious baby girl {boulder baby photographer}

This precious baby girl came back for more photos to capture her newest milestone of sitting up!  Last time I photographed these beloved clients, it was mid-winter.  Little Henley has grown so much since then! She’s as cute as ever with the best baby rolls and cheeks.  We started with a beautiful family photo, and then took a sister photo, then focused on Henley in the garden.  I keep the milestone sessions short and sweet.  I like the babies to leave when they’re still happy.  I find that when a baby arrives they have a limited amount of attention they’re willing to give me.  They have a limited number of smiles.  So instead of creating elaborate sessions full of creative props and lots of locations, these sessions are simple and easy for everyone.  The next session  of the year will be the nine month session when I can capture her little legs as she begins to stand up all by herself.  I’m already looking forward to the cooler days of fall and seeing how much she’s going to have grown.

baby girl smiling in garden {boulder baby photographer} precious baby girl {boulder baby photographer}little sisters sitting together in garden {boulder baby photographer}

The First Year Baby Plan | There’s no gift a parent wants more at their baby’s first birthday than to look back at the miracle of all the beauty, wonder and growth throughout the year.  A tiny sleepy bundle with itsy bitsy fingers and toes becomes a smiling, walking, talking baby with bright eyes all full of laughter and soul.  I love documenting this first year for you with beautiful photography, high resolution digital files and a custom designed coffee table book at the end of the year telling the whole story.  More than any other thing in their nursery, you will treasure this art for the rest of your days.

baby boy cuteness {boulder newborn photographer}

baby boy cuteness {boulder newborn photographer}

So much baby boy cuteness at our newborn session last week!  We had the most gorgeous maternity session and I’ve been waiting with excitement to meet this little boy.  He arrived and he’s so beautiful.  We started the photo session with some sibling and family photos.  Grandma and Grandpa came too, so we were able to get lots of family photos with everyone.  When I look at the photos of this tiny baby boy with his two big sisters, I think about all the adventures they are going to take him on.  You can see their love and excitement for him all over their faces.  What genuine, happy smiles!  I know it can be difficult to get everyone ready for photos and out of the house in the morning on time with a newborn, but the family photos are so worth it.  With time, they become treasures.   This family did such a great job planning soft clothing that photographs well without distracting from the perfection of a new little baby.  This mama is so gorgeous.  I love the flattering pose of her laying on her back with her baby looking up.  She looks amazing with her big smile and that perfect baby cradled in her arms.   After all the family photos were over, we focused on little Leo.  Keeping the colors and tones simple, we used grays, blues, teal and greens.  Since it was a warm summer day we even got to go out to the garden for some sleepy dreamy garden photos.  I love this time of year and bringing babies out into my garden when it’s warm enough.  The outside photos are always my favorite.  I am so happy that I met this gorgeous family and was able to help them welcome their little boy into the world.  He is just darling, and everyone is already smitten.

baby boy sleeping in blue blankets {boulder newborn photographer} big sisters holding their newborn brother smiling {boulder newborn photographer} family of five with newborn boy {boulder newborn photographer} grandma and grandpa with their baby grandchildren {boulder newborn photographer} mother laying on her back looking up holding her newborn son {boulder newborn photographer} baby boy cuteness {boulder newborn photographer} newborn baby boy sleeping knee to elbow pose in blue {boulder newborn photographer}