Pandemic Baby

Pandemic Baby

Meet Fiona. Her Mom and Dad waited very patiently for this little miracle.Then they brought her home during a pandemic. Talk about waiting to make a large entrance into the world! This cutie will hear pandemic stories over and over for years. She will go to school with other pandemic babies and they can compare stories and pandemic baby books. I am thrilled to be able to contribute to documenting this start for Fiona and her parents.

There are so many to-dos and preparations as a first time parent. New parents plan and prep and then scour the internet wondering what they forgot to do and what more then can check off before their baby arrives. Up until now, planning for a pandemic has never been on the list. No one has ever told new parents to plan for their partner to be the only one allowed in the hospital with you. The internet says to accept help after, they do not say to plan on your parents, siblings and best friends stuck on the other side of the glass waving through the window to sneak a peak at the new addition. No one said make sure you have twice as much toilet paper as you usually do because you might get stuck with that one ply stuff!

No one said that you wouldn’t be able to have newborn portraits in the hospital or with in the first two weeks of life. Of course safety and health are first priority, but it’s ok to be a little frustrated as these are moments that fly by. They are only this tiny for such a short period.

 

As I promised and posted and shared over and over with new parents through the shelter in place; you will get sweet baby portraits even if they are well past two weeks old. Fiona was 6 weeks when I finally met her and during my time with her we were able to get perfect posed portraits, lifestyle documentation showing their first quarantined weeks at home as well as some open eyed images showing off that big personality. It feels like the perfect mix to me.

This was my first newborn session after the COVID shelter in place. I put on my mask and stocked up on hand sanitizer. We started with some lifestyle photos in their home and then wrapped her up, rocked her to sleep and took some posed portraits.

Following the posed portraits, Mom dressed her up in her fancy name shirt (all these cute outfits and nowhere to go!) and we snapped a few inside. As you can see, Fiona showed off a lot of expression at this time. We then headed outside where a few of the welcome home decorations still hung and were able to capture some family portraits. Front porch photos have become trendy during this time but they have always been a standard in my portfolio. This is an important image. Your child’s first home will be special to them and to the parents, take this at any age whether it is trending or not.

If you have ever been a model, you know that it is hard work. Fiona needed a meal break so we hung out and waited for her to give us the go ahead. A bottle, burp and some snuggles later and she was ready for a few more.

These three have spent 6 weeks (even more by now!) together behind this glass. Staying safe, keeping healthy, getting to know each other and figuering out this parenting thing. This was a must have shot to document this very bizarre and totally unprepared time they made it through.

One last moment in the home with mom and a special onsie that Fiona was ecstatic to wear. As I look back now this was the only time we got a HUGE smile out of her that day. Sometimes kids just know.

Have a baby during the pandemic? Contact me today and we can discuss your first portrait session.

Chicagoland Photogapher – Family Portraits

Chicagoland Photogapher – Family Portraits

Chicagoland Family Photographer

I will always tell couples 2 pieces of advice with wedding photography. That advice lends itself to all photography; newborn, first birthday, lifestyle, studio, portrait, outdoor, sunset sessions, milestone…. you get the picture. Your photographer ends up being a big part of that time. You spend a lot of time getting ready, picking out clothing, blocking out time from busy schedules and in some cases, like weddings, this time cannot be recreated.

My two pieces of advice:

1. Make sure they not only love their photographers work but that they enjoy working with and being around their photographer. They are around you ALL day.¬† Aside from weddings, your photographer is still around you for a long time. With newborns, they will be close to you for a few hours. And you need to trust them with that new life. If the kiddos love having them over or heading to their studio, that’s a HUGE plus, because it is now fun to see the photographer and they are comfortable with them.

2. Make sure your photographer is aiding and providing you long term preservation and display of your images. Please inquire about the details of the album provided for your wedding, or products for any session. An image is only as good as the paper it is printed on and today we can add the proper care of the digital file. Imagine going to a favorite gourmet restaurant, you order their signature dish and they throw you the box of ingredients. Yes, the ingredient selection is important but unless you are a skilled chef, and honestly unless you are THAT skilled chef, it will not taste the same. Sometimes it just doesn’t taste the same if you don’t eat in their fabulous atmosphere.

Part of your photographers job is to provide their knowledge of proper display and proper output methods.I would rather see less professional work done per family at a higher quality. We all have phones in our pockets now for the other stuff.

It’s an honor to watch a family grow and get to know them. I know I am doing a good job when I get invited by the kids to stay for dinner and when they are sad to see our session end.

Chat with your photographer on the phone, or if you are looking at hiring me, I love a reason to meet up at the local coffee shop. I also will stop by clients homes to help with the daunting task of picking out clothing for the session as well as ideas on where to consider placing their portraits, because that is overwhelming.

See this families images on the wall in their own home here.

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Best Friends – Des Plaines, IL

Best Friends – Des Plaines, IL

Best Friends for 9 months, the proof is in the photos.

Little J and his best buddies. They look out for him, clean up after him and play with him.

If you look close, you can see their first photo together hanging just above on the right. His favorite friends giving kisses when he was a newborn. This image shows the importance of their relationship over the last 9 months as well the importance of hanging images in your home. Little J gets to see all of his favorite people every day holding him close as his grows up. And Mom and Dad get some super cute artwork to enjoy everyday ūüôā

Enjoy your photos on more then just your phone! Contact me today to make sure you get your own family in your home to enjoy for years.

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Family Lifestyle Photography Session – Palatine Park

Family Lifestyle Photography Session – Palatine Park

I was asked to head out to Palatine and meet this wonderful family at their neighborhood park for their photography session. Being 18 months, this little girl kept all of us moving. She was very comfortable here at this park because she spends so much time here. I love photographing families and kids in locations where they are comfortable for two reasons. The first is easy, everyone does better being photographed naturally when they are comfortable. The second is because I think the images mean so much more years down the road when you say explain about what the place means to you.

This park will be a great memory for the family down the road, making these images even more valuable.

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Family Lifestyle Session  – Northwest Chicago Suburbs Photography

Family Lifestyle Session – Northwest Chicago Suburbs Photography

This age is all about parks. I miss the days when I would pack a lunch and head to the park where my kids would be entertained for hours. I enjoyed watching their imaginations turn wood chips into water, sandboxes into fossil digs and play sets into ships. Here is the age when going up the slide is more fun then going down and where you like to show off your upside down swinging abilities.

It seemed appropriate to head to a park by Grandma’s where we could play and document the lifestyle of a young family. They were very happy in this environment and had lots to show off during the session!

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