Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To Chase, on your 4th birthday.

My darling boy, I can't believe you're 4 years old already. It seems like just yesterday your dad and I were coming home from the hospital with a 7 pound 3 ounce tiny bundle of joy. Where has the time gone? You're growing up entirely too fast. I know, I know. I say that every year. And I'll continue to say it. It's my right as your momma.

Three was such a big year for you. Along with many other things, you became a big brother. And what a big brother you are! I'll be honest, your dad and I were worried at first how you would handle it. But you proved us both wrong, and have been an awesome big brother. So awesome in fact, that we have a hard time keeping you out of your sister's room. It's not unusual for you to grab your blanket and pillow, sneak into her room, and fall asleep beside her crib. And many times you sneak in at her nap time, and I find you reading your sister a book to help her fall asleep. You make silly faces and do crazy things just to make her laugh. Your sister worships your every step, and you always remember to include her in our activities (even if she's too little to play along just yet.)  You're my awesome helper when I need an extra set of hands, and you're always the first to run and grab your sister's favorite blanket if she's crying. Having your sister around is also a daily reminder of just how much you've grown this past year. 



 In the past year, you have become the most independent little guy I've ever met.You're favorite phrase is "I can do it mommy." Your language has developed to the point where we can have full conversations for hours at a time. And boy, the stories you tell! Elaborate scenes with sharks and the "big water", or a crime fighting superhero and heinous bad guy. You have an imagination that never ends. And I love listening to your latest tales.  And then we run to the playground and re-enact your favorite superhero battles. You love the swings the best, and have learned how to pump your legs and get the swing to go faster. And you love running around with all your friends at the playground. Right now, you're bravely attempting to conquer the monkey bars, but you're not *quite* there yet. Soon though, very soon.



You've also grown like crazy this year. You jumped 2 whole pants sizes just this summer alone, going from a 3T to a boys 5. I know it's silly, but back-to-school shopping in the boys section broke this momma's heart a little bit. You're no longer a baby. You're not even a toddler. You are a full blown kid, with all the craziness and fun that comes with it.  And every single day I'm impressed by you. I adore your imagination and your creativity. I love your never-ending energy and your excitement and wonder at this great big world. And I am in awe of your great big heart and how you love so openly and wholly. Happy Birthday, my sweet boy.

 Chase's Favorites:
  • Favorite Toys: Legos and Superheros 
  • Favorite Activity: Going to the pool
  •  Favorite Book: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  •  Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Movie: Despicable Me and Ironman

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall Mini-sessions are open! | Hampton Child Photographer

We've BBQ'd our hearts out, gotten wrinkly at the pool, and soaked up all the summer sun. But summer is coming to a close and fall is in the air. You definitely won't see this girl complaining! Fall is absolutely my favorite season. The combination of rich colors and deliciously warm light is this photographers paradise. Pumpkins, apples, and cozy fall sweaters.... *sigh*.... I can't get enough of it.
And of course, along with fall comes mini-sessions! Oh yea! I've got the cutest studio set-up this year. With pumpkins, apples, and deep rich burgundy's and oranges, this studio set-up includes all of my fall favorites. Mini-sessions are all inclusive. You'll receive a 20 minute session and 5 digital images delivered in your personal online gallery. Want pro-quality prints too? Print options will also be available through your online gallery.
Grab your pumpkin lattes and apple ciders, and join us on October 5th for some fall magic. Spaces are limited. Secure your spot by booking your mini-session today!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

9 day old Makenzie - Hampton Baby Photographer

Introducing 9 day old Makenzie! At just 9 days old, sweet little Makenzie rocked her newborn session!


Her momma and I had planned for an outdoor session, and I had some fabulous set-ups ready to go. But, like most things with babies, things didn't really go as planned. After just a couple of snaps, the sky opened up and we had to make a run for it! Fortunately, I was able to a few gems before we got rained out.


We moved the session into the studio, and this sweet girl napped away. And she looks just as darling in the studio as she does in the outdoors.


Makenzie also happens to be one of the teeniest babies I've photographed yet. Born at only 5lbs 10oz, she cuddled up beautifully in my bowl.



And I just adore this bountiful deep purple. It is definitely her color!



Do you have a little one on the way? Contact me today to design your very own custom newborn session!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Now and Then | Hampton Baby Photographer


Growth and learning are a huge part of my personal photography journey. I'm constantly taking classes and mentoring and webinars. I'm always pushing myself to try new things, experiment with lighting, and to take my photography to the next level. The day I feel I've learned enough is the day I will find a new career.  Fortunately, there's plenty more to learn, so that won't happen anytime soon. ;)
Part of growing includes looking back to see where I started and where I am now. To look at my growth and know I'm going in the right direction.
Here's are images of both my kids. On the left is my son, taken for his 6 month portrait session. I'll admit, I didn't know a thing about photography! I was still on the green auto button, my backdrop was a bed sheet, and I was playing with a brand new flash I had no idea how to really use. On the right is my daughter, taken for her 6 month portrait session. In her images, I understand lighting and depth of field. My camera is in manual mode and my focus is tack sharp. Juuuuuust a little better, don't you think?


On a side note, would you look at those cheeks?!?

What a difference 3 years makes!?! My heart still loves the image of my son because, well, he's my baby boy. I remember his little giggle and those chubby cheeks. It makes my heart smile. But it's also bittersweet, because I know those images could have been so much better. I wish I would have hired a real professional to capture those fleeting moments.
But I'm glad to see just how far I've come in this journey. I've learned so much, and seeing the side-by-side encourages me to keep pushing even harder. And to see where else I can go...



Considering a milestone session? Contact me today to see how we can customize a session for your growing baby!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I am not a used car salesman (and other reasons I offer the digital files...)

If you were around before my maternity leave, you may have noticed some major changes going on. Primarily, the changes to my portrait packages. Before taking a mommy break, I was busy trying to sell some ah-maze-ing products to my clients. From wood and metal prints to classic canvas and frames, I had some stunning products on offer.  I reeeaallllyyyy wanted my clients to get those pictures up on the walls. And I still do; that hasn't changed one bit. But what has changed is that I'm no longer listening to the "experts" who are telling me how to run my business. "You have to sell products" they say. "Your business won't survive on digitals" they say. Sell, sell, sell.... Well, enough of that for me. My new packages are all about the digital files, and here's why: