It’s the landscape artist whose yard is un-manicured, the mechanic’s car which sits broken in the garage, and the photographers’ family who waits two months to see results from a project! Nonetheless, just in time to start on his new baby brother’s first year video, we are happy to present the first year of our grandson, Kyrin.
The holiday season is upon us, and in the world of photography, that means our busiest season of the year! Many of our holiday sessions are complete, custom holiday cards have been mailed, and we’re wrapping up the finishing touches on our Candied Christmas keepsake sessions at Mitchell Photography Studio!
Here’s what’s on tap:
Deadlines to have portrait sessions with prints back in time for Christmas is December 15. Deadline for orders to be placed and back in time for Christmas is December 18th. We will not be scheduling any Candied Christmas sessions after December 15th.
Our schedule is filling up quickly, so reserve your session now to secure your appointment in time for the holidays! Give us a call at (270) 793-9871, or visit us online at MitchellMoments.com.
Children are a bit more difficult to plan for than a newborn, as they have more needs at this point. However, it is not an impossible task! We’ve created this helpful guide to assist you in planning for your child’s upcoming session.
- Try to feed your children right before the session. At this point, they will be full and happy, but not ready for naptime. You want to make sure they aren’t fussy and crying for lunch throughout the entire shoot. Also, you may want to bring snacks, formula or juice to help quickly replenish your little one if they get hungry mid-session.
- Remember the essentials. Younger children may need a special toy or pacifier until they get comfortable in front of the camera. Toddlers often require teething tablets, orajel or a diaper change mid shoot.
- Plan your session around naptime. If your little one is happiest in the morning right after waking up, plan your session for this time. Alternatively, if they are happiest right after naptime, book your photo shoot for the afternoon after they wake up.
- Don’t stress about trying to make your children smile. We are very experienced in making complete fools of ourselves to keep your child entertained. Just plan on sitting back, relaxing and letting us put a smile on that precious little face.
Your child will be more comfortable in a familiar setting. To help ease any anxiety your child may have, we can set up a free consultation where you and your family come in studio, meet us face to face, get accustomed to the atmosphere and talk about what you want in your portraits. This allows your child a stress-free chance to get acclimated to us and our studio. When it’s time for the session, they will be more comfortable knowing they’ve seen us and our studio before.
From the very beginning of your pregnancy, maternity photos have probably been on your mind. Parenting magazines and online sites, like Pinterest, offer tons of beautiful portraiture to inspire you and lead you in dreaming of what your own session will be like. Beautiful maternity portraits are an area of expertise for Mitchell Photography. But, to ensure that your session flows smoothly, there are a few steps that you should take to prepare. We’ve created this guide to assist you in checking items off of your to-do list.
- Gather any personal props you wish to include in your portraits. A lot of women want to include a special pair of baby booties or ultrasound pictures, for example.
- Decide which backgrounds or scenery to use. Do you want an intimate session on the black background or a playful look on one of the color sets? Weather permitting, outdoor sessions are a popular choice for maternity portraits. Do you want to sit peacefully by a lake or take a more rustic approach in the woods?
- Bring any inspiration photos. Every photographer has their own style, which holds true for Mitchell Photography as well. But, we are more than happy to incorporate a pose from the web that you’ve seen and fallen in love with into your session.
- Think about what you want to achieve in your portraits. Do you want to showcase the baby’s gender, name, or arrival date? Are there older siblings you want to incorporate into a few poses? Are you comfortable showing bare belly or do you prefer to be completely covered?
- What do you plan to do with your portraits? Do you have a vision of a beautiful wall collection for your bedroom or a certain design idea for baby shower invitations? So many different posing collections can be created during your session, but it is important that we are aware of what you plan to do with the finished product so that we can custom tailor your session.
- Finally, be sure to schedule your session somewhere around the 7 to 8 month part of your pregnancy. You don’t want to be uncomfortably pregnant, but you do want to have a nice, round baby bump to show off.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your maternity portraits. Before you know it, you’ll be in your third trimester and scrambling to prepare all the final touches before baby arrives. Don’t let your maternity portraits fall between the cracks! Start searching for your perfect photographer by month 5 of your pregnancy and be ready to have a date set during your 7 to 8 month window of opportunity.
Congratulations! Pregnancy is one of the most magical experiences you will have. Creating life is not an easy task, but it sure is beautiful! We’ve created a guide to assist you in showcasing that baby bump in the best possible way during your session.
- As for color, try to keep it solid. Adding lots of crazy patterns will distract from the focal point of your images…the bump!
- Dresses are a very popular choice for pregnant women due to their comfort and versatility. When choosing your dress, be sure to select one that is more fitted than flowy. A gown that is too loose will not cradle the shape of your bump, therefore causing it to get lost in the images.
- Keep your accessories to a minimum. Small earrings, a dainty necklace or a vintage bracelet are all nice touches if going without jewelry is not an option for you. Try to steer clear of big, bulky pieces that will garner too much attention.
- Maternity sashes are a great way to highlight your baby bump. We have 3 different ones available for use at our studio.
- Try to stick to soft, dainty pieces of clothing. Maternity portraits often come out the best when an overall gentle, feminine look is achieved. Bulky scarves, rugged jeans or harsh necklines will add a very masculine tone to your images.
- If you are comfortable, bare belly shots are always flattering in a maternity session. There’s no better way to document the beauty of your growing baby than with a clear, uncovered look. A bare belly look can be achieved with a large button up shirt, a big soft swatch of fabric, or a pulled up shirt if maintaining a bit more modesty is important to you.
- Unless otherwise desired, your partner will be included in some of the images. You may decide to go all out and match his outfit to yours with trendy pieces. However, keeping it simple with just a pair of jeans and a plain color t-shirt is a great option. As with the other aspects of clothing choice, you don’t want anything that is going to take away focus from you and your bump.
Perhaps the most important aspect of maternity wardrobe is comfort. Choose pieces that make you feel beautiful, without making you itchy or constricted, and your confidence will shine through in the images.