looked adorable in everything we tried.
Do you see big sister hands...She was so interested in everything I was doing!
Meet Luke. Isn't he handsome and such a good sleeper! He loved to be snuggled, smooched by his sister and
looked adorable in everything we tried.
Do you see big sister hands...She was so interested in everything I was doing!
Sometime last year I was on facebook and a picture of Laura doing something in the kitchen with her daughter really grabbed my attention. Not only did I love the design of the kitchen and the amazing light that was filtering in, but mostly it was their connection. I don't know if God put that image in my feed for a reason or if it was just a happy coincidence, but as I was brainstorming about where I wanted to take LBP in 2017 that image kept coming back to me. So, I reached out to Laura and asked her if she was willing to have me over for a new type of session I wanted to offer. Funny thing is, the picture I saw wasn't even Laura's house, but as you will see, her's is beautiful too! You can read all about the business side of A Day in the Life Sessions on another blog post, but here I want to share the story of how Laura and Evelyn go about their day with a full gallery of images...
Smoothies for breakfast, snuggles and reading, makeup and Arbonne all are parts of a normal day in the Lance home
so that's exactly what we captured.
As I was taking these images I had already planned to post them and do a little bragging about Laura and what a rockstar she is. But then I saw this post and knew her words were better than mine:
"Thank you Arbonne. The paycheck is more than I ever expected, the Mercedes is an added bonus, but it is your influence that will leave a lasting impression. The culture, the mindset, the belief, the family, the positivity, the support. My little one, only 3, already knows the power of trying and facing your fears. As she grows, she will learn to set goals and work to achieve them, to fail forward, and to always work on being her best self while helping others become theirs. So thank you, for giving me a platform to teach her these invaluable lessons and watch her grow into who she is meant to become. Her favorite thing to "play" is Arbonne. Give her a catalog, a pen, some empty R9 bottles and a broken ipod and she is ready to "take on the day." I couldn't be more proud."
"I constantly go between you wanting to be my baby forever,
and being excited about all of the amazing things you will do in this life."
Life is busy! RIGHT? If you are anything like me you always have a to do list. Sometimes I accomplish a task that wasn’t on my list and go back and add it just so I can cross it off. Don’t act like you haven’t done that before too! We all like to feel accomplished. I’m guessing most of us want to be remembered too. That got me thinking…what do I want to remember? How are my kids going to remember childhood and the role I played in it?
My kids are growing up so fast, too fast, and I want to remember these times. I want to remember the typical days, the little things that bring joy, grow our bond and shape who we are. I want to remember their favorite things at each stage of development. I want them to remember the smile on my face just because I enjoy watching them do life. I want them to remember my silliness, snuggles and genuine happiness because I was blessed enough to be their Mommy. I want them to remember quality times rather than tasks to cross off a to do list.
The funny thing is, that’s usually not what I photograph. Generally sessions are staged (possibly forced) or because of a big event or holiday. They are that “everyone look and smile and pretend it wasn’t totally stressful getting the whole family ready." Or "forget you were just shouting or bribing or saying whatever “if…then…” statement to get everyone to cooperate.” Picture day is often new outfits, perfect hair and a slightly unrealistic representation of who we are. THAT’S TOTALLY OK! It looks good on the wall. It is a fabulous document of that time in our lives and I will continue to do it every year. However, those images are likely not going to evoke the sentiment of day to day life or the memories of being family.
On my website I comment that “photographs are memories frozen in time” and that “I want my images to ignite your senses.” I do my best at each session to capture personality, lots of candids and special traits of my clients, but that isn’t always possible at a staged session. And, that’s exactly why I am now offering “Day in the Life” photography.
A couple months ago I posted on facebook and asked you to show me your kitchens. The kitchen is the center of my house, a place to gather, share about our days, do projects, think through homework, have conversations of correction and expectation. We love to bake, cook, and paint. My husband will usually blast the music Saturday mornings and do silly dances with the girls while I roll my eyes and smile. My kitchen, pictured below, is where we are “family” most.
For you it might be a different room, a lake house, your backyard. Wherever it is, I want to capture you in it, as you are, with those you love most.
Meet Laura and Evelyn.
I am so thankful they welcomed me to their home and let me be a part of a typical day.
Let me take you on a walk through their day as an example of what your Day in the Life Session could look like…
Not much prep goes into a Day in the Life Session. Pick a day. Pick a time. Let me in so I can do my thing while you do yours.
Because Laura was helping me wrap my brain around these new sessions she wanted things to be perfect, asked if I had a vision or wanted to do something specific. I mentioned baking. She doesn’t bake so she suggested making smoothies. They have smoothies every morning, so that is exactly what we incorporated into the session.
Clean the house…don’t clean the house. This type of session is meant to be an honest representation of who you are.
Pick outfits that fit the plan for the day. No need to go shopping…unless you want to :)
Have a few ideas of your favorite daily activities that we could choose from. You could even add in a dreaded task. I think it would be totally hilarious to capture the whines and winces my girls make when I brush their hair in the morning.
Laura must be less cynical than me! She chose books, smoothies, make-up and wanted me to capture how she is a rockstar work-at-home-mom. There happened to be blocks on her fireplace so we ended up playing with those too.
You can't see it in these pictures but she was actually using dark green eye shadow as blush!
My role is to capture your day, tell your story and put it to print. Although I will keep things moving and tell you when I have enough captures of a specific activity, it is my goal to stay unnoticed so there is real and genuine interaction between your family members. I will give an occasional direction, or call out someone’s name to get some eye contact, but for the most part I will do my thing quietly and not distract you from what you are doing.
WHAT YOU GET:
GALLERY & FILES:
Galleries will have at least 40 images, but if I need more to tell the complete story of your day then you will get more.
They will be edited in both color and black and white. Unless I am directed otherwise, the black & white edits will be in a matte finish because, in my opinion, this editing style best captures a story telling feel. These files are yours to keep and will be delivered with a digital download and print release.
As you have read, it is my desire to tell the story of your day. No one is going to put all 40+ images on their wall and I don’t want your storytelling to be incomplete. I also don’t want these special captures to be stuck in an online gallery for no one to see. So, these sessions come with a beautiful, handcrafted, hard-cover album. Albums are an 8 1/2 x 11 inches. They contain 20 lay-flat, extra thick pages displaying your day. Additional albums can be purchased at a discounted price should you want to gift one to someone else.
Sessions are generally 1-2 hours long depending on what you would like me to capture. If you plan on baking I definitely need to be around for when you get to dig in!
A Day in the Life Session investment is: $690
I came to this price by charging my typical 1 hour session fee ($395) as well as my standard album fee ($295). I did not add on any additional fees for extra time or images. Just for this month (and even in time for Mother's Day) I am offering an introductory special on Day in the Life Sessions. Please email me at email@example.com or send me a contact form to set up your session!
All of my newborns hold a special place in my heart, but Georgia are her family are extra special to me.
I've been in business a little over 4 years and I guess it was perfect timing because I have had the privilege of photographing all three of their kiddos. As Jessica (Mommy) was walking out the door she said they would still see me, but this was their last newborn session :( I teased her to keep up the pace and bring me another one next year!
Although Georgia looked amazing in every color, with a name like Georgia we had to start the the session off with some peach.
Georgia all wrapped up in Mommy's wedding veil.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!
Meet Ava. Isn't she beautiful! On my facebook page someone said she looks like a doll and I completely agree.
Ava came to see me for one of my "Simply Baby" newborn sessions and she completely stole my heart. She was cozy and cuddly, squishy and sweet. She has perfect cheeks and pretty much let me do whatever I wanted for the hour we spent together. Yes, you read that right...ONLY 1 HOUR.
A lot of people think newborn sessions have to be all day event in order to get lots of variety, but that's not the case. And, that's exactly why I offer these shorter simply baby sessions. Ava will show you what one of these sessions produce. They come with 15 images edited in both color and black & white. However, I usually add in a few more images as well as edit them with an additional matte finish. So, the gallery I just delivered to her mom actually had 72 files! Below in this blog, I have selected one edit of each of the 18 images that were presented in her gallery. As you will see, Ava was a rockstar. We got lots of variety, different sets, poses and angles during our time together. I hope you all love them as much as I do.
Please contact me if you have any questions about setting up a newborn session of your own.
Sometimes in life, the best things are worth the wait! Sophia, I have no doubt that is exactly how Mommy and Daddy feel about you. It was so special to hear them talk about their journey to parenthood, immediate and overwhelming love for you and plans for the future. You are one lucky little girl!
Let me tell you how excited I was when the Janci's contacted me because they wanted to gift their sister with a newborn photography session. Let me tell you how honored I was when I found out they would be bringing their sweet little Riley all the way from Columbus to Cuyahoga Falls! Naturally, we had to start off the session with a picture of the cousins. These are some gorgeous children!!
After we were done with the cousin images with kicked out the big kids and gave all our attention to Riley.
Daddy brought his glove!!!! I wish so badly that I had done this with one of my girls. It totally unites a past love of mine: softball, with a new love of mine: newborn photography. What a fun capture!
We couldn't leave out Mommy's love of water sports. I can't wait to see this little one out on the water.
If she is anything like her cousins, she will be standing on her skis this summer!
CAUTION: Gorgeous family ahead!
I am quite smitten with these skin on skin images. There is nothing quite like the bond of a parent with a little one.
I am certain Riley knows she has it made!
Jillian's Mommy and I go way back. We were in the same class in high school, but fell out of contact for a while until I had her oldest daughter in my Kindergarten class. It's hard to believe that we are all grown up, that kindergartener is in 6th grade and now here we are with another sweet baby girl that looks just like her oldest sister. I can't wait for this summer when I get to photograph the whole family and see how sweet little Jillian has found her personality and captured the hearts of her family.
Jillian was so comfy in this pose that we got a lot of variety just by working the angles and bringing in different props.
I love that she brought a very special handmade quilt and the one with her holding the bunny....SO CUTE!!
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Meet Marco. He was a perfect mixture of sweet and spicey, awake and asleep, handsome man and adorable baby.
I love that he would go from snuggly baby poses to awake and grown up looking in a split second.
I was cracking up while Marco was in this grey wrap. For the longest time he was only shutting one eye. It didn't matter if we rubbed his cheeks, turned him away from the light or talked to him....only one eye would shut. Then he was making silly faces, a few smiles finally I got "the look." I am pretty sure he was telling me, "Lady, I've got this. Right now I am going to be awake and look good doing it." What a handsome little man!
This is a good looking family! I think these snuggles and smiles are permanent. What a blessing he is.
I just love watching people I knew from childhood become parents. Emily is such a wonderful Mom and she and Alex make a great team. It so fun watching them do life together and raise these sweet boys. They may be a little stubborn upon entering the world, but my oh my, when they get here they certainly brighten the room and fill your heart. I am so pleased to welcome Adam Zaubi to the LBP family! Isn't he perfect...
No babies were harmed in the making of this photo :)
Adam was actually just telling me he really preferred to take the picture with his paci in his mouth (or it was time to eat), but I couldn't not photograph the moment. The emotion on this photo pulls at my heartstrings. Of course his wrinkly little face is adorable, but look at Nathan. Look at the concern on his face, the love he already has for his little brother. I LOVE THAT! I pray these boys are the best of friends, playmates, plot-makers, and always there for one another.
That's all folks.