Kayla’s at Home Maternity Session | NH Maternity Photographer

Kayla’s at Home Maternity Session | NH Maternity Photographer

As a NH Maternity Photographer, I rejoice in the celebrations with my clients as well as the heartache.  When Kayla let me know that she had lost a pregnancy early on in 2020, I was heartbroken for her!  I knew how bad she wanted a sibling for Ember and I after documenting Ember’s arrival, I could not wait for baby number 2.

2020 seemed to take so much from so many people and this was one of those calls I HATED getting.  A miracle was brewing though and in the fall, I got the call that I had been waiting for!!!! A RAINBOW BABY was on the way!!!

Kayla’s at home maternity session did not disappoint and I am SOOO in love with these photos.  The last photos with your “baby” before the new baby arrives are full of precious moments.  We snuggled, Ember showed me her “baby belly” and we had a blast jumping on the bed.  At home sessions are so organic and no two are the same.  Big sister was all about soaking up snuggles with mom and dad.  When she was “all done” with the camera, Kayla and I had some fun of our own.

Kayla put so much trust in me and we JUMPED out of the box and did some fun empowering shots of her alone on the bed.  These maternity boudoir shots are some of my absolute favorite and I squealed when I saw the back of the camera.  I get it, as a mom of 3, I hated all the extra weight I gained during pregnancy but I still think pregnant mamas are the most beautiful!  Thank you to Kayla for trusting me and getting some seriously sexy shots of her bump.  THOSE EYES…damn girl!

If you are interested in learning more about Maternity or Newborn Photography, let’s chat.  I would love to make your vision come to life!

NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session.

 

How to Make Your Family Photography Session FUN for the Kids

How to Make Your Family Photography Session FUN for the Kids

You are excited about your family portraits and looking forward to seeing your family artwork displayed throughout your home. The best tip for ensuring you have a successful family photography session? Make sure it’s FUN! 

As an experienced family photographer, I’ve truly seen it all! You can trust a professional, like me, to get the best shot of your family no matter what. However, following these tips will help make sure your whole family has fun during the session AND helps us get great smiles. 

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7 Tips for a Great Family Photo Session

 

  1. Choose a Fun Location

Choosing a fun location is key! If your family loves the beach, let’s go to the beach! Have a favorite park? We can go there. If you’re dreaming of a studio family portrait, we can definitely make my studio fun!

Some of my favorite locations are:

Maudslay Park in Newburyport, MA (pictured here)

Footbridge Beach in Ogunquit, ME

Great Island Common in Newcastle, NH

Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH

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  1. Dress Right Before the Session 

I can do wonders with photoshop, but if there’s a spill or crease on someone’s outfit it’s really tough to make that look nice in the portrait! My best tip is to dress right before as best as you can. If we’re at my studio, you can dress or put on the final touches there. If we’re meeting at a park, we’ll do the best we can!  Planning a spring session?  Check out the latest BLOG post on What to Wear for Spring Family Photography Sessions.

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  1. Leave Phones in the Car 

Or at least silenced and put away! We don’t want your phone or tablet to become a distraction in any way during the session. Put them away and let’s have some fun! 

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  1. Play Music

Speaking of fun, let’s have some fun with music! If there’s a song or playlist that your family loves, let’s play it for some happy vibes. Spontaneous dancing is welcome during the session and makes for fun photos. 

how to make your family photography session fun

  1. Play Games

Bonus, if you can bring a ball or frisbee. Playful shots of the family playing are sometimes the best ones. We’ll make sure to take family portraits, but so many of my clients end up loving the candid shots the most! 

tips for a fun outdoor family photoshoot

  1. Let Your Kids PLAY

Yes, let them play! The old way of standing completely still for portraits is long gone. Those types of portraits are totally fine but don’t show off everyone’s personality and joy. Letting your kiddos romp around allows me to capture them as their true, playful selves!

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  1. Bring Snacks for AFTER

Trust me, I know how hungry these sessions can make kiddos. Please do bring snacks, BUT I recommend that you wait until after the session is over. A bonus tip would be to bring a fun snack or picnic to celebrate the photos.

 

Family photographer Jennie Bishop of White Wave Photography shares tips for a great family photoshoot

Schedule Your Family Portrait Session

I would love to be your family photographer! I’m honored that so many of my clients’ come back to me again and again so I can watch them grow! Interested in scheduling your family portrait session? Click here to chat! 

Mommy & Me Mini Sessions will be announced later this month so be sure to get on our VIP list to get first dibs!

capturing your sweet child's personality during your outdoor family session

5 Best Apps for New Mamas

5 Best Apps for New Mamas

One of the perks of being a birth and newborn photographer is being up-to-date on all the latest and greatest must-haves for new parents. I wish some of this stuff was around when I was having my babies! The other month, I shared the BEST baby shower gifts for the mamas in your life. I used Instagram to crowdsource some of the answers and figured I would do it again with the best apps. 

These apps are helpful for tracking feeding, sleep, sharing photos, and keeping up with milestones! I knew most of these, but a couple came highly recommended by my Instagram fans. 

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Meet the Must-Have Apps for New Parents 

Here are the 5 must-have apps for new parents as they navigate the newborn phase! These aren’t in any particular order, so read through them and see if you think any will help you!

 

  1. Baby Feeding Log – This super simple newborn breastfeeding app helps you track every feed. Keeping a log of the feeds will make sure your baby is eating enough and is easy to share the information with the pediatrician. They will ask how much the baby is eating at every appointment and you’ll have the answer! Download the app.

 

  1. Baby Tracker – This is the next level from the Baby Feeding Log app! This tracks feedings, diapers, and milestones. You can make sure the baby is eating enough and producing the right amount of diapers! No more wondering or trying to remember. Download the app.

 

  1. Huckleberry – Meet the sleep expert in your pocket! This app helps you track your baby’s sleep and receive expert sleep guidance. Instead of guessing if the baby is ready for sleep, the app will actually tell you the sweet spot to lay the baby down. It’s super well designed! This one was recommended a few times on Instagram! Download the app.

 

  1. TinyBeans – If you’re wanting to share photos of your sweet baby with family and friends, but don’t want to post them all on social media, this app takes care of that! You can upload photos to privately share with your loved ones. They can download the app as well or simply sign up for email digests of recent photos. Download the app.

 

  1. Wonder Weeks – Why does baby seem fussier than normal? What’s baby learning this week? This app answers all that and more! You enter some information about your baby and this app calculates your baby’s development schedule.  It will tell you when baby is entering a development leap and what signs to look for. This is a game-changer! Download the app.

new apps for new moms and dads

Capturing the Newborn Phase 

These apps all promise to help make the newborn phase (and beyond) easier. While the newborn phase is anything but easy, it really is such a special time that goes by way too fast. Investing in newborn photography and booking earlier will help you slow down and capture this season of your family. I’d be honored to be part of your journey – drop me a message and let’s talk about your newborn session. 

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What to Wear for Your Spring Family Photography Session

What to Wear for Your Spring Family Photography Session

The sun is shining, snow is melting, and it’s time to think about your spring family photo session! What a perfect time of year to photograph your beautiful family among the luscious growing greens and blossoms. I realize we might have one more taste of winter, but I don’t care! I’m ready for the warmer weather and seeing all my amazing clients after the long winter. 

If you’re like my clients, you are looking forward to taking your family photos just in time for Mother’s Day. It’s so fun to plan the location and choose the outfits for your entire family! When my clients book their sessions with me, I offer wardrobe support to make sure we totally nail the look they want in their family portraits. 

Here are my top tips for what to wear during your family’s spring photoshoot!

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your family photographer Jennie Bishop shares tips on what to wear for your spring session

4 Tips for Styling Your Family Photoshoot 

 

  1. Keep it Classic 

The style of your session is really up to you, but I recommend leaning towards classic looks vs sporting the latest fashion trends. You’re going to have these portraits forever, so choose styles that will last. Think polos for dads, simple blouses, and jeans for mom.

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  1. Blend Cheery Spring Colors 

Neutrals will never steer you wrong! However, blend in some cheery spring colors to make the session pop against the greens and pinks of spring. Think pops of pink, light greens, or blues to stand out against tans or light grays. Could the hubby wear khakis with a light green polo, for example? 

creating the perfect look for your spring family portrait session

  1. Fit in Fun Layers 

Absolutely no judgment, but have you seen a family photo where everyone wore the same thing? Maybe everyone wore jeans and a white shirt? It doesn’t look as natural. So, when planning your family outfits, you can coordinate but let each person add their own natural flair. Maybe your daughter can wear a cute headband, or your son can rock the same polo as dad while the girls match mom. 

tips for styling your spring family portrait session

  1. Go Cute, but Keep it Comfy 

My final tip is to have fun and choose cute outfits, but keep it comfy. What do I mean by that? Well, we all may have to talk our kiddos into wearing a certain outfit but if your daughter truly does not usually wear dresses, then I don’t recommend making her wear one for the session. If there’s a look you’re going for we can find a way to achieve your dream family portrait AND letting each member of the family feel like themselves.

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Schedule Your Spring Family Portrait

Spring really does tend to spring by (bad pun!). If you’re hoping for a spring family portrait book it sooner than later, my friend! The weekends go by fast! I have a few sessions available on my calendar and would love to be your family photographer. Click here to chat! 

Mommy & Me Mini Sessions will be announced later this month so be sure to get on our VIP list to get first dibs!

mom with her boys during her outdoor spring photography session

sweet sisters during this outdoor spring family portrait session

all the kids under the spring blossoms for this family portrait One sweet little girl during this outdoor family portrait session

Owen’s Birth Story Part 3 | Newborn Photography at Home

Owen’s Birth Story Part 3 | Newborn Photography at Home

As a new mom, the idea of packing up a new baby to head to a studio for photos can be stressful.  This is why I offer newborn sessions at your home between 7-14 days after you bring them home from the hospital.   There is no need to stress about what your house looks like, as a mom of 3, I get it.  I often tell mamas that cleaning up after children is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos – it’s impossible.

When I arrive at your home, I walk around to see where the best light is and we get started.  For this session, we did the entire session in their beautiful master bedroom.  I helped Austin change some sheets to get the perfect color pallet.  We took advantage of Owen being PASSED OUT to get some cute detail photos.  Placing him in the center of the bed shoes just how little he is! This is one of my most favorite shots to take.   From there we invited the rest of the family and big brother James was more than happy to come snuggle his new BFF.

Toddlers tend to want to get in and out quickly (same with dads).  I basically warm them up, get as many shots as possible as a family and sibling shots then let them move on.  If they decide to come join us again, great!  If not, it’s ok too.  Their world has just been rocked so it is my philosophy to be their ally…we tend to be silly and I never pressure them for the perfect shot.  9 times out of 10 it just happens.  Some of moms favorites from this session are the boys just staring at each other and I couldn’t agree more!

Are you expecting a baby? Let’s chat about Newborn Photography at Home.  

See the rest of Baby Owen’s Birth Story:

Part 1 Maternity

Part 2 Birth

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