Wow…that escalated quickly. Over the past few weeks we have all needed to make some serious adjustments in our everyday lives to accommodate working from home, remote learning for our kids and keeping the kiddos busy all while practicing social distancing. If you are anything like me – the first week was full of unknowns and the first thing you did was google Kids Activities to do at Home. Well, let me save you some time and highlight a few of our favorite things.
#1 GET OUTSIDE & EXERCISE(NOTE: The beaches are now closed here on the NH Seacoast but many hiking trails are still open – these beach images were taken BEFORE the beach was closed)
Whether your are just in your own backyard or choose to hike one of the many trails here on the Seacoast of NH, it is essential for everyone’s mental health to get outside and enjoy nature together. We love to play with bubbles, kick the soccer ball around, draw with sidewalk chalk and hike the local trails. Side Note: I busted my foot a week in and am in a boot – YUCKY – but STILL GETTING OUTSIDE daily for sanity:)
If you are looking for virtual fitness classes to do at home, check out the Exeter Area YMCA .They also have virtual art classes and STEM programs for the kids.
Building projects are a great way to not only keep the kids busy but it helps them to problem solve. Legos are a HUGE hit in our house and this is a great way to keep older children occupied while you jump on that conference call at your day job:). Plus, if you get a big enough kit – they can do it together FOR DAYS ON END! #MOMWIN
Kiwi Crate– A science and learning subscription box for kids.
Let’s be honest, keeping those youngest kiddos occupied is a challenge and expecting them to have the attention span of the older kids will lead to frustration. Finding activities that they can do while just hanging out next to you while you work is key. When we first got the word that daycare would be closed, I made a list of things that my daughter does on a daily basis and we stocked up on those supplies. For example, I bought a big clear tub and filled it with orbeez and some sea creatures (and unicorns OF COURSE)…BOOM, instant sensory table.
Art is a BIG hit in our house. We paint, we color, we draw and we take photos cause well duh…MOM IS A PHOTOGRAPHER. This “Stained Glass Door Project” is something I saw people doing on Facebook and thought it was cool so this was our art project this week. Yes, there was paint all over the floor; yes, I got frustrated with the mess; BUT you know what – THEY HAD A BLAST and it looks pretty cool too.
NOTE: We just used what we already had which was washable paint and painting tape but some people say that 1/2 dish soap and 1/2 acrylic paint work really well.
Coloring – A coloring book and some crayons can be all you need for fun. Don’t have a coloring book around the house? Download over 1000 Free Disney Coloring Pages.
Finally, one of our favorite things is to bake – I mean heck we are in the house all day so NEED TO EAT. Just yesterday my daughter got an easy bake oven and made me some chocolate cookies. No, I will not be skinny by the end of all of this but cookies definitely make me smile (especially when baked by a 5 year old).
Now, let me be real – I am NOT a Pinterest Mom and I SUCK at baking but we are all doing things these days that we may not normally do. Give yourself grace, enjoy as much as you can and just love on those babies!!!
Documenting this time is also going to be really important so that we can look back on some of the fun we all had while social distancing so I encourage you to snap pictures of your kiddos (and fur babies) along the way. I am starting a 30-Day Photo Challenge to Celebrate Life this weekend and would love for you to join me. There is not pressure – it is just a fun way to help find the joy in all of this. If you would like to participate, head on over to join my private Facebook group to learn more and join the fun –White Wave Photography Moms Group. Post your pictures on Facebook or Instagram and tag you photos with #wwpjoyful30.
Hi I’m Jennie and I LOVE babies! Their smell, wrinkly little toes and adorable chubby cheeks just light up my soul and make me run straight for my camera. Although I’ve photographed many different people and events over my 15+ year career, my favorite clients are the smallest clients, which is why I specialize in maternity, birth and newborn photography.
As a New Hampshire Lifestyle Newborn Photographer, I love to capture natural poses and real details of my tiniest clients. Between 5-10 days is the optimal time to capture a newborn because they are still very sleepy and SO little. When photographing newborns, I have 3 main poses that I LOVE to get every time.
Simpler Diaper or White Onesie
2. Baby Burrito
3. Details – Hair, Lips, Eyes, Toes, Hands – GIVE ME ALL THE BABY TOES!
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As a family photographer in NH, I specialize in Birth and Baby Photography but one of my favorite things is to photograph these babies years later when they are “big boys and girls”. I had the pleasure of being in the delivery room the day that Baby James was born and captured his birth story for his mama.
Austin and Jimmy have been so great to work with and their most recent lifestyle family session in their brand new home was no different. James is almost 2 (I cannot believe it) and it was so much fun the morning of our session. Right from the start he flashed me those gorgeous baby blues for the perfect shot that now hangs on their wall in the living room.
Just like with any “almost” 2 year olds, James quickly wanted to play. And I am down with playing. He took me up to his play room where he proceeded to have a blast making towers and knocking them over with daddy! There were some snuggles with mommy snuck in there once in a while too.
James is such a ham and his favorite things were jumping, running, rocking and chewing on mama’s hair – yup…he likes her hair lol. This is one of those things as a mom that you will look back on and it will tug at your heart strings. They grow up so fast!
Daddy’s mini-me was all about the snuggles with daddy which turned into wrestling…typical boys.
We could not forget the original fur-babies either. James and Daisy are besties and snuggled right up on the couch together. May would rather hang by herself and look from afar.
Austin just shared with me that every morning James will come downstairs to the wall gallery hanging on their wall and point to “mama”, “daddy”, and the doggies. This makes my heart sing! Thank you Austin for sharing your boys with me!
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The birth workers network in the small state of New Hampshire is a very small tight knit community. I learned this first hand last September when I was referred by a midwife that I had never met to photograph her clients home birth. Mary and I instantly hit it off at our first meeting to discuss what she envisioned of her birth. She shared with me that she wanted to capture the raw emotion of birth and the connection between she and her husband.
As a Birth Photographer in NH, this was to be my first home birth experience and I was so excited to have Mary as my client. She had such a calming presence and was so sweet to work with. On the morning of November 6th (almost 2 weeks after her due date), I got the call that I had been waiting for…Mary’s water had broken. Although she was having minor contractions, her husband went to work and I told her to keep me posted as the day went on. 12 hours later, I got the call to come.
Walking into a woman’s birth space is very special to me. Everyone labors differently and Mary was laboring beautifully in the birthing tub when I arrived. Her midwife, Beth, her doula and her husband Phil were all there supporting her through each contraction. It was powerful to watch. Mary spent the next few hours rocking, swaying and just trying to work that baby down…and then her contractions all but stopped. We all went to bed to get some rest and would regroup in the morning.
The morning light was beautiful and as the sun was coming up, Mary’s birth team all met over breakfast in her kitchen to discuss the plan to get this baby earth-side. We fed her, got her moving and tried the tub again. Her contractions were very sporadic and by 11:30am, everyone except Phil and Beth left to give her some space. Then the decision was made to transfer to Concord Hospital.
Mary had worked so hard to have the Home Birth of her dreams and I know that she felt disappointed but what happened next was purely magical in my opinion. I arrived at the hospital at 6pm on Tuesday, November 7th and witnessed a team of nurses and doctors who were so supportive of what Mary wanted and were willing to listen to Beth and help Mary have a Home Birth in a Hospital.
For the next 10 hours, Mary labored hard in the tub, rocking in the rocking chair and listening to her Hypnobirthing recordings on her iPod. Beth and Phil were there every step of the way supporting her in whatever she needed. Mary was able to listen to her body and in the final moments before delivery she stood leaning on her bed and just started pushing when her body told her to. The doctor was amazing and I remember her saying “well I have never delivered a baby like this before”. This is where the magical moments happened. The OB sat on the floor behind Mary and Beth, her midwife, talked the OB through how to “let gravity to the work”. I remember one moment when Beth took the doctor’s hand and just helped her to guide the baby’s head. Watching these women work as a team was AWESOME and a few minutes later, Mary amazed us all when she pushed for the final time and caught her own baby. Yes, I know women do this all the time but to see it happen in a hospital setting was beautiful and this is why I like to refer to this birth as a Home Birth in a Hospital. View the Birth Story of Quint and see the catch for yourself HERE.
Quint took almost 48 hours to come into the world but once he was ready, he came out fast and furious. Weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, he was such a chill baby from the start. The first couple hours of a baby’s life is so precious and as a Birth Photographer, being able to capture the first latch, all of the measurements and bonding time as a new family are truly precious and my absolute favorite part of the birth experience.
Thank you to Mary and Phil for choosing me to be their to capture their Birth Story and thank you to Beth Gaby for connecting us. It was an experience that I will never forget and reminds me that I truly have the best job in the world!
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As a NH Birth and Newborn Photographer, my absolute favorite part of my job is the connections that I make with new moms and dads and watching their precious babies grow up. From the moment I met this couple, we hit is off and I am so grateful to now be able to call them my friends. From their maternity session this summer to the birth of their daughter – I have been there to capture it all.
I just recently saw Autumn when she took a photography class that I was teaching and she shared her “daily photos” of Anastasia with me. I still can’t believe that this gorgeous baby is 6 months old!!!
From the minute that I saw a photo of this little lady’s nursery, I knew her newborn photos were going to be AMAZING! Her mom has impeccable taste and the colors and lighting were to die for. Every detail was thought out, from the crib with her name to the custom armoire that mom had created herself!
When you book a newborn session with me, I give you all the details of what to expect at our consultation. One thing I always ask is that you feed the baby right when I get there. Not only so that we have a happy full baby but also to capture some images of these beautiful bonding moments. The connection between a mama and a baby is magical to me.
Ana was a dream to work with. She gave me smiles, slept and was super happy to let me wrap her up like a little cocoon. The white fur rug in her bedroom made for some beautiful shots of this little angel.
One of my favorite places to shoot at an in-home session is in the master bedroom. There are a couple reasons. 1) The bed is a HUGE flat surface to put baby on and it is safe. 2) It will show how tiny they really are. 3) Everyone can snuggle really close and be comfy at the same time.
The nursery is usually the center point of all lifestyle newborn sessions and this one was GORGEOUS! Every detail was to die for and I especially loved her name stenciled on her crib.
The connection between little girls and their daddy’s gets me every time and it was no different with these two. Those little eyes looking up at her daddy with her small head in his hands makes my heart melt.
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Newborn Photography can be tricky with older siblings sometimes but back in August when I came to Exeter Hospital to photography Baby Ozzi for his Fresh 48 Session, his big brother Enzo stole the show!
I can usually tell how a session is going to go within the first few minutes and when Enzo climbed up to look inside the bassinet at his little brother, I knew we had gold! He was so adorable, giving his new brother a stuffed giraffe and touching his toes. AHHH – a photographers dream.
Mom and Dad were wonderful as well and completely relaxed and just so overjoyed with their new little man. I loved watching their interaction with both boys and it was so fun hanging out with them.
Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions usually take place the day after delivery. When I come to your hospital room, I spend the first few minutes tidying up the room and yes, I rummage through your baby bag to see what you have for blankets and such that I can incorporate. This gorgeous newborn swaddle that mom had was the perfect blanket for this session. I just love how the color pops.
Ozzi had a nice full belly and was very happy to just hang out all snuggled up in his bassinet while I took his close up. Those lips and his eyes are just amazing and I was so happy that he was awake for our session.
Details, details, details…have I mentioned how much I LOVE detail shots. Those feet will only be tiny for a little while and those little fingers that are wrapped around dad’s hands. AHHH – this is why I love photographing newborns. Everything about them is too darn cute.
Exeter Hospital here in NH has some of the most amazing natural light and is one of my most favorite places to take pictures. If you are interested in a learning more about Fresh 48 Newborn Photography with White Wave Photography, I would love toCHATwith you. You can also download your FREE Client Guide by signing up below.