YOU (mom) need to mentally prepare…to HAVE FUN! Kids (and dads) may not always cooperate and that is ok – I HAVE YOU COVERED. If you are stressed, the kids will be stressed so just relax and have fun. Going with the flow will ensure that we have a blast and capture those amazing memories. Typically, men don’t enjoy the photo session, but a bad mood can spoil it for everyone. Emphasize how important these memories are to you. Dads are great at playing with the children and that’s what they should be prepared to do. It’s the same fun they always have, but just all dressed up. Once he sees the photos with his real smile and the smile that he can add to those sweet faces, he’s sure to fall in love. Try This: Have him help you come up with some fun ideas for the session or choose the jokes for the kids. The more invested he is in the experience, the better.
#2 CHOOSE A FUN LOCATION
When choosing a location it is important that you choose a place that your family will enjoy. Whether that is an apple orchard, a park or your own backyard, it should be a place that means something to you as a family. Some of my favorite locations for fall sessions are Wagon Hill in Durham, Vernon Family Farm in Newfields and Fort Foster in Kittery. The beach makes for an amazing backdrop in the early fall since the crowds have left and the temperature is still warm but cool enough that you are not sweating in the photos.
#3 DRESS IN LAYERS
Fall in New Hampshire can be very unpredictable. One day it is 75 and warm and the next day there are morning flurries. By dressing in layers, your family can be prepared for any changes in the weather. Add a scarf, vest or jacket that coordinate to add pops of color to your wardrobe choices. View the full What to Wear Guide.
#4 GIVE BREAKS & Ignore the kids (say what?!?!)
We play a LOT during my sessions and kids love it. We will warm up with some games and I promise to get those sweet smiles you are looking for. The key is to IGNORE THE CHILDREN. I know, it sounds crazy but when parents are looking down trying to get little Johnny to smile, they end up ruining the shot. Kids love this rule and when I say it – they tend to LOVE ME and I promise I will get them to look when needed. Have fun and enjoy your kids – even when something unexpected happens…do everything with a smile:).
#5 THINK AHEAD: How can you use these photos for presents?
Fall Portrait Sessions are a great way to get some of your holiday shopping done early. Grandparents LOVE photos of their grandchildren and they make the perfect Christmas Gifts. One great idea is to split up a wall gallery into one to hang in your own home, one for Grandma and one for Nana. Get some ideas for gifts here.
The cold has me longing for warm snuggles from new babies today and I am looking forward to meeting many new babies in 2017. Last fall, I got the pleasure to know the Vernon Family who run Vernon Family Farm. They were gracious enough to let me photograph my clients at their farm throughout the fall and I fell in love with their girls (at the time they did not know #3 was going to be a girl too).
When baby Pingree arrived I knew I just had to photograph her and her sisters. Daddy is in trouble with these three…they are GORGEOUS! Lock the doors Jeremiah! We had such a fun afternoon together dancing, singing, playing in the puddles and snuggling with their new baby sister.
Magnolia and Indigo were so happy to share their baby sister with me and were SO good at helping me get her to sleep (AND stayed quiet so she didn’t wake up). Indigo has a new role of big sister and once she warmed up to my camera she was a complete HAM!
Magnolia wanted to be silly and that was fine by me! She showed me her baby dolls, the berry bushes, snuggled with her baby sister and we danced in the living room while mommy fed Pingree.
Vernon Family Farm is a fully operational farm with pigs and chickens; hayrides and a farm store where you can purchase fresh produce, meats and dried flowers. They host a number of fun family events each year including Fire & Ice. Next month they will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt that is sure to be a blast. Nicole and Jeremiah are a great addition to the Newfields community and I am so happy to be able to call them neighbors. Be sure to stop by the farm stand today!
Be sure to view the beautiful slideshow of this gorgeous Lifestyle Session below:
If you or someone you know is looking for a New Hampshire Newborn Photographer, please contact me today. I would love to photograph the newest addition to your family.
I absolutely LOVE fields. I love to photograph them, walk in them and I love how the colors change each season. When Kayley contacted me about doing her Senior Photos and asked if I knew of any places where we could do photos in a field, I knew we were a match made in heaven.
As a Winnacunnet Senior Photographer, I am always on the lookout for new locations. This summer, I spent a lot of time scoping out new locations for the Class of 2017!
Newfields, NH has the most amazing fields and farms so I had Kayley and her mom meet me at my house so we could “field hop” around the local places that I knew and loved. We started right up the road from my house where the flowers were still in bloom and the lighting was perfect.
Once we started shooting – she informed me that she was taking photography in school – EEK! I am such a photo nerd that I needed to give her tips and tricks as we were shooting.
Next we moved on to the fields behind Squamscot Beverages. I have spent SO much time wandering these fields that I knew the we would get some great shots and Kayley did not disappoint.
I am in love with the soft warmth of these images and how the light makes Kayley’s eyes POP!
Our final field of the night was one of my favorites. Vernon Family Farm has become my home away from home this summer and fall. I just LOVE hanging out there and love sharing this great farm with me clients.
As the sun went down, we ran around the farm jumping from one hay bale to another!
I am so happy that Kayley chose me to be her Senior Photographer and I hope she has a wonderful senior year at Winnacunnet! If you or someone you know is looking for a NH Senior Photographer please contact me today!
Fall is my favorite time of year and I am so excited to begin this busy time of year with all of you! I love the warm days and cool nights, the jeans with a great sweater and the beautiful fall colors. This year, I have been lucky enough to team up with Vernon Family Farm in Newfields, NH and they have offered to let me host my fall mini-sessions here! It is such an amazing little farm and completely family friendly. I have already enjoyed two photo sessions there this summer and am looking forward to more.
Here are the details:
When: Saturday, October 1st (rain date is October 2nd) Where: Vernon Family Farm, Newfields, NH How: To book your session email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your top 2 choices for time and I will get back to you with a confirmation along with additional booking information. NOTE: These sessions are 30 minutes in length and are for up to 5 people. Please no children under 6 months of age.
Full payment is due at the time of booking and can be upgraded at anytime. If mini-session is cancelled or rescheduled by client payment is not transferable. Times are not held and sessions are not confirmed until payment is received.
I first met the Silvani family when our older children were in Kindergarten together. Jacqui and I hit it off right away, exchanged email addresses and began to plan a summer of play dates with the kids. The week of Kindergarten graduation came and I had reached out a couple of times with no response from Jacqui. Finally, the day of graduation came and I asked one of the other mother’s where she was and was told about her youngest son Joe Joe.
In mid-June of 2015, Joe was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer. My heart was broken for this family who I had just met. Little Joe Joe was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed and has been a fighter since day one. He has endured multiple rounds of chemo and radiation. In November, Joe had his first clear scan, which means there was“no evidence of disease”.
In most cases this means that a cancer patient is at the end of a long road of treatment but Neuroblastoma is a crappy cancer that likes to sneak around and hide in places. The chemo treatments are designed to kill all the cells that can be found on a scan– which his did, which is great. But there are still places the cancer could be, or develop, that the doctors can’t see right now. This is why he has a comprehensive treatment plan that will continue, even though his scan is clear.
Joe is currently undergoing antibody treatments at Children’s Hospital and next week will be there once again for the entire week. Before he headed down to Boston, we wanted to sneak in a little 4-year-old photo shoot!!! We met at Vernon Family Farm here in Newfields, NH for an afternoon of jumping on hay bales and checking out the pigs.
I have watched this family go through this awful time in their lives with grace, laughter and love. I am truly honored to be a part of their “village” and would do anything for them. When I learned that only 4% of all research funding goes to pediatric cancer, I knew I had to do something.