Happy Mother’s Day!
A few of my favs of children and mothers, in celebration of motherhood:
Happy Mother’s Day!
A few of my favs of children and mothers, in celebration of motherhood:
Happy Mother’s Day!
In celebration of motherhood:
I photographed this Denver Yoga Mamma back when she was pregnant with her first child, and I photographed her baby when he was 7 days old. For our second maternity session here, we did a yoga-themed one. And I’ll be photographing this little baby very soon, as he is due this month! It will be my 5th photo session w/Kamala, as I photographed her and her pottery about 8 years ago! I love being her “official family photographer” and can’t wait to meet her newest family member…any day now!
I’m thrilled, thrilled to share with you a Wall Display of this Broomfield family’s portraits @ Red Rocks and also her Client Interview. I have the coolest, most interesting clients!
Here’s what Jenn’s family photos look like in her living room.
Jenn designed this wall display herself – she is very organized and has a true talent for decorating and interior design. See how she selected a variety of images, and then unified them with the same type of frame and matt? And then I love how she hung them.
Notice the photo at the top, in the middle, of Jenn and her husband Chad? Then the one under it of Chad and her son Corbin? And the one on the far right of Jenn and Corbin? That’s super important to me when I take portraits of your family. I want to capture the entire family, and also images of the individual relationships – parents, parent and child, child and child if there are siblings, etc. Grouped together like this, they tell everyone a great story of your family. People LOVE to look at family portraits when they enter your home.
BTW, her clothes are from Lucky Brand, one of my favorite brands. Right after her session, once I saw all the cool new clothes she got, I had to go myself and get a shirt….or 5. 😉
Thanks Jenn! It was great to photograph your family!
This lovely email from a Highland Family came in a while ago – I’m just now getting around to posting it.
“We hired Natascha to take our son’s newborn photos, which were outdoors and included my husband and myself. I expected great photos,
but was absolutely blown away by what she delivered. I unequivocally recommend her if you are looking for beautifully crafted family portraits.”
– Monique, Highland Denver Colorado
I smile from ear to ear when I receive notes like this. My clients appreciate finely crafted portraiture and I appreciate them!
If you would like to read more client testimonials, click here.
This little Highland Denver baby, as you can see, is just adorable. He is calm and happy – almost regal! And he has that beautiful luminescent skin, just like his parents. I’m sure he will also inherit his parents’ drive and intelligence, both of which they have in spades.
I do most newborn photoshoots in my Denver Studio. But outdoor can be great if the weather cooperates. A tip: If you are doing outdoor photographs for your newborn baby, make sure it’s warm out and/or dress them in layers. If you want to do nude baby shots and it’s still Spring (when these photos were taken), then wait till your baby is about 3 months old. You won’t get the cuddly, curled up sleeping baby portraits (those only work until they are about 10 days old), but you’ll still get some fabulous images.
I actually recommend getting photographs every three months for your baby’s first year. I offer a “Baby Plan” that includes sessions @ maternity, newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and then 1 year old when we do a “cake smash”. Loads of fun!
If you would like to see a video of the entire portrait session for this Highland family, click here. It’s the first video at the top of the page.
Have you ever considered having your fine family portraits made into a non-traditional size wall canvas? Here’s an example.
The tall, thin nature of the sizing really helps you focus on the most important aspect – the tender love between Mamma and baby.
Here is day two of the Black and White Family Photography Challenge:
When I receive a client testimonial like this, and it puts me on Cloud 9 for the entire day. Thank you for making my day, Ashleigh!
I loved having Natascha take my maternity pictures! She was very easy to work with, listened to what we wanted and was able to deliver fantastic photographs! Throughout the whole process I felt important, listened to and (most importantly) beautiful! Natascha was able to capture my husband’s excitement over the pregnancy and some very special moments between the two of us! I can’t wait for my daughter to see these pictures someday and understand how beautiful pregnancy can be! Thank you Natascha!
-Ashleigh, Broomfield Colorado
And here is one of my favorites from her Broomfield, Colorado Maternity session:
This beautiful mamma-to-be had her baby last month.
I had been meaning to post this image from her maternity session we held in Westminster, Colorado two months ago!!!, and I just now got around to it. Enjoy!
This was such a lovely maternity session and check out those blue eyes on Mamma, Pappa and Baby Girl.
My favorite image is the first one. It’s one of my favorite maternity images ever!
I love Daddy’s hands on Mommy’s belly, and the expression on Big Sister To Be as she gazes up at her Mamma. When I took this image, she had just finished kissing her baby sibling-to-be.
One of the things I focus on is capturing the special relationship within each family. Look at the tender expression on Daddy’s face as he hugs his little girl.
And the joy on her face as she runs through the park.
I just loved this session.
Oh, and the family was awesome – they were willing to meet me at 6 am!!!! for a sunrise session.
I love shooting during sunrise and sunset. Sunset is more convenient, because you don’t have to wake up early. BUT..sunrise is also awesome because you just get more and more light, and you don’t have to stop once it gets dark.
This little girl is sooo excited to be a big sister. Here is a sneak peek of the maternity portrait session I did for her mamma (a fellow photographer!).
I’m thrilled to have so many maternity sessions right around Mother’s Day.
Speaking of, a photography session makes a GREAT gift to request (or give) for Mother’s Day!
I’ve had a slew of maternity sessions recently. Seems so appropriate with Mother’s Day coming up.
I promised this lovely couple a sneak peek, and here it is.
For those who haven’t worked with me before, I post a “sneak peek” image or two before your viewing session.
The viewing session is where I share your image gallery with you, typically around 30 images.
I just love seeing the reaction on my clients faces when they see their *Stunning* images for the first time.
Are you expecting, or know someone who is? A Maternity + Newborn session is a wonderful baby shower gift.
In Celebration of Mothers
Those who have spoken with me know that I am pretty passionate about photographing mothers and fathers with their children; not just the children alone, but children with their parents as well! How else can you truly capture the love and special connection of a family?
When I get push back on this (“Oh, no I don’t want to be in the photos – just the kids!”), I ask:
What is *your* most cherished childhood photo?
Is it the one of you smiling big on your first day of school? The one where you are holding up a Christmas gift? One where you are sleeping on the beach? Or is it one that includes your parents, playing with you, holding you, just being themselves?
For most of us, our most cherished images include our parents, and show the love we felt for each other. They might not be technially perfect, they probably aren’t cheesy posed images; they are real and they are precious.
I worry that mothers are taking hundreds (thousands?) of images of their kids, and not including themselves in hardly any of them! I want to encourage all those moms who take tons of snapshots of their kids, to make sure that they themselves are in at least some of them.
It’s not hard, I promise! Have your spouse take a turn with the camera/phone, ask another parent to snap a few, hold the camera or phone out the way you do when you take pix with your bestie, or even give the camera to your kiddo and ask them to take your photo. (Just make sure you position your kiddo or yourself so they aren’t shooting up your nostrils. )
That photo where your hair wasn’t perfect but you were having a snow fight with your kids? Or the one where your smile is a little lopsided and you are still in your PJs? Or the one where you looked tired from being up half the night with the baby but you are lovely gazing down at your todder? That’ll probably be their favorite.
To sweeten the deal and hopefully encourage you more, share your mommy-included-photo (MIP) with me and win a mini photo session! Post it on my FB page, or tag me in it, or email to me, or even just message me that you did it; no need to share the image if you don’t want to.
I’ll enter you into a drawing for a free mini-session with digital negatives.
I’ll end with a sneak peek of a maternity session I did last night.
I can’t wait to see them again in a month to meet her baby girl and do her newborn pix!
Like many Boulder Family photographers, I am just now getting around to blogging some of the wonderful sessions done last Fall.
Our Fall is typically so busy with clients looking to create family portraits to give as gifts, family portraits to use as holiday cards, and often, as in this case, those who just happen to be 8 months pregnant and want some artistic, amazing memory photos.
BTW, if you have a friend or family member who is pregnant, a Maternity + Newborn session is a FABULOUS idea as a baby shower gift.
Here is one of my favorites of this yoga / yogini mama. Just look at the pure, unadulterated joy on her face. Love it!
As a professional artist, you get to do that AND have a career.
How awesome is THAT!?!?
And, you are also surrounded by other wonderful artists of many mediums, people you can share with and learn from and be inspired by.
Here are a couple of my favorite photographers; they create work I am always excited to see:
(Beautiful, Evocative Images of Africa, People and Animals in Spiritual Harmony)
(She describes her style as “happy, spontaneous, energetic, and whimsical”. And I love it because my style is similar: Vibrant, Joyful, Natural and Fun. She is a commercial photographer in California, (meaning she shoots for advertising and editorial) and if you get Parents Magazine, you will often see her work. Oh, and her website has this super cool home page where all her images fly in one at a time, like snapshots being tossed onto a table.)
And, since I can’t imagine doing a post without an image, here is one of mine that I think does a good job of portraying Vibrant, Joyful, Natural and Fun:
The sweetest family with the cutest kids, just adorable!
This photo was taken a few weeks ago, as part of a maternity and family photo session, with mamma about 37 weeks pregnant.
They just welcomed baby #4. Congrats!
BTW, I have had great feedback on my new Studio Magazine Volume 1.
Thank you to everyone who has let me know that they enjoyed it!
Watch here for Volume 2, coming soon.