Pregnancy is Beautiful – 35 weeks

“You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness.”  

Author Unknown

Pregnancy is beautiful…and I love capturing the beauty of it.  The image below I had in my head before this session and she nailed it…giving me just the look I was hoping for.  I am so pleased with how it turned out!  Isn’t she gorgeous?

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  What a gorgeous mama to be…so poised, confident and relaxed.  We had a very pleasant portrait session in my studio.  And recently I have been searching out new gowns and fabrics just to make moms feel fabulous!  One of the most common questions I get is, “What should I wear to my session?”  Quickly followed by, “I don’t have anything that really fits anymore.”  Not to worry!  I have a plethora of maternity gowns, wraps and fabrics galore.  And as I mentioned, I’m always on the prowl for new ones.

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Another question I often hear is, “Can my family be in the portraits with me?”  Of course they can!  Yes, family is always welcome, even the four footed ones.

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I love maternity silhouettes!  They are always so stunning and perfect at highlighting that beautiful belly.  Timeless!

Maternity Portraits

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If you are pregnant and you cannot decide whether or not you have have portraits made, please contact me.  I offer a complimentary mini maternity session if you book your newborn portraits with me.  It’s a great way to capture your pregnancy with no requirement to buy anything.  In all my years of offering that, I have never had one mom regret having their pregnancy pictures taken.  I have, however, had many moms express their sadness at missing the moment.  Don’t miss it, pregnancy is beautiful!  Let me capture yours now…

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Noah – 22 days – newborn portrait sessions

Meet Noah…a sweet little man that I recently had the honor to photograph.  He was a wonderful sleeper with two adoring parents.  We had such a nice photo session!  Newborn portrait sessions can actually be a relaxing time for new moms and dads.  Things can get messy…that’s true of course, but recently I have been told again and again how relaxing the session is!  Once mom and dad are comfortable, I take the little bub and then they sit back and enjoy.  And look at the type of sweetness we create then…

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(I would like to mention something about the image above, just in case there are photographers reading this who are new to newborn portraits.  This is a composite image.  That means that I took two separate images and photoshopped them together.  This baby is NOT suspended in any way.  The first image, mom was holding the white tie above the give the look of suspending the basket by the white tie, but dad had two hands under the basket.  The second image dad held the basket by both sides so I could get a image of the basket from below with no hands in the way.  Then I used the wonderful tool that is photoshop to make them one image, giving the impression that baby is hanging in a basket.  Please do not ever suspend a baby for a photograph…safety first!)

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I love this little concerned look Noah is giving me here.  What a sweetie!

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And the beautiful family portraits!  So wonderful…so new and fresh.  Two have become three and it is just priceless!  I love the last family portrait so much!  Thank you Jun and Katie for choosing Barefoot Photography to capture these fleeting moments in your life.

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Kristina – 39 weeks!

Yes…the gorgeous mama-to-be totally stressed me out by waiting until days before the 39 week mark to have her pregnancy photographs done.  I used to do maternity sessions at 38 weeks, but too many moms ending up having a baby before our portrait session!  So a number of years ago I started recommending having them done between 34-36 weeks along.  So yes, I worried that we would miss our opportunity for capturing her pregnancy with portraits…and what a shame that would have been.  This was easily one of my favorite maternity sessions for a long time!  It was hard to narrow down these beautiful images to just a few to share with you.

One of the reasons why Kristina was so fabulous to photograph was her perma-grin.  Seriously…she never stops grinning.  Her joy at being a mother is so obvious!  Maternity sessions can be daunting for a mom-to-be.  Not everyone loves to be in front of the camera, and it’s hard to let go and be just yourself.  In relaxed poses, you know the ones with eyes closed, not looking directly at the camera…I remind my clients to give a hint of smile.  But Miss Kristina needed no reminder!  Just a happy smile at every turn.

And…we captured one of my new favorite maternity portraits!  I just love this picture…

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Gorgeous mom…waiting for her much loved, much anticipated bundle.  Beauty on so many levels!

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Oh and this here…this I cannot wait.  We captured this gorgeous moment of Kristina really focusing on the moment of holding her little one…and when she comes back with that little baby on the outside we are going to recreate this for  beautiful before and after portraits.  Cannot wait to see the outcome!

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This is so unique and fun…and the timing on this was just perfect.  Because she’s a fun loving mom…Kristina had painted a soccer ball on her stomach…and the day she did so was a hot one.  Who knew that paint could be such a powerful sunblock!  The result was this super fun and timely “eclipse belly!  We did her session just two days after our historic eclipse.

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Kristina…you are beautiful inside and out!  I have fully enjoyed getting to know you and I cannot wait to meet your sweet baby girl!

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Salt Academy – Theater Portraits

Prepare yourself for a portrait overload…but I cannot help myself, I just love these theater portraits from Salt Academy‘s recent musical production called Calliope.  I really wish I could say that you should catch the next performance, but sadly, it is over.  So for now, these portraits will have to suffice.  With a cast of over 50, I really controlled myself by only showing these images…there were so many fabulous costumes and characters.  Salt Academy really went all out for this one…and I am already looking forward to their next big show!

This is by far my favorite portrait.  These three were the main characters for the circus…The Storyteller, The Ringmaster, and The Musician.

They were a fabulous trio and their costuming was spot on.

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These two played their roles perfectly!

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One of the many, menacing little clowns…

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The little mime above, and The Storyteller with the lead Althea…the most moving part of the musical.  Every time I watched the scene with their story, I cried.  Everytime…

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It would be difficult to pick a favorite dance…there were so many and they each had such emotion and power!  But this one was just fabulous!  I loved these odd striped suits with their faces set without emotion.  Beautiful moves and just so unique!

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Awww…the whole happy family!

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The amazing Orpheus, The Ringmaster…this role was perfect for him!  He played it so well.

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This gal in her AMAZING make up and fabulous dance.  I love this costume!

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Our comic relief…these two made us all giggle!

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Meet Linus the Musician and Linus the dog…dang, you really needed to be there.

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The fabulous family of mimes…

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Wow…what an incredible production.  The people who created this and brought it to life are amazing.  The kids who played these roles were just fabulous.  It was an honor and a pleasure to photograph the portraits for this troupe!

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Jacob – 16 days – newborn photography

Here are the promised photographs from baby Jacob’s newborn photography session!  What a wonderful family that I have had the joy of working with for four babies now!  John and Carrie are just delightful and their troupe is adorable.  Thank you for choosing Barefoot Photography!

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I love these two photos of all the kiddos together.  It isn’t easy to wrangle 4 at these ages…kudos to John and Carrie who do it every day.  

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Newborn Photography –

Many times people will ask if they need to bring their own props and clothing, and while I encourage my clients to bring anything they would like to a maternity or a newborn photography appointment, I have many many things in the studio for my clients to use as well.  Dresses and wraps for mom, lots and lots of props for babies, and cute little things like this blue little outfit for newborns.

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Ack!  Eyes are so difficult to control in the beginning!  Don’t worry Jacob, you are adorable no matter what.

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This is one of my new props, and it is quite unique.  It is real bark, from a real tree.  I found it and decided it would make a fabulous prop.  Dried it out, made some repairs, made sure it would be safe and comfortable…and voila!  Add cute baby and you are good to go!

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I love this sweet little stretch!  Look at that face…so many times I get the babies into position and then they take over and so something cuter than I could have planned.

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