I’m so lucky to work with clients over and over again! I’m always honored to capture each new chapter – this time as a metro Detroit newborn photographer! Amber and Ben first stepped in front of my camera in December 2018 for their engagement session and I’ve been lucky enough to photograph their wedding and now baby Rowan’s arrival at their home last October!
My approach as a Metro Detroit newborn photographer is to make newborn photos as relaxing of an experience as possible. Now that I’ve had my first baby, I can tell you that I absolutely couldn’t have created the best photographs of my family in the weeks post-birth. I left it to another professional pal to do it for us and I’m so glad I did!
Babies change so quickly. I never really believed this until I had my own. From fresh newborn, they look so different at even 8 weeks old! It’s crazy how quickly that time goes and how soon your baby doesn’t look little anymore.
Rowan’s momma has great taste – here’s her wedding in case you’re wondering – and their home was a perfect setting. Rowan wasn’t the happiest of campers but you can’t tell, can you? This is why I leave 2 hours for newborn sessions – plenty of time for feeds and soothing which all newborns need – they aren’t on a schedule! Big sister Rory was a great help and I know she has been the best big sister as Rowan has grown; he’s nearing 10 months old now!
This spring, Jamie, one of my brides, contacted me asking if I’d be willing to do some equine photos of her and her horse, Charlie. I, of course, said yes! Though the pandemic pushed our session, we had the most beautiful night to photograph a camera shy Charlie (though you can’t tell from these images!).
Just before the session, Charlie had turned 24, which as I understand it, is pretty old in horse years! Though I haven’t really been around horses very often, it was lovely to see Jamie interact with her pal, and capture these for her before a big move to another state and her wedding.
We had to reschedule TWICE, but I was so glad that we had literally the PERFECT night for Elizabeth and Jon’s maternity session. We visited Greenmead Historical Park (a Livonia maternity photographer favorite!) because all Elizabeth requested was blooms on the trees! But we got the most gorgeous golden hour and I had so much fun with these too!
These two had a long journey to parenthood and when I heard their story, I felt so honored that they would ask me to photograph their maternity photos. Their baby was born a few weeks ago and I know that the joy they must feel now is incredible. I am truly so happy for them and that their journey has led them to parenthood in this way!
We talked about how they met (a jazz festival) and how they weren’t learning the sex of their baby until it’s born. They had a name for their embryo (Billy) and more photos of their kiddo in utero than anyone they’ve heard of. This little one is well documented.
I love the anticipation in maternity sessions; they are so similar to engagement sessions in that way…the anticipation of the next chapter is so exciting to document!
This past Valentine’s Day, I had a giveaway for an at-home session. I’ve really been wanting to document more families in their homes, just interacting and being themselves. Erin won and I was so excited because I had met her when she was the maid of honor in one of my 2019 weddings.We scheduled the session for the end of March and called it good.
But then, COVID hit. And we had to reschedule a few times, but on a bright, beautiful May Sunday morning, we did a family session at Greenmead Historical Park in Livonia.
Erin and Tom have the best behaved kids I’ve ever photographed. I really mean that (and sorry to all the other parents who are clients and are reading this). Maybe they were at the perfect ages or just are very good in front of a camera, but all three of these kiddos were really easy and fun to direct! We got the ones smiling at the camera and we got lots of interaction, snuggles, and hugs. Win-win!
I loved using Greenmead’s scenery as a Livonia family photographer. It’s really do-able for families because it has natural elements mixed in with historic buildings. And it’s usually not super duper busy, which was the case on this Sunday morning when we visited.
These five are always welcome in front of my camera, and your family is too! I’m now booking fall sessions! You don’t want to miss out on romping through leaves with your littles, right?
With the arrival of baby Kendall, this beautiful family has two beautiful girls! Before COVID took off in mid-March, this Birmingham newborn photographer was able to spend a Sunday morning with a sleeping Kendall, big sister Aubrey, mom, and dad in their beautiful home, which was picture perfect in every way!
Not only did Kendall sleep basically the whole time (which was new for me, as my newborns usually love to be wide awake), but Aubrey was simply adorable and a wonderful big sister. I know these two are going to have so many adventures and memories. Their age gap is close to me and my sister’s and I love having a sister!
One of the last sessions I shot before COVID-19 forced me to stop working was Sarah and Jon’s Trenton maternity session, exactly a month before they met their beautiful baby girl in April.
As a Trenton maternity photographer, this session was special for me because not only is Sarah an old co-worker turned good friend, but Sarah and Jon were the first couple to hire me for their wedding. Without them, this business wouldn’t even exist.
I am so happy that I was able to photograph this moment of anticipation for them and I know that they are kicking butt at being parents.