Oh my goodness, I just love this family and RiNo (River North Art District) in Denver was the perfect backdrop for their photo session! You might be wondering about how to pull off a family session with three kids under the age of five, plus one sweet old dog and I can only say, ” Smart mommies bring lolli’s”! Lollipops can look like a bribe at first glance but really they are the most awesome prop for the kiddos! I mean, if you want a photo of kids that’s pure joy simply bust out the candy! The kids were adorable and fun even before candy (the pooch, too) but it never hurts to have that kind of deal maker in your back pocket. And RiNo being RiNo one never knows what will pop up – perhaps a juggler to entertain everyone!
Denver Newborn Photographer
I’ve really adapted and refined my style of newborn photography over the years. Oh man, let me tell you when I started out I had one black background and no idea how to pose a newborn. I have photos of my firstborn son awkwardly laying on that black background at about one week of age. It’s what his crowd now would call, “cringy”, ha ha. Ah well, live and learn!
After that short phase I started collecting all kinds of brightly colored blankets and throws and my work become more colorful, I also learned a few simple but solid newborn poses which carried me through the next ten years or so. It helped that I was a seasoned mom with two babies of my own at this point. Weddings remained my main focus but I learned enough to photograph my former wedding couples new babies reasonably well.
The last five years or so I’ve stepped it up a notch and taken some newborn classes that really clicked with me (no pun intended). I’ve phased out weddings and family photography has become my main jam (newborn, baby, child, family, high school senior). I prefer to focus more on the baby than on cute props and blankets so I take a fairly minimalist approach. These elements currently define my style:
– stylized posed portraits of newborn on white or off white (often naked but lately I’ve really been having fun with wraps)
– newborn in the arms of family members
– black and white and/or window light portraits
I like to do my in home newborn sessions with a mix of those three things and I think it really captures the early days of a family at home with a new baby and helps me artfully portray such sweet subject matter. Here is a recent session…
Starting out wrapped helps baby settle in and feel cozy and they tend to do those little things so typical of newborns – a hand to a face or arms up and feet tucked.
Naked with bum up is always a favorite.If siblings are around they get in the picture, too!And of course a family portrait – I keep this casual, usually on the couch or mom and dad’s bed.I like to do some with just mommy … then some with just daddy.
And who can resist a few detail shots. The little baby toes, you guys!It’s an honor to be invited into the home of a new baby to photograph those incredibly special first days. Truly. What I once found difficult to capture due to lack of knowledge and experience, I now find to be such a joy!
This, you guys. This is one of the things I LOVE about my job – photographing multiple generations in one photo session! Getting the whole family in front of my camera from great grandparents, to grandparents to adult children and their kids is so rewarding. And what a gorgeous family!
Large Group Family Portrait Photography Arvada
I love this park in Arvada we choose for the session. You guys, it has a wooden deck! There is also a cute bridge, lots of trees and a small creek for plenty of different backgrounds in just a short walk around the park. It’s always fun to do individual family breakdowns after the big group photo!Each family has their own unique vibe and smaller group photos allow this to shine through.By the end of the portrait session I loved that the cousins were still happy and playing. So cute!