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Bench Family | Wichita, Kansas Family Photographer

A fun session with a super fun family! Lindsay & I have known each other for a little while and have talked about doing some photos pretty much ever since we met. We wanted to do maternity and/or newborn sessions but when her little sweetie decided to arrive several weeks early that kinda put a stop to those plans. So finally we caught up!  3 energetic, sweet boys and a precious little girl!  I had a great time with these guys!

Finally, a silly outtake, so funny!

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Newborn Safety | Wichita, Kansas Newborn Photographer

It’s newborn safety awareness week so I put this post together to help spread the word.  This is something that is VERY important to me and so many others (hopefully everyone!)in this industry.  With lots of blooming newborn photographers its super important to share and get the information out.  I’m happy to help in making sure that everyone knows that safety is THE number one priority when working with these precious little subjects.  Parents trust us with their newest bundles and it is our responsibility to take all necessary measures to make sure they are always handled ever so carefully.

Here are some “behind the scenes” shots to help understand how some of the more popular poses are achieved with newborns.  Of course there are many others but these are just a few that I had on hand.  If you are curious about some that you don’t see here, there are lots of newborn photographers sharing safety tips this week so be on the look out!
Laura & I (and most photographers) do this particular pose as a composite. This is one of the more difficult poses. Not all babies are comfortable like this. For newer photographers I’d recommend trying a bit easier pose first. In these photos Laura is holding baby up every moment while I photograph her.  The few extra minutes of editing is totally worth the peace of mind we get from knowing this little lady was safe.

In this one you can see my assistant Laura’s arm behind the baby and her other arm is right below the frame in front of the baby. We are always hands on or within inches of babies at all times.

Sometimes all they need is just a little extra support because their tiny little muscles are just not strong enough. You can never be too careful!!

Here the baby was laying comfortably and safely fast asleep on her mom’s lap and then the parents hands are around her.

Most poses you will see with newborns are done in ways similar to this.  We personally always have extra hands and bodies near.  For all the newer newborn photographers, if you see a pose you like it’s best to look into how it’s done and see what the safest method will be.  Not all babies are comfortable in all poses.  If I can tell a baby is not going to like something I just stop right there and try something else. Babies will let you know when they are and are not happy. :)  Parents if you see a photographer doing something you feel is unsafe or you are uncomfortable with, please speak up.  No shot is worth compromising the safety of our tiniest clients.  This week is so important!! We’ve got to make sure both photographers and parents are aware of the safety measures that should be taken when working with these precious lives.  Please, parents & photographers, lets all spread the word and make sure these sweet tiny babes are always being handled safely!

Thank you all for reading and sharing!!

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Grover Knox | Wichita, Kansas Baby Photographer

Can’t believe how Grover is growing (or how slow I am at blogging)!  Seems like just a short while ago I was photographing his birth and now he’s just about to be a year old.  Here are some highlights from his 9 month session.  This little fella is so cute and sweet and oh, did I mention he was walking already?! I just love this little guy! His mama, Laura, is one of my greatest friends and has also been assisting me with photo sessions a lot recently. We have so much fun working together and doing her little man’s session was no exception! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for his 1 year session, I’m sure he’ll be running and climbing by then!!

This is what happens when 9 month olds can walk at their session, ha ha!

Love, love, love!!

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Angela - November 9, 2011 - 11:06 am

He’s so cute!! Looks so much like Liam!

EternalForms - November 9, 2011 - 11:32 am

Adorable! I love the one of him walking down the path! The Dr. Seuss quote is terrific!

Riley | Wichita, Kansas Child Photographer

A fun just because session with Riley!  She is 3 now but I have been photographing her since she was just a tiny.  Riley was my first “real” client!  It’s been so awesome to watch her grow.  Riley has such a sweet, fun personality and I can’t believe how much she looks like a little lady and not a baby any more.  She was pretty serious at first but it didn’t take her long to warm up and have fun playing with me.  Thanks, Kendra for letting me capture your little sweetie growing!   Can’t wait ’til next time!!

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Cricket | Wichita, Kansas Child Photographer

Cricket is 3! She is the daughter of some of my closest friends and I’ve been photographing all of their children for a long time.  This year for each of their birthday’s, we’ve done a photo session. It’s a lot of fun to see all of their different personalities through their photographs. We had her birthday session at her grandparents farm. What a fun time it was capturing her just being her. Ahhhh, the life of a 3 year old, tea parties, fun with daddy, princess dresses and bubbles! What more could a girl ask for?! Thanks again, Laura for all of your help and to your parents for an amazing location!

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