Psst – Mother’s Day is coming up in exactly three weeks. Here’s the thing about mom’s (I know, because I am a mom) – we are rarely in front of the camera. It’s like the entire childhood of the humans we raise is documented (by us) so we are never in the documentation – there are so few pictures of us in our children’s lives because we’re always behind the camera!
This is where we’re comfortable.
But – our kids are going to want pictures of us (I know this, because I have a mom). They are going to want pictures of us now – when we are in the trenches of parenthood and aren’t feeling our photographic best (perhaps). They won’t care. They’ll look back and won’t see the flaws you and I see in ourselves – they’ll see the love.
So love your mother and make a photo shoot happen – so she’s not responsible for documenting and she’s compelled to be captured with her family. Family shoots are fun, relaxed, and will capture the essence of your family.
Contact me to book your shoot today, or order a gift certificate here. Either way – Love Your Mother on Mother’s Day (May 8th) and every day.
Baby Finn couldn’t wait to make his appearance … and surprised everyone by arriving weeks ahead of when the calendar said he would arrive! And he is pure perfection at a little over 6lbs! I was so excited to meet up with Eamon and Christine again as they enter into this exciting transformative phase of parenthood. And I could think of no couple I would rather work with as I relax into the influence of birthing again myself. I warned Christine that she’d be in some pictures and I was so relieved that she didn’t immediately refuse. It’s not easy to have the camera focused on you right after you’ve experienced birth – but I promised her she’d be thankful for these images later.
I’ve always always resisted having a studio. It’s tempting for newborn work, but I always come back to the huge advantage (in my mind) of meeting families in their homes. This means families aren’t being asked to bring out a new new baby when the world is kind of overwhelming (all the extra “just in case” items to pack, weather to contend with, unknown routines, etc). The other advantage, in my mind, is that shoots can be very individualized – the hat mom knitted while pregnant, or the blanket that has been passed down generations – or even just that huge stuffed animal that would have been too cumbersome to transport along with all the baby paraphernalia. So I’ve always come back to the advantages of doing in-home newborn shoots outweigh the advantages of a studio.
And after the birth of our third baby (I told you it would be a while before I got back to blogging!), the individualizing of newborn shoots has become all the more important to me. Kicking this up a notch, I realized, means really capturing newborns in their own space. Sure, I can still bring along studio-type equipment that allows for that look – but the pictures I’m really loving creating, are the ones that are so clearly special because they could only be captured in this moment, with this family, in this place. It’s not a studio – I can’t just change different people out on the same background. And this is what makes the work I do with Brown Eyed Photography so exciting for me. It’s authentic photography.
So I’m easing back into blogging and I’m excited to share some of the work I’ve been doing in the last few months as I ease back into photography more fully.
And now on with the images of Finn’s baby shoot!
When a photographer births a baby, you know the pictures are going to be worth seeing. And our baby was ready to arrive less than a week after our last wedding!
I was so excited about having my own newborn to play with during that ideal newborn photography age of 3-10 days old. I had props, lighting, and inspiration ready to go!
And then we had an incredible birth at home that Josh was able to photograph … and I found I never wanted to put my baby down. I wanted to spend all this time staring in wonder at her perfection. I didn’t want to pick up a camera, I didn’t want to think about all the amazing images I could create, and I certainly didn’t want to put her down! I found myself not very interested in the regular studio – look images … I wanted images that captured our life as it was. I wanted authentic images.
This desire for authentic images will no doubt influence my future newborn shoots … I’m excited to see my photography style evolve.
Expect things to slow way down here at Brown Eyed Photography while we enjoy our new baby. Thank you for your patience during this time.
The Old Lantern is a beautiful place to get married – and Amanda and Brandon added charm and beauty to their rustic venue. I love when couples choose flowers that are in season and the peonies were delightful – in bouquets, decorating the ceremonial arbor, and even in Amanda’s hair! And the hair was such a fun part of Amanda’s and Brandon’s day because Amanda and two of her wedding party members are hair dressers!
These two are so easy going (loved a group of groomsmen who skipped jackets!) and even with inevitable hiccups in the day (is it going to rain?), it was all part of the day and these two rolled with it.
We were so honored to document their day – and we’re so excited to share the slideshow from the getting-ready to the first-dance and everything in between!
We met Tiff and Cliff over two years ago for a snowy engagement shoot …. so to say this was a wedding we anticipated very much would be an understatement! But man, it was totally worth the wait. The majestic church, awesome rustic-nautical details, and the amazing wedding party …. couldn’t be better! Here’s a teaser slideshow for a taste of all the Tiff-Cliff-wedding-awesomeness.
Unexpectedly we find ourselves expecting a baby which only means one thing -a belly focused maternity shoot.
I’m so thankful for these beautiful images that capture my pregnant belly in the apple-tree-rich Adirondacks, weeks before we meet our newest addition. Usually I keep personal images to a minimum …. but with a new baby, I’m not sure I can resist! And maybe I should change that policy in general
Inquiring minds need to know:
Frequently Asked Question: What are you having?
Me: a baby (we’ll find out the gender at birth, as usual)
FAQ: When are you due?
Me: Early July
FAQ: When is your last shoot scheduled for? When will you start photography work again?
Me: We have a wedding scheduled for mid-June and won’t take a wedding after that. We were able to limit fall weddings more because gestation is only 9months long and we tend to book weddings 9months-a year in advance. So I plan to ease back into photography … but I’m keeping it very open because it all depends on the personality of the baby.
FAQ: Are you going to Burlington for the birth or staying in Plattsburgh?
Me: We’re going to birth in Saranac, at home. We’ve had two natural births in hospitals and we knew if we ever birthed again, it would be at home.
Amanda and Brandon impressed me from the first moment I met them. They decided to plan their wedding in about 4 months. A recipe for stress -right? Maybe. But not for these two.
We talked in January to book their June wedding – and scheduled their engagement shoot as soon as their was a hint of warm!
So mid-April, let’s all act warm, avoid the soft mud, and snuggle up for some lovely images of a beautiful relaxed couple – almost exactly 8 weeks before they say their “I Do”s!
Kyla and Andy had specific ideas about their wedding and brought in the artists they loved to make it happen in Maine – including us. And the really cool thing was, they are the most easy going yet organized people I’ve ever met – at least in terms of their beautiful wedding! During their engagement shoot, they explained that they have several family members and close friends who are photographers who shoot weddings and they really loved their work and obviously loved these talented photographers. BUT, one of the things they wanted for their wedding was for the friends and family to enjoy a day of celebrating without the pressure of capturing it’s uniqueness. How cool is that?
So we got a picture-perfect day (bright yellow shoes? check. beautiful locations? absolutely. a confident couple? for sure.) that was influenced by photographers that couldn’t have been more enjoyable to document! Enjoy all the wedding inspiration ahead at The Red Barn at Outlook Farm!!
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Haider and Abby were such an exciting couple to work with – they had awesome ideas for a relaxed wedding celebration that included a oh-so-many details that we loved at The Mountain House. Surrounded by spectacular views of some of the Adirondacks highest peaks, the day was fully of beauty, love, and emotion. Friends and family gathered from around the world to support Abby and Haider through their day full of ups and downs. We were so honored to be present to capture Abby and Haider through last minute celebration preparations, a quick sneaky get-away for some pictures, a ceremony that was a little rocky to get started – and then ended so wonderfully as Abby and Haider said their personal vows to each other. There were tears and giggles, hugs and kisses. The celebratory feast created by Smoke Signals Barbecue of Lake Placid was fantastically accompanied by Back Porch Society – with their funky beat, washboard playing, and eclectic style … well, my mouth is watering and my ears are aching for that music again. Such a fun combo and a perfect ending to a wonderful day for a world-traveling couple. Here’s a taste (in pictures, not in barbecue ):
Today Danielle and John have been married for seven months! The time has flown by for us – it’s a weird mix of: “didn’t we just shoot that wedding?” and “it’s only been seven months?!” But that just makes picking images for their blog post to share with you all the sweeter.
Danielle and John both are St. Michael’s College alum – which is always extra special for us. There’s something that seems to attract a certain type of person to St. Mike’s … and we happen to click quickly with couples who are familiar with the food at alliot or dorm life in the quad.
It was so fun getting to know these two as they planned their wedding and we loved seeing it all come together on their spectacular day. From the church that they are personally involved with, to the family gathering from Vermont (hers) and New Jersey (his), to the awesome purple details (my favorite was Danielle’s sash, I think), to the … well – I can shutup and just show you all of the wonderfulness!