When Sienna was born, I knew I wanted to get a newborn shoot done earlier than I did with Mavrick, but unfortunately baby girl got sick 7 days after being home so mama had to wait until her nose was no longer stuffy. Since Sienna was smaller than her brother at birth and she loved being in a little ball, I was certain it wouldn’t be an issue this time around.
I put on my thinking cap and starting thinking of themed shoots. I hadn’t done a themed shoot with Mavrick which was fine, but I wanted to opt for something a little more original this time around. Sienna, since birth has been a big drinker. She LOVES milk (well all newborns do – right?). So I decided to have a vintage milk shoot as one of the themes.
I had all these props at home alread: wire basket, milk bottles of various sizes and a wooden wine rack, that I decided to use for the milk instead. So when my photographer friend saw me arrive with all my props and milk (oh yes, I brought my own milk), she couldn’t help but chuckle. She said she expected nothing less of me. I even designed a milk sign.
The other theme I decided to do was a vintage bath theme. I’m a little intense with the vintage – what can I say, I’m a fan! So I grabbed what I had in my house and staged the studio. I used blue mason jars to put cotton balls and Q-tips, rolled up face cloths, books for reading during bath time and some tin containers I purchased from Target years ago. The bath shoot was a little less successful then the milk one, but I was able to get a few good shots.
Usually once the themed shoots are done, I like to take a few shots with baby, but unlike her brother she did the ugliest faces haha. Maybe it was the flash, but she was making the biggest eyes ever! We were only able to capture 2 pictures that were worth saving. At least I was able to get one with my baby girl!
I find she looks so different now, which is why it’s so important to take newborn pictures. It’s great to capture those first weeks. Sienna was about 20 days here (so not really newborn) but still, it’s a great memory to have and you’ll enjoy looking at them when your little one is even bigger.
Have you ever considered an original themed shoot?
My husband is a devoted superman fan, I haven’t kept that a secret, so the first thing he showed me this morning was the Man of Steel trailer. I like Superman too, not as much as my husband, clearly… so I hope this movie will be better than the last one (Superman Returns)
I have a good feeling about it to be honest, just the imagery of the trailer is stunning and if you look at the actors who are taking part in the movie you can’t help but think it’s a good indication. Let’s just hope that when it opens June 14th, no one tries to be a real life Lex Luthor.
When I was pregnant with Mavrick I didn’t opt to take any maternity shots. I considered it to be honest, but when it was time to actually go for it I started having stretch marks on my bump so belly shots were out of the questions. One thing lead to the other and it just didn’t happen. Then I got pregnant with Sienna and I knew I wanted some bump shots (but covered) I figured it would be great for Sienna to have something her brother didn’t. I don’t know why that is but a second pregnancy isn’t like a first. We don’t have time to remember all the little milestones so capturing my bump seems so much more important this time around.
My friend and oh-so talented photographer Christina Esteban offered to take pictures of Sienna in womb and here are just a few of my favorite shots. I was about 38 weeks here, so yes I was ready to pop. I can’t believe it’s been over two months already.
My original plans was to wear a dress but the weather didn’t permit it… even if it was May. It was cold, wet and there was fog. Even my hair ended up having a life of it’s own. Regardless, I love how the pictures came out. Christina is always a pleasure to work with. (Remember she’s the one that took the pictures of Mavrick’s first birthday) Thank you Chris… you are a rock star in the land of photographers. xxx
When I came across this underwater maternity shoot, I knew I had to share. I love the magical aspect of underwater pictures and this shoot done in Hawaii by the talented Ruth Powell of Ruth Anne Photography is simply amazing (not to mention how beautiful mom-to-be Corey is!)
Taking underwater pics is extremely difficult. But this shoot is amazing in every way. I love the idea of using props underwater, and the selection of clothing and accessories is fabulous! Personally I would never be able to pull off a underwater shoot (even clothed) but I have a feeling that we will see more underwater shoots after seeing this one.
I have yet to decide if I am doing a maternity shoot. I didn’t with my first but thinking I might do one with my second (but no naked bump pics for me) I get inspired when I see the art behind photography. Don’t you?
When I was smaller, I loved making snowflakes. Whether it was out of paper, paint or anything I could get my hands on. When I saw this video from Chronicle Books it brought back some memories. Are you a snowflake maker/crafter?
Color + Vintage have to be the perfect combo in my mind. So it’s a given when I came across the ‘Vintage by Colour’ series created by Swedish photographer and designer, Hilda Grahnat, I fell in love. Seriously, I love each picture and would frame them in my office. (Not to mention I love me some vintage finds and damn those are great!) She is such a talented artist it blows my mind. Check out her website for more of her work or read her blog, lots of great finds on their as well.
I don’t know about where you live, but here in Montreal speeding is the number 1 cause of death in young drivers. Speeding seems cool (to them) and for years the Societé d’assurance automobile du Québec has attempted to raise awareness about the issue. They’ve launched many campagins and this one, which was presented last week is really good (in my opinion) I just hope that the message will get to them.
Basically the message is : Speeding, Too High a Price to Pay!
Young drivers aged 16 to 24 are overrepresented in road accidents. Although they constituted only 10% of driver’s licence holders, they were involved in 24% of accidents resulting in bodily injury in 2010. The main causes are inexperience and recklessness.