So, my wife’s baby brother had a baby of his own — premature and beautiful. Better yet, Josh and Courtnie had a baby in North Carolina. Now, when my wife’s other brother had a baby (just two weeks ago), I coax everyone down to the studio for a quick shoot. Stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., however, they can’t just hop into their car and scurry into the studio for a few minutes. Couple that with the sad fact that newborns are simply not newborn after a few weeks, Uncle Rob hopped on a plane for an airborn roadtrip to North Carolina! And by day trip? I mean exactly that …
One of the more common questions we field during our photography workshops: “how do we capture great photos without all of the equipment and studio?” Answer: … “You don’t need much!” I traveled with a camera and flash … that’s about it. Feel confident knowing that it’s fine to simply let nature do the work for you. The sun is the perfect studio strobe, a sheer curtain is the perfect softbox, a beautiful little Avery is the perfect model.
Here’s the first glimpse of little Avery Newbanks — fuzzy, warm, and quiet as she is.
I think it’s rare to have a job that makes you universally loved by your clients & remembered year after year. And for this I feel incredibly fortunate. I can remember back to my early days in art school… I swore I would never shoot weddings. I mean… I was, after all, ‘an artist‘… weddings were NOT art. At least, they weren’t considered art when I began working towards my BFA at the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Obviously our ideas about wedding photography have changed drastically in the last ten years. Even our ideas about family portraiture has changed- for the better. By the time I graduated, this revolution in documentary photography was in full force.
After ten years in business, I’ve learned that establishing relationships with my clients are the most important thing. They trust me to document their lives, their most precious moments. Every year I watch couples get married & welcome their children into the world. Year after year, I watch these babies become children & little people discovering minds of their own. Read More
Precious little Savannah was born in March almost a year to the date of my own sweet daughter. And I have been blessed with capturing this family since the birth of their first child, Jameson. Of course he has now grown into an adorable little boy who is falling quite nicely into the role of a protective big brother. (Here are a few images from their snow shoot .)
I wanted to share some fun images from our celebratory shoot for little Saavy’s first birthday. She enjoyed playing with her pearls & tearing apart her cupcake. She was less interested in eating it & more interested in exploring the texture of the icing. She is a happy little thing, giggling & entertaining herself throughout our entire afternoon together. I am eager to discover who she will become over the next year… they change so quickly & she’s just beginning to explore her independence.
In early February, much to my husband’s relief, I put away my snow pants. It looked like I wouldn’t need them this year but oh how I love my snow pants! On bitterly cold days, I can slip them over my pj’s & go to work. They are my magic pants… an article of clothing that I never knew existed while living in Georgia. In fact, snow happens so RARELY in South Georgia that when we had a mere dusting of the white stuff- school was closed!
After I retired my ‘magic pants’ for the season, we receive word that a winter storm is on its way. Up to TEN inches they declare! I was in disbelief but the next morning I awake to a beautiful landscape of winter white & the threat of another storm just around the corner. In total we had about two FEET of snow!! I couldn’t believe it! This was the PERFECT opportunity to break out my snow pants. The second storm dropped heavy, wet snow that clung to the trees & created quite a magical scene- one unlike anything I’d seen before. The morning after a fresh snow is breathtaking & quite…as I stepped out in the fresh cold, I felt a different kind of ‘calm.
Initially wasn’t ambitious enough to get out in it, aside from the shoveling. But once I saw the look of wonder is my child’s eyes I knew I couldn’t take these moments or the beauty of the snow for granted. Besides it gave me the chance to wear my own magic pants.. so out I went.
Here are some images from one of my many snow sessions!
Hooray!! Our family shoot with the fabulous Adrienne Maples is booked!! Now what……..
If you are anything like me, there is a level of uncertainty, maybe even a little anxiety leading up to your session. Adrienne is my boss and my friend, yet I still put a lot of pressure on myself that we won’t get that one perfect shot. You know, the one where everyone is genuinely happy. The one take between the little moments of chaos. Read More
I’ve spent the last two weeks with several families I have come to know quite well. Hard to believe I’m snuggled 4 new babies, two expecting moms.. & I was there with every couple on their wedding day capturing their vows to one another. The day when the idea of children was a distant ‘thought‘.. a ‘hope’. After going through the experience myself (my little E is 17 months now!), I’m even more aware of the precious moments that slip by. Babies don’t keep :(
I cherish this time as much as my clients… & I feel so fortunate to be the one capturing your beautiful children.
On this special day, I drove to meet Miss Margeux. She was excited to see me & thrilled about the addition of a baby brother. We expect this little guy will make his debut within the next couple of months. We didn’t take maternity photos when Margeux was in the womb. Speaking as a woman who has once survived the trials of pregnancy & labor, I understand the desire to hide from the camera.. indefinately.
However, you should celebrate this beautiful time with some artistic photos!!! These are times we’ll always remember fondly-cherish them! Pregnancy is really a beautiful, beautiful thing. Read More
Little Ryann is two… & speaking in sentences! I just finished designing a book her fabulous parents- I found myself laughing, smiling.. amazed at how quickly this adorable baby turned into a sassy, independant toddler.
Ashley, Ryann’s mother is quiet crafty & inventive. She put together a fun backyard get together, with fun bright colors. The pom-poms on the ceiling were all made by hand! It took she & her mom weeks to finish this project.
We’ve had to take FULL advantage of our studio space this summer. It’s been hot, hot, H O T!! And we’ve come to learn that our studio is the perfect place for portraits of babies & small children.
Think you need to go outdoors for a session?? While outdoor portraits are wonderful for certain occasions you can still achieve lovely portraits indoor. We implement natural light when available & suplement with a little added touch of creative lighting here or there ;)
We absolutely still travel for our clients; however, travel is only included when booking a PlayShoot. There are several options for PlayShoots; ask about the different options availableWe suggest these types of sessions (PlayShoots) once children are actively walking & interactively playing. (These are on-location, day in the life photo shoots!)
If you need head shots or a quick fine art portrait; the studio is the perfect place! For those who haven’t been here, it’s a home-style studio. That means it’s a comfortable atmosphere, utilizing drapery & fun furnishings- not the standard ‘white wall’ studio fake backdrops. We redecorate a few times a year to add variety for my families that return several times a year.
Sign Up for a studio session today! Follow this link to our sign up form & Blair will be in touch to set your date ;) Our studio is convieniently located in historic Overland Park on 79th Street.
Weekday studio sessions are $175; Weekend studio sessions are $225 | PlayShoots start at $350 Read More