There is nothing better in the world like meeting your daddy for the first time. Even if you are already 5 months old.Read More
When Laura came for her consultation I was blown away but her soft and sweet personality, tiny body frame, and a soul filled with love for her husband Derek. We talked about her session and she asked me to capture more than just maternity photos. She asked me for couples photos - and as she said that tears started pouring down. She has been missing Derek for months as he was away training with the Army. So these photos were extra special to both Laura and Derek.
I cannot rave enough about this beautiful session with Nina! Every shot, every moment we created magic, and the more we shot, the more I got to witness the love unfold! Nina was like a mythical valkyrie that stepped on this earth for me to capture her beautiful pregnancy. Her boyfriend Demetrius, equivalent only to Mars in his grace and masculinity showed such tenderness and love towards Nina. Together, they looked like they descended from the pages of mythology books, and I wish them nothing less but amazing adventures in their soon-to-be parenthood!
As I wrapped up my wedding weekend, I got to begin my new week with something even more precious than the sanctity of matrimony. I welcomed a little 5 day old JB into my studio, accompanied by his charismatic parents and their best friend Maddie.
Given this chilly November morning I couldn't have asked for a more perfect way to spend it. JB - short for Joshua James Ball Jr, was literary - a perfect baby, waking up like clockwork just to be fed and then right back into the sleepy slumber in the cozy wraps and blankets. His yawns, his smiles, even the little farts - we had it at all and the studio space was filled with constant 'aww' and 'oh my gosh' and 'he is so cute'! And rightfully he is! The cutest little boy that Jessica and Josh have created!
Thank you for having me capture the beginning of his journey in this world!
Watching my little clients grow up is simply amazing and realizing they get so big so fast is also a little sad, because I inevitably think of how fast time flies.
I met Erika & Phillip unofficially at a birthday party when Hazel was still in Erika's tummy. Then I got to meet Hazel when she was only 7 days new, and now she is rocking photo sessions with mom and on her own. Baby Hazel is the happiest little one I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with and these picture show exactly how happy she is and how much love she has for her parents.
Here are my favorites of this 6 months old punk princess.
Often, after a session, I sit down to take a moment and reflect on my work, on myself, and on what I have achieved and yet have to achieve. And in that process I ask myself if what I have captured truely represents my style? And what is my style? Have I found it? And while I think about all those things I realize that the question I should be asking is: have I captured the essence of innocence and true life and love?
When I photograph babies I take a few seconds just to look at them and quietly think out loud on how precious they are. They are a blank page - their story is just beginning to be writen, while mine is so far along. What will theirs be like?
Each child is so different from the other but each share something with the others - they were made in love and their smiles while they dream reflect that.
That's what makes every session truely magical and that's where I believe I find myself - capture a smile, or a sweet yawn, and sometimes even the cries - the true life of a newborn - that's my style.
When Rebekah first contacted me to do her maternity photos I didn't realize that we might face weather challenges as the shoot was scheduled for late fall or beginning of winter. When we talked about the session, we both expected snow and both prepared for the natural beauty of Germany in the early winter. Neither of us anticipated rain, and so we waited and scouted for new locations and thought we would never find the right one, until one day, on my drive home I decided that weather should never stop us - I knew that no matter what we will get amazing photos.
Of course, to be on the safe side I decided to check out on indoor location that will still provide me with the most amazing light - a local greenhouse, owned and operated by Herr Wurfl, a gardner I swear by when I buy my indoor and outdoor flowers. He has at least four greenhouses and as it turns out, they are opened during the cold season as well. I was so excited to talk to Herr Wurfl, that I even got the courage to speak german!
When I mentioned to Rebekah what i was thinking of doing she loved the ideas and got incredibly excited and yet nervous about the upcoming photoshoot.
The morning of, we realized it was pouring rain outside but there was no turning back. I showed up early to help style Rebekah for the shoot, and this is where I met her amazing husband Daniel.
We decided on three outfits and possibly two locations (depending on how the weather will behave) and headed out to our first one: The Wurfl Gartnerei (Nursery) in the town of Vilseck.
Herr Wurfl greeted us at the door, asking if there was anything we need, and allowed us to use any and all of his greenhouses for the photos. And even though winter isn't a typical full-in-bloom time for a greenhouse, there was so much green all around, that we couldn't have dreamed for a better backdrop.
We ended up shooting at the greenhouses the longest and it certain was the best decision for the cold December morning.
After we left the greenhouse, we drove to a hiking trail in the town of Grafenwoehr, that I found on accident when looking for a tree farm (to cut down our first christmas tree). There we walked through the woods, drowning is moss, until we reached an amazing spot that allowed for great depth-of-field. Daniel and Rebekah looked so gorgeous and so in love with each other and their baby, that I couldn't stop smiling and taking pictures, even though my fingers felt like icicles.
I believe the best photos are taken when the photographer builds a relationship with her/his clients, even in the small time-frame of the photo session and I was incredibly lucky to make friends with Rebekah and Daniel through our journey to this photoshoot. We laughed and cried together, experienced joy and fear, took care of each other, and of course had an incredible time taking these pictures. Thank you!