Louie’s celebrating his 7-month milestone with a photo session today!
We arrived at the Mercer County Park in West Windsor, NJ and the sky filled with clouds and his eyes with tears.
Our session began with a bit of a rough start but on bright side we had cool, crisp, comfy 70-degree day in March and a bunch of peaches, yes peaches!
NORMALLY, PARENTS TEND TO WORRY WHEN THE SUN ISN’T OUT ON A SESSION DAY.
I find when the sun decides to hide and the clouds come in, parents get a look of concern. But for me as long as they’re not indicating rain, clouds can be a good thing. Photographers sometimes use something called a diffuser to “diffuse” the bright sun so the layer of clouds can act like nature’s own diffuser.
Cloudy sessions or sessions closer to sunset help prevent those squinty eyes and provide nice lighting like in this picture below!
IF YOUR LITTLE DOESN’T START OFF WITH SMILES RIGHT AWAY, IT’S OKAY.
Sometimes a little patience, playtime or comfort from mom and dad is all that’s needed. We just go with the flow, try to cheer baby up or give them a little time and eventually the kiddos warm up.
Even if breaks, pauses or a delayed start is needed there are always opportunities for sweet moments. And then you get that surprise smile when you least expect it.
What About Props?
When it comes to props, for the most part not too many are needed. If we do incorporate a few small things, go for simple and natural. Props are best when they complement the session or serve a purpose as opposed to being the main focal point.
For Louie’s session, we had a simple wooden car toy to capture his attention for some images. A neutral colored blanket (like in the pictures above) can come in handy to keep baby warm or to have them lay on.
If baby is putting everything in their mouth, it’s not bad idea to bring something that they can hold if needed but that isn’t too big or bright colored. In this case we brought some peaches which looked adorable in the pictures!
BRING AN EXTRA OUTFIT OR LAYERS IN COOLER WEATHER.
Spit up happens, chilly wind happens! So in this case an extra sweater gave us two different looks, saved us from a little mess and also helped when baby got a little cold.
Bringing your session photos to life with a Photo Book
The pictures and moments you love are always more sentimental printed so this session included a the photo book. This particular color is also vegan leather for those who prefer animal friendly options. (Learn more about photo albums and books here). So glad to have been a part of this 7 month celebration!
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