Family photographers night ends in flames | Batavia NY Family Photographer

LeFort Family

Many who know me, know that I am not a religious person. I don’t attend church. I don’t pray often, but I will say, the last time I prayed hard for something my prayers were answered. That said, I do believe there is something greater that us out there. What that is, I’m not sure. I don’t know if it’s a sixth sense, an angel looking out for us, the universe sending me signals, but there’s something. I’ve experienced, on multiple occasions, messages sent to me. Once it was a blip of the future that I saw and then shortly after it happened but I was able to save this person from any injuries. Another time it was a feeling. A feeling to be extra cautious before I backed my car out of my garage. This time it was a thought. See, on Tuesday I photographed this very sweet family. They were so laid back and fun to work with. I really enjoyed my time with them. Their session was to be held the Sunday prior but the weather was less than ideal (especially for a 5 month old). I also knew they hadn’t had luck with past sessions. I really wanted their experience with me to be perfect so I asked to switch to Tuesday instead. They were more than accommodating! Mom’s email reads as follows……

My husband and I just had our first child, a little girl. She is currently 3 months old and we have no pictures in our home. Our wedding photographer lost half of our films so not much to choose from there. Tried newborn session but she screamed cried through two attempts. So, third time is a charm right? Lol. Fall is my absolute favorite. Im hoping to hang some magic on my walls. We live in Attica and would likely need location ideas and wardrobe suggestions. :)

Because of the day switch, mom even offered to have her family come to Batavia instead. I chose this really beautiful location out in Dale. I had never shot there before and wanted to use it, so we kept that as our location. The day of their session arrived. It was beautiful just as expected. The location was amazing. They were amazing. At the end of our session together my last words to the family were “Drive safely home. There are a lot of potholes on this road. Have a great night!”

My night on the other hand, did not end as I had hoped……

Photo Credit: Doug Yeomans

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I don’t know what happened. At this point it’s all just speculation. I pulled off to call a tow truck, and before I went to run down to the intersection to see what cross road was ahead of me, I decided to grab my camera. I NEVER leave my camera bag in the car, but this time as I went to grab it I thought “just leave it. You are in the middle of nowhere. Who is going to take your bag?” I decided I should take it anyways. See, I think the people who are most receptive to those underlying messages are the ones who are given them; those are the people who listen to their gut every time!

As I was on the phone with the tow truck company, my car went up in flames. In the moment I wasn’t thinking about how grateful I was that I had grabbed my camera. In fact, it didn’t even dawn on me that I had it. Within about 30 minutes I noticed my back was starting to hurt so I shifted my bag because it was weighing on my shoulder. This is when I said, “Oh. My. God! That family’s photos are here with me!” I then remembered mom’s email and how important this session was to her (insert tears). Out of all the sessions to have saved on that day, it was theirs! I legit have the chills. You see, the photos I document for your family are not only special to you but to me too! I remember every single session I’ve ever shot. Every frame I look at I can remember the exact moment. Your story is also mine. This is a day I will NEVER forget. Look at that beautiful little face. That makes this all worth it for me.

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Love is all you Need | Penfield NY Family Photographer

Love is Easy to Photograph

Family Photographer in Rochester NY

I was invited to document a very special party for a very special couple; they both turned 70. Don't they look GREAT?!  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous to be the photographer at this event. I would also be lying if I said I didn't spring a few leaks during it either (I'll explain that later).

When I arrived I did my thing. I introduced myself, scouted the building, and grabbed some detail shots. Then the guest of honors arrived. This is when it all went "downhill". The party was supposed to be a surprise but it was found out days prior, so instead, I WAS THE SURPRISE! I will never forget their faces when I was introduced as their photographer for the day. Pure joy! Actually, this photo represents the look on their faces very well. Her hands were clutched and held close to her face in excitement and extreme gratefulness.

As the day progressed, I couldn't keep my eyes off the couple. After all these years and 2 boys later, they were still so smitten with each other! The constant caressing of her back and gentle kisses upon her head just left me in awe of their love for one another. When I document parties like this I don't prompt families, I just stand back and scan. I scan the room and look for moments happening. I am very good at seeing a moment and knowing what will happen next. I can honestly say there was never a moment these two were not together. He would be rubbing her arms or she would be playfully dropping confetti atop his head. If one left the room, the other was sure to follow.

I had multiple people approach me and say, "I feel like we need to be doing more activities to get you some great shots." This family could have been partying in a junk yard and I STILL would have great shots. The love they have for each other is evident. The only tears I saw were happy tears (including myself). There was a moment when they were thanking all of their guests and I stood behind my camera just blubbering (silently, of course). The love and laughter that this family shares is something I am so honored to have witnessed and documented. 

I've said it before and I will say it again.....LOVE IS EASY TO PHOTOGRAPH!

Emoji Birthday Party | Rochester, NY Event Photographer

As a Mom who enjoys throwing parties for my children (minus the chaos of it all), I have mixed emotions about having my camera in hand during said party.

Obviously I LOVE documenting the day! I love capturing all the little details and the moments in between. All the hugs from family members as they wish our little one a happy birthday. The look of amazement (or embarrassment) as we sing happy birthday to them just before they pucker those lips, close their eyes to make a wish, and finally, blow out their birthday candles. The pure joy in their face as they open their gifts and fly off their seat and hug their new toy that they've been "dying" to have. I love it all! I get to look back at these photos and remember exactly how old they were on that day, what they looked like during that age, and all the fun they had celebrating with their friends and family. 

Here's the part I hate, and yes I'm aware that hate is a very strong word to use, but it's the right word given what I'm about to tell you. I HATE looking back at all of those photos and the only thing that "proves" I was there are the photos I took. I'm not in ANY of them! My children will know that those photos exist because I took them, but not only was I not in them, I was too busy making sure I documented it all for them, I didn't get to fully enjoy the party myself. I didn't get to really celebrate my child that day. I was "working". 

Because of this "revelation" I decided it was time to offer a service to all of the parents out there "working" during their child's celebration. This is all still in the works, but I've been working along side Ashley Gray, event planner at Kaleidoscope Events in Rochester, NY., to document some really special parties; even baby showers! Working with her allows me to build a portfolio for you to see how I photograph these types of events. In addition, understand the "work flow" if you will, of each type of event including the needs of each unique family. I have really enjoyed getting to see her event setups and the versatility she offers from one event to another. Currently I am only working events through Ashely so if you have an event coming up that you need planned, I highly recommend getting in touch with her for all your party planning needs. She is versed in baby showers, birthdays, and even weddings! Take a look below at this awesome emoji party she put together for these brothers. I think she did an amazing job! 

**Feel free to leave a sweet message for her in the comments section. Also, if you'd like to be notified when I release information on photographing parties please sign up for my newsletter HERE**

Cookies by Shells Sweets, Henrietta, NY.

Happy Birthday Baby C | Batavia, NY Family Photographer

Baby C is ONE

I had the opportunity to document this little guy turning 1. What an honor! As a Mom who is in many Mom groups on social media, I often see parents ask if they should "make a big deal" about their little one's birthday. Especially ages ranging from 1-3. The typical response is "nah, they'll never remember it, or why waste the money, they don't care." 

Maybe I'm the odd one out but I disagree! We should be so lucky to live in a country and time period where our children have health care and clean drinking water (among other things) to thrive well into adulthood. In the 1800's the global average child mortality age was 43.3%. To put that in perspective, roughly every 2nd child died before the age of 5. Could you imagine?! 

So I say YES, make a big deal of your child surviving another full year! I think people often assume a celebration means a party, and that's not the case. It doesn't matter how big or small the celebration is, all they need is something to really make them feel special on their day. The day they took their very 1st breath of air. The day you became a parent. The day you survived labor and delivery together. Maybe it's a party, a simple sleepover, a special dinner to celebrate them, or a photo session to document how much they've grown *wink, wink*. Whatever you do, remember that it's not "just" a birthday, it's a celebration that they've made it another year. 

Happy Birthday, baby C. One down, many more to go!

Baby Shower for Baby J | Rochester NY Baby Shower Photographer

Y'all, I photographed the most beautiful baby shower!

Theme: Baby Elephants and Flowers with a pink, cream and gold color scheme.

Ashely Gray from Kaleidoscope Events  executed it beautifully! I have worked with her a couple of times now, and the very first thing I noticed about her is that she is super detail oriented. Aside from being able to see that in these photographs, she demonstrates it in her assembling process. She approaches it similarly to a chef plating their food. She gets down to eye level to adjust and perfect the vision. You can really see that she cares about her clients and loves what she does. Plus, she works with some really amazing vendors! Check out the detail on these sweet treats! I couldn't believe how beautifully crafted they were. I stood there and stared at them for a good 20 minutes. Those bakers have a steady hand, a great eye, and clearly enjoy their job.

Cookies by: From Our Home To Yours- Rochester, N.Y.

Strawberries by: The Queen in Me Sweet Treats and Eats- Rochester, N.Y.

I'm not even going apologize if I made you run to the nearest sweet treat! I had to manage the evil sweet tooth in person, so now you it's your turn.....(in my best evil laugh)muahahahaha! 

Now available- B+W Mini Sessions | Batavia NY Family Photographer

An easy way to document every year of your child's life!

A friend of mine, who is also a photographer, had been talking about using my studio to take a few photos of her children for a wall display in her home. I was totally on board. I welcome every opportunity to hang out with like minded people. I crave "shop talk" often. What was funny about her vision is that I actually had the same idea for my wall at home but couldn't find a good place in my home to complete the "project". HELLO.........you have a studio with a clean, white wall! It just didn't even dawn on me until she asked to borrow the space. It took me 3 separate attempts to get each child their own photograph but I completed my images in the following weeks. Now I await my prints......

So Why B+W Minis?

My goal with these portraits is to simply capture the individual personalities of each child. I wanted to keep them clean and simple so that I could really focus on who they are as a person. An image that would scream "I am________, and I like to_______, this year I_______." While gathering up all the "things" that are unique to each of my children I thought, I bet other families would love to have a portrait like this for their children, too. So after much consideration I decided that I wanted to open up mini sessions like this for YOU!  These portraits will only come in b+w. It's important that we keep them as simple and timeless as possible. In addition, something that will be cohesive year after year.  These sessions will be for children only. No group shots. The purpose for these minis is to offer you an easy way to update your child(s) portraits yearly and for your children to showcase their individuality. It's so common for families to hire a photographer for big events in their lives such as pregnancy, newborns, 1st year, and then again for senior portraits. Those middle ages typically get thrown to the wayside. Well, not anymore. Read on for session details.

Mini Session Details.

Date: July 21st starting @ 8:00 a.m.

Location: The Harvester Building (56 Harvester Ave, Batavia).

Investment Fee: $125 and

Includes: 15/20 minute session, 5 digital files, print release, and wardrobe consultation. 

**The first 5 families to book will receive an additional 3 digital files!**

Scroll to the bottom if you would like to hear more about my "why" for each of my children's portraits.

 

Meet Rylan

My oldest is in the "pre-teen" (age 10) stage where he is super opinionated, always has an attitude with a side of occasional kindness. He loves his jogger pants and cool t-shirts. He's growing his hair out to donate to Wigs for Kids, and this is his headband he wears to school and soccer. We purchased it at Headbands of Hope because it falls in line with his goal for his hair. For every headband purchased, a headband is donated to a child with cancer. Y'all, they have some really cute headbands, too!  I felt it was important to document all of this in his portrait. He's not dressed in a button down top with a bow tie because that's simply not who he is right now. Soon he will out grow his clothing, what's "in" will change, his hair will eventually be cut, and hopefully his grumpy "tude" will change (for the better, hopefully). 

Meet Kason

My middle son has always been super silly (He's "dabbing"). Those dimples are definitely his signature feature, that and his eyes. That one tooth he's missing was pulled because he had an extra adult tooth on that side. After 6+ months we're still waiting on it's pending arrival. His wardrobe is a total reflection of him at this stage in his life. Honestly, I should've found something less matchy because he's a 6 year old that likes to pick his own clothes out. He loves Black Panther, and you can see that on his hat. We actually picked it up right before his session because he graduated 1st grade on this day. The hat was his prize for doing such a great job this year and those light up shoes he's wearing were on high request when we were buying clothes at the beginning of the school year. So much so that he coincidentally "lost" his 1st new pair he picked out. This kid, while he has him moments, is so sweet, funny, snuggly, and kind. He is the only one of my children who will apologize to me without a request if he did something he wasn't supposed to. 

Meet Oliver

And then there's my youngest son. He doesn't care what he wears, actually. No opinions on it at all. I'm sure we're getting close to the stage where he will care but for now I'm going to continue to enjoy picking out what I like him to wear. He is definitely the 3rd child. He knows what he wants and will scream NOOOOOO until he gets it. Says thank you for everything. Not evening kidding you! He thanked himself one time for opening the door. Bahahaha! The only way I was able to get photos of him was if he could hold that star in his hands, and one of his favorite things right now (among other things) are "birdies". We actually made him a "birdie" cake for his 2nd birthday. Plus, to hear him say "birdie" is so darn cute, that and "I'm cute". So to get this shot I actually told him to look out the window to see if he could find any birdies. This little guy often makes me wonder why I want to have just one more, but then I get those sweet little "muggle" (snuggle) times and then I remember why. I just wish he would just slow down on growing up.

Each Child is Unique | Batavia, NY Family Photographer

Balonek Family

There's always one. You know.....the sibling that has their own agenda. I'm sure he's plotting his next move in this photo. I went with it, though, because this is the stage he's at in his life right now. In my experience with this family, baby J has always been true to himself. He will do what he wants, when he wants. I have never been able to convince him that "sneezing", throwing grass on my head, or running around like a lunatic was ever funny. I quite like that, because he challenges me more than most children I've worked with. It forces me to really learn about the individual personalities of each child. It's important to remember that even though siblings have the same upbringing, they're still their own little entities, and what works for one may not work for the other.

I want families to know that if your child(ren) is not performing as you expected, THAT'S OKAY! I'm willing to adapt. I'm a 33.....I mean, 29 year old grown adult and I hate being photographed. I'm not sure why, but I just know I don't like it. Now imagine being a small child in this situation. I'm like the Aunt, Uncle, Grandparent.....who lives in another state that they only see maybe once or twice a year. There's a level of trust that needs to be built before they are willing to participate in any silly games I have in mind for them.

As a Batavia, NY family photographer, babies and children are my 1st priority. I'm really working for them. Hahahaha!

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I'm Okay with NOT Being your Photographer | Batavia, NY Family Photographer

Choose Your Photographer Wisely.

Family Photographer in Batavia, NY

 

I contemplated writing this article for many reasons. For starters, I'm sure it's been written a million times, but also because I wasn't quite sure exactly how I was going to write it. Pricing is a big factor when it comes to selecting a photographer, and it is a super touchy subject in the photography community. Some get offended, while others are extremely helpful. I wanted to write this article with an open mind while still offering solid information to you as the consumer. I hope I didn't fail you. 

I often wonder if families who inquire about a portrait session with me are annoyed with my bazillion questions. I mean, are you? 99 out of 100 inquiries with me typically start like this.....what is your pricing? Which is fine, but I just wish people were a little more creative with their questions. I need solid information to know what you're looking for. Imagine for a second that you want to re-do your kitchen. You message a contractor with "what is your pricing?" What in the world are they supposed to do with that? Maybe what you want is something they don't offer. They have no idea what you're looking for, the finishes you wish to see, the measurement they're working with, and so on..... Now, I can't say this is a complete comparison, but I do feel it's similar.

As a family and newborn photographer in Batavia, NY, I thought it might be fun to share some tips on finding the right photographer for YOU. I would like to say that at the end of this article the photographer for the job was me, but that's just not realistic. Instead, it's my job to help guide you through the process by asking questions to make sure that we as a team have similar end goals. 

There are so many factors involved when selecting a photographer for your family portraits, and I'm sure there are a few you didn't even consider.  The photography industry is just swarming with brilliant talent, that I can absolutely understand how daunting of a task it is to find one that is just right for you. Here are a few bullet points to get you started. Read on to understand why each is crucial in the photographer selection process.

  • Budget
  • Style
  • "Meet" the Photographer
  • Services

BUDGET

The obvious starting point would be budget, or so you might think. You can pretty much find a family/newborn photographer from free to upwards of $2000+. So, basically there's a photographer available for every budget. As much as I'd like to educate you on why the price range varies so much, I can't. There are just too many factors involved to make an assumption as to why a photographer's price is what it is. Being that the price range is so wide, I think that having your budget as the starting point is all wrong. Instead, I think the actual starting point is deciding what kind of experience you're looking for. This brings me to the rest of the list starting with style.....

STYLE

What does "style" mean when discussing photographers? Let's start with posing. At the end of the day every photographer has a similar end goal; a happy family. How they go about it is the difference.  Do you want traditional, posed portraits or laid back, in the moment portraits? For me, in the moment portraits always win, but that's just my personal preference. It's important you understand what YOU want. Next up, location. Think about selecting a location that speaks to your personal style. Do you like the studio look (backdrops, sets, props), outdoors, or in your home? And finally, editing style. Every photographer has an editing style that signifies their brand. For me, it's rich tones and dramatic lighting. There is also light and airy as well as, heavily composited photos, or in other words, artsy and whimsical. What style fits with your family dynamic and will best tell your story? How to decide which editing style best fits your personality is to consider your wardrobe selection and home decor.  Typically you will find that the photographers who guide their clients to wear rich tones, typically have a very colorful and bold editing style whereas, photographers that edit light and airy usually work with a lot of earth tones, neutrals, and pastel type colors.  The whimsical, artsy type photographers are something I would use for a special project. Maybe a large piece of artwork in a kid's bedroom or a special birthday theme of sorts and so on. Often times these photographers also offer regular sessions, so just be sure to check out ALL of their work.  Keep in mind though, that reviewing a photographers work is not enough research to decide if a photographer is right for you. 

"MEET" THE PHOTOGRAPHER

I can't stress this enough, READ THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S ABOUT ME PAGE! This may seem pointless, but so is doing all the other research, showing up to your session and your personalities clash.  I personally want a photographer who is upbeat, fun, laid back, and can take on my potty mouth and dirty humor (under my breathe, of course). You might have different expectations for your photographer. You will be spending quite a bit of time with this person, and they may even be the photographer you choose for all of your portrait needs. Many of the families that I work with have actually become close friends of mine. I think that is just the coolest thing. A couple of other ways to learn more about the photographer is to check out reviews that other families have left. What do they have to say about their experience with this person? And finally, request a consultation via phone, Skype, Facetime, or in person to ask them questions. As the photographer, the more I know about the families I get to work with, the better. I am able to capture true personalities because I've taken the time to find out what the family loves to do together.  Sometimes I get inquiries from families mentioning how terrible their last session went with another photographer. You will never hear me slander another photographer because I wasn't there to understand what happened. It might be just something as simple as the family didn't do their full research on said photographer. It might even come down to what I previously mentioned; a clash of personalities. I don't know. I can only advise you to do your research! 

SERVICES

Finally, services. I'm not just talking about what type of photography they offer, rather, how they deliver your portraits. How do you want your portraits to be delivered? Prints or digitals? Being in the digital age, I think people often forget that some photographers offer prints and products as part of their service.  When I started out, I just offered digitals because that's what I thought families wanted. I soon found out that families don't really know what they want. I was doing it backwards! It's my job to educate you on what's available, research different products that are on the market, and understand why the products are important for archiving your treasured memories. I spend more time helping families try to download files, find different products, places to print and making sure the labs know that I've given them permission to print, that why not just relieve them from the stress of it all and do it myself.  I also didn't feel like I was completing the service. To me, it kind of feels like I'm handing families the negatives and they have to finalize the work. Also, if I'm being totally honest. I am being a little selfish as well. I can't tell you how much joy it brings to me to see Mom and/or Dad's face when I deliver them their prints. It really is the icing on the cake for me. I do still offers digitals, but I have decided to add in a print credit so my families have both options.  Decide what's important to you and your family when choosing which photographer best fit for your needs. 

In closing, the reason why I'm OKAY with not being your photographer is because I'd rather send 50 families to a photographer who will provide them with the service they're looking for, than photograph 1 family who will ultimately be unhappy with the results of their images. In addition, often times I only get ONE chance at getting the images right. I'm not willing to take a chance on your memories because I "thought" I could do the job. I hope this article has offered you a little insight into the selection process of your family/newborn (or any) photographer. And, if you do find a photographer that you love and have to have, but they're out of your price range, ask if they offer a payment plans and if so, their guidelines involving the payment plan. Another thing to consider is do your research well before you need a photographer. Many book families a year in advance. That will give you plenty of time to save up and plan. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I thank you for your time. 

Lots of Love,

~Marie 

Congratulations to my newborn contest winner!

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Newborn Session GIVEAWAY! | Batavia, NY Newborn Photographer

Newborn Portrait Session Giveaway!

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Hi there, friend!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my most recent giveaway. I have decided to start offering FREE newborn lifestyle portrait sessions or fresh-48 sessions to families who book my baby plan. Your baby grows and changes so much in their 1st year of life it would be a shame to not capture as much of it as possible. This is where my baby plan comes in. In the baby plan you will get 4 sessions to document your baby from birth to 1 year. That's right, FOUR!

I figured what better way to kick off this new collection than a giveaway for a newborn session?! You will have the choice between a Fresh-48 Session or a Newborn Lifestyle Session.  Read on for details regarding these 2 styles of newborn photography to decide which is the right fit for YOU!

A Fresh-48 session is when I document your family with your new baby in the hospital (usually the day after birth). The hospital might not seem like the most ideal location for a session, but there's just something so special about those 1st moments after the birth of your baby.  The newness of your little one, the excitement of siblings getting to meet "their" new baby for the 1st time, and just the ability to stamp an exact date on a photo without having to even think about it. I know that when I look back at photos from when my children were born I know how old I was, what the weather was like, all of the moments leading up to that day, and I remember the exact feelings I had that day; that time in my life. During this session we will capture your FIRST family photo, photos of all the details; hospital blanket, going home outfit (if you have one), hospital bands, bassinet, etc....all the things that you want to remember from that time in your life!

A lifestyle newborn sessions is rather different than your typical studio style session. One major reason is because it will be held IN YOUR HOME! The very place where life begins. We will document your family in your home sharing snuggles and kisses, moments in the nursery, playtime with siblings, etc.... These sessions are much more laid back than a studio session; they consist of simple posing techniques and highlighting your life at home.   Having a new baby can be a little overwhelming, so bringing the session to your home helps alleviate some of the stresses of packing your bags and making your way into a studio. 

Now that we've discussed the different session styles, I think it's time to announce the details for this Newborn Session Giveaway, don't you?

To ENTER:

Follow the widget below. I will announce a winner for the session on April 20th. This contest is FREE to enter. Winner will receive the newborn session of their choice (lifestyle or fresh-48), 15 digital files, and $100 print credit ($300 value).

*Location must be in or near (40 miles) Batavia, N.Y.*

If you'd like additional information about the baby plan send me a message HERE. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Hudy Family | Batavia, N.Y. Family Photographer

Hudy Family

I had the pleasure of photographing the Hudy Family just recently. They came to my studio, which is located at the Harvester Center here in Batavia, N.Y., and as you can imagine, it was a little scary for their daughter who's almost 9 months old. A new environment, new face, and she's just at that age where stranger danger is a big deal. Luckily, Mom and Dad remembered to bring some "lovies". One was a peek-a-boo elephant, while the other was a ukulele. She LOVED having the ukulele. It helped her forget that we were taking photos and made her more comfortable.  I cannot stress it enough, the importance of bringing items from home that help your littles feel safe. What would you rather have, a photo of your little one happy and content with a ratty, well loved lovey, or one of them with snot and tears running down their face? I know which one I'd choose. 

Have a look at this beauty. Doesn't she have the best eyes?! 

Currier Family | Batavia Family Photographers

Batavia, N.Y. Baker has a secret to share!

I had the pleasure of meeting Kirsten from KMC Cakes a few months back. She asked if I could photograph some display cakes for her shop.  She has some real talent, this one! Not only are her cakes super yummy, but the detail and design of her cakes are so intricate it's almost hard to believe they're edible! She made my son a Ninjago, Lego cake for his birthday and his face when he saw that thing is something I'll never forget.  She is worth every. single. cent!  She is based in Batavia, N.Y. but she works with families and wedding couples all over Western, N.Y. 

Now back to our regularly scheduled program......

Kirsten had mentioned to me that she wanted to have some family photos done, so we scheduled a date, and planned their family portrait session. Being a family photographer in Batavia, N.Y. this worked out splendidly.  Low and behold, she had a surprise for me! We had to re-planned their family session, and had SO MUCH FUN!

Sure, the bugs ate us alive at the beginning, but you'd never guess by their beautiful family photos.  I should also mention that their little 3 year old daughter was a riot.  She was so ready to show off her dance moves, running skills and bug catching.   See Kirsten's "secret recipe" below (along with all their adorable family photos). 

Greis Family | Batavia Newborn Photographers

Meet the Greis Family!

Mama invested in a Fresh-48 session around Thanksgiving last year (2016), but I didn't know until I checked my account notifications.  I was so flipping excited! Problem was, I couldn't say anything. Do you know how hard that is?!

I had the pleasure of meeting this little beauty last weekend. I couldn't be happier for their little family. Mom of course let me sneak in lots of snuggles. That's the real reason why I offer Fresh-48 sessions.  I get in my baby fix!  I love getting to work with this family because they're so laid back and fun to be around.  Mom and dad are so in love with their little ones, it's hard to not get great photos. Even Grandma and Grandpa were in a "new baby coma." It's actually a really beautiful thing to witness grandparents meeting their grandchildren for the 1st time. 

Take a scroll through their images below to see what I mean and while you're at it, see if you can guess what the family named her. 

Pietrzykowski Family | Batavia Family Photographers

Check out this adorable little family!

Mom contacted me, get this....BY PHONE! What a concept. Nobody ever calls me anymore, lol. Anyways, I was super excited to chat with her about their session.  She was super open to just about any ideas I had and just wanted some photos of them as a family.  When we finally had the opportunity to meet (the day of their session), mom mentioned to me that her and her spouse are not very photogenic.  To me, love is always photogenic.  I eased her concern with my shooting style and it was going to be more natural and playful rather than super posey.  I don't know about you, but I think they ROCKED their family session! 

There was also a little pressure since I knew that this little family had driven a loooooooong way to be photographed.  See, dad just graduated from school to be a State Trooper.  They currently reside in the Adirondacks with hopes that they will soon be able to re-locate back home. Home being here near Batavia, N.Y.  

I was so relieved when mom sent me an email after they viewed their gallery that read, "Hello! First off, I just wanted to say thank you again for capturing memories of our family. You are hands down the most enjoyable photographer that we've worked with."

That made my day!

Scroll down to see their family photos that they selected as their favorites!

McLaughlin Family | Batavia Family Photographer

McLaughlin Family

This is Amy and her son. Amy is a devoted client, but more importantly, a friend.  I was so excited to offer these mommy and me sessions.  I originally didn't want to follow the 'trend' of mommy and me sessions, but as I was assembling my family album from all the photos we took in the year 2016, I noticed something. I was in very few images. NOT GOOD!  This then solidified the importance of having portraits done of just mom and her children.  Sure, when I do family sessions I take photos of just mom and her children, but how often do you usually update your family photos? Generally speaking, once a year if you remember to schedule a session with your photographer.  Typically families rely on snapshots from holidays, family gatherings, and birthdays to keep their growing families documented. Think about it, though. Who's usually missing from most of those images? MOM! It's not that she's not there. It's that she's playing photographer and by the time she realizes she would like an image with her in it, the children are pretty much done and ready to move on.

Amy understood my purpose and once she found out I was offering these sessions, she was on board 100%! Amy has shared her trials and tribulations of motherhood, as well as, her victories and accomplishments. She not only works hard in her business and community, she is devoted to this little boy of hers and would jump through fire just to see him smile.  Currently Amy and her husband are trying to grow their family and have had some really trying times in the process.  As a friend, it's really hard to watch the roller coaster of emotions that she is dealing with, but to see her face light up when things are going great, is a really fantastic experience; she's like a little kid on Christmas morning.  

I am so glad Amy decided to take some time for herself and her son to come out and document their love for one another with me as a photographer in Batavia, N.Y. She loves this little boy with all her heart and you can see that he is pretty smitten with her, too! Have a look at a few of the images that mom hand selected to share and display in their home.  I threw in a couple of my favorite as well. 

Baltz Family | Batavia Children's Photographers

Meet the Baltz Family

Mom contacted me about having her family photographed and mentioned that she had not had any professional photos done since her oldest was 7; he is now 16.  Of course as a family photographer I was sad, but as a mom, I understood.  Life happens, and as your children get older they are more active in sports and extra curricular activities that just surviving the day is a victory in itself.  Upon mom's inquiry I investigated a little further about her children; names, ages, etc. When she mentioned that she had teenagers I was nervous.  A majority of the families I work with have younger children usually ranging from newborn to about 10.  I was nervous because teenagers, generally speaking, 'have it all figured out'.  They don't usually enjoy being photographed, and when I say they I mean boys, and they DEFINITELY don't like to be photographed with their siblings, and even more-so........{gasp} TOUCHING! 

These kids were the exception to the rule. They seemed to really enjoy each others company and totally went with anything I asked them to do.  Mom was so very awesome during the whole process and you could definitely see how much she loves her children.  She was so kind to them and had fun cracking silly jokes with them. You could tell that they have a wonderful bond. 

Mom drove all the way out from Henrietta, N.Y. to have these portraits done with me; a photographer in Batavia, N.Y. and I am so grateful that she trusted me to capture some really genuine and beautiful portraits of her children.  Have a look at a few of the images she hand selected to share and display in her home. {psst....my personal fave is the last one.}

The Baltz Family

Mager Family | Batavia Family Photographers

Check out the Mager Family!

They couldn't be any cuter!  Mom contacted me awhile back for photos and since this weather has been everything but cooperative it took awhile to complete their session.  Needless to say after nearly 3 months since her inquiry, 3 (or maybe 4) reschedules, we finally meet!  Their 2 little girls were ready to go straight away and oh how fun they are. The oldest was a little reserved, sweet and quite, but had just the right amount of spunk to keep up with her wild and crazy little sister.  It's amazing how multiple children from the same parents could have polar opposite personalities, but they do.  I have 3 of my own and the 2 oldest couldn't be any more different.  

Mom hand selected their dresses from the beloved dress boutique here in Batavia, N.Y. Pollyanna & Dot.  I love how simple and timeless these dresses are and they can be "dressed up" with nearly any accessory. Mom chose to pair them up with a simple white cardigan and cute ballet flats.  

At the end of their session they wanted to add one more family member, and boy did she spice it up a bit.  Dad was my designated wrangler if you will. He did great! Have a look at a few of their images from their session below. 

Pollyanna & Dot | Batavia Baby Photographers

Batavia, N.Y. Woman's and Baby Clothing Boutique 

O. M. G!! You guys, look at this adorable baby outfit I just picked up at Pollyanna & Dot here in Batavia, N.Y. 

Pollyanna & Dot is known for their beautiful "fit and flare" style dresses for woman, but let's not forget that they also carry some super cute baby clothes!  Also, another plus, if you cloth diaper like we do, a lot of the clothes she carries are cloth diaper friendly! The owner, Ashley Bateman, is also a fellow fluff mom, too!

This little blue and red, Under the Sea Dungaree is by Little Green Radicals, and made from 100% organic, fair trade cotton. Much of their baby clothing is made up of fun, unique patterns and vibrant colors, which I LOVE! Being a mom of ONLY BOYS, it's hard to find something unique for them. We're usually limited to solids, stripes, or plaid. All of which are fine, but not fun in my opinion.

This baby outfit buttons at the legs for easy diaper changes. It's great for summer, but can also work for colder months if you throw a onesie underneath and where like overalls. I know my son will be wearing this often.  As a photographer in Batavia, N.Y. I of course had to go out and grab some photos of him right away! I have an impatient personality when it comes to this sort of stuff. 

Grab yours before they're gone! P.s. If you have a little girl, she also has some REALLY adorable floral rompers, too! 

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Ranlett Family | Batavia Family Photographers

Meet The Ranlett Family

I had the pleasure of photographing the Ranlett Family, and I am so excited to share a few images they chose from their gallery.  Mom did a great job picking out their wardrobe for their family portrait session. I mean, it's  not really hard when you have such a beautiful family to begin with. Am I right!?  Their little girl is the same age as my son and her personality is totally opposite of his. My son would've given the photographer a scowl for probably the entire session......not her! She was so happy to be there and gave me so many smiles. She was non-stop hi's from the moment I met her. Mom and dad did a great job wrangling her to get some really gorgeous family photos.

I would like to also give a shout out to dad for such a selfless act. He just got his hair cut just prior to their session. He grew it out and donated it. It took him 2 YEARS! His haircut was done at Jagged Edges Salon here in Batavia, N.Y. My son is doing the same thing and once I heard dad had done this, I decided to share his story with my son.  My son is 9 years old and sometimes worries that he'll be made fun of if he has long hair. Showing him that other "boys" are doing it, gives him a little more motivation to push forward with his goals. Thanks dad for being the motivation that my son needed.

Scroll down to see a few of their family photos. *Disclaimer* The last image I posted just because. It's totally out of focus, but dad tossed baby up in the air so high that mom, myself, and baby were terrified. Meanwhile, dad was totally having fun. You can see it in her face. I re-live that moment every time I look at the photo, hahaha!

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McLaughlin Family | Batavia Family Photographers

Meet the McLaughlin Family

Amy, mom, is the owner and groomer of Amy's Fluffy Friends here in Batavia, N.Y. She's a hard worker, loving mom and wife, active community member and one of the strongest woman I know.  This family has been through a lot in the past year and I am just so happy to see these beautiful, genuine smiles on their faces. They face the grind every single day and every single time they're in front of my camera their love and devotion for each other radiates.  They're so fun to work with and they go along with pretty much any crazy ideas I have. Dad is so on board with having their photos done, that is makes for a smooth session and you can just see how happy he is to be a part of this little family. 

I should also make note at how beautiful mom looks in her floral dress and yellow Cardigan. Her wardrobe is by Pollyanna & Dot; a local dress shop located here in Batavia, N.Y. You can find more info about her shop HERE.   The dress shop is owed by Ashley Bateman and she has been dressing Batavia and surrounding areas for over a year now. Amy loves her shop and she looks fabulous in her dresses!

Take a look at a few images from their gallery below. Enjoy!

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Photographer in Batavia NY
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