This Guest Post is from Stefanie Harrington, a DC maternity, birth, newborn and family photographer as well as the Mother to one of my son’s friends. Stefanie was the photographer at my son’s school when he was two. I fell in love with the moments she captured and have displayed them proudly on our mantel ever since. It is such a keepsake as it is his first-ever school photo and means much more now that we know who was behind the camera. Our paths crossed again when our sons were placed in the same Pre-Kindergarten class and they became quick, adorable, active, boundary-testing, athletic buddies. We decided it’d be a great opportunity to collaborate on a few blog posts as our readers:followers:clients are much of the same. Stefanie so graciously came into our home and shot a very special Mommy and Me session with my youngest child who was then about 1.5 years old. Those of you with more than one child know she could use a few more photos taken of her to add to the baby book that has yet to be much. I am in love with the photos she took and cherish the special moments Stefanie captured in our home. She was able to make reading a story to my sweet girl look so special and snuggling on my bed look so lovely. It’s not an elaborate setting but that’s what makes these so authentic. Stefanie just had her third child so I know her time is valuable and sacred right now but once you see these pictures I know you will want to reach out to her to schedule your “in-home session” (or other type of photo session). She will surely get you on her calendar but most likely it will be a few months from now as she relishes in the newborn moments. Below you will see a few favorite photos and a post written by Stefanie.
The kids are back in school, and the smell of Fall is in the air. Are you, like me, gearing up for a busy time of sports and Fall activities? It always feels like an overwhelming season.
Fall is also a crazy busy time for photographers. Families are naturally eager to use the gorgeous Fall leaves as their backdrop for Holiday card photos. And why not? It’s a terrific time to capture the family and the kids together. My Fall (and Spring) weekends are always booked up quickly with family sessions.
Having been in front of the camera with my own family many times, I know that as parents, we tend to be focused on the children and their behavior during these sessions instead of simply enjoying the moment. Even though we’ve actually made the effort to be in front of the camera with our family, it can be difficult for us to relax, and we don’t focus on our bond with our children.
I think Mommy and Me sessions are the perfect complement to those family sessions, documenting that bond, those everyday moments, and getting in front of the camera with your little ones. Snuggling, laughing, reading, playing, nursing, they’re about creating special and meaningful portraits of you and your children.
Mommy and Me sessions should be relaxed and fun and simple, capturing sweet and fleeting moments. They can be anywhere that holds meaning for you to make them unique to you and your littles. Most often with babies and toddlers, I prefer to schedule these sessions in and around my clients’ home to keep things as personalized and easy as possible. You could even stay in your pajamas!
Because we all know time flies and, no matter their age, they’ll always be your babies.
A huge Thank You goes to Allison and her adorable daughter for inviting me into their home for a perfect Mommy and Me session! I hope you’ll treasure these images for years to come.