A Peek Into Your Livingroom

Via our livingroom.

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When we families to sit on the sofa and pretend we’re not there for a few minutes, we get a glimpse into their livingrooms at home.
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That was the vision behind the studio livingroom set – that we could peek into our client’s sofas at home, and capture those candid moments …only at our studio.
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Having posed family pictures is great, but having those fleeting moments of laughter, play, and snuggles are even better. As time passes these are the things you’ll long to look back on.
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For most families, the sofa is where they hang out, watch tv, laugh, play, snuggle, tickle, and gather at the end of each day together.
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Families being families is one of our favorite things ever.
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York Harbor | Maine Family Photographer

After a week of frustrating ‘is it going to rain or not?’ weather, I was so happy I was able to meet up with this family at York Harbor for their family photo session on the beach. It was cloudy and humid, but there was no rain! We headed down to the grassy area near the boat ramp, mostly so that their little guy, Grayson, could run off some 2 year old energy! Oh what I wouldn’t give to have even an ounce of a 2 year olds energy! We managed to coral him for some quick family photos, and boy does he have a 1,000 watt smile!2018-09-25_00022018-09-25_0001

I could tell that we needed a little break from stationary pictures as evidenced in the image on the left below; Grayson was attempting to make a getaway and so I said to Mom and Dad ‘lets let him run, and I will grab a photo of just you two.’ No sooner had I paired them together to take the picture when Grayson decided he wanted IN. I swear that is always how it it! There is nothing that makes a child want to be in a photo, like telling them that they aren’t in this photo. It makes me laugh every time!2018-09-25_0003I only spent an hour with this family, but just in that time I could tell there was something special about them. This little guy made me laugh (and chase him) so much! 🙂2018-09-25_0004 Once we tired of the grass we headed over to the beach to take some photos of Mom to remember her pregnancy by. They decided not to find out this baby gender, and it was fun to chat about her pregnancy and life in general.  2018-09-25_0005We took plenty of breaks to run, run, RUN, and spot boats in the water, and take a nice sit on the soaking wet sand. (well, only one of us did that! 🙂2018-09-25_0010

I feel so lucky that I was able to spend some time with this family before they welcomed their new baby into their home. I feel even luckier that I am able to go and meet their 2 week old baby GIRL (eek!) during their in home Fresh 48 session this week. Thank you for trusting me to capture some memories from your last days as a family of three!

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The Babies are Coming!

It seems like its baby season which I love! I got to have my ‘baby belly fix’ by photographing two mini maternity sessions back to back. We had the most perfect early June night, which means we had zero humidity or mosquitos!

My first couple are awaiting their first baby–a BOY! I loved how excited they were to meet their son but were also soaking in their last few days/weeks as a family of two. They were headed to have a nice dinner after, and I appreciate how they spoke about knowing life was about to change, and they wanted to enjoy their time together!  Here are a few photos from our session! 2018-07-11_00062018-07-11_00052018-07-11_0004

My next family was getting ready welcome baby #3, and the gender was going to be a surprise! The ‘big’ kids were so excited to be having a new baby and loved hamming it up for the camera! We walked around taking photos and talking until we lost the sun and time just flew by. 2018-07-11_0007.jpgLook at these two sweet faces! From them we had one vote for the new baby to be a boy, and one vote for the new baby to be a girl! I wonder who will get their wish! 🙂2018-07-11_0009Thank you for spending your evening with me, and stretching bedtime a little later for the occasion! 🙂 I had a great time getting to know you and sharing some laughs! 2018-07-11_00082018-07-11_0011.jpg2018-07-11_0012.jpg2018-07-11_0010Best of luck to both these sweet families as they welcome a new life into this world!

 

Seacoast Fresh 48 | Sbordone Family

If baby Hadley’s birth story is any indication of her personality, this little lady LOVES to make a grand entrance! Not only did she make her excited parents (and ME! 🙂 ) wait over a week past her due date, but she strategically arrived right between two Nor’Easters. By the time I made my way down to their home for our session, she was almost two weeks old, but oh boy was it worth the wait! I spent so much of our time together marveling at how calm she was…she would fade in and out of sleep between outfit changes and hardly made a peep.  One of the great things about doing these sessions in the clients home is that I get to photograph them in their own space; in the very places where they will spend the most time with their new baby.  I get to see the nursery that they spent hours planning and putting together, rows of baby clothes hanging in the closet just waiting to be worn.  Hadleys nursery was basically what I would like my own room NOW to look like! It was so warm and inviting, with little details that showed me how thought had gone into creating it. And if were being honest, it made me guilty that we still refer to my sons bedroom as ‘the office’. 🙂2018-03-29_00032018-03-29_0002The new Mom and Dad both seemed like they had been doing this ‘parent thing’ forever. It was clear they both were beyond smitten with their little girl.2018-03-29_0004

2018-03-29_0008What is it about Dads and babies? Is there anything sweeter than seeing the way such a tiny little person can make a grown man melt? 2018-03-29_0009OK…maybe baby feet are sweeter than Dads? And while I kinda feel guilty essentially saying feet are better than Dads…I can’t help myself! I mean look at these little baby tootsies!  Is there any way to keep baby feet tiny forever? 2018-03-29_0011After spending so much time with this family in their home and hearing from Mom the full story of Hadleys birth, I was in awe of her. She worked so hard to bring Hadley into this world, and hearing her say she was just thankful that she was here and healthy, despite things not going perfectly to ‘plan’, was wonderful.2018-03-29_0010Not only did I get to meet the human baby 🙂 but I got to meet the fur babies! These two were so in love with their new sister! 🙂 They followed us everywhere and so of course we needed them in the family photo!2018-03-29_0007Being welcomed into someones home during such a special season in their lives will never get old for me. It means so much that families trust me to document their first days together. Thank you Sbordone family for welcoming me into your home and letting me steal some baby snuggles!2018-03-29_0006

 

 

 

Clara| NH Newborn Photographer

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When Clara’s mom told me that she would be happy if we just got a picture of each of her girls NOT blurry, I was pretty excited.  I love low goals!

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Would you believe it decided to rain cats and dogs on the day of their photoshoot!?  The day where a mother and father and 4 little girls, had to get outfits on and hair done and a newborn fed and happy and out the door?  Yeah.  Not cool Maine weather.  Not cool.

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Despite the dreary weather, Clara’s mom was first through the door with a brilliant smile on her face and a positive attitude to boot. “That’s the great thing about curly hair!  The rain will just make it curlier!” she quipped.  I knew it was going to be a great shoot.  And it was!  There was snuggling on goat hair rugs, jumping on beds, super hero capes and lolli-pop treats.

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olstad-blog-7Little miss Clara took it all in stride and was just a DOLL for her solo portion of the shoot. Clara and her family have a very special story.  You see Clara is a unique little girl in that she has a twin in Heaven.  We and her parents stand on God’s promise that they will meet one day and have all their babies together in one place.  So we had to do a very special photo to celebrate the gift of Clara’s life, to honor the story that is now a part of this family’s fiber and to honor and remember Clara’s twin.

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Hugs,

Sarah