I will be going on maternity leave starting on March 15th. I will not be returning from maternity leave until June 14th.
So I wanted to remind you all, if you are wanting to have any pictures of your babies now is the time because those little ones will change a lot in three months. Trust me, I know. Also if you are interested in birth photography it is best to book now. I am already booked for June and I only take two sessions a month. Spaces are limited.
During the majority of my leave I will still be taking emails, calls, and making future appointments. I won't be doing any sessions due to all of the bonding I will be doing with my new little squish. If it takes me longer to reply to an email or a phone call I ask for patience. Going from a family of three to four will be a big adjustment to us.
Thank you- Rachael
Kari + Joey: Maternity
You know what is awesome, these guys are having a baby today!! This was a chilly cold session. I do believe it was 17 degrees out that day, who knows what the wind chill was. Even though it was cold, windy, and icy these two made it work! I am always happy to welcome a new family into the Oh Baby! family and this was no exception. I will also get the awesome privilege of watching this little girl grow up as her parents have signed up for my Grow Baby Grow package. I can't wait to get ahold of her for her newborn pictures! Here are some of my favorite from this session.
So excited for these two to welcome their daughter into the world today. -Rachael
Week 4: Dream
I had to think about this weeks challenge. I have a lot of dreams, who doesn't? The hard part is how to portray them in a single photograph. So I went literal. I had a dream last week about donuts, because I mean, who doesn't?
For those of you who don't know I have Gestational Diabetes. I was diagnosed this go around at about three months in. So I have been on a low carb/low sugar diet for four months. I still have two months left to go. I really just want a donut. Ok, maybe I want a whole stack of donuts. So that was my inspiration this week.
Week 4: Dream
Hopefully these images have you dreaming of donuts too! Have a great week all- Rachael
Week 3: Triptych
If you are like me right now you are thinking what the heck is a triptych. So I looked it up. Turns out its just a fancy word for an image cut into three panels OR a series of 3 images made to tell a story. Usually these pictures are in succession so that it clearly tells a story. Here is a good link to help explain: http://digital-photography-school.com/diptychs-triptychs-5-prime-examples/
Trying to stay true to why I started this challenge I decided I wanted to do something with more of a lifestyle feel to it because it isn't something I do often. I also wanted it to be of the worlds cutest 2 year old because as I have stated I want this challenge to have a personal note for myself. So I thought and thought and decided I will set up finger painting for him and shoot that. My thinking was my kid would get cute and messy and have a blast and it would make for an adorable triptych. The thing is, I forgot that he is in fact my kid. He doesn't like to get his hands messy. He doesn't often get wild and crazy with things. So what I got wasn't messy and crazy. What I got was clean and tame. None the less he is still adorable though.
I give you the worlds cleanest toddler:
Here are some others from the same "shoot" I decided to choose the one I did because for me it told more of a story but as a momma I still love these:
Aubrey: 6 Months
If you haven't gathered yet. Miss Aubrey is one of my frequent flyers. Her parents decided to do a Grow Baby, Grow package. This means I get the pleasure of capturing her precious face every three months for her first year. I love being able to watch her grow and it is going by so quick. I know I will be a little sad when it's time for her 1 year cake smash session. Here are some favorites from her 6 month session.
Week 2: Sparkle/Shine
Of course when I heard this weeks inspiration was sparkle or shine a lot of glittery images went through my head. I really wanted to push myself though and do something I don't do often. I wanted to do a ring shot because it's not something I get to do since I don't do wedding photography. To really push myself though I wanted to shoot in macro (photography producing photographs of small items larger than life size). I also decided to use manual focus instead of auto. Manual focus can be tricky for me because I do not have the greatest eyesight with my glasses on.
Obviously when I thought ring shot I automatically thought of my wedding ring, then I thought of the ring my husband gave me as a gift on our wedding day, but instead I decided to use a ring that is probably almost as equally important to me. A beautiful vintage ring that my Great Grandma Wilkinson gave me. It was once her sisters many decades ago and then it was hers. She gave it to me at a time in my life when I was, of course, grateful for it but too young to realize just how much it would mean to me one day.
My Grandma was...different. She didn't mince words and usually said what she felt or meant. She was a little cranky and very opinionated. She could often leave you laughing with shock after she said something absurd. She didn't have a problem letting you know if she didn't like you. She was very unique but she loved me and I loved her. She was an amazing woman who lived a very full life and this ring that she gave me such a long time ago is my constant reminder of how much she loved me. When I look at it I remember how important of a figure she was in my life.
This is the image I chose to submit for this weeks challenge of sparkle/shine:
I also wanted to add some other images I took for the challenge:
Have a great week everyone. Go find your sparkle!- Rachael
Week 1: Self Portrait
I have joined in with many other fellow photographers to do a 52 week photo challenge. I am doing this for several reasons one being to push myself, to step outside of my comfort zone, and to use my camera more for myself. I'm not sure if I will share every week on this blog, I guess it will depend on the subject of the week and my comfort level with it. My goal from this is to learn, grow and take more personal photos for myself.
I think most photographers really hate being in front of the camera which is ironic because we know just how important having photographs are. I was pushed this week in doing a self portrait because I didn't want to just sit in front of my camera and take a smiling picture. I wanted to think outside of my own box. So I asked myself this week who am I, how do I feel, how should I be represented. I wanted my picture to be honest and to represent me. Who am I: A pregnant mother of a two year old. How do I feel: exhausted. How should I be represented: truthfully. Which lead to this image. Me, no make up, no fixing of the hair, no dressing up. Just me and how I really feel these days.
I hope you follow along and enjoy this year long journey. I also encourage you to find a photography journey to take whether it be a 52 week one or a 365 day one. Use a phone, use a point and shoot, use a DSLR, use a film camera, just get out there and take pictures for yourself! Enjoy!
Week 1: Self Portrait
Have a great week everyone!- Rachael
I am a mom and a photographer. My love of motherhood led me to photograph all things from bellies to birth and beyond.