Our Superhero Got a Sidekick! Sweet Baby C’s Fresh 48 and Newborn Shoot in Zeeland

Remember this favorite little superhero from Zeeland? He just got a sweet little sidekick!

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I love getting to work with families over and over again, and these beautiful transplanted French kiddos are no exception!

Big Brother Newborn Sister French siblings with O'Chung Photography

Baby C was born just after Christmas, so I couldn’t resist including some wintery magic in the mix. Can you tell her big brother is excited? He liked the hat I crocheted for him, but LOVED getting to hold his sweet little sister. And she just looked adoringly back!

Sweet christmas winter magic big brother newborn sister with crocheted santa elf hats and twinkle lights

One of my favorite things about newborns (besides their teeny tiny sweet snuggles) is getting to visit them in the hospital before they come home. I call them Fresh 48’s, since these are generally within 48 hours of the little one’s arrival, but in Baby C’s case I got to see, hold, and capture her within 8 hours of her being born at Zeeland Hospital!

Sweet Fresh 48 Session at Zeeland Spectrum Hospital with O'Chung Newborn Photographer

I’m pretty sure Baby C (and her mama!) enjoyed those first hours of quiet, uninterrupted sleep… when her big brother was around, she was much more interested in everything going on around her. Even the super-soft sweater grandma knit and her adorable snowsuit didn’t lull her off to Lala Land!
Sweet wide awake newborn with a knit yellow sweater and jean dress in West Michigan

Sweet big brother newborn sister French siblings in neutral browns with West Michigan's O'Chung Newborn Photographer

Sweet sleep eventually did come, but was short-lived.

Sweet sleepy chubby French newborn girl in pinks and purples with O'Chung Photography in West Michigan

Sweet Sleeping Chubby Newborn with blue flowers in Zeeland West Michigan

Then it was time for more food. Good thing I always build lots of time in for snacks during the session!Sweet chubby crying newborn with French Mom in Knit Yellow Sweater and Jean Dress in West MI

I know a lot of parents worry about how kids will act during a session, especially when it comes to newborns, as we just don’t know if they’ll be interested in sleeping or not! But I know life happens, and I’m all about capturing the real-life moments in-between the poses. Sometimes these are the shots that will make them smile the most, and I know parents treasure having these memories just as much as their little ones will someday!

Sweet wide awake newborn getting ready zebra rug blue jean dress with O'Chung Newborn Photography in Zeeland MI

I am always so honored when parents entrust their sweet little ones to me, especially in the hectic, tiring time right after they’re born. These little international kids are currently soaking up time with grandma and grandpa who are visiting from France, which keeps things even more interesting! But everyone was smiling by the end, and these first moments of a little superhero and his sidekick together are going to be carried with them forever. I can’t wait to deliver their artwork and canvas to them soon!

In the meantime, I’m starting to think that quote might be true:

Being a superhero is awesome, but sometimes being a big brother is even better than being a superhero!
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Do you have a little one arriving this next year?and we’ll get you scheduled in now! I can’t wait to help capture precious memories that your children can pass down and treasure throughout their lives!

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Kids Will Be Kids… (or) What to Expect at Your Session








So often, we expect our kids to be mini-adults at the flick of a button. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a huge believer in holding kids to high standards and expecting them to be respectful and kind! But there are times and days when the filter we wish they had over their mouth… simply disappears. And that gorgeous dress we just put them in? Gets covered in dirt the moment they step out the door. The truth is, there are some things our favorite little people just aren’t capable of doing. Like sitting still for a 30 minute session in their perfectly arranged dress. (Let’s be honest… adults can’t do that either!)

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And that’s ok. As a K-3 teacher of 6 years, and a lover of littles, I get it. I know kids will be kids, often at the moment we most want them to be mini-adults. I know kids need breaks, and that they need to move. Be ready for your child to be tired after playing hard during their session! Bring a water bottle and a non-messy snack along for break time – these real-life moments make some of the best pictures too! 🙂 Know that you’ll probably be in front of the camera for a few shots as you interact with your child. And be ready for us to transition from one thing to the next just as fast as your child can move.

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I often say that I’m a “real-life” photographer. I love to incorporate fun, play, and daily life into my sessions, and I am all about helping capture images of your child in the midst of daily life. While I can’t realistically come to your home and follow your child around for a full day, I WOULD like the pictures I take to be some of your favorite memories of this stage of their lives. It’s helpful if you prepare them ahead for the idea of what’s going to happen, but I also know that things rarely go “as planned.” That serious expression, a few tears, or just being a goofy kid having fun? We can work with that!

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So prep your child, tell them my name, and by all means let them know I’m someone you expect for them to listen to and respect. But then, chillax! Remember that your child feeds off of your emotions – they can read us better than we know! So if you’re stressed and worried about getting everything perfect before the shoot, chances are your child will be grumpy and stressed too. Talk with me ahead of time about your concerns*, get everything ready the night before, and then the day of, relax. Bring something to do during the session, and let me do my job. And with a little love, and a lot of running around, I’ll get you some of your most treasured keepsakes that you’ll look back on with smiles for years to come!

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Notes and Ideas:

*I meet with clients before their shoot either in person or via email to brainstorm and plan together. I love to learn about your child(ren) so I can capture what makes them tick. This consultation time is extra fun if parents come with ideas already in hand or a Pinterest board of styles and ideas you can share! We’ll work together to make this shoot all about your child and YOU!

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Is your child obsessed with Thomas? Have him bring some trains to tell me about and a conductor’s hat to wear. Super-hero lover? Grab a partial mask and a cape and let them role play. Budding drummer? Bring a few pots and pans for us to set up and a couple of wooden spoons and we’ll let them express themselves as they do at your home. Does your daughter love all things princess and still sings “Let it go” continually? While I’ve found that the super-plasticky Halloween costume dresses don’t make the prettiest pictures, give her a twirly dress and the appropriate hair bows… and whatever other props she plays with continually at your home. I believe in capturing the passions, joys, and favorite aspects of whatever stage of life your child is in. So let me know a few of your child’s favorite things, and we’ll work together to incorporate them in to the forever-memories were about to create and that you’ll love for years to come! They’ll enjoy their time more, their expressions will be more real, and you will forever remember (with a smile) those days of pan-drumming that led to an all-state soloist in high school!

 

Did you know?!?

Princess O'Chung Photography Inspirational Artwork

Every O’Chung Photography session comes with a free inspirational artwork design, created just for you! Do you have a favorite verse, quote, or something you want your child (or family) to be encouraged by every day in a unique way? Check out a few of our designs, then start dreaming up your own ideas to bring to your consultation before the shoot. We’d LOVE to help make you and your child smile every time they come in the door!

 

 

Excited to get your session booked? Contact Crystal Chung O'Chung Photographyand we’ll create a stress-free, fabulous and fun session just for you!
I can’t wait to help you get timeless artistic memories on your walls
that make you smile every time you walk in the door!

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Favorite Superhero Photo Shoot at Baker Lofts in Holland, MI

Kids love to dress up and act out life in a big way, and this almost-5 year old is no exception. Not only is he one of my favorite little superheroes, but I’m pretty sure this cutey can literally run 100mph! His mom and I had a fun time chasing him around Baker Lofts, capturing his abundant expressions and everything he is excited about in this stage of life!

We stopped for a snack part-way through, and he was bound and determined to act out the William Tell story in pictures! (Good thing he brought his suction-cup bow and arrows!) Other fun props in his bag of tricks included his beloved monkey, a camera of his own, a dump truck, and lots of super-power poses!

I’m thrilled with how these turned out – including a new Photo Poster idea we’ve been playing with here at O’Chung Studios! 🙂

 

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And… the posters! We’re excited to start creating some fun templates that people can choose from to get printed for their kid’s rooms – or their homes :).
(Don’t worry – there are lots of girl versions on their way too!)

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Love what you see?for a super-fun session (and some posters!) of your own!