The Linda Family’s Sleepy Newborn Shoot in Grand Rapids, MI

 

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Remember this super-fun couple? Soon after their maternity shoot around Holland, I had the honor of capturing their precious, sleepy son in action. I’ve heard he didn’t stay sleepy for long, but he sure did a good job for me at his first-ever photo shoot! This adorable little guy was NOT one to be swaddled… but he WAS ready to jump into the great wide world outside, and was happiest when he could STRETCH out during his naps and put his hands on his ears!
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I can never get over the tiny details of a sleepy newborn! His parents will treasure these memories for a lifetime.
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This blanket backdrop and teddy bear were his mama’s when she was born, and I just happened to have a bear hat on hand. Joy is just a teddy bear (and sleepy, snuggly newborn) away!
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Did I mention he likes to stretch as he sleeps? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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After a quick feeding and diaper change, we took some life-style pictures with mom and dad. Their room was a bit cooler (without the lovely heater beside us), so Baby B decided to wake up for this part of the shoot. But it didn’t seem to matter – awake or asleep, this guy was chillaxed and knew how to handle himself in front of a camera!
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Check out this gorgeous pillow Baby B’s aunt made!

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Welcome to the family, Baby B! Keep growing strong, and get some sleepy time in for mom and dad. Their lives will never be the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

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It was such a blessing to be able to capture this little guy in the first week of his life. By the time I met with his parents a couple of weeks later to share his shoot, he had already changed! It’s for this reason that I love to help preserve these moments professionally for parents to look back on and smile. The tiny features are so quickly lost in the midst of those first sleepless nights and long days… then suddenly he’s enjoying tummy time, smiling back at you, and showing his personality… and you realize it’s time for his 3-month shoot later this week!

 

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The Linda’s Adventurous Maternity Memories in Holland, MI

 

There are stages in everyone’s life that are both precious and that we wish could hurry up. Don’t we always look longingly at the next stage of life and almost miss the here and now? Graduating from HS, for instance. Meeting the man you’ll marry. I haven’t yet had my own children, but I can only imagine the joy, anticipation, and nervous impatience all wrapped into those 9 months of carrying your tiny child before they’re born!

I was honored to capture these maternity moments for the Linda couple/family. They may be excited to finally see the face of their new son, but they weren’t too busy looking forward to have fun together in the now! They were truly a blast to work with and we laughed the whole way through. I know sometimes photography sessions aren’t the most comfortable for guys, but this soon to be daddy took it all in stride and even seemed to enjoy the process. I loved his positive go with the flow attitude, the mama’s willingness to step out on rocks, and how neither hesitated to get their feet wet, clothes sandy, and be a little bit silly for some fun shots. By the end of the evening, we not only had way too many amazing pictures to choose from, but my assistant husband and I knew we had found some amazing new friends!

I’m eagerly awaiting the call to go meet their tiny son at the hospital to capture the next miraculous stage of their lives. But in the meantime, I’ll share some of our favorite shots from their super-fun maternity shoot.

It’s always fun when the very first shot of the day becomes one of your favorites. Isn’t she gorgeous?

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Then we brought dad into the picture.
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…and the little one… ๐Ÿ™‚
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I knew we were in for a great time when one of the first things the couple agreed to do was go walking with the Wright Brothers at the airport. They’re going to be such fun parents! ๐Ÿ™‚
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When I learned that this daddy was just as much of a car guy as my husband, I knew we had to get some pictures with his car! One of these just might adorn their little guy’s room someday ๐Ÿ™‚
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Then we were off to the beach for some sand between our toes and more laughter along the way. This couple’s adventurous spirit made my job easy!

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beach collage O'Chung Maternity Holland State Park

 

…and because dad didn’t want to be left out…
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From there we headed to the pier and took some gorgeous model shots of this soon-to-be mama!
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…and we finished up with a couple of last-light shots of them just being themselves… both serious and fun! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Did I mention how great they’re going to be as parents?!

 

 

Just as with any shoot, we created some custom artwork for this couple. Except that with so many great shots, we couldn’t just choose one! So here they are ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thanks again, Lindas, for allowing me to join you for this super-fun memory-filled evening, and for welcoming my husband and I as new friends. We can’t wait to meet your new little one in just a few days! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

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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 thatโ€™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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 โ€œreal-lifeโ€ 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. Itโ€™s helpful if you prepare them ahead for the idea of what’s going to happen, but I also know that things rarely go โ€œas planned.โ€ 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 โ€“ they can read us better than we know! So if youโ€™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 conductorโ€™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?!?

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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!

 

 

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Sweet 7-Month Musician Photo Shoot in Holland, MI

 

I got to visit this little one and his mom while the rest of the family was away for the day. Iย  loved following this sweet little 7-month-old budding musician around! Mom was well-prepared with props, and he was a trooper till the very end with all his adorable outfits. Here’s a bit of our busy shoot. ๐Ÿ™‚

With a request from mom, we started off our morning hanging out with a few of his favorite buds.

7 Month music man Buddies

7 month Music Man buddies

Then we moved on to some music. His is a family of musicians, and they’re eager for their littlest member to join the band! In the meantime, though, he seems a bit more interested in eating anything he can get his hands on… and dancing to whatever music mom puts on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

7 month Music Man vintage suitcase guitar play time

7 month Music Man vintage suitcase play time

7 month Music Man play time

Every little one loves mirrors, and this guy is no exception. Say cheese!

7 month Music Man mirror play

7 month Music Man play time

7 month Music Man snuggles

7 month Music Man snuggles

After a snack and a quick change, we were ready to travel again… and get some cuddles from mom!

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7 month Music Man snuggles

Play time included reading in French, a few tears (we all have our moments!), a phone call to daddy, and some fun matching musician band outfits!

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7 month Music Man Basket Tears

7 month Music Man Basket

7 month Music Man snuggles

7 month Music Man snuggles

7 month Music Man snuggles

Finally, after all this play, this little trooper decided it was either time to start taking his own photos… or maybe just take a nap.

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Sleepy 7 month Music Man cuddles

Snuggles with mom are the BEST! ๐Ÿ™‚

And, because every photo shoot with O’Chung Photography includes a personalized, hand-designed inspirational work of art available as an 8×10 or 16×20 print… here’s one for this little adventurer!

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Thanks for the honor of capturing your precious little man!

 

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