Miles’ Dad and I go way back to the days before we could even fathom being grownups, let alone parents. One of the neatest things about my job, and running my business in my home town, is being able to capture these portraits for old friends, and to see the children of people whom I’ve known as children themselves! Keith and Lindsey were already blessed with such a handsome little man, Beckett, and now their family is complete with little Miles.
A new product has come out in the newborn photography market, called the Simple Swaddler. I recently received mine and was excited to put it to use with Gia. The Simple Swaddler helps to keep baby nice and snug and comfortable, just like when they were in the womb, and allow you to wrap baby without arms and legs flailing around. I thought it would be especially nice for fussy babies or wide awake babies, but Gia was neither! She was actually such a dream to work with and slept through her many poses.
I recommend booking newborn photography sessions during the 2nd or 3rd trimester, since I only have availability for a select amount of newborns a month. Occasionally clients call me after the baby is born though, and I really try my best to get them on my calendar. Something new I am offering this year for those clients are newborn mini sessions. Bailee was one of my first newborn baby girl mini session clients and I couldn’t have asked for a better guinea pig to try it out on! She was a great sleeper and did you see all of that hair?? I secretly love a baby with a head full of hair and some extra squishiness and she fit the bill!!
I have had the pleasure of seeing Hunter several times a week this year as his big sister has become one of Lucy and Claire’s little friends at Preschool this year. He is seriously the happiest baby and I was excited to work with him to take his 9 month portraits. He definitely did not disappoint at his session! Here are a few of Hunter’s images from his portrait gallery.
Who doesn’t love a good mail day? Honestly, I do a lot of shopping for myself and my photography studio via the Internet. With 3 year old twins at home, shopping just isn’t as enjoyable as it used to be! Our trusty mailman, Lonnie, is always greeted with a great big smile from the girls and I when a package (or 2, or 10) arrives. Today was no exception! After lunch I hurried outside to see if anything was waiting for me, and was super excited to find 3 things! The girls got some cute ruffle pants to go with their ever expanding Matilda Jane closet, and I received a new wool layer piece for newborn photography sessions. I always wash everything after they touch my newborns for sanitary reasons, but some items are super delicate and need hand washing. Unfortunately my last wool layer snuck its way into the laundry and was destroyed so I was so happy when my replacement glam layer from Art My Blanket arrived today. My favorite goody of the day was this Newborn Photography is my Cardio tee from Sunrise Lane. Anyone who has seen me work knows that photographing newborns is like a weird hot yoga class. It’s 80+ degrees in my studio and I am bending and contorting into every weird position possible to get the perfect angle for those newborn portraits. I am always on the lookout for something comfy to wear to my sessions but that still feels somewhat like a uniform, and this tee fit the bill. It is so soft and slouchy, and looked cute with my Strawberry Revolution headband which is also a must for those hot newborn sessions.
Nevermind my 3 year old getting ready to chuck a toy at her sister in the background while I take a million selfies trying to get a “good” one on a bad hair day!
I think now I am on the lookout for this shirt in wholesale so I can have some printed with my logo on them. Something about having a nice “uniform” to wear to my portrait sessions makes me feel a little more put together!
First birthday sessions, with cake smashes, are one of my favorites. I love designing the setup for the cake smash, and working with a little more color than I normally use during my newborn sessions. We started out the session with more of a portrait feel, and warmed up listening to some toddler music.
Oscar put on a show, dancing to the music and giving me some good smiles.
It’s always sort of a surprise as to how the children will respond to the cake itself, but Oscar did not disappoint; when it came out he dug right in!
Happy Birthday Oscar!!
So, you may or may not know that I have a little soft spot for twins 🙂 I have been waiting patiently for these two little ones to arrive since their mom, Katie told me she was expecting! There is a real sense of community among parents of multiples. I think it’s just knowing as you’re changing your 100th diaper or attempting to make multiple bottles at 3 a.m. or doing laundry for the 3rd time that day, that out there, there are other parents of multiples who did this and survived (!) that helps makes things easier. I hope I can help provide that support for Katie and Kenneth as they navigate through this first year of twin-dome! And, because I know she has been patiently waiting, here is a sneak peek of Maika and Miles’ first photo shoot!
Wow what a difference 1 year makes! One year ago I had a fun birthday photo session with Miss Kaelyn and her parents…then fast forward to 2016 and look who has joined the family! I just love seeing my clients every year and celebrating the changes in their lives. Kaelyn is such a good big sister and I look forward to watching these two grow!
2015 was a wonderful year for me and growing my business. Last year, I really focused on my technical skills and building client relationships. The beginning of 2015 I moved into my new studio space. I am so very lucky to be working out of the home my grandparents built over 80 years ago. I have such special memories wrapped up in this home and I know my grandmother, who loved photography herself, would be just “tickled pink” (as she would say) at how I am using her beloved home.
In the Spring, I attended a full day newborn workshop in Chicago where I learned more about posing, composition and lighting. That workshop, where we got to do some hands-on work, as well as see how other photographers run their sessions and their businesses, really helped me to improve upon my career. I also made some great contacts in the photography community.
In the Fall of 2015 I was busy with daycare photo sessions and fall family shoots. I am happy to have partnered up with Silverleaf Learning Academy to be their chosen photographer for school photos. The staff is so wonderful and I enjoy coming back throughout the year and seeing how the children have grown! Fall is probably the busiest month for portrait photographers and my fall was filled with lots of new families. I am excited to continue to grow my relationships with my new clients and see what 2016 brings for them!
Winter 2015 brought an opportunity to showcase my work at Springfield Clinic OB/GYN Offices. I had recently provided some canvases to Dr. Stehling to hang in his new exam rooms, and that perked the interest of the sonographers. They reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to provide them some new artwork for their rooms. In December I delivered 8 new canvases to be hung in each of the sonogram/ultrasound rooms.
In 2016 I am focusing on trying to make Lauren Tomten Photography a full time business (or as full time as you can be with 3 kids, 2 of whom constantly run circles around me daily!). I have restructured some things with pricing and am offering my clients some new products. I have learned so much this year about editing, lighting, posing, and how to run a business and feel confident I am offering my clients top quality work. While I have always had an interest in photography, I never would have dreamed to be running my own photography business, but now I cannot imagine doing anything else. If you are expecting this year, or you just want some updated photos of your children or family, give me a call. I would love to create some beautiful, timeless work for you to cherish for years to come.