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WHY I RECOMMEND SUNSET SESSIONS | ROCHESTER NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

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WHY I RECOMMEND SUNSET SESSIONS | ROCHESTER NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

There are so many beautiful locations in the Rochester area that the options are endless for your family session!  We are so close to beautiful fields, beaches, and special parks. No matter where you choose to have your location though (and I have a handful of favorites to help you decide;) your family session with me is scheduled around sunset.   

The lighting is truly illuminating to photograph your beautiful family in then, and the sun surely doesn't disappoint when it makes its appearance!  It is definitely worth staying up a little past kiddos bedtime to spend time together under the setting sun.  And honestly kids feel excited for their session because they get to stay up past their normal bedtime, and I make your time together fun and enjoyable that cranky kiddos are hard to come by.  You could always put them down for a later nap or some quiet time before the session if you are still concerned, and making sure their tummies are full is always a good idea!  If you need more session prep, you can check out this article I wrote Preparing For Your Family Session .

I met up with this family at Highland Park on a gorgeous, sunny, warm Spring evening.  The whole city seemed to be out and about walking and enjoying the first nice evening after such a long winter,  but we were able to escape and have parts of the park all to ourselves!  The tulips were blooming, trees blossoming, sun shining, and most importantly, the family was full of love for one another.  It was truly an honor photographing them and witnessing their connection and time together.  

Make sure to read until the end to see my special blog circle feature!  

Rochester Family Photographer, Mama snuggling her girls
Rochester NY Family Photographer, Sweet mama snuggles
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family laughing in beautiful light
Family Photographer Rochester NY, girl with flower and family
Rochester NY Family Photographer, little girl holding tight to mamas arm
Rochester NY Family Photographer, little girl giving mama flowers
Family Photographer Rochester NY, Mama snuggling her two beautiful girls
Family Photographer Rochester NY, family time at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, beautiful family together swinging at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, mama kissing little girl
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family walking in setting sun at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family playing together at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family time together snuggling and walking
Rochester NY Family Photographer, mom and dad laughing and snuggling
Rochester NY Family Photographer, sisters holding hands running together
Rochester NY Family Photographer, little girl braids and flowers
Rochester NY Family Photographer, mom twirling with daughter
Family Photographer Rochester NY, Mom and her girls and whole family together snuggling
Family Photographer Rochester, Family playing together under the setting sun

Im so excited to share the beautiful work of Olga Levien, Auckland wedding Photographer!  Her award winning Wedding photography is absolutely stunning, I hope you will check her out!

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WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE MATERNITY PHOTOS | ROCHESTER MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER

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WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE MATERNITY PHOTOS | ROCHESTER MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER

Woman are truly goddesses and growing and caring a new life is one of life's greatest miracles.  It doesn't matter if this is your first baby or fourth, I promise it is worth documenting.  I'm sharing my top reasons why you should document this beautiful time, as well as a recent maternity session below!  And you won't to miss this month's blog feature at the end either!

Maternity Photographer, Rochester NY, Glowing expecting mama

EASY TO FORGET

Nine months seem so long while you are in them, especially with all the aches and pains, but as soon as that little babe is born and snuggled into your loving arms, it is easy to forget what it felt like to be pregnant.  The little flutters and kicks fade, and you can hardly believe you couldn't tie your shoe just a short time before.  It's hard getting your own photos during pregnancy, (other than the quick i-phone snap;) these photos will give you lasting memories of this special time in your life.

Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, Mom and Dad to be laughing  together while daughter plays in the field behind

MEMORIES FOR EVERYONE

Not only will you be able to look at these images and feel what it was like to be pregnant, but your children will too. Your baby will someday want to see what you looked like pregnant with them, and you will have these images to show them how much they were already loved and how glowing and excited you were to meet them! 

Rochester NY Maternity Photographer, couple in love

SOAK UP THIS TIME

If this is your first baby, then it is the perfect time to spend some quality time with your partner before your family grows and your days are filled with beautiful chaos and wakeful nights.  If there are older siblings, then it is a chance to spend quality one-on-one time with them before they are competing for your attention;) 

Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, family pictures before they are a family of four
Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, Mom playing and loving her little girl
Rochester NY Maternity Photographer, happy big sister
Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, little girl dancing with her mom in a Spring field

PAMPER YOURSELF

As moms it is so easy to put others first, getting the baby all the new clothes, or siblings presents so they don't feel left out either.  A maternity session will give you a chance to get a new, comfortable dress to feel beautiful in!  You can even get your hair done and feel like the goddess you truly are.

Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, beautiful expecting mama
Rochester NY Maternity Photographer, glowing mom in Spring field smiling at her family

YOU WON'T REGRET IT

Time passes so quickly, even more so once you have little ones.  Maybe you've been too busy to schedule a session and are 2 weeks away from your due date.  Don't worry, it's still not too late to capture your glowing beauty, even if you feel like the size of a watermelon.   But it will be too late once baby is here.  You won't get this time back, so soak it up while you can, and capture it so you can always remember how strong, how beautiful and how precious this time in motherhood will always be. 

Maternity Photographer Rochester NY, happy family of three hugging

I have a special place in my heart for mamas to be and would be honored to capture this time for you.  I'd love to hear from you if you're expecting or know a mama who could benefit from a maternity session. 

This month I have the honor of featuring Dana DiSalvo, a Tampa Beach Photographer and a gorgeous beach session you won't want to miss!

Warmly,

Hali

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SPRING MOTHERHOOD MINIS | ROCHESTER FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

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SPRING MOTHERHOOD MINIS | ROCHESTER FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

MOTHERHOOD.  It's raw. HARD. A constant pull.  But most of all, its so darn BEAUTIFUL.

Thats why I am excited to be offering a day of minis for all you Mamas.  A time for you to enjoy your little ones. To laugh. To play. To LOVE hard.

I don't offer many mini sessions because honestly, I am an over shooter.  I want to capture your whole families story. I don't want to limit how much i shoot.  I deliver large galleries because you should have all of the images that tell your story.  But, at the same time I understand life is busy.  Sometimes all you want is a few updated images of you and your babies so that they will remember that you were there too. You don't want to worry about a full session and your kids behaving for the whole time (although I promise you that your time with me will be fun and am not worried about cranky kids!). You want something quick but memorable.

Rochester Family Photographer Mama embracing little girl
Rochester Family Photographer Mama with two girls
Rochester Family Photographer Little boy holding mamas hand walking
Rochester NY Lifestyle Photographer strong mama with girls
Rochester Family Photographer Mama holding sweet baby
Rochester Photographer Mama embracing little girl with love
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Rochester Family Photography little girl smiling in mamas arms
Rochester Family Photographer little girl laughing with mom

If this is you, than please join me, May 5th for a 20 minute session| $175 | 10 Edited images| (location still to be detrained because, well snow!) There will be limited sessions because I am a mama too. 

And because I believe in these sessions full heartedly, I am giving away one session!  If you haven't already entered on my FB page and are here on the blog, simply comment on this blog post below that you would love to have one of these sessions AND make sure you like Sweetliv Photography on Facebook here !

I hope you will join me <3

Warmly,

Hali

P.S Oneonta friends, I will offer a date for these sometime this summer, so make sure you are signed up for my newsletter for the latest news:)

 

 

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ROCHESTER NY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY | PURE LOVE

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ROCHESTER NY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY | PURE LOVE

Having a newborn is so amazing yet so intense.  You are you taking care of a new life and tending to its every need. And not only has a baby been born, but a new mom, a dad, if there are older children, a big brother or sister is born too. The whole family has changed for the better and it sure does take some adjusting.  But somehow, in all the beautiful chaos, the days and nights float by and you can't remember what you did yesterday, let alone today!  You hold your new baby so perfectly into you, you can breathe them in and study every detail in hopes that you won’t forget. I’m here to tell you that you do. It all goes so fast that before you know it they are scooting around, chubby legged, babbling up a storm. And you look at them trying so hard to remember what those first few weeks were like. THIS. This feeling is what I strive to capture with my newborn ART. Of feeling pure, intense love and emotion because I don’t want you to ever forget it.

Make sure to scroll to the end where I'm sharing this month's blog circle artist!

Rochester NY Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Newborn fingers
Rochester NY Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Mommy and newborn
Rochester NY Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Mom and Dad with baby
Rochester NY Lifestyle Newborn Photographer newborn snuggles
Rochester NY Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Newborn feet
Rochester NY Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Daddy and baby
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Rochester NY Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Mama kisses big brother
Rochester NY Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Mom snuggling baby
Rochester NY Lifestyle Newborn Photography Mom and kids
Rochester NY Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Mom and Dad snuggling new baby
Newborn Photographer Rochester NY Little baby with mom and dad
Newborn Photographer Rochester NY Baby cradled in dad's arm
Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Rochester NY Big brother snuggles
Newborn Photographer Rochester NY Mama snuggling baby
Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Rochester NY New family of four
Rochester Newborn Photography Mom and Dad with two boys

I would be honored to capture your new family so you'll never forget those intense first few weeks.

Make sure to check out Fiona Saxton, a Family Photographer in North East England.  Her in-home work is so beautiful and she has some great tips for photographing your own littles! To see all of the featured artists, follow the links until you are back here.

XOXO

Hali

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ROCHESTER FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY | PAPER HEART PROJECT

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ROCHESTER FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY | PAPER HEART PROJECT

The month of February is full of LOVE!  Especially on the IG community with a very special project, that was started by Danielle Awwad as her four year old son was born with 10 different  heart Defects.  In 2016 she began The Paper Heart Project which is a campaign that spreads awareness about Congenital Heart Defects also called CHDs. Congenital Heart Defects are the most common type of birth defect. The severity of CHDs can range from mild to deadly. One out of 110 babies are born with Congenital Heart Defects yet it is one of the most underfunded and under researched childhood illnesses.

This was my second year participating in this amazing project.  Doing arts and crafts with my daughter was actually very therapeutic. She didn't want to have her picture taken at first, but when I showed her a picture of Danielle's boy and explained why we were doing it, she instantly began asking me question after question about hearts and her son, and was very into pictures!! The last one is very special, she was hanging my valentine!

Here are a few from our project <3

Rochester NY Family Photographer girl crafting
Rochester NY Family Photography Paper Heart Project
Rochester Family Photographer Hanging Valentines

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