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

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LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | ROCHESTER NY | NEWBORN SESSION GUIDE

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LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | ROCHESTER NY | NEWBORN SESSION GUIDE

Your family has grown. You’ve finally welcomed your little baby earthside who you have anxiously been awaiting to meet for the past 9 months!  You’re exhausted, haven’t showered in days, still sore from birth, and the last thing you want to worry about is preparing for your newborn session.  Don’t worry.  I’ve got you covered with some easy tips to help you get ready for your stress free photo shoot!

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HOW TO PREPARE

1. Prep your home: First of all, don’t feel that your house has to be spick and span. It’s your house and it’s supposed to look lived in, and if you have little ones, it is VERY lived in!  My house is always covered with toys and piles of laundry, and I am very used to shooting around it all.  The focus is on your family interacting together and loving on your new baby. Instead, focus on tidying up, making beds, and being sure no jackets are on the couch or towels on bed sort of thing.  I can also move things the day of if there is something distracting in the frame.  

2. Arrival: When I first arrive, I will talk with you a little, and let any other kids warm up to me a bit before I even bring out my camera.  Then I will ask you to show me your house (little ones love being tour guides!) so that I can look at rooms to see where the best lighting is.  I primarily shoot in the nursery, master bedroom and living room however it’s more about finding the rooms with the best light. If you can, try to have blinds and curtains open, if not I will open them.

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3. Session Flow: I am very easy going and know first hand how much a day’s schedule depends on baby.  If baby has just eaten before I arrive, that’s great, but if not, don’t worry.  We can stop for you to nurse or bottle feed, and I actually love captruing those moments if you are comfortable too. If baby is awake when I arrive, I will start with parents holding the baby so he or she is happy and get family shots first.  If baby is asleep, that is usually a good time to get baby with any other siblings,  or baby alone, so we will start with those first then. 

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4. What to Wear: The most important thing is for you all to be comfortable and to be yourselves.  I encourage neutral colors, t-shirts with logos or bright patterns tend to be distracting.  You also do not need to match, but cordinating colors work well together.  Casual clothing is perfect and bare feet photograph most naturally in your home.  Moms, consider a nice maxi dress, or light flowy top that will be comfortable and soft for snuggling your new baby.   For baby, the simpler is better.  A neutral onesie or even naked with just a diaper on is very flattering, as a lot of newborn baby clothes don’t fit tight enough and can be distracting in photos.

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5. RELAX: Most importanlty, is for you all to relax and enjoy this special time together creating life long memoreis.  If the baby fusses or is really alert, don’t worry.  A baby can sense your anxiety, so we want to keep things mellow.  I am not in a rush and will stay as long as I need to capture your whole family's story.  So, take a deep breathe and enjoy this time as a family together with your new baby. 

It’s normal to feel a little nervous.  I certainly was the first few times getting in the frame with my family! But I promise. You will not regret having these memories to look back on because it all, truly goes by way too fast. 

I hope these tips were helpful and you feel less stressed and ready for an in home session with your new baby:)

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PERSONAL PROJECT | GETTING IN THE FRAME

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PERSONAL PROJECT | GETTING IN THE FRAME

At the beginning of 2017, I began a personal photography project, "Project 52 Radness" with other amazing woman to get in the frame, alone, with our littles, our husbands, to really show that we were there too. One of my images was even featured on their Dear Photographer Blog! It was perfect timing to make sure I was capturing my growing belly, and  it also became a special time for my daughter and I, as she loved setting up the tripod and clicking the remote.

Then as my second babe arrived in April, it captured our growing family and little moments with him that I never want to forget. As I complied all the images form over the year, although some months getting in the frame happened more than others,  I am so incredibly thankful for them all.  If I hadn't made a commitment to myself, I might have never taken these images and not have these special memories of me and my family.  As a photographer, it is so easy to stay on the other side of the camera, but for our family, for my children, it is so important to me that they have memories of me with them, to show them how much they were loved as children, and how much joy they bring me. 

I hope you enjoy this little collection as much as I do <3

AND stay tuned at the end of the post to see not one, but two special artists from blog circles I'm part of this month!  As part of our blog circle, we link to each other's posts so you can see what they're up to and see some amazing talent being featured!

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Don't forget to check out this month's blog circle artists! First up is, Dacia Banda, a  Family and Newborn Photographer in New London and Preston, CT.  She's sharing a beautiful family with twins that you won't want to miss!

And to see the amazing year Adri de la cruz, founder of the P52 GET IN THE FRAME project, has had, visit her blog "Mama, you deserve to see yourself" <3

 

 

 

 

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FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | ROCHESTER NY | FAMILY TIME

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FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | ROCHESTER NY | FAMILY TIME

This family<3  It was my third time meeting up with them, and every time it is always an absolute pleasure.  I left this session with my heart felling full.  Full of love that they have for one another, full of laughter, full of fun.  They have been through a lot this fall, and I was so glad we were finally able to meet up and they could spend some quality time together, just the four of them.  Their little ones are just the cutest and radiate happiness!  

Enjoy this sweet family:)

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ROCHESTER NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | TOGETHER IN THE MOUNTAINS

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ROCHESTER NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | TOGETHER IN THE MOUNTAINS

There's something so freeing about driving way out into the country, surrounded by hills dipped in rainbow colors.  The endless open space, the gravel roads, the goats and chickens roaming the hills freely.  It was the perfect setting to meet up with this beautiful family and for them to spend time together. No distractions. Just them, loving on each other.  They played and snuggled until sundown. It was perfect.  What's even more special about this family session, is Mama is a lady boss too!  The jackets and dresses her girls are wearing are her own line of boho baby and children clothing!!  Aren't the prints just gorgeous! Definitely check her shop Little Moon Clothing out :) 

Thank you Zynda family for spending the evening with me and letting me capture these memories of your beautiful family!

Much love,

Hali

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