The bad thing about blogging sessions is that it can be a little tedious to post images and in the end, there are so many that you don’t ever get to see. I’ve been showcasing sessions here and there and I would like to try to do that more, starting with this newborn session. When I walked into their home, everything was crisp, clean, and modern. Mom happens to be a photographer herself and I know she must LOVE the absolutely perfect soft light that makes the whole living area glow beautifully. Of course, a perfectly snuggly, perfectly sleepy, and perfectly perfect little baby boy doesn’t hurt either.
And the full session:
(Dying to see how your book turns out, J…you’ll have to send me some pics!)
What does this mean? Read up here. It also means we’re just ONE pic away from the vote to determine Pinkle’s Pic of the Year for 2009! I cannot even believe we’re that close and I’m extremely excited to see which image YOU (the blogstalkers) choose!
I selected this image because it was such a new and challenging technique for me, but mostly because she worked so hard, was so patient, and sacrificed this dress, her beautiful curls, and make-up just to get this shot. Congrats, J, and congrats on your upcoming arrival. It won’t be long now… (the rest from her maternity session here).
We held our last round of the Austin 2009 Xpressions Sessions today and all I can say is, "Wow!" I cannot even begin to tell you how beautiful all of these families were, how wonderfully charming the kiddos were, how kind and patient the parents were, and how absolutely outstanding my baby sis/assistant was. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who made these Xpressions sessions FANTASTIC! As always, the images shown have only received basic edits to enhance contrast/color, but no full retouching. I’ll show you an example of the difference at the end of the post. Also, before I forget, if you’re pregnant in the Austin area and want maternity portraits and are due in February, March, or April of 2010, you can get a FREE mini maternity session (kind of like these Xpressions Sessions) in January. And, I *still* have a few spaces open for the Xpressions photo sessions in Washington, DC and Richmond, VA in December. Meanwhile, to continue these awesome sneaks:
And to illustrate the difference between the digital negatives (the files that are sent on CD with the Xpressions sessions) vs. the files that are fully retouched (prints ordered through me or those that are available as part of a Premium Session):
Oh, I cannot wait to go through all of these images! Today was a great day all around. Thank you all again! I’m so honored to get to do this for you.
If you’re pregnant in the Austin area and due in February, March, or April 2010, you can receive a FREE mini maternity session when you book your newborn session with Pinkle Toes Photography. I’m so excited to be partnering again with Austin’s premiere baby boutique, Baby Coco. What could be better than getting some amazing maternity images added to your newborn CD for FREE? If interested, please contact me ASAP because spaces (as always) fill up very quickly.
And now because I’m bummed that this afternoon’s session is going to be rained out and because I need a quick break from proofing, here are some completely random pics for you (and by random, I mean, 100% random):
3. Catalog Choice – I don’t know how it happened, but overnight, I got on *everyone’s* catalog mailing list. I abhor junk mail, in any form, but especially in paper form. Every day, my mailbox is stuff with a bunch of stuff that I will never look at and it just ends up in the trash. Even worse, important mail gets mixed in with it and I have sift through everything oh-so-carefully so as not to accidentally throw away something I might need. So, for the past few weeks, I’ve been collecting these catalogs with the intention of calling/e-mailing each company individually and getting removed from the mailing list. The pile on my kitchen counter started to get a little ridiculous and finally, I sat down yesterday to make the calls. Instead, I stumbled upon Catalog Choice.org and hmph, within 1 hour, I had sent requests to 37 different companies. If it works, it will be totally worth it (I’ve heard back from 6-7 already that I’ve been removed). Amen!!!
4. However, there are some things I do enjoy getting in my mailbox, like the latest Boden catalog, Rangefinder Mag, and a beautiful necklace from my sweet friend and talented photog, Kristi.
5. This is Snippy. Snippy is a Brazilian Rainbow Boa and was recently acquired during a "boys only" outing to a reptile show in San Antonio. I was not happy about it, especially considering the zoo that our house is already. But Snippy is sweet and Snippy is pretty and Tristan LOVES him, so I’m putting up with it for now. Sadly, Snippy had an accident this morning involving duct tape [don’t ask–you wouldn’t believe me even if I told you] and got hurt pretty badly. I am embarrassed to admit, I actually cried over the little guy. But if you’re a reptile-lovin’ kind of soul, please pray for a full and speedy recovery for Snippy.
6. My husband and I used to read a book series together by Robert Jordan. The newest book just came out (even though Mr. Jordan has passed) and while I haven’t been able to finish a book that doesn’t involve werewolves and vampires in forever, Virgil has been immersed. But, we noticed something so funny. Amry was *really* into looking at the pages of the book…she was particularly fond of the symbol. Every time Virge would sit down to read it, she’d crawl up to him and demand that he show her the symbol. When she’d spot it, she’d point and squeal with delight. I found that terribly ironic since Amerlyn’s name was derived from The Amyrlin Seat in that very book series.
Okay. That’s all I have. No brilliant words of wisdom to end this post. Guess I gotta go back to work now. Stay dry!
We all went through a LOT to get these images (most of which involved security guards, sticker bushes, ill employees, and a slew of other mishaps), but we pulled it off. It is always such a joy and honor to get to photograph this family (they’re featured in my promo video) and I’m thrilled to meet baby #3 next year!
It’s now officially 2 a.m. and I’m glad it’s the end of this marathon posting session. Please be kind and go back to view all 8 sneak peeks so I don’t feel so guilty tomorrow when the kids are wide awake, but I’m not. ;-) ‘Til next Sunday…
…that I had run into Brad Pitt or something when I saw those BEAUTIFUL fall leaves on this tree. But no. It was just me getting all in a dither spotting some semblance of the kind of fall colors I used to see growing up in Virginia. Isn’t she radiant? She looks good on land and in water. ;-) Okay, back to work now.
1. It has been a whirlwind week and it looks promising that the next few weeks will be the same. So, until we’re on the other side of holiday family portraits, I’m going to start doing "Sneak Peek Sundays." (And yes, I am aware that it’s Monday, but Sneak Peek Sundays just sounds better). So, if you’re looking for a sneak of your session, just check in on Sundays! When things calm down, I plan to blog each of these sessions in full.
2. Baby #1 – 6 months later and she is still one of the cutest and most smiley babies I’ve ever seen!
3. Beautiful Pregnant Model: You wouldn’t even believe what we (well, mostly she) had to go through to nail that underwater maternity shot. J – I’m SOOOO happy you persevered (dress shopping, battery drama, freezing in water, coordinating breathing and swimming and posing, wow!).
5. Family by the water: Had a wonderful (and looooong) evening getting to hang out with her family at their beautiful home. And I am over the moon about what is going to be their Christmas Card pic!!
6. If you are in the Washington, D.C. or Richmond, VA area and would like to arrange an Xpressions session for baby, child or family portraits, please let me know ASAP. We only a few limited openings left. Check out this link for dates and details.
I have to admit I’m a little bit emotional blogging about this birth. What an incredible honor to have been invited to photograph this birth! It was such a quick and beautiful event. Peace. The room was filled with peace. As much as I try to approach a birth experience from a purely professional and objective point of view, it’s difficult at times to not get wrapped up in the emotions of it all. I teared up quite a few times that evening. So much love. So much support. To be honest, I had to keep reminding myself that mom was indeed actually in labor…she was so lucid and smiling almost the entire time…there were times I doubted that she could possibly be giving birth ;-). And her eldest daughter? The way she cared for her mama during the labor process and the way she looked at her new baby sister for the first time…wow!
I’ve posted the full birth slideshow below, but first, a few notes:
– A confession – I know I was on call for this birth, but I was totally caught off guard on this one. I had a newborn session that morning, worked all afternoon, put the kids to bed, and had settled in for a nice evening with the hubs when my phone rang:
Notice, this call was only 51 sec. long. For whatever reason, I had just assumed I was going to be woken up in the middle of the night with THE call. I have to admit that I panicked when mom told me she was already 7 cm. I wanted to be there SO badly to capture this incredible event and I was soooooo scared I wasn’t going to make it there in time. But I did. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
– Here’s a pic of her eldest daughter on the phone while mom was in labor. She was talking to her grandmother (mom’s mom). Baby girl said this (and I kid you not): "Mom’s a little busy right now." I hope mom heard this quote.
– She made this whole labor thing look ridiculously easy. How beautiful is this mom-to-be? Wow!
– Notice how the shape of her belly changes as baby girl gets further down the birth canal:
– And the attentiveness of her children. (I see a future midwife in her older daughter, I swear).
– It always amazes me how mom can fall *completely* asleep in the middle of labor, as in completely unaware of anything except yourself and the baby still inside. It is quite a beautiful thing and it usually happens right before pushing. I know it’s nature’s way. I know I did this myself with each of my kids. But it just still impresses me after all of that work and build up, mom’s body knows exactly what to do and when to rest and gear up for the task ahead. The whole process makes so much sense, it’s insane.
– How quickly baby girl is actually born. I swear, it was only a few pushes and she was here!
– How mom looks holding her baby for the first time. That’s the part that really gets me:
– How cool it is that all of that post partum stuff takes place right there in front of her new family. At no time is baby whisked away from mama’s sight. That, to me, is one of the most wonderful things about a birth at home…you’re never apart from your new baby. You’re always present and aware of everything that is happening after your baby is born, which for a new mom, is an immensely important thing.
– Whenever a baby is born, I like to try to give mom at least a few minutes of privacy with her new baby without my shutter clicking in the background. So once I’m sure I’ve gotten all of the important stuff, I’ll steal away for a couple of minutes to let mom and dad look at their new baby alone. This is always my favorite time because I get to share the good news with my husband. Somehow, he’s always just as excited as I am when he hears that a new baby has been welcomed into the world:
– The slideshow features original music by the *very* talented husband of a photographer friend of mine. Photogs…you should check out his music for sale. PT4P v3 members actually get one of these songs as part of v3 and a special offer.
Now for the slideshow. Mama…thank you again for inviting me to capture this event for you and for letting me pass along this birth story with the blog readers. It gives me so much joy to share the magic of a homebirth and the power of birth photography! If you are in the Austin area and would like to see more information on birth photography or want your birth photographed, please contact me as soon as possible. FYI: I do not have any more birth sessions available for 2009 and 2010 is already booking up.
(Can’t view this or want to view larger? Click HERE. You may want to let the video buffer all the way through before watching).