Fall Mini Sessions - Dandelion Wild Photography - Central MA Family Photographer

Fall is here! But with all the crazy weather, I think the leaves are hesitant to change. So much green and usually this weekend and next are the BEST weekends for those rich fall foliage colors. Once upon a time, we would hit the end of October, trees were just about bare, and only the evergreens were still standing proud.

It was a rainy day at first. Our soccer game was cancelled and I wasn’t sure what would become of this session. The weather man promised the rain would let up, but you can never be too sure. We watched the weather and when the time came, we decided to go for it. The sun had finally awoken and started to dry the sopping wet earth.

This family drove about an hour to come see me in my little farm town. Unbeknownst to me, it’s pheasant season and my hidden gem of a location was loaded with hunters and their dogs. They were all very sweet and understanding and moved deeper into the meadow to allow us plenty of space to spend some time together capturing their family.

For some reason, the dogs ditched their hunters and decided they’d rather hang out with us. Eventually they gave in and returned to their masters. Back to work (or play???) they went.

I wish I had the hair that these girls have. Long, silky, tendrils with natural highlights. I pay big bucks for that hair and it grows effortlessly from their sweet little heads. I truly believe that our children get all the best of us.

These girls worked hard. Their parents are so patient and loving. There wasn’t a shortage of hugs and kisses that evening, that’s for sure.

Sometimes I think children get overwhelmed. I’m someone they see once in awhile, and each time I have a camera in my face and theirs. It’s a new kind of expectation, almost a performance, that they have to take part in, and sometimes that causes children to be unsure or cautious.

Never worry! That’s your baby. 10 years from now, those things that mattered won’t. And all that will are those big bright eyes looking back at you at 3 years old. A year flies…. Having photographs to look back on, capturing a fleeting moment within a single year is priceless and the best gift you can give yourself as a parent. In my honest and humble opinion.

Fall family sessions are in full swing and I started it off with this gorgeous family right here.

Thank you for coming out to see me. I loved my time spent with you!

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This little princess came in and totally rocked her session. She was super sleepy and we were able to get everything Mom and Dad requested and then some. Her little Minnie outfit didn’t quite fit, but hopefully next time when I see them it will!

I had just seen Mom and Dad a few weeks prior to their baby being born for their maternity session. You can take a peek at that by scrolling down below. They were so sweet and the anticipation of meeting this sweet girl was growing strong at the time. Moms and Dads to be are always so full of hope and wonder. It’s such an amazing time because you just want to meet your little babe. Lay eyes on that precious little face. And get to know the being you created.

Now that she’s here, it’s almost like she’s always been here. Mum and Dad were already pros and as you can see, baby Quinn is quite happy with life earthside.

Everything about Quinn was so teeny tiny and perfect. She loved to be rocked and constantly moving. When she slept, she slept. When she was awake, she was wide awake.

I can’t wait to see this little babe again! Quinn is on her way towards completing our Baby Plan. Get ready for lots of cuteness over the next year!

To find out more about the Baby Plan, please visit: www.dandelionwild.com/babyplan or email me: dandelionwildphotography@gmail.com

Always,

Natasha

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Two toddlers and a newborn. Not an easy feat. Two active, proud, big brothers and their brand new baby brother….triple the trouble! It was hard to wrangle those boys down. But we managed to do it for literally .3 seconds. Mom loved this image of her three little boys. Oh goodness these three are just the perfect little trifecta of fun. Mom runs in three different directions and she does it so gracefully. The most patient momma bear I’ve ever met in my life. Her voice even lulls me to sleep when she calms the brewing storms.

Mum and Dad didn’t find out what they were having for all three of her children. To have three boys is such a blessing. There’s just something about brotherhood that I’ve never understood and never will. It’s a bond like no other and these three are lucky to have that in each other. I envision loves of memories to be made. Holidays will surely be fun, year after year, generation after generation.

Mom might have her fair share of heart attacks and episodes of total heart failure over the next few decades, but I’m sure it’ll all be totally worth it. Especially when you have three sets of beautiful little eyes looking up at you. When you’re the only woman in their eyes. The only one who kisses booboos just right. The one to tuck them in at night and give out endless numbers of hugs and kisses.

Such lucky brothers. Such lucky parents.

Such a lucky photographer to get to capture the beginning of the brothers three!

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Ummm…I’m sorry but is he not the cutest baby you have ever seen in your entire life?

He has a personality to match too. He just smiles and smiles and smiles and I swear he’s going to be one of those sweet talkers when he’s older. I mean that boy is going to get away with everything. I mean come on…how does a mom say no to that sweet little mug.

I was lucky enough to capture Alex a few days after he was born. He was so cute then, but I had no idea he’d be THIS cute now. Mom pulled him out of the car and I nearly lost it. I love a good head of curls and baby blue eyes. Heck…I swoon over all babies. Every baby has something special about them and I’m not going to let parents go home without knowing what that is. Baby fever is not a sickness. It’s a disease people. A DISEASE! Once you have it, it NEVER EVER goes away. If you say you don’t want anymore kids…HA! I bet if I put one in your arms and told you he was yours you’d look at me all doe eyed with your bottom lip trembling and turn on your heels and run.

I love babies. There is just something about them. Unfortunately, I’ve passed my love for babies onto both my daughters. They’re like me only 10x worse. My youngest would go up to strangers and try taking their baby out of the little carrier without permission. She’s pretty stealthy and I’ve let her get as close to getting the chest clip and one buckle undone and then I’m running over to divert the situation. I don’t take my eyes off my children, you shouldn’t either. Take it as a lesson to you and be grateful she didn’t steal your baby. Because if she made it back to me we wouldn’t give him back! Well…at least until it’s time to go home and then we kindly return him because well…kidnapping is quite illegal…and I’m not about to go to jail simply because there are no babies there.

My oldest gets a baby in her arms and if you go anywhere near her she’ll let you know exactly how she feels about it. My shy little girl will negotiate her way into one more hour of baby snuggles while you wait babyless near by wondering what just happened. They are the two biggest baby hogs of them all. Get all three of us in the room and we play pass the baby until it’s time to go home. I don’t even care if they poop. I’ll change them. I have no problems with puke either. I mean obviously the most precious things in this world are going to do the two most disgusting things in this world, because well…nothing in this world comes easy and why should babies.

Look at this baby. Just look at him! Even his eyes smile.

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Baby Timothy is one of the cutest little strawberry blonds to ever grace my studio. He didn’t have much competition but still. He’s my first little almost full blown redhead and that was pretty exciting because if you know me, you know how much I love my red heads. If you have read hair, you bet your butt I’m going to touch it. And I don’t even care if you get mad or think it’s weird because it’s totally worth it. Check out mom’s gorgeous locks. Yep. Jealous!!!! And I may have pretended it was out of place so I could just give it a little toss one more time. It’s gorg. Ugh. In my next life I’m coming back as a redhead. If there is a God or God’s I hope you hear this request. I’ve been pretty darn good in this life…so I can’t see why not.

Now I didn’t hit the genetic jackpot as I’m one of those blondies turned brunette now I pay a bunch of money to make it blond again but I don’t maintain it so I just say it’s balayage and then I’m trendy and not just cheap or lazy. :)

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately, and I’m so done with social media. I’m like…done done. It’s way too much to maintain and like…no one sees my posts. I’m so much more motivated writing a little blip about your sweet family on my website and then you can share it on social media if you so choose. I’m just not into it anymore. I’m not sure what happened. But I have no interest. I think it was a combination of wasting time and being annoyed and worried all the time because I saw and knew too much. Now that I’m ignorant and have a ton more time…life is a lot less stressful. I think what I’m going to do is just run my website. I don’t even care if I get like 10 clients a year. I’d be happy if I just had one of you to come see me once in awhile to update your family photo. I love this job. And I love the simple life. I want both. And I can have both if I do it right! :)

When you receive your gallery you will also receive a link to your blog post. Share if you will! I’d love it. It won’t be like this blog post. It will be all about your session and how perfect you all are. Because you are. Exactly the way you are. And so many things make you special and I’ll highlight those things. And all your Facebook friends will agree and hopefully love your images as much as we do and inquire. :)

If not, oh well. I tried. You tried. And that’s all I ask.

In the mean time…Lets just all oooo and ahhhh over how adorable this brand new family of three is.

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As I work through my sixth year as a photographer, I have had plenty of time to figure out where my comfort zone falls on the session spectrum. I used to offer my services for anything and everything. But my heart wasn't in it all. And that showed in my work. If I didn't love a certain kind of session, it would be evident, and it would do a number on my confidence. I learned to say no and have learned to only offer sessions I love doing. Limiting what I have to offer allows me to practice more.

Next year, I'll be limiting my services even more. I'll only be offering outdoor maternity sessions, in home and in studio newborn sessions, baby milestone sessions, One Year/Cake Smash sessions, and outdoor family sessions. Family Sessions will only be scheduled May - November. (Family sessions do include Mini and Traditional and may contain one or more people).

That's it.

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I love this job. I love my clients. But I need to slow down. 

I spend a lot of time with my family. And even though photography makes me happy, my family makes me happier. I want to spend more time with them. I want to simplify life a little more. 

The fact that I'm able to limit my sessions and pick and choose what I love to do is a gift. This will allow me to provide a professional level service with much more care and time invested into each session. I've worked so hard to build up this business and I'm blown away by where it has gone these past few years. I'm so very thankful that I can provide for my family by doing something I love. And I'm so incredibly thankful for my clients who keep choosing me again and again and again.

I'm noticing that I'm having to give more of myself to my work as I take on more and more new clients. Cake Smashes used to be my most popular session. But as of lately, it's shifted to my newborn sessions. I've booked more newborn sessions this year than cake smashes. Mind blown.

Newborn sessions require a lot of time. I'm finding that as more time is spent within this job, the more it takes away from my family. I need to simplify so I can not only ensure that I have time for the sessions I love, but also ensure that I'm not taking time away from my family.

So, that's the plan. But in the mean time, I'm going to bust my butt until winter and look forward to hibernation! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The most beautiful newborn baby girl came into my studio. She was so sweet and flew right through her session. She snacked while mom, dad, and I talked. I got to get in lots of little newborn snuggles and admire all her perfect little features. Thankfully she signed up for my baby plan and I get to see this little sugar grow up over the next year.

Welcome to the world, Olivia. Happy Birthday!

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Let's talk Mini Sessions!

I offer Mini Sessions year round. They take place in my favorite meadow or at a few choice locations. They take about 30-45 minutes and you get 15 or so digital images, with the option to purchase more. Your images are placed into an online gallery where you can download them right to your computer, phone, or device and then print them where you choose. A print release is included with that. Now your gallery gives you exclusive access to my professional grade print company. Only photographers are allowed access to these private companies so that they can provide additional services and products for their clients. I give you the access so you can do this on your own if you so choose. Of course I'm always here to help if you ever needed any assistance in the selection process. 

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I used to do themed Mini Sessions here and there, but honestly, my style has evolved and I like to capture families as they are with as few props as possible. My heart is in capturing connection. I want these images I take and deliver to you to be hung on your wall, not just posted on Facebook. 

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Mini Sessions are designed for that quick family photo update. We're all busy and I get that. But we also need to take the time and capture these moments with our family. Not just when they're little, but as they grow, and multiply, and sometimes, as they change. 

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This time is so precious. Even if it's really hard. Even if you are literally crawling on your hands and knees into bed at night. Even if the highlight of your day are looking into little eyes and holding little hands. Each and every passing day is a true gift. What you choose to do with that gift is totally and completely up to you. I truly hope you choose to do great things and also, of course, get in front of the camera with your babies.

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And I'm secretly hoping it's mine! <3

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