baby photography

Newborn Session - Central MA Newborn Photographer - Newbory Baby Girl - Dandelion Wild Photography

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

Timothy - Newborn Session - Central MA Newborn Photographer - Massachusetts Newborn Photographer - Dandelion Wild Photography

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.

Finding the Perfect Photographer for You!

There are many different kinds of photographers out there! There is a huge spectrum when it comes to experience, price, quality, image quantity, product offerings, etc. It can be overwhelming when it comes down to deciding who to hire when it finally comes down to it. Don't just settle for someone local! There are so many photographers in the industry and there are ones that are definitely worth a little extra drive!

I'm going to give you a few tips that I had found helpful when it came down to hiring a photographer! I hired a photographer to capture my family not too long ago. (The session is for the spring time, so it hasn't happened quite yet, but it's booked!) It was easy to find the perfect photographer for me after I knew exactly what it was that I was looking for!

Do your research!

Each photographer is unique! No two are the same! There are some truly incredible photographers out there! Some have been in the industry for years! Others are just starting out! With anything, there are businesses that are run legitimately while others are run as a hobby. Some work full time, while others work part time and may even have another job. Some struggle to be creative and may copy other photographers' work as well as copy website information. Fortunately, it's not too often you find a photographer that has the gall to steal and copy others! It's one thing to be inspired by another photographer, but to take their work and claim it as their own is just not ok. I try to avoid that kind at all costs. I'm looking for a service that is high quality since I'm investing my hard earned money into something I highly value! I don't want a watered down version, I want the real thing! How can I trust someone with my money that publicly does things like that to another photographer's business? I also don't want the same setup as everyone else. I want something special and unique designed specifically to my family. So, when shopping around for photographers, I made sure to find someone who was creative, natural, interested in getting to know me and my family, someone who has a little something special to offer, and someone who valued me as a person and not just a client with money to spend! These factors might not be things you value in your session, and that's ok! Once you figure out what it is that is important to you, then you will be able to start the search to find the perfect photographer for you and your family!

What is it that you want out of your session?

This question encompasses a lot of concepts when it comes down to the details. Do you want an indoor session with bright backdrops, wood backdrops, neutral backdrops? Or an outdoor session in a field, in the city, in the woods, at your home, on the water, on a mountain, during sunset, during a specific season, etc. Depending on the season, and the photographer, you may have to book well in advance which is another thing to consider. Did you want a combination of indoor and outdoor? Does the photographer you have your eye on have the space to accommodate both? Do you like posed smiley family photos or do you prefer less posed and more organic photos? Were you interested in a lifestyle session? If you aren't sure, consider asking yourself what you want to use these images for? Did you just need to update your family photo for an album?  Did you just move and have walls to fill? Do you need photos for invitations or thank you cards? Christmas Cards? Did you need them for a gift you were making? Wedding decor? Etc. Think about what you want them for, then decide what style will work best for you! (If you wanted to hang your images in your living room that is decorated in shades of cream, white, and blue then you probably don't want purple floral backdrops...or maybe you do. :) If you wanted these images for first birthday invitations that match the theme you chose you might want to ask what the photographer can do for you as well as turn around time so you have plenty of time to not only get your photos, but create and order the invitations.)

Not all photographers offer all the services above. Maybe you're just looking for a few family photos to share on social media and with friends and family! So it's important to take a peek at the photographer's social media, as well as their website, in order to gauge exactly what it is that they offer. Some photographers will do everything and anything and offer a ton of different services. Others choose to specialize in one or a few areas and perfect that. Check out the props and backdrops on their page. Does this match the style that you had in mind? Would the images match the decor in your home (assuming you may want to order prints of your images to hang)? Please make sure you reach out and ask questions (no matter how silly they may seem). Maybe you saw a backdrop they used on their website that would go great with the color scheme in your living room. Ask if it's still available for use because style is always changing, they may not even have that backdrop anymore! Asking questions will help you get a good idea as to whether or not that photographer is for you! And this will also give the photographer a better idea as to what you would like and they can make sure you have the best experience with them. If you bring a Pinterest board to a photographer with a bit of a different style, I'm sure they will do their best to be inspired by that idea, but you may not be happy with the end result if it's different from what they usually offer.

Make sure you work with a photographer that has a clear contract! Read the contract over, do not hesitate to ask questions for clarification! It's important that you are valued as a client and have an agreement, as well as a CLEAR understanding as to how your money will be spent and what you will get with that money.

How much are you looking to spend?

Photography is an investment. Pricing varies greatly! Some photographers shoot primarily on location because they do not have a studio space. Some photographers rent a studio, while others have an in-home studio or separate building they own. These are all things that are calculated into the photographer's pricing. So, if you are on a budget, maybe look into a photographer who doesn't have a studio space and primarily shoots on location. This will almost always guarantee a cheaper session fee because the costs the photographer takes on to run his/her business is a little bit less than one that may rent or own a studio space. Families on an even tighter budget may want to keep an eye out for photographers who are just starting out! They are so eager to find families to practice with! Some may charge a small fee but it's generally a very reasonable one. But just remember, they still have a lot to learn. Even experienced photographers are still learning or "practicing".  If you find a newer photographer offering newborn sessions, I would just ask if they have taken any workshops or classes on newborn safety or if they have experience with newborn sessions through a mentor program. Newborn safety is so very important and it takes experience to understand the fundamentals of a successful newborn session. Newer photographers are naturally going to be cheaper than more seasoned photographers.  Seasoned photographers have had longer to make money that they invest back into their business so their equipment might be of higher quality. Newer photographers to the industry might have good equipment, but may have less to offer if you were looking for props, outfits, hair and makeup services, etc.

Don't shy away from that photographer that you love because of their price! Most do offer payment plans and will deliver your images, wall art, and products on receipt of final payment!

What would you like to happen after your session is over?

Do you just want digital images? Do you want to be able to choose your images or are you okay with your photographer choosing? Do you want wall art? Do you want books, albums, or other products? Do you want all of the above? Are you ok with, and have the time for, pre and post consultations when it comes to ordering prints? Some photographers offer this service which is a little time consuming, but well worth the extra attention to detail and this will most definitely give your photographer a clear idea of what it is you are looking for in your session! Once you narrow down your photographer based on price and style...see what it is they have to offer! A professional photographer who owns a business can get exclusive access to professional grade print companies. These print companies will only work with professional photographers and do not accept orders from other such customers. The quality is to die for. The ink lasts forever and never fades. The paper will never turn yellow, crinkle with age, or dull.  Depending on the print company your potential photographer uses they may also offer prints on metal and wood. They may offer custom framing for your prints. Your photographer may even offer services where they will come to your home, measure the wall, and help create a collage for you! Just ask! This service is invaluable! You are guaranteed to get beautiful, flawless, work delivered right to you, ready to hang! (That is, if that is what you want!) If you are going to invest money into professionally photographing your family, then why wouldn't you invest in printing these images professionally? Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Costco, etc. are NOT professional printing companies. These are machines that do not care if the color is slightly off or if the paper is cheap. Invest in a photographer that will give you access to professional print companies! Printing photos at cheap labs is almost like buying prime rib and then cooking it in the microwave! You would NEVER do that! Professional printing companies not only print the images true to color and of high quality, they also inspect every image, fix anything that may need fixing, and GUARANTEE 100% satisfaction. However, some photographers only offer digitals which might be something that you're looking for right now. So, if quality prints is something you want with your session, it is something to ask about prior to booking!

Are you looking for a long term photographer?

Here's my buddy Landon during his newborn session, Cake Smash session, and his little brother's newborn session! <3 Love this family! They are always willing to model! Thank goodness because they are pretty good looking people! <3 This family has been with me since the very beginning!

Here's my buddy Landon during his newborn session, Cake Smash session, and his little brother's newborn session! <3 Love this family! They are always willing to model! Thank goodness because they are pretty good looking people! <3 This family has been with me since the very beginning!

One thing that was important to me was finding a photographer my kids liked and someone I can use again and again. With young children, this is essential! You want your little one to feel comfortable with your photographer. You want them to see a familiar face to ease the stress of a session. This consistency will only make the sessions you invest in more successful if your children feel safe and are with familiar people. I really wanted someone who limits the number of sessions they take on each month because then I know that photographer cares about the quality of work they put out rather than the quantity. A photographer that posts a zillion sessions a month on their wall with a limited staff makes me a little nervous. It takes a while to hand edit each individual photo in a session. Some photos get more attention than others. If the photographer has a short turnaround time but a huge clientele, this just suggests to me that they only care about the quantity of the work they produce, not the quality. The only drawback to this is that you may have to spend a little extra for this kind of service. But it's well worth it in the end! I know I will feel as though I spent my money wisely and got what I paid for. :) Obviously this isn't true for all photographers as some know how to get the job done in a timely manner. But just check out the quality of the work and I think that speaks for itself!

How do I find a photographer?

Ask around! Did a friend of yours recently have a session? Ask them about it! Google is also a great tool! Search Instagram for specific Hashtags. (For example: #CentralMAPhotographer or #BostonPhotographer #WorcesterPhotographer - Photographers do their best to hashtag their posts to best advertise their business.) Maybe you know of a few photographers already but just haven't had a chance to check them out! Read reviews! Reviews are a great way to figure out the type of people you are working with!  Skim through a few and read about their experience(s)!

I hope this helps you when it comes to deciding who you would like to invest in! I'm looking for clients who are a perfect match for me! Do you think we might be a perfect match??? I want you to find the perfect person for you, even if I happen to not be it for whatever reason that may be! 100% Satisfied Customers = One Happy Photographer!

Check out my website and social media outlets, and if my style appeals to you, send me an email and let's get talking about what it is you want out of your session! <3

xo

Natasha @ Dandelion Wild

One Year Cake Smash - Mickey Mouse Theme

So, Joshua is a very special boy to me.  <3 I have been photographing him since he was born!  Before he was even thought of, I photographed his big brother since he was just three years old and his big sister was just a teeny tiny little baby!

Believe it or not, he's actually one of the reasons I started this business!  Not only was he one of the last sessions I had at the studio I previously worked at, but he was also one of the first I photographed under my new business during my first month after launching!

His mum had contacted me and had asked if I'd still take pictures for her even though I no longer was working in the field.  I never expected for clients to reach out to me.  Although, after Josh's mom did, I understood since I've been working with them for so long.

Of course I couldn't say no!  I didn't want to miss out on photographing one of my favorite clients on such a special day.  Clients, of course, quickly become friends when you get the opportunity to celebrate their children and every milestone they reach.  I love getting the chance to watch them become beautiful little people...<3.  I undeniably grow very attached.  

I kept getting messages like this again and again from clients who noticed I was no longer affiliated.  It was a tad overwhelming at the time because I had hit a low point that I was trying to get out of.  It was so uplifting to read kind words and have clients search for me to make sure everything was ok.  It really validated how special this job was and how not only did I care about them, but they care about me as well.  It didn't take me long to realize, that photography makes me happy.  I in no way do this for the money.  I do it for myself to nurse my creative side.  I love creating beautiful images of beautiful people and sharing them with others who might enjoy it too.  I follow other artists who I idolize and whom also inspire me. 

So I sat my husband down one day and I had a serious conversation about it.  It didn't take much convincing.  He believes in me more than anyone else and we decided that it was a good idea to pursue this new dream. <3In his own words, "Whatever makes you happy."

Josh will never know the huge role he had played in where I am today.  (Although, his mom might share the story about the time he took a digger after his Christmas photos which resulted in an egg on his sweet little head.) <3At least it was after his session and we even NAILED a photo with all three kids smiling so perfectly! <3

So, Josh came to visit me to celebrate his first birthday.  He wasn't as happy to see me as I was to see him though.  He was not feeling his best and took his cake smash very seriously.  But he was by far one of the cutest little grumpy boys ever. <3

 

 

A little before and after...

So once in awhile I like to go back to an old folder and click on an image I edited back then and re-edit it.  Today I chose the moose that walked through my front yard.  

For those of you who know me...you know my love of moose.  They are my favorite animal.  I have always wanted to see a live one in the wild.  My husband and I take a trip to Vermont every year to increase the percentage of my chances of seeing a wild moose in it's natural habitat.  My oldest and I are avid hikers...we go frequently and my expectation is to see a moose...never has it ever happened...until this day.

When I saw this moose...I was working full time teaching online from my home.  I was teaching first and second graders for Massachusetts Virtual Academy.  I loved that job.  I loved those kids.  And teaching from home was such an experience.  One thing I'll never forget was sitting at my kitchen table teaching my second grade students how to dissect mathematical word problems and search for keywords that tell you what you need to do...when out of the corner of my eye I saw a massive hairy animal walk by my living room window.  Now mind you...I'm in the middle of a class.  I unplug my lap top and run to the window immediately assuming that someone's horse was loose!  Now I live in a very large farm town that is heavily populated with horses, cows, goats, and honeybees...so the chances of this happening are very high.  I opened the door and there...in all of her sweet glory...was a baby moose looking back at me.

I took my headphones off...shut my laptop (in the middle of my class) and ran to get my camera.  I prayed she didn't run away while I did this.  I had my 85mm on at the time and didn't have time to switch it...I ran outside and snapped a few of this little baby girl in the yard.  She then headed towards the road and towards town.  (Or what we would consider the center of town...)  Before she dipped into the woods...she looked back at me...giving me this memory of my first ever wild moose sighting frozen forever for me to keep.

When I first edited this photo...I'm not sure what I was thinking...I certainly didn't have the skills I have today...and I edited that just 9 months ago. The top image lacks definition and contrast.  It's cool and warm and there isn't a balance between the two.  I always favor warmer images...but I definitely fell short there.   My second image I re-edited yesterday with skills I have learned in the workshops and classes I am currently participating in and have participated in in the past.  I am drawn to images that are vibrant...I want my work to reflect the qualities I love in images I like to look at.  I want my images to be good to look at.  I want my clients to see consistency in my work so that when they come to me they know exactly what to expect out of me.

Those with the eye for photography may notice that I didn't edit out the guardrail again.  I did this because I plan on entering this photo into the photo contest being held in town.  They are requesting entrants submit photos of every season that represents our town.  I plan on taking a picture this winter to submit.  That way I have winter and spring submissions.  I want this image to best represent our town...editing out the guardrail would just be silly!  So it is there and it remains in all of it's ugliness. ;)

It's amazing how far I have come in just 9 months alone.  Eventually I plan on going back to see if I can find any images from 2013...when I first started working professionally.  I'd love to see the progression from that point to now. 

Let me know what you think in the comments below! =)

 

 

Newborn Baby R

I had the opportunity to work with Sarah at Sassa Fras Portraits to capture sweet baby R in all of her precious, peachy pink, fresh baby glory.  It was so nice to work with Sarah again and see R's mom! I haven't seen her in about 10 years.  It's amazing to see her as a new mom after all these years apart.  We were such good friends in high school and it was lovely to be able to pick up right where we left off.  Baby R is a dream newborn.  Not only is she breathtakingly beautiful...but she slept and slept through every pose and setup change.  Sarah and I both got to do the setups we wanted and then some.  I loved this day.  Welcome to the world sweet baby, R! How lucky is this family to be blessed with such a perfect gift!

xo

Natasha