Meet the Flickinger kids! We photographed these three cuties on a Saturday afternoon. They brought along several outfit changes, and we love that they incorporated their extracurricular interests into the shoot. The temperature reached the mid-40s that day (finally!) so we got a few outdoor shots at the end of the session.
This post is part of a series highlighting some of the wedding products we offer. Most of the items we will feature come with a wedding collection, but all can be purchased separately as well.
Today's focus is our Proof Book. The Proof Book is 8.5x11 inches in size and consists of lustre photo print sheets, a frosted acetate cover, and black cardstock backing bound together by a spiral coil. It contains all the edited images from your wedding day, with filenames below each image.
For every session and wedding, we post your images in a password-protected gallery, complete with online ordering capabilities. The Proof Book is simply another method for you to view and share all of your images, as well as a keepsake. It's a great ordering tool for friends and family, especially those who prefer to view proofs in person rather than online.
The Proof Book is not included with our pre-designed Wedding Collections, but it can be added on to any of our collections or purchased separately.
It's not easy finding time to capture all the stages of baby's first year, even for a photographer. After our daughter Ainsley was born in February of 2012, we aimed to do the traditional newborn, 3-6-9-12 month photos.. but starting off, she was almost 2 weeks old before we squeezed in the newborn shoot. We were first time parents, I was recovering from a c-section, Chad went back to work after the first week, and we were only sleeping in 90 minute increments... so sleeping and parenting were our top priorities at the time.
Any photographer will tell you that newborn sessions can make you sweat. Not only is the room extra toasty, but we work hard making those sweet, sleepy, smushy baby poses. My baby refused to sleep or smush, so we ended up with lots of wide awake shots and flailing limbs. My advice to you - get that newborn session scheduled ASAP, when they're less than 7-10 days old (the earlier, the better). Also, if I could do it over again, I would have hired another professional, so I could have sat back and relaxed (somewhat).
Every summer we have family pictures taken, using local photographers (we switch it up for variety). For her 6 month session we went to Brian at B&D Photography in Lyons (actually she was almost 7 months old, because she was sick with a double ear infection earlier that month). It was a fun change of pace to watch her ham it up from the sidelines, instead of from behind the camera.
Ainsley turned 9 months in November, but we strayed from "tradition" - photographing at 8 months (October) and 10 months (Christmas) worked better for us. It was more important to get the shots we wanted; and we recommend that to everyone. Schedule those "first year" sessions around what works best for YOU. If your child is sick at that 9 month mark, wait till they're back to their normal self. Plan sessions around the seasons, or milestones like sitting up, crawling, standing, etc.
Special thanks to the professionals that have worked with us the past few years: Amy Carroll Photography for photographing our wedding and first family pictures; B&D Photography for capturing Ainsley at 6 months, and [coll.neu] photography for last year's family photos.
We make it easy for you to capture all those milestones with The First Year package. The package is purchased upfront and good for 5 photography sessions, a $250 print/product credit, and a "freebie" (Facebook timeline cover design). The description mentions the traditional timing for sessions, but it's really up to you. For example, you could swap the 3 month for a maternity session, or any way you choose, as long as the sessions all involve the same child and take place before his or her 1st birthday (if possible).
As always, we're willing to customize a package for you - just ask!
On February 21st, our daughter Ainsley turned two. I know it's cliché, but it's hard to believe she's two already - it really has flown by for us. Her photo session was short and sweet, because, well, she's two.
We had a much smaller birthday party than her first; just Ainsley's grandparents, great-grandparents, and aunts & uncles, rather than the whole extended families. And this year, she got to pick the theme - Bubble Guppies, which is currently her favorite thing to watch (although Monsters, Inc is coming in at a close second). She sat on my lap at the computer every time I was working on the invitation, naming the characters over and over, and she wanted to open all the plates, napkins and decorations as soon as we bought them.
Ainsley's excitement was contagious; we were all ready for the party by the time the big day rolled around. It was awesome to see how much more she could understand and participate this year, compared to last year.
As expected, Ainsley loved opening presents, but her absolute favorite part was when we all sang "Happy Birthday" to her. Her whole face lit up; she was ecstatic. She blew out her candles one at a time, then dug into her cake.
Thanks to all of our family for making Ainsley's birthday so special!
CTJohnson Photography is available to photograph any of your special events! Contact us for pricing and details.