Newborn Photography in Loveland, CO – FAQs

Newborn Photography in Loveland, CO – FAQs

When you are having a baby it’s like there’s this whole world out there that you never even knew existed. Throughout your pregnancy you are researching car seats and cribs, sleep training and mommy and me classes. You suddenly realize how fast time is moving and know it will just feel faster once your baby arrives. You start thinking about how you’ll remember this phase and that’s probably how you’ve¬† ended up researching newborn photography. Photographing your baby is such a special thing and I am so honored to get to document the newborn phase for my clients! I know you have many options when you are looking for the perfect session for you and that brings up lots questions! These are the questions that come up most often from parent’s looking to document those first day’s of life with a new baby. Have a question that’s not listed here? Put it in the comments below or email here!

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WHEN AND WHERE DO NEWBORN SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?

Newborn sessions take place in my Loveland studio located at 907 Van Buren Ave, Suite 160. It’s best for baby to come before 2 weeks old, but if you have missed this window, please do not hesitate to contact me to see what we can do! Younger babies tend to sleep better and be more flexible for the traditional newborn poses.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR BABY?

The studio is fully stocked with all kinds of props, hats, headbands and even little outfits. Traditional newborn sized clothing and accessories are often big on brand new babies. Everything in the studio is specially made to fit your little one in their first few days of life. I am absolutely happy to include any special items, like a lovey or quilt from grandma, please just let me know what you are bringing ahead of time so that I may prepare properly. I also keep the changing table fully stocked, so really all you need to bring is the baby <3

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WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR MYSELF?

Just yourself! We keep snacks, coffee and water in the studio. Dress in layers as the studio gets pretty warm to keep baby comfortable! We will do any family portraits at the beginning of the session so that you are looking fresh and not too “glowy” ūüėČ

ARE FAMILY AND SIBLING PICTURES INCLUDED? WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

Yes absolutely!! I love capturing your family with the newest member! We will take pictures of mom with baby, dad with baby, siblings with baby, and everyone together. I recommend neutrals typically but you can also match your wardrobe to your home decor if you plan to hang your portrait in your home! I’m happy to consult with you before your session on what looks best.

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WHAT CAN I EXPECT THE SESSION TO BE LIKE?

You’ll receive full prep instructions before your session to help make sure baby is nice and sleepy. You’ll feed baby upon arrival at the studio or just before leaving home, and then we will get started with family and sibling images. I take this feeding time as an opportunity to bond with older siblings and make them feel special. I’m very go with the flow, and if a sibling isn’t feeling it right away, we start with parents. When we’ve completed this portion of the session, your job is to relax! I’ve got comfy seating and even a bed in the studio. You can watch some netflix, have a snack and cup of coffee, or even take a little nap! (Parents fall asleep often! It’s the best!!)¬† I’ll let you know if baby is in need of some milk or a cuddle from you, otherwise I’ll take care of everything. I may ask you to help for just a minute with some of the trickier poses that call for an extra set of hands but otherwise you are off duty! There’s a play area for siblings or you can pop on some cartoons for them ūüôā

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SESSION?

After the session, I’ll go through each of the images and narrow down your gallery to the very best. I’ll do minor color corrections and crops on these images and then you’ll receive the proofs in an online gallery within a week of the session. From there you’ll have 5 days to choose your favorites to purchase. I’ll edit those fully, smoothing skin, fixing backdrops, getting rid of any blemishes or dark under eye circles. Your final gallery will be ready within 2 weeks of your selection. I do offer professional prints, canvases and albums and those are available for purchase from your final gallery. If you know you’d like announcements ahead of time, we can get those out to you ASAP so that you may get them delivered to friends and family right away!

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HOW DO YOU SCHEDULE A SESSION WHEN YOU AREN’T SURE WHEN BABY WILL BE BORN?

It’s best to schedule your session during your second trimester. I only take a few newborn clients a month because babies like to make their appearance whenever they are ready! I block off your due date in my schedule to ensure we have flexibility to fit you in. Typically, newborn sessions take place at 9:30 or 10am on a weekday. Please let me know in advance if you will require weekend availability.

If it sounds like we’d be a good fit, email at kate@dearkatestudios.com or click here and we can start planning for your newest little family member!

 

Loveland Family Photographer | The Garcia Family

Loveland Family Photographer | The Garcia Family

Angela contacted me this spring when she was looking for a family photographer and I was so excited to work with her family of boys! I worked with Angela years and years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter Harper and she had just had her oldest Luisangel! We’ve been facebook friends since then but it was so fun to catch up as a lot changes in 9 years! Angela is the co-founder of It’s Total MomSense and The Moms Who Rise Conference that will take place this October in Northern Colorado.

The Moms Who Rise Conference was designed to celebrate mom- life. To elevate women in their purposes and passion. To develop women beyond mom to live the more they seek. You will be equipped with the tools necessary to transform into the highest version of yourself! –¬†http://itstotalmomsense.com/

 

When we arrived for our session on that warm spring night, the littlest of the boys had fallen asleep in the car. This happens sometimes no matter how we try to schedule naps! Kids have their own agenda always! So the little guy was super into mom and being held for our session which was totally ok! He loves being the baby of the family and looks up to his big brothers! The boys all had a blast running and playing and cracking jokes trying to get him to laugh! Loveland family pictures outdoors sunset

I love how the boys individual pictures show off their little personalities! That group hug with mama is exactly what motherhood feels like sometimes!

Loveland Family Pictures outdoors

It’s clear the Garcia household is full of energy and so much love! I always try to sneak a few photos of just mom and dad into every family session too! Most of us haven’t had a professional portrait together since our weddings!¬†Family portraits couples photos

And lastly we grabbed a few headshots for Angela to use in promoting It’s Total MomSense and The Moms Who Rise Conference! If you are a mom in Northern Colorado make sure you go check them out!Loveland FAmily Photographer The Garcia Family

 

Ready to hop in the front of the camera and love on your family? Email at kate@dearkatestudios.com or click here for more information!

Hi again! | Meet your Loveland Photographer

Hi again! | Meet your Loveland Photographer

Photo courtesy of Molly Scott

It’s been a little while (read: years!) since I’ve introduced myself on the blog so I thought it was time for a refresher! I’m Kate, newborn and family photographer based out of my Loveland, CO studio and connecting with families throughout northern Colorado. I serve parents who know that time is fleeting and that their children will only be little for a little while. My sessions serve as a timeout from “busy”; a moment to reconnect with your family for a fun and playful hour of just you and your love for each other. As a mom, this is what lights me up. Those candid in between moments snuggling your babies and feeling the wonder of parenting.

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Photos Courtesy of Rhema Faith Photography

As my kids get older I see so many changes in them every day. And then other times some big change surprises me that I didn’t even notice happening. They’re 8, 5, and 4 years old right now and I’m loving the stages they’re in. Of course, I miss some of those baby things too though. And the photographs and videos I’ve taken over the year fill some little part of my mama soul and help me to remember all those little things. I’m so honored to create those memories for other families.

Self portrait Meet your Loveland Photographer

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One of the best things about being a photographer is being able to fit my business around our family life.¬†Time with my kids is my number one priority! As a family, we love to camp (especially near water!), visit parks, and snuggle up for a movie night. When the kids are otherwise occupied, I love creating, whether it’s working in my bullet journal, playing with watercolor and lettering or Pinterest¬†planning our next home project (look out kitchen cabinets, I’m coming for you!). I’m always curious and constantly trying to learn something new or grow in some way. Podcasts, audiobooks, or amazon¬†prime music are always filling my ears or maybe some trashy tv haha! I also love talking to people and learning their stories. I love how different we all are from each other but that there is always some way to relate to one another. Give me an iced coffee and good conversation any day!

As a photographer, getting to know my clients and share their stories through pictures is magical! I’d love to get to know you and your family! Let’s chat! Comment below and share a favorite podcast or audiobook you’ve listened to lately! I’m always looking for something new! Check out some of my favorites in my instagram¬†story highlights at www.instagram.com/dearkatestudios!

 

Fall Family Mini Sessions Loveland and Fort Collins 2018

Fall Family Mini Sessions Loveland and Fort Collins 2018

Your fall family schedule is packed to the brim but it’s so important to take a few minutes together to update your family photos! Your children are growing and you don’t want to let any more time pass before you document this moment in your lives. A picture of everyone smiling and looking at the camera is important to you but what you really want to remember is those little details. How your kids snuggle together, their face when they laugh a big belly laugh, and how they still hold your hand but might not be so willing tomorrow.

Fort Collins Fall Mini SEssion

I’m so excited to offer fall family mini sessions again this year! I absolutely love getting to see families year after year and watching children grow! These sessions are a perfect opportunity to take a time out and enjoy each other as a family. Mark your year and the celebrate your love for each other.¬†¬†These limited sessions will be held on 3 dates; October 7. All sessions will take place in natural areas in and around Loveland or Fort Collins. Exact location will be emailed to you closer to the session date. If you have had a mini session with me before, I’ll work hard to choose a location you haven’t been to before ūüėȬ†¬†Fill out the form below to¬†book your time! Only 9 spaces are available. If you have questions or would prefer a full family session click here or email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com. Can’t wait to see you!

***NEW DATE ADDED! OCTOBER 21!!*****

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Dressing Moms | What to Wear for Family Pictures in Fort Collins, CO

Dressing Moms | What to Wear for Family Pictures in Fort Collins, CO

You’ve gone through the hard work of finding a photographer that you love and you’re so excited to have beautiful family photos that show your family connecting and in love. Now comes the tricky work of deciding what to wear for family pictures that will be gracing your walls for years to come.

For our family, I always start by dressing myself. I’m always the hardest to shop for! Once I find something that I feel fabulous in, I know putting together the rest of the family’s wardrobe will be pretty simple! Let’s take a look at some outfits that work and why!

 

what to wear for family pictures wrap dress, navy with floral print in pops of burgandy and mustardThis dress from Amazon is so cute and super affordable!

  • Jewel tones are the perfect compliment for fall colors in Fort Collins and Loveland!
  • Fitted at the bust and waist with looser sleeves and a flowing skirt, showing off some curves and bringing the attention to your face!
  • Long enough to move around in easily, not so long that you lose your legs in photos ūüėČ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

piper and scoot dress , what to wear for family pictures

This adorable dress from Piper and Scoot is perfect for family photos!

  • A defined waist flatters most figures
  • Solid color with texture and details for interest
  • Loosely fitted, long sleeves
  • A flowy skirt for movement and comfort

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another option from Piper and Scoot if you are not into florals!

  • Bold, classic plaid pattern adds texture and interest
  • Hits just below the knee, keeping it easy to move in and showing a little bit of leg
  • Loose fitting sleeves
  • Classic neutrals are easy to coordinate for the rest of the family! Add floral for a daughter or stick with stripes and solids for a boy mom.

 

 

 

 

 

family photos gray dress with ruffle front

This wrap style dress from Indie Boutique is a great solid color option!

  • Wrap style defines the waist and creates lines that draw the eye to the face
  • The ruffle at the neckline and sleeve adds movement and texture
  • The slit helps define a woman’s figure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

loveland colorado what to wearIf dresses really aren’t your thing, layered looks add texture!

  • Choose a sweater or jacket that gives you shape and hits just below the hip bones.
  • Your base layer can be a simple solid or choose a print if you need a little pop!
  • Fitted jeans or pants are often the most slimming and a cute ankle boot would top off the look!
  • Scarves can add more texture and interest but be careful not to choose something too bulky which will add weight to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we have an idea of what looks great, let’s talk a bit about things to avoid! Tunics can work if they have some shape an fit. Skip anything in a shift style. We feel like it camouflages¬†those bits we aren’t thrilled to show off but it often makes us look bigger! If you choose solids, make sure there’s some texture or add layers and accessories¬†for interest. Really the main idea is finding items that fit. Nothing too loose or too tight. Define your figure, it’s perfect just the way it is!

Still need more help with what to wear for family photos? Not a problem! Dear Kate Studios offers an online styling service exclusively for clients <3 When you book your fall family portrait session, I’ll help you with ideas for the whole family! The studio even has wardrobe pieces available for you to borrow! Ready to get planning? Email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or click here.

 

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