Becoming a Family {Saxby, Loveland Newborn Pictures}

Becoming a Family {Saxby, Loveland Newborn Pictures}

“Your first child makes you parents; your second makes you a family”

Loveland newborn pictures becoming a familyMama shared this quote with me at their session and it totally set the mood for Saxby’s newborn photos. Snuggled up on the studio bed looking down at their newest little family member, you could feel the love and pride oozing out of this sweet family. Big Brother Z did a great job holding his brother when his turn came and gave the sweetest quick kisses! The bedroom set in the studio is perfect for siblings in that 2-3 year old group because they feel comfortable and baby is safe and cushioned. These images are timeless and great way to remember your first baby becoming a sibling.

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Saxby was a tiny little guy at just 6 lbs 10 oz and 20.25 inches long. Babies come into the studio under 3 weeks old and sometimes are not back up to their birth weight by the time they see me. I love this too short stage when baby is sleeping so hard and I’m able to document all of their tiny little features and just how small they are. You blink and they don’t fit in your arms quite the same way anymore. That pouty lip shows the milk blister of the early days of nursing. The little eyelashes remind you of the hours you sit and watch your new baby sleep.

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If you are expecting a new little baby in your family, I’d love to document those first days for you! They move so quickly and are something we only get to experience a few times in life if we are lucky!  Email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the “Book Now” button above!

A growing family {Blair, Loveland Newborn Pictures}

A growing family {Blair, Loveland Newborn Pictures}

I met the S family back in the summer of 2016 when they were celebrating making it through the first year of their first kiddos life! G was just starting to walk and holding his little arms in the air for balance as he toddled along the wooden bridge backed by the foothills just outside of Fort Collins. Fast forward a year and a half and now G is the big brother and I got to see him for his baby sister’s newborn pictures!

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Going from only child to big brother is such a big transition not just for G but for the whole family! I distinctly remember Harper’s last day as an only child. I was scheduled for induction with my second baby so we knew it was the last day. We spent the day visiting the farm and having “coffee” together. We went to dinner as a family of 3. As a mom, I worried about how I’d handle two kids. Would I be able to give both of them the love and attention they needed/deserved? Of course, every mom I knew reassured me that the love just grows and they were right. Not just the love for the new baby but somehow you fall more in love with your 1st child and your spouse watching them grow into their new roles.

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It was such an honor to watch the S family as they are growing into their new roles with baby Blair’s arrival. She is the sweetest little babe and slept like a dream for her newborn pictures. We started with the family images so that G could go hang with daddy and still got his nap! He was such a proud big brother, holding this tiny bundled up baby girl with a big grin on his face!

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If you are adding a new little member to your family, I’d love to document this special time for you! Click “Book Now” above to get in touch or email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com for more information!

Nora- A Rainbow Baby {Loveland Newborn Photography}

Nora- A Rainbow Baby {Loveland Newborn Photography}

Sweet baby Nora made her grand entrance into the world a little bit early but she’s the strongest little fighter and managed to leave the hospital with no time in the NICU! Before she was born, her mama and daddy came into the studio to celebrate this pregnancy with maternity photos. After losing their first baby, they knew this time was special and needed to document it. I’m so happy to be able to offer these indoor maternity sessions in the winter months! So much more comfortable for a pregnant mom!

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We were able to incorporate this sweet rainbow headband from Devoted Knits as a way to remember Nora’s older sister.

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Little Nora was tiny but mighty! She was such a sweet baby to cuddle and pose!

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I’d love to document your pregnancy and your baby’s first days of life! Contact me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the link below!

Wyatt {Loveland Newborn and Sibling Photography}

Wyatt {Loveland Newborn and Sibling Photography}

I met this mama over a year ago when she attended a Snap Happy workshop in my Loveland studio! I helped her understand the basics of getting better photographs of her darling little girl and walked through some of the settings on her DSLR camera. I was so excited to hear from her that she was expecting a second kiddo!

Sweet little Wyatt decided to surprise his family and make his appearance a little early! He was a tiny little guy when he came into my Loveland studio this fall! He was so sweet to snuggle and his big sister did a great job holding him with the proper motivation  (Read: BRIBE! haha!! ) ! Siblings this close in age are always a gamble; we definitely came out winners though! 

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I love that Wyatt showed his sweet eyes for his session too! He was so calm and just checking out this brand new world <3

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Learn more about what goes into a photographing a newborn baby for your family when you click below! 

A baby brother! {Loveland Newborn Photography Studio}

A baby brother! {Loveland Newborn Photography Studio}

Sweet Nolan is such a lucky baby to have joined this fun Windsor, CO family. From the time I spent with them in my Loveland studio I can see that they love big and strong! Big brother was quite taken with his new baby and future best friend! Can you blame him?? Look at that hair and that precious face!! I love how these newborn photos show just how small baby is at just over a week old! He’s grown so much already and his sweet little face is changing. 

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Expecting a new little brother or sister in your family? Email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the button below to learn more about documenting these first days!

Newborn Photography, Northern Colorado {Mentoring Review}

Newborn Photography, Northern Colorado {Mentoring Review}

Baby K came in to model for me shortly after I attended mentoring to help perfect my newborn photography with Nicole Smith Photography out of Scottsbluff, NE. The mentoring was amazing and I had so many light bulb moments throughout. The trip to get there on the other hand was a wild ride! 

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My dear friend Chantry from Chantry Lee Photography flew in from Montana to come with me. We were both trying to minimize our time away from our children and she scheduled her flight to arrive at 11pm. I headed to DIA just as a super heavy rain came in. It was so wet and heavy that the roads were reflecting every single light like crazy and you could hardly see the lines painted on! I of course checked the flight status before I left home (on time) and then again as I was waiting for my Dutch Bros coffee (yay for a late night coffee shop!)  when it showed a 15 minute delay! No big deal as the roads made for slower travel. I got to the airport and got  message from Chantry that her plane had landed but there was no gate available for them to de-board! I ended up circling DIA for about an hour before she was finally set free haha!

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We were finally on our way to Nebraska after midnight! Mentoring was starting at 8:30 am and the rain was still coming down really hard and flooding the roads! To make it even more exciting, Chantry was not feeling great after a very turbulent flight in! About an hour into the drive we realized the rain combined with the pitch black night were making a pretty risky combo! We found a hotel in Cheyenne and stopped an hour from home with an hour and half of driving to do in the morning. We woke about an hour and a half later in daylight to 2 inches of snow on the ground!! When we chose our dates for mentoring back in January, we certainly didn’t think we’d be driving to Nebraska in a snow storm in MAY! Typical for Cheyenne, the snow was thick and wet and blowing all over. Luckily about 30 minutes away, the snow turned to rain and we made our way safely to Scottsbluff! 

The first day was packed with learning! We had 3 little models that day and we worked through each pose learning the ins and out how baby should be positioned to show just how tiny and bendy and sweet newborns are! We also worked through some techniques for soothing baby and keeping them happy and settled. When all of the babies headed home we talked business and editing 🙂 Nicole was an open book with us and it was so cool to bounce ideas off of her and talk through some things. After a the biggest plate of nachos you’ve ever seen, we headed to an early bed time and tried to catch up on the sleep we had missed the night before! 

Day two was hands on practice with a sweet baby girl. It was awesome to review and go over questions with a little more rest. My brain was totally swimming with new information at this point but all of my questions were answered and we headed back to DIA just after lunch so we could get back to our own babies (even if they aren’t really babies anymore haha!).

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Baby K came to the studio the following week and I got to put all of my new knowledge in practice! I’m so happy with the growth I’ve experience from the mentoring session! For me the change in my work is super obvious! And of course I continue to grow and change a little with each newborn session. Photographers, I’d highly recommend working with Nicole! She had a wonderful way of teaching that just made sense and was easy to remember. I feel like everything she taught was repeatable on my own as well which is huge! 

Mamas, If you are expecting, I’d love to work with you and your new babe! Email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the button below! I’m currently booking due dates October through December <3

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