Oh, don't you love with when a new baby has giant amounts of soft fluffy hair? It's even better when they also have gorgeous blue eyes. I love doing baby sessions in the home, especially when there's a little sibling around. They feel so comfortable there and it just feels more like playtime than a session. What in the world that the big bro ALSO had a gorgeous head of curly hair! I was in details heaven here folks.
What happens when you take a darling family, a beautiful house in an incredible mountain location, pancakes, bubble baths, and s'mores? You get a magical in-home family session that makes their photographer super happy. Seriously, let's have more sessions just like this one please! I love it when families feel comfortable enough to just do their own thing while I'm there. It makes every shot so authentic.
I couldn't choose just a few shots from this session, so get ready!
So . . . if I could be a house, I might choose to be the Grovers' house. Not just because it's beautiful, but because it's full of fun and happy people doing fun and happy things. They like making pancakes each Saturday, and flipping is Dad's job, but he lets the little ones help. They like playing piano, reading, and snuggling. They make snowflakes and hang them above their dining table every Christmas. They climb on bookshelves, jump off the hearth, and have little Christmas trees in their bedrooms. They let the little sister put the star on the tree. And also, when a photographer comes to do an in-home family session, they are total pros and just have a lot of fun.
Also, it's gorgeous, and they are gorgeous, and that's that! It will be hard to narrow down the kajillion pictures we put into their beautiful 40-page album to post here, but I'll give it a try . . .
And just so we all know, this session was the birthplace of the term "Porchtraits" which has now become a traditional shot for my in-home sessions! Thanks Instagram for helping me out with that. :)
Remember the cutest In-home Lifestyle session you ever saw with these crazy boys running around the kitchen and dancing on the countertops and jumping on the bed?! Well, we also did an add-on Bringing Home Baby session! They couldn't do the family portion until their kitchen was finished with a gorgeous remodel, and I was super worried about the baby getting TOO BIG! So I came over a few weeks early, just to get some shots of that little pumpkin while he was still wrinkly and sleepy.
I posted lots of snuggle shots with mom and the brothers on that post, but it's time for the baby to have his moment in the sun. He was just so pleasant to work with, and I just got to snuggle and play with him for as long as I wanted, which I'm just not going to complain about! Let's look at his squishyness.
This session was SO fun. The family is just the cutest. They just welcomed their FOURTH boy home, and this session was a combination of an In-home Lifestyle session AND an add-on Bringing Home Baby! (I'll blog that baby session separately.) I love this combo! The family were CHAMPS during this long session, and I got to do all my favorite things at once--photos of a new smunchy baby, and pictures of kids being their little crazy selves. I usually have a "star" in each of my sessions, and although each of these kids was a star in his own way, I have to award the winning shots to cute Charlie, the blondie in the middle. He made me laugh the whole time. OH, I just love this family and this whole session. Thanks so much CUTE Smith family! Thank you for loving to dance on your kitchen counter top while you make pancakes. Thank you for being darling. Thank you for loving your smoochy baby so much! And thank you for letting me capture it all.
(And can we all just be in awe of their kitchen for a minute? The remodel was completed that very morning!)
There are so many things I love about this session.
- We did the whole session during dad's lunch hour.
- There was ZERO prep and ZERO stress.
- We were in a basement apartment with one small window.
You think you need tons of time, a beautiful home, and to clean your house for hours and get perfect clothing for your children to have an in-home lifestyle session? Think again! This session was super fun, super easy, and since we didn't have a lot of options in the dark basement, we stayed in one spot the entire time and got everything we needed and more. When I delivered the pictures, Elise said, "I want a lifestyle session every day!"
No, seriously. They are actual fun.