We have a guest with us on the blog today! Heather (the gorgeous mama featured below) somehow managed to find the time to share a little about her session, even with a two-month-old baby in her arms!
These client interviews are new addition to the blog, and I’m loving them so far. It’s been really interesting to hear about sessions from a different perspective, and I’m learning a lot about what it feels like to be on the other side of the camera — always a great reminder!
One of the things I love the most about being a newborn photographer is that I get to watch my clients transform from a couple into a family. Heather & Scott transitioned seamlessly, and I had allll the feels watching them shower their baby girl with love!
I will let Heather take it from here… 🙂
1) Please tell us a little bit about your family.
Boston is a special place for us. Between our first date to our wedding day, this city embodies who we are. And now, we have started a family here. So many firsts to come— what a delight to have this journey continue in a city we love so much. Scott and I are still pinching ourselves each morning when Mabel gets up. How did we get so lucky?
2) How did you decide that this was the right time to hire a professional photographer?
Scott & I knew we wanted to capture our life the moment we became a family…we had photos done the second day home from the hospital. We had no schedule, no plan, and certainly no clue!!! But it was worth every moment of chaos to have such early moments captured.
3) Where were each of your sessions held and why?
Maternity — near the MFA (Kate’s selection due to autumn colors). Newborn — our house…what better way to capture our family than in our home!?!?! The simple and raw beauty of our home helped capture what it means to be together.
4) What was your favorite part? (of either session)
Watching my husband hold our sweet milk-drunk daughter. Still makes me tear up thinking about his first moments of fatherhood.
5) Were you nervous or worried about anything before hiring a photographer? How did you feel afterward?
I was too bewildered to be nervous! I suppose I was most concerned that our sweet daughter would burst into an epic fit. But the warm temp of the house helped keep her peaceful the entire shoot.
6) Of all the photos we took, which is your #1 favorite and why?
Holy heck this is a challenging question… Mabel in the bonnet. Mabel’s half face and hand, OR our family on the couch. This is too hard to select one!!!
7) Any advice to other families before their photo session?
To those who overheat, keep one room/area cool so you can escape if the rest of the home gets too hot. Wear waterproof mascara. Have tissues on hand (and maybe a glass of water).
Moms, you are beautiful no matter what you think the mirror is telling you — tired, worn out, depleted, bloated — I promise, holding our little love was all it took to make me feel complete. Sure, my face was bloated and I had a postpartum belly… but all I see when I look at our photos is a happy, healthy, loving family. So don’t fret if your nails aren’t done or if you can’t book a hair appointment before (believe me, I am guilty of both).
8) How have you used the images from your session, or what are you planning to do with them?
We shared them with family and friends. Printed a few around the house and for my office and my husband’s office. We will eventually professionally frame some for our family photo wall. Facebook/Instragram/screensavers.
(Kate’s note: Heather also made an amazing Mpix book before Mabel was born, including images from her maternity session and pictures of other members of the family! I loved the idea for this “picture introduction” to all of the people that loved Mabel before she was born!)
9) Why did you choose Kate L Photography?
First and foremost — Kate’s passion for capturing love and emotion. Her website is a fantastic (and honest) glimpse of what you can expect from her work. My husband and I had the hardest time selecting photos because they all resonated so deeply. Kate is very likeable — which may make you laugh — but it’s so important to your images to feel at ease and enjoy the person behind the camera.
I like that Kate’s office/studio is in the city (and a heartbeat away from where we live). Kate does a fantastic job capturing Boston moments because she has a strong sense of the city. I like getting images in black and white— I have worked with other photographers and they charge if I want an image in both color and black & white. Kate communicates well and is very accessible on both sides of the shoot. Prior to our session, Kate and I corresponded about what I wanted captured and where. Additionally, images were complete when Kate promised and she was always quick to respond when I had a question.
Thank you so much for your time, Heather! xoxo