8.13.2015


Yakima Newborn Photographer

Boys! I think it would be pretty neat to grow up as one of 3 brothers. The bond and the memories would be amazing. That's what I think of when I look at these 3. I'm excited that they will have this picture to look back on as a memory of when brother #3 was born.
Personalizing newborn sessions is something that I take pretty seriously. So, I took it to heart to make this session, with three brothers, cute and still keep the boy factor. I loved the burlap bow ties and suspenders that I found on etsy. Not knowing at the time if it would be a boy or girl, I bought burlap items for a boy or girl that would compliment the older boys outfits. I love, love, love how it all came together. I really appreciate the trust that their mom put in me to create a wonderful portrait.
Yakima Newborn Photographer

Garden Gates Photography


9.30.2014

Yakima Maternity Portraits

~Yakima Maternity Photography~

Maternity Progression Photography

Maternity Progression Portraits are so much fun! They allow a woman to really see the beauty that her body is later on. Especially since we, as women, cant always see it at the time when we are as big as a house with a watermelon hanging off the front of us. (those were my own personal feeling during my pregnancy. I left out the part where I felt like I needed a Rascal to haul my big butt around by the 9th month. I never went there, but I wanted to.) 
This beautiful Yakima Mom has been with me since I first started shooting newborns. I'm so grateful that she stayed by my side during all the learning curves I feel like I went through along the way. I'm sure there will be more learning curves as I go, but she was one of my first 5 newborn clients!
As we were planning these sessions, we finalized the look that she and her husband wanted. Each time we would meet, I would also have a crazy prop or idea. She was gracious and humble enough to play along. Below you will see both finished progressions. Both showing the stages and seasons she went through, just in different ways. Enjoy!

Garden Gates Photography
Yakima Maternity Progression
Garden Gates Photography
Yakima Themed Photography

9.17.2014

Yakima Newborn Photography

Baby Girl~D~ {yakima newborn photographer}

Yakima Newborn Photography

Garden Gates Photography

Garden Gates Photography

Garden Gates Photography


Yakima Newborn Photography

Baby Girl~H~{Yakima Newborn Photographer}

Yakima Newborn Photography

This was a really fun session for me. Ive enjoyed capturing a few of this families photos over the past few years, and am loving being part of that journey. These sweet newborn photos were my first using constant lighting in the studio and I'm really happy with how they turned out. I never stop learning and growing in my field and with each step, my heart skips a beat with excitement.

Garden Gates Photography
Garden Gates Photography


Garden Gates Photography

5.01.2014

Yakima Newborn Photography

Baby Boy~H~{Yakima Newborn Photographer}

Yakima Newborn Photographer


Had a wonderful visit with this sweet little baby boy. Isn't he just precious all over.  I had so much fun stylizing his newborn session and making it just right. I think its perfect, just like him.



Garden Gates Photography

Garden Gates Photography

Garden Gates Photography

11.16.2013

Yakima Newborn Photography

Breath of Fresh Air

Going through these photos was like taking a walk in the mountains for me. They were very refreshing and left me with a feeling of possibility. Loved the colors, the outfits and the sweet little model. Cant wait to watch this little family grow and next spring get some family portraits. Reason number 6,591 why I love my job.
Garden Gates Photography

Garden Gates Photography

Garden Gates Photography

11.15.2013

Yakima Newborn Baby Photographer

~Love to be Inspired~

I just get so excited every time a new baby is brought into my studio. Today I had a parent ask me what inspired me while I was taking their babies portraits. I smiled and said "Your baby inspired me".  This is so true for me each time I shoot newborn photos. Each session is different to me just as each little baby is their own person.
 After every session, I'm so very glad to have met that little person.


Garden Gates Photography

11.13.2013

National Newborn Safety Week

Last week was Newborn Safety Week for photographers all over the country. This is an opportunity for us to educate and encourage others who may be learning or may not know how to get that shot they they are looking for. Safety is always number one!!! A baby looks adorable in its natural state and does not require additional posing. That doesn't mean it isn't as cute as all get out to pose them in thoughtful positions that seem to defy all things that we know about newborns. However, newborns are not a prop and must be given the utmost consideration and care.
First some things that Ive learned along the way that are very helpful, if not a necessity for a safe newborn session:

1~patience, patience, patience. Babies don't give a hoot about your creative vision or if your on a time crunch. If you are rushed, you are going to be sloppy and make a mistake. This is not an area with room for mistakes.

2~A wireless remote. This is a must for me. Here is a link to the one I have. I have my hands on my newborns for any photo that will  be deemed a composite. I set my camera up on some books or a short tripod. Set my focal length, then I put one of the parents in charge of the remote so that I can use both my hands. When I'm ready, I tell them to push the button like they are my 6 year old! Otherwise, you may not end up with enough to choose from.

3~A brick. Yup, a brick. When I place my sweet babies in a basket, a bucket, a box or whatever else I may find to compliment them, I put a brick(or two)in the bottom of it prior to putting blankets, pillow and finally the baby into it. This ensures that the item does not become top heavy. Again, this is precious cargo I'm caring for and I'm not taking any chances!

4~A bean bag. I use this anytime I'm using a set up that has baby off the ground in a hammock or sling. I edit it out in a composite(the merging of two or more images) later. I want the baby no more than a couple inches from the bean bag.

5~Helpful and attentive parents. I make sure that I am clear about what I expect from the parents in regards to keeping their baby safe while I'm shooting. I want the parents within a foot or two of the baby during the whole session. I let them know that they are welcome to touch, hold or do whatever they need if the baby begins to fuss or fidget. I don't care if I'm in the middle of shooting, we snuggle baby back into contentment and then continue.

6~Be flexible. You will not always get the posed shot that you want. Some babies just are not having it. You know what, that's ok. Don't get frustrated and don't force it. Naturally posed babies are beautiful and perfect. Capture that well and your clients will love you. You can view more of my newborn art at Garden Gates Photography.


Here are some examples of composites and safety practices in my own studio:

 In the fallowing shot, you will notice I had both Mom and Grandma helping with this one. I also used a second shot of the baby where his upper body was held and his lower portion was not in order to complete this composite. He was a bit squirmy and made us work for this shot.

10.01.2013

Watch Me Grow~1st Birthday Cake Smash~Yakima Child Photography

Yakima Child Photography

Oh my! So many of my favorite things rolled into one here. Pink, ruffles, cupcake, sprinkles, big sparkly eyes and a sweet smiley girl! Ive had the privilege of doing portraits for this sweet baby girl since she was born and every couple of months throughout her first year of life. What a fun little person she is!
Yakima Child Photography

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer

Yakima Child Photographer


8.13.2013

Vintage Circus~Themed Photography~Selah, Washington

Yakima Vintage Circus Themed Portraits


After much planning, crafting and coordinating, it was fun to watch this Vintage Circus session come together. The girls certainly seemed to enjoy themselves, which makes for easy smiles. I love the colors and the outfits were perfect. What fun to be a girl! Contact me if your interest in planning a themed session for your child.






































- See more at: http://www.helperblogger.com/2012/05/add-facebook-like-button-to-blogger.html#sthash.yTqqVGwq.dpuf