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Atlanta Baby Photographer | What to Expect

You know what can be a real downer when it comes to prepping for your next professional photography session? The stress of not knowing exactly what you need to prepare.

So, I am here with some quick highlights to help that night before prep session be a little less hectic.

What should you wear?

Putting together an outfit for your shoot can be stressful, but let me just tell you – simplicity is key. Contrary to what is often believed, more formal ensembles do not usually turn out well. If you’re lost, just know that you are not alone. Most people are unsure of how to dress for a shoot. Luckily, at Jess Kamm Photography, we take a lot of the guessing games out of the equation by providing our clients with a lot of the outfits you see in our photos. We have everything from maternity dresses, men’s shirts, toddler outfits and body wraps for baby and mom on demand in the studio.

If you want to bring your own clothing, no problem. Just ensure to pick items that are very neutral and avoid heavy patterns. The darker the skin tone, the more wiggle room there is for darker colors, like dark blue, black or brown. The lighter the skin color, we have found that whites and light blues or greens work best. Take a look above at mom and big sister, for example. Their simple tank and dress don’t take away from the shots and blend well with the color schemes that were chosen. Are you melting? Because I’m melting.

What should you pack?

Extra food! Sessions normally take up to five hours, so I always say bring more than you think you need to feed everyone – baby, mom, dad and anyone else that is in your party. The worst thing is when baby starts to get hungry towards the end of our time together and refuses to sleep. Or if dad starts to get hungry and anxious, and baby senses that, too. Just like any scenario in life, if we’re all fed, we’re happy – right?

Make a day of it.

Your newborn, baby or maternity session is a time devoted to you and your family – relish in it. I always advise families against scheduling any appointments after their session, because watching the clock can take away from the joy of these few hours. A little down time to celebrate this new portion of life is good for the soul. Not to mention, baby can sense your feelings. So, if you’re biting your nails, worried about being somewhere on time, baby won’t sleep. The photos happen once in a babies lifetime. So, the most perfect day is what we’re aiming for, right?

As usual, once you book with us, we can answer any and all questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you and your little bundle.

 

Have a wonderful rest of the week,

Xx Jess

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Our Gift to You | Atlanta Newborn Photography (2018)

Someone recently said to me, “I bet newborn photography can often become monotonous. So, what goes through your mind while shooting? Editing?”

My answer: I imagine the family’s face when they see these final shots of their most perfect gift.

I would never look at anything we do as monotonous. I mean, look at what who we get to photograph. Have you ever seen anything more beautiful that baby girl above? Rather, I would say it is all a part of the process leading up to the big moment at the end – handing over these beautiful photos for a family to hold on to forever. To put it into perspective: imagine a time when you found the most wonderful gift for a loved one of yours. Along with it, you probably bought the best wrapping paper, a fitting card for the occasion and because you knew how much they were going to love it, thought numerous times about giving it to them early.  That’s how we feel every. single. day.

We all yield a divine gift and for most of us, those gifts lead to certain professions – to our art, if you will. My art is to memorialize the gift of new life. From the moment our darling babies debut, they begin to change. What they look like at two weeks (typically the time frame in which we work) will resemble very little of what they look like a few months down the road. So for us, we capture those little details for you. As a parent, you will always be able to remember the way you felt when they were that little, but you won’t be able to recall the bow of his lip or the curvature of her lashes. With these photos, you will. Can you imagine the feels?!

That’s why it is so important to not only have these pictures taken, but to have them printed and hung in your home. Can you see it like I see it? Raising your tribe in a house filled with toys, grade school art and of course, photos of your littles when they were at their tiniest. Sounds like a cozy, love-filled Heaven, right?

I love playing “Who’s Who” with my three girls’ and their newborn photos. We giggle over the similarity of their eyes or the difference in their smiles. They rarely guess it right, but the fun of it all never ceases. Heidi’s little one, Sloan, loves to look at her newborn photos and tell her mommy about when she was a baby. All four of them look so different now and it’s turned into such a special time spent in each of our homes.

Cheers to collecting all of the memories!

Have a great week!

xx Jess

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Creating the Perfect Photo | Atlanta Baby Photography

In the land of baby photography, there are so many avenues in which we, as photographers, are required to familiarize ourselves with. Each one filled with questions like, “What lighting do we use?”, “Where should we purchase our props?”, and “How many different type of blankets do we need?,” and the list continues for about 10 more miles, I assure you. Out of all of the factors that come into play, there are three that are of the upmost importance:

The Family

At the beginning of Jess Kamm Photography, once question I initially pinned down was, “How do I want to go about making each session unique?” The answer to that was simple – I wanted the families in on the brainstorming! After a session is booked, we get together with our clients for guidance on how to customize their photos to fit their homes and preferences. This allows us to learn which colors the family prefers, what positions they would love to have the baby captured in, and allow them to browse through ALL of our props to choose the ones they love most. We even discuss the color palettes found within their home to ensure the photos blend beautifully with what is already there.

Side note: At Jess Kamm, our style is very organic, meaning there is a natural hue to all of our tones. Adding texture and color into each photo is one of our  favorite things to do, but never so much that it distracts from the real beauty – the darling baby.

The Session

When the big day came for Baby G (pictured above) to make his camera debut, all of the groundwork has been laid, allowing us to focus on what we do best – capturing the most beautiful keepsakes to last a lifetime. The studio was cozy and warm, the sound machine was rolling and our professional touch had been added to all the ideas we discussed with his family prior – all the ingredients required for a magical day! Our little, wild-haired hunk refused to sleep for the first portion of the session, but he soon grew bored of my face and camera lens, and decided a snooze sounded like more fun. A few wide awake photos can be great, because they showcase a little of the babies’ personality and add variety.

Love for it all

Apart from all else, we adore what we do – and that is crucial. You can plan the perfect poses and choose the coziest blanket, but if you heart is not in it, it will show. Photography IS our heart’s work. We are so grateful for the time we are able to spend with each family, learning about one another and gifting them with a piece to fill their homes with. There is nothing quite like it.

Thank you for allowing us to live our dream,

xx Jess

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How You’ve Grown | Atlanta Baby Photographer

One thing you come to terms with as a (baby) photographer is the idea of change as a constant; editing processes simplify, cameras become more intricately put together, and the babies you swear you just had a newborn session with last month are almost one year old and are back to see you for another round. Though all of these ring true to my life, the purpose of today circles around the latter. Let me just tell you how happy I was to have little man back for a sitting up session, but also – time, slow down, would ya?!

We first met Beau during his newborn session with Heidi last year. He was Mr. Personality even then, so to see him now was full on entertainment. He absolutely lit up the entire studio. Once little man’s family came in, got settled and unloaded, baby Beau was ready to explore, and I got the low-down on the happenings since we last met. As always, I love getting caught up on all of the milestones our babies surpass – sitting up being one of Beau’s.

We began doing sitting up sessions when we looked at our girls – my three and Heidi’s one – only to realize how much time had passed and that it showed no intention of slowing down. We, being photographers, have been blessed to be able to capture a lot of special moments with our children, and we wanted to give that opportunity to others around us. These moments are not coming back, so let them be celebrated and memorialized right here and now.

As you can tell from Beau’s session, we really hone in on capturing each personality. No baby is the same and we really just go with what we feel works with each session and child. This keeps the photos genuine and true to our subjects.

Since introducing sitting up sessions, I have had an excuse to do MORE prop shopping – Beau’s crown being one of the new additions. Thank you, Seed Factory. To see more of our sitting up session, look here.

Cheers to the weekend,

xx Jess

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Families | Atlanta Newborn Photographer

Families – one of my favorites aspects about being a newborn photographer. I absolutely love being able to spend time with all of the lives brought together by love and new life. I have been doing this so long now that I have had the privilege of spending time with several families more than once, like the marvelous Myung family for example. This little bundle of joy is their second. I was so excited to photograph him OUT, because I caught some pretty beautiful photos of his mother while he was still IN. But I’ve known these wonderful people long before little bundle arrived. Big brother was actually a newborn model for us when we first began doing studio light – which we love, by the way. I am still not sure what took us so long to switch. Anyway, it never ceases to amaze me how quickly they grow, and big brother is growing up at what seems to be lightning speed. This family (and now this session) has been a favorite of mine for quite some time.
You may recall my love for mulling over layouts of photo albums and keepsake frames. If not, to put it lightly – I adore it! Baby Myung and big brother both have matching albums and in remembrance of their big debut, the two also have framed birth announcements (insert my excitement here) at home. As a mom of three, framed birth announcements come highly recommended by me. Just as we get the names of our little ones mixed up from time-to-time, birth stats are often jumbled, too. Even more than that, I love walking out of my girls’ rooms and glancing at that reminder of the three best days of my life. It gives me a quiet, special moment each time. Don’t just take my word for it, read some of our customer testimonials.
Mommas, if you are expecting and interested in a maternity session, we would love to have you. It’s simply a $250 add-on to our newborn sessions.
Until next time. Have the most wonderful Thursday!
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