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5 Simple ways to help Dad prep for his close up

Dear Friend,

So i've heard it before. "My husband doesn't want to have his photos taken" What do you do NOW? 

Let me tell you a little tale, well a true story, but tale sounded nice. Anyway, when I first started taking photos, my husband wasn't the keenest on getting his photo taken, smiling for the camera, willingly posing. So what changed? He saw the results, the special moments captured. The snuggles, the pictures forever saved that will forever allow his daughters and himself to see their relationship. Him as a protector, a comforter, to witness his love. Those memories and these visuals will live on after he's gone. The ones of our family, the ones of us as a couple, the ones of him as a dad and even the ones of just him. 

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So what do you do to try to let your husband/boyfriend/ finance let them know how much it means to you?

1. TELL THEM. No seriously, gently explain from your heart, how much it means to you to document whatever your special moment is.   

2. ASK THEM. This goes hand in hand with number one. Ask and explain. Nothing ventured nothing gained right?!

3. BRIBE THEM. I am not above, bribery with children, nor with spouses when it comes to photographic participation (hahaha). Make a deal, or a promise. "Ill do X if you to Y." Take over the chore they dislike the most for a week, cook their favorite meal (even if you don't like it)

4. HELP HIM GET DRESSED. A lot of guys do not like to pick out clothes, let alone have to coordinate with the entire family. Help him by helping to pick out his outfit! Something that he likes, but still works with the family/the feel of the session.

5. TELL HIM HE LOOKS GREAT. Just like how women need a little self-confidence boost, sometimes guys do to. Compliment him! Whisper in his ear, tell him he looks handsome.

Most of all remember to HAVE FUN. This is a no pressure, go with the flow, joking environment. Here at CHP, that is a goal, Capture love and beauty, through fun and have everyone leave with a smile. Guy's too. 

My best,

Cara

Cason...brand new

Oh baby!

It was so exciting to follow up the maternity session with a newborn session. Snuggling with a sweet smelling newborn and capturing their tiny fingers and pouty lips. I am enjoying taking a more baby led approach to posing and some of my favorite poses are "womb like". 

Are you interested in a maternity or newborn session? Contact me, let's talk! I love helping families to welcome their little ones into the world.

Giulie turns ONE!

Guilie is ONE. I can't believe it! I have photographed her maternity, newborn and now at one year of age. I love her smile and her sweet demeanor. She was a little bit shy when where started but blossomed as the session went on. Here are a few of my favorites below! Her mom's response, "These pictures are absolutely beautiful. I cried. Thank you so much for capturing such gorgeous pictures of my family. I can't thank you enough." Thank you so much to you all for allowing me to capture your milestone memories!

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Time flies when you are having fun.

I cannot believe this little girl is 6 months old! My how time flies. We had such a good time playing and joking and tickling. I love getting to know people better and talking to them about their family and their hopes and dreams.

Photographing your moments, your family milestones is making my very own dreams come true. I now have a small home studio and this was my first studio session with this new set up. There is more on the horizon and I am SO excited to take you all on this journey with me. Now when the weather is too cold for those beautiful babies, we can just bring it indoors. Yay for all year round! 
 

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And baby makes three!

Sometimes the math doesn't alway quite add up. Adding a new addition to your family is so special that it even defies logic. I'm no mathematician, but I am pretty sure that having your first child is the only time in life where 1+1=3. 

This couple is fun, adorable, spunky and even though Mama bear was a unsure at the beginning of the session, her beauty continued to shine brightly the whole session. She was even willing to get into the water on an only semi-warm day. You can tell by the way they look into each others eyes, their hearts have found the place they call home. <3 

The weather was so touch and go on the day of the session that I was afraid we would have to reschedule. There were showers in the morning, but the weather held out for us and we were able to really enjoy the surroundings and celebrate the coming of this new life! Congratulations to this beautiful couple. I'm looking forward to meeting this little person!

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Life lesson I’ve learned from my toddler

Almost 3 years ago, I gave birth to my second child. Before she arrived, I already had the feeling she was going to be “something else”. Our oldest daughter was (and still is) quite the little lady. In my mind, I was prepared. When she turned two, I could fully confirm…I was not. Why would I say that? Z is like a tornado that happens after the hurricane that came after the tsunami that resulted from the earthquake. I have found her four shelves up the pantry trying to get “marshmeddows”, washing her cozy coupe in the kitchen (with a play mop, and real water), cleaning a toilet, and unlocking the deadbolt to let herself out of the front door and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We have to keep an eye on that kid. I love her spunky, and hilarious ways. Just like her big sister she is beautifully unique.  Z has taught me so much, I learned a lot from my first child as well. After all A was my first bundle of sweetness, but Z is another ball game all together. So here’s the list.

Be tenacious- She is relentless; she never gives up. If she can’t climb it/reach she finds something, anything to help her.  If she can’t get over it, she will get around it or go through it. You are under four feet tall, but want the lollipops in the cabinet on the second shelf from the top? Push a stool, climb the counter and get climbing! Her pediatrician described her as “very resourceful”. I think that might be the nice way of say pint sized criminal, but regardless, I am applying this to my life. Just because you or someone else thinks that you can’t doesn’t mean you can’t. Get out of your own way! Get moving and make things happen!

Be patient- I guess this one kind of speaks to the obvious. A strong willed child requires a lot of time, a lot of explaining and a lot of thinking. She is a master of evasive maneuvers and taking advantage of any situation. I’m a work in progress but I totally understand how hard it can be to maintain being patient, but it goes such a long way! It feels so much better than rushing or letting your frustrations get the best of you. I’m applying this to building my business/my brand. Good things take time, growth requires patience.

Be Confident - There is nothing wrong with telling yourself you are doing a good job. Z was determined to jump from the ottoman to the sofa, which were further apart than usual (I had just finished about 3 hours of doing A’s mini twists in her hair) She’s telling herself “I will do this! I can do this jump!” When she gets upset from us telling her she can’t do something she on occasion creates a song about it… -_-. That’s another story. The point is, sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader and greet the day with confidence. “Today I will… Today I can…”

Be yourself- Z is unapologetically herself. She is never afraid to tell you want she likes and how she likes it, and what she doesn’t like. She’s worn snow boots in the summer, they matched he outfit and she wanted to, a tutu for 3 days straight. It wasn’t going to hurt her or anyone else so I said why not?! Be yourself!

You can learn a lot from your little ones! Have a magnificent monday!

 

 

KMJ is two!

I know everyone is familiar with the term "terrible twos", but honestly I love two-year olds. They are learning about themselves, the world and how it works. That can be tough! My favorite things about two year olds are the wonder in their eyes and the spunk in their souls. So here is to TWO!

This photo session was done on an unseasonably warm day in January ( the way I prefer it hahaha!). I enjoyed this session so much and have had the privilege of photographing this spunky girl from baby bump until now! Did you know that I offer a special Baby bundle package that can follow your baby's growth from bump to 1 year? Here are some beautiful photos from our warm January session!

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