Accessorizing Your Photo Session, Part 1 // greenberries Guest Post // Jennifer K Photography

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We all tend to let holidays or family milestones pass by while saying “we should really get a group shot someday soon”. Finding the will power to just make your appointment and seize the day is the hardest part of a family shoot. Once the appointment has a date, then the fun begins.  Creating a color palette that complements your family and your photo venue is the first step to capturing a timeless memory. Incorporating a few simple ideas for props as well as family heirlooms are key to adding an element of nostalgia to your shoot.

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Willow is covered from hair to toe in new retail as well as consigned gear from greenberries.  She has incorporated some pops of color into her photo shoot with her teething necklace from Freja ($23.95). She is also showing her Baltic amber teething necklace from Inspired By Finn ($25.95).  Baltic amber is worn by our customers for a number of health and wellness benefits. It contains analgesic properties and helps take the edge off of the discomfort and symptoms associated with teething.

Willow has a simple cotton dress by Gap, purchased on consignment. Her hair clip designed for delicate child hair is from Whimsical Fairytales ($5.50).  For a complement to her color palette as well as an added pop of color, Willow is holding an Original Toy Company What ‘Zit ($3.95).

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One of my personal favorite special touches on a photo shoot is incorporating a family heirloom or stuffed animal/doll into the picture. This gives you an object to hand down to the next generation and show how much it was previously loved. A fun way to hold a stuffed friend is to hold it close with a child Sakura Bloom Ring Sling ($38). The child doll carrier is the mini version of our standard Sakura Bloom Ring Sling ($88 linen & $198 silk) for babywearing or toddlerwearing. Juliana is holding a sweet fold fairytale doll from JellyCat ($28). Her headband is a matching piece to her child infinity scarf and mom’s infinity nursing scarf sold by Nora Sells Seashells available at greenberries. Also in stock at greenberries are mom’s Chewbeads ($23.50). Chewbeads are a silicone beaded necklace used by babies & toddlers for chewing while teething or entertaining them while breastfeeding. If yanked or pulled by your little one, they snap right off and can snap back on with a simple clasp. Assorted colors, lengths & bead shape are also available along with silicone bracelets.

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Juliana and her little brother Parker are wearing our HOTTEST sibling set offered at greenberries. Parker has on the adorable suspenders from Tadpole & Lily ($29.95), while sister Juliana is accessorizing with the matching hairclip, also by Tadpole & Lily ($16). Greenberries stocks multiple colors and patterns of Tadpole & Lily hairclips, bowties, neckties and suspender accessories.

In the comments below, let us know, which of these items would you love to incorporate into your next family session?

Watch out for more great ideas, tips and options for accessorizing your family’s photo shoot on my next blog post!  Stay tuned – there will also be some more fun stuff in store for our readers!

Speaking of fun… the winner of last post’s giveaway of the $10 greenberries gift certificate is Katie Cannarsa!  Congratulations Katie!  Receive your prize during your next visit to the store!

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Meet Shannon from greenberries: Newest Guest Blogger at Jennifer K Photography

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If you’ve been following this blog or my Jennifer K Photography Facebook page for any length of time, then you know just how much I adore greenberries.  I’ve been guest posting on the greenberries blog for the past year and I’m so excited to now have Shannon as a guest here once a month.  We have a lot of fun and exciting things planned, so be sure to check back for her upcoming posts.  Her first one will be next week!

In the meantime, today’s post is full of interesting tidbits about Shannon and her family.  Don’t miss the giveaway details at the end!

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My name is Shannon Thornton and I am currently the Social Media / Marketing Director at greenberries. At greenberries we provide families an upscale maternity & child consignment experience while blending new toys, books and gifts into our inventory. Greenberries is home to 4 staff Certified Babywearing Educators and many trained employees who are experts in cloth diapering, attachment parenting and healthy families. We offer workshops and educational courses to help grow the community and focus on family first.

It was shortly after giving birth to my first child that I decided to go back to college to further my education and pursue my passion for pediatric nutrition. After completing my Associates Degree from Eastern Florida State College, I threw myself into many support job positions while searching for just the right path for me. It was not until I found greenberries that I realized that what I wanted out of a career. For me it meant being able to blend my passion for helping families while continuing to support my own family at home. Being a mom is the life I was meant to live and I am lucky to be able to enjoy these days with my children. Greenberries has proved to me that you can help others and maintain a career, but also be your own person while still being a happy wife & mother.

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I was born and raised in Cocoa Beach, Florida where I also raised 2 children of my own. Juliana is my beautiful 8 year old girl who loves animals, running and sketching in her journal. Parker is my little 3 year old man who enjoys riding his scooter, building with blocks and reading books. I was lucky enough to marry my dreamy school girl crush who I adored for many years before he was mine. We have spent the best 12 years of our life growing and building our family. Without him I am only a half of who I was meant to be. As a family we enjoy weekend adventures, hiking, exploring museums and visiting local farms & zoos. We are truly happy being outdoors while exploring the Maryland area.

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October 1, 2012 my husband took a new position at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and we moved our family to Maryland. It was an enormous change to move away from our first home and all the family & friends we had to leave behind. So far we have been extremely happy living in Howard County. That being said, we are still living like tourists every weekend. It is fun to find what new adventures await us in our own backyard.

My favorite things include flip-flops, building sandcastles, baking & cooking healthy (but yummy) recipes, reading natural living magazines, farm to table meals, yoga, super soft bed sheets, labeling & organizing, and browsing Pinterest boards. I think of myself as being open-minded and always allowing myself to learn from others. Through my life, I am humbled by the people I have come across and it is my belief that knowledge is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

*** Giveaway alert! ***  

Say “Hi” to Shannon below in a comment and we will give away a $10 greenberries gift certificate to one lucky person!  

Winner will be announced here on Wednesday, July 23 during Shannon’s first official guest post!

 

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4 After-Session Activities To Continue the Fun! // Jennifer K Photography // Howard County’s Family and Child Photographer

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So, your family photo session has come to an end.  We’ve spent the last 1 1/2 hours laughing, dancing, and acting silly.  All while capturing natural and fun images of your family.  Don’t let the fun stop there!  Treat your family to one (or more!) of the following nearby after-session activities:

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1.  Stop by greenberries, Columbia’s upscale eco-chic children’s and maternity boutique.  They have an enormous selection of unique toys and books that make the perfect reward for your little photo subjects!

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2.  Have your little ones pick out their favorite cupcake from the extensive selection of delicious flavors at my go-to bakery, Kupcakes & Co.  While you’re there, be sure to try their latest creation – french macarons!

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3.  Use this playground guide offered by Columbia Area Mothers of Multiples to find the closest playground near our session location.  Enjoy your sweet treats while the kids continue to burn off some energy.  Between the photo session and running around a new playground, they just may give you an early night:-)

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4.  Visit the Avalon Area of Patapsco Valley State Park.  Hop and skip your way across my favorite nearby bridge and see who can make the swinging bridge sway back and forth and up and down the most.

I hope this list of ideas helps you continue the fun after our next family session and rewards your family for a job well done!

What activities would you add to the list?  Share in the comments below.

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Summer Family Session at Brookside Gardens // Jennifer K Photography // Howard County’s Custom Family Photographer

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Do you remember this family from the girls’ twin newborn session from earlier this year?

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It’s amazing how much itty bitty babies grow in just three short months, isn’t it?  It’s been a joy documenting this family’s growth and milestones for the last two years.

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Their newborn session took place in the comfort of their own home.  For our most recent family shoot, we were excited to head back to Brookside Gardens, a favorite session location of ours.

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It’s always gorgeous and makes a perfect backdrop – spring, summer, and fall.  We have yet to have a winter shoot, but I’m sure it’s just as pretty at that time of year.

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I’m so excited to see what the year has in store for my upcoming shoots with these little ladies and their family.

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If you want to be one of the first to see images from my upcoming sessions with this family, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to follow my Jennifer K Photography facebook page for all of the latest promotions and updates.

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Tips for Capturing Dad with the Kids // Father’s Day 2014 // Maryland’s Custom Family Photographer

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This week, I’m celebrating dads here on the blog!

Since they are often the photographer and/or they don’t like having their picture taken, I talk a lot about the importance of moms getting in the photo.  I think it’s nice, once you’re grown, to have photographs from your childhood that include ALL of your loved ones.

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During my sessions, not only am I thrilled when I capture a sweet moment between mother and child, but I’m equally happy to document the love between a father and his little one.

So, with Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I’m taking the opportunity to celebrate the amazing fathers in all of our lives!

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Here are a few tips to help you capture some sweet photographs between your children and their dad this weekend:

  • Before you take any pictures, consider the lighting.  Set everyone up in a spot with sufficient, even lighting.  This tutorial on finding open shade is very helpful.
  • Rather than bringing everyone together and telling them to pose and say “cheese” for the camera, I suggest you have them do one of their favorite activities in that spot you previously found with the nice light.  Maybe Dad could read a book to the little ones, or they could play a game of catch, or it could be as simple as capturing breakfast together.  Think of something special that they like to do together and that you would like to capture.
  • After you have them set up in a nicely lit location and they’re doing something fun together, snap a few pictures.  They don’t even need to know you’re photographing them.
  • Once you’ve captured a few of them in action, you could then have them look at the camera for a few more photos.  Think of a few things to say to them or ask them that would get them laughing and interacting.  Inside jokes between all of you.  Anything they may find silly.  If you have to, you could always fall back on good ole, reliable potty humor.
  • After that, keep your camera out and see where the photo “shoot” goes.  You may want to give the camera to Dad and have him take a few photos of you with the kids.  That’s sure to be a gift he’d love to frame and place on his desk.  Or you could use a timer to take a family portrait or keep it simple and take a family selfie.
  • The most important thing is to make it fun for the whole family!

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If you would like me to help capture sweet photographs of your children with their dad (as well as you!), then contact me today!

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