It was a LONG winter here in NH, like REALLY long. There were piles of snow well into April, I’m sure there was even still snow into May up north. And then, like a light switch — boom, SPRING (with a few days that felt more like summer mixed in!) Spring is one of my favorite times of the year to shoot. Bringing out your camera on the first warm, spring evening is like stretching your arms after a good night’s sleep (or winter hibernation!). Earlier this year, I decided to cut back on studio work, and while it felt like something I should do I often questioned if it was the right decision. Well, it was — shooting outdoors on an evening like this is what I’m supposed to be doing — not fiddling with lights and backdrops (though you’ll still see me doing this occasionally for some of my littlest clients!) We could not have asked for a better evening.
This beautiful family lives down the street from us. You know when you first meet someone and you just click right away? Well, that’s what happened here. Our families have only met and hung out together in just the past few months, but it feels like much longer than that. They totally rocked this session.
Another great thing about spring? Dandelions. You know those ‘weeds’ that most adults pull and toss? They are magical for kids — an easy to pick bouquet for mom, bright colors for fairy houses, and you can even make wishes with them! (Clearly, they’re a little magical for photographers too!)
Oh my heart. There is nothing like the bond between a mom and her daughter.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a little brother? Here’s a taste…
This guy did great — moms always stress about their kids cooperating during shoots. PLEASE don’t. 9 times out of 10, they behave wonderfully and when they warm up and get silly toward the end, you get some really good memories and often times, some real personality in your photos (pretty sure he was fighting a dragon here).
I could eat this evening light for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Thanks for coming along and putting up with all of my ideas (and the ticks — gah!!!) You were perfect. Hope you enjoyed your very long sneak peek. xo.
One of my favorite photography resources to follow is iHeartFaces.com. And occasionally (when I remember!), I like to enter their photo challenges. This week’s challenge was rain or water (a face has to be present in all submissions). This has been a cherished photo since the day I took it. Not only does it contain the requirement of ‘water’, it contains so much JOY and embodies summer time and just being a kid. This was taken at their grandparents’ lake and I’m 100% confident in saying that it is one of their favorite places on the planet.
*UPDATE* – I won first place in this challenge and will be a guest judge for their June challenge! Check it out here: Winning Photos
One year. That’s all it takes to go from soft & squishy, clenched-fist newborn to curious little monkey getting into everything. There will be no other year that brings as many changes as the first, which is why celebrating the first birthday is special above all others. It not only marks a year of much change and growth for a child, but it is a year that is like no other for a new mom. The first year is full of adjustments… to a new way of life and a new love that can’t easily be put into words. For many, it will be the most trying yet most rewarding year of their life. There are times when there is so much joy in your heart that it could burst, and times when it’s a burst of tears from exhausting nights and days. To all the moms out there, on your baby’s first birthday, celebrate them and how wonderful they are, but please remember to celebrate YOU too. You did it.
I will step off my mommy soap box now… and onto more photos of this sweet girl. As always, her mom showed up with lots of adorable outfits and props. I’m moving away from doing studio work this year, and really trying to focus on outdoor work, so this was a great session to use my little studio set one last time before it begins collecting dust in the basement.
No cake smash would be complete without the cake! Dear sweet Chickadee Hill Cakes never disappoints with my smash cakes.
Happy 1st Birthday sweet H. You are loved more than you will ever know. Good job, mom. xoxo.
Happy New Year! (almost 2 months late!) After the whirlwind of holidays, and trying to find any possible space to cram their newest toys, we celebrated two of our kids’ birthdays in January. I love my kids to pieces, but man, we did NOT plan that well. Thank goodness that my third (and last!) child is not a January baby. I know most photographers take December off to catch up and spend time with families, but I really need January too. And before I knew it February was here and snow, snow, and more snow… and then tax season. Needless to say, here I am – at the end of February … better late than never, right?
Anyway, back to business…. I have to be honest, at the end of the year I really wasn’t sure what the future would hold for Rebecca Cote Photography. There were many days and times that I said to myself, “it’s time to close up ‘shop’, there’s just not enough time for it”. And then I would remember, I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY. Unfortunately for me, there’s a lot more than just photography in this business — SO much more. At times, I feel like there’s just a teensy bit of photography and the majority is just administrative stuff, which is probably why I’m incredibly good at putting things off … oh like 2015 prices (sorry for those that have been waiting, they are posted here). After no price increases in 2014, I did change things a bit and have raised prices. I see so many ‘shoot and burn’ photographers out there, I am NOT like that. I really invest myself into each and every shoot. I value my work — and if you become a client of mine, I want you to value it as well.
A couple of big changes for this year — I will be focusing on outdoor portraiture, and won’t be offering studio or newborn portraiture until further notice (except for those on baby plans needing to finish their remaining sessions!). I’m sorry if this news disappoints anyone. There are several reasons for this decision: 1) TIME — Photography is my second ‘job’, I work full-time and have three kids, and since newborns can take up to 4 hours, which doesn’t even include set-up, breakdown, or editing, I just can’t fit them into my schedule at this time. 2) SPACE — I don’t have a dedicated space to shoot these precious babes, maybe someday I will own a studio *wink wink hubby* 3) TRAINING — Newborn photography is like no other. It takes a lot of practice and I don’t get a lot of practice (see reasons 1 and 2). While I have taken a newborn workshop in the past, I need and want to take more. These sweet little beings change so quickly and deserve the best of the best, and even though I’ve had some really great newborn shoots, I become a ball of nerves before them and I’m not okay with that. If you want newborn photographer recommendations during my newborn hiatus, please get in touch with me. I know some really great ones in the area.
Another change for this year – I’m now offering ‘Short & Sweet’ Sessions. These sessions are 30 minutes and have to take place close to my home either in Auburn or Chester, NH. Keeping the sessions ‘short and sweet’ (pun totally intended) with little travel time allows me to offer these at a better price. These sessions are great for capturing small changes throughout the year, or if you just want a few updated photos for over the mantel or a holiday card photo. Do not fret because I can still get a LOT of images in 30 minutes, so don’t feel like you’re being short-changed. Have you seen this session? I shot the whole thing in 10 minutes and they got plenty of photos. I’m also considering doing some Lifestyle sessions — but need to recruit some friends to do a few shoots first to see what they would look like and how they would work, so stay tuned for that!
I am very much looking forward to this year — and to seeing all of your beautiful faces in front of my camera. As in years past, I hope that I will get the opportunity to photograph a few personal projects and share with you some of my own kids’ photos, like these favorites of my personal trio. I just had these made into 20×30 canvases. I know everyone wants digital these days, but it is so so SO important to get your photos printed. Joy is seeing them hung on your walls, rather than stuck in your computer, or worse, your email!
Because I didn’t get a chance to do a ‘Best of 2014’ for my business, I will leave you with this song by JJ Heller. It’s a new fav of mine. Happy New Year.
“Train our eyes to find the light, and make this year the best one yet.”
We moved about 4 months ago… we plopped our house behind another and basically stole their wooded backyard view. Jerks, right? It was the last lot left in our neighborhood and we SO wanted it, it was perfect for our little family. The whole time I’m thinking, “the neighbors are going to hate us!” As it turns out, the neighbors have three kiddos just about the same ages as ours, and to put it mildly — they’re awesome (and they don’t hate us!) Our kids became fast friends always letting us play on their swing set, and our husbands play basketball and drink beers together (and are currently devising a plan to put in a pool and turn our houses into some sort of BBQing, beer drinking, basketball playing, swimming compound, ummm… ) Anyway, I digress, here’s their littlest guy, and he just turned ONE! Normally, I don’t shoot in December because it’s just too busy with the holidays, but since they could just pop over while my kids were still around, it was pretty easy… (sort of like this drive-by mini here.) Does he not have the most beautiful blue eyes??
This was one of my favs… so sweet.
You may not have been able to tell, but this is sort of how the session went… he just learned to walk and was all like, “SEE YA!!”… and his mama had to return him to the set a million times. Hey, I’d be like that too if I just figured out how my legs work and was having portraits done in another kid’s playroom. THOSE EYES!!!
You can see evidence of my kids’ playroom in the photos below… BUT we got some cute smirks so we just went with it 🙂
And these two below just make me smile… “GET ME OUT OF HERE” and “Nah, it’s all good”.
Happy Birthday sweet little boy! I can’t wait to see you grow over the years!