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Have you ever thought, shouldn’t I just use the hospital photographer for my hospital pictures, why would I hire an outside photographer?
Well I personally don’t think so. Let me tell you why. When my first son was born I didn’t know the difference. I didn’t know that fresh 48 photographers existed and I didn’t know how the quality of the hospital photographer was lacking.
Professional Photographer vs. Hospital Photographer
Now…I’m not saying all hospital photographers are terrible, but I had them come for both of my children and neither of them were good. Did I realize it at first? No, I didn’t. But now that I have dove head first into the world of photography and have soaked up tons of education over the past four years I look back at my first son’s hospital session photos (which I have on canvases in my house, again because I didn’t know) and I cringe. They are over exposed, the details are lost, the highlights are blown and it makes me sad now.
The hospital photographer doesn’t set a time up with you so they just pop in periodically to see if you are ready. It doesn’t provide the new mom time to freshen up if she wants to, you could have visitors, it may just not be the right time. Then they take a few quick pictures with their minimal set up (ours had a basket and a plain white sheet). Off they go to edit, and deliver the photos later that day.
How is a professional photographer different?
Not that the hospital photographer isn’t a professional, but they are hired by large companies, you don’t know about their experience, actually, you don’t know them at all! It is an intimate space and time to invite someone you don’t know well into.
When hiring a fresh 48 photographer, you get to choose who you want and who you are comfortable with. What time you want them there, you can coordinate the time with someone watching your older child so you can capture the siblings meeting for the first time. You an make sure you take a minute for yourself to freshen up too!
Most importantly, when you hire a photographer, you know who you are getting, you can study their work, make sure you like it, make sure you will want it on your walls many years down the line. Its important to choose who you want!
For all these reasons, I believe its a better idea to hire your own photographer! You will have photos to cherish for life!
Now that you know what a fresh 48 session is and you are ready to book, you may be wondering, what can I expect? This is an intimate time in your life. You just had a baby, you’re exhausted! I know, I get it. In fact, you have been exhausted for the past nine months and you just ran a marathon, you are really really tired. I’ve been there I have done it twice (soon to be three times). You may be thinking, what can I expect by inviting a photographer into my room when all I want to do is cuddle my newborn and sleep, well lets throw in drink a vent coffee and eat some sushi too.
(disclaimer…I don’t even like sushi that much, just this one roll from a sushi place in Seattle)
Ok so here it is. What can you expect?
What will I Capture?
Remember how I mentioned up there in the first paragraph that all you want to do is cuddle your newborn? Well, i’m going to capture that. I’m going to take photos of you loving on your baby. Smelling your baby’s hair, kissing baby’s head, just staring at that beautiful face you brought into the world. I’ll ask you to snuggle your baby, get in close, hold your baby’s hand so we can show off those tiny fingers, get their toes. All sorts of little details.
Do you have an older child? I would LOVE to capture your children meeting for the first time. I get teary eyed every single time because it’s just so sweet! It is my absolute favorite part of the job.
I will photograph your family with the baby, you with the baby, your husband with the baby, all of your family together, baby just by itself. Baby in the bassinet, baby swaddled, baby’s details, etc, etc, etc.
The thing is, your newborn will change within a matter of days. You will never get these days in the hospital back. I will capture those details for you so you will never forget them.
What if I can't get out of bed?
That is A OK with me. No one expects you to get out of bed. I can get every shot I need to get with you lying right there in that bed. In fact, I don’t think I got out of bed during my fresh 48 session.
What if my older child/children don’t like the baby?
Some kids run inside to meet the new baby with an excitement you have never seen, some take some time to warm up (especially the younger kids). Usually after they explore the room a little bit, get some attention for themselves, realize it’s ok to snuggle with momma, they are totally interested in meeting the baby! Cue the cute kisses on the head and big smiles from big sister and brother meeting their new baby! Don’t fear, we will get those heart melting moments on camera.
What will you do while your here?
Well I will photograph your baby and family, but i’ll also stay out of the way when needed. If you need me to leave the room while the doctor is in there, I am more then happy to step out for a moment. I will be there for however long you need me, if you are tired and ready to be done, then we can be done. It’s a very laid back session that goes at yours and the baby’s speed.
How long will it take to receive my photos?
I know how exciting this time is and you want to see your photos as soon as possible, I want to put all my attention into making sure your images are perfect. I do my best to have your photos back to you with in a week. I work hard to make sure you have them back in a timely manner so you can show off your new baby’s photos to friends and family.
Ready to book your session? Shoot me an email at Kristin@Kristingroverimages.com with your due date.
What is a Fresh 48 session?
Have you heard the term fresh 48 from photographers or friends that were booking them and thought, what in the world is that?
A Fresh 48 session is a photography session that takes place within the first 48 hours of a new baby’s birth. Most of the times they happen in the hospital. It captures all those details of when your newborn enters the world. Baby’s change so fast, I cherish my fresh 48 photos from both of my son’s births. I love to go back and look at their brand new hair, my oldest had strawberry blonde hair and my youngest had dark brown hair. They are both blonde now!
What types of photos do you take during a fresh 48?
if the newborn isn’t a first child I love to get the siblings meeting for the first time. The emotion that shows in everyone’s face is incredible and I love documenting it. You may be thinking, well what if my oldest doesn’t like the new baby, are you going to capture that? I’ve seen some siblings take a little while to warm up to the idea that their momma is holding another baby, but at some point the older sibling always gets curious enough to come say hi and even give the new baby a kiss or a rub on the head.
I also like to get the little details, hands, feet, tiny ears, baby in basinet and swaddled in their hospital blankets, and their family just loving on them. It really is a special time that cannot be recreated. Why not get it on camera?!?
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And now…Check out my most recent fresh 48 session. This momma is a dear friend of mine and it always makes my heart swell to do these sessions for friends!
About a month ago I took my boys to a beach I vacationed on every year growing up. My grandparents moved to Pensacola, FL when they retired and before I was even born. I’m the youngest of 16 grandchildren for them. My parents are originally from Michigan, which is where a good portion of my family still lives.
What our vacation was like
During the summers, a lot of the family would come down to Florida and we would drive across the state. Sleeping on the couch was reserved for the oldest cousins, you would find someone sleeping on every inch of that floor during a week or two every summer. My husband has a hard time understanding why my mom and I love having company all the time, I think its one of those things that we grew up around so many people, it makes us feel good to have people over and to entertain them! The summers were filled with sunbathing on my grandmother’s dock (they lived on the sound) running around the yard, swinging on the tree swing, going to the beach, and trips to our favorite restaurants. Growing up in Florida, the beach wasn’t that big of a deal to me, until I moved to Seattle for 6 years. During my time in a cold state where everyone comes outside when the sun shines taught me to appreciate the things I grew up with. Pensacola Beach is one of those beaches with white sand and blue water, you can’t beat it!
What does summer mean now?
Now that we are all grown up and have our own kids, summer vacation looks a bit different. This year several of us got a condo on the beach to vacation right before school was back in. My kids are not school age yet, but the rest of my cousins do have school age children and they are teachers! For them, it was their last hurrah of summer. Of course I couldn’t resist pulling out my camera to capture some family shots of anyone who would jump in front of my camera.
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When the Sommer's asked me to do their family portraits for this year I was so excited. Their old photographer had moved and they were long overdo for family portraits. They even added a member to the family (enter overly adorable baby) since their last portraits. Their little girl was in my 3 year old class at the preschool I was teaching at so I knew her personality pretty well. I knew the games she would go for and what would make her laugh so I was't too concerned about getting genuine expressions.
A new location
They wanted to do the shoot at their church, St. Francis of the Field Episcopal Church. They have this beautiful area behind the church that they use for weddings, but I had never been there! I figured if they used it for weddings, i'd probably be ok with lighting, but I really didn't know, it was kind of like walking in blind! The church keeps it locked so I wasn't able to go check it out first either. Luckily it was beautiful! Things a photographers dreams are made of, old rustic buildings, lots of greenery, old brick roads, and more. Definitely somewhere I would love to do more shoots.
A 3 year old and a 6 month old make for good entertainment
Really, if you have never spent the morning with a 3 year old, I highly suggest you do it. They are actually hilarious. Their antics paired with their cute half baby face and half little kid face makes them pure entertainment. I have a 3 year old and I taught 3 year olds so I have some experience with this age. Throw in a baby brother that thinks big sister is hilarious and its all smiles from there. Check out how cute they are and how much they look like each other too!
When original plans don't pan out
Back I'm the fall I was contacted by a good friend of mine, she had referred me to her friend and neighbor for family photos. I sure love when that happens! So we set a date, made our plans (we were going to head to Little Talbot Island for a family shoot at the boneyard beach) and waited for the day. Unfortunately, the day before our shoot, one of their dogs passed away. Our plan was no longer a plan. We opted to wait for a better time. She would let me know when they felt ready to proceed with the shoot.
An email from my client a few months later
We have a new puppy! We are ready to proceed with our family photos! We changed our plans a touch, since the new puppy would do better on a private beach. Lucky for me her in laws had access to a private beach in Ponte Vedra, FL. We would be able to limit the distractions for the new puppy, which is always helpful! I met them out their for a sunset shoot and it was beautiful! Our beaches here in Florida are still ruined to a degree from the hurricanes last year, but we embraced the erosion. It is a part of living in FL after all.
This puppy was cute my friends
Is puppy the same thing as baby fever? Because when I see a new puppy I always want one! Until I get home to my two large dogs I already have, that usually cures it. Just scroll down for the fur ball love bug this puppy was, and the big sister golden retriever who has clearly had experience in posing for family photos. Now, go check out some of my favorites from this family session in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Do you have fur babies you want included in family photos?
Please contact me if you do! I'd love to do your family photos. Now, go check out some of my favorites from this family session in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Shoot me a message to get your family photos with your fur babies on the calendar!
Missing the Beach
Have you ever moved away from home and missed something about "home"? Or maybe you vacation at the beach or another special place every year with your family and you miss it during the year. That is the beach for me. When I moved to Seattle 7 years ago, I underestimated how much I would miss the beach. I missed my family and friends fiercely, and I expected I would. I lived close to the beach my entire life so I took it for granted, I didn't realize how much I would miss the serenity of the beach.
My Family Traditions
My grandparents lived in the Pensacola beach area along with several other family members, so as a child my entire family would go to Pensacola to vacation together. I grew up spending a good portion of my summers on the beach with my cousins that lived in Michigan. There were so many of us we slept on air mattresses throughout the house. You were the lucky one if you got the couch in the living room for your bed, it was the most comfortable couch! Living so far away from cousins, we could have easily lost touch. But my family is close, and my cousins are some of my best friends, perhaps thats why i'm so nostalgic about the beach. I'm going to venture to say my cousins might just feel the same way about the beach.
Fast forward a few decades, my cousins still come to FL to vacation and visit. And now, I get to take their family photos. Guess where they picked to have them done? The beach! Guess where my favorite location to do a family session is? The beach! I'm sure that will change as time goes on and i've been back home for a longer period of time, but for now, the beach is my happy place.
Green Cove Springs, FL. A Gorgeous spot for a Photo Shoot
I wrote a post a few weeks ago (or maybe even a couple months ago) about a session at Spring Park in Green Cove Springs. That session took place early in the morning when the sun was rising over the water, it was really a beautiful session. This family wanted their photos at the same park, but we got to do a sunset session! I really fell in love with Spring Park in Green Cove Springs, FL when we did the sunrise session, but I fell in love all over again with this sunset session.
The Golden Hour Light
The golden hour is my favorite time to do a photo shoot. The light was so golden and gorgeous and it just draped through the trees with the Spanish moss hanging. I love everything this park has to offer. The fields, the water, the gazebo, the Spanish moss draping from the trees, it really speaks to a photographers heart with all the variety! Just down the road there are some antique buildings, a theater, church, and houses too. It really is a great park for a photo shoot!
Family Sessions with Young Kids
This session there was a lot of running and game playing again. They had a 4 year old and a 1 year old, so games are par for course. I'm thinking their kids slept well that night! Check out some photos from their session and tell me what you think about this location! Would you want your family photos here?
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2017 was one for the books, both personally and professionally. I had my second baby in February, I quit my full time "day job" to focus on my kiddos and growing my photography business, I went head first into photography and haven't looked back, we moved across the country from Seattle to Jacksonville (where I am from), and I am soaking up all the time with my family and friends that I have desperately missed over the past 6 years. It has been a busy year and I wouldn't have it any other way!
My Personal Goals
I have learned some things about myself in the process and have set some 2018 goals to foster this knowledge. Having two kids is hard work, especially a toddler and a baby, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I learned this year that when my fuse is short and my temper flares, I am not taking care of myself. So a goal for 2018, take care of myself. I know every mom out there with young kids gets it when I say, sometimes showers just don't happen. In 2018, they are happening! The simple task of getting ready in the morning, putting clothes and makeup on set my day up for success.
I also learned that pregnancy just hides my dairy intolerance, it doesn't just go away. This year I am focusing on a healthier, dairy free diet, and getting myself back in the kitchen to explore with new recipes and healthy food. The ease of takeout has taken a toll on my body and I cannot let that happen anymore. I will be healthier and happier when I am cooking food to fuel my body, not just to curb the current hunger in our busy lives.
I don't feel like these personal goals are too much. I know a lot of people make resolutions and don't stick with them, I don't want to do that. These things I want to focus on in 2018 are for me, to make me healthier and happier for my family. There will definitely be obstacles along the way, so I would love it if you shared your favorite dairy free, healthy, family friendly recipes! Bonus if they are 30 minutes and under....because kids...
A professional realization I had this year was that I am addicted to education. Clickin Moms does and fantastic job at marketing their classes and breakouts because I want to buy them all. I just love it. Soaking in new information, trying new techniques, and growing as a photographer from continuing education is something I really really enjoy. I'm taking Megann Robinson's course on the bloom forum this January and I am SO EXCITED. Her work is amazing, the colors and tones she gets really speak to my heart, I can't wait to dive into her course. However in 2018, I cannot spend all my profit on education. That just would not be a wise business decision. I have a couple big things coming up this year, with Megann's course in January and the Click Away conference in February, I do not plan on buying anymore big courses. I want to dive into the material I already have and go over it again. I'm sure I can learn new things from courses I have already taken, I have grown a lot as a photographer since the beginning. a 2018 goal for me is to cap my education expenditures and dive into course material I already own to learn more.
I recently read a book called Business Boutique, by Christy Wright. It was recommended by a friend of a friend at a kid's bday party so I didn't think much of it for awhile, until I saw it at the library and picked it up. Wow, this book is incredible. My best read of 2017, and a goal for 2018 (In January to be exact) is to go back through the book and write out a business plan for the year. I am not reading a book on SEO, not my favorite subject but a necessity. Next on my list is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Check out the links below (affiliated with amazon) to view these books and get your copy!
What books do you recommend? Are they business related or fun reads? I like both! Comment below with your recommendations!
One of the things through my business course I took this year and the books I have read is that I need to be consistent with blogging. It helps you, my clients, get to know me. Its a great way to share my work and my thoughts. Even if they are just lifestyle photos of my kids, I plan on blogging and sharing more in 2018. What do you want to see me write about? Any topics you want me to share?
A couple years ago I attempted a project 365. I quit by February or March. I was working full time and living in Seattle and when I got home, it was dark. I got frustrated with the lack of light and taking a photo everyday and I quit. I regret this. I wish I had gotten creative with artificial light, tried new things, just picked up my camera everyday. I know I would have grown more as a photographer. This year, I'm doing a project 52. That's one lifestyle photo a week. I'll be sharing those on the blog weekly too. A project 52 seems much more manageable the a 365, so I'm very excited, I took some last night when the kids got home from daycare so I'm excited to start editing those and start sharing! Stay tuned to see more every week.
In short, I don't have too many crazy goals for the year. Take care of myself, cook more, pick up my camera more, don't spend so much money, and share more. I can do that right? Will you all help me stay on track? I hope so!
My 2017 Families
Thank you to all my families and seniors who hired me in 2017 to be part of your year. It truly means so much to me. I'm looking forward to photographing you all in 2018 and meeting some new families as well. Thanks for reading my long post today! Here are my favorite photos from 2017!!! I realize I haven't even blogged some of these family sessions yet. Stay tuned for more from those.
Now, I'm off to my first shoot of 2018, a fresh 48 session, my favorite!!!!
Is my City Pretty?
Have you ever looked at your friends photos and think, that location is so pretty, I want my family photos done somewhere like that park! Sometimes you look around and can't possibly think of anywhere pretty enough in your city for family photos.
Maybe you want something on the water, but everyone does beach photos, and you want something different. What about your friend who looked like they were in the forest? That was so pretty! How about those antique buildings you saw in that blog post that one time? What a cool idea?
I am here to tell you, we can make that all happen! As a photographer, it is my job to know what locations work and what locations don't work. You may pass by a spot on the side of the road and never give it a second thought, but it turns out those photos you saw with gorgeous golden grass were taken right there.
You may not think your city is pretty, but every city has some incredible locations, and as a photographer, I know where to look and find these locations.
You may be thinking right now, what is her point? My point is this. When you book your family photos with me, I want to hear what inspires you, what you loved about your friends family photos and what you didn't like. I want to know about your hobbies and the likes and dislikes of all your family members. This all helps me determine the perfect location for your family.
Jacksonville, FL Locations
I grew up in Jacksonville, but when I was growing up I wasn't a photographer, I was a lot like you, wondering what made those photos so gorgeous? I moved away to Seattle 6.5 years ago and it was the best move for my photography career. Why is that you ask? Well I was new to the city, I was in explore mode, I was looking for what made locations gorgeous. I noticed the light, the trees, or city line, how crowded locations were, the cool old buildings, that deserted warehouse. It taught me how to look at a city I grew in, in a totally new way.
A Park on the Water
I got to this location a little early, we were doing an early morning session this day, so I got to watch the sun rise over the St. Johns River, and it was gorgeous! As I sat there watching it, I wished my family had shown up early so we could have gotten some amazing sunrise photos. Of course this momma had 4 kids to get out the door for a sunrise photo shoot, so early was not happening. I was impressed enough she was on time! I also just loved the draping spanish moss at this park, it is one of those beautiful things that makes me love being a photographer in Florida.
Check out the Sullivan Family's photos below at one of my new favorite locations!
Time for Senior Portraits
If you are a junior in high school it is time to start thinking about your senior portrait experience. What do you want it to include, what locations sound appealing to you, how many outfits do you want?
Most high school students have their senior portraits taken during the summer before their senior year starts. The weather is usually better and with all of the school year activities, this is the best time to really devote to your senior portraits.
What is a Senior Model Team?
Have you ever heard about senior model teams and wondered what it was all about and how to become a senior model? If you want the best senior portrait experience available, then this is the route to go.
How does it work?
The main objective of being a senior model is to be the face of Kristin Grover Images Senior Team. You will be responsible for bringing referrals to Kristin Grover Images, and in return you will earn a fun senior year portrait experience with stylized shoots, friend photo shoots, prom, homecoming, and cap and gown photo shoots, gift cards towards your favorite restaurants, and money off your senior portraits.
During the winter of your junior year I will put out an application to become a senior model representative. I will hold interviews and select a few senior models from each high school. The application will include questions about your high school, the activities you participate in, your activity on social media, why you want to be a senior model, what you like about my work etc.
After interviews are held (with the senior and parent), I will select my team.
Shortly after the team selection we will hold our first photo shoot with the entire team! This will be your preview shoot, you will use these images to advertise to your friends to start bring in referrals.
How you bring in referrals is completely up to you, You can tell your friends and hand out representative cards (which I will provide). You can post on social media, you can simply tell your friends about Kristin Grover Images. You can put as much effort as you want into it, the more referrals you bring in, the more you earn towards your senior photos and other incentives throughout the year.
Check out some of the photos from last years senior rep team! We had so much fun during the year and I'm looking forward to a new Senior Model team for 2019 Seniors!
Fill out this application located here to become a 2019 Senior Model for Kristin Grover Images.
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I don't often do engagement sessions, but I couldn't resist when one of my husband's best childhood friends invited us to be there with him while he proposed to his girlfriend. I felt like we had been waiting for this moment forever! Although probably not has much as Chantel did!
The Smith Tower
The Smith Tower is a piece of history for the city of Seattle. It was the tallest building west of the Mississippi for many years. There is an observatory deck, old time elevators, with an elevator attendant, old time bathrooms, and even a pent house apartment at the top. Such a cool piece of history. At the top of the tower is the observatory deck with a bar attached. In the bar area is one of the original chairs to the smith tower, it is said if you sit in it you will be married within a year.
Chantel's friends told her they were going to the smith tower to learn about the history because they had tickets for it. Somehow they got her to dress up for it too! They picked her up and she took her sweet time getting to the top of the tower where Chris and several friends and family members were waiting for her. She looked at all the exhibits! If only she knew what was waiting for her at the top. The entire Smith Tower staff was in on the plan as well! We got a phone call in the bar that she was headed up the elevator, her friends guided her to sit in "the chair" when out of no where Chris appears on bended knee in front of her. Such an amazing moment! I'm so glad I was there to witness it and capture it on camera.
Congratulations Chris and Chantel, I am so excited for you!
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