These are the moments you'll miss

Because you won't remember the screaming or the crying, even though the day is probably full of them (from both of you).  You won't remember how tired you were, or how many times you forgot to shower or wore sweatpants, or even the number of times you forgot to even get dressed.  You'll forget about those long days of nursing, potty training, and scramming children in & out of the car while running errands and trying not to pull your hair out.  I've said it before, the days are long, but the years are short.  You'll probably try to tell yourself you'll remember, but you won't. 

Sure, there will be times when you flash back to those early days of being a parent, scared shit-less, so tried you don't even know your own name, mourning your old self, both phsycially and mentally... but then you look down at your kid and smile.  You can't help it, because they've done or said something so incredible or insane that all that nonsense above gets shoved way back in your brain and you melt like a Popsicle. 

"I love you mama," "Mama you look so fancy", "Thanks for coming back mama, I missed you," "Mama, I love your dress," "Thank you mama," "Can I have a hug." (and so on... it kind of takes your breath away, and the moments when they scream at you to "go away" don't seem so bad).

Remember you'll cherish the chaos & weird photos just as much as the photos love and snuggles ones... so embrace all of it!

AND Remember, there are just some days where pants are really over rated...

 

 

Gjeltema Family | Maine Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

There were just so many favorites from this session, it was pretty hard to choose just a hand full!  These two have their hands full, as well as their hearts.  Allison & Tom not only welcomed twins into their family, but they also have a rambunctious toddler running around too!  They are such a sweet family and you could tell how comfortable they were, pros!  

Thank you for allowing me to document this special time in your lives, I so enjoyed it!

Tips for the perfect headshot

I believe everyone should have at least ONE beautiful, creative,& simply amazing head shot!  With the rise of social media, like Facebook, Instagram & LinkedIn, it's important to put your best foot (or face) forward!  Plus, a professional head shot with always be 1,000 times better than any selfie taken with your iPhone!

That being said, sometimes as creatives we have so many ideas racing through our heads that we feel paralyzed to even begin.  I've jotted down some tips to help with this and how to have the perfect photo session ever!

1.  Create a Vision Board!

Now this is the fun part!  You get to create and swift through all the inspiration out there and start piecing together of how you want you & your brand to shine through.  This can also be a bit overwhelming too.  Pinterest is a great tool for this.  I first suggest just pinning what feels good, what looks good, colors you love, style of clothing that speaks to you and so on.  Then you can start to swift through those photos and start to see whatfits & goes together and what doesn't... like similar colors, patterns, clothes, location, etc.

 

2.  Find a GREAT location!

Weather it's inside a studio, your own home or somewhere on location (beach, coffee shop, library, etc.) it needs to fit your brand.  Instead of thinking of an exact location, first think of your brand, drawn to more bold colors, or formal wear, maybe an urban setting is more appropriate.  Light, airy colors?  Think water, beach or even a studio with light colored walls.  What you wear and where you are says more than you think!

3.  Choosing a Photographer

I tend to shoot more lifestyle sessions, even with my portrait sessions.  You'll be getting a few killer portraits, trust me, but at the same time, I love "actions shots."  No, you don't have to be running or dancing, it could simply be you "working," either writing, drinking coffee, teaching yoga, painting, (whatever your craft, business, occupation is, you can re-create that through photographs).  Even simply walking along the beach, street, or window shopping can achieve this!  Movement also allows for more relaxed, natural looking photos!

That being said, do a little bit of research, look at the photographers portfolio to get an idea of their style, posing, editing, and even experience.  Do you want more studio work, look for a photographer that does that, want more lifestyle or candid shots, google that Lifestyle Portrait Photographers and see what comes up in your area!  Plus, always check out their About Page, see what they are all about, you want there to be a connection there; having your photo taken can be intimate and vulnerableexerpeience. 

4.  Hair & Makeup!

Because who doesn't like to get pampered!  Yes, I will say it out loud, professional hair & makeup is a must if you are going to invest in beautiful photographs of yourself.  Trust me, achieving a natural look does require a good amount of makeup, what looks like a lot to you, is nothing on camera!  Remind your hair/makeup artist that you only want to enhance what makes you unique and beautiful... no need to go crazy or do something new... keep it simple, but fun!

 I can i5.  What to Wear!

Now this will be different for everyone!  Everyone has a unique style (even if you think you have no style at all).  Look at your vision board, what colors, styles, fits are you drawn too?  Don't be afraid to incorporate accessories, textures, and layers into your wardrobe, don't be afraid of color either.  The biggest tip I can say is make sure your clothes fit!  When all else fails, find a shopping buddy or hire a stylist! 

Everyone deserves to look & be the best version of themselves!

Lifestyle Family Model Call

Family lifestyle model call!!

I'm seeking a few families with new little ones, under 4 weeks old (older siblings welcome!) for a relaxed in-home lifestyle session.

Limited spots available for April & May, weekend mornings.

Please inquire at laurenbodwellphotography@gmail.com.  Session is free for your participation & includes digital files.

Thank you!