Labor Day Weekend Recap

by Abby Eich


Labor Day weekend isn't what it use to be for me. Growing up Labor Day Weekend to me meant the unofficial last weekend of summer, the last weekend to hang outside the entire time, the last weekend to lay poolside or lakeside and catch one last tan. Now that I am a wife, mommy, photographer, and business owner it means one last weekend of summer before the busy season hits.

I shot a family session that ended with the baby having his cake smash for his 1st birthday. Cake smashes are always so much fun and I'm positive this was the cleanest cake smash session EVER!  This family also wanted to get a few fun shots of them wearing super hero shirts. It was so cute, I just love when clients want to add a little something special to their sessions to make them uniquely theirs.

 

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Since we had a heat wave here in Missouri over the weekend, I managed to get my session done in the morning before it hit the 90s, and then spent the rest of the weekend relaxing by the pool with my family and celebrating my nephew's birthday. We even managed to let our  baby Eastyn take her first "dip" in grandma's pool to officially end our summer. 

 

I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend and were able to spend with friends and family!  


Newborn props

by Abby Eich


There have been several babies born lately, besides my own, that I have had the pleasure of shooting their first photo sessions. Since they have been the reoccuring session I have been capturing lately, I thought I would do a "what's in my bag"  type of post regarding the props I choose to bring with me.  And since I am an in location photographer, and shoot newborns in their home more as a lifestyle session, my props are smaller and the set up isn't that of a studio style.

 

Each newborn is different and each parent has their own ideas of what they may want to have me capture, but no matter if it's a prop I've used in another newborn session(or even a family session), I try to make each client's time with me unique and individual. When selecting props, I try to choose items based on the following 5 things: wear, wrap, lay, use and pose.

 

 

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Here is what I packed for a baby girl's newborn  session I had this week.  

The "wear": a Tan knitted diaper cover and a few headbands

The "wrap": a white muslin swaddle blanket and a pink fabric wrap

The "lay": a white plush blanket and a woven tray/basket

The "use": a couple books for baby's big sister to look at and hold her attention in the sibling shots, as well as provide a fun/cute prop. 

The "pose": A white posing pillow-always good to have on hand with these type of sessions. 

Finally I pack all the props in a suitcase, box, etc that doubles as a carrying case and a possible prop! 

 

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Not all the stuff I bring is used, but I feel it's better to have too much than not enough. I also encourage the parents to have special items they may want in the photo on or with the baby.  As much as I like my own props, I enjoy the special ones the parents have more.

 


We're Baaaaccckkk!

by Abby Eich


I am officially back from my maternity leave and ha my first week busy with 5 sessions. More like 4 sessions and 1 event, but you get the idea. I just hope I can manage to edit and work while the girls are napping and sleeping at night, because it was close to impossible to get any editing done when I just had a toddler who was awake. Now it's that plus one sweet, baby girl who eats every 3 hours during the day.


My first sessions back were 1 family of 3, 2 first birthday cake smash sessions, 1 maternity, and a real estate team event. I absolutely loved jumping right back in with both feet and booking all these sessions. I won't lie I was a little nervous I was taking on too much so soon, but so far I've been working and editing at a great pace and am on schedule still. That's a thumbs up in my book! 

Here's a preview from each session and I plan to make a little post about each session! 

And now I will wrap up this post with a shot of our two sweet girls.