This sweet girl's mama responded to my model call for 1 year old babies interested in an outdoor milk bath with images of her parents' backyard, which is on the border of an apple orchard! What a gorgeous summer backdrop it made. My original plan for this session was a milk bath with flowers, but at the last minute decided on strawberries instead! I had no idea how gorgeous they would end up looking mixed in with coconut milk; and this baby lady surely didn't disprove! This whole session was so much fun, and the summer light, mmm, so good.
I wanted to do these model calls in an effort to find an alternative to offer to the traditional cake smash photoshoot. So if you're planning your baby's 12 month photo session, and aren't interested in doing a cake smash, but still want to do something fun, this might be for you!
This gorgeous duo responded to a model call I put out this spring looking for babies turning 1 who would enjoy a milk bath. I was particularly looking for nursing parents who would be willing to take a bath with their toddlers and nurse. This sweet mama's intake form made me cry a little, and I knew how special this session would be for her. Breastfeeding isn't an easy feat for the majority of parents who choose to nurse, and having memories captured of those fleeting days is so important. Like a lot of parents, Jessica struggled a lot trying to nurse her daughter, and she felt that they were close to the end of their journey, and wanted to make sure she had some beautiful images to remember her nursing journey by.
Christina is someone that I've known since high school, we have fond memories of taking a killer AP spanish class together. She approached me at the end of last summer telling me she was pregnant and really wanted me to capture her maternity and newborn photos. When we met for her consult, she told me about her struggles with fertility and all they'd gone through to conceive this miracle baby. I knew these sessions were going to be special, and that this baby would be so loved and cherished. Christina and Gary opted to have an in-home documentary session done for both sessions, and I'm so glad they made that choice! I don't think I've ever laughed so much at a session before. Christina and Gary are very clearly madly in love, both with each other and baby H. It was such an honor to capture these memories of them; both when they were preparing for their sweet boy's arrival, and after he came. I hope these images make you smile as much as they did me!
Though this session was nearly a year ago, it still remains one of my most favorite sessions of recent times. This mama was past her due date at this session, and was still more than willing to traipse all over the park and nurse her 3 (yes! 3!) children. These photos remind me that women are warriors, even when doing what seems to be so mundane and normal to us. I hope you love these images as much as I do! And I hope that you take the time to capture your mundane and normal, even if it's with a cell phone. Our memories are so precious and should be kept forever.
Welcome to the second installment of J. Mansfield Photography's small business spotlight! My goal is to feature as many local small businesses as possible to shine a light on the gems that keep our town beautiful! If you are a small business owner in Seymour, and would love to be featured, please send me an email and we'll set up a meeting! firstname.lastname@example.org
When I stepped foot into Lizzie's Corner Consignment last week, I wasn't sure what to expect. Within a few moments of talking to her, I could tell that Elizabeth was very passionate about her crafts, her store, and most importantly, her community.
Elizabeth bills her store as being an 'adventure in shopping' and 'eclectic mix of restored furniture, consignment items, and a boutique'. At any given time, she has over 25 different crafters and producers represented in her store. Everything from honey, baby gifts, children's books by a local author, prints by a local photographer, jewelry, to clothing. Along with helping local crafters have a magical place to sell their products, she crafts lighted wine bottles! In fact, this was how she came up with the idea for her store. She once sold her wine bottles throughout New England, and every time she dropped bottles off at various boutiques and consignment stores she felt that she needed to have a shop of her own.
Along with giving local crafters a place to sell their goods, Elizabeth's biggest passion is community and charity. She hosts numerous fundraising events at her store throughout the year, which benefit charities such as: suicide prevention, relay for life (american cancer society), Seymour Pink, the Nina Poeta fund, and more recently, multiple sclerosis research. During these events, 20% of sales in the shop that night also go to charity. Be sure to follow Lizzie's Corner Consignment on Facebook to stay updated on these events!
Looking for a unique gift? Ask her about Made in Connecticut baskets. These baskets can be as small or as large as you'd like (Elizabeth says most people spend around $50), and she will hand select locally made goods to fill the basket with. Wouldn't that be a neat thing to give to an out of state family member or friend?
Be sure to stop in Lizzie's this weekend for Small Business Saturday, and pick out unique gifts that will win the hearts of their receivers, while supporting a small, family owned business.
Lizzie's Corner Consignment is located at 36 Bank Street in the heart of downtown Seymour, CT. Check her out at: http://www.lizziescornerstore.com or on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lizzies-Corner-Consignment-and-Gifts-156700401356358/ and on instagram- @lizziescorner