Your Favorite Newborn Pictures of 2012 from Pictured Moments By April


On the Facebook Fanpage, I recently put out a plea for help in choosing some favorite newborn images from 2012 for my side-show header on my new (upcoming) website.  I have to say that I was blown away by the responses and feedback that so many of you shared – thank you for your opinions and willingness to help!  I didn’t want to let all of your hard work go to waste, so here are the results of your feedback:

In no particular order, these were the 30 FAN FAVORITE newborn images of 2012:

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newborn baby boy with winter hat newborn baby girl with afro and flower headband Clarksville Newborn Baby Photographer newborn baby girl smiling Newborn baby girl with a vintage baby bonnet and satin ribbon newborn boy propped up wearing an infant fedora newborn baby boy sleeping in his daddys army helmet from fort campbell ky 101st airborne division screaming eagles newborn baby girl smiling with dimples and a peach flower headband newborn baby boy with his mother and father hands holding him newborn baby girl in a basket of pink satin and feathers big sister kissing newborn baby brother newborn baby girl in a basket with gold lace smiling newborn baby boy laughing Smiling newborn baby boy with open eyes newborn baby boy wearing a cowboy hat posed in an antique bucket next to daddys cowboy boots bonding newborn baby twins newborn baby girl with lace and peach flower headband Newborn baby girl smiling with red flower headbandswaddled newborn boy in crocheted hat

Newborn baby girl with adorable afro and red flowers on a headband

From the choices above, I can gather a few things:

  • smiling newborn baby images are your favorites
  • lace with newborn girls photographed beautifully
  • you all sure love the multiples and military babies!

Thank you for commenting with your feedback and voicing your opinions.  It was a proud moment to see the love from all of you and to be able to share it with these babies and their families!  I feel beyond blessed and truly appreciated for my artwork – I hope every photographer has a chance to have clients, friends, and fans like all of you.  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

newborn baby photographer in clarksville nashville tennessee tn and fort campbell ky kentucky, pictured moments by april

 

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Watch Me Grow – Then & Now with ‘Kenzie, Newborn and 4 months!


I don’t know about you, but I’m a before and after junkie!  Being a highly visual person, I’m always drawn to images documenting growth, change, or just the progress of life.  As you can imagine, I tend to be pretty fascinated when my itty-bitty newborn baby clients come back for their 4 month, 8 month, or first birthday portraits.  It never occurred to me that maybe YOU would enjoy the comparisons as well, until McKenzie came along for her 4 month portraits.  I will make it a point to share more of the “then & now” updates so that you all can enjoy watching the babies grow too!

McKenzie was such a sweet, beautiful little newborn girl!  These were my two favorite images from her newborn portrait session:

newborn baby girl with princess tiara and her frogsmiling newborn baby girl with her Daddy's Army uniform and dogtags

And here she was at her 4 month baby session – I just adore how her smile is exactly the same!  She’s even more beautiful now that shes batting her baby blues too.

Smiling 4 month old baby girl 4 month old baby girl in a basket

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, because I have plenty more to share.  Thanks for following along and sharing too!

Pictured Moments By April  Newborn Baby Photographer Fort Campbell, KY Clarksville, TN and Nashville, TN  baby pictures, infant, newborn, maternity, pregnancy, portraits

 

Watch Me Grow – Then & Now with 'Kenzie, Newborn and 4 months!


I don’t know about you, but I’m a before and after junkie!  Being a highly visual person, I’m always drawn to images documenting growth, change, or just the progress of life.  As you can imagine, I tend to be pretty fascinated when my itty-bitty newborn baby clients come back for their 4 month, 8 month, or first birthday portraits.  It never occurred to me that maybe YOU would enjoy the comparisons as well, until McKenzie came along for her 4 month portraits.  I will make it a point to share more of the “then & now” updates so that you all can enjoy watching the babies grow too!

McKenzie was such a sweet, beautiful little newborn girl!  These were my two favorite images from her newborn portrait session:

newborn baby girl with princess tiara and her frogsmiling newborn baby girl with her Daddy's Army uniform and dogtags

And here she was at her 4 month baby session – I just adore how her smile is exactly the same!  She’s even more beautiful now that shes batting her baby blues too.

Smiling 4 month old baby girl 4 month old baby girl in a basket

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, because I have plenty more to share.  Thanks for following along and sharing too!

Pictured Moments By April  Newborn Baby Photographer Fort Campbell, KY Clarksville, TN and Nashville, TN  baby pictures, infant, newborn, maternity, pregnancy, portraits

 

A vow to REMEMBER.


On 9-11, we take the time to REMEMBER. We honor the many heroes of that day, the lives lost, and the families forever changed. We also pray and honor the ones that do not remember. The military children who will never remember and may never understand why Daddy, Mommy or BOTH continue to fight and protect our freedom. Sometimes, the smallest of us carry the largest burdens. May we always REMEMBER and vow to help them understand one day. God bless our military “babies”♥

As a military family with a similar story, this blog post by Janine Bondrin really hit home for me too – it’s about our military children living 9-11 at home.  I hope we can all vow to REMEMBER, always.

The military inspired headbands were donated by Twinsanity Designs for pictures of our military children – THANK YOU!

You can find the adorable baby military caps at Kasey’s Creations, also donated for pictures of our military children.  THANK YOU!

 

Fleeting.


 

“They grow up so quickly”

We’ve all heard it at least once, right?  It’s definitely true!  Our children evolve daily. Those little changes here and there sneak up on us and suddenly out of nowhere we find ourselves questioning when this happened and where time went.  This is never more true than those first few weeks of life.  Often times after finishing a newborn gallery of images for a client, they comment on how much the baby has changed in those weeks.  It’s inevitable.

I wish I would have known the drastic changes a baby goes through that first year back when I had my daughter.  I wish newborn portraiture was as popular back then as it is now.  My very first professional portrait of Kylie was when she was 4 months old.  Although I am very glad that we had her photographed regardless, I’m just a little heartbroken that we never captured those first days, weeks, months…

If you have an opportunity to take advantage of newborn portraiture, please do it!  I understand that it may not be an option for everyone, and that’s ok.  But, if you have a choice or you’re on the fence – schedule a session!  Not necessarily with me, just schedule one in general!  It may not seem important while you’re reading this.  I promise that 5 years from now when your “newborn” is a beautiful spitfire of personality attending kindergarten, you will thank me.

I promise.

 

Clarksville's Reader's Choice Award… Almost!


I was nominated for the 2012 Reader’s Choice Award for best photographer in Clarksville, TN, how cool is that???  I’m still a little surprised about it, I’m barely a year into my photography business.  It was surreal to be listed among some of Clarksville’s most prestigious and successful photographers.  Although I didn’t win the actual award, I made it as a finalist thanks to the votes from family, friends and my wonderfully loyal fans!  I can’t begin to fully express my gratitude to God for blessing me with this “job” and to all of you for your continued love and support.  I wouldn’t be able to live my dream without you, thank you!

Please excuse the mobile screen capture – I was too excited to do much more 🙂

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Clarksville’s Reader’s Choice Award… Almost!


I was nominated for the 2012 Reader’s Choice Award for best photographer in Clarksville, TN, how cool is that???  I’m still a little surprised about it, I’m barely a year into my photography business.  It was surreal to be listed among some of Clarksville’s most prestigious and successful photographers.  Although I didn’t win the actual award, I made it as a finalist thanks to the votes from family, friends and my wonderfully loyal fans!  I can’t begin to fully express my gratitude to God for blessing me with this “job” and to all of you for your continued love and support.  I wouldn’t be able to live my dream without you, thank you!

Please excuse the mobile screen capture – I was too excited to do much more 🙂

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Perspective. Do you see what I see?


There’s a cliche in the photography world that is probably heard more often than the sound of the shutter – “you have the eye”.  I know I’ve heard it a hundred times and I’ll admit that I’ve even passed it on once or ten times.  I can’t help but wonder what exactly it means.  I know it’s intended as a compliment to someone who creates beautiful images with a camera.  Some people insist that you either have “the eye” or you don’t – is that true?  If two experienced photographers produced images from a similar location, but only one of them had “the eye”, would you be able to tell?  Can you learn to photograph more like someone with “the eye”?

All of these crazy ponderings have been in the back of my mind for quite some time.  It wasn’t until an old friend paid me a sweet and very profound compliment that I realized what all of this meant {I think}.  I’m a visual person, so I’m going to show you the conclusion I came to {please pardon the crappy mobile pictures}.  Don’t worry, I will share the enlightenment from my friend as well – at the end 🙂

Here is my view at Kylie’s school every day:

A stroll toward the building brings you to this cute statue and flowers…

It’s just some grass with a parking lot in the background, right?

To be sure, let’s look closer and get a little lower.  Do you see what I see?

This is what I see.

April…I haven’t seen you in forever, but I see some of your posts here and there and I have to let you know that you’re so talented and have such an eye for what you’re doing. Your photos capture all the beauty in this world that a lot of people take for granted. i love seeing the world through your eyes 🙂 keep up the good work and may this be just the beginning ♥ ♥ – Gina

I realized that it’s our perspective that separates us.  We as photographers are able to share a unique perspective with people who may not see it otherwise.  Our view of the world is “the eye” and our photography is how we are able to share it.  Although it’s been attested that you either have the eye for photography or you don’t, I would like to believe otherwise.  Maybe it’s only a matter of digging just a little deeper and learning to change your perspective.

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Perspective. Do you see what I see?


There’s a cliche in the photography world that is probably heard more often than the sound of the shutter – “you have the eye”.  I know I’ve heard it a hundred times and I’ll admit that I’ve even passed it on once or ten times.  I can’t help but wonder what exactly it means.  I know it’s intended as a compliment to someone who creates beautiful images with a camera.  Some people insist that you either have “the eye” or you don’t – is that true?  If two experienced photographers produced images from a similar location, but only one of them had “the eye”, would you be able to tell?  Can you learn to photograph more like someone with “the eye”?

All of these crazy ponderings have been in the back of my mind for quite some time.  It wasn’t until an old friend paid me a sweet and very profound compliment that I realized what all of this meant {I think}.  I’m a visual person, so I’m going to show you the conclusion I came to {please pardon the crappy mobile pictures}.  Don’t worry, I will share the enlightenment from my friend as well – at the end 🙂

Here is my view at Kylie’s school every day:

A stroll toward the building brings you to this cute statue and flowers…

It’s just some grass with a parking lot in the background, right?

To be sure, let’s look closer and get a little lower.  Do you see what I see?

This is what I see.

April…I haven’t seen you in forever, but I see some of your posts here and there and I have to let you know that you’re so talented and have such an eye for what you’re doing. Your photos capture all the beauty in this world that a lot of people take for granted. i love seeing the world through your eyes 🙂 keep up the good work and may this be just the beginning ♥ ♥ – Gina

I realized that it’s our perspective that separates us.  We as photographers are able to share a unique perspective with people who may not see it otherwise.  Our view of the world is “the eye” and our photography is how we are able to share it.  Although it’s been attested that you either have the eye for photography or you don’t, I would like to believe otherwise.  Maybe it’s only a matter of digging just a little deeper and learning to change your perspective.

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Beautiful Simplicity | Newborn Photographer


Newborn portraits are my favorite!  I just adore brand new, precious infants willing to be sleepily posed for the sake of a portrait to last a lifetime.  Typically, my newborn sessions take place in my home studio with a plethora of props, soft blankets, delicate headbands, baskets and decor.  I work with an octobox studio light, my speedlight, and reflectors to achieve the look that matches my style.  It’s all a process and I love it!

While visiting Florida, I was asked to take portraits of my friends’ brand new baby girl.  I wholeheartedly agreed because it’s what I love the most, however, I didn’t have any of my equipment with me besides my camera!  {GASP}.  I attempted to take the bull by the horns on this issue anyway by setting up near a window for some beautiful natural light.  I threw a couple of couch pillows on the floor and draped a blanket from the top of changing table {via hair clips} and down over the pillows.  Voila.  That was my “set”.  This was completely out of my element, yet the images are some of my favorites ever.

Ellie smiled nearly the whole time and her mommy even brought a little headband for her to wear.  I was able to still give them the style of newborn portraits they were seeking and that made my day.  I realized then that limitations are usually set by us when we don’t feel equipped.  It’s up to us to break them down and keep it simple!

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