As much as I *love* getting portraits done on a wedding day, I'll be honest - there's not always a lot of time to get them done. That sounds a little ridiculous, I know, because it *feels* like you're taking photos all day long - but in reality, you're usually trying to cram couples' photos into the last five minutes of Portrait Time that the church lady has alloted you, while simultaneously running late for your reception. Most couples don't see one another before the ceremony, so that cuts out half of your day right there - and after that, things are usually a whirlwind of travel to the reception, announcements, dances, toasts, and all of the other Things-To-Do-On-Your-Wedding-Day.
Enter the "Day After" session. This is a time to get all dressed up again and actually take our time getting some nice, natural, people-aren't-wanting-to-chat-every-five-seconds portraits - just the two of you. We can have fun with it, and try all kinds of things we didn't have time to try in the chaos of the wedding day.
I was so excited when Whitney and Brad wanted to do one of these sessions with me. We went back to their wedding venues, The Old Governor's Mansion and Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, and had some fun! Their images came out to be absolutely gorgeous - just like them. <3
Here are a few of the ones I had a terribly difficult time narrowing things down to. ;)
Nothing like a second baby to keep a birth photographer on her toes! Once little Sofia decided she was on her way, she wasted no time at all, coming into the world. Mama pushed a grand total of 3 or 4 times, and just like that, the Gutierrez family became a party of four!
And hold on, can we talk for just a sec about how flawless Shannon looked while giving birth? Let's be real, here - I don't look like that when I'm not having a baby, seriously. She made the whole thing look like a cake walk!
AND, how cute was big brother Lucas' reaction to his new sister? In typical boy fashion, he was totally unimpressed.
Give it a hot sec, Luc - she'll grow on you, I promise! ;)
Here are a few of my favorite images!
Daddy, waiting patiently for go-time!
I love getting the last few portraits of Mom before everything changes for her. Such peace and relaxation - albeit short-lived!
Daddy saying "hi". <3
Gotta get her Facebook official!
Inky baby toes! <3
Daddy FINALLY got to hold her, after some mama time!
Dat lip, though!
Really not so sure about this whole bath situation. What just happened, exactly?
Just about the only five seconds that bow stayed on her head--and within reaching distance--before she unceremoniously ripped it off! The nurses were wise to her game, though. #Thwarted
So. About this "baby sister" thing...
Daddy tickles make all things fun.
What an absolute whirlwind this birth was! Cher and her husband Kelsey made the brave and beautiful decision to have their baby boy, Cedar, in their home. After suffering a stillbirth in their previous pregnancy--Cedar's big sister Artemis--Cher and Kelsey were so anxious to meet this happy, healthy, beautiful little baby boy. He came with a bang, arriving on his own, before medical crew could arrive--allowing Dad to catch him as he came rushing into the world! He landed straight into his father's arms, and then immediately into Mom's. Big sister Freyja was SO anxious to get her hands on him - and the look of smug satisfaction on her tiny face as she FINALLY got him snuggled into her own arms was priceless!
It's hard when you're little and aren't 100% sure of what's going on - despite all of mom and dad's careful preparation!
That feeling of relief and uncontainable joy when you realize "Yes, that really did happen!"
Awaiting her turn with Cedar. Patiently. Well, mostly. ;)
Cedar getting his first official checkup!
That was one BIG boy!
The look of every toddler ever = I win! ;)
What's under here, exactly?
You know, just Facetime-ing with the grands.
Being a birth photographer is one of the most happy-fying jobs on the planet - I get to meet the very best people at the most important time in their lives, and be there with them as they welcome a little piece of their combined souls into the world. It gives me chills every single time.
This time was certainly no exception - Whitlee and Ballard are two of the very sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting - no one deserves this happy, healthy little boy they grew together more than they do! While editing their images and putting together their video, I can't even tell you how many times I teared up, experiencing this with them all over again.
Congratulations to the newly minted parents, and to little Kanon for being born such a lucky little boy. <3
What are the ingredients of a perfect wedding day? It's kind of a trick question, really, because there's only one that's really important, in the end--people. You can have all of the perfect decorations, and flowers, and clothes, and music; but what really makes the memories of a wedding day magical are the people who take part in it with you.
This was a magical people day, friends. The sky could have fallen, and the barn Kim and Jennifer got married in could have collapsed around them, and it still would have been the best day of their lives--because they got married to their best friends, and all of the most wonderful people in their lives were surrounding them as they did so.
I always love my job, but let me tell you - it's a special kind of magic when I get to be part of a day like this one. It was funny, and emotional, and surprising, and quirky, and beautiful, and unique, and pretty much every other adjective that means awesome, really.
I loved Kim and Jen from the second I met them - they're my people. We became fast friends at their engagement session, and I just knew their wedding was going to be a party - and holy cow, was it! They had themed clothing (Team Purple! Team Blue!), dresses with pockets (WITH POCKETS!), photo-bombing horses, and just when I thought the night couldn't get more fun, Jen busted out in a T-Rex costume at the reception. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
Okay, I'm all out of adjectives on this one, folks. I almost had an aneurysm, trying to pick favorite photos to blog, but here's my best effort! Strap in!
Jen's daughter was, shall we say, enamored of the walkie-talkies procured for the day. ;)
When you realize that your team shirt is spelled wrong. What's a Sqad, exactly?
Apparently hair and makeup is a very special occasion, necessitating lots of pictures.
Loved these moments between mom and daughter. <3
There may or may not have been spit involved in this scenario. I'll never tell.
Jen's daughter was the ring bearer. LOVE THAT!
Too freaking cute. <3
What men do while the women get ready.
There was wine to be had, and had it was!
Also what men do when women fuss and primp.
Time to get dat dress on!
The benefits to getting married on the family land - no garden need go unattended for any length of time, and there's transportation via go-kart!
Favorite signs in the history of signs
One of the funniest things ever - Kim and Jen rode in the same limo to the ceremony site, but didn't want to see each other beforehand. A blanket was held up to block Kim from Jen's view, but they remained in constant contact via walkie talkie the whole time.
Rock, paper, scissors...priorities!
A police escort. Because they know a guy...and also because it was fun.
Mother/daughter dance. <3