3 Month Boy/Girl Twins | JOY Photography Ohio

It’s not every day that twins come into the studio for sessions, but I recently did a model call to build some more into my portfolio, and this pair was absolutely amazing for me.  I’m sure eventually they’ll fight over who is actually the older one, even if just minutes older, but right now they just get to be adored for how adorable they are.  We started out in a neutral setup since I tend to love to stick to things that seem organic & beautiful, and then put them into outfits that mom brought, which were so adorable.  I know mom is excited about having a girl.  Tutus & Ruffles will be on her for years, for sure!

I don’t know about you, but I know little man’s outfit reminds me of the old man from from the movie, “Up”.  He’s so cute posing next to his sister in their grey Chevron & yellow outfit combination.  You’ll be seeing more of these two soon too!  They’re baby planners! You’ll be seeing them again at 6m, 9m, and 12 months. I personally can’t wait!

Baby care 101 for nursing mamas | JOY Photography

Once labor is over and you’ve gotten your beautiful bundle of baby into the world, whether it’s been through pushing or through a C-Section, many mamas become frazzled when it comes time to nurse.  Then, if baby does do well, sometimes it still can go downhill because that beautiful baby has now turned into the colicky beast from who-knows-where.  Often times, it can simply be from the foods that mama is eating.  I know, bummer.  You’ve done all the work throughout the whole entire pregnancy and now you have to be careful what foods to introduce to your baby.  It’s really not fair…but the good news is, for most babies you can start to introduce foods back in after about 6 weeks (although always consult with a medical professional/pediatrician to be sure).

But, on that note, here is a list that really can help prior to your beautiful sweet baby’s portraits to make sure they’re not fussy or gassy.  It can also help to make sure posing newborns works well, without any problems.  If it helps, awesome!  You can feel free to share it with other expectant and new mamas to help them get a bit of rest once their own babies arrive.  Trust me, they’ll be thankful that you thought of them and passed it on! 😉

P.S. Other than a photo session by yours truly, this makes a perfect (and free) gift for an expectant or new mom!

Here it is!  The list!

joy photography list for nursing mamas and new moms


Ohio Newborn Photographer | My “Why”

Growing up, I always thought photographers did everything when it came to their work.  You know, weddings, seniors, women, newborns, babies, toddlers, families, ect…but when I started this journey a few years ago, I knew that I wanted to be the best at newborns.  There was a strong desire in my heart to make sure that parents were able to capture their new baby and be able to have those images to remember and then eventually pass down to their children.  I grew up without pictures on the wall.  Everything that we did have around the house was taken with a regular point and shoot and if it was printed, it was a 4×6.  You’d have to get super close to the frames around the house if you actually wanted to see the pictures.  Fast forward to when I decided to have children.  It’s been a bumpy road, to say the least.  I initially was told that children weren’t even going to be a part of my future because of an infertility condition that I have.  I was young, and wasn’t financially in a place to be able to do invitro, so that was it.  No children.  Two years into thinking that, we were blessed with a pregnancy, which was initially thought to be an empty sac…but that baby was strong, and he grew, and in April of 2006, I officially was a mom.  At that time though, I still didn’t value photography the way I do today.  We only have a limited amount of images of him as a newborn, but nothing that you could really put on the wall and call art.  Nothing to look back at as the miracle that it was.

Every child that we’ve had since then has taken us at least 2 years to conceive.  We’ve also known the pain to have two losses.  Mamas, I know you don’t feel radiant, and most of the time don’t feel beautiful, but that is my why.  It’s why I do this.  I want to make sure you have beautiful amazing portraits to look back on of your pregnancy and that sweet baby that comes from it because it’s a miracle.  It’s special.  It’s a blessing that so many fight to be able to have, and guess what?  You still look stunning.  You deserve to have these portraits on your walls of you carrying that baby, and then holding that baby, and having that sweet baby to look back at as they grow.  Before you know it, the sleepy yawns and stretches turn into wide eyed toddlers who move around and get into everything…and before you know it, that toddler is a child who you’re kissing on the head and sending off to school.  You should be able to look around and see those first days in those moments.  It’s a cliche to say how fast it goes, but it’s true.  You have this moment once, and only once.  Let me help you capture it.

(our 4th boy.  The first baby of ours that I was able to professionally do portraits of as a newborn)



A Fall Mini Toddler Session | JOY Photography Toledo

Isn’t it sad how babies have to grow up so quickly?  I swear I just had completed this guy’s newborn through first year yesterday…and now he’s 2.  Big brother also got into some of the images with him because he’s growing up too, and actually can pose now!  Time needs to slow down a bit!  If only it actually could, right?

Here is a peek into how their session went.  The weather was amazing, the colors were just starting to change on the trees, but we made it work.  I love what we were able to capture of these two together, although mama picking out those overalls for Mr. Nicholas was a great choice, because he looked SO stinkin’ cute! I can’t wait to see how he grows between now and next year!

toddler boy and older brother sibling outdoor fall mini session joy photography toledo botanical gardens ohio childrens photographer

I love how curious and playfull toddlers are during their sessions.  Although he was SO fast…which reminds me, I need to get back to working out again!

If you’d like to capture your own session for fall (while the weather is still relatively good) then email me at joyphotography@live.com and I’ll get you into my schedule.  For those wondering about Christmas minis, you can start scheduling those right now as well.  They will be $150, done indoors.  They come with 8 digital images and a print release.  Pictures will be done up until Nov 25th so that I can get them back to you in time for cards! I cannot believe this year is flying by so quickly!

The #1 Mistake You Make With Pictures | JOY Photography

Recently, I had a friend of mine that I did pictures for almost a year ago come to me for help.  Her computer was stolen, and on that computer were not only all of her important files, but also her baby’s pictures from birth through her current age.  That included the maternity session, the newborn session, and the images throughout the first year that I was able to capture for her family.  Nothing is more heart breaking than knowing the images you treasured so much are gone for good.  Luckily, I did have the images still (because I may just hoard images for a period longer than the year I normally do) but that still doesn’t mean that putting them onto a new drive, disk, or uploading means they’re safe.  One of the biggest mistakes in today’s digital age is the fact that everything stays digital, especially when it’s portraits that should be around for your family for years.  Did you know that digital files are not archival?

What does archival mean?

In the art world, having something be archival means that the piece of artwork is able to remain durable over time.

Digital files have no way of being archival.  Over time, the files eventually corrupt, get lost, or become so dated that they can’t be opened anymore.  The statistics behind it are even more frightening, as around 90 percent of people keep photos and music on their computers…and of that 90 percent, nearly 40% have lost files due to them corrupting.  When dealing with music, it can be replaced, but photos?  Moments you can’t ever get back?  There is a simple solution to be able to have those files forever.

How can you keep files forever?

Archival quality papers can last 100 years or more.  If you have an 8×10 of your favorite images printed on quality paper with quality inks, they have the potential to last your entire lifetime and more.  I always suggest keeping portraits in a cool, dark, but dry place.  If you stored them in a box in a dresser or cabinet, that works well.  Having them in a fire-safe area is even better.

Portraits I capture are so important to you, but more importantly, they’re even more important to that sweet baby you’re snuggling in your arms or dropping off at school.  When they’re grown, they’ll want these portraits we’ve captured together.  They’ll eventually want to even show their own children someday.

So yes, digital files are available and will continue to be available, but I highly recommend prints being made as well so you can have them forever.  If you’d still like to print some yourself, I can recommend some higher-quality labs that will have longer-lasting prints than most of the stores in the area, such as Walmart, Target, ect.   I highly recommend Mpix.com if printing online, as their colors are calibrated to my own prints, or even Kohne’s camera which is located in Perrysburg.

Don’t lose your baby’s memories because they were kept in a drive.  Print your pictures.  Enjoy looking at them together.  Make memories looking at the family photo album together.

I hope you enjoyed this post!  If you have any questions, feel free to comment and let me know what you thought!

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