Our “best of 2017” series continues! Let’s recap more of our favorite sessions of this past year with our “2017 Recap: Nautical blues” edition! This past year was unique for us in that we had significantly more boys than girls visiting us!  Our clients tell us that we’re one of the few studios they’ve found with really cute gender-neutral themes, which is pretty exciting for us to hear, because we work hard to create variety and unique sets, images and themes for every session.

Nautical blues – our most popular theme

It should come as no surprise that nautical themes are popular in Maryland. As a coastal state, and with the US Naval Academy located so close to the studio, it’s not surprising at all that blue, grey, crisp white, and all things beach and nautical has been our most requested theme this year!  We love the challenge of creating something new with each session

Navy, pale blue, light grey, and clean white are also very popular home decor colors right now so designing sessions to coordinate with those interior decor colors can help ensure your portraits will coordinate with your living spaces, so you can see your favorite images every day. This year we added a new grey barnwood frame to our framing options, and some new grey leather album cover options as well – both have proved to be extremely popular options for keepsakes!

Take a peek here at some of our favorite nautical, beachy, blue and grey portrait sessions this year:

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Your baby photographer, is located Elkridge Maryland, between Washington DC and Baltimore, MD making Kat Forder Photography convenient for families of all sizes.  We are a full-service newborn and child portrait studio with a team of photographers, each with their own specialty.  On location we work most often in Baltimore County, Columbia, Maryland, Catonsville, Severn, Annapolis, Howard County, Montgomery County, and of course we work in-studio as well. Read more about when to schedule your portrait sessions, or explore behind the scenes on Instagram and follow us on Facebook for promotions and previews.  Contact us today to reserve your session!

It’s a baby super bowl! Continuing with our 2017 Recap Series, we have our “2017 Recap: Baby Super Bowl Edition”.

Most of our newborn sessions include at least one of our signature “bowl portraits”. These images are some of the most popular choices for parents who would love to have a single piece of statement art for their family room, living room or other social space in their home. This pose is so versatile, often offering us a chance to peek at baby’s preferred sleeping positions with hands on their cheek, behind their head, curled up tight, or on their side (it always amazes us at how much personal preferences newborns communicate from such an early age!)

 

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Creative Newborn Poses in Bowls

This pose also offers us, as artists, a nearly unlimited set of creative options to personalize this pose for your interests, and home decor. When designing and planning a newborn portrait session, we’re often inspired by the seasons, by floral and natural details around us, and by baby’s nursery themes.  We’ll often find ourselves using softer colors in the Spring, and warmer, more vibrant colors in the Fall. Winter whites with touches of silver and gold, or red and evergreen are popular during the holiday season.

We love using simple props like these to help show a newborn’s tiny size and distinctive proportions. These bowls and baskets can later be used during baby’s next portrait session (at about six months and one year) to help show how much they have grown (read more about when and how often to schedule your portrait sessions here).

 

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Newborn sessions are usually reserved during your second and third trimester of pregnancy and generally take place between 5 and 14 days after birth.  Contact us today to reserve your session! Explore more, behind the scenes on Instagram and follow us on Facebook for promotions and previews.

Continuing with our 2017 Recap series, we have more fun in store with our “2017 Recap: Smash Edition”

This year we had an impressive number of really creative Sweet Smash Sessions celebrating milestones and birthdays. Sweet Smash Sessions in our studio involves some messy fun, often with edible treats like cake, ice cream, spaghetti, or even edible “paint”.  Maybe your little one loves spaghetti.  A spaghetti slinging session is a great way to get some fun pictures of your little one playing in their food.  Digging around in a big bowl of saucy noodles and slurping up strands of spaghetti makes some really adorable images for story time with your albums.

We believe that little ones will have the rest of their lives for neat and tidy portraits, now is the time when they are meant to explore, get messy and have fun.

Sweet Smash Sessions (sometimes called Cake Smash Sessions) in the studio mean you can leave the mess here!  We plan your entire experience, no detail overlooked.  We make sure we have neat and tidy portraits completed before we get messy. Many of our sets have custom designed, and hand painted backdrops to suit your theme. We work with our bakers to source the right type of cake, in the right style to coordinate with our set. We even design, source or provide an appropriate wardrobe to ensure you’re not going to ruin any your most favorite birthday party outfit. Your session experience is wrapped up with a bath and we send everyone home clean, fresh (and with full bellies!) for nap time.

Our Sweet Smash Session themes this year included Le Petit Prince, Lemons and Lemonade, Summer Ice Cream Social, Woodland Friends, Camping Adventure, Vintage Donuts, Rockin Rockstar, and so many more! Here’s a peek at some of our favorite Sweet Smash sessions from this year:

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Schedule your own Sweet Smash Session in our Elkridge Maryland studio.

Contact us today to reserve your session, or explore behind the scenes on Instagram and follow us on Facebook for promotions and previews.

 

 

 

The end of the calendar year means the start of our “best of” blog posts! Our 2017 Recap: Holiday Edition is a look back at some of the amazing holiday themed sessions we’ve done! This time of year is always exciting because it’s a chance for us to look back at all the little friends we’ve made, all the memories we’ve created, and all the families we’ve watched grow in the past year. This is always a bittersweet time for us, since we’re looking backwards, seeing how these wee ones have changed so quickly.

These “best of” posts are a fun way to share some sessions and images that may not have been published on our blog. It’s also a great way to show how similar sets and themes can be re-worked for different clients to make something unique for each family!

Classic, timeless and child-friendly

Our holiday sets this season focused on red and white, with classic, festive touches. We favor simple sets for our smallest clients to help keep the focus on their wee little features. For our more mobile and active little ones we prefer sets and themes that are durable, kid-friendly, pet-friendly and classic. This year we also helped more families decorate their homes with personalized holiday decor. (Your family portraits can be moved, changed, and rotated depending on the season, for a fresh new look on your walls!)

 

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Themed family and newborn portraits like these are often done in our Elkridge Maryland studio, located between Washington DC and Baltimore, MD making Kat Forder Photography convenient for families of all sizes.  We are a full-service newborn and child portrait studio with a team of photographers, each with their own specialty.  On location we work most often in Baltimore County, Columbia, Maryland, Catonsville, Severn, Annapolis, Howard County, Montgomery County, and of course we work in-studio as well. Read more about when to schedule your portrait sessions, or explore behind the scenes on Instagram and follow us on Facebook for promotions and previews.  Contact us today to reserve your session!

Social media has been a fantastic tool for connecting people who may not otherwise have had a chance to meet. That’s exactly what happened to bring these furry little babies into the studio for their first portraits. Furry newborns and non-profit rescue kittens need profile pictures too!

A volunteer from the local rescue, Missfit Critter Farm, posted about a large influx of kittens they had received in the rescue recently, and the urgent need to find homes for them all. As anyone who has worked or volunteered in animal rescue operations can tell you, finding homes for the rescued pets is all about exposure – getting the information out to potential adoptive homes can be the most challenging part of the job, especially when a rescue group already has multiple hats they need to wear (from animal care, to fundraising, vet care to advocacy). Managing multimedia, advertising available animal profiles, and screening potential new homes is all time consuming.

Portraits increase adoptions

One of the biggest challenges a rescue can face, besides funding, is moving the animals into new home promptly. Finding a forever home for a pet is important for their well-being, and of course for the shelter’s ability to continue it’s mission. One way to help adoptions happen is to ensure there are good quality images of the animals available for adoption. When an adopting family can clearly see a fuzzy little one, they are more likely to be able to fall in love with them.

High quality portraits of animals are particularly tough to create (they don’t listen to instructions!) and it’s their whole mission at this stage in life to move and explore.  But, just like newborn humans, and small toddlers, there ARE tricks we can use, and some tried and true methods to help slow these busy little babies down enough to capture their big blue eyes, fuzzy, soft fur, and tiny little noses.

Photographing kittens and puppies, while volunteering for such a worthwhile, community focused organization like a local animal rescue is one of the biggest rewards of my job!

 

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Kitten and puppy portrait sessions can take place in Elkridge Maryland, between Washington DC and Baltimore, MD.  We are a full-service newborn and child portrait studio with a team of photographers, each with their own specialty.  On location we work most often in Baltimore County, Columbia, Maryland, Catonsville, Severn, Annapolis, Howard County, Montgomery County, and of course we work in-studio as well. Read more about when to schedule your portrait sessions, or explore behind the scenes on Instagram and follow us on Facebook for promotions and previews.  Contact us today to reserve your session!