It was so exciting to see this beautiful family again and help them commemorate the birth of their youngest babe!  I first met them in 2015 when their older son, Bruce, was born. I was their Elkridge Newborn Photographer, and did a newborn portrait session for him, which you can view here.

Creating a Cohesive Collection

They knew they wanted to capture a cohesive look to their wall galleries through photographic and editing style, and returned to my Elkridge studio from their home in northern Virginia.  This little one was just like his older brother as he did not want to sleep during our whole session.  His warm brown eyes were curious as to what we were doing!  But we did manage to get him to drift off to a peaceful sleep while we captured some of those serene newborn images.  

A Talented Bunch

As with her older son, mom was sure to bring along some important props for  our session.  She and her family are all so talented!  They made the quilts and knit wraps, and we were sure to feature them in the session just as we had with older brother, Bruce. Mom even brought along a photograph of Grandpa Roy, the baby’s namesake.

I was sure to include some photos which complemented the ones we had taken of baby Bruce so they could be displayed together: some neutrals, some black and white, and some with the soft blue-gray color palette.  But this little one has his own personality, and I wanted to be sure to include some props and images that were unique to just his session.

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Who wouldn’t adore being a Elkridge Newborn Photographer when you have subjects as adorable as Roy and Bruce? Just look at those gorgeous eyes!

I recently shared a blog post about alternatives to traditional cake smash sessions.  Everything from garden fresh vegetables, cold creamy ice-cream, and messy spaghetti slinging.  Well, cute little Ollie took me up on that offer. (Or rather, his parents did!), and had a donut smash session in honor of his second birthday!

A Vintage Inspired Session

I loved this vintage-inspired photo session in my Elkridge, Maryland studio.  We had handsome teddy bears in attendance, rustic crates, old-fashioned glass milk bottles, and a milk-glass cake stand full of delicious donuts!

Before bringing out one of his favorite snacks, we did shoot some traditional images of this attractive little man decked out in his suspenders.  We did these photos with only a few props, like a vintage red toy truck, so the focus was on Ollie as he celebrated this milestone birthday.  

Giggling Over Spilled Milk

Ollie wasted no time choosing a messy chocolate frosted donut from the pile and digging in! I love the sly smile and those gorgeous blue eyes glistening as he enjoyed his snack.  We got a great shot of his little toddler toes standing in a puddle of spilled milk with chocolate stained feet, hands, and tummy, as he looked down at the half-eaten donut.  

I have so much fun with these sessions!  I want parents to have keepsakes of the experience of their little one’s childhood.  There are years ahead for perfectly posed images; being two is a time to have fun and be messy once in a while!

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Who says you shouldn’t giggle over spilled milk? I adored being Ollie’s Baltimore First Birthday Baby Photographer! Just look at those sweet cheeks!

“Fire Trucks and Toys,

There’s Nothing Quite Like Little Boys”

This spunky little boy celebrated his second birthday at a Bethesda fire station. Our staff photographer, Robin, was there to capture all of the friends, family, and special moments of the day.

Boden’s Fire Station Birthday Bash

Some school friends and immediate family enjoyed visiting in the dedicated room for parties and activities. They all had such a good time. The kids played while the parents visited. And what birthday would be complete without cupcakes and snacks?

Boden LOVES fire trucks. And his mom wanted his birthday to include his wonder and joy spending the day with some real firefighters and taking a tour of their trucks.  What a BIG smile on his face as Boden enjoys a moment in front of the truck with his dad.  And I love the group shot in front of the fire truck framed by the wide station-house doors!  What a great keepsake this will be of the day!

Cheers to the Birthday Boy!

After a long day of being the guest of honor…little Boden started to tucker out and just enjoyed resting on his dad’s shoulder as the afternoon wound down.  It’s tough being a toddler sometimes!

Happy Birthday, Boden!

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Capturing this birthday party at Bethesda Fire Station, as Boden’s Baltimore Birthday Photographer was such a fun experience! Your birthday 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!

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

While I love spending my days photographing expectant moms, newborns, and children…sometimes I have a chance to capture memories that touch my heart like nothing else.  Over the summer, we were invited to spend the day photographing the children of Baltimore’s Horizon Day Camp. This was definitely one of those times. 

Baltimore’s Horizon Day Camp

These beautiful children are living with cancer. They rarely have a chance to see beyond the closed worlds of home, hospital and doctor’s offices during their time in treatment. Horizon Day Camp changes that by opening the doors to a new world. Making it possible for children to enjoy a summer filled with exciting daily activities, friendships and laughter. All while paying careful attention to their medical and emotional needs.

In sharing my day with these little ones and capturing their summer camp memories, I noticed these children are just like any others.  They share secrets, love muddy puddles, and have so much energy for being active. They sometimes need quiet time and nurturing,  and they can strike a pose and smile like nobody’s business! A special thank you to those who spend their summers as counselors for these little souls to ensure they have a camp experience.

A Wonderful Foundation for Wonderful Children

Horizon Day Camp is a full-summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings. This camp is offered to ages 3 1⁄2–16, who are in active or follow-up treatment for cancer. This is unlike most oncology sleep-away camps that are offered for only 1-2 weeks each summer. Horizon Day Camp allows children to attend camp for as little as one day or the entire summer. This allows children who are in active treatment to continue with their home doctors and enjoy the comfort of sleeping in their own beds each night.  You can read more about Horizon Day Camp and their mission here.

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As a Baltimore Non-Profit Photographer, I adore working with amazing foundations just like Baltimore’s Horizon Day Camp. They truly are making a difference. Your lifestyle 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!

Baltimore Cake Smash Photographer | Matthew and William

It was so great to have Matthew and William back in the studio with their parents and BFF (Best Furry Friend), Dallas, again.  I had the pleasure of capturing their newborn images. I was so excited to have them back for their First Birthday to capture their first birthday.  We had a great time supplying and designing the sets, picking out wardrobes and making the cakes for these happy boys!  The adorable Nemo diaper covers and onesies were supplied by the boy’s grandma. How talented!

Their Furry Best Friend

Before things got too messy, we took some updated images of the family.  It is not easy getting a dog and two one year old’s to cooperate long enough to get a good image of everyone at the same time. But this group did great and we got some beautiful images.

After we snapped some family portraits and got some images of the boys with Dallas it was time to really dive in.  We went with a nautical theme and the boys were so much fun to work with.  They were laughing and smiling throughout the entire session.  They were so cute in the crate sailboat and when we got to the fishing on the dock part of the session they were cracking up at the frog prop.  It was so much fun working with such happy kids! They made grandma proud as they sported her outfits.  The little onesies with the bowties and suspenders were precious.

A Sweet Smash

After all that, we still had the cake smash to capture.  At first they were hesitant but they quickly figured out how much fun it was to dig in and make a mess.  Then they realized that they not only had their cake but they could play in each other’s cakes too!  It was adorable to see the bright blue icing covering them head to toe.  I had a great time as their Baltimore Cake Smash Photographer.

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Welcome back boys! It’s such a joy getting to watch little ones like these two grow as a Baltimore Cake Smash Photographer! Your baby milestone 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!