Ella & Henry Fall 2017 Fashion Show

It's been a very busy weekend here at N. Lalor Photography. One of the events I look forward to every year is the Fall Fashion Show at the Ella & Henry kids clothing store in New Canaan. I have the privilege of taking the runway photos, and also Studio shots of all the outfits (which I set up for in the basement next to the changing areas.. yes, it's as glamorous as it sounds).

It's a very exciting.. and such super cute event! I love seeing the kids that come back every year and meeting all the new ones that are trying it out for the first time. And the older middle-school girls who model for Stella M'Lia are, of course, just incredible!

I hope you enjoy this first set of runway photos as I work through the rest of the images, which I hope to be posting soon. :)

Emma

I photographed Emma last year. She was just about to move to Washington DC and join a ballet dance company for a year of learning and dancing. We created dance portraits for her that showcased her graceful movements but also focused on her as a person first (because, let's face it, most photographers just focus on the dancing).

Now, Emma is back in the area and is looking to get into modeling as she lives and works in NYC. As she starts her career, she needs to build up her portfolio of photographs.. which is where I come in.

We knew that we needed to create several different looks for Emma. Which means, having a really amazing hair & makeup artist is really important! And when it comes to beautification, Kelsey from Haus of Pretty is the best. I love working with her on so many levels, but the best part is the creative collaboration that happens. Kelsey is able to bring her expertise to the photoshoot to really elevate each look. She doesn't just do a great job, she goes far beyond that for every woman she works with.

And then there are the dresses.

Not every client I have in the Studio has beautiful outfits to work with. Emma, being at the very starting stages of her adulthood (and having spent most of her life being a ballet dancer) needed some help with the wardrobe. We arranged a private fitting for her at Bella Bridesmaids in Westport and were able to rent some truly incredible dresses for the photoshoot. And I mean seriously gorgeous dresses (I pass Bella Bridesmaids all the time as I drive around Westport and can't help but swoon at the pretty things they have in the window)!

But most of all, Emma is an incredible person, inside and out. She deserves all the success in the world. And I am so grateful to be able to capture these photographs for her.. and for the amazing set of women who helped me make it happen.

Hair & Makeup by Haus of Pretty | Wardrobe provided by Bella Bridesmaids in Westport

September Announcements

Ella & Henry Fall Fashion Show

Saturday, September 16th at 11am

In about two weeks, Ella & Henry children's clothing store (located at 137 Elm Street in New Canaan), will be having their annual Fall Fashion Show. I will be there taking runway photos and portraits of all the little models, so be sure to stop by for the main event, which starts right at 11am. This is such a great way to support a wonderful local business and it will be really fun to see all the kids, too!

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Milestone Sessions

Saturday, September 30th 9am-2pm

These smaller sessions are specifically for babies, 3months - 18 months old. A quick 30-minute photoshoot is perfect for capturing milestones like sitting up, crawling, standing, and walking in my signature clean and bright style. Offered only four times a year on a specific day, don't wait to reserve your time.


NAPCP

The National Association of Professional Child Photographers grants membership to photographers who are dedicated to exhibiting quality images of children and families on a consistent basis. NAPCP members are expected to reflect exceptional skills in photography, originality and creativity, while promoting the honesty and spirit of the children they capture.. and I am so proud and excited to now be part of this amazing organization!

Krista

Not every Mom is super thrilled about getting professional maternity portraits. I, in fact, was one of those. I still am, deep down. Nobody really WANTS to be in front of the camera during the last stages of their pregnancy. I hear "I feel fat" a lot, and "OMG, I feel so huge" from my pregnant clients (none of who are actually fat, or huge, btw).

And when you already have two little girls and a full time job, like Krista does, you're probably not feeling like you have a ton of time to spare either. Krista is one of those incredible women who does so much: takes beautiful care of her children, works in marketing, helps her husband with his business (Ada's Kitchen + Coffee, which is super close to my Studio and which I visit at least once a week!), and does it all with the grace and patience of incredible proportions. And this is her third child. Another girl, to be specific - which everyone is really excited about!

The families I photograph are often very down to earth and casual. I don't make people dress up (the wardrobe styling always throws people off) or make them into someone they're not. And the same goes for maternity portraits. It's not about being glamorous if you're not that way in real life. Yes, you want to look your best. You want to feel beautiful and wear something that you love. But it's also about sincerity and comfort.

If you're pregnant and have two children already, those kids are going to be a huge part of your photoshoot. If your husband works all the time and you'd like to schedule a session so you don't miss having maternity portraits of your last pregnancy, you should! You don't have to follow what everyone else is doing. You don't need to be out in the field at sunset if your busy life makes it impossible. All you need is to capture this moment in your life so that your new baby will have that very important photograph of her Mom. And yes, it sometimes helps having a capable professional take that photo so that you actually like the images you get.

But most of all, I would encourage all those down to earth, casual, busy Moms to give the whole "maternity portrait" thing a try. I have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for that reason. Having even just one beautiful pregnancy photograph that you love is WORTH IT.

Summer Vacation

Hi everyone! It's not often that I take a break or actually step away from work, but a family vacation to Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont is worth unplugging for a bit! I will be away from August 22 until August 30th (back in time for my 7-yr old to start second grade) and won't be on social media or online during that time (because we'll be too busy watching House Hunters and taking naps in the hotel room).

That being said, I am happy to answer emails if you need to reach me (info@nlalorphotography.com), it might just take a full 24 hours instead of the quick turnaround that happens now. All phone calls will go to voicemail and I probably won't be returned until I'm back.

Lastly, I hope everyone is enjoying this last week of summer! I am so excited to relax for a bit as I gear up for the busy season.. and so look forward to the return of regular school schedules and routines!

Top 5 Mistakes Parents Make with Baby Photos

Parents today face some pretty tough expectations when it comes to providing all possible comforts for their baby (heated butt wipes, I'm looking at you). Today's babies are also growing up as part of most photographed generation.. but parents are consistently making these 5 mistakes with baby's photographs which will leave their babies with no record of their childhood at all. 


1. Using Facebook and Instagram as primary photo storage.

When you upload to Facebook or Instagram, your image gets compressed (and often altered with a filter), meaning the quality goes down, even if you're uploading at full size. If you're using those sites as the main place to keep and access your images and not worrying about keeping your photos safe otherwise, you are already losing out. A better option is to use a proper online backup, or better yet, have a proper system in place as described in Mistake #4.

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2. Not printing the best photos.

If you're like most parents, you probably don't have a regular scheduled process for printing the photographs that are on your phone and computer. You may have aspirations of creating a printed album or a family yearbook, which somehow never actually happens because (surprise) it's an insane amount of work. But keeping all your images in their original digital form almost guarantees that the photographs won't be around in 10 or 20 years (because all digital media fails at one point or another and media formats change). You don't need tons of printed photos, but setting aside a few hours each year to order a few high-quality prints (I recommend Artifact Uprising) is one of the most important things you can do to preserve your baby's childhood memories.

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3. Not being in the photographs.

You're the parents. When your baby grows up, she will want to know what YOU looked like when she was little! This requires more work than just photographing the baby, but it's one of those things that you can't go back in time to do after the fact. Most parents worry about looking good in these photos and often avoid being photographed because they're tired or aren't 100% camera ready. This is one of those instances where it might be a good idea to hire a professional photographer (one who is well-trained in making parents look good!), but you can also hand your camera to a family member or your spouse and insist on a photo with your child. The key is to actively insist on being in those photos. Eventually, you will get one you will love, and your baby will thank you for it later, I promise!

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4. Not having at least two digital backups.

As mentioned in Mistake #2, digital media will fail. It's not IF, it's WHEN. Computer hard drives (4 years), external hard drives (5-6 years), USB keys (1-10 years), and cloud storage (who knows!) can lose your photos at any moment.. which is why I ask my clients to always keep their "digital negatives" in at least two places. When you consider how often formats change (new MacBooks don't even have USB drives anymore), it becomes clear that you need to keep a copy online as well. Choose a backup service that will be hopefully around in the future (Amazon.com, Apple, or Google) and that won't compress or alter your images when you upload them.

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5. Not doing anything with the images.

Studies have shown that when kids see themselves in photographs in their home, they grow up with more confidence and better self esteem. Step one is getting prints of your digital photographs, but the next very important step is actually doing something with them! There are tons of options for printing and framing on the internet that make it super easy for every budget.. all it takes is some time. I see the effect the photographs around my home have on my own children - they will point them out on a daily basis and I enjoy seeing them, too. Nobody sees the photos on my phone or computer screen, they see them when they're on display, beautifully printed, framed, and easy to admire hanging on a wall. 

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Mason, Oliver, & Taylor

Mason, Oliver, & Taylor

Every family I work with is unique. Even though the people that come to me are drawn in by the fact that I provide an incredible quality of printing, not everyone walks away with a finished framed artwork (don't worry, everyone does walk away with beautifully matted fine art prints!), for one reason or another. And that's totally okay with me! It's all part of my philosophy of no-pressure sales appointments and catering to both DIY-inclined and full-service clients.