November Announcements

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$99 Newborn Photoshoot Special

Babies deserve to have beautiful photographs of their first month of life! I love working with new families to create portraits that can be used for birth announcements, shared with family, and safely preserved as a family legacy as their baby grows.

Book a convenient Studio photo session for your family for any time in 2018 and get this special session fee pricing until November 30th. Flexible scheduling and hair styling for Mom included!


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New Vendor Search

I got sad news last week that Cypress Albums, the wonderful people who make the linen heirloom boxes for my clients, are closing their doors after ten years. I am now searching for a replacement and have placed orders with several amazing small companies that provide a similar product. Stay tuned for a possible client survey or a show and tell in the very near future!


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Gift Cards!

If you're looking for the perfect gift, THIS IS IT. Ask your family and combine a few cards to pay for your session and portraits, or give a gift card to a family you know could use some beautiful family photos. And for a limited time, you can get 15% OFF any gift card purchase, too. 


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Holiday Deadlines

I have ONE more session date available for family portraits in December which would get you photographs just in time for sending out Christmas cards.

And if you'd like to order archival prints from a previous session, the last date for that is December 20. Prints will be gift wrapped and hand-delivered within Fairfield County on December 22 for anything that's 11"x14" and smaller. And if you're thinking of a special photo gift for family but aren't quite sure how to get it all done, don't hesitate to reach out! My email is info@nlalorphotoraphy.com.

Molly & Morgan

Every time I think about the families I photograph, I get this amazing feeling of warmth and gratitude. I am so thankful to have this job and to be able to work with some of the BEST families in Fairfield County. And that doesn't mean that all the kids I have in the Studio are super well-behaved. And it doesn't mean that all sessions go exactly as planned with nothing ever going wrong. All of those things happen, ALL the time.

Morgan, for instance, is right at that stage where she is impossible to photograph. It has nothing to do with Morgan as a person, her parents, her sister, the star alignment that day, or anything anyone can control. She is simply 18 months old. Toddlers that age are really tough for any photographer (which includes Mom and Dad, btw). But that doesn't mean you shouldn't have any photos of your kids when they are that age. It only means that the expectation of a happy smiling toddler sitting calmly in front of the camera should be chucked out the window, because it's probably not going to happen.

During my photo sessions, I usually don't look at the back of my camera (I actually have the photo previews turned off completely). This allows me to focus entirely on interacting with the family I'm working with. I want to get to know them, not spend the entire time looking at the photos I'm taking. So when we have a challenging toddler, I can't honestly say to the parents "Yes, we got lots of great photos." Because truly, I have no idea.

But miraculously, we always get good shots. Which, once again, fills me with incredible gratitude.

I am grateful for the knowledge that is in my head, my equipment that never fails me, and of course Mom and Dad for having the patience to work alongside me as we try to appease their 18 month old. The parents are the real heroes, always. And often the older siblings as well.

And I am so thankful to ALL of them.

Halloween Portraits

Halloween was absolutely AMAZING! I loved seeing all the adorable little kids in the Studio, wearing their costumes, and posing for the camera. I wanted to share some of my favorites (below).. and keep an eye out for this event next year!

Sophie & Alexander

As kids grow up, family photos tend to go by the wayside. The children don't seem to change all that much year to year. There are a lot of weekend activities and sports games to attend, so there never seems to be any extra time during those precious weekend days.

I am always amazed how different kids look when I photograph them a year later.. my own kids included. Seeing them every day, you don't really notice the gradual slow changes that take place. But over a longer period of time, you can clearly see the difference.. which always reminds me how important it is to set some time aside every year simply to photograph the way they look, right now.

The last time Sophie and Alexander's family got professional photographs taken was when Sophie was 2 years old (she is now 9 and her younger brother is 5). And I'm sure they have tons of photographs on their phones over the years, but they didn't have that family portrait where everyone looks good and that really represents them

I know how important these photographs are in the long run. But I also know that there's very little time and that weekend days are super busy when you have older kids. So we schedule in between soccer practice. We optimize the time we have together. And we make sure the kids have an absolute blast in the Studio. So a photoshoot doesn't feel like a chore. It becomes part of a fun weekend with the family instead. And the best part is that you get beautiful family portraits to keep in the end!

Ilex

Ilex

Ilex, who is just around 8 months old, came into the Studio with his Grandma and Aunt to do a photoshoot as a gift for his parents. This was the first time Ilex was photographed professionally. And listen, there are many reasons why parents don't get professional baby photos. Sometimes they don't really feel it's important. They could too busy simply surviving day to day to even give the idea some thought (I certainly know how that feels!). And other times they feel that iPhone photos are good enough, so why bother?

Halloween Portrait Event

Halloween Portrait Event

I am so excited to be holding my second annual Halloween Portrait event in just a couple weeks.. and this year, it's 100% complimentary for my 2017 family-session clients. But don't worry! If you aren't a client (yet), you can still grab a spot and give your child this fun photoshoot experience to celebrate Halloween this year.

Outdoor vs. Studio

Outdoor vs. Studio

I often get asked whether I do outdoor photos as well as in Studio. Especially in the fall.. when that is the standard for family portraits. What I usually say is "I specialize in Studio portraits.. and that's usually why my clients hire me". Now, there are certainly some exceptions.. but for the most part, I love the convenience the Studio provides. And here is an easy breakdown/comparison of the two options..