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Studio Heirloom Toddler Photography in Oconee County, GA

I love it when parents choose to do heirloom toddler photography sessions in studio. Such a classic choice that is a true Southern tradition. This lil’ lady came to my home studio in celebration of her birthday. She is wearing a family heirloom dress that has been passed down through the generations. It is one that her mom wore around the same age and now her daughter is being photographed in it for her own heirloom portraits.

studio heirloom toddler photographer in Oconee County, GA.

The birthday gal was having a rough morning, so we eased into things by photographing her sweet stuffed doggie to show her how things are done. We played games, played her favorite song and we even used a bit of tape to assist us. I love all the expressions we got from her during her heirloom toddler photography session – even the sweet pouts! Adore it all!!!!!

Heirloom toddler photography in studio near Athens, GA.

The backdrop used here is one of the hand painted canvases offered through Yvonne Niemann Photography. This traditional choice worked wonderfully with her complexion and her beautiful dress. Love how it worked in the B&W images too. I used studio lighting in a natural way to enhance her portraits.

Series of studio heirloom toddler photography in Oconee County, GA.Studio heirloom toddler photography near Atlanta, GA.

Bare feet was the perfect choice here. Got to love those precious toes!!!! If you are wanting heirloom toddler photography of your own, contact photographer at Yvonne Niemann Photography today to schedule your appointment. This particular session was a simplicity session, but there is an heirloom portrait event coming up this weekend (February 11, 2023) if you prefer just a few images that showcase your little one from the chest up. Inquire for details! Heirloom sessions can be booked anytime during the year. The heirloom portrait event takes place just twice a year.

Cherry Tree Blossom Session Tips

Cherry tree blossom sessions are just around the corner. I have a few tips to help you prepare for your upcoming session among all the pretty blooms!

cherry tree blossom baby photos in Athens, GA.

When to book your cherry tree blossom session.

While you cannot know the exact dates when cherry trees will be in bloom, they usually are displaying their full color around Valentine’s Day here in the Athens, GA area. There are a few different locations that I keep my eyes peeled and do frequent location scouts once February hits. Each location blooms at different times, so if you miss the first round, you could book one of the later dates if needed. I suggest booking your session anytime between mid February to the first week of March.

Be prepared for us to have to move your session date depending on when the blossoms are in bloom. Flexibility is key. As I mentioned I am checking things out almost daily once February hits and I keep in touch with everyone who is booked with cherry tree blossom sessions, so you will have plenty of notice and options on dates and even locations if we need to move your session.

Certain locations work best in the morning and others work better at sunset. I will pick the location depending on what your schedule needs are. It is important to think of when your little ones are their happiest. If they hit a brick wall by 3pm, then a morning session will be best for you. Do you have school aged kids? A sunset session may be better suited for your crew!

Fatherhood cherry tree blossom baby photos in Athens, GA.

cherry tree blossom baby family photos in Athens, GA.

What to wear for your cherry tree blossom session.

I suggest wearing pastels, white and/or cream for cherry tree blossom sessions. These colors complement the soft pink and green colors that nature provides us in these locations. Soft neutrals with a pop of pastels is always a good combination.

Consider the weather when choosing your outfits too. It is many times still a bit chilly when the cherry trees are in bloom, especially if you choose a morning session time. You may want some long sleeve options for comfort. I always bring blankets for warmth, so if you really have your heart set on an outfit without long sleeves and the weather is cool on the day of your session, we can always bundle up between shots.

Add some interest with texture and layering in your wardrobe too. Think lace, ribbons, ruffles, embroidery, suede, tweed, seersucker and detailed collars… When choosing patterns, look for simple patterns in soft or neutral colors. Accessories are a great way to add interest too. Simple jewelry vs bold jewelry work best.

For footwear, I suggest classics for the littles or even bare feet to show off those little toes. Steer clear of flip-flops, runners/sneakers or shoes that are worn out.

Think of the room/s you will be displaying your portraits in when choosing your wardrobe too. You want everything to work together without clashing.

Motherhood cherry tree blossom baby photos in Athens, GA.

Meaningful items are always welcome!

If your little one has a favorite book, stuffed animal, doll or other toy, feel free to bring it! These items can be very comforting to your child, but also meaningful in the final portraits. A Moses basket or bassinet, like shown here, are a great way to not only show the growth of your baby, but can be helpful if your baby is not able to sit steadily on their own yet. Also, as always, family pets are always a welcome addition to all portrait sessions with Yvonne Niemann Photography. They are a big part of the family and deserve to be documented too! Just let me know if you would like your pet photographed so I can choose a location that is pet friendly.

cherry tree blossom session of a baby in Moses basket in Athens, GA

I hope these tips help you plan your upcoming cherry tree blossom session. Ready to get on the calendar? This is the time! Sessions are booking fast. Inquire for details and to secure your spot. Happy to answer any questions you may have. I look forward to working with your this Spring! |  706.713.0676

Family and Children Photography in Athens, GA at Botanical Gardens

Loved this family and children photography session that took place at State Botanical Gardens of Georgia. The weather was perfection and there were lots of pretty backdrops for us to utilize and change up the scenery for when the boys needed something different. Gotta keep moving with the short attention spans of little ones!

family and children photography at Botanical Gardens in Athens, GA

We started with family portraits and then moved on to get images of just the boys. Gotta love those personalities coming through in these portraits. Oh, and check out those yummy details in the boys’ outfits. Picture perfect.

Botanical Gardens children photography in Athens, GA.Father and son photos in Athens, GA.Motherhood portraits taken at Athens, GA botanical gardens.

For portraits of mom with her sons, I thought it would be fitting to give them the scenery of flowers. Look how nicely it all coordinates, but also gives the youngest one something to do and a place to explore too.

Mother with her sons at Botanical Gardens in Athens, GA.Photos of a dad with his toddler boy at Botanical Gardens in Athens, GA.Children photography of a young boy in Athens, GA.

We ended the family and children photography session with some more sibling images. Aren’t they just the sweetest?!

Photos of brothers at Botanical Gardens in Athens, GA.

Mom did a fabulous job dressing her sons for their portraits as usual. Love the dusty blue and a white color palette. The velvet and crisp cotton is a classic, while also lending a lot of interest with the fine details. The pleating, and scalloped edging is to die for!!!! Even the shoe choices are perfection. Such timeless outfits that are very fitting for family and children photography. Mom’s blue patterned dress and dad’s blazer look wonderful with their sons’ outfits. Notice how even mom and dad have the same color shoes?! Great way to bring everything together. Love how everything coordinates and complements each other, but is not matchy matchy. Everyone gets to show off their personality and style. Great example of what to wear for your family and children portraits. When thinking of wardrobe selection, consider where your finished artwork will be displayed and the setting of where your portrait session will take place. It is so much more pleasant to the eye when everything coordinates from start to finish.

If you are wanting family and children photography images like this for yourself, contact Athens, GA professional photographers at Yvonne Niemann Photography today to set up your appointment. Currently booking Spring portrait sessions. Both full Signature Sessions and shorter Simplicity Sessions are available. Inquire for details:  |  706.713.0676

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