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Tucker :: Newborn Photography, Milton

I first met Megan and Brandon when I did their engagement portraits several years ago.  It was the first time I had ever had someone photograph ME at a shoot.  Brandon’s mom was documenting it ALL!  I went on to photograph their wedding.  It was an amazing event.  It was one of those weddings that I love so much.  The kind where everyone there makes me feel like family.  I was SO excited when Megan told me she was pregnant.  After all, we had become more than photographer and client.  We had become friends.  I made the trip up to Milton to photograph their pregnancy announcement which heavily featured Wyatt, the St. Bernard.  A few months later I happily left my own family’s Labor Day picnic to photograph Brandon and Megan’s gender reveal which they held at their own holiday picnic surrounded by family and friends.  It was so exciting!!  A boy!  Megan was as shocked as anyone though there were priceless expressions all around.  Then there were the maternity portrait on a bitter cold winter day.  Wyatt, the furry big brother to be was the party star once again.  And after all that Tucker FINALLY arrived!!  And at 4 days old we finally met.  I can’t wait to watch him grow.  This is the goal for my business.  I want to watch families grow <3RT2-0978

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Kevin & Sabrina :: Wedding Photography, Virginia

My little cousin got married.  He used to be this bald-headed, Cabbage Patch looking baby. Then he grew up in this amazing man.  And he met an equally amazing woman that he chose to become his wife.  I was so honored to be a part of Kevin and Sabrina’s wedding day.  I was even more honored to capture all of the day’s memories for them.  It was a grand event held at the beautiful Atrium Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia.  The happy couple was so relaxed throughout the entire day.  The ceremony was short, sweet….and actually filled with some really funny moments.  I always love a couple that light up when they look at one another and these two did precisely that.

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Haven :: Newborn Photography, Mount Joy

Jessica is my hair goddess at Blades Salon….she takes care of the mess on my head.  I always look forward to our visits, not just because I walk out of her salon feeling fabulous, but because I enjoy our talks.  I was thrilled when she asked me to take her new human’s first portraits.  I had a great time prop shopping before her arrival.   I didn’t have quite as much time to shop as I’d originally thought I would.  Miss Haven came into the world a bit earlier than we were expecting so when I met her she was weighing in at just under 5 lbs at 10 days old.  So tiny.  So calm.  As a newborn photographer I don’t always get such a cooperative baby.  And Haven is especially fortunate because she has a FABULOUS big sister who was very excited to show off her baby sister.  Avalon patiently made me pictures while she waited for her turn.  She also acted as my fashion coordinator choosing bows and headbands and wraps.  She was quite a big help.  All in all, this was a wonderful experience that I was honored to have <3

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Newborn Photography Lancaster and Mount Joy, PA

This newborn photography in Lancaster took place in Mount Joy PA.  As a newborn photographer in Lancaster county I come to your home to take newborn photographs to make it easier on the family as well as the newborn child.  Newborn photography has a very special place in my heart. I have taken newborn photography in Lancaster hospitals for years, but being my own newborn photographer in Lancaster PA is exactly what I want to do.


Alice :: Lewisburg Maternity Photography

Facebook is a wonderful thing sometimes.  A girl I knew from high school that lived all the way in Florida referred her pregnant friend that lived nearby to me for maternity portraits.  If it wasn’t for the social networking world I probably wouldn’t be in touch with the Florida friend and the whole introduction may not have happened.  But OH am I glad it did!!  I received the request and just a few days later I was headed North to do some Lewisburg maternity photography.  I adored this couple during their maternity shoot.  They were sweet and adorable and just so connected with each other….I am just so excited to meet their newborn.

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And THEN it got even BETTER….because they asked me to photograph their baby when she arrived.  Alice was sooooo  relaxed, squishy, snuggly….She is the perfect addition to this already adorable family.  I hope I get the opportunity to watch her grow 🙂

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Izzy & Her Parents :: Family Photography, Elizabethtown

Izzy’s mom was my son’s 3rd grade teacher.  We LOVED her.  So, when she said she wanted to have updated family portraits done I was ecstatic.  When she casually mentioned they hadn’t had them taken since 10-year-old Izzy was a toddler I was super flattered that they chose me to capture their cute little family <3

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Newborn Photography Lancaster PA: Tips For Moms

Newborn Photography Lancaster PA

Newborn Photography Tips For Mom:

When I book a session for newborn photography in Lancaster pa it is generally long before the baby actually arrives.  So, when the baby finally makes his or her appearance everything I have told the parents has long since left their brain.  I figured the easiest way to make sure that families know exactly what to expect during a newborn photography session would be to lay it all out all my newborn photography tips for them in black and white so they can refer to it if (realistically WHEN) they forget everything I said 🙂

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Here is a short check list of newborn photography tips to ensure we have the best, most cooperative subject possible. Now this is my list as a newborn photography in Lancaster Pa. Other newborn photographers might have other tips.

1)  Turn up the heat.  The new human has just been evicted from a warm, cozy environment into….well, whatever conditions are outside.  If you are uncomfortably warm then your new human is going to be sleepier and relaxed for our session.

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2) Undress the model.  Take off every bit of clothes they are wearing right down to their socks.  Getting the baby undressed ahead of time allows them to adjust to the temperature of the environment and means less “jarring” later.  You can leave a diaper on them, but please unhook the tape.  This makes for easy removal when it is show time.  If your new human is uncomfortable being naked I suggest you wrap loosely in a light blanket while they eat.

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3)  Feed them.  When you think they are full, burp them….and feed them some more.  There is this wonderful newborn condition called being “milk drunk”.  It is a newborn photographer’s best friend.  Signs of milk drunkenness are limp bodies, even breathing, closed eyes and complete inactivity.  Please, feed your new human starting about 30 minutes before my scheduled arrival and continue feeding while I set up.

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4)  Relax.  Let me do my thing.  Enjoy the break.  Have some tea.  Close your eyes for a moment.  I have done many, many, MANY newborn shoots.  I have been vomited on.  I have been peed on.  I have endured even worse.  I bring spare clothes for a reason.  That reason is that I WILL wear your child’s DNA at some point during our time together.  And that is ok.  There is no need for an apology…it’s all part of a day’s work.Newborn Photography Lancaster PA

What will I bring with me…Everything we need.  I will bring a posing bag, lighting equipment (in case we lack natural light which is my preference), a backdrop stand, backdrops, heating pads, white noise and props…..oh so many props.

What you provide…the new human(s) and any “special” items you want included in your session.

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Location…I prefer to come to you…especially when there are older siblings involved.  Many people worry that they don’t have the space.  Do you have a pack ‘n’ play set up?  Then you have space.  New humans are quite small.  I am gifted at working in smaller-than-your-kitchen-table work areas.  I do, however, have studio space if you really would rather travel to my almost-ready-studio in Marietta.

Siblings…I encourage parents to add siblings to a few pictures.  Newborns often have toddler siblings.  I don’t believe in forcing toddlers to be in portraits (really….can you FORCE a toddler to do anything?).  That said, I have never walked away from a session without sibling portraits if the client asked for them.  Don’t over-prepare the siblings for the session.  Mention that the baby is getting their picture taken.  Small children are naturally drawn into the activity.  Once they are interested I take over and the rest is mostly magic…..mostly.

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So, there you have it…newborn photography tips….easy enough, right?  I can’t wait to get started with your new human!

If you know someone who is pregnant and is thinking about a newborn photography session, send them my newborn photography tips.  This is good information for anyone who is thinking about getting pictures of a new human. Check out my Maternity and Newborn Session information.

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Newborn photography in Lancaster PA is a specialized services.  It can take many hours to win the battle with a baby who just isn’t comfortable in front of the camera.  Just relax and the end result will surprise you. I am a high rates and reviewed newborn photographer in Lancaster PA.

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This is my fourth time taking little Ellie’s portraits.  This time I was lucky enough to meet and photograph her extended family. Lancaster Family PhotographyShe has a new baby cousin who was an adorable addition to this shoot!!

Litiz Family PhotographyAnd it was Grandma’s birthday!  What better time to get the family together and capture some memories.  And what wonderful memories we captured…..

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FamilyTales Photography is based in Marietta, PA. This Lancaster Family Photographer does family photography in Lancaster county which includes this Litiz Family Photography session. All photographs are property of the FamilyTales Photography and Jaime Warburton photographer.  If you are looking for Lancaster Family Photography, contact us at jw@familytalesphotography.com

We are also offer Lancaster Newborn Photography, where FamilyTales brings the studio to your home, to save you from having to leave the house for your Lancaster Newborn Photographer session.

Past Client Special

So, my external hard drive is full….again.  I can’t believe the number of images, both professional and personal, I have stored on my external hard drives (plural…ugh).  I guess that means business is good so I will take it.  However, this also means that the time has come to consolidate and purge some files.  So, while I was sorting things out the other night I decided to offer a quick special for my past clients.  Here is the deal:

If you are a FAMILYTALES client (not Digital Party Pros) and are interested in owning ALL the images I edited for your session you can own them on disc for $100.  Simply inbox me which session you would like and I will invoice you for the $100 and send your disc. It’s that easy.  This offer ends next Friday, May 9th.  Please contact me before then by either email (jw@familytalesphotography.com) or Facebook messenger.

My New Adventure….

I am a giver.  I LOVE charity.  I love to make meals for people who are struggling.  I love to bake for random friends at any given time.  I am looking forward to signing up for Meals on Wheels as a delivery person next year.  I am always looking for opportunities to give.  Last week I came across a website….Red Thread Sessions .  This organization was created in 2011 to capture the beauty of adoption through photography.   This opportunity was CREATED for me!

I was so excited to be a part of this organization that I filled out the application from my iPhone while volunteering at my daughter’s elementary school.  I couldn’t wait until I got home to apply from my computer!  I was over-the-top thrilled.  And today I heard from them….after a rather intense review, I have been accepted.  I am the newest volunteer for Red Thread Sessions.

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Anyway, I can’t wait to get my first call to go photograph a brand new family….Stay tuned.  I plan on adding a page just to keep you all up to date with the work I do with this group.

I did something this weekend that I haven’t done in years….

I put my camera away.  I didn’t take one picture with my camera the entire weekend.  That may not seem like a big deal to you, but for me, it is unheard of.  I am pretty sure there were some people that didn’t recognize me when I ran into them.  Carrying my camera with me constantly started out as a great way to learn new techniques and practice my existing skills as a photographer all while capturing endless images of the people around me making memories.  I am not saying this is a flawed logic.  It most certainly is not.  Practice makes….well, improvements.  But I am realizing that sometimes it just isn’t practical or necessary to have a camera in hand.

And truly, it may not have been such a shocking choice if I had just stayed home all weekend…but I didn’t.  My 13 year old had a *gasp* volleyball tournament.  I didn’t snap one picture of her bumping in the middle of game 2.  Not one shot of her looking anxious and then excited as her team came from WAAAAY behind to win a game.   And the picture of her with her and her teammates with their second place medals?  Taken with my iPhone.  And, guess what, that’s ok.

I am a little sad that I didn’t have my big old Canon in my hand when she overcame her fear of serving and hit the ball sailing over the net time after time.  But, it’s really fine.  I have the memory burned in my mind where it will live forever.  And I would like to think she was a little extra excited when she looked over at me and saw the pride that was written all over my face and not the lens of a camera hiding it.  That’s not to say I took no pictures at all throughout the day.  If I saw a quick opportunity I grabbed it….

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Second place medal and a very tired smile <3

And on Sunday the family went geocaching in Spring Grove, PA.  We decided to try and discover some of the fun and different caches on the Spring Grove Geocaching Tour.  Because we haven’t done it before and I knew the peeps would have a blast I almost picked up my camera to take along…but I didn’t.  And I couldn’t be happier with my choice.  The peeps had my total and complete attention….and again, I grabbed a few quick shots with my iPhone, but I captured the rest with my memory.

photo 1This was not the cache.  It was just a random laser-looking item attached to a flagpole.Lately I have been obsessed with old (often dead) trees.  My next free weekend I WILL be grabbing my camera and heading out to shoot old trees. photo 2This pictures has shadows and a trashcan in the background and I have a child missing some limbs…but it is PERFECT. photo 3This is peep #2.  He read.  I mean he reads EVERYTHING.  He jumped out of the car at this VFW and said “Mom, I need to read the sign first”….I adore this picture. photo 2The children actually instructed me to get a picture of the windmill at this cute store in York, PA just because they thought it was cool.

So, bottom line…this was a HUGE step for me…the girl who ALWAYS has her camera in her hand or on the passenger seat of her car.  I can’t promise I will put the Canon away often, but as summer approaches I want to be conscious of the importance of filing away memories in my brain and not just images on my hard drive.