Michael came to the studio over the weekend for his six month session! Michael’s mom, Anne, is my mom’s sister which makes him my cousin! When your mom is one of 15 kids, some of the relationships are kind of confusing to people. For example, Anne is eight years older than me and is my aunt. When she had Michael, I was 21 years old and expecting my own baby! I love being a part of a big family because there were always so many kids to play with! I’m really happy that Michael and Ryan will grow up with the same way. Below are pictures from Michael’s newborn session and his six month session! :)

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Meet Ava! I loved photographing her, she was such a good baby! Newborns are best when photographed between four and ten days old. Please keep in mind that my (super) busy season is approaching and scheduling will become more difficult. If you are planning on bringing your little one to the studio for a newborn session, please let me know your due date in advance. It will make scheduling much easier. Thank you! :)

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Spring and Easter are just around the corner so that means it’s time for Easter mini sessions! Gwen came to the studio for her session and was so happy and smiley! These are a few of the backgrounds that I’m offering for the mini sessions this year. I have more backgrounds that I haven’t used yet that are more of a spring theme. Sessions are available the last three weekends of this month. Email me at carey@careycrooker.com for more information!

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When I first met Molly as a newborn, she weighed just over five pounds! When she came to the studio for her eight month session, I was surprised to see how much she had grown! She is such an adorable little girl with so much personality! Which picture is your favorite?! :)

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Meet Jeff and Julie! The day I met with with them for their engagement session, it was absolutely freezing. They live on top of a huge hill so it was super windy too! We had a lot of fun  but I think that it was the fastest session I’ve ever done. My hands were freezing from holding the camera and I can only imagine how they felt while they were laying in the snow!! They are getting married this summer. Congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Gerber! :)

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Not Just Portraits

Posted: March 7, 2014 in Info

I would say about 99% of the work that I do involves photographing people (which I love). I got a phone call a few weeks ago from a woman asking about landscape pictures. I was excited to try something new! She said that her grandson lives in Florida and has never seen ice before. She wanted me to take some pictures so she could send them to him. A few weeks later I had another call from a guy who has some new products that he wanted photographed for his website. If there is anything that you ever want photographed, don’t hesitate to give me a call! We can figure out a price that is fair and go from there. Below is my favorite of the ice pictures.


When photographing kids, you never know what to expect! Some kids sit still and do exactly what they are asked while others well, do the opposite! Even the most well behaved kids have their moments so don’t be embarrassed if this happens during your session. Below are a few tips that will help your session go smoothly.

-Avoid nap time: I can’t stress this enough; if the time I suggest is during your little one’s nap time please speak up. The end result will be much better if he or she is well rested.

-Two sessions: In the past, I had a newborn that cooperated for about an hour and then just wasn’t having it. We didn’t have enough time to get all of the shots we wanted, so we ended up doing another quick session. During the second session, the baby was sound asleep and we got exactly what we wanted! If your child gets to the studio and is having an awful day, don’t be afraid to bring them back another day. There isn’t a fee to bring them again if we both decide that rescheduling is best.

-Don’t hold back: When I photograph kids in the studio, I have the parents stand behind me and talk to their child to make them smile. I do it this way because it always seems like the kids smile when I’m doing something silly and by the time I have the camera back up to my eye, they’re not smiling anymore. This is why I have the parents help so I can capture those super quick smiles. Don’t hold back, you know what makes your kid smile! I totally understand that some of the things that makes kids smile is funny at home but a little awkward in public. The stranger the noises I make, the bigger Ryan (my baby) smiles! It’s slightly embarrassing to make those noises in front of other people, but it’s totally worth it! Like I said before, don’t hold back. I’m not judging and if I’m laughing, I’m laughing with you! :)


Now you’re probably wondering what I did to get this smile :)