The fourth annual Spring mini sessions are off to a wonderful start! Here are a few of my favorites so far! DSC_8630

DSC_8493

DSC_8380

DSC_8677

DSC_8698-2

DSC_8552

DSC_8787

Newborn photography is becoming more and more popular lately! It really wasn’t that long that you had a picture taken in the hospital and then you went to a photographer when the baby was a few months old. Things have changed completely and the results are definitely proving that is well worth it!

Q: When is the best time for a newborn to be photographed?

A: Within the first ten days.

Q: When should I schedule the session?

A: Since the babies need to be photographed in a short time period, it is greatly appreciated if you contact me before the baby is born.That way I know to leave room in my schedule for your baby. If you know that you are having a planned delivery, we can go ahead and schedule once you know the date. Most times I wait to hear from the parents that their baby was born and we schedule their session then.

Q: My baby’s umbilical cord hasn’t fallen off yet. Should I wait to schedule the session?
A: No problem that it hasn’t fallen off yet. In fact, most of the newborns I photograph still have theirs when they come in. I can either photoshop it out or leave it, whichever you prefer!

Q: My baby’s skin is breaking out and peeling. Can you edit that out?

A: Yes, of course! There is no extra cost for the editing either!

Q: Can we do family pictures/sibling pictures or do we need to schedule a separate session?

A: Yes, we can do a combined session of family, siblings, and newborn pictures!

Q: What should I bring for the baby to wear?

A: If you check out my website with this link here, you’ll notice that the majority of the babies are photographed in just a diaper and sometimes in the nude. They are always covered or posed in a way that nothing is showing. This shows how small they really are since most newborn clothes are bulky and only show their little head and hands. If you plan on doing family or sibling pictures, we can wrap the baby in a special cloth to match the family’s outfits or you can bring an outfit for them to wear.

Q: How long do most sessions typically last?

A: Most sessions usually last anywhere between two and three hours. This allows for lots of feeding time.

Q: I’m nursing and am wondering if there is a private area I can feed my baby?

A: The studio consists of two rooms, the front meeting room and the back room where I take the pictures. If you need to nurse your baby or change your clothes, I will go to the front meeting room and give you lots of privacy!

Q: What should I bring to a newborn session?
A: Diapers, wipes, a drink and a snack for moms and dads (the studio will be quite warm), and any props that you may want your baby photographed with. Even if your baby doesn’t usually take a pacifier, please bring one to the session! Instead of having to feed the baby every time they are upset, the pacifier will do the soothing without having to move them out of position.

Q: Do you have props or do I need to bring them?

A: I have lots and lots of props but feel free to bring anything that will make your session more personal! Props clients have brought in the past have included dog tags, blankets made my family members, blankets with the baby’s name or initials, hats, tutus, bows, etc. Some of the props I have at the studio include baskets, buckets, headbands, hats, tutus, blankets, etc.

Q: I know that you usually take pictures of the babies sleeping but what if my baby will not fall asleep?

A: This is quite common actually! Don’t stress if your little one is fighting sleep. I will have you feed the baby and if he or she just will not fall asleep, we can try awake pictures. Newborns usually have a hard time focusing their eyes which is why I usually try for the asleep pictures, but some of my client’s favorite pictures have been when their baby is awake.

Q: Anything else I should know?

A: Please plan on feeding the baby as soon as you arrive at the studio. We are trying to get sleepy pictures so by feeding them when you arrive at the studio instead of before you leave your house, it will give us more time with the baby asleep. Also, please dress the baby in clothes that are easy to remove without waking the baby and try to keep their diaper loose to prevent red marks on their skin. If possible, keep them awake before the session so they will be extra sleepy. Lastly, nursing mothers, please avoid eating anything that could cause the baby to have an upset stomach. Foods that can cause irritation or gas are pizza, spicy food, broccoli, etc.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at 607-368-6245 or by my email at carey@careycrooker.com.
Below are some of my favorite pictures of my newest niece, Raelyn!

DSC_5107-3DSC_4975-2 DSC_5062 DSC_5078DSC_5091DSC_5066 DSC_5110DSC_5067 DSC_5074  DSC_5090  DSC_5092 DSC_5104

Are you or someone you know graduating high school this year and hasn’t had their senior portraits taken? Although the majority of high school seniors are photographed in the summer and fall before the school year starts, it’s not too late to schedule a session!  This time of year, I always get phone calls from parents saying that their son or daughter finally got their braces removed and can’t wait to schedule a session or they’ll say that they just forgot to do them earlier in the year. Whatever the reason, I’m more than happy to talk with you and discuss all of the details! My phone number is 607-368-6245. Schedule your session for February or March and have the option to do an outdoor and studio combination for unique wintery pictures or wait for spring and be photographed with the the nice green grass and flowers! Below are a few senior portraits from the Class of 2015! See anyone you know? :)

DSC_4717

DSC_4972 DSC_8539 DSC_5251

DSC_7504 DSC_6541  DSC_4834  DSC_0873 DSC_1647

DSC_1058

The backgrounds that I ordered for the Spring mini sessions are in and look absolutely amazing! I’ve decided to go with more of a Spring theme rather than an Easter theme this year, but there are backgrounds and props available for both. Since the new backgrounds arrived, that of course meant I had to try them out on Ryan! I thought it would be helpful to see what colors went went best with the backgrounds. Here are some kids clothing tips:

Girls:

-Solid bright colors will be best!

-Think Spring colors, yellow, purple, pink

-Most of the backgrounds I will use for the girls have beautiful patterns on them, so please try to bring solid colors or very, very minimal patterns

-Sandals if you have any! The fake grass usually bothers kids if they don’t have shoes on

Boys:

-Solid color bright shirts with shorts will go with every background!

-A few backgrounds are solid colors, so a patterned outfit would go well with that

-Spring colors, teal, yellow, blue

-Sandals if you have any! The fake grass usually bothers kids if they don’t have shoes on DSC_8235 DSC_8173 DSC_8202 DSC_8232 DSC_8262-2

The ever popular Spring/Easter mini sessions are coming soon! Easter is early this year, April 5 so that means we better get an early start on the mini sessions! I took it upon myself to order lots of new backgrounds that will be here tomorrow!! I also found this cute little wagon that Ryan loves and thought it would be a really neat prop. It’s tax return season and nothing that you buy will last as long as pictures will! Take advantage of the timing and schedule your session today! I’ll be posting sneak peeks of the backgrounds this week. The pricing is pretty simple; there is a $40 session fee for a 30 minute session and the packages start at $125 with payment plans available! Don’t miss out!! :)

DSC_7695

Ryan’s Cake Smash!

Posted: February 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

I’ve been dying to do Ryan’s cake smash but he has been sick on and off since his birthday. I finally decided today was the day, runny nose and all! We started this morning and he just wasn’t having it! Instead of letting him realize that we were frustrated, we took him home and brought him back to the studio after he woke up from a nap. It was like photographing a different kid! Even if you schedule your session for the time of day when your child is usually the happiest, you never know how they’re going to be on the day of the session. This has happened in the past and I’m more than happy to make other arrangements. Photography is an investment and why settle for anything other than the best possible results? :)

I was so surprised that my messy little boy absolutely hated having frosting on his hands! I couldn’t believe it because at home, he is the messiest eater ever! No meal is complete unless there is food in his hair and on the floor. I told my husband that we should have done a spaghetti smash instead! Thankfully I had his little fork for him to use and he didn’t have any problems after that. :)

DSC_7492

DSC_7599-3

DSC_7637

DSC_7562-2

DSC_7652

DSC_7552

DSC_7599

DSC_7540

DSC_7549

DSC_7617

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 9.25.05 PM

DSC_7562

Thinking about popping the question on Valentine’s Day?! Get down on one knee and if she says yes, tell her to email Carey Crooker Photography at carey@careycrooker.com! The first newly engaged couple to email me will receive a free engagement session (a $75 value)! We will schedule your session at your earliest convenience and you will have the option to have the pictures taken in the studio and/or outside! Pass this along to anyone who might be interested for their chance to win a free session! Just make sure you don’t ruin the surprise! :)

Winter engagement pictures are so unique and it is a very beautiful time of year to do an outdoor session! DSC_5559 DSC_5591  DSC_7106

DSC_5546 DSC_1139  DSC_7137-2

DSC_5574