A Pastel Woodland Birthday Session for Karsyn

Karsyn joined me at our Saratoga Springs portrait studio for a magical first birthday session. Her mama asked me to create a floral and rustic woodland scene for the birthday girl, so we used the Lavender Fields backdrop by Heidi Hope Backdrops, along with some birch trees, hanging flowers, and twinkle lights for the perfect scene.

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Like most one-year olds, Karsyn was very interested in playing with the pearl beads that we keep in the studio to keep tiny hands busy!

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We finished with a bathtub splash, and this sweet birthday girl loved the water! She started splishing and splashing all over the place, and she was especially fascinated in the soap bubbles.

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Thinking of a birthday session for your baby? Let’s chat!

A 6 Month Studio Session for Baby Charlotte

Charlotte is one of our Baby Planners, and she came to the studio for her 6-month milestone session with the cutest outfits and the most adorable smile!

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I love this age so much! Once babies start sitting up they really start showing off their personalities, and Charlotte was such a gem. She is a very playful baby and she showed us so many different smiles & expressions. It was hard to choose just a few favorites from her gallery!

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I always love including these shots with mom or dad’s hands reaching in to catch or help support the baby. While some photographers might edit that out or throw the shot away, I love capturing this little moment that shows how you were always there for your baby. You have their back, you always catch them, and you’re watching right over their shoulder as they slowly start to gain independence and try out new skills, ready to help if they need it.

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A Soft & Cuddly Milestone Session for Abigail | Saratoga Springs NY Milestone Photographer

Look who is all grown up!  Abigail came to me for her  n e w b o r n  s e s s i o n  last summer, and I was lucky enough to see her again to celebrate her 8 month milestone this spring!  This little sweetheart is sitting up, smiling all the time, and super playful.  A week after she came to the Attleboro studio she started crawling!  I'm already looking forward to her cake smash this summer, and I bet she'll be walking (or running after her big brother!) by then!

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I am officially obsessed with the way her sparkly blue eyes just POP with the gray and white in these images, and I seriously just want to kiss those cheeks of hers!  Such an adorable little cutie!  

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Wild hair, don't care!

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This is one of my favorite set ups ever.  I love how classic and simple it is with the bone seamless paper, that dusty rose blanket, and the cutest baby you ever did see.  I just melt when I look at these sweet photos -- this baby girl clearly LOVES the camera!

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Love this session?

Check out another milestone session with this pretty teepee and a beautiful baby girl, here on the blog!

Using Rainey's Closet Dress Rentals for my Portrait Studio Wardrobe

Can I let you in on a little secret?  It's the way that every little girl can feel like a princess for her portrait session.  It's called Rainey's Closet.  

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Every photographer (and mom!) wants to find the perfect outfit for their portrait sessions.  You want something unique, fun, and just a little bit whimsical.  Something a little bit fancier than your everyday clothing, because photo sessions are a time to have a little fun and experiment with something new!

But that can get a little expensive, especially if you're just going to wear it once, and even more so if your little girl will outgrow it in no time at all.

The solution?  Rent the perfect dress for your session!

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Rainey's Closet is a boutique rental company, similar to Rent the Runway, but with couture dresses and adorable little outfits for babies, little girls, and even some items for little boys!  Their website is filled with the most popular brands that photograph so beautifully -- Tutu Du Monde, Dollcake, Nellystella, Well Dressed Wolf, Joyfolie...  The list goes on and on!

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I adore this service because for about $35, you can rent the most perfect dress that will truly make your session that much more magical.  A dress that is perfect for twirling, with little hints of sparkle and lots of movement that looks amazing on camera.  

I have discovered so many gorgeous brands and gowns through this website, and it's definitely a favorite resource of mine that I recommend to all of the families I work with.  Planning a beach session this summer?  Rather than spending $30-40 on a dress at the store that you may or may not love, and one that may or may not photograph nicely, rent one from Rainey's Closet that will look STUNNING for your session and that will make your little girl feel like a princess.

I would love it if you'd use my unique referral code
when you rent from Rainey's Closet!  

It's 141372.

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Many moms like to send me pictures of the outfits they are thinking of before the session, and then it's so easy to pick one of the dresses from Rainey's Closet to coordinate.  Their colors are soft with lots of neutral tones that will go well with every combination you could possibly dream up.  I have marked dozens of their dresses as favorites, and pinned even more on our wardrobe inspiration boards on Pinterest.  Stuck on outfits?  Start with Rainey's Closet and the rest will come together beautifully!  

For more wardrobe inspiration, check out these helpful links!

Pinterest: Spring Wardrobe Inspiration for Family Portrait Sessions

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Blog: What to Wear for your Family Portrait Session

A Tiny Ballerina Session at Boston Ballet School

On a chilly winter morning, I was lucky enough to be invited to Stella's ballet studio to capture some moments of this tiny ballerina in action.  Stella takes beginner ballet classes at Boston Ballet School in Newton, and I always love seeing her mama's posts and videos on Instagram of her little dancer.  

I have always dreamt of doing a tiny ballerina's portrait session in a light-filled ballet studio, so when we started planning Stella's session together and I saw the studio with their gleaming floors, exposed brick walls, and huge windows with natural light streaming in, I was in photographer heaven!

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One of the things that Stella's mama and I were most excited about with this session was knowing that this tiny dancer will be able to look back at these images in 15 years and see her innocence, curiosity, and budding dance skills from the very beginning.

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Stella LOVED running around the studio and showing me her ballet moves -- did you know that she calls her feet a "pizza slice" when moving them into position?!?!  We did a few quick little outfit changes for this tiny ballerina, and my favorites were with her little ballet slippers, simple leotard, and classic wrap sweater & leg warmers.  

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Saratoga Springs Children's Photographer, Children's photographer, Boston children's photographer
Saratoga Springs Children's Photographer, Children's photographer, Boston children's photographer
Saratoga Springs Children's Photographer, Children's photographer, Boston children's photographer

These next two might be my favorite images from the entire session!  Those little lashes, those tiny toes, and that cute way she has to reach up above her head to touch the barre.  

These are the moments you want to remember when looking back at her early days in ballet lessons.  

These are the memories that will forever come to mind when you watch your ballerina at her recitals 5, 10, 15 years from now and one day much later when she brings her little ones to ballet classes of their own.

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Saratoga Springs Children's Photographer, Children's photographer, Boston children's photographer

Would you love to plan a Tiny Ballerina session for your little dancer?  Email me at hello@nicolestarrphotography.com and let's plan the perfect session for your ballerina today!  Now booking in Saratoga Springs & Boston.

A Relaxed Family Session on a Bed | Saratoga Springs, Albany & Boston Family Photographer

Dreamy backlit images, fluffy white beds, and lots of light.  Those are a few of my favorite things, and I love that this entire session is filled with all three!  

I've been photographing Veronika's family since her daughter was born, and when she told me that Baby #2 was on the way and that they'd love to get some new family portraits a few months after his arrival, I was thrilled to see this sweet family again to capture some new memories of everyone together.

We had a relaxed and comfortable session on our giant studio bed, and everyone was bathed in the natural light pouring through the windows.  I love the beautiful moments we were able to capture of this gorgeous mama and her two little ones.  

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Saratoga Springs family photographer, Boston family photographer, neutral family photographer, Upstate NY family photographer

Her baby boy Charlie has the wisest, most soulful eyes of any baby I've ever met.  He is such a sweetheart, and I love these images that capture his observant personality perfectly.

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Saratoga Springs family photographer, Boston family photographer, neutral family photographer, Upstate NY family photographer

And Sophia is growing into such a beautiful, fun, and talkative little girl!  It doesn't even feel like that long ago we did her 3-month milestone session at her home, and now she's grown into a vibrant little girl and a nurturing big sister.  She was so good with her baby brother, and I loved watching how well she took care of him.

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Saratoga Springs family photographer, Boston family photographer, neutral family photographer, Upstate NY family photographer
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Do you love the bed as much as I do?  Email me at hello@nicolestarrphotography.com and let's chat about planning a relaxed studio session for YOUR family!  

Colorful Fun at the Fair with Saratoga Springs Family Photographer, Nicole Starr Photography

I am a huge fan of summertime, and also of the amazing and colorful moments all woven together that just scream, "This is what childhood is made of."  Magical, colorful, innocent memories that bring you right back to that summer evening when you were little.  Lemonade stands, carnivals, swimming lessons, sprinkler days, ice cream trucks... the list goes on and on! 

So when Jessi of Lovebug Photography in Rochester, NY, came to visit me for a mentoring session the same week as the Saratoga County Fair, and she told me that her kids would be traveling with her, I knew that we had to spend an evening exploring this amazing space.

Just look at Clark.  Clearly, he was a huge fan of the fair!!

We had so much fun finding little pockets of quiet amidst the chaos, capturing these beautiful moments with such a colorful backdrop.  

Clark & Rosie ran around with hundreds of lights sparkling overhead, the smell of fried dough drifting across the fairgrounds, and fluffy cotton candy tempting us around every turn.  We met a few amazing carnival workers who let us take photos at their game booths, and even got Clark involved in an exciting game or two.  

Plus, aren't their outfits adorable?  Their mom was on point in selecting their wardrobe for this shoot, and I just love how well they combine with our fairgrounds backdrop!

As the new girl in town, I am discovering that fairs are such a huge thing here in New York, and I am so excited about that!  I'm looking forward to joining many more families in this classic & colorful setting that is perfect for family photos and childhood memories, and I can't wait to check a few more fairs out this summer!

Interested in a photo session at your local fair?  Use the contact tab above and send me a message.  I would love to chat and plan the perfect memory-making session for your family!