Syracuse, NY Photographer: A PeaTree Photography by Amanda Petrie: Blog http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Syracuse, NY Photographer: A PeaTree Photography by Amanda Petrie (Syracuse, NY Photographer: A PeaTree Photography by Amanda Petrie) Sun, 28 Jan 2018 19:47:00 GMT Sun, 28 Jan 2018 19:47:00 GMT http://www.peatreephotography.com/img/s11/v34/u85450373-o818892345-50.jpg Syracuse, NY Photographer: A PeaTree Photography by Amanda Petrie: Blog http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog 120 80 |Selecting a Photographer| http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2018/1/selectingaphotographer  

You DESERVE to have all of the options in regards to having your portraits done. Ask the right questions!

 

1. Ask the photographer if they specialize in the genre you are interested in. This is especially important for newborn portraits. A photographer that shoots everything: weddings, pets, families, commercial, etc may or may not have all the knowledge and skills to properly create posed newborn images. 

2. When viewing images of a photographer--ask yourself: could I or someone I know do these? How is the posing? Are the images unique and special? Does their skin look soft and delicate? How are the images being shot? Will you get a variety of angles? Are babies being posed in safe props with a spotter?

3. When discussing investment and product options-- The cheapest option is not always the best option.

--Why is the photographer charging so little? Are they fully enhancing and editing your images? Are they a legal business and insured? Are they spending the necessary time meeting with you before the session and after the session? Do they have expansive prop and backdrop options? Have they invested in lighting courses and the best camera lenses/equipment?

--Does the photographer offer more than just digitals? I know owning all of the digitals seems like the new trend, but what are you really going to do with them? And, unforuntately, you don't have access to quality print labs that guarantee accurate colors and products that are going to be around for a lifetime. 

Will your photographer also help design your images into a beautiful wall design or album? There are so many more options out there than just digitals. You DESERVE the best art products for your new little one. 

 

 

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The pace of life around the Petrie household has certainly picked up. Brayden, Keira and Isla are all at very different stages in their life and require different needs and activities to keep them happy. I feel like life is flying bye faster than ever and I'm always just trying to catch up.

Isla is nursing around the clock and I am up every three hours during the night to meet her needs. This morning, I lied next to her as she nursed so I could get a bit of rest. Instead of waking up as she usually does, she fell back to sleep. I slowllllyyyy got out of bed.

The stars had aligned...  all three children were still sleeping. PERFECT!

It was time to sneak downstairs, watch a tv show and enjoy a cup of coffee for the first time in a looonngggg time.

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I stared around my messy bedroom.

Instead of annoyance at the random assortment of kid socks and toys, books that needed to be read and half-empty water glasses, I saw the joy that they bring into my life. 

The morning light--this time--didn't reveal all of the chores that needed to be done but a room that is filled with love. The place where my children still want a story to be read to them every night. The place where I sleep next to a man that loves all of us unconditionally.

I looked as that light hit Sasha as she took up her post guarding Isla. That dog drives me nuts sometimes but I had to appreciate her loyalty to my children. I swear that Sasha has never truly slept more than a moment because she is always on high alert protecting us. SONY DSC

SONY DSC And then, I looked at Isla. The light touched her sweet little face. Her tiny arms were curled up around her head and hands clenched into tiny fists. Her head, as always, turned towards where I sleep. I felt a pinch of sadness and I realized how much she has already grown and changed in such a short amount of time. I felt guilty for not soaking in her tininess more. That morning light reminded me to be grateful to have the ability to nurse her instead of focusing on my lack of sleep.

I looked over at the mirror. Instead of resenting my disheveled hair and dark circles, I laughed. 

 

Normally, I spend a ton of time making each of my images perfect with posing and Photoshop magic. 

Here is my life unscripted and raw. 

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What to Wear to Define your Portrait Images http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2016/8/what-to-wear-to-define-your-portrait-images So, you have decided to have professional portrait images done! Excellent! 

Now.. what are you going to wear? 

I can't emphasis this point any more: YOUR CLOTHING CHOICE(S) MAKE AN INCREDIBLE DIFFERENCE IN HOW YOUR IMAGES TURN OUT!

I want you to look at the following images... disclaimer: these are NOT my images AND try not to compare the editing. 

What do you notice about the COLOR choice? 

What happens to the image when you have soft colors vs bold colors?

The OUTFIT choice? Casual versus dressy? 

Does the "feel" or "emotion" of the images seem to change? 

 

 

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Here's another example... (THESE ARE NOT MY PHOTOS!)

The images above are similar in color palette yet the end result is completely different.

Also, for me as a photographer, I will get inspired by your outfit choice. You're helping me set the tone and feeling of your images. 

Suggestions: 

1. Choose Outfits that Fit Your Personality

For starters, I think clothing identifies your personality and your interests. I wouldn't suggest going out and buying an outfit that doesn't represent who you are! Also, I'd suggest picking "timeless" outfits and NOT something so trendy that your family photos will look outdated in a few years. 

2. Choose Outfits that Flatter your Body Type

I would also recommend finding clothes that fit well and make you feel confident! If you have a particular part of your body you are nervous about showing, find an article of clothing that will be most flattering. For example, as short gal with a wider frame, I know that my legs do not look so great in skinny leg jeans. I know I personally feel better about myself when I'm rocking a fierce but flattering outfit. And, when I'm feeling confident, I'm more at ease AND when I'm more at ease, I know I will take better pictures. I'd hate for you to feel uncomfortable during your session and not show your true personality. I'd also hate for you to get your images back and regret clothing choices. 

With that being said, for both of us, please iron/de-wrinkle your outfits. Yes, I use photoshop and I can certainly remove wrinkles. But, let's say I have 25-30 images to edit and I have to dewrinkle your clothes in each image... that makes for an unhappy photographer and that much longer to get your images back. 

 

3. Family Portrait Choices

Your goal in family portraits to to have a similar color scheme but NOT look too "matchy". You also want to avoid patterns that conflict with one another. Let's say you are a family of four...

Dad-solid button up shirt in navy blue, slacks

Mom-cream dress, navy blue accessories

Son-solid button up shirt in cream, slacks

Daughter-navy lace dress and cream headband 

In this scenario, you have everyone following a similar color scheme and it will not be too "busy to the eye." 

 

Still not sure where to start? 

a. Check out the link below

b. Decide on which style best suits your family AND what color scheme makes sense for our location/time of day/season etc

c. ASK ME! I LOVE helping with styling sessions. 

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d. I often find great outfit ideas at TARGET! Check there for inspiration! 

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Green Lakes Family Session http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2016/7/green-lakes-family-session Green Lakes Sunrise Session

I met the Daiuto family for a beautiful sunrise session at Green Lakes State park earlier this summer. They were such an easy-going family and we shared a lot of laughs throughout our time together. I feel that the hardest part of photography for both client and photographer is feeling comfortable enough to let your true personality show. 

I personally try and bring props (in this case a loveseat!) or find locations to help people feel more natural while having their portrait taken. The loveseat helped the true family spirit emerge by letting them cuddle in and play on the couch. After, we were able to go to a more wooded location and by that time baby P was more than happy to give me some amazing smiles and "ham" it up for the camera. It was a great session and I am always grateful to work with such amazing families in the CNY area :)

 

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Grow With Me-Baby Kenzie http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2016/7/grow-with-me-baby-kenzie Kenzie's "Grow with Me" Baby Story

I've been blessed to begin Kenzie's journey with a maternity session last summer. Her mommy and daddy were so excited to meet their baby girl. 

Since last summer, I've had the pleasure of capturing Kenzie's milestones every 3 months.

Each time, I'm amazed to see the changes in her mental and physical development.

The one constant has been her easy-going nature and lovable, bubbly personality that was evident from the start! 

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Sharlie and New Baby Girl!

A few months ago, Sharlie called me to discuss details about a maternity and newborn bundle. We hit it off and kept in contact the weeks leading up to her maternity session. She was open to the idea of going to the more "artsy" side of maternity photos and we started to plan out our ideas.

As part of my maternity sessions, I'm willing to split the cost of a maternity gown with my momma-to-be. Sharlie sent me a picture of gowns she liked and I immediately thought we needed a flower headband to go with her gorgeous outfit. I might be artsy but I AM NOT crafty, so with a LOT of glue and even more prayers I created a flower crown. 

The final decision was...where?! I came across Elmwood Park in Syracuse through an internet search and immediately fell in love. A small stream, beautiful cobblestone bridges and lovely scenery all added to the dreamy quality of this session.

I can't wait to meet Sharlie's baby girl in July! 

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Syracuse Newborn Photography-Baby Lucas! http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2016/6/syracuse-newborn-photography-baby-lucas Welcome, Baby Lucas!

Lucas' first photo session was a.w.e.s.o.m.e! 

He adored being wrapped up and I loved snuggling with him during the session (complete with taking in the fresh, newborn smell ;)...I know you're all jealous)

I really enjoyed meeting Lucas and his parents (who have an amazing taste in music!) I am a firm believer in playing music during a session as it can set the artistic tone for the images. I mean... look at how cool this little guy is! 

 

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I am LOVING the bond between Lucas' daddy, mommy and their handsome little man! SONY DSC SONY DSC

 

 

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Syracuse Newborn Photographer-Weston's 1st Photo Session! http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2016/6/syracuse-newborn-photographer-westons-1st-photo-session Baby Weston

I had the honor and privilege of photographer my friends' newest addition, baby Weston! I drove out to my old college stomping grounds, Geneseo, to photograph this sweet bundle of joy. 

Kevin and Alaina are so relaxed and so much fun to be around. This little guy was also so relaxed that he slept right through his session (minus a few minutes to flash me those beautiful baby blues)! 

 

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Big bro and little bro!

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Syracuse Newborn Photography-Aiden http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2016/4/syracuse-newborn-photography-aiden Aiden's First Photo Session

I've had the pleasure of being the photographer for the Johnson family for a few years now. I photographed Aiden's older sister Abby throughout her first year and now I get to photograph the newest addition! 

Aiden was amazing during his session and slept the ENTIRE time which allowed for me to get a gazillion different poses and angles. 

Oh, and if you haven't noticed, he is wayyyyyy too stinking' cute! Look at that hair! 

 

 

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Those eyes! And, he was so content. He would have hung out with me all day taking pictures.

One word: chill. 

And... back to sleep :)

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Daddy and Mommy snuggles :)

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Syracuse Newborn Photography-Baby Sofia http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2016/4/syracuse-newborn-photography-baby-sofia Syracuse, NY Newborn Photography

Baby Sofia

"Tiny Perfection" 

 

I was honored to photograph sweet Sofia for her proud parents and extended family. 

As I was setting up, I met with several members of the extended family who were on visit to meet this beautiful little girl. The grandparents not only took care of their daughter and granddaughter but the photographer, as well. A freshly-brewed, cup of green tea was given to me and I have never tasted such tea as this. Throughout the session, if my tea became cold, a new one replaced the old. 

I felt like they were truly happy to have me there photographing their new bundle of joy. 

Baby Sofia was a dream for a newborn photographer. She slept for her entire session and was absolutely adorable. 

 

Her features were so delicate and tiny. 

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Her big sister was adorable and loved to give her tiny, new sister sweet kisses while she was sleeping <3

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Syracuse Maternity Photographer-Amrita and Baby Girl http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2016/4/syracuse-maternity-photographer-amrita-and-baby-girl Syracuse Maternity Photography

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I had the honor and privilege of photographing Amrita's glowing pregnancy. Arundeep and Amrita were absolutely a delight to work with and were open to so many of my suggestions (a photographer's dream!)

 It was around 34 degrees and you would never know from looking at their images (I had a winter coat and hat on...brr!) :) Despite the cold temperature, Mother Nature granted us some beautiful sunset light and this just added to the ambience of their images. 

I look forward to meeting their baby girl in May and capture their amazing journey into parenthood. Congratulations!

 

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Amrita totally worked this hat and I loved how her images came out.

Her pregnancy glow truly shined through! 

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Syracuse Engagement Photographer-Matt and Jess http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2016/3/syracuse-engagement-photographer-matt-and-jess Matt and Jess

I was honored when Matt and Jess asked me to be their wedding photographer. I have known Matt for a long time and have come to adore his sense of humor and capacity to care for others. Of course, Matt would find his match in someone as every bit as caring; Jess is such a kind, compassionate person with a great personality. 

Their engagement location was a place near and dear to both of their childhoods. If you know these two, you know how big their hearts are and it was only fitting that they picked a location that had sentimental value to their lives.

Matt and Jess have a special connection and one that was apparent during their engagement session. I loved as I went through their images, I could see the love that they have for one another. For much of the session, I could see them whispering or giggling about something as they snuggled in close. 

Aiden also showed a genuine excitement about the coming together of Matt and Jess. He was absolutely adorable in many of the portraits and I can't wait to see his smile on their wedding day. 

This type of connection makes for beautiful and timeless photographs.

I can't wait to capture this same connection on their wedding day <3

 

 

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Syracuse Family Photographer-My Darling http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2016/2/syracuse-family-photographer-my-darling You see a child play, and it is so close to seeing an artist paint, for in play a child says things without uttering a word.

 

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Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child

 

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Syracuse Family Photography-1st Family Ski Day http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2016/1/syracuse-family-photography-1st-family-ski-day The Petrie Family

"1st Family Ski Outing"

 

Yesterday, Bill announced to the kiddos that we had enough snow to finally take a trip to the mountain for some skiing. This would be our first time together skiing as a family of four.

Side Note: Brayden has been practicing snowboarding and skiing for the last two seasons and was ready to try it again. He and Kiki also received skis and boots for Christmas (thanks Grandma Sue and Grandpa Bruce!) so they were eager to try out their new gear. 

The room erupted into yelling, cheering, and singing. My three kids began jumping around the room yelling things like, "YAYYYYYYYYYY! We are going to Sing Song Mountain!" 

"I want to do (go) ssssshhhhkiiiiiiiiiiii" 

The largest and oldest of the three children seem to be most excited. 

I am NOT a fan of the cold and often mutter a few choice words about the weather under my breath. I wasn't exactly jumping for joy BUT I love seeing how excited my three kids get about their winter sports. 

I've been snowboarding for a few years (because Bill made me...) and would probably enjoy it more if it didn't involve cold weather and potential death.

If you can figure out a way to have hot weather AND skiing AND the elimination of injury, I'd totally be down. 

Anyways, I live in Central New York, my husband is obsessed with snowboarding, apparently my children will be too AND this blog post was supposed to be about the awesome day we had so, I better suck it up, buttercup.

Under normal circumstances, it takes us about 1.3446 hours to get ready to go ANYWHERE. We actually beat our average because the kids were so excited to go skiing that they dressed themselves (pretty well, I might add) and all three were waiting at the door. 

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Every winter item that we own has been packed.  

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All three children ready to go ;) Who is more excited?! 

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Where has the time gone? They keep growing..

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Brayden-age 5, Keira-age 2 and oldest child, Bill-34 years young 

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I wasn't sure how Kiki was going to do trying to ski at the age of two. Luckily for us, she's strong and more importantly...fearless. She grabbed her knees, pushed off and plastered a smile on her face (sigh, tear...how is she doing this?!)

By the end of the day, she took off backwards and laughed hysterically the entire time until someone caught up to her (oops, I hope my mom isn't reading this...)

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Brayden tried skiing for a few hours and worked on learning how to slow himself down. It is absolutely adorable watching him go on the chairlift with Bill. 

I'm glad to be there to watch the father/son bond grow as they share a mutual love for snowboarding. Already, Brayden runs back and forth in the living room doing "half-pipe tricks" and will stop at nothing to get outside to work on his riding skills on his mini snow hill. (Bill couldn't be prouder)

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Warning: this post turns a bit sappy as I'm realizing how special today was for our family. 

Being a snowboarder was never really on my life's to-do list. I've already addressed the cold factor and most of the time, I'm terrified of falling and breaking something.

want to enjoy it. I really do. Mostly, for Bill...

I want to experience what Bill feels when he rides. I never knew how passionate he was about snowboarding until we went for the first time. He's a great rider and you can both see and feel his passion for the sport. You can actually see a little glow around him. Sometimes, I come down in the morning and all three kids are watching a pro snowboarding film while eating cereal. (There's that glow around Bill, again)

Sometimes, when I'm in the right frame of mind, I do enjoy it... a little. I find the peace and joy in connecting with nature and doing something amazing with my body... I experience, on a small level, the passion that Bill has for snowboarding. I get a little glow. 

Then, I hit a patch of ice, fear for my life and remember how damn cold it is outside. 

But, today, I had an ENTIRE day of connection. I watched my family connect. I enjoyed my trips down the mountain. It clicked for me today. 

 

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This guy. My third child. My husband has created a lifetime of memories already for us. 

These memories might be a little colder than I would have anticipated... but I'm so happy that I've found someone with a passion. I also am happy that I have found someone that I'm willing to go out of my comfort zone for and try new things. Finally, I'm so happy to see Bill creating such a strong connection with Bray and Kiki doing something that he loves. 

As we left the mountain, he grabbed my hand and said, "thanks for a great day."

No, Bill, thank you <3

 

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Syracuse Newborn Photography-Victoria http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2015/12/syracuse-newborn-photography-victoria Syracuse Newborn Photography--Jamesville, NY

Miss Victoria

 

 

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Family Portraits Syracuse, NY http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2015/10/family-portraits-syracuse-ny McDougall Family Mini Session

 

What a great evening for portraits. We chose a location in Mexico, NY that is very dear to me. The fall weather was absolutely perfect and we were able to capture a few beautiful sunset images! 

 

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Syracuse Family Photographer-Ava's First Birthday! http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2015/9/syracuse-family-photographer-avas-first-birthday  

Miss Ava's First Year

Sigh... where does the time go? I can't believe Miss Ava is already one! 

I've ALWAYS said, I LOVE watching how babies change and grow through their first year. 

(I probably could also write a ton about how much parents change the first year, as well) :) 

 

Ava-Newborn

Here was her debut <3

She was already so lovely. I loved her tiny, delicate fingers and nose. I loved seeing the connection between Ava and her new parents and Grandmother. They all worked so well together and were already so in love with their little girl. I might be busy photographing your sweet baby but I pick up on those little connections. 

 

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My weakness is cute baby feet. They only stay little and wrinkly for a short time! 

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Flash forward a year... look how much she has changed! 

A spirited, full of love (and stylish, I might add) little gal :) 

 

It is hard to watch them grow so fast but each phase brings so many new things to love.

I think these photographs will help you always treasure the precious little one she was and always will be in your hearts <3

 

 

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Her eyes are absolutely breathtaking! 

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​Great job to her Mommy and Daddy for raising such a lovely little baby.

Thanks for choosing me to be your family photographer!

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Syracuse Family Photographer Grow with Me Portraits Abby http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2015/8/Abby Abby's First Year

 

I have been honored to photograph the major milestones of Abby's first year. It was has been wonderful getting to know Abby and her wonderful parents. I think the first year is so special for obvious reasons. These little ones change and grow so fast and it goes by in an instant.

Luckily, photographs can help us remember all of the intricate details of our loved ones. 

 

Newborn Abby

Already showing us her beautiful blue eyes and gorgeous little lips. Later, those will eyes will help melt daddy and those little lips flash the best smiles. 

 

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Remember the wrinkly, newborn feet? 

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Abby-7 Months

My goodness! What a HAPPY and content little baby Abby was. She was always ready to flash a smile and was such a little dolly for her portraits. At this point, she was able to sit up, crawl, nibble on her toes. During her session, she loved her cuddle time with Mommy and Daddy. 

 

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Abby-One Year Old! 

Once again, ALL SMILES! She was CAMERA READY! As soon as I set up my portable studio-she crawled right over to the floor drop and flash a smile as if to say, "hey, I'm reading for my close-up!" 

Great job with the first year Mommy and Daddy because she is one HAPPY and BEAUTIFUL little girl! <3

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Syracuse Family Photographer-Abby's Cake Smash!! http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2015/8/syracuse-family-photographer-abbys-cake-smash "Abby and the Cupcake: A Smash Story"

 

This is a cupcake. 

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"Hey, cupcake...I'm Abby."

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"Wait, they said I can eat this... like, all of it? With my OWN hands? Seriously? Are you sure?!"

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"Well, I'll just take ONE, bitty bite...."

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Mmmm.... this is some good stuff. 

 

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Ok, this is the LAST bite...

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Well, maybe a bit more frosting wouldn't hurt...

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Who am I kidding?! THIS.CUPCAKE.IS.MINE!!!! 

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CUPCAKE EVERYWHERE, MUHAHAHAHAHA! 

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BEST.DAY.EVER. I HAVE SOOOO MUCH ENERGY, MOM AND DAD!

I HEARD YOU SAY WE CAN HAVE CUPCAKES FOR EVERY MEAL

RIGHT?! RIGHT?! RIGHT?!

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THE END. 

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Syracuse Maternity Photographer-Momma Christina http://www.peatreephotography.com/blog/2015/8/syracuse-maternity-photographer-momma-christina  

 

 

 

 

​Let's start by saying that this was one of my favorite portrait sessions, ever! 

The couple, the location, the lighting... beautiful!

 

Brian and Christina were both so open to all of my ideas. I am in love with taking pictures at Clark Reservation and thankfully, Christina was willing to trek around the park to the many scenic locations.  

 

I love maternity portraits. I think pregnant women are absolutely stunning. 

I was so inspired by this session and how beautiful Christina looked in all of her portraits. 

(Brian, you're not so bad, as well ;) )

I can't wait to meet Brian and Christina's baby girl in a few weeks! 

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