One of the most fun parts of photographing families is getting to see how much kids grow and change over the years. I met Briana's family last year at Lake Mohegan in Fairfield, Connecticut for family portraits, and at the time, Briana and I were both pregnant, just a couple weeks apart. So this year, I got to meet Owen! He and big brother Christian were such a treat to spend time with. Here are a few of my favorites from our session.
Happy September, ya'll!
I am so excited for fall. I know there are many out there who refuse to acknowledge pumpkin anything before September 22....but I'm not one of those people! I practically tapdanced when I woke up to a chilly 55 degree morning. It's supposed to be in the 80s next week for a couple days and I will be confused and grumbling about New England weather and not knowing if I need a sweater or a bathing suit.
It's. All. Good.
Fall is an exciting time of year! The leaves are changing, kids are back to school, we start thinking about the holidays (and holiday card photos)! For me, it's busy season and I go go go until Thanksgiving. Last year was amazing, and I learned a few things along the way to make some adjustments this year that I believe will benefit everyone!
At the moment, I am only planning on September and October travel dates. I will open up November in a couple weeks.
9/2-9/4 Connecticut - available for full sessions local to Hartford County.
9/9-9/10 Connecticut - available for full sessions throughout the state.
9/16-9/17 not available.
9/23-9/24 Connecticut - not available 9/23. Available for full sessions local to Hartford the morning of 9/24.
9/30 Connecticut Mini Sessions in the morning at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford; 10/1 Connecticut Mini Sessions in the morning at Lake Mohegan in Fairfield. Contact me for times and availability if interested.
10/7-10/9 Connecticut - not available 10/7. Available for full sessions throughout the state on 10/8 and 10/9.
10/14-10/15 Massachusetts - available for full sessions local to Scituate, Duxbury, and Plymouth.
10/21 Massachusetts Woodsy Mini Sessions in the afternoon at Bird Park in Walpole; 10/22 Massachusetts Mini Seaside Sessions in the morning at Scituate Harbor. Contact me for times and availability if interested.
10/28-10/29 Connecticut - available for full sessions throughout the state.
Mini Sessions - quick and (fingers crossed) easy!
As you can see, I am planning one weekend of mini sessions in Connecticut and one weekend in Massachusetts. Other than those dates, I will not be booking any other mini session dates this fall. If you are not able to book a mini session on those dates, I would love to chat about scheduling a full session!
Mini sessions are a great opportunity to get a few updated family photos, or to capture a milestone such as maternity, engagement or senior portrait. Mini sessions exclude newborn photography. Newborn babies may be included in a family mini session, but will not be posed and photographed on their own.
Mini session investment - $200
Includes: 15 minutes of photography, online gallery of 10 fully edited photos, $50 print credit to be used through your gallery towards any print products, and (this is new!) any image you order as a print, you will also receive the digital file of that image.
Full Family Sessions - fresh, modern and personal
Gone are the days of stiff posing and plastered smiles! I work closely with each family to plan a session that is personal and tailored to her or his interests or family dynamics. From location to wardrobe, including pets or some fun personal props (think little red wagons, bikes, a trip to go apple picking or to the pumpkin patch), these sessions are less formal and more documentary style. I will guide you through your session so that you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. I want to see laughter, snuggles, play and JOY!
Full family session investment - $350
Includes: 60 minutes of photography, online gallery of fully edited photos, $100 print credit to be used through your gallery towards any print products, and (this is new!) any image you order as a print, you will also receive the digital file of that image.
Contact me as soon as possible to book your session! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use this contact form. I am SO excited for this season and look forward to seeing your beautiful families!
Grayson arrived into his parents arms a bit early in March and it was a joy to photograph him and his sweet parents at their home in Marshfield. He slept beautifully through the entire session, and I got to spend time photographing him with his mom and dad in his gorgeous nautical themed nursery. It is always so special getting to photograph babies at home in their own space. And I love that mom and dad can relax, have a cup of coffee and catch up on some tv (or sleep)!
I love these family photos - there's nothing better than telling parents that all they have to do is hold their baby and snuggle and smooch them. I find it to be so relaxing at a time when everyone is so tired and the last thing you want to do is have to pack up and leave the house for a few hours. That's why I am so happy to do in-home sessions!
Here are some of my favorites from Grayson's in-home newborn session!
A couple weeks ago, my husband asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day, and although I haven't told him yet, I know exactly what I want, which makes me wonder if it's what other moms really want as well.
I want photos with my kids. I want photos of my holding them, snuggling them, kissing their cheeks. I want Lily in my lap and Andrew in my arms. I want to freeze this moment in time where they are so little and I'm young(ish) and full of energy and our days consist of snuggling and loving on each other and exploring the world with wonder and fresh eyes. I want photos so that years from now, I'm not wondering why I was always behind the camera but rarely in front. I want more than selfies.
I think a lot about why I love being a photographer and how it spills into every moment of my life. I take pictures to remember, to remind myself someday of the little things that made my life beautiful. To show our kiddos what they meant to us and how we loved them. That when they were tiny babies, we spent our days snuggling and napping, holding their tiny bodies on our chests so our hearts beat next to each other and our breath synced up. To know that even when they grow up and move out and on with their lives, we'll always be connected by a bond that is greater than anything in the universe.
So I am honored and excited to offer mini sessions for moms - all moms - with your kiddos or without, whether you have five kids, one kid, you're pregnant, your kid is your dog, you want photos with your own mom, or you just want some gorgeous and happy pictures of yourself because you are awesome and deserve it.
Mini Sessions for Mom - $150
Sunday, May 21 at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT
8:00am // 8:30am // 9:00am // 9:30am // 10:00am
20 minutes of photography, 10 final images in an online gallery, set of 4x6 proof prints to keep. Additional prints and enlargements are available to purchase through your gallery.
Mini sessions require a signed contract and full payment at the time of booking. Participants should arrive 10 minutes prior to their session so we can start on time and not delay the morning and subsequent sessions. In case of rain or drizzle, sessions will be pushed to Sunday, June 4, at the same time slots.
here's to the beautiful moms in our lives
Shannon Sorensen is a Connecticut-based wedding, newborn and family photographer who believes in real over perfection, and specializes in documenting candid, intimate and emotional moments. Click here to book your next session or event.
Friends, he's here.
And he's two weeks old!
Andrew Joseph came into our lives on the evening of March 6, 2017. It is a bit odd thinking today, the 20th, was supposed to be the day of my scheduled c-section, but he had other plans and labor started on it's own, blessing us with two extra weeks to get to know and love this squishy little boy.
We are absolutely head over heels in love.
Lily is an amazing big sister as we're learning and adjusting to being a family of four. She holds him, hugs him, sings to him, and soothes him. It's been amazing getting to watch their sibling relationship grow.
We had a snow day last week and I decided to take some newborn photos in our living room. He is such a peanut and it took a lot of restraint to not spend the entire day photographing his sweet face. Here are a few of my favorites. If you'd like to read more about his birth, visit my personal blog here: http://alifefullofcolor.com/blog/2017/3/20/introducing-andrew-joseph-birth-story