Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ketchup Day

I've always loved being a student.  If someone would foot the bill, I'd absolutely do it forever.  While I certainly like to learn new things and meet new people, I'm pretty sure my student fetish begins with a healthy love of fresh, new school supplies.  Grade school was certainly a favorite of mine.  While other children groaned about the latest diorama assignment, I was already picking out the perfect shoebox to do the job and skipping down the aisles of poster board and and paints in my mind.  One of my favorite teachers (it may or may not be because she gave me an award for "best projects" at the end of the school year) had an every marking period tradition of setting aside half of one day as time to work on things that you'd fallen behind with.  I'd pay to see the light in my eyes upon walking into her classroom and seeing the bottle of Heinz Ketchup (clever, eh) sitting on her desk signifying the morning as "Ketchup Day".  I loved having the time to decide just what items in my busy 2nd grade life could use more attention.  There were lists and important decisions to be made!

In the spirit of "Ketchup Day", I offer a small and overdue sampling of my latest photo shoots.  Enjoy!

Cake smash!

Slides & Smiles

Blowing Kisses!

With Halloween behind us, and Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, spots for holiday photo shoots are filling up fast!  Get in touch today to book yours!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Riley Turns One!

The first time I met Riley (or RiBaby - her adorable nickname and hashtag) she was not yet living life on her own in the world.  The maternity session I did with her mama, Cassie, occurred less than 2 weeks before Riley made her grand entrance.

I was so thrilled to be apart of documenting the end of Riley's first year!  Even better, we did the photos in Riley's very own backyard - kind of my thing!  With her big blue/green eyes and contagious smile, I had no challenges finding beauty in the family backyard!

Thanks to Cassie and RiBaby for making my job so much fun!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cheaper by the Dozen: The Young Family

Fact: I have a very small family.  The best way I've been able to illustrate this point to people is by telling them a) I have NO first cousins and b) I have no aunts.  I love my tiny little family and the wildly large personalities that are a part of it.  Considering that my parents were born at the tail end of the post WWII baby boom, my grand parents on both sides,  totally bucked the trend by having small families.  My mother is an only child and my father has one brother.  Even with the edition of spouses for my brother and I and two little ones for my brother - ten people (kids included) is where we stand.

After meeting Jackie, I quickly figured out that she was part of a large family.  In passing conversation at our former workplace, I'd often have to say "is that the same sister you mentioned before..." or "which brother is younger..."  No - it's not that I'm a bad listener or have a terrible memory, it is that Jackie, along with her siblings are equal in number to my entire immediate family.  That's right folks - a very brave man and woman embarked on that harrowing journey of parenthood ten times over.  With only two Youngins (see what I did there!) left in high school, I'd venture to guess they are about to breath a sigh of relief that will be heard around the world!  It was a pleasure to get to know Jackie's big (and growing) family.  The inevitable chaos that surrouds getting 20 people (including 5 little ones) in the same place at the same time didn't frazzle the Young family one bit.  They laughed together, made fun of one another, shared great ideas and maybe yelled at a sibling or two - but it was all in love.  Even a stranger would recognize that!  Here's to Mom (Barb) and Dad (Jim) for raising 10 spectacular people - and teaching them that above all - loving each other is what makes it all work.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, the many facets of the good looking, fun loving and BIG Young Family:

The Backyard Boutique has your photography needs covered - for families of all sizes!  If you have been thinking about booking a photo shoot - now is the time!  You can take advantage of the great outdoors and limited availability before some big changes occur here at The Backyard Boutique!  Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Finding Beauty in My Backyard

Here at the Backyard Boutique, my tagline is "Finding Beauty in Your Own Backyard".  This simple slogan is very meaningful to me, because it is a friendly reminder that I need to be more aware of all of the everyday beauty I am lucky enough to see.  

So often, we become consumer driven monsters; looking for satisfaction, status, inner peace, and beauty from the home decor aisle at Target.  While I have found many (MANY) lovely things walking those hallowed halls, it is nice to pause and notice the stunning show of beauty that Mother Nature provides. 

Although folks will tend to remember the drenching rain and temperatures that dipped lower than we'd like for this time of year, April provided us with more than a handful of perfect Spring days.  I took advantage of as many of those days as I could with picnic dinners by the Skippack Creek with my husband and dog, starting to exercise outside, and my favorite thing of all, getting my garden ready!

As buds turned to blooms, I found myself whipping my phone out to snap a picture almost every morning as I walked to my car.  One morning it occurred to me that I should spend some more time in my garden - be more conscious of the beauty around me and more deliberate with my photo snapping. 

Now that you've waded through my crunchy-granola, one with nature ramblings, I hope you enjoy the products of my commune with nature. 

*All photos are from my garden and my mother's garden - which was my backyard for 20 years*

Painterly tulip brought to you by a wide aperture macro lens.

Weeping branch and a pink tulip hold hands

Kissing lips tulip

Grape hyacinths

Feeding time in the garden.

Bleeding heart - morbid name, beautiful flower

Seriously, nature - quit showing off. 

The bleeding hearts open up

I kind of love tulips.

In search of that perfect Mother's Day gift?  If you are going to be a consumerist monster (sarcasm font) you may as well support a local artisan!  All of these images (and more) are available for purchase.  Digital downloads are an affordable option and can be printed in any way you see fit for personal use!  Check out prices and options here or get in touch with me via samantha@thebackyardboutique.com.  For a more complete gift option, printing and framing are available!

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to head out and discover the beauty that surrounds you everyday!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Meet the Mohrs

As with many of the awesome supporters of the Backyard Boutique, the client featured here is a former co-worker of mine.  You truly never know where your personal and professional networks will take you - be nice to the people you meet!

After nearly four years of marriage and a first time home purchase, Meredith and Kyle welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Emerson Rose, at the end of March.  I met little Emmy during her third week in this world and I'm pretty sure she was very excited to see me!

Newborn photo shoots are simultaneously exciting and terrifying.  Meeting a brand new person is always pretty great, but they aren't at all interested in anyone else's agenda; which can certainly be a challange.  Heaping amounts of patience, a dash of humility and the ability to get a good butt patting rhythm going (for the baby, silly) are essential.  It is all more than worth it to be able to document such a monumental time for new parents.  Emmy girl was the perfect model - her parents didn't do too bad either!

Without further ado - meet darling little Emerson Rose.

Just showing off her bright eyes.

Pondering the meaning of life.  Mostly eating and sleeping.

E is for Emerson.

I usually sleep with my purple headband on too, Emmy.


Old windows, lace and newborns - these are few of my favorite things.

Thanks for coordinating Emmy's outfit with the BYB logo!

Perfect little toes.

And baby makes 3.

She's better to watch than any TV show.  

Nothing quite like a daddy and his little girl.

Like what you see?  I hope so!  Get in touch to schedule your spring time family photos!