FAQ: What should parents wear for a newborn photo session?
Ellen Dykstra Photography
by Ellen Dykstra
4M ago
What should parents wear for a newborn photo session? You’re not sleeping much, not the same size you were pre-pregnancy yet and you barely have time to take a shower. Not the ideal recipe for being camera ready, is it? Not to worry- there are a few simple tips I can give you to help you look your best in these pictures even if you’re not feeling quite ready for them Keep your clothing simple When deciding what to wear for your baby’s photo session, it’s best to keep your clothing simple. You are the background for your baby, and a busy background can distract focus from the most important pe ..read more
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Identical twin newborn photos
Ellen Dykstra Photography
by Ellen Dykstra
4M ago
Identical twin newborn photos are very similar to those in fraternal twin photo sessions, or single babies for that matter. We want to see their sweet faces, the soft skin, the way they curl and snuggle up, and all the little details that make them unique. The one big difference is that we’d love to know who is who in the photos, and when they’re identical, it’s not easy to tell! One of these little guys had his toenails painted so that his parents could tell them apart- great idea for when you can see toes, but they don’t always show in the picture. What I do is take an eyebrow pencil and dra ..read more
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Limited time offer: maternity/newborn combo photo session special
Ellen Dykstra Photography
by Ellen Dykstra
4M ago
The maternity/newborn photo session special is a tradition around here, and I’m happy to announce that it’s back for a limited time. The ‘schedule a newborn photo session and get your maternity digital files free’ special is back again until the March 15th. That doesn’t mean you have to have your session done by then- just scheduled for some time this year. It’s March and winter isn’t quite over yet and it’s often grey in West Michigan. I am so looking forward to spring! This is a year when we all really need spring, with its flowering trees, warmth and sunshine. to be here soon. Yes, snowy ma ..read more
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Sensational ideas for entertaining Kalamazoo kids during Spring Break 2024
Ellen Dykstra Photography
by Ellen Dykstra
4M ago
Spring Break 2024 in Kalamazoo is only about a month away- March 24-29 this year. If you’re not traveling to a warm and sunny spot and still need ideas of things to do with your kids, I’m here to help. Here is a compilation of many of the fun activities planned in Kalamazoo just for Spring break, as well as entertaining activities to do around town or a short drive away. From field trips to art, sports to acting, there is such a wide variety of activities that you’re sure to find something that will be a perfect fit for your kids’ interests. Spring Break Camps in Kalamazoo The Spring Break Ca ..read more
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A tiny newborn Disney princess
Ellen Dykstra Photography
by Ellen Dykstra
4M ago
Her mom loves Disney princesses, so she asked for some of her photos to have newborn Disney princess theme. She provided the beautiful Cinderella dress. I had such fun creating a set perfect for a newborn Disney princess.  I think we made a great team- here are some of the results of our collaboration- Isn’t she the cutest Disney princess?! Her patient furry ‘sibling’ had to be in one too, of course! You can really see how tiny she is here- Of course, Disney isn’t all we did- here are a few more from her session- Thanks for being such a beautiful Cinderella, little one! The post a tin ..read more
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Photo sessions for sitting babies- a stage not to miss!
Ellen Dykstra Photography
by Ellen Dykstra
4M ago
Two of the biggest milestones in a baby’s first year are sitting and standing. The sitter stage at about 6-9 months is one of my favorites, and I know you won’t regret scheduling a session to capture this remarkable new skill. Here are just a few of the reasons a photo session for a sitting baby is a can’t miss event! Your baby is so proud of their new sitting skills Mastering the new skill of sitting and having a new way of looking at the world seems to make babies so proud and happy. It’s fun to be able to photograph them in a new position, too. Before they can sit, they can be photographed ..read more
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8 sensational locations in and around Kalamazoo MI that will give your maternity pictures a magical background
Ellen Dykstra Photography
by Ellen Dykstra
4M ago
Kalamazoo Michigan is full of gorgeous scenery. When you’re looking for that perfect spot to have your maternity pictures taken, it can be hard to narrow all the possibilities down. I’ve been doing pregnancy photos for many years in the area in every season, and I’m going to give you an insider’s help to find your perfect spot. Complete with examples and seasonal tips, here are my 8 top choices for pretty locations in and near Kalamazoo for a maternity photo session. Asylum Preserve Of all the pretty locations in Kalamazoo MI for a maternity photo session, this is the one I use most often. It ..read more
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Simple newborn photo props
Ellen Dykstra Photography
by Ellen Dykstra
4M ago
Simple newborn photo props are some of my favorite things to add to a baby’s photo session. Organic baskets, beds and bowls are timeless. They’re a great way to accent the baby’s small size. They also snuggle a baby in and make them feel comfortable while they’re being photographed. Add in a cozy fur or fluff, wrap the baby up snugly in a pretty fabric, and they’re happy as well as beautiful. Here are a few of my most-requested simple newborn photo props: the driftwood basket organic and interesting, just the right size for a new baby: I also like to tuck flowers around the basket for girls ..read more
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Six month old Naomi
Ellen Dykstra Photography
by Ellen Dykstra
4M ago
Six month old Naomi is such a happy, adorable baby. She has grown so much since her newborn photo session. She’s sitting up now, standing with help and has the best wide open grins! She loved showing off all the new skills she has now. Hard to believe she was tiny enough to lay in that bed just months ago! Six month is a favorite age of mine to photograph. They’re so communicative, have the best expressions and are so proud of the new things they can do. It all makes for adorable photos! If you’d like more information on photo sessions for six month olds, contact me here. I come to your home ..read more
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Go-to newborn and sibling poses
Ellen Dykstra Photography
by Ellen Dykstra
4M ago
The dream: a sweet, loving picture of your child/children with their new baby sibling. The reality is that you’re dealing with toddlers with unpredictable moods, preschoolers who are stressed by the changes in their lives, and older kids who have other things they’d rather be doing. So, having a few go-to newborn and sibling poses can make life much easier. Here are my favorites, along with a few tips that can make getting that perfect sibling image possible so you can fulfill the dream! preparing the sibling When I first meet the family, I pay much more attention to the siblings than the bab ..read more
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