A Nursing Mini | Mary Humphrey Photography | Central Valley Breastfeeding Photographer

I met up with Karina last week to photograph her and her little guy. <3 Her family was so darn cute! 

Moms, document this time! <3 It's so important. Even if you just ask your husband to snap a few photos with your camera. You will want nursing pictures of you and your babe. xo

Mother + Child | Mary Humphrey Photography
Nursing photo Mokelumne River

4 Tips to Dressing for Your Photo Session | Central Valley Photographer

Some people just know what works in front of the camera, and what doesn't. Maybe they have amazing style. Maybe it comes effortlessly to them, like a picture in their head.  For the rest of us, here are a few tips on keeping it timeless. These tips apply to any and all photography sessions - from maternity and fresh baby, to births!

 

1. If In Doubt, Go Simple.

You can't go wrong with simple clothing. Skip the graphics, logos, and shirts with words on them. Pair down the prints and plaids. You and your gorgeous family will be the focus, and your photos will never go out of style.

2. Be Yourself.

Unsure of those shoes or that dress? Don't forget to let your true personality shine through. It's ok to dress up a little, but make sure you FEEL GOOD in your clothes. Because when you're relaxed, your photos will be so much more authentic.

3. consider Neutrals.

Although I adore color, there is something about neutrals that gives your photos a beautiful, timeless quality. They just work. Charcoal, grey, tan, beige, white, cream - they're classic colors that always look good. Another bonus? Your photos will look great in ANY room of your house.

4. Matching Not Required.

Really! You don't have to perfectly match each family member. Gone are the days of crisp white button-up shirts for the entire crew. Whether it's a documentary session, or a little bit more formal, it's ok to mix and match a little. Your photos will look more natural, and the emphasis will be on Your Story.

Do you have any tips to add? Share them in the comments!

 

 

 

A Nursing Mini Session | Central Valley Photography

I don't get a lot of requests for Nursing Mini's, but they hold a special place for me. Why? There is just nothing quite like being able to feed your tiny person from your own body. It's powerful and beautiful, and it takes SO much dedication. And it's just sort of amazing. 

I love the photos we got from this session - everything from calm happy moments, to silly milk drools, giggling, playing and squirming <3 Gorgeous Mama, Gorgeous Baby. 

Central Valley Breastfeeding Photography
Breastfeeding Photographer | Mary Humphrey Photography
Breastfeeding | Nursing image - Mary Humphrey Photography

Nursing Mini Session | Lodi lake Photography

In May, I partnered with the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County to photograph nursing mamas.  I was in the midst of weaning my own daughter, and I felt so very connected to these women, still in their breastfeeding journey and feeding their children on their own terms. They inspired me. I felt like I was capturing love, in each picture I got. I adored the photographs we got from these sessions so much.

Here is one of those brave, beautiful mothers, nursing her own toddler, on her own terms. <3

Brunch with a Breastfeeding Mom | Lodi Breastfeeding and documentary Photography

To kick off World Breastfeeding Week, I wanted to share a few photos from a session I did with Ann-Marie. She's an IBCLC, a Stockton La Leche League leader, a nursing mom, and a friend.  I love these! And I love Dancing Fox and was totally drooling all over their breakfast ;) 

Erin | Lodi {Nursing Mini Session} | west 12 Ranch | Lodi Breastfeeding photographer

I LOVE how Erin's Nursing Session turned out <3 Look at this beautiful mama. She has given so much back to our community through La Leche League and I'm so glad that she was able to participate in this. 

I am also very excited about all of the other Nursing Sessions I have been doing behind the scenes this month,  as a sponsor for the breastfeeding photo contest with the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County. As a mother who just finished weaning her last child, it means the world to me that I get to help encourage and normalize breastfeeding for other moms still on their journey. <3 If you are thinking about entering a photo, you can find the information here.