Newborn Photos | Tessa Fonseca

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I am so in love with this newborn session I recently did with little Tessa. As I mentioned in my post last week I would be posting Tessa’s newborn photos today. I can’t get over how perfectly they came out. She was such a dream. She was just two weeks old when we did these photos & I realized why they say you should do your newborn photos within the first ten days… after the ten days they don’t squish up & mold as easily. It seems little newborns quickly realize that they can stretch out & have all the space in the world.

Even though I couldn’t form her into little Tessa balls the photos still came out so nicely. I used my living room with all natural lighting for these photos. One other thing I learned through this shoot was the way to face the little babe. I should have faced her toward the window so all the light was falling directly on her instead of the side of her. Even still, she’s a total dream & I am insanely happy with how they all came out.
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Isn’t she the cutest thing in the world? I can’t thank Lisa & Tony enough for all of the photos they let me take of their little family this year. I can’t wait for all the photo adventures to come & to watch little Tessa grow into the beautiful little girl I know she’ll be.

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What are some of your favorite newborn poses? Drop a comment bellow & let’s chat!

xoxo//a

Bridals: Little Sister

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I can truly thank my sister for the journey I am currently on… Matt & I got a DSLR camera in May & I shot her engagements the same month. After that I fell in love with the art of photography. I have always been a creative person & photography has been a great mix of creativity as well as customer service. Two things that I am very passionate about.

My sister was generous enough to put her trust in me for her engagements as well as her bridals. Both were very big learning experiences for me. I had this big dream of heading out to some lavender fields for her bridals. So… my best friend/assistant for the night, little sister & I packed up & drove out to Mona, Utah to take lavender field photos. Lesson number one; the lavender fields are owned by Young Living & there is a $50.00 per hour fee to use them & they get cut down the end of July. Somehow I had no idea the fields were owned… you’d think the perfect lines in the lavender would have given it away. Lesson two; the sun goes away. Fast. I already knew this… but I got a firm reminder while we were driving around like crazy people trying to find a different spot to shoot. The light was fading quickly & the overcast skies were not helping my situation. Lesson number three; it’s either the sky or your subject. Because it was overcast I tried to really capture the beauty in the sky which made my sister too dark. I was bummed I didn’t realize this as we were shooting but what’s done is done & I did get amazing shots of her with the sky looking incredible.

We ended up stopping at a field that had a barbwire fence around it with one part fallen down & decided that was our spot. It was really hilarious seeing all three of us try to get over the fence, carry the dress over &  try not to die or get shot (Mel told us that there was a chance the people that owned the property might shoot us for trespassing). Luckily we all made it in & out safe.

We had so much fun on our little road trip to take these. Things didn’t go as planned but we made the most out of the situation & I learned an insane amount about photography & the style that I am striving for.

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In the photo above Mel was totally sitting behind my sister & throwing her veil. It was hilarious & my sister was trying so hard not to laugh as I’m standing behind my camera busting up. I seriously love these girls so much & am so glad they’re apart of my life. Now, enjoy some wonderful selfies we took at the end of our adventure!


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Sometimes things don’t work out but you make the best of what you have. Is there a situation you’ve experienced that you had to make it work regardless of the challenges you were facing?

xoxo//a

Family Photos: Nikki, Brady & Rowan

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These two high school sweet hearts killed me with their adorableness a few weeks ago. We had limited time to shoot because the sun was moving away quickly & baby Rowan wasn’t super stoked on pictures. But my goodness. They are seriously the cutest family.

Nikki & I went through Junior High & High School together. I remember meeting Brady a few times throughout the years. They always seemed so comfortable with one another. Like everything was perfectly aligned when together. It has been about ten years since I have seen these two together & it was still the same. Their true love for one another shined so bright. I loved seeing that their connection has grown so much stronger as the years have passed. Plus, they added little baby Rowan… who seriously is such a little babe. Look at his little face!
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We ended up standing around chatting more than anything & I am truly thankful for that. I already adore this little family so much & can’t wait for future adventures with them.

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I am surprised I got as many smiling photos as I did out of  little Rowan. Little babes truly have their own agenda. What are some tricks that you have as photographers/parents to get little ones to laugh or smile?

xoxo//a

Maternity Photoshoot: Lisa Fonseca

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Lisa & I were best friends in early high school & some of my silliest memories come from hanging out with her. One of my fondest is chilling in her front yard for close to two hours acting like we were Stewart from MADtv. We would make ourselves laugh so hard & honestly… if other people saw us or heard what we were laughing at they’d think we were two complete idiots. Because of our silly history I was so excited to go out & capture some of her silliness with her & her adorable baby tummy!

Lisa & Tony have been together for awhile now & I knew a little babe was soon to come for them. Lisa makes one beautiful pregnant momma & Tony seems to be the most supportive, loving & amazing husband. He made her laugh with his little remarks. He held her hand & opened the door for her. Their love for one another shined so much throughout my short time with them. I am truly excited for their future as a mom & dad. I know that they’ll make amazing parents.

We went to a little park in American Fork for our photos. There was little trail, a lot of trees & some tall wheat. All of that plus the cutest pregnant girl made for perfect photos.

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As I’m growing into my photography style I am learning that I LOVE close up shots. I want to get cozy with my client & get all the little details. I also love capturing the pure love between two people. The random moments where they’re doing something cute that I just snap. I truly am loving the direction I am going & loving all the amazing people I get to work with.

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When working with people I find it hard to get them to relax sometimes. What are some of your tips to get real smiles or laughs out of people?

xoxo//a

Photoshoot: A Taste of Freedom

May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy,
more lovely, than this our own country! -Daniel Webster

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Fourth of July: Fireworks, freedom, summer heat, food, family, & good friends. Best. Holiday. Ever. Democrat, Republican, Interdependent it doesn’t matter we come together as a whole, as a nation to celebrate the beautiful country that we are all blessed to call home.

I’ve always felt lucky to live in America but since I’ve had Adalie & Stella I feel even more lucky. I feel lucky that my girls live in a country that gives them the freedom to be who they choose to be. To be strong females that can do whatever they put their mind to. Whether that’s becoming the CEO of a company or being a stay at home mom. They can do it. Any of it… because we live in the Land of the Free.

To celebrate our freedom & our love for our country I took my best friends son, Koiya & the girls out to do a Fourth of July themed shoot. As most of you are aware I am just finding my way in the photography world. I will be honest. Kids are insanely hard to photograph. They move so much & so fast getting perfect shots is a challenge & will take a lot of practice.

But… I have to say that the photos came out decently well! Some are blurry which I somewhat expected with such crazy kids… but for the most part they captured exactly what I wanted. Kids being kids while representing the beautiful country we live in.

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These three kids melt my heart. I can hardly handle how much love they have for one another already. They constantly show me how lucky I am to be a mom & how blessed I am to have a best friend with such an adorable son. He is just as close to my heart as my babies are.

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As I mentioned before I am just finding my path in the photography world. Any tips on photographing running, crazy children? Let me know with a comment below!

xoxo//a

Happy First Birthday! 

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My little babe is one! How did that happen so fast? I still can’t believe she’s turning into a toddler… well, actually I completely deny it. She’ll forever be my babe.

For her birthday Matt took us out to take some photos. I really wanted to take some of Stella in her wrap because those days are going to be gone before I know it. I wanted some pictures to remember the beauty of having her snuggled up to me so tightly.

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After our photo adventure we had a little birthday party for her. She got spoiled & loved on by all of the most important people in her life. I can’t believe how much love rained down on her that day & how lucky we are to have such wonderful people in our lives.

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Her birthday party was the first time I ever took photos with a DSLR camera & all the editing I did was on photoshop which was also a first for me. I’ve been having a blast learning a bit more about photography & all the tricks you can do. There definitely is a lot to learn & I have a long way to go before I’m nearly as good as my husband.

Are any of you pros on Photoshop? Give me your tips & tricks!

xoxo//a

Celebrating One Year of Life

I am in complete shock that I’m preparing to celebrate baby Stella’s first birthday. I knew the year would fly by. I knew that her toothless grin & constant cuddles would slowly fade away leaving me holding on to the little memories that I now have. I wished everyday that I could pause time. That I could keep her as that cuddly little babe forever.

How does one year slip by so quickly? Although I took in every moment possible of Stella’s first year I still somehow feel like I missed the whole thing. Is it because the phases of infanthood are so short lived? Or because I was also busy chasing a toddler around?

Day One

Newborn Photos

One Month Old

One Month Old

Three Months Old

Six Months Old

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November With No Snow

Merry Christmas!

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Babes

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First Family Photo

Meeting the Baby

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As I reflect on her first year of life I think of all the beautiful moments I’ve captured of her. All the times that I was in “awe” of the little life Matt & I created. This little girl made us parents of two & our little Adalie a big sister. This little girl puts a smile on our face daily with her silliness & bright blue eyes.

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Shortly after I had baby Stella my grandparents that live in Washington came out to visit. We got this photo of our family together. It’s my favorite one from this year. It’s all the people that love her the most surrounding her. What a loving family this little girl has come into & how blessed we are to call her our own.

xoxo//a