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phoenix family photographer lulliloo01Being a Phoenix Family Photographer for the last seven years has been such a great way to connect with people, and it is always SUCH an honor when another photographer chooses to commission you for their family session. Especially when they live in Illinois! Jackie is a wonderful newborn photographer whom I’ve gotten to know over the last few months and when she said they were fleeing the cold and coming for a visit I was so thrilled to get to meet her in person AND honored to get to photograph her sweet little family!! Truly, it was fun:)

phoenix family photographer These girls. I can’t even handle how pretty and sweet and funny they are!!! I wish they were around for playdates all the time, my kids adored them too!

Emily and Claire, thanks for playing with me and letting my camera love on you too!

phoenix family photographer This one. BIG PRINT, amiright?!!

phoenix family photographer Love these two, and if they were mine I’d print them and hang them side-by-side πŸ˜‰

phoenix family photographerOh Claire. You and your hair are the best. That light loved you too.

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phoenix family photographer Sister’s giggling–gah!!!

phoenix family photographer lulliloo08phoenix family photographer phoenix family photographer lulliloo10That light. So perfect. The desert was quite a different backdrop than their normal backyard πŸ˜‰

phoenix family photographer lulliloo11This series!! Miss Emily loves her mama for sure.

phoenix family photographer lulliloo12phoenix family photographer lulliloo13My favorite family shot!! Right before we lost the light…

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phoenix family photographer lulliloo17phoenix family photographer lulliloo18phoenix family photographer lulliloo19What you can’t see from this image is that I was simultaneously photographing these sweethearts WHILE holding Miss Emily πŸ˜‰ Photography requires more than one skill at a time, hahahaha.

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Lulliloo Photography specializes in newborn, birth, maternity and family photography in Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area including but not limited to Scottsdale and Tempe.

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newborn lifestyle lulliloo01This is Matthew. He wanted to be wide awake during his session. I think that at a week and a half old he already suffers from FEAR OF MISSING OUT. And I love him.

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This is SO the Parkers. If you know Jes and Luke, then you know this is them, being them. They are approachable, lively and simultaneously deep thinkers and expressers. They’re some of my favorites. I was in their wedding a few years ago and grew up with Jes, so when she asked if I would stop by and snap some lifestyle photos of Matthew it was an obvious decision for me πŸ˜‰

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These next few images are some of my favorites from this Phoenix lifestyle newborn session…I’m obsessed with baby feet and the smell of a newborn’s head. I joke with my client’s that I’m a “baby huffer” and this session was no exception! I even teared up a little bit smelling that head of hair, there is nothing like a brand new baby and I never lose awe at the miracle of life.

Phoenix Lifestyle Newborn Session Phoenix Lifestyle Newborn Session Jes was an on-hands aunt for years and is already such a natural mommy…

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That precious flakey skin…I love capturing it because it doesn’t last for long and it’s just so representative of how brand NEW a baby is!! Gah. All the feels over here.

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He’s already a fan of his hands:)

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My favorite of Matthew and Luke.

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Tehe, and that expression he’s giving Jes! He wasn’t sure about being so exposed πŸ˜‰

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This. Is. So. THEM.

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Lulliloo Photography specializes in newborn, birth, maternity and family photography in Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area including but not limited to Scottsdale and Tempe.

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  • Pauly Heller - Ah, Mellie, these photos are simply fabulous! you have captured the wonder and delight of first-time, brand-new parenthood of a precious, much-loved baby boy. I love these! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Casey - Love all those eyes-wide-open shots and that flakey baby skin! Welcome to the world, little one!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - Lovely photos and you captured all three of them so perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Arthur and Nancy - What a great looking family! Nancy and I are so thrilled for both of you Luke and Jess. Mathew is just precious. May God continue to bless all of you. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

arizona maternity photos

These Arizona Maternity Photos are some of my favorites! This session kicked off my 2016 with a bang and I absolutely adore how it turned out. I shot April’s maternity session three years ago along with Miss Emma’s newborn photos, I am SO excited that they are adding a baby BOY to their family, due just a few days after Emma’s birthday:)

She is already really good at taking care of her baby, I’m pretty excited to see what she does with a little brother!

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I asked Emma to lick Josh seconds before these photos were taken…you can see her delight and the subsequent GOLD it produced with both these family photos! That being said Josh seemed less than thrilled with both of us πŸ˜‰ #oops

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These images were taken at Manistee Park…it was my first time shooting there but I was really pleased with the light in the trees. I’ll go back πŸ˜‰ You should come with, my camera is uber friendly.

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This sequence though…

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My two favorites of Emma with that beautiful baby bump!! THIS is what Arizona maternity photos should be all about!

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Twinning bellies πŸ˜‰ Emma was SO excited to show off hers!

That image of Emma on the right just miiiiight be my favorite from the whole session. It’s so timeless and sweet, just like childhood is supposed to feel. If she were mine I would blow it on a HUGE print for her bedroom.

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Um. I think we can see where Emma learned how to be fierce, no?!

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We ended with the prettiest light above that fence…

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I have some other fun spring sessions planned for you, including my Mommy & Me minis in Feb-Apr! Stay tuned:)

Lulliloo Photography specializes in newborn, birth, maternity and family photography in Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area including but not limited to Scottsdale and Tempe.

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This Arizona family photography session almost doesn’t count as a family session because we did it in my friend’s front yard in about fifteen minutes πŸ˜‰

However when one of your best friends calls you in a pinch you pull out your tricks and make it happen!

Can you believe how adorable these kids are?!! Lyndee really had a knack for wardrobe styling! I’ve written about my thoughts with how to dress families for photos here and mamas for maternity sessions here–Lyndee didn’t need my help though, she’s just GIFTED!! I frequently raid her closet when I have something to dress up for!

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These beautiful brown eyed girls are what they make songs about. Feisty, playful, girly and wholeheartedly adored.

I shot Mykah’s birth three years ago and have always wanted Mylee to be my Livi’s big girl friend.

family pictures lulliloo3The whole family. So glad I got this one!!

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Frankie. Also can you HANDLE THIS CUTENESS?!! I for one, cannot. I did not pose him that way outside of suggesting he find his pockets πŸ˜‰

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My favorites of all the girls…

Lyndee you are stunning. It’s not hard to see where your girls found their beauty and spirit!!

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Lulliloo Photography specializes in newborn, birth, maternity and family photography in Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area including but not limited to Scottsdale and Tempe.

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maternity fashion lulliloo photography

One of the questions I frequently get asked is what to wear for maternity photos so I decided to blog about it!Β While this is in no way comprehensive, I pulled together some of my favorite outfits from the last few years to highlight some “Do’s” for your maternity session.

(Last fall I did a blog posts on what to wear for family photosΒ in case you missed it πŸ˜‰

Starting with the above image of April’s bump. I absolutely love how she chose to accessorize her outfit…her soft pink wrap and necklace complement rather than compete with her bump since the rest of her outfit is neutral.

That pretty light behind her helps too!

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When it comes to maternity wear I am generally a fan of a solid color and a fabric that hugs your bump! Both the dresses above are wonderfully romantic yet very different, still highlighting the glow and anticipation of a baby. Both women looked beautiful and relaxed because they were comfortable in what they were wearing, and again, didn’t have a lot of patterns or details that competed with those beautiful bellies!

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I generally discourage patterns, however can make a case for wearing patterns when it is congruent with the environment in which you’re shooting. As you can see from these images of Carlin in the desert and Priscilla in Sedona, both of the patterns they incorporated worked beautifully with the natural environment! I love the added texture they provided.

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Both dad’s did a great job of complementing the mama’s and their bumps as well πŸ˜‰ Soft, complementing colors that added too the image rather than distracting from the mama and that lovely bump!

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Oftentimes mamas’ want to show off their bare bump and yet are unsure how to tastefully do it…the mamas that follow ROCKED their bare bellies by choosing outfits and accessories that worked with the natural environment.

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The natural tones of this Katie’s lace top wonderfully complimented the neutral tones in her bedroom…which again means that the tones are complimenting and not competing with one another! My eye is drawn to her beautiful face and then that belly, rather than being distracted by a lot of other color/detail πŸ˜‰

what to wear for maternity photos

Mamas often want to incorporate their favorite little sidekick into maternity sessions, which leads to the next question after “what should I wear for my maternity photos” to asking “how do I dress my kids for my maternity session?” There is no right or wrong way to dress your babe, however I’d recommend complimenting over competing clothing for them as well!

I just adore that both Lyla and Katie showed off their bellies together and mirrored the same cream tones…

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Swayze’s princess outfit looked so adorably next to Kacey’s cream gown! Complimentary colors are an easy and safe win!

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Zoe and her mama both wore the sweetest pastels for this garden session and the soft quilt again added to the image rather than competing for my attention.

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Again this in no way comprehensive but it highlights some “Do’s”

Here are a few more:

  • Wear something you feel lovely in. If you feel uncomfortable it’s likely to show.
  • Stick with solids unless you have a pattern that you just LOVE. Jewelry, wraps, hats and shoes are fun ways to add some fun to your session without again competing with your lady bump!
  • Wear something fitted over your belly and/or waist…the last thing we want is to see your bump disappear in the image.
  • Consider the backdrop/location that you’re shooting in, an ask yourself if it compliments you or will distract the eye from you…if you’re not sure ask your photographer πŸ˜‰

And a few “Don’ts”

  • I’d avoid anything too trendy. If you are hip with trends, throw on a trendy accessory for half the photos and then opt for something timeless for the other images.
  • Stay true to yourself. It’s important to consider wearing something that will compliment your bump, but at the end of the day, don’t dress or style yourself in a way that doesn’t feel congruent with who you are or your lifestyle πŸ˜‰ You want to look at the images and feel like your most beautiful self!
  • I’d generally avoid black unless it’s very form fitting…oftentimes a bump seems to disappear in super dark or patterned outfits unless they are fitted to your body.
  • Don’t wing it πŸ˜‰ Ask for help from your photographer, a stylist or trustworthy friend. You’re investing in a photography session, you deserve to be happy with the end product and a thrown together outfit or less than idea location/light can make that investment appear lackluster.

Lulliloo Photography specializes in newborn, birth, maternity and family photography in Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area including but not limited to Scottsdale and Tempe.

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