I love being a baby photographer. For the non-furry babies, I love their first year and seeing these adorable newborn babies grow up. It is definitely a perk I get to enjoy, and it’s amazing how fast they grow. I photographed Wyatt’s newborn session when he was just eleven days old, then again at seven months, and now at one year old. Babies do so much growing up in the first few months. If you blink you might miss it, which is why I love it when parents capture these playful, beautiful moments that are gone so quickly.
Although Wyatt is now a big boy, his sweet face hasn’t changed. Neither has his temperament – easy going and sweet as they come. I think I may have to introduce Miss W to him at his upcoming birthday party… Although, I’m not sure his mom, Margaret, nor I are ready for all that business. I say we give it about thirty years or so!
Wyatt recently came to visit for his one year photo shoot, which isn’t complete without a cake smash. Margaret got the best outfit for his shoot from Etsy. It was absolutely perfect! I was surprised at first that Wyatt didn’t go straight into the cake, but his dad, T.J., told me he doesn’t like to get dirty. When Wyatt would get too much cake on him, he would reach for his dad to help him out.
He definitely didn’t mind getting his dad dirty, and I love this outtake after his session. Poor dad had to catch a flight to Dallas right after our shoot and planned on leaving straight from my studio. I guess Wyatt had other plans!
I’ve been starting to give you a little insight into what makes me tick, and why I do what I do. In case you missed the last blog post titled “A Little Something About Me”, I am an intimate photographer for babies and fur babies. That is the what. Now here’s the why… I do what I do to celebrate the bold love a parent has for their baby (regardless if they have fur or not).
Why is this important? I am constantly reminded by how special each moment is with your baby when I look at my own. Yes, I have ones with and without fur. There are moments as a parent that only you have the wonderful fortune of seeing, and if you’re lucky you can capture them on the rare occasion.
My baby, Miss W, gives me the sweetest look when we are playing sometimes. It is always the same: she is lying on her back and she delicately moves her head to look at me. She gives me a smile – not a full smile, but a sweet little smile that says to me how much she loves me. This is something only a parent can appreciate of their child, and I was able to capture it the other day.
This is why I do what I do. I want to capture these special moments you share with your children. Those moments that when you look at it, you can say “that is my baby, and that is exactly how I see them”.
If you have been checking back on the blog recently, you may have noticed that I am changing things up a bit. I have been wanting to shift my work towards a more simplistic style that highlights the babies I photograph, and Baxter and Bella were some of my first pups to photograph in this new style.
I wish I had a behind the scenes video for this session because the personalities of Baxter and Bella are completely different. Baxter is still a puppy at just a year old, and Miss Bella is a bit more seasoned at eight years old. Despite the fact that Baxter’s nick name is Dennis the Menace (yes, he lives up to the name), I was able to wrangle him just long enough to get his portrait taken thanks to his mom, Jeannine. I’m sure Jeannine got just as much of a workout as I did during her pup’s session (which is why I always photograph in workout clothes and claim working as my “cardio”).
Miss Bella would sit perfectly for the camera (love when I get a pup like her!)… probably because it was more comfortable to sit on the sofa than be run over by Baxter! I love this shot of her. She really works this one, and to me it says, “I am the queen bee, and I deserve my own special sofa!”.
Mr. Baxter would run, run, run all over the studio. Running away from his mom trying to wrangle him, and occasionally jumping up to give Miss Bella a little nip so she might play with him. Pretty typically of most fur babies that come into my studio. But, I want everyone to leave with an image of their baby that really captures them as their parent sees them. Baxter may look calm in his image, but if you look closely, there’s a little mischief behind those eyes!
If you’re interested in working with me, I think we should get to know each other. I am a pet and newborn photographer, but that doesn’t tell you much does it? I’m going to give you a little insight into why I choose to photograph babies – both with and without fur. That is why I am doing a new blog series called “A Little Something About Me..” so we can become better acquainted. I’m going to tell you some things that I believe as well as some guilty pleasures of mine. Now let’s get started!
First things first… I believe dogs don’t become family pets just because you have a baby. My dog, Abby, didn’t become a family pet when my little girl was born… she became a big sister.
As a parent, I understand the unconditional love you have for your child regardless if they have fur or not. These are things only a parent can appreciate about their kids like the soft, delicious scent of Miss W’s skin, and the mystifying way Abby’s paws smell like freshly baked bread.
I love finding the intimate yet playful moments that celebrate the bold love parents have for their children by seeing them through their eyes.
My name is Kim Hartz, and I am an intimate photographer for babies and fur babies.
It’s always fun to photograph Dachshunds. Their big ears and long bodies are so adorable, and I love it when you can see them stretched out to get the full effect of being a wiener dog. Both Ben & Betty Lou had some energy going for their session. Not to mention they were both very attached to their mama. It can be challenging when a pup is very attached to their parent, but it is all worth it when I hear their parent tell me how much the images show off their pup’s personalities. That is one of my favorite things about being a pet photographer, as well as getting to photograph puppies!
I loved having Ben & Betty Lou in the studio because it reminded me of how much energy puppies have in those little bodies. Abby, my golden, is now five, and she still has a ton of energy. But, after seeing these two, they put her to shame! I am definitely thankful Abby isn’t as crazy as she used to be, but I like the reminder of what it’s like to be a puppy. I also use the term “puppy” somewhat loosely… I believe dogs that are two or younger are still puppies!
Miss Lorelei was my first newborn to photograph since having my own precious baby arrive. It has been extremely hard getting back to work because I don’t want to ever leave her… not even for an hour. Guilt has become a huge part of my life. But, after meeting Lorelei, I know going back to work is going to be so much fun and so rewarding. Wilhelmina has grown so fast already that I barely even remember how small she used to be. Lorelei was born 8lbs 9oz, and holding Lorelei reminded me just how small and dependent newborns are on their parents. It’s amazing how easy it is to forget the blur that you life becomes in those first couple of months.
Lorelei reminded me of those sleepless nights, difficult times nursing, and breaking down to tears at the smallest, silliest thing. As bad as those things may sound, she also reminded me of just how wonderful it is to have a baby. To create a beautiful, living, breathing, baby human is truly amazing. Yes, life is easier now that Wilhelmina sleeps through the night, eats on a schedule, and is much more predictable. But I wouldn’t trade those first moments for anything.
Thank you Lorelei for helping me remember one of the sweetest, most intimate, sleepless, emotional, chaotic, and best times in my life. It’s pretty incredible when someone who has been alive for only seven days can teach you to enjoy every minute because change happens in the blink of an eye.
A lot of things have changed since the arrival of Miss Wilhelmina, and the ease of traveling without an infant is definitely one of them. Little Miss Willie took her first plane ride recently, and I will admit I was a little stressed. Not only did she get her vaccinations the day before our flight, she was also only 9 weeks old.
After timing everything perfectly with takeoff and her feeding schedule, we waited in our seats only to be delayed by a maintenance issue. Her schedule was off and I was sure we were going to have a screaming baby. But, she proved me wrong. She was absolutely perfect, and a fellow passenger even came up to me after the flight and commented on how great she was on the plane.
So, thank you Wilhelmina for teaching me not to stress and worry until there is something to worry about!
After a very long wait, we have finally welcomed Baby Hartz! She took her sweet time arriving 9 days late after an almost 24 hour labor, but she was definitely well worth the wait. Life has been pretty different since her arrival… Different but great. I’m slowly adjusting to being at the beck and call of a tiny human that is totally dependent on me. But, she is a great baby – not very fussy and she sleeps!
And now for the info you really want to know… She was born on June 15 weighing 8 lbs 6 0z and 21″ long. Her name is Wilhelmina Maureen Hartz. I’m sure some of you are wondering where Wilhelmina came from, and it is actually a pretty cool story. Once we announced we were having a girl, my dad took to asking how “Wilhemina” was doing. I’m not sure where he came up with the name, but after my 20th week pregnant she became known as Wilhelmina. At first it was just a fun reference, but then my husband thought we should consider the name for her. By the time she was born everyone was referring to her as Wilhelmina. We had the name narrowed to two options, one being Wilhelmina, and after I saw her for the first time it just seemed to fit. We are still working on a nickname but no luck yet!
Here are a few of my favorite images from her newborn session we did last week. It was not an easy shoot having just had a baby… but again totally worth it! Plus, I had a great assistant helping… my mom. I hope you enjoy her images and think she is as adorable as I do!