Wendy VonSosen Photography » childhood. beauty. life

As a newborn photographer, photographing a newborn at home with the family is an honor.  The newborn stage is fleetingly fast.  They change from a delicate newborn covered in downy fuzz to a roly poly baby in the blink of an eye and if you’re the parents or the siblings, you don’t want to miss a moment.  I always feel honored to be invited into your home during those first few weeks of a newborn’s life to document the bonding that’s enfolding right before my eyes.  As much as I adore the photographs of newborns in baskets and in tiny beanies and hanging from tree branches, that style just doesn’t fit me.  My approach is an honest peek into what real life with a newborn looks like.  Photographs of big sisters singing songs to the baby and Mom spending an intimate moment rocking baby in the nursery and Dad juggling baby and big brother at the same time.  Those are the moments you’ll look back on and remember with nostalgia and love.    Your story is what I love to photograph the very most!

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Well, now that the holiday cards have been delivered and I no longer run the risk of spoiling any family photo sneak peeks, I’d like to share a successful 2015 Holiday Mini Sessions season.  I’ve really grown to love and look forward to these every year.  I adore my returning clients and I get such joy in meeting and working with new clients.  I think every photographer boasts about their clients, but I really do think I work with the best families ever.  I come home from these sessions and brag to my husband that I just met the ‘nicest people’!  Every time.  Hard to believe, but honestly so true.  Thank you for trusting me to document your families!

Here are a few of my favorites from the season.

 

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Happy New Year!!!

I hope 2016 finds you happy and healthy. I just finished taking down all of my holiday decorations to start the year with a clean house and looking forward to a big healthy salad later today!

To kick off the new year and as a thank you for supporting me and my business, I’m running a lightning fast BOGO!

 Between now and the end of the day January 3rd (yes, that’s tomorrow – I told you it’s short), I’m offering 5 BOGOs! Here’s the deal:

Buy ONE Newborn or High School Senior Portrait Session and get ONE Family Mini Session free!

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As sweet as they are newborns can bring chaos with them in the form of sleepless nights, a rollercoaster of emotions, and clingy older siblings. One of the best decisions you can make during that crazy window of time is to hire a professional photographer to document those fleeting first days in a beautiful way that you can look back on once the fog lifts and treasure forever. But guess what. Once the holidays roll around and you realize you don’t have any current family photos with the new baby to send to family and friends, you’ll need a quick family session to make it complete. This is your chance!

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The best thing I did before my daughter left for college was to have one last family portrait taken of our ‘original six’. Three years later and we’ve added an amazing son-in-law to the family portrait. Our family will continue to grow in the future but I treasure those portraits we took before life changed. I have a son graduating this year and I know time is ticking to get his senior portraits done before all of the senior activities start taking over our calendar. Why not book both sessions now and check two things off for 2016?

The Details:

Only 5 BOGOS available!
Full payment of $950 is required to book this BOGO
Sessions must be completed in 2016
Family Mini Sessions must be booked (but not necessarily take place) before October 1 to guarantee availability.
Family Mini Sessions ($400 value) include: 20 minute session and 5 digital images with the option to purchase the entire gallery of 20 images at a ridiculously discounted price.

To Book click HERE . Upon purchase, I will contact you to schedule both sessions within 24 hours.

Don’t have a graduating senior or aren’t planning on adding a newborn to the family this year? Please feel free to share this with  family and friends who might.

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I always feel so honored when a client invites me into their home for a session.  There is no more unique place to document family life than at your very own home.  The stories and memories and experiences that reside at home are unique to you and an important part of your family history. No other family will have the same photos that you do when taken at home. Not only that, but everyone seems so much more relaxed when in the comfort of their own home.  It makes for genuine and authentic portraits.

I hadn’t seen this little guy since I photographed him at home as a newborn.  I was invited back to document him just before his first birthday and man, oh man, he is as cute as ever!  He has eyelashes that go on for days and a full head of shiny black hair.  He is adored by his mom and dad and his grandparents who live with him.  The love and attention for this little boy touched my heart and I could feel the importance of family throughout the entire session.

I am excited to watch him grow up and into someone very special.

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It may be rather pedestrian, but my interest in photography began when my kids were little (4, 7, 10, & 13).

And cute.

And not at all camera averse.

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To be precise, it began not too long after I started this blog (2008).  We were living away from family and friends and I wanted to keep an online journal of our life, complete with photos, so they could keep up on the goings on of the VonSosens.  The more I hopped around the web and read other blogs, the more I realized that my photos were really awful (If you go back far enough in this blog, you’ll see what I’m talking about).  So I pulled my camera manual out and actually read it from cover to cover.  I realized that I actually had a pretty decent camera and I should probably figure out how to use it.

Thus began my self education. I collected a horde of workshops along the way, online and in-person.  My kids were always happy to jump in at a moment’s notice to help me practice techniques.  When I was learning about panning, my son was there on his bike at the ready.  When the technique was shutter speed, the kids were happy to climb on our bed and jump as high as they could.  Low light was met with midnight refrigerator raids by anyone still awake.  My daughter was always up for a shoot during the golden hour if it meant she could post it on her Insta feed. In short, I have a drawer full of hard drives documenting my kids throughout their childhoods. (I’ve actually printed some too, although not enough.  Print out your photos!)

Now here I am seven years later with a much better camera (or two), a small arsenal of lenses, a portrait business that I absolutely love, and kids/adults who have gotten older (I’ll let you do the math) and have their own things going on.  One’s married and living the newlywed life.  One’s just finishing up high school this year, getting ready to set out on his own soon.  One is in the trenches of his freshman year of high school and towers over me by at least 7 inches.  And my youngest is happy to be front of my camera as long as there’s a monetary or Lego reward involved.

Photo by Jacque Lynn Photo

Photo by Jacque Lynn Photo

Life is different as a photographer when your kids are older.

When my daughter, my muse, left for college a few years ago, I started to worry what would happen to me as a photographer when my kids were all grown up.  I still loved photography.  I still wanted to learn and grow and experiment but how would that work when I didn’t have my kids to model for me?  And with an Instagram feed full of beautiful little kids bouncing on beds and eating ice cream cones and running through sprinklers and snuggling with their dog, where would I fit into the photography community as a photographer with older kids?  How would I stay relevant?  Where would I find inspiration?  Where would I point my camera?  What would I do with all of the knowledge and skills I’d accumulated?  Would I still be a ‘Mom with a camera’?

Let me be clear, I love my portrait business and my clients and have never had any intentions on giving that up.  But my growth and experimentation has always happened outside of my business with personal projects and personal work with my kids.   My passion for photography has always come from the desire to document my kids in a beautiful way.  I take all of that experience, knowledge, and skill into my business so my clients can benefit from what I’ve learned so that they will have beautiful photos of their own families.  But the growth and experimentation happens on my own time not on my clients’ time.

These questions and concerns have been on my mind for several years.  I’ve had conversations with other photographers who are in the same boat as I am.  We’ve decided that it’s like we’ve “gone dark”.  Without photos of our kids, we’re left posting photos of our breakfast or our sneakered feet, or our dog.  Or nothing at all.  Our kids certainly don’t want us embarrassing them by posting photos on our social media feeds of them studying for the SAT or getting ready for a date or playing video games.  It’s a strange turning point.  Without little kids, it’s easy to just hang up your camera and declare the end of a phase in life.   

I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be so!  I want you to rediscover your passion and curiosity for photography and find your True North – your purpose for photography – not only while the kids are little, but throughout your life.  I’ve been working on this myself and can tell you that photography doesn’t have to end when the kids are grown.  Your purpose just has to be redirected into other things that you’re passionate, or simple just curious, about. You may just find that you’ve changed from a ‘Mom with a camera’ to a ‘Photographer with a camera’.

I’m so excited to be teaming up with The Bloom Forum to teach a 3 week workshop to help you do just that!  It’s called Beyond Motherhood – Finding your True North and I’ll be teaching it January 25- February 14.

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Did your journey in photography begin when your kids came along? Are those tiny people,  growing up and beginning to shun your camera?  Are you wondering what’s next? Rediscover your True North by Connecting with your purpose and reigniting your passion for photography beyond motherhood and through all stages of your life. Passion doesn’t end when the kids grow up and is the key to producing meaningful images. Determining what’s closest to your heart and then pointing your camera towards those passions creates art and beauty with meaning. The purpose of this 3 week course is to identify your individual passions and combine those passions with photography.

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This workshop will begin with a detailed questionnaire specifically designed for this course which will help you hone in on your passions – causes, ideas, beliefs, and subjects that are most important to you. We will then explore how to create personal projects around those passions.  Lastly we will talk about how to take those personal projects to the next level by publishing, promoting, and profiting from them.  Weekly assignments, discussions, inspiration, and individual feedback are included during the 3 weeks that we’ll be together.  Be prepared to do some soul searching and goal setting that will help point you toward your True North and get you on the path toward meaningful creativity.

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Topics that we’ll cover:
Week 1: Reconnect with Your Passion
Solitude & Reflection
Creativity
Purpose

Week 2: Creating Personal Projects
Fear
Motives
Originality vs. Authenticity
Goals

Week 3: Profiting from your Personal Projects
Permission
Persistence
Trust

*To get the most out of this interactive workshop, active participation is highly recommended.

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ALL THE DETAILS:
1. This workshop is for Bloom Forum members only, therefore, you must be a member of the forum to take the workshop. To become a member, simply click HERE to sign up.
2. Registration links are below.
3. This 3-week workshop will run from January 25th – February 14th, 2016.
4. 20 active seats are available at $250.00.
5. 20 silent seats are available at $200.00 per seat. Silent seats are read-along only. They will be able to view all the workshop material but cannot post inside the workshop section, email Wendy and get cc on their homework. A separate section will be available where silent students can interact with each other and post assignments if they choose. Silent students will receive the PDF at the conclusion of the class with the information from the workshop.
6. The private workshop information will be available for one month after the workshop ends.
7. This is an online workshop and students work at their own pace within the allotted workshop dates.
8. Registration is now open on a first come first serve basis.

To sign up for an active seat, CLICK HERE

To sign up for a silent seat, CLICK HERE

POLICIES:
1. Once you register your PayPal receipt will act as your confirmation to the workshop.
2. If your Paypal email address is not your daily contact email, please contact Wendy at wendyvonsosen@gmail.com and let her know. The only email she will have on file is your Paypal one and that will be the one she will use to contact you unless otherwise noted.
3. No refunds are given once a seat is purchased, however, you can sell your seat on your own.

If you’re in search of your true north, I would love to have you join me in this workshop!

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