Loveland Photography Studio Maternity Photographer

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Loveland Photography Studio Maternity Photographer

Shelby and Danny contacted me during her second trimester about newborn photos. At the time they were a little on the fence about doing maternity pictures but ultimately decided on a studio maternity session. They were so happy they did! This time with just the two of them waiting for their first baby is so fleeting! Every pregnancy is different and you grow and change with each new baby that joins your family. Baby number two will be documented in a totally different way because the story will be different. I just love that about my job, the storytelling <3 I can't wait to meet this sweet baby boy later this week and hang out with his fun mom and dad while we photograph him! I seriously have the best job ever!!

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If you are in your second trimester it's time to chat! I'd love to help you tell the story of your pregnancy and document your new baby's tiny details and sweet faces! Email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the button below!

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Baby Jack (Loveland Newborn Baby Photography)

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Baby Jack (Loveland Newborn Baby Photography)

 Jack came into my Loveland studio with his sweet mama when he was just a few days old!  It was a nice break for mom who left 18 month old big sister at home with grandma! The studio is so peaceful and calm during newborn photography sessions! When you arrive, you get to take a little break while I care for baby and get them into a nice sleepy state for posing. How adorable is the sweet slumbering baby Jack? And how gorgeous is his mama?!

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I found this vintage hershey's chocolate tin in a local antique store and I just love how these images turned out with it! The little teddy bear is from Jelly Cats. These are my favorite little loveys! My youngest kiddo has a couple of puppies from this brand and they are perfect for tucking under a toddlers arm. They've become one of my favorite gifts to give my nieces and nephews! 

Do you have a go to gift for the babies in your life? I'd love to hear all about it! We have a new nephew joining the family in August again! 

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6 Things You May Not Have Thought About Packing for the Hospital

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6 Things You May Not Have Thought About Packing for the Hospital

Crazy that it’s been almost 3 years since we had our last baby. It really feels just like yesterday, however cliche that sounds, that we were packing our hospital bags and preparing for a newborn baby to come into our lives. By the third kiddo it we felt like old pros getting ready to head into labor and delivery! Here’s a few of the things we brought to the hospital that you may not have thought of! 

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1. Pillows! We were so happy to have our own pillows from home in the hospital. Our first baby spent 6 nights in the NICU so we were away from home for a long time! Not only did it provide us with physical comfort , but that little piece of home added some emotional comfort too. As an added bonus, our cute pillow cases added a special touch to the pictures we took during our hospital stays with all three babies.

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2. Chapstick and lotion. There is something about being in the hospital that just totally dries you out! The hospital supplies chapstick and lotion but again having that special something from home is so nice.

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3. A roll of toilet paper. I know this is a strange one but that hospital toilet paper is so bad! I was so glad to have my Charmin! haha!

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4. Something comfy and cute to wear in labor. With my first I didn’t bring anything special to wear in labor. The hospital gown ended up being so constricting to me! With my boys, I had a soft comfy nursing bra that was not constrictive but allowed me to feel covered and modest during labor and delivery.  Bonus tip: Bring something cute and comfy to wear after! Pack a pretty floral robe or a patterned maxi skirt. You’ll feel beautiful stepping out of that hospital gown for a little while and your first photos as a family will be even better!

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5. Cash! We didn’t even think about what my husband was going to do for food the first time we had a baby. At Poudre Valley Hospital, back then, he had to go down to the cafeteria or someone had to bring him something. Now dads or any guest can order meals along with mom but they have to be paid for with cash. Bring some money along :) The food is actually pretty darn good! 

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6. A gift for big brother or sister. When Drew was born, Harper was obsessed with Spiderman. Yes, our tiny 2.5 year old baby girl was head over heels for the red and blue super hero. So we brought this giant spiderman stuffed animal stuffed in our hospital bag into labor and delivery with us. Still at age 6 she knows that spiderman was a present for her from her brand new baby brother. Anyone that gives you an awesome present can’t be that bad right? 

What other unconventional things made their way into your hospital bags as you headed to labor and delivery? What did you wish you had packed but didn't? 

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3 Reasons Why Summer Family Photos Rock

So many people schedule their family photos for the fall. I get it, fall colors, close to Christmas so you are thinking about sending cards and giving gifts etc. But summer family photos totally rock for so many reasons!!

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1. Your kids are out of school. No need to worry about who has practice or homework to do. No worries about getting to bed at a certain time. More freedom for scheduling for you and a more care free and relaxed feeling for your family.

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2. The weather is perfect!! In summer, as the sun sets, our temperatures start to drop and cool so it's not too hot. It's also not too cold and no one will have those red runny noses! We rarely get rainstorms in the summer here either so much less likely to have to reschedule than spring or fall! 

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3. The scenery is breath taking! Colorado in the summer sun is just stunning! Gorgeous greenery, rolling hills, flowering blooms! The water is warm enough for playing in the river. So much variety exists in just a small area in the summer!

Book your Summer Mini Session and take just 20 minutes and spend some time together as a family playing and laughing in the warm summer sun while I photograph you. Then head to Old Town for pizza on the patio at Beau Jo's and wander around the fun shops! Or choose a morning slot and then head to the farmer's market and brunch. It's a perfect summer day in Fort Collins <3 

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Baby Ryker  {Loveland Infant Photography}

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Baby Ryker {Loveland Infant Photography}

Baby Ryker and his big brother came to my Loveland studio on Valentine's day! It was a perfect day for a newborn session so full of love. We started the session with some family images and then snuck in some pictures of big brother solo while baby was eating. Big brother headed to preschool after that and I got to work posing the little mister <3  

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Look how tender that little kiss on baby's forehead is! I love the expression on mom and dad's faces. There is nothing like seeing your child become a sibling. Watching your children grow up together and turn into best friends is just the best. Seeing your kids love on each other makes you feel like you must be doing something right!

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So glad we could sneak in some solo pictures of Mister Hudson to celebrate his 3rd birthday too! It's so important to give a little extra attention to big brother to let him know he's not being replaced in any way!

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Is your baby about to become a big brother or sister? I'd love to help you document this time in your growing family's life. Email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the button below and we can chat about how to make this session special for everyone in your home <3

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Sweet Baby Noah {Northern Colorado Newborn Photographer}

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Sweet Baby Noah {Northern Colorado Newborn Photographer}

Baby Noah totally stole my heart! Clearly, this is his magical skill as he stole his mom and dad's hearts too! Look at his adorable little face! Love his sweet round cheeks and amazing dimples! This kiddo was full of expression for such a new little person! I loved all of his little faces but the pucker lips were my favorite!! It's crazy to think just a couple of weeks later, Noah doesn't fit in his mom and dad's arms quite the same way! Babies grow so fast!

I'd love to chat with you if you are expecting a new little family member this year! Let's capture those tiny little babes before they grow so quickly! Email at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the button below! 

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Loveland Photography Studio {Newborn Pictures for Baby A}

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Loveland Photography Studio {Newborn Pictures for Baby A}

I could have snuggled little Adrian all day! He was so sweet and calm and just beautiful! He slept great for his newborn pictures and was so fun to pose! I loved getting to know his parent's during their maternity session a few weeks earlier and then seeing them after his birth as a family of 3! It's such an honor to document this very short time is a family's life.  Everything changes very quickly when you add a new baby to the mix! 

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If you are expecting a new little family member, I'd love to work with you. I'm currently booking for summer and fall due dates. Most clients contact me in their second trimester to ensure a space on my calendar. 

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Timeless Portraits {Loveland Children's Photographer}

There is nothing more special than a timeless portrait of you child hanging on your walls. These simple black and white images make my heart sing and I am so happy to be offering mini sessions for them this April. Kids love to see themselves decorating your home. It makes them feel loved and raises their self esteem as cited in the 1975 study. These portraits are timeless images that you can keep hanging through the ages. You'll of course still receive digital files with this session but it's important to me to know that these images are printed! 

 

Each mini session will include a 10 inch square stand out, ready to hang print, or can be upgraded to a 12 inch round wood photo block. Here's an example of what each would look like displayed in your living room. 

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Booking is now open at http://dearkate.session-booking.com/booking/Book/ Grab your spot! 

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Loveland Studio Maternity Photography

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Loveland Studio Maternity Photography

Pregnancy is such a magical crazy thing. In the thick of it, you realize the magic is there but it's not until you are through it that you see how amazing your body is and all that you are capable of. Years down the road when that baby is headed off to school you will remember, ever so faintly, the feeling of those little feet pressing against the inside of your belly. You'll remember the waiting and the anticipation. You'll think of how uncomfortable you were but how much different life was when they were still on the inside. 

I'm so happy to be offering in studio maternity photography now in my Loveland studio. A mix of bright casual, intimate moments and more moody images of just you and your babe, while you've still got that little life all to yourself. These sessions take place in my Loveland photography studio. Wardrobe is available in the studio and you can absolutely bring your own items as well. I love personalizing sessions to you!!

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In celebration of this new session style, I'm offering a complementary maternity session when you book your newborn session for due date in March, April and May 2017. If you are expecting a new little life, contact me at kate@dearkatestudios.com to book your studio maternity pictures!

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Fort Collins Baby Pictures {8 Months Sitter Session}

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Fort Collins Baby Pictures {8 Months Sitter Session}

The sitter stage is one of my very favorites to photograph! Matthew came in at 8 months, fully crawling (FAST!) and starting to pull up on things! It was challenge to catch him but oh so fun! The smiles at this age are just the best, and look at his big blue eyes and gorgeous eye lashes!! Photographing baby at all stages through out their first year is such an amazing job! I love watching these little people grow from their mommy's tummy, to newborn, to tummy time smiles, sitter sessions and for their first birthday cake smash session. Classic, simple styles create timeless portraits. I provide wardrobe in the studio too to make it easier for you! Of course you can bring your favorite outfits too! And baby's favorite lovey is always a good idea! Matthew had pink flamingo beanie baby that was just the cutest!

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Want to learn more about photography for your baby's first year? Email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the button below! 

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Fort Collins Baby Photographer {Abigail's First Birthday!}

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Fort Collins Baby Photographer {Abigail's First Birthday!}

Your baby's first birthday is such a huge milestone! Not just for them but for you too! Becoming a parent is such a huge event! Your life is turned upside down and your every moment is spent nurturing this little person and watching them grow. Celebrating those monumental changes is so important! I was so excited to work with Kristin, Brian and baby Abigail to document their family at such a special time! Abigail was so sweet and full of personality and you could just see the love and pride in her parent's faces!

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I loved the big pink balloon they brought to their session and Abigail's sweet little skirt that showed off those chubby little pre-walker legs! She is a little yoga lover and did a downward dog for us too! 

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After some traditional portraits, we set her up with her very first cake! She wasn't so sure about it and didn't love getting dirty! I love how each baby is different when it comes to cake smash sessions! For Abigail, we ended up hiding some mum mums in the cake to get her to did in haha! 

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I'd love to document your milestones! Do you have a baby turning one? Send me an email at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the button below and let's start planning! I offer indoor cake smash sessions too in my Loveland studio!

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Loveland Studio Maternity Photography {Waiting on Baby #2}

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Loveland Studio Maternity Photography {Waiting on Baby #2}

I get it. It's hard to step in front of the camera with an extra 30+ lbs of belly. But pregnancy pictures are something your children will cherish for years to come. The goal of my studio maternity sessions are not only to preserve this short moment in time for your baby to hold in their hands in 20 years, but to also make mom-to-be to feel beautiful! Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, things are about to change in  your household. I love this quiet moment set aside to thing about that new life growing inside you. The studio is a quiet comfortable place to press pause and be in the moment with  your new baby. Styling for these sessions in modern, simple and timeless. I want your connection with your baby and that pregnancy glow to be front and center <3

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My kids absolutely love seeing those picture of "me in mommy's tummy" and I love seeing pictures of my own mom pregnant with me too! Take the opportunity to photograph this precious time you have with your little one still on the inside. I promise to make it easy on you! Wardrobe pieces available in studio even!  Email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the button below. 

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Fort Collins Newborn Photographer {Judson}

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Fort Collins Newborn Photographer {Judson}

Judson slept like a rock star for his newborn pictures at my Loveland photography studio! I loved snuggling this tiny little boy while his mom and dad got to take a little rest on my studio sofa. Of course not until after their first family portrait. Can't you just feel the love radiating off them? The love you feel for your partner when you welcome a new baby is something so special! I really got to know Caroline and Ignacio during their maternity session and it was so fun to watch them become parents for the first time. Here are a few words from Caroline about the experience:

Absolutely LOVED working with Kate for maternity and newborn pictures. Not only were the photos catered to our personalities and wants, they were so well done. It was hard to narrow down which ones we wanted to order! Can’t wait to get Kate to take more pictures of our new family soon!
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If you are pregnant and interested in commemorating this time in your lives with beautiful artwork please contact me at kate@dearkatestudios@gmail.com or  learn more through the button below. It's best to book your session during your 2nd trimester to ensure availability. I can't wait to work with you!

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Fort Collins Maternity Pictures {Noosa's Baby Brother}

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Fort Collins Maternity Pictures {Noosa's Baby Brother}

I love when mom-to-be contacts me early in her pregnancy to start planning pictures. It's so fun to share in the excitement of the new baby and also gives us time to plan the perfect sessions! I love customizing maternity and newborn pictures for each family! Caroline asked to include her first (fur)baby, Noosa and their Jeep in their shoot. We found the perfect location in Loveland where they could park their Jeep. The fall colors and sunset glow were just the icing on the cake. Maternity sessions are a great way to get to know your newborn photographer too! When baby Judson was born, his mom and dad were totally at ease and relaxed while I photographed him! 

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It's best to schedule your maternity and newborn pictures early in your second trimester. If you are pregnant and looking for a photographer, I'd love to chat! Email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the contact button below!

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Loveland Newborn Pictures {Little Sister Hallie}

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Loveland Newborn Pictures {Little Sister Hallie}

I just loved having Hallie and her big sister (and mom ;) ) in my Loveland studio for their newborn pictures! Courtlyn was so smitten with her new baby sister and very excited to take on the role of sibling! She's at such a great age to help out her mom and give Hallie lots of snuggles!! 

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Hallie loved being snuggled up and slept like a dream for much of her session! I love this little yawn we caught on camera! 

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Hallie's dad played football in college and her mom was excited to surprise him with these photos of the girls with his Cornhuskers gear!

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While Hallie was taking a snack break, Courtlyn took center stage. I love giving big siblings a little extra attention at our sessions. They're right in the middle of a big life change and it's important to show them they're still special too!  In the new studio, there's even a great play area to keep older brothers and sisters entertained when it's time for baby's pictures solo.

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Is your baby becoming a big brother or sister? I'd love to document this special time in your lives! Email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the contact button above for more details!

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Loveland Maternity Pictures {Waiting on Baby A}

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Loveland Maternity Pictures {Waiting on Baby A}

When Erin contacted me she knew she wanted newborn pictures of her little man but she was on the fence about maternity pictures. I totally understand how intimidating it is to be in front of the camera, but I am so glad we went for it! Soon after we started Erin and Jose were totally at ease being photographed. We laughed and joked and got to know each other, and before they knew it, we were all done! 

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Baby A will adore these photos of his mom and dad as he grows. My kids love to  see  "pictures of me in your belly!". And how special is it as an adult, to see photos of your parents before you were born? 

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Expecting your own little bundle? Let's make sure your they've got images to cherish for years to come. Email be at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the contact for below to learn more!

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Loveland Newborn Photography Studio {Little Brother Maxwell}

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Loveland Newborn Photography Studio {Little Brother Maxwell}

This sweet family were the winners of my annual giveaway this summer. I was so excited to finally meet them all, especially brand new baby Maxwell! This little newborn won the lottery when it comes to fun, loving families. Big brother Jackson was quite taken with his little brother and did an excellent job snuggling him! I always start with sibling and family images right at the beginning of a session when kiddos are at their best! Once Jackson was done with his job, he spent the morning playing in the new kids area in my Loveland studio. 

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We laughed at Maxwell's many serious little expressions throughout his session. Mom and Dad said he's always serious! And loves to hold his little hands together over his chest with his little furrowed brow.

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He did give us this adorable little smirk while daddy was holding him too!

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Is a new little person joining your family? I'd love to capture this special time for you! Working with newborns is one of my very favorite things ever! Email me at kate@dearkatestudios.com for more details!

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Loveland Baby Photographer {3 Month Pictures- Jack}

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Loveland Baby Photographer {3 Month Pictures- Jack}

I was so excited to baby Jack back in the studio for his 3 month pictures! One of my favorite parts of my job is watching families grow and really getting to know them. I love following my clients on Facebook and Instagram to see part of their little ones every day life, but seeing them back in front of my camera to capture those professional images makes my heart happy! Three months is such a fun age to capture! Babies are full of smiles and really starting to master head control during tummy time!

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 Jack is the third child in his family so his mama has some fun traditions already established for her children. Big brother and sister wore the same cloth diaper in their pictures and each kiddo had a similar blanket. I loved incorporating these things into Jack's three month old photos!!

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Grow With Me Baby Plans are a great way to capture all of those milestones throughout baby's first year as they grow and change! Contact me at kate@dearkatestudios.com or through the contact form above for details! 

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Fall Family Mini Session in Fort Collins

I met this sweet family of 3 early one morning down near the Poudre river just north of Old Town Fort Collins. For September, it was a really chilly morning! There was a little bit of frost on the ground and the air was super crisp! We had a great time hanging out down by the water and skipping rocks. I love making family sessions fun! We capture these perfect Christmas card pictures but also those sweet candid moments you don't want to forget! 

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