• Sweet Pickle Pictures specializes in natural light photography for babies, children and families in Manhattan, Kansas and the surrounding areas.

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Flower Girls – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Child Photographer

On the blog today is a sweet session from early Spring! Mom needed some updated photos of her girls and while the weather was PERFECT (if you don’t count the crazy Kansas wind that seem ever-present during the Spring months) the grass and trees were only just beginning to return some color to our surroundings. I was so desperate for spring flowers that I decided to bring my own! An inexpensive grocery store bouquet made a couple sweet little bouquets for these girls to interact with and brought our session the much needed color I’d been craving. Some gorgeous sun peeking out at us also set the stage for some truly lovely portrait of these little girls in their sweet matching dresses! Definitely one of my favorite recent child sessions! Check out the results!

 

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Jmonique Itter - Such beautiful smiles, full of life. The pink dresses against the soft sun is just yummy! Great job :-)

Cari - These are beautiful !!

Ashley - Oh, they are adorable and the lighting in these is gorgeous!

Anna - Wow these are amazing!! Beautiful girls!!

carla - love those dresses! love this session!

Haley Willingham - Beautiful photos! I love the light!

harshita - gorgeous pictures…oh my god…lil girl has cutest expressions :) lighting is so beautiful

Emily Supiot - So sweet! Beautiful girls and beautiful pictures!

JoAnna - These are gorgeous! The light is amazing, and the girls are adorable!

Krystal - Beautiful images!!

Tiffany - Love these photos! You captured their sweet spirits so well <3

Abri Turns One – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Child Photographer

There are few things more challenging in life than a mobile 12 month old (a mobile 9 month old perhaps? Ha!) I have photographed Abri since she was a newborn and she’s always been ready to GO GO GO. Her 12 month session was no exception. Sometimes I wish I could record sessions like these in the studio and then play them back sped up so people could watch us run around like chickens with our heads cut off.;) It would be entertaining to say the least! Keeping that in mind, I think we grabbed some amazingly sweet images from her session that night, and while she was thoroughly ‘over’ the idea of photos by the time we made it outdoors for a few with Mom and Dad, we even managed to grabbed a couple nice family photos for them to celebrate her milestone. Take a look at some of my favorites from this session below! I absolutely adore all the neutral tones that we used in studio!

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Anna - These are gorgeous!!!!

Ashley - What an amazing session! Those family shots need to be turned into canvases!

katlyn - great shots!! love them all

carla - oh my goodness! I love these!

Emily Supiot - So sweet! Gorgeous light!

Patiently Waiting – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Maternity and Newborn Photographer

All too often I forget to share some of my favorite sessions here on the blog. Today I had a few minutes and had this little family on my mind (as I checked for the 5000th time online to see if he’s arrived yet!) I figured it was a good day to show off this session! This is by far one of my most favorite maternity sessions to date (and that’s saying something because I LOVE maternity sessions!) I’m thrilled with the variety we were able to get by utilizing both the studio and the outdoors to bring two totally different styles to our final images. We were also blessed with some beautiful evening light which always makes my photographer heart SO happy. It may have been chilly outside, but you’d’ never know looking at these two! Here are some of my favorites starting with our studio images!

 

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Outdoor Couples Backlit Maternity Session - Sweet Pickle Pictures

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Baby Hailey – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Newborn Lifestyle Photographer

When most people think of newborn photography, they think of sweet, naked babies posed in props or on fabric and while I obviously offer that style of session with my studio newborn package, I offer something else too and that is a lifestyle newborn session. These sessions can be a great alternative to a studio session when parents contact me after the 10 day window, or they can be scheduled in the first week of life like any other session. They offer a more natural, laid-back approach to your newborn images and in my opinion a more emotional one as well. I have to admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for these sessions! Many parents shy away from the option because they are afraid of being photographed or because they worry their house will be too messy, but when I think back to the first precious days and weeks of my son’s life I remember just staring at him, taking in all his precious features and watching him sleep. A lifestyle  session celebrates and captures that stage of your baby’s life in a way that can be really beautiful. No major posing, no backdrops, no props….just your home and your baby and lots of snuggles captured forever.

Here are some images from a recent lifestyle session that I’m absolutely in love with. Enjoy!

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Blog Circle LOVE – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Child Studio Photographer

Slowly but surely I will be working back towards some sort of regularly blogging I hope! Today I’m taking part in a awesome blog circle with some amazing photographer friends and the theme is LOVE. Well, when you say love, I think Valentine’s Day! I figured why not share some cuteness from my recent Valentine Mini Sessions for my post and talk about my new-found LOVE for studio photography? Make sure to check out the next post in our blog circle by Love Light Jules photography found HERE!

To explain mini sessions briefly, one of my goals for this year is to build up the studio aspect of my photography. It’s not necessarily an avenue I saw myself pursuing when I started this business, but I have grown to really adore studio shooting and the images that have come along with offering these types of sessions. Part of my goal is to introduce clients to indoor/studio photography through the offering of seasonal mini sessions. While I cannot promise for sure that every year will be this way, I’m hoping to offer 4-5 opportunities this year for clients to book fun, themed sessions at a “miniature” price. My packages will stay relatively the same as they were for this most recent round and I will of course be announcing those sessions dates and details several weeks beforehand both here on this blog as well as my facebook page. In addition to mini sessions, I also offer custom studio sessions year-round for all your baby milestones or child photography needs! See a special flier below about my current special that starts TODAY!

These next images are just a fraction of the cuteness we captured at the [Be My] Valentine Studio Mini Sessions!  While I was a tiny bit bummed we didn’t get any handsome little boys in the studio, these girls really rocked their sessions! Each session was unique and adorable. It’s amazing the amount of personality that can show through even with these shorter sessions!

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As for custom studio sessions, I’ve been slowly building up my backdrop and prop addiction supply and I’d love to pick out something fun and special to showcase your kiddo! To celebrate my first full winter offering studio photography, I am running a special for the months of February and March only – 15% off studio sessions for your baby or child! This discount applies to both session packages I offer which do come with their own set of digital files. See details on the image below and feel free to drop me a line through my contact form or on facebook to inquire about availability! 

February studio special promotion Sweet Pickle Pictures

 

Now continue through the blog circle by clicking HERE and checking out what Julienne has to say over at Love Light Jules Photography!

Liz R - Love your Love post Cristen! :) Can’t wait to see more studio sessions!

Susan Edge - Love these studio set ups, and what great Valentine’s photos <3

Amanda Jackson - You always take the best studio photos…I LOVE them! I can’t wait to see more!

Aimee - So sweet…love the sets!

Nicole Barnett - These set-ups are adorable! Looking forward to seeing sneak peeks of them :)

Colleen - Great post! You offer great sessions! I have always enjoyed seeing your work!!